Virtuous Sons: A Greco Roman Xianxia
by Ya Boy
The saying goes that when a man is born the Fates weave his destiny and swaddle him in it. Then one day the man dies, and the swaddle becomes a shroud. Heaven moves on.
It is audacity to question the Fates. Olympus is Olympus. The land of men is the land of men. To transgress that, to cross the line of divinity and scale Olympus Mons? To defy the Fates and cast off their threads?
That is hubris. It’s a mark that every philosopher bears plainly on their soul.
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Come for the plot, stay for the Bromance*.
Fantastic story premise. Rich in Greco/Roman flare.
Delicious. Exceptional Writing. Beautiful Worldbuilding.
Culitvator world. In the Fair City of Verona, two Families Dwell. That of Fair Griffon, and that of tame Sol.
Our MC's are set up to be foil's of one another. One raised on Love, the other not. One in chains of Iron, the other of Spirit.
Our boys needed to find each other to see what was missing in their foundation for their continued growth.
They escape together finally free, let the adventures begin.
...Its the plot of the movie The Eagle, but with culitvation. Its perfect.
This story is a cultivation story set in an alternate version of ancient Greece. The author has adapted the tropes of Xianxia in such a way that it feels authentic and fresh. The world and characters feel real. One of the best examples of this is the cultivation itself. People in this world cultivate by training their body, improving their understanding of the world through study and by embodying the Greek virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and courage. Thus cultivators strive to live like the actual Greek philsophers of our world, and in doing so they grow stronger. In summary, this is a brilliant start and I hope the author keeps up the amazing work.
Well written. The dialogue provides us with an emotional push-pull which serves to flesh out all characters involved. This is especially relevant to the growing brotherhood between our mcs.
The setting and culture is xianxia overlaid with a relatively thin veneer of Greek and Roman vernacular. Overall, I do wish that wasn't the case, with the ideological and philosophical roots of the setting being thoroughly derived actual G & R culture.
I complain because I see the potential the story has. It's still less tropey than most. Not perfect. But still 5 stars.
Miles above the garbage xianxia you so often see on RR. Interesting characters, an unique setting (or at least, a unique twist on familiar setting), a fresh progression system, good grammar, good dialogue.
Read it. You can immediately tell that the author has a very good thing going. I expect this to very well. Hope you keep on writing mr Boy, the story is a great read so far.
If you like Xianxia, but have grown bored of them all existing in pretty much the same place, you will enjoy this story. Story takes a bit to really get going but has yet to disappoint me in any way.
Also, I love me a son of Rome, 50th word
A unique and amazing Xianxia story that excellently combines the best parts of the chinese genre with no sighs of the rot with the asectics and history of Anceint Greece in a way I have never seen before. The MC is an arrogant young master in the best of ways who views someone challenging him not as an insult but as a joyful encounter compared to everyone else who meekly just lets him bully them. The secondary MC is also interesting in how stoic yet emotional he can be while also having hidden depths and mysteries waiting to be discovered.
I've long wondered what a Greco-Roman interpretation would look like in the hands of a competent author. Now my question is being answered. This is clearly a well-thought-out setting based on a thorough understanding of the classical period. Anyone with an interest in the classics will spot many allusions to Greek myth. As a random example, in the latest chapter (4 at the time of this review) a character creates a lyre out of a tortoise shell, echoing the actions of Hermes in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. This is but one example of many, and the infusion of greek culture goes deeper than just allusions to myth. The cultivation system, as it has been established so far, clearly draws from greek philosophy in the same way that most xianxia draws from eastern philosophy.
The prose is quite evocative and is a cut above what you'll find in most online serialized fiction. The story, though in an early stage, has already established several mysteries that should provide intrigue moving forwards.
I have yet to spot a grammatical error; clearly, the author takes such things seriously.
Where the story really shines so far is in the characters. Despite being only a few chapters in, I have a strong sense of who Griffon and Sol are. Plus, the humor in their interactions has really worked for me.
I highly recommended this story to anyone who comes across this review.
A very interesting combination of Aristotelian and platonic metaphysics and xanxia that doesn't crush the characterizations or story telling. If the plotting is as well conceived this will be a very satisfying read. I hope that this story will be intended as a finished novel as opposed to a web novel. It deserves the structure of Aristotle's poetics to be fulfilled. Lol.
Absolutely fantastic, standout cast of characters. The two main characters have a downright incredible bro synergy to them, a brilliant chemistry that easily puts them at the pinnacle of buddy duos in fiction. I simply adore their friendship. Seriously, any time the two of them team up to do anything, I'm hyped out of my mind, it feels like it's going to be AMAZING. (And it usually is!)
Grammar and style are both fairly unremarkable—this is a good thing, because it means there were no distracting mistakes or errors to detract from the story. There is a decent amount of foreign vocabulary sprinkled in, but you can pick it all up from context, as in any well-written novel.
The setting and worldbuilding is very interesting. It is a quite original twist on a sort of fantasy bronze-age Mediterranean, though I think many of the social structures lean just a tad too much on traditional xianxia tropes. But the rest of it is too cool, and the characters far too charismatic, for it to genuinely bother me.
I very strongly recommend this story; it has definitely earned its place at the top of trending. The prologue alone ("part 0") would make a brilliant little novel that I would pay money for; the story proper ("part 1") seems to be gearing up to be just as good, if not better, as of the first 6 chapters.
What a great read! I just finished chapter 22. I believe that was called the prologue arc. A fascinating take on the genre that is among the pantheon of great web fiction. Excellent editing, pacing, and concept; definitely a five out of five stars piece of writing. The idea of examining cultivation from a Greco Roman perspective is awesome. Instead of the daoist philosophy prominently displayed in East Asian works we get a treatment of virtue ethics that is original and add far as I can tell authentic.