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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I've followed this since the beginning and having read some of Striker previous work, I can see how his style has improved and changed overtime I can't wait for this to be the juggernaut it will grow into. The characters are fleshed out and the world building is well placed and is inserted well with the plot, but I feel this a story that needs a grounding in the Cultivation genre newcomers may become a little lost.
I can't wait to see Solus and Griffons epic I've journey be brought to life and have full faith in Strikers ability to do it justice.
Great story, a unique and interesting take on the genre.
Furthermore The spelling and grammar are at a professional level and do nothing to distract from the immersion. Excellent work.
Do yourself a favour and check this out, even if you aren't a fan of the genre the quality of the story and prose merit a read.
This story is a rare treat amongst the myriad tales on RoyalRoad. It wholeheartedly characterizes itself into the cultivation genre, but it separates itself from the pack in two wonderful aspects.
First it creates an original world that delightfully reinterprets the standard cultural framework. It does this while still using the genre foundations to give the reader an acceptable threshold to comfortably delve into this original setting.
Second, the author lets the characters breathe, and the world building develop slowly without overly relying on info dumps. The frantic race to the top of the mountain that often overwhelms the plot in cultivation stories is deftly avoided while still evoking the heroic awe that this genre is defined by in its purest form.
As a classics major and a lover of Greek mythology from an early age, I love this as modern reimagining of the heroic epic. Lio/Griffon particularly reminds me of Theseus (who was my favorite Greek hero) but there are shades of all kinds of Mediterranean stories, like Romulus and Remus. It does an amazing job of drawing upon that vast reservoir of inspiration without becoming cloyingly derivative.
An undoubtedly well written, and amazingly descriptive new look at the world of cultivation, I have nothing else to say but to give it a read!
Honestly one of the best things I've ever read!!! Much to my joy the author seems to have done his research about Greek culture.
A lot of what there is to be said has been said in other reviews already. It is wonderfully written and is developing very nicely to become even greater as it continues.
The only complaint I may have is that some of the words used are appropriate for the time period, so it would be nice if it was annotated in some fashion to define these words, such as a skyphos being a type of wine cup or pneuma meaning spirit or soul.
Definitely worth your time to read.
This story has managed to hit the nail directly on the head in regards to creating meaningful conflict in a xianxia.
Increasing power-levels aren't enough to make a story like this compelling - you already know the protagonist is going to strive, and reach the heavens, with some conflict on the way. Instead, the author here has decided to ask the much more interesting question: what are they going to have to give up to get there?
The story itself is extremely well-plotted, and the characters the ship which carries it. Anyone familiar with the conventions of xianxia can appreciate the little pokes and lampshades it makes at the main genre, but the author very skillfully balances them in a way that allows a neophyte to enjoy it too. It is not a greco-roman mockery of xianxia - it is a greco-roman celebration of xianxia.
The grammar is impeccable and the style is smooth and carries you along. You get excited for both the interludes and the main POVs, as they add breadth and depth to the world.
5/5. My only complaint is that reading this story will ruin you for actual xianxia, when Virtuous Sons shows you what it could be.
While I like cultivation stories far too many of them are bland or stupidly written. This one is well written and intersting. Its to the point, keeps moving, changes things up for ancient greek virtues and setting.
This story is a refreshing change of pace without characters being dick bags for no reason or handing around the idiot ball to keep filling the pages.
The Greek terms are a bit to get around but that was the same with the chinese ones when I started reading xianxia anyways so don't let that stop you.
I don't really write reviews but the novel is just too good, i even regret that i found it soo soon and only 10 ch are posted. It's novel, the style is nice, the characters captivating ... everything is really well done. Try it and you won't regret the time spent
This was translated better than most xianxia. I am interested in the characters right away. What will happen next? Will Griffon's cousin betray the sect because the slave humiliated him? What kind of new techniques will the characters learn (hope they are heaven-defying and we see them challenge the pantheon. I want to see if they can beat up hades lol). I want to give this story an advanced review because I feel like it has a lot of potential. Hopefully by the end (or soon) the Sol and Griffon get harems of jade beauties (what if the greek goddesses joined their harem??? what about egyptian goddesses? the options are endless and i think it would be a shame if they weren't utilized.) Some techniques i think they could learn are flight (from hermes), and maybe war techniques from apollo. Or maybe they learn them on their own and the gods are jealous? What if they replaced the greek pantheon with themselves and their harem? Another thought.... what if Griffon makes Sol his personal slave that way he has to travel with him when they search for heaven defying techniques... i feel like Sol would just run away otherwise. I also want Sol to unleash his full power and beat up the cousin. How did they let him a weakling like him into the sect? They should join a better sect in my humble onion...
Eager to read more.....
Update: still amazing
There is simply no denying it, this story is, hands down, the best in its class. It pairs Greek culture and Xianxia delicately and efficiently in a way that defies description. No need to understand the Greek words, the context is all you need to clue you in, showing a clear and precise plan to the story. The pairing is so well done, so quickly but carefully explained that I had no problems whatsoever following the worlds logic, despite the novel merging two rather distinct cultures.
I'm only at chapter 5, but I'm already so engrossed, I'm afraid I'll end up utterly starved for more once I reach the end, and only barely managed to pry myself away to give this review. 12/10, excellent writing, fantastic prose, and solid characters. An excellent framework that shows incredible promise, and is already starting to deliver. I simply must have more!
In summary, I can't recommend this more. Absolutely excellent.