Recarnated with a mission,
and failure would spell a complete destruction.
MC cultivated his new RPG,
to rid the world of its incoming calamity.
After there was no one strong enough to fight the 'darkness', Young Emperor Feng Luotian together with his father was forced to perform a unique ritual to go back in time and prevent an incoming calamity. Could they both prepare everything in time?
Well, the Young Emperor certainly had his way, as he created his own unique bloodline with an RPG cheat system that was practically able to do anything other cultivators were not. But was that enough?
Let's follow the reincarnated Young Emperor's journey to conquer the whole world and protect everyone in it.
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Light of the Returning Darkness is a nice wuxia that suffers from a rocky beginning that shifts into a time jump that makes the introduction somewhat irrelevant. But after the first 5 or so chapters, as we get into the real story, it picks up in pace and quality.
Style: Featuring a mostly third-person style that focuses a bit too much into a comic-style writing approach. Onomatopeia are used constantly from "wooshes" of wind and "BAM BAM BAM" of explosions or mighty hits. These sound words are quite jarring at times, as they are almost a complete replacement for good descriptive text of the sound, in favour of shock value words.
Aside from the used of onomatopoeia, dialogue tags and descriptors often change their place or style, from the "Name: Speech" style to "speech - tag" style, which again creates a somewhat off-putting reading experience. Skills names are designed like [Ghost Walk] which is an easy way to separate them from normal words.
I feel like this style would benefit better if the onomatopia was less frequent or lent into it a bit more with possible imagery and aside descriptive text.
Story: As stated earlier, the prologue goes on for 3 chapters until we find the true characters we'll be following and even then it takes a bit more build-up. A general affair with Wuxia with title-names and gods fighting against one another, and then dropped into the gaze of a 14-year-old.
Nothing really gripped me, aside from some of the starting action that died off and time-skipped away. Until reading a bit further in and the story grabbed my attention in another way.
Grammar: Quite a few instances of dialogue not ending with proper punctuation, some speech just being punctuation, sentences lacking periods, broken sentences here or there. Since the author seems to be from Thailand this could be more to do with translation errors, but the number of punctuation mistakes feels more like a universal issue.
I didn't find anything that broke the story, but I feel like the issues could break immersion for most readers who care for proper grammar and spelling.
Character: The story contains a lot of characters, some in the beginning being tossed aside for later, and plenty being introduced with the new protagonist. I am not personally fond of the naming style, though I know it will appeal to others so no lower points for that. It can get difficult to keep track of so many different characters at once, however, as a few of them don't get enough aethestic descriptions to get a clear visual of who is who.
Overall, this is a fun story with some interesting ideas, though I feel it could do with another polishing run and possibly assistance from either a grammar program or checker.
LoRD is your standard xianxia novel, it was straightforward and fun to read.
Straightforward, clear, and almost manga-like It was written in 3rd omniscient so the reader could easily delve to the mind of all characters. Earlier chapters however suffered from lot of tells, then again considering the genre, it was a fair style choice.
Also very straightforward. Reincarnation/transmigration of a reborn soul, the MC born as someone crippled that now dong his best to awaken so he could enter the school. Standard of its genre. However it was the first time I saw someone use (western) zodiac as the flavor for the story. Quite unique.
So far (until chapter 5), we only scratch the surface. The MC do have some motivations, but the supporting cast (the MC's friends) not quite fleshed just yet. The second villains (the bandits) were a bit unrealistic IMHO, because considering the timeline, the MC not supposed to be labeled crippled yet, means lots of people should have vested interest in keeping the MC safe. The fact that bandit disregard that and suffer no consequence was a bit mind-boggling. (being shown a token was not a consequence).
Don't see anything wrong with this except the use of colon (:) as opposed as standard period (.) to start dialogue. Not a fan, but I think this is perhaps a style choice.
A fun read. Enjoyable enough to pass the time.
Style: The story gets straight to the point and is very fast paced. If you're a reader that enjoys stories for the events and what happens, then this is for you.
Grammar: For the most part it's good. There are some minor things here and there (like every story on this site), but ti's nothing immersion breaking.
Story: It's a wild ride. I'm not familiar with Wuxia stories, but this one has caught my attention. Lots of crazy action makes it for an engaging read. Weapons, monsters, martial arts. This story has it all.
Character: There characters server their role in the story. Dialogue is easy to follow.
Overall: If you're into Wuxia/Chinese novels then Light of Returning Darkness might be something to keep an eye on. It has that ancient mythology feel to it with the way it is written and the events that unfold within the story. However, keep in mind that the formatting isn't that of a typical novel; the dialogue is written in bold as opposed to traditional quotation marks and there is a lot of onomateopeia present. It takes a bit of getting used to but can be easily overlooked if you're trying to satisfy a "Wuxia itch."
Edit: I think this was a review-swap, so I'll just update it into a advanced one.
Old review starts here:
... Yup. The title doesnt lie.
POKE!! POKE!! POKE!! POKE!!
I took that from the story, giving anybody interested a clear sign of what the style of the story might be like. "I didn't truly understand the need to highlight the conversation in this way but whatever." There is a chance that a lot of it is due to an irregular formatting style, but I just couldn't get into this. The plot is good enough but nothing too extreme. 4/5 from me.
Old review ends here:
The style alone does need some more information. The author likes to use Bold to show off where the people talk. Not the biggest difference, but it kinda makes it harder to read fluently(personal opinion but still). I do still need to mention the style that skills are shown. [SKILLNAME]. Loved it. Style is 4.5/5
Grammar is, yet again, not something I need to talk about too much. Minor errors here and there, but nothing that would create real strife. 5/5
Story? It's kinda hard to say. There is some level of plot that's started out, but I wouldn't say that I have a full grasp of what's actually happening. Is it interesting? Yes. Did it make me binge the entire fiction? No. While the story does become more clear the longer you get into the story, I wouldn't change the ranking given. 4.5/5 out of that.
The characters are pretty neat. Emotion is felt to some level, but not enough to really connect with them. MC is neat tho so... 4.5/5 from that. It does get more obvious in the story but whatever.
I will give this story an overall 4.5/5 anyway. Does need some improvement but whatever.
I find the story rather entertaining as it's a wuxia novel but not crammed down your throat like about 60% of wuxia novels on the internet. The cultivation system is easy to understand and even with my two brain cells I find it easy to understand so if you can't - you're an idiot.
style- the author uses bold to show text wen characters are speaking which I have a love/hate relationship with on one hand it makes it easier to follow dialogue however it also sometimes draws my attention away from the text near the dialogue. With the rest of the story I like the way the rest of the story is set out the boxes containing the character information are easy to understand and the overall format of the story is nice.
story- I have no complaints about the story nothing particularly bad, especially compared to some of the stuff I've crammed down my throat, some of the stuff is briefly explained then expanded on in the future eg, differences between cultivation levels. Nothing feels particularly forced so overall it's good
grammar- no issues with the grammar, no grammatical errors as far as I can see, so I can't write particularly much about it without just pulling it out my arse but hey, you just read it so ha. But on a more serious note the reason for not giving 5/5 would be because the vocabulary isn't 'ambitious' enough as my English teacher would say
characters- the characters don't necessarily have realistic personalities but they're realistic enough that they don't feel like characters thought up to embody some flawless ideal, maybe that's just because the story hasn't been ongoing for long enough, but personally I like the characters.
p.s- you should probably take my review with a grain of salt I'm a sucker for litrpg, power fantasies and smashig peoples faces and egos into oblivion