Tales of Cultivation

Tales of Cultivation

by R L Grey

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The Wu Clan is under attack, their cultivators prepare for a last stand. But when Wu Jian’s father makes the ultimate sacrifice, they have a chance at something more, something greater than just being a small clan on the outskirts of the Qin Dynasty.

Join Wu Jian as he manoeuvres through the muddy waters of clan politics, cultivates towards immortality, and shows the world that messing with the Wu Clan is a very, very bad idea.

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Typical xianxia setting, but with more realistic characters. The chapters are short as indicated but each chapter/scene flows well and have very few grammatical errors. Each scene also dosen't feel rushed and gets its point across despite the short chapter. I haven't read too far yet but the story is good so far.

Give it a try.


Cultivation action/political drama

Reviewed at: Chapter 8 - Gathering Storm

Tales of Cultivation is the story of Wu Jian, the scion of an almost-mid-sized water cultivation clan who is suddenly thrust into a position of leadership when his dying father entrusts him with the Wu clan on the eve of a great battle. In Tales, R.L. Grey starts right in with the drama, action, and political intrigue and keeps it at a churning pace. If you're a fan of cultivation/xianxia novels, you should give it a shot!

As I mentioned, ToC starts right in with the action and keept its action scenes tight and easy to follow... if you're well-familiar with the xianxia drama and its tropes. If you aren't, you may well be confused with the terms and concepts used, as little explanation is given for them (i.e. what a Nascent Soul stage cultivator is and where they stand relative to Core Formation and Body Reinforcement stages). This is to say, the style may be inscrutable if you aren't familiar with xianxia, but shouldn't present a problem to those who are.

There's little to complain about here. The grammar is better than the vast majority of RR stories, and there's little in the way of typos or incorrect wording. Any corrections that I would make are largely stylistic choice.

The story is action-packed and lacks only insofar as it focuses on action and political drama without pulling back much. Unlike most cultivation stories, our protagonist, Wu Jian, starts out pretty powerful (though not, thankfully, cartoonishly all-powerful), which places limits on the drama. Rather than Jian needing to combat impossible odds to advance toward the elite stages of cultivation, he must navigate clan politics and ensure that the ascendent Wu clan is not destroyed by enemies, bad actors, and more powerful rivals. Jian is imperious and aloof, at least in his bearing as his clan's patriarch, which means we don't see a lot of interpersonal drama, but we see plenty of action and politics.

The only character we spend significant time with in the early story is Wu Jian. One might be tempted to call him a fairly flat character, but as the story progresses, it becomes clear that he's not simply an aloof and virtuous scion, but a man with Machiavellian instincts and an attitude that the ends justify the means. Hopefully, more characters will be fleshed out as the story progresses.

Overall, I give this story 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it for fans of the genre.


Cultivation political story that holds intrigue

Reviewed at: Interlude 1 - Opportunities

A cultivation story with a twist filled with sect politics and drama. Recommended for anyone that enjoys a xianxia/martial arts story.

I enjoy the pacing of this story unlike many other xianxia's i have read, others are either blazingly fast or painfully slow. This one strikes a good balance leaving me wanting more. It is well written and flows naturally making it a pleasant read.

Action scenes are easy to follow and well written.

The main character Wu Jian has a lot of depth to grow and expand. I agree with one of the other reviewers and would love to see more characters and have them fleshed out and expanded upon. 

The only thing I have against the story is the short chapters that can easily be improved upon, but it takes nothing away from the story in my eyes.

All in all: Well written, flows well and no glaring grammatical errors that I've been able to spot. Plently of action and itrigue to keep one entertained, a refreshing take on the xianxia genre for me and one that I would be pleased to continue reading in the future, I'm interested in where the author takes this story and how well they can write and layer the politics within the land. 


The chapters are short and to the point, though I hope they get longer in the future. The plot flows well and the writing is pretty good, not much to complain about cause the story is quite realistic. I'd recommend reading this for an interesting read that explores parts of the xianxia genre that's often overlooked.