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In the Sarkcente Kingdom, in the south of the continent, the life of the King is nearing its end. The Royal Capital and the entire country slowly grow unstable.
The many Royal Children are amassing power and allies, and shall soon engage in a life-or-death struggle for the crown.
The four Great Families and the three Great Martial Schools will be forced to abandon their long-standing neutrality and choose their own sides.
During the calm before the storm, the leader of one of the four Great Families decides to take in two common children and to the shock of everyone, officially adopts them and treats them with great favor.
However, Tei’ru dies before long, leaving the two kids ostracized and alone within the family.
As the major events in the Sarkcente Kingdom and on the entire continent start to unfold, the ten years old boy, Laien, is about to begin his epic adventure.
(Read the brief introduction before you proceed to reading the chapters, thanks!)
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This story truly ended up surprising me more than I thought it would even though I went into it expecting to enjoy it from the start. Now the hard part is trying to convey all these feelings..
First off, this story have everything I personally ever wanted in a story but didn’t think I would end up getting; a slower pacing which allows the author to be detailed, good transitions between the different arcs (also an intriguing story), an interesting and lovable cast of characters with steady character progression fitting the pacing (slow but apparent when you look back), an interesting ‘power system’ with thorough explanations about its workings (I just love when characters train and learn new insights, powers and stuff), amazing world building, OP main characters and gay relationships \o/
I also want to give my respect to the author for sticking to telling his/her story regardless of what people may think/say about it. We truly need more stories like this, it is such a shame it’s so underrated even though Caladbolg puts in so much hard work to update it as often as he/she does.
Now let’s tackle some of the stuff that might put people off from reading this wonderful story; and I can see no better way to start this than with the topic of gay relationships. Let me just begin with saying that this story is nothing like most of other stories on this site tagged with ‘Sexual Content’ where the characters have detailed sex every other chapter (exaggerated, I know); yes, sexual stuff happens, and yes the author is quite detailed when that stuff happens (which I have nothing against) but as of the latest chapter I’ve read which is Book 3 chapter 60 there has only really been detailed sexual scenes 2-3 times during the ENTIRE story as of yet. Everything else is mostly just kisses and light hearted stuff and most of it is not even between guys, there’s a bunch of straight relationships in the story (more than gay ones by a lot I would say) and most of the gay stuff is just light hearted kisses/cuddling/flirting and the author is handling it REALLY well.
The second thing that might be putting people off: the ages of the character who through most of the story so far has been somewhere between 10-12 years old and from what I’m understanding there are people who think they are too young for all the sexual stuff that’s going on and think it’s uncomfortable, and when I started reading the story I was thinking around the same lines and wished the characters would have been like 2 years older. But considering how light hearted the ‘fooling around’ is most of the time I can now kind of see it somehow fitting for their age especially after considering that they are more mature for their age as well as the effects the cultivations have on their growth. I just simple ended up getting used to it and I think and hope you might be able to as well.
The third and last thing I want to talk about which also kind of transitions into one of the things that really made me unsure (and still does) of how the relationships will play out: the incest between Laien and his younger sister. At first I didn’t like it at all, now I just brush it off as some innocent fooling around that won’t lead to anything in the long run, or atleast I really hope it won’t be leading to anything later down the line since I'm really supporting the current ‘relationship’ of Laien which I’m praying will be a stable one.
One of the things that annoyed me the most during the earlier parts of the story is that the sister in my mind wasn’t a character of her own, she only ever really interacted with her brother and didn’t care about anything else which to me made her boring, the story would have been completely fine without her. But thankfully towards to end of the second book the author started to redeem her a little in my eyes, or atleast aslong as her relationship with her brother stay as that of siblings. :)
An other thing that made me enjoy the story less during the first 2 books was the ‘fooling around’ of Laien. Most of it was innocent and pretty cute i've got to admit, but some of it really went on my nerves.. The author did however in my mind fix this problem with the introduction of a single character towards the end of book 2, so now i'm more than happy.
All those things aside, the only thing I see that might need a bit of improving is the spelling, but I’m not a native English speaker so it doesn’t really bother me and I’m usually so into the story that I just don’t care about a few spelling errors, but I can see how some people might think this is a problem.
Other than that I’ll just mention that I’m really loving book 3 so far, which is my favorite arc so far. I'm also really loving how the story and the relationships are progressing right now.
I guess that’s about it for this ‘review’, I’ve never really written one before and it got quite long but I just couldn’t stand how underrated this story is. If you haven’t started reading it yet, then you totally should.
Continue the fantastic work, Caladbolg!
I’ll be look forward to reading more :)
I have too much time on my hands and discovered this. This was a nice and interesting read. The characters are consistent just like i like and i understand the mc's personality. My only hope is that the author doesn't go the harem route like many other novels.
There wasn't many grammar mistakes and it was quite pleasing to read. Keep writing!
Starting this story i was extremely interested. But a little but later on the characters just seemed to be having many sexual interactions. The mc is only 12! Dont get me wrong i have no problem with the choice in realationships but considering the mc is so young its just too mature for a kid. Everything else though was on point.
Im Liking the story so far and I support it bro the grammar is pretty good and the story so far is amazing as well
Loved it, picked it up and binged read the whole thing so far in one sitting, amazing story, nuff said.
This long story has been a good read so far. Especially for a Wuxia themed one.
Cant say much about the world and the overall setting as it is well constructed for a wuxia/xianxia story, but nothing out of the norm for a novel in this genre.
The main selling point of this novel is its characters, and the relations between them.
One of the main themes of this novel is the BL between the main character and his companion. And it does progress like a love between two boys of 12 years old would. Be warned through that some chapters may contain content you maybe would not like reading due to the BL stuff happening in those chapters.
A possible problem when reading this novel could be the VERY slow pace of the story and the fact that the fight sometimes get dragged out to be far longer,this problem is noticable in the current war arc, this thankfully does not come with a drop in quality, but it gets a bit bothersome.
The grammar and writing of this story is decent, but there are places where it could improve a lot, especially in the first two books, but overall it did not hinder my reading experience.
Overall, if you want to read a Wuxia story with focus on the characters and the relations between them, (or if you just want to read a story with Yaoi elements) Go read this novel and dont be scared by its long length, its a enjoyable read.
It is genuinely upsetting to me how underrated this story is.
At the time of writing this review, it is on the 13th page of Active only and the 8th page of "Popular this week"
The story is coherent and flows well, without any glaring plot holes.
It also manages to avoid the wuxia trope of constant arrogance and endless revenge chains.
Something about it just feels nice.
The characters are realistic and multifaceted. They act consistent and develop as the story progresses, no generic Mary Sues here.
As far as spelling and grammar go, there are no glaring issues. In fact, it's hard to find many errors at all
Overall this is easily my favorite story on RRL, and I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.
This is one of those stories which draws you in and doesn't let go. The story is well laid out and there is no big plot holes that i could find. Characters are well thought of and are consistent and well developed . Grammar is good too . I write this to encourage the author to work hard so the story can be enjoyed by many more people who will find this work and maybe be encouraged to read this story as well.
Hmm not much to say...
If I had to give your a rating, I would place this novel amongst the top 3 of RRL.
More people need to read this, and it should get the popularity it deserves...
Now for a proper review :
Style : I can't see any reason not to put 5 stars, as I like the way it's written, and I think most will too ( Though dont take my word for granted, as people have different opinions for the same stuff, some good for good, some bad for good and so on. Even though I say this, I highly doubt anyone would rate this below 4 stars )
Grammar : I aint a person that cares that much for perfect grammar, though I do understand that some specially unreadable cases are an exception. From what you see grammar is again 5 stars, and it really shouldn't be, but with how many grammatical mistakes we've already fixed, now it is.
Character and story : both 5 stars again. Someone might think I am a bit biased towards this novel and so on... yeah... I like this novel a lot, but this doesn't mean that it is the same for everyone. In my head both are worth 5 stars, but someone else could rate it 4 stars, and still be pretty accurate.
I should write a review more based on facts and not feelings, but I guess seeing is believing. Read some of the chapters yourselves, and see what I am talking about
Worth it. Hands down one of the best on RR imo. Nothing else to say.