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Beseech The Devil
December 12, 2016
Status: c99
One of the best you can find out there;

The mc is not one of the barbarian birth as he was adopted into the village clan by the villages grand elder and because he has a body of an immortal cultivator, walking on the path of barbarian cultivators is very difficult to almost impossible (think of barbarian cultivators like the western one from ISSTH) the cultivation realms are different compared to the other three popular novels from Ergen however there is one aspect that most people will link with ISSTH is... more>> that cultivators in BTD will condense an Totem Tattoo based on their dao or technique which is really cool.

At the moment all we know is that the mc found a special object which contains memories of certain civilization but to access them he needs to insert special pills into the object according to the memories of how to concoct them shown to him by the object.

The world also knows nothing about pills so he needs to be careful after he made and sold them however the ones he made are only useful to lower level people. also because of a certain event which caused their surrounding territory and other tribes to be in danger he through bravery acquired a technique which allows him to practice faster but at danger of exploding.

As the second novel of ergen it is awesome however because it is still in its early stages i cant give a proper review at the moment but from what i have seen if the way it continues on wards it might contest with Xian Ni on my list for no.1 from ergen as for ISSTH at the moment it is No.3 because i dislike Meng Hao and his personality however as the story of ATTE or AWE (still ATTE but different name from DB) ISSTH might drop to no.4.

I totally recommend reading this one as reading Ergens novels is always a good experience and its always enjoyable. <<less
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Stealing The Heavens
December 25, 2016
Status: c53
At the end everything is condensed into bullet points if you dont want to read the review;

Absolutely worth a read, for now there has not been much seen, but the protagonist is clear headed and doesnt go against his personality/characteristics as it is always seen in other novels for example (not related to this one) the character knows he/she should not cause trouble on the outside but still does it. in this one the mc knows that if he causes trouble and everyone know he did it would cause major... more>> trouble to himself and his... so what he does is sneak around and handles matters in the dark like his character was explained in the early chapters...

Cultivation hasnt been explained that well yet but all we know is that there is Houtian and Xiantian unknown what is beyond but probability is that it is likely something along the lines of foundation establishment... (so the only thing that i could say isnt very original is probably the cultivation levels) the breakthrough in each realms are properly explained why they happened instead of saying that he gained enlightenment and finally brokethrough. The mc also has a unique cultivation technique that can only be used by him (another cliche part i guess) but there is also a reason why only himself can use it... (so i guess that is a plus).

Nobles... well lets say that at the very least they are not handled the same way as usually.

Cliche;
1. Cultivation Levels (however unsure about it too much as i only read the tl chapters and guessed)
2. Unique Cultivation Technique (special reason not going to explain as it is a spoiler)
3. Nobles but they are handled properly... mentioned in the plus...

Plus;
1. The MC does not go against his character... doesnt do things on the outside for the most part but in the shadows
2. Clearly expanded on cultivation and why breakthrough happened
3. Scheming... including on how to handle different kinds of nobles... sort of using a borrowed knife to handle enemies
4. The mc is staying away from sexual interactions because it would destroy his cultivation ability... so likely only a single love interest cant be sure but from one of the reviews above it is somewhat stated that there is no harem!! <<less
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Renegade Immortal
December 11, 2016
Status: c360
Why I think this is 100x better than ISSTH;

1.the world setting is as it should have been very dark and cruel instead of a world like ISSTH where it is a happy place until blah blah blah...
2. The main character is done very well at the beginning a child without talent for cultivation wanting to be a cultivator, whilst having a devil whispering into his ear to become one himself.

3. The character personality is great and could be witnessed strongly changes; innocent child, somewhat scheming youth, a youth against... more>> killing innocents, youth forced to commit crimes to survive etc eventually a brutal killer after which acheivig the goal which forced him to become a brutal killer he decided to walk a normal path where he wouldn't kill unless it was absolutely necessary. As for MH he had some good developments but then became retarded again after around c700 which lost my interest at that point but with this, I read somewhat ahead and it keeps getting better!!

4. Cultivation is more difficult as well as has more complications and other aspects.
5. Romance done somewhat well as you will notice around the beginning of 200s as well as around the beginning of 300s as they are expanded on...

Well whether you like it or not but you have to know 1 important factor by the time WL was 200 he didn't kill many at most 1 thousand as for MH when he was 200 he killed 100 thousand so when you say that WL is a brutal killer and MH is a cool and nice guy think about it this the fact that by 200 years old MH killed hundred times that of wang Lin by 500 let's not even compare that... because it's huge a difference as MH is murdering brat that doesn't have any proper character development as compared to Wang Lin <<less
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The Nine Cauldrons
May 18, 2016
Status: c118
I like the story overall, tbh i only read CD, ST & DE from IET and i liked all three but my favourite of the three is CD but that is not important. This is a very good novel and I can proudly say that I enjoy it. Like with most or at least with CD and DE the build of power takes a while for the MC and the story around it is quite nice, the only negative that i would say is that IET keeps reminding the readers... more>> that the MC was a grandmaster in his previous life and in this new one he is still this grandmaster because he achieved it in his past life, which at first didnt really get me to think much about these reminders but if you see this in almost every chapter since book 2 until the present it can get pretty annoying however other than that the different arcs and the slow power up with little knowledge regarding anything currently is what is keeping me to check back each day to see what else i can see from the story <<less
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The Experimental Log of the Crazy Lich
February 19, 2017
Status: c50
I only read 50 chapters so my view may be biased. But in my opinion if the story ( characters, world development) Is good but when you read it and it is boring then there is not much point to it. I've seen reviews saying stuff that doesn't really matter but never mentioning that the story is boring and at times the story switches to stuff that doesn't really matter.

I give it something between 2.5 and 3 because it is not mindless and there is something good in it but... more>> nothing more because it is so BORING that you really have to force yourself to continue... <<less
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Pivot of the Sky
March 23, 2017
Status: c25 part2
It is good!!

The writing is very well done!!

Chapters are very very long!!

... more>> Cultivation seems pretty simple- similar and at the same not similar to Coiling Dragon-basically it is warrior and Mage in similarities anything else is completely original!

Reminder; the first 10 chapters are the prologue which set up the story, so if you think it is slow or that the mc should have already been a half god or something than sorry to disappoint!!

Overall I think that this is the best novel that is currently being tl'ed at volarenovels! Why you ask because the mc is not some kind of trash from a good clan but a normal youth from a normal household that has been helped by a family friend!! <<less
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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku (WN)
January 16, 2017
Status: v2c9
I understand that i did not read much to get a better view of the story but i just couldnt take it anymore of forcing myself to continue. Like i understand that people will probably assume that i read a bit and started spouting bullshit about the story... but you have to understand the first chapter of this novel was the biggest bullshit you will ever read... and let me explain what happened... the mc arrived in a new world and somehow created a meteor strike (out of fuc*ing nowhere)... more>> killed sh*tloads of different creatures including a god and instantly levelled up to lv.3000 something... i would not care about it if it was explained within the entire 1st volume about how he managed that bs... but nope it is not it just happened and we are meant to understand that as logic, then he walks about gets millions of different skills just by doing simple things... like although it may be seen as being on easy difficulty and i wouldnt complain about those simple skills that he acquired by doing simple things, but how the fuck do you explain a meteor strike as an easy skill to grasp? and then it went on and on until
Spoiler

he got himself two lolis and a normal looking girl just because... and he decided to raise them like pets...

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i mean if it just had a bit of sense, like people bash xianxia because of stupid reasons like filler, harem or something else but IMO this is the biggest bullshit i have ever encountered from the beginning of reading light novels... <<less
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Dungeon Hunter
December 27, 2016
Status: c242
I cant say to have read a lot of Korean novel because i have only read this and Ark and Ark the Legend but what i can say is that the Korean authors make the first half of the story really good, but always after the halfway point it becomes extremely boring. In this novel you have the transported in time Demon Earl Randalph who failed to become the demon king previously and was killed by one of the four grand dukes of the demon world so he made a... more>> deal with 72 dead gods to prevent the destruction of the human world and was sent back in time sort of. But the strange thing is he only cares about protecting South Korea he could care less what happens to the rest of the world which is even more strange if he was meant to prevent the destruction of the human kind, but lets ignore that fact as the author is Korean but his main character is a Caucasian. The good thing in my opinion is that he sort of is evil because to achieve his goals he was willing to massacre large number of humans to awaken them to the fact that the world is in danger.

The story also goes over a period of five years and each year there is about five to ten chapters about a stupid auction and how the mc wants to show off? for what reason should he show off to just put a price tag on his head? the last arc of the story was extremely stupid as it occurred out of nowhere and then when the MC finally became the demon king of the demon world he decided to stay in the human world? why just because of a fairy, more stupidity, like the author could have said that the rest of the demons were sent back to the demon world to start rebuilding it for his return, but no they stayed to allow humans to attack the dungeons as well as cause further monster waves, hypocrisy as he was meant to prevent the destruction of human kind he wasnt meant to stay after he did so and technically the monster waves should have stopped as well, but no. like i said good start, good progress until the mid point and then it went down hill. <<less
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9 Heavenly Thunder Manual
August 21, 2016
Status: c66
The thing with this novel which can be said that is bad is the fact in the beginning chapters the author himself was unsure whether to do a modern type story or mythical ancient setting... Even in the first 10 or so chapters it was implied that the settin was ancient China however after a certain thing happens the author brings a friend who arrives in a BMW and here I was (unsure about other readers) thinking wasn't this meant to be ancient China for what bloody hell are you... more>> changing it to a modern type setting... The biggest problem I have noticed with this and other modern Chinese novels is that they are extremely racist towards Japanese people for example with this novel
Spoiler

it clearly states that Japanese people are evil rapists that need to be exterminated...

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I haven't read past c.66 but what I have read in spoilers it just gets worse. To be honest if he went with ancient setting the racist thing would be barely noticeable because it could be changed to something like demons or monsters or even mutant humans and their races name could be changed but here it is humans and Japan and they are evil... ( this turned into a bit of a rant at the end, sorry...

Thanks for reading <<less
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The Magus Era
February 8, 2017
Status: c307
I liked it, well if i had to say the first few chapters were not really that spectacular that it made the reader (basically me) feel so cringe that i dropped it multiple times - i just for some reason hate reincarnation stories because they have almost the same first few chapters so no one can blame me for that!!

getting back to it the story is top notch - as can be understood as it is by Blood Red the guy who is also known for Stealing the Heavens -... more>> totally worth reading story suggest checking it out; as well as Radiant Era done by Radiant Translations.

still early stages of the story, and the cultivation is not that well explained which is the same with most blood red stories as he focuses on the story, world building and characterisation in all of his novels and leaves the cultivation as simple as possible. The reincarnation could have been left out as it contradicts itself as the mc said that he didnt like people around his age (new life) but then 150 chapters later he is best buddies with people around a year or 2 older than him, if it was done properly blood red could have made the mc find a vestige somewhere in the jungle and then created or inherited that technique of his (not a spoiler as it is explained in the prologue about the technique)...

His dad is weird, like if you were the last remaining member of the pure descent bloodline and knew people in your own clan tried to get rid of you, then drastic measures would have to be taken any way to ensure the survival of your own family...

also i have mixed feeling about the omni direction the mc decides to take in his studies, i would have preferred if he just stuck with a minimum of 1 field and maximum of 5 instead of dozens of different fields and being a super genius in all of them...

i cant talk much about bad because there has not been much about villains except of that humanity is in danger against a different race and thats it pretty much cant say anymore i guess, also if you have mixed feelings about this world then nothing can be done about this as i think that it might be a bit of a stretch but thinking that this is where humanities earliest point where slavery, tribes and the like existed i can just accept it and then just leave it be...

good read, suggest reading!!! <<less
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Battle Through the Heavens
May 19, 2016
Status: c414
Decent, worth a read just to get a feel of the authors work, for example there is a somewhat good alchemy training but can't be compared to issth though it's still really good to read .

Suggest giving it a try if you don't like it then quit.
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