A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality

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A poor and ordinary boy from a village joins a minor sect in Jiang Hu and becomes an Unofficial Disciple by chance. How will Han Li, a commoner by birth, establish a foothold for himself in his sect? With his mediocre aptitude, how will he successfully traverse the path of cultivation and become an immortal? This is a story of an ordinary mortal who, against all odds, clashes with devilish demons and the ancient celestials in order to find his own path to immortality.

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A Record of a Mortal's Journey to Immortality
Fan Ren Xiu Xian Chuan
Phàm Nhân Tu Tiên
RMJI
凡人修仙传
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Eternal Liar
Eternal Liar rated it
January 6, 2017
Status: c256
One of the better reads of Xian Xia I have come across, this Xian Xia is based on how an ordinary person managed to make it into the cultivation world. Most protagonists of this kind story are based on heaven-defying luck and innate talent to the point that it is unbelievable even for a fantasy and only seemed possible if it is written as a book. Not to mention that the antagonists are usually flat out used as the villain with no other purpose that to be evil and as... more>> an obstacle instead of being known as an actual person. While it is still a good read but it takes away a large part of the realism.

A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality, in my opinion, managed these two aspects very well. While your MC does get a heaven-defying item but isn't overly reliant on it. Of course, all MC needs an unfair asset to be able to make it to the top, but it shouldn't be entirely fixated on it. The MC relies on both his intelligence and wits coupled with his heaven-defying item to make it. Yet it doesn't instantly make him instantly outstanding, little by little you see improvement. The pacing for his progress while a bit slow, but is very enjoyable to read through.

The challenges and antagonist he faces are quite realistically shown as if it would be what an actual cultivator faces along the way, especially the antagonist. They all have their own motives for clashing with the MC, other than existing for the sake of being an antagonist. This is part of the most attractive details of the novel, as the characters in this story feature intelligence. A rare trait in most Xian Xia stories. <<less
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lehur
lehur rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: --
1 Star for novel
1 star for translator

Cons;

1. MC naive, yeah even said I not suited to do a good deed, but again no matter someone do bad for him he will do good for him, the fuck, very naive, he only counterattack toward his master to make story rather intrigue, but still personality too naive. MC said he will not do something except he gain something, but fuck. He again naive toward a world, people and even himself. He naive toward himself, cuz he said not to care sect,... more>> nothing to do with him, he end up doing everything for sect and said loyalty. Hypocrite
2. MC at first novel very filial to the point I will prefer not to be inner disciple, so I can like uncle have a more opportunity to come back home. Fuck in entire vol 1. He what he did toward his family NONE, except a few silver who he mentioned in entire vol 1 just 2/3 times, other times, he said came back home, but not to be described in novel, only said he had came home. Toward stranger he kindness no matter even if the one he save kill him he still being kindness, and kindness to the end to the point giving precious medicine compared to his family a few silver. So amazing comparison. again Hypocrite
3. Forget about this stupid/idiot/naive MC. Why stupid/idiot/naive? simply he always the one who endured save sect, the one who pay the most. and the only one being take advantage. If this MC can be a littlle more bit like Yue Yang LLS, who always the winner and takes all, I give it 2 star. to be a bit smarter, be more ego, strive for power.
4. MC have tendency doing habit for old man, author make this simply telling he is wise and smart than other, fuck hypocrite, naive, idiot.

Pro

1. His nicknname is very suitable second fool, second to none

Hoping; MC can change a bit more realistic, no easily being take advantage, if not then how cheap MC can be, so cheap to the point in entire ol 1 he squander precious herb, pilll, effort. In novel did not mention a little bit his award or payment except his title. so cheap mc as cheap as chu feng MGA (read my review how cheap Chu Feng after chap 1900+) <<less
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justien01
justien01 rated it
March 24, 2016
Status: c120
I have a lot of expectation for this novel since this is rank number 1 in Qidian with over 13 million votes greatly surpassing its peers. Well so far so good the MC is cunning but for some reason he give me the feeling that the MC is very normal maybe because I read too much novels with OP MC. First 100 chapters is super long prologue which is very good cause it give the story a really strong foundation and you wont see this nowadays cause most novel... more>> 10~20 chapter and thats it. <<less
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App
App rated it
December 8, 2015
Status: --
Other than the currently relatively slow translation speed, this is the best out of the 20+ xianxia works I’m currently reading for one very important reason: Arc 1’s Villain. Never in a Chinese novel have I read a more insidious, plotting, sith-like antagonist than in Mortal’s Journey, and when the sh*t hits the fan and the first fight of the MC happens: It’s EPIC.

All of the character’s plots one way or another are revealed to counter each other to see whether the new cultivator can beat a justifiably unbeatable... more>> foe, and while the bigger twists can be seen a mile away, the devilish details are what make the fight great.

The more important aspect of the villain is his longevity and presence in the story. He is almost always on the wings or on stage, always establishing more of his character and interacting with the MC, more so than any Xianxia currently found partially in English, as usually villains are throwaway cliches which are used up in a few chapters. (Exception maybe to ISSTH’s Mr. Turtle: that was a very satisfying burglary)

Yes, it’s a Xianxia (therefore plot armor), yes, the skeleton of the plot could only be more cliche if the MC was reincarnated, but the details of the characters so far and their motivations are the best written I’ve seen so far from the genre and it definitely deserves your time. <<less
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Sae
Sae rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: c212
Review as of c212: 4.5/5.

My first point: If you want action packed fast paced and/or a genius with (a) heaven defying treasure(s) and luck then don't bother with this one because it's as far as can be from what you want.

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The story is about a kid who can't be anymore mediocre whether in looks or talents, got dragged into the cultivation world and step by step climbing up in power while bitterly trying to preserve his own life by making use of a treasure that does not increase his cultivation talent at all. The first hundred chapters as a form of prologue is slow, but the "slow" is just right. You can't expect too much from an all-round average kid, even being able to improve at his current stage is already a feast for someone like him.

What makes this novel worth reading:

1. There is this saying about the more hollow the drum, the louder it sounds. People with low intelligence and low talent are the best blabbers. I always think that the cultivation world where only power speaks volume, nonsensical verbal arguments from every opponent is too much too unrealistic. This novel precisely avoids that. In a world where danger lurks everywhere, where there is always someone stronger or has better treasures than you, it's easy to lose one's life. Even no matter how much backing one has, if they die then that's it. If everyone is a hollow drum, then Jianghu is nothing but a joke.

That's why it's delightful to see that the majority of characters (enemies included) are NOT brainless idiots with foul mouths that spout 5+ line paragraphs. When there is a need to fight they fight. Everyone (even demonic beasts) priorities their life and has certain degree of guard against any opponent even if they are stronger in power. Heck yeah that's more like it.

2. As mentioned MC is average in everything, even his personality (he is no villain nor hero). His treasure is prolly the only thing that makes him worth writing a story about. However, the spotlight shifts to him thanks to his incisiveness (one example would be his low resistance to beauty but refusing to suffer for it). He absolutely knows how to THINK. From the clever use of the treasure to making the right choices in tough situations, by constantly activating his brains he is able to stay alive and still withholding the bottom line of his principles.

This incisiveness doesn't come out of nowhere, but painstakingly learned from the first 100 chaps that meticulously built up his foundation knowledge of the cruel cultivation world. It's fun to see him grow and facing challenges with his own wit rather than resorting to glaringly blatant plot armor or deus ex.

3. No useless fillers so far *throws confetti*

Why you might find it boring: pill pill pill tool tool tool. That's the most of it for powering up so far. However it's only sensible. His treasure aids in pills, with his talent he won't get anywhere far without pills, and wouldn't survive long without good tools. Think of this as contribution to his intellect though, knowing how to use tools is a talent for survival. Not seeing much of fighting techniques is a little sad for me, but no OP shiny fancy name actions that kill in less than a millisecond is also good. I do hope to see good techniques later on though. Anyhow, I would like to conclude this by referring back to my first point.

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LoneDK
LoneDK rated it
July 6, 2016
Status: c901
I liked the story. It started off slow but have good potential. The story is not as generic as some other xianxia. The MC feels very average though there are a few badass moments but overall he feels like an average cultivator which I guess is the intention of the author. Nevertheless it doesn't take away much from the story. Some people have likened this to ISSTH. It is not ISSTH. The feel of the MC is completely different as Meng Hao is all about that perfection while Han Li... more>> is the guy that takes what he can get to advance. My biggest gripe with this story currently is the at the point of this review c368 something happens that makes me feel like not continuing with the story.
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He suddenly lost his cultivation and have to start again. I don't mind when this happens but only when done well. Here it's just out of the blue in the most rage inducing way possible. He meets and save the twin of the girl he banged earlier and to repay him she drained his cultivation to restore her own. She's more powerful than him btw and after draining him she actually punch him for sleeping with her sister and act all high and mighty. It feels so cheap as I know this is just setup for the next arc. There's really no build up to him losing his cultivation and is just something that randomly happens.

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edit: Alright, after finishing up all other novels to their latest chapter I decided to give this another shot. The story is good but still slow as ever, I skimmed through some arc that was really boring but otherwise it was fine. Manage to push to chapter 901 and then the author pulled the same crap that made me want to shelf this in the first place. This would have been a terrific novel had the author not use gimmick like this.

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Once again, out of the blue cultivation lost. Not permanent this time but more of a I must seal my cultivation since someone put a cursed on me. It was so random - He traveled to a new place when he reached mid stage Nascent Soul and some random ass cultivator picked a fight with him spiraling into a group gang up on him and someone put a curse on him. It's literally setup for the next arc which feels cheap as hell.

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ptsome110
ptsome110 rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: c119
If you liked ISSTH, you will like this.
:) Like ISSTH there is no plot formula (constant blood bath, arrogant comments, recycled plots, etc)
:) Cultivation world is more like ISSTH > Coiled Dragon type of cultivation
:) It doesn't get to the action right away, but spends quite a bit of time telling the story & building up suspense
:( It doesn't get to the action right away which may have thrown off a lot of readers & caused them to give up on the story before it gets... more>> really good
:) Author pays attention to detail & delivers story very well (its very different from normal chinese authors in this genre, the style of writing is more akin to Er Gen or tang jia san shao <<less
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novelbrah
novelbrah rated it
July 14, 2016
Status: c149
WOW

Most of the people complaining about the story being slow probably don't read actual literature. This isn't some Martial God Asura clone or whatever... There's an actual story and it has no senseless fighting. I'm more interested about what the MC will do than seeing ridiculous fights with comments from onlookers.

Someone said that if you like I Shall Seal The Heavens, then you'll like this one, and I completely agree. Although, I do like A Record's plot a lot more than ISSTH's.

If you're the kind that likes fast... more>> paced action that repeats itself, then this isn't for you. If you read fantasy books with actual plots, you might enjoy this one. Clearly it isn't a work of art, but compared to the rest of the novels here? I think it's top of the line.

EDIT*********** 3.5/5 NOW

WTF happened? After the first arc, it feels like the author got lazy. I need to wait a bit more to truly make a final decision. Hope it picks up soon. <<less
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heishiken
heishiken rated it
March 1, 2016
Status: --
One of the Novels I'm looking forward to the most as of how it will Develop. Definitly worth a read though if you like Xianxia Genre in general.
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Linked
Linked rated it
November 6, 2015
Status: --
Okay, as the translator I might be biased, however I want offer more than just the "cookie cutter" opinion as the two above have stated. Now the story is only 50~ chapters or so in translated at this moment so those in the future this may not apply to you. Okay here we go. So the story starts off slow, real slow as a base background for the character is developed. The main character Han Li is a poor child that essentially joins a martial arts sect... more>> for a chance to help his poor family back home, ( I don't think this is spoiler it's introduced quite early.) Anyways this sort of sets up a sort of "typical" child background but that's where it ends. The MC starts to think a little bit more than others and his motives for power at the moment aren't to crush his enemies but to save his life. Again it's slow so at the moment there aren't too many fight scenes, but I feel that this story is powerful in the sense that it is able to develop characters in a much deeper sense which may appeal to me but not others, so read and I hope you enjoy. And to those that jumped to conclusions from the synopsis which makes it sound bland, it isn't truly like that I will be editing it shortly. Please just take a chance and enjoy! <<less
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fir537
fir537 rated it
June 9, 2016
Status: Completed
I read this alongside Martial God Space, a welcome read during the wait for new MGS chapters.

A great read, the title is pretty much the whole story. You follow the story of how Han Li cultivates into being an immortal.

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The whole story is all about one dude cultivating and doing his best to stay alive in the cutthroat world of cultivators. He tries his best to cultivate, ignoring most other things in life other than cultivating, trying his best to not have enemies, and pretty much try to stay alive. Every realm he cultivates into he gains extra lifetime, but still not an immortal, so he has to cultivate more. And when he becomes immortal, the story ends. Rather cliffhanger type of ending, but i suppose it was expected since the title already describes the story.

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Hopefully the author have plans to make a sequel. I really liked Han Li. Only Han Li. The story gets boring at times but Han Li is the reason i kept reading. <<less
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dy2746
dy2746 rated it
December 23, 2015
Status: --
At the time of this review i’m about 50 chapters in. Warning this a very slow start, MC doesn’t throw a punch in the first 48 chapters or so. BUT what makes this stand alone from most Xianxia is the fights so far are different, it’s not just two guys mostly standing still throwing magic/energy/flying swords or what ever at each other to see who the throw it the strongest. It’s martial moves kicks & punches and sword slashes that the others have to dodge/counter/block. sorta like a kung fu/ninja... more>> movie close quarter fighting. To me it was a breath of fresh air.

Down side as of this moment the translators seen to be having some issues and a snails pace would be lapping these guys. I’ll put this in the check back in a few months category and hope I can pick it back up. <<less
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Pleasantly-plump
Pleasantly-plump rated it
October 15, 2016
Status: c214
So far as others have stated the mc is very ordinary, which I feel fits the title well. If I were to put the mc in another xianxia story, he would be the character that you would overlook. He does not have some special aid to move him through cultivation (at this stage). This is the story of the common person and not a chosen, a good read.
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clowred
clowred rated it
July 11, 2016
Status: c140
As many others have already stated, this novel is quite different if you compare to the general xianxia. Lucky encounters don't come without dangers, and they also do not prove to be so important that they would completely change his abilities without hard work. What truly impressed me was how dangerous was his beginning on the path of cultivation.
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Han Li was chosen by luck to become the disciple of one of the most important figures of a minor sect, a god doctor, with another child of his age. They were both educated in the art of medicine while they also obtained a secret chant from the doctor Mo which should be cultivated for one year before being tested. Han Li manages to somehow reach the first realm while the other kid didn't and instead was given a physical cultivation method. Little did Han Li know that the truth was quite different. He was actually a human incubator while the other kid after developing a few levels was killed and then used as a puppet. Slowly he understand the danger he is in and starts training to be able to fight against this doctor that was also a supreme expert.

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This type of adversity is rarely seen in Xianxia mostly because of the plot armor and the huge amount of encounters the mc generally has. Here we have a 100% genuine normal person that gets blessed with enough luck to stand a chance and rarely to put a good fight against those stronger than him. If you compare it to other xianxia where the mc somehow manages to defeat those at a few realm higher than him, not levels, you understand how special is a mc that is a normal cultivator and not some freak. He values friendship but he is not so unstable to stop from progressing just to become a baby sitter. Because of this after a time he
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actually cuts off all his ties to the mortal world, leaving his sect, his friend, and even his family

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What also impresses me is that he is not immune to beauty. He is influenced by it and feels at a loss sometimes when dealing with such characters. Later on he even concedes against such a beauty because he doesn't know how to react and is forced to make a gift.
A relatively funny story with a absolutely awesome plot. The only things that leave a sour taste are either the author making some inserts here and there about the future or the seemingly fast pace which goes from one part of the story to another with a fast interlude, sometimes skipping a major part of the plot only to explain it in one chapter or even less. The new arc which is about
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cultivation

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is a little too detailed which can give a headache considering the change in the style of writing. At least, for now, it left me with a good impression while making me want more. I will eagerly wait for the updates. <<less
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archigoel
archigoel rated it
January 7, 2016
Status: --
This book is very good in the initial stages, but as you approach 250+ chapters, you quickly start getting BORED. MC is absolutely concerned with himself. Story remains true to the title...telling how MC is progressing, but after some point, I just dont care about him. Frankly, story becomes absolutely damp squib.
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ScotlandForsythe
ScotlandForsythe rated it
November 25, 2016
Status: c118
I honestly need to start reading again and catch up cause I am beeeehiind, but before I do that I'll give you my impression of the first couple of chapters.

Before I start I of course have to say that this has the outline if the typical xianxia, but hey-- what xianxia doesn't? The important aspect of the story is that even though it is slow-paced it fleshes out in the long run. It covers things overtime and gas very few plot holes.

Overall it is an enjoyable read and gas aspects... more>> that make it unique. The MC's separation from the mortal world is extremely touching. He just doesn't suddenly become an immortal practitioner. He eases into it and it makes sense (sort of like how ISSTH's MC eases out of his mortal roots).

The MC is thoughtful and he doesn't exactly remind of other xianxia MCs. I know people may say it's boring, but it puts bread on the table.

Please check this out. Burrow through and you'll find a gem. Even if it isn't your cup of tea, I hope you won't ruin it for other people who may like it.

Enjoy and thank you for reading. *Hugs* <<less
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Lazybum0
Lazybum0 rated it
August 11, 2016
Status: --
This is your typical Xianxia in terms of world building, powerful people struggling to get to the top, a world ruled by the powerful, a similar world to ISSTH. Now though the world is similar to other works the characters and mc are not imho.

In so many Xianxia you can see certain archtypes of character like the young master, the teacher, the powerful old man, the though to be cripple mc but is in reality a super genius.This novel has more variety and doesn't down grade the intelligence of... more>> the side characters to make the mc look smart, it doesn't need it, the mc has low talent and is of an ordinary background, no trick about it . But he's smart and has a cheat (that doesn't improve his talent ). No real backing, he's more of a lone wolf a rogue cultivator, kinda like Wang Ling of Xian Ni.

Now what I like the more about him is how rational he is, he's not bad nor good,he does help people within his capabilities, he won't risk his life unless there's profit or there's a friendship, he won't risk his like for a random woman even if she's a beauty. <<less
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craBebe
craBebe rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c108
This is a very good series with an interesting MC, cultivation method, and story line. The world building is very well done and sets itself apart from other xianxia novels in a meaningful enough way to feel as if you're reading something new and different. All in all, a very good read.

There is one downside to this novel and that is that the release time is long, the chapter length is short, and the pacing is relatively slow. As a result if following this novel on a release to release... more>> basis it can be pretty unsatisfying as very little happens on a chapter to chapter basis. I would recommend stockpiling this particular novel to read in spurts, aside from the short chapter lengths it's a fantastic story that has a lot to offer. <<less
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Xravia
Xravia rated it
December 27, 2016
Status: c248
If you are looking for a novel that has a pragmatic and clever cultivator that steadily climbs the cultivation world with a hidden cheat item then this is for you. The translator paces the story and tone very well and every chapter leaves you wanting for more which kinda clashes with the translating speed as reading is faster than translating . That is really the only downside to this novel is that you want more after catching up!

The thing I love about this novel is that there is actual... more>> character development and progression. Where you grow with the character and become investing in his actions and the consequences which unlike other novels doesn't end with clan annihilation and getting all the hot babes ;D <<less
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hero
hero
April 16, 2016
Status: --
I’ve been trying to read and really like this novel (this is the top ranked novel in Qidian afterall) but for some reason I just can’t relate at all or feel some sort of curiosity towards the story.

ISSTH was slow but there was something about it that kept me interested and which powered me through the slow start. That something for some reason hasn’t emerged for ARMJI at all. I think I’ve stopped reading it and tried to resume reading it 4 times and I’m still only at chapter 45.

Oh... more>> well, I’ll just leave it in my “To Read” for now and see if my attitude towards it will change in a few months. <<less
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Aure94100
Aure94100 rated it
February 6, 2016
Status: --
All your comments have so weak reactions!

I can say that this story is excellent! The cultivation method is unique, the MC is weak but not in the usual boring way. He can’t have access to the fighting skills as the others but all about him is unique.

Besides, he leaves in secret from other disciples because of special circumstances who became weirder with each chapter (not having any real contact with the life of the sect) and he has to face a terrible plot that unveiled itself in a surprisingly smart... more>> and interesting way. The antagonist is really cunning and well developed, even other side characters are interesting.

This is a xanxia but without the usual stupid empty characters, recurrent occurrences or plot armors (didn’t see anything like that until now), even the MC’s personality is well constructed.

This novel has a lot of potential! <<less
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Raphael
Raphael rated it
October 13, 2015
Status: --
As the TL or editor of ISSTH/ I Shall Seal The Heavens said it doesn't matter what kind of talent you have even if it is below average or if you don't have any talent at all as long as you are the main character your plot armor shall carry you to victory, so yeah standard xianxia stuff like all 100 other works which are just carbon copy's of each other. Pretty good if you liked any of the previous xianxia works you may have read, but don't expect originality... more>> because there is none here or elsewhere so don't delude yourselves. Regardless is worth the time spend on reading it and the translators do their best so yeah overall a nice if repeated story. =D <<less
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