Battle Through the Heavens


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In a land where no magic is present. A land where the strong make the rules and the weak have to obey. A land filled with alluring treasures and beauty, yet also filled with unforeseen danger. Three years ago, Xiao Yan, who had shown talents none had seen in decades, suddenly lost everything. His powers, his reputation, and his promise to his mother. What sorcery has caused him to lose all of his powers? And why has his fiancee suddenly shown up?

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New kalp456 rated it
April 23, 2017
Status: c724
This is a series that promotes self-centeredness. Not just this novel, all of the novels written by the author promote self-centeredness. The MC expects that everything must go the way he wants to. Someone broke up with him? Then that person X must suffer. Author must create scenes wherein regret will be etched on X's face and bone or whatever. Someone wanted to be filial to her master but at the same time try to stop the madness that is currently happening, nope, that means that that person Y was... more>> just betraying him. Everything must go his way, whether you like it or not. Many things in the novel are like these examples.

But of course, this is but a natural course of events. I mean, what would you expect from a novel that has 1 dimensional characters only, except if the said character is someone who the author wanted to be someone who will be filled with regret later, which then becomes a 2d character, obviously. That's right, even the MC is a one dimensional piece (piss) of shit. He was supposed to be from another world, supposedly earth, where morals and such are the norm, but then...yeah, just some gimmick to attract audience.

Now, why was I am I still reading this piece of shit after 700+ chapters? People might think it is the plot but no. The plot, admittedly, is better than the characters but that's just in comparison. It is still shitty. Note: I'm talking about the plot, not the story. This series is just some mushed-up cliches to form some painstakingly designed poop for others to somehow admire without any themes whatsoever. There would be some gimmicks that might fool the viewer, like how


his teacher would be in a slumber or a "precious" comrade of his is abducted but these are all just excuses since these people are not needed in the current plot. The former, for example, was temporarily removed because the author don't want him in the alchemist competition (if I remember that correctly). On another slumber of his teacher, it was done because plot armor. It was one of the excuses in order for Xiao Yan to survive his ordeal. You can easily notice this by how the author made the priority of awakening the master a second matter. When MC was preparing to fight his senior apprentice brother, he didn't really bother to awaken his master. In fact, even the thought of awakening him didn't appear. This is just an evidence of the teacher not being needed so he was temporarily removed by the author.

He was awakened again because (1) Xiao Yan would've lost without his teacher in the current arc, which is defeating the Misty Cloud Sect and (2) there should be a large enmity between him and the Hall of Souls. Basically it was all for the plot. The little girl's abduction, on the other hand, the one with special eyes, if I'm not mistaken, was removed because she would've been a hindrance or to put it in other words, she would've caused the inflexibility of Xiao Yan to do the things he want, basically to make things easier for the author.

Another gimmick that is in the series is the death of Xiao Yan's clan members and its consequences. Although admittedly, death is a good thing to have since it shows how "the stakes are high" or "even the mc is not safe" or things like that, in this case, it was just a stupid gimmick. Why? Because (1) the clan members aren't really important and (2), aside from the MC's direct relatives, he didn't really cared about the others. The 2nd reason might perhaps be about filial piety or "blood is thicker than water" but it is more likely about face or pride of Xiao Yan.


Of course, even though they are gimmicks, these things are at least commendable since it shows how interconnected actions are present,


X happens so Y and Z happened. A happens, so B and C happened. Since A and Y happened, D will happen and since A and X happened, E will happen. The combination of Z, D, and E

will cause F to happen.

Something like this but less complicated.


Only, I don't think it is that amazing.


There's actually a reason why but I'm now too lazy.


Since I said that it was designed to be admired, that would mean that it has something that keep me going, aside from the things that is not "in" the series, that I'll mention later. This thing, of course, is the world created by the author. By world, I'm not talking about the people in the setting but the rank levels, continent, etc. I am always interested to these kinds of things and these are honestly the only reason why I read most novels in this site--to know what part of the world created will come next. Unfortunately, this series' bad parts are now just too much for me to tolerate, which by the way include the writing.

The author writes too much description. And each description is composed with too many words. You can literally read just a word or two in a paragraph to understand what the author wants to convey. If the writing has the elegance Ze Tian Ji has, I might be able to tolerate it (the writing in ZTJ is not like that of BTTH, by the way; I'm just talking about the elegance). Unfortunately, it doesn't have an ounce of it. It's just a chore to read it. Although I said that the writing is bad, this does not mean that it doesn't have any redeeming qualities. The fight scenes, for example, if one wants to imagine how the battles are actually enacted, then they could read it wholeheartedly for all they want but then again, as the first paragraph hinted and what I said in edit 1, the show is very bias towards the MC. You already know that the MC will win no matter what will happen, or he will attain benefits wherever he'll go or whatever he'll do (just like any other xianxia/xuanhuan actually) so the fight scenes being long just makes things boring, personally. A battle of tactics would of course be different.

Now, for the other 2 reasons why I still read it even though it is shit. It is actually one of the first translated Chinese xianxia/xuanhun web novel translated. I discovered wuxiaworld on late April or early May 2015 and binge-read CD and BTTH was already there, if I remember correctly, when I noticed it. It only had a few chapters back then, not really even reaching a hundred. I still remember a commenter in WW that created a pdf of it, lol. And the last reason is good translation quality and currently fast releases.

Excused Scoring: 1/5


Story: 1/10

Premise and Setting: 1/3 (Nice setting with generic premise)

Pacing: 0/2 (writing made the feeling to be very slow; little to no progression in 2-3 chapters)

Complexity: 0/3 (The world revolves around the mc so you won't feel any complexity, even the world of the series itself, plot even less)

Plausibility: 0/2 (plausibility and consistency are sacrificed for plot to progress)

Characters: 1/10

Presence: 1/2 (aside from the mc, others don't have any presence)

Personality: 0/2 (1D characters; if you think being an asshole is a personality, then...)

Backdrop: 0/2 (if not an excuse for further plot, there really aren't any so 0)

Development: 0/2 (this is obvious)

Catharsis: 0/2 (this is obvious)

Writing Style: 4/10 (too descriptive and descriptions are too long for readers to read them all; I personally skim through paragraphs)

Enjoyment: 5/10 (hey, I still am happy if the mc defeats his opponent, alright)

Total: 11/40 = 2.75/10 = 1/5

(refer to my review of Genius Black Belly Miss for the reason why)




Perhaps I should clarify that although the hint of romance between Yun Yun and the MC has an interesting concept, it was a wasted potential. It was actually alright in its execution but the following events, which is like the first paragraph of the review, ruined it all. This is also why even though Yun Yun, and other people like her, felt regret in their actions, I still deemed them as 1D characters. The conflicts were only cheap ways to say that the MC is always right; the MC is a flawless character that everybody must revere.


Edit 2: Writing section is edited.

Edit 3: Plot section is edited. <<less
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strixflash rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c377
I had high hopes for this novel seeing it's popularity but I was totally disappointed. The story itself is bad but the translations further ruins the fun for English readers as its full of pinyins for even common words which can be easily translated.

Why am I saying it's bad? Let's see...

MC's luck is so good that even the Lady Luck would die from jealousy. I understand that in such genres MC should have heaven defying luck but BTTH crosses the line. MC would find that... more>> even his sh*t is gold.

Author would waste chapters in introducing some beautiful one dimensional female character in every arc. They would fall for MC because of his awesome powers and superb looks. Author doesn’t focuses on any character development for the female characters... they are their just to fangirl and bring trouble for MC as arrogant young masters can't stand MC's charm *cough* The female characters are all looks but zero personality.

Battles are dragged out and honestly most of them are hardly any impressive. The most annoying part is that author would define MC's handsome features during the middle of a fight ~_~ We already know that MC is syper handsome as author explains it in every two chapters but does he have to mention MC's handsome features during the middle of a battle?!

The training is the most annoying part. Honestly the cultivation levels are hardly any impressive in this novel unlike ISSTH. Author would waste dozens of chapters for the process in which MC refines Heavenly flame. Chinese novels are 60% training and 40% adventures but in other novels at least the training part is good...BTTH has the worst training arcs. I get headaches whenever I read training arcs and that includes him refining heavenly flame or pills.

Boring world building. From what I have seen so far there is nothing impressive or unique. Perhaps that will change later on. <<less
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kcz117 rated it
May 14, 2016
Status: --
A good novel. A competent MC that isn't hung up on "justice", hard working, who gives back all he receives with interest. Cast of characters is decent, the setting is interesting. Other than dragging out events and the antagonists being repetitive in personality, it's a good read.
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Parth37955 rated it
March 30, 2016
Status: --
Here's a classic. It's a 4.5. Genius MC falls to trash and raises back up. It's a harem btw. Now some people may accredit his power up to his teacher but in my opinion, seeing as how he had already mastered the beginner level when he was young, he would have been fine had the ring not been siphoning off his Qi. He may not have been OP, but he surely wouldn't have been trash.
Some people complain about the long training arc, but it's really a buildup for the... more>> novel. You could say the story really starts around @chap300. If you've never read this novel, I'd recommend giving it a try. If you read the manhua and didn't like, I ask you to try the novel, cause the novel is much better, imo. <<less
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omarct rated it
October 9, 2016
Status: c270
I despise this novel. Everything in this novel feels generic, from the auction house, to the old dude in the ring, to the alchemy, to the mc from another world, to everything else. The fact that it uses it these well used things doesnt bother me, it is the fact that there is nothing unique to any of it. Its like the author just decided to put every xianxia cliche into the story to try and make it interesting. Some of the things dont even play a role in the... more>> story, like him being from another world it is just a gimmick to I guess make the readers relate to the mc, but it has nothing and i mean nothing to do with the story, it is mentioned at the beginning and never again.

If what I am telling you isnt bad enough, then there is the writing, oh god the writing. This author is the worst writer I have ever seen, there is so much PADDING every fucking chapter. It gets to the point where I am rushing trying to get through all the nonsense, as a matter of fact I started skipping entire paragraphs altogether, I would read the first few words and just from that I could tell what was coming. Yes thats right it got to the point where I could recognize whether a paragraph was padding or not just from reading the first sentence. Do yourself a favor go read ISSTH, ATG, TMW, MW, DE, TDG or any other recommendation before reading this piece of garbage. <<less
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Teunayven rated it
May 14, 2016
Status: --
The story is impressively fleshed out and entertaining. The novel is basically split into many different kind of arches. Fights, Alchemy, cultivating, and story. Each side is given its time and described in amazing details. I personally really enjoy the sheer amount of detail the author describes the alchemy in the story with. How the flame used to create pills is moved and controlled. As well as the varying steps in mixing medicine. It makes you feel the effort and difficulty people are... more>> having crafting their various medicines.

A nice part of these arches as well is if you get bored of one of these parts you will not have to wait too long to get to another part. It leads to an extremely varied and interesting story with many aspects to enjoy and pay attention to.

I also enjoy the MC who is very complex and follows his own internal code of right and wrong. Watching him get vengeance on those who slight him make for some of the most amusing and bloodiest scenes you will ever get to read. The MC's connections and the burgeoning romances among many different characters is also interesting to see as circumstances brings the MC close to a variety of characters and type of people. All in all it is a very enjoyable read that I think anyone can enjoy. I would especially suggest reading this if you enjoy stories about underdogs and bullies getting their comeuppance. <<less
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Dream Seeker rated it
May 20, 2016
Status: c127
Honestly, I don't know why I hold exceptions for some good writing from Xuanhuan and Xianxia, but this one isn't so bad. What hold this above the rest is alchemy, and strong female characters that seem to have more meaning than the usual fan service. Unfortunately, it's missing some important aspects of value including, pacing, tension, messages or lessons, character development. But writing it's beautiful, so lets say 8.1/10

Translation is of most excellent quality.
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RarestProGamer rated it
October 15, 2016
Status: c450
Disappointing! The novel started out really great and had an awesome premise, but yet again it turned out to be a cliche and mediocre novel like the most of the wuxia with an OP protagonist with lady luck whoring around MC.
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-Aside from that, the author of this novel drags and far-stretches the chapters so much that it will bore the hell out of you. I just somehow manage to complete the long training arc of the MC which should have lasted for a year, but it felt like eternity because so many meaningless encounters with MC which I remind you all of them are females just to show how badass MC is to save damsel in distress all over the place and holygod, does the author waste so much time in describing every beauty that MC meets along the way. I would not had any problem if this Novel really is Harem, but I am not sure anymore. Most of the females that MC encounters are forgotten as soon as the side arc is over, then what was the point of beginning that arc in the first place? Just to show how wrong those females are who acted all hawty and ignorant before meeting the MC? Who the hell cares man.

-The 2nd main problem is with the translation. Why the translator isn't properly translating the ranks too? What the hell is Dou Zi Li, who is Dou Zhe and Dou Shi? How am I suppose to remember them in rank orders? If you are translating it in English for god sake translate the ranks in English too for e.g Dou Zi Li=Beginner<Dou Zhe=Battle practitioner and so on. You will have a hard time remembering these terms when reading this novel unless of course, you write down all the ranks in a note pad in order with their English meaning, and also as an English reader, the English ranks of the novel would of course will have more impact on me. I just usually shrug it off when characters in the novels make big deal out of higher ranks which I don't even know the meaning of and for that I had to check the ranks orders and I already got spoiled, now that I know what are the highest most ranks in this novel by the end which kills any of remaining interest for me regarding this novel

-I heard people said that the novels turns out really great after 600 or something chapters, but I don't have the patience to read it till that far. After reading the long atrocious training arc of MC from dense forest to some desert with tons and tons of mindless encounters which only further distracts the MC from his main quests. It is like reading an RPG where MC only cares about boring and repetitive side quests. Did I mention that it took 10 chapters just for MC to consume heavenly flame and 10 more chapters to recover his Qi?

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krakers rated it
May 18, 2016
Status: v3c420
Guys I can only tell you 1 thing... read this. This is my favorite novel among all xianxia's out there(issth,atg,tdg,csg,tmw....etc). First, the concept is fresh, you can never find the same plot, story building, power development, relationship progress, and balance aspects in any other novels.

2nd.) He is OP for me but the opness doesn't just pop out of nowhere. His strength was well developed and very reasonable. The training arc is boring but once you get yourself out of chapter 300 you will think that the novel changes it's author... more>> or the author himself is enlightened. Starting from the point he fetch his very first heavenly flame the story becomes much more interesting.
3rd.) The story revolves completely around the mc... because other novels out there tend to focus on side characters that it seems like they can be the mc if the author changes his mood. Don't get me wrong because I also like those novels that builds the side characters but please men know the's suffocating to see other characters get ahead of mc in terms of development.
4th.) the idea of flame mantra is really good. It keeps me interested to the point where I even want to read the brain wretching machine translations.
5th.) Just read it and you can even create 6th, 7th... 100th good points out of it. Enjoy!!! <<less
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MondoX rated it
September 15, 2016
Status: c637
I had this novel rated higher, until the academy arc. The MC was training to become stronger, he would fight in life and death situations against stronger enemies in between his training. Some of the enemies he fought were two to three realms higher in power than the MC. Through various methods and help from stronger allies, the MC was able to come out alive. However, when the MC attended the academy, he met opponents around the same strength, and fights did not consist of life... more>> and death situations. The author would exaggerate the students' strengths, but they were not much compare to the MC's prior opponents. How are the readers supposed to take the MC's academy opponents seriously after the MC's history against stronger opponents? <<less
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DarkD rated it
June 7, 2016
Status: c249
The story is pretty good, don't get me wrong. I read up to chapter 249. The plot works and is careful to tread around the "so OP it's just stupid" problem that so many fictions have. The story is something I would call a downhill slog. It starts out with a lot of promise, but the further you go into it, the more predictable and monotonous everything becomes.

The criticisms I have is mainly the over the top descriptions in the fiction. For every... more>> piece of information we have to read through five pieces of fluff information. Someone says something, then there's like five paragraphs describing every detail you never cared to know.

Secondly, the plotline around 200 becomes increasingly predictable. It's what caused me to stop reading. I just felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen. Reading something so predictable just felt incredibly tedious.

Aside from that, if you're looking for deep characters... The protagonists might be a little deep at first, but he becomes rather shallow after the first story arc. The other characters also trail off quickly. The author has various character archetypes he uses, and once you know them, you know it all.

Feminists might also dislike this book. The protagonist often makes vulgar threats about raping girls (which he never carries through with) to get what he wants from them. Beyond that is just standard stuff for the time period, but is rather heavily prominent (arranged marriages, prostitution).

The story format is also extremely repetitive. Protagonist goes somewhere to get training, runs into a group who rubs him the wrong way, spends the next several months slaughtering them. It's very entertaining the first few times, but gets a little repetitive later. <<less
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Shikaz rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c406
This review is mostly based on what I like about BTTH from my own personal taste.

The story starts out al right, crippled genius turns into genius again and with a bit of help from a spirit in his ring, he embarks on his journey for power to settle a "minor" dispute between his ex-fiancée. Nothing special, but it was O.K.

It takes a dive for the worse after that though. The spirit in his ring helps him with basically everything. The MC is never really in any danger for his... more>> life, because his spirit/teacher gives part of his powers or/and takes over his body whenever he's about to die.

Now that would've been fine, but he uses his teachers power all the time, fighting people way stronger than his real strength, which just makes it boring to read.

I guess the author kinda figured that out though, since MC's teacher have a "restriction" to make it less convenient for the MC to use his powers later on (around 380+ chapters in)

It just comes of as lazy writing. Another gripe I have is MC's heaven defying luck. For example, if MC gets something precious and useful to increase his strength, it usually comes with other benefits, such as hidden effects later coming from said precious object, or if there's a tiny chance of something occurring taking said precious thing, it will happen, because of luck. This keeps occurring during the novel and it just keeps getting more and more ridiculous as the story progress.

Now, for romance, I, personally hate Harems, and the author has made it possible for it to take that route, because several love interests coming up numerous times, but nothing has ever happened between them, which I'm kinda glad for, since he's still weak and should focus on cultivation instead.

The MC... He's your average calm and collected character, but never think things through really, because OP teacher is behind his back and lady luck, so it never really builds up to any interesting risks or of the sort because of that and becomes super predictable as to what's going to happen. There's not much to say about him, he's not complex in any shape or form. But despite all this, he's still a very likeable MC and is a very solid one.

Overall it's an average story 2.5/5. Not bad, but not great either, just average.
Edit: I'll be updating this Review as the story progress, so maybe it becomes better, maybe not. <<less
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craBebe rated it
May 13, 2016
Status: --
A very good series with some interesting characters. Some of the arcs tend to drag, but often follow up with some extremely exciting moments (for instance the Misty Cloud/Three Year Reunion arc). I find myself losing interest for a few chapters, then coming back and getting sucked back into the story. It doesn't keep me eagerly anticipating the following release like some other series do, but it's still a really good read. If you've worked your way through the top 10 on NU, definitely give this one a read. In... more>> fact, everything on WW is worth a read. Check it out! <<less
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hero.storm rated it
March 24, 2016
Status: --
2.5 / 5

I waited for the conclusion of the “3-Year Meeting” before making a review and all I can say is that it was disappointing. While I was excited when the battle was inching closer and closer, I didn’t feel the least bit of excitement while reading the actual battle. This is huge letdown since everything that happened to him up to this point was for the sake of getting strong enough to beat Nalan Yanran yet the concluding battle actually had no impact for me. I was so disappointed... more>> that I actually read the manga to for the sake of comparison and surprisingly, I enjoyed the manga version of the alchemist tournament and the 3-Year Meeting battle more (which is extremely rare for adaptations novel -> manga adapations, or any sort of adapation to be honest).

What’s even more bothering is how Yun Leng keeps sprouting shit about beating Xiao Yan, underestimating him, etc when he’s pretty much fighting a kid half his age. This is normal in most web novels but don’t forget the fact that the invited spectators are all “overlords” of the region they’re in. Add the fact that the reputation of the Alchemist’s Guild and the Kingdom was saved by Xiao Yan during the Alchemist competition yet there the “overlords” are, watching while some old guy tries to kill their “hero”.

Saying all the above, I'm dropping this series. This means that I'll be dropping 2 of the 3 novels written by Tian Can Tu Dou. I'm actually still unsure if BTTH was written before or after WDQK since the wiki says WDQK was the second story written by the author while the review written below mine says BTTH was the second. If BTTH was written before WDQK then that just means that the author's writing actually became a lot worse (seriously, WDQK was a trainwreck for me). If BTTH was written after WDQK then that means the author really improved though. As for the 3rd novel the written by the writer, TGR, I'm currently still reading it but since not a lot has really happened, I'm still undecided whether I'll be continuing it (the uselessness of the people around the MC is appalling though). It's translation has currently stalled so I guess I'll just have to wait and see whether I'll end up dropping all of Tian Can Tu Dou or if one of his works becomes worth completely reading for me. <<less
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Bdragon83 rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c416
Every chapter that is released always is a new adventure to read, you never feel tired of reading, instead you want more and more.
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Max rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c406
This novel is awesome. The characters in this novel are likable and well fleshed out. MC is a sly guy who knows how to use his brain (Also not a bloodthirsty mofo like the guy in MGA). The story is compelling and well written. The translation is also excellent, no issues with grammar or terms. The unique Dou Zhe, Dou Shi, Da Dou Shi, etc terms of power classification was a bit confusing at first, but over time I found I liked it more and more. It has a certain... more>> amount of gravitas that standard numerical levels or master/grandmaster terms simply did not have.

What can I say? In all areas, this is pretty much what a perfect xianxia novel should be. I can find no faults with it other than there's not enough of it!

Alongside ATG and CD, this has quickly become one of my favourite works. If you're fans of either of those two novels, definitely try this out. <<less
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NamesAreRlyHard rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c405
Although it has alot of cliches, like the MC having god defying luck sometimes, this novel does the usual xianxia plot very well while adding great content on top of it. Its a very well written story, with a reasonable and likeable MC and a interesting world, definitely recommend if you like xianxia/xuanhuan. Also, although there are a couple arcs where the story slows down a little bit, the pace always picks up with time.
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Hornet7 rated it
May 14, 2016
Status: --
Terrific novel! It is true that you know the hero will always win and not die, but in this novel the hero never has it easy. Fortune smiles on him all the time, but that is only after he gives it his all and endures extreme pain and trouble. There are many novels out there where the hero upgrades super fast or becomes overly powerful for his level, but this novel is not that kind. It is a tale of a young man outwitting, out training, and out performing his... more>> enemies at every turn. I will also add that he does not always achieve complete victory. There are multiple times where he gets driven away by his enemies, but then he comes back later and executes his vengeance upon them. <<less
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AicilaXI rated it
November 30, 2015
Status: --
Time of Review: c226

Battle through the Heavens shares a lot of features with other similar xianxias. Considered trash, finds a teacher, fixes the issue and becomes strong. BTTH for me suffers from some (small) rather bland patches, although the majority of it is well written and interesting, including the opening 100 chapters. The alchemic elements of the story are quite well done and the flame concept is well thought out.

One of my major gripes with BTTH is that after the initial 100ish chapters the main character begins to have less... more>> and less input on what their plan of action is, and is simply directed around by his mentor who resides in him. Most of the decision making lies with this mentor who is very knowledgeable and as a result the main character is able to navigate through many dangerous situations with relative ease.

Despite this, BTTH is still a well written story which should definitely at least be given a try. <<less
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syuusuke09 rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c405
It's a very good series. It has the balance of being thorough and being exciting. The MC isnt like others who likes to take advantage of girls and have a harem of wives. The MC is pretty hard working and calm but can erupt if someone provoked the ones he love. I recommend this novel. This is good stuff.
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March 7, 2017
Status: c597
Its very generic and cliche but it is written pretty well. Though it has gotten repetitive after 600 chapters, I still enjoy it. The're parts that IMO should be changed though, for example I totally forgot this was a reincarnation story until I just read it in a review, it is a redundent part of the story upto this chapter and is useless; if I remember correctly the only significant thing about it was that it raised his spiritual force abit.
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