Castle of Black Iron


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After the Catastrophe, every rule in the world was rewritten.

In the Age of Black Iron, steel, iron, steam engines and fighting force became the crux in which human beings depended on to survive.

A commoner boy by the name Zhang Tie was selected by the gods of fortune and was gifted a small tree which could constantly produce various marvelous fruits. At the same time, Zhang Tie was thrown into the flames of war, a three-hundred-year war between the humans and monsters on the vacant continent. Using crystals to tap into the potentials of the human body, one must cultivate to become stronger.

The thrilling legends of mysterious clans, secrets of Oriental fantasies, numerous treasures and legacies in the underground world — All in the Castle of Black Iron!

Castle of Black Iron average rating 3.7/5 - 154 user ratings
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Citadel of Black Iron
Related Series
Forty Millenniums of Cultivation (2)
Galactic Dark Net (1)
Ancient Strengthening Technique (1)
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05/22/17 Qidian International c87c87
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New Bakaleaf
May 3, 2017
Status: c7
After reading a few chapters this novel is not for me to read

First is the level of vulgarity I admit that most novel can get as vulgar as they could be but surprisingly my first impression was what a vulgar novel

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15 yrs old student Masturbate in the classroom? MC explaining about underwear in the first chapter? A random teacher who suddenly propose in the gate in front of many student? and the worst part the setting is in an all boy school


I admit that the whole mature thing doesn't suit my reading habit and this novel I can feel a depressing atmosphere which is I want to avoid since I already have enough depressing situation in real life as reading is one of my fun habits.

My review is technically one sided and should not be taken seriously as this is one of those moment that I thought I found a good novel just to realize that it is not for me to read <<less
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New grenfunkel rated it
May 3, 2017
Status: c68
Hao! Hao! Hao!

The translation is excellent. The plot is still in its early stages but so far I am enjoying it. The main character is your typical adolescent boy always having erect "tent", but sometimes show great decisiveness. He is also an optimist and always aim for a better future for himself and his family. I recommend reading before judging this novel due to low rating(due to old translation).
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Vlaeghe rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: v2c16
The story is a post apocalyptic futuristic cultivation novel with a steampunk flavour.

Briefly summarized: The modern world as we know it 'changed' by something called 'The Star of God' and the world was set back to the early industrialized era. Meaning there's steam power, but no electricity. Tectonic plates also shifted and the world is no longer the same, countries and geography changed. The change was a Calamity, as many beasts and mutants rose up to power and devastated 'mankind's world domination'.

And the story of our protagonist is set at... more>> 889 AC (After Calamity).

The author does a nice job of building up the world, getting you into the story. Although it's a little vulgar at times, it's not offputting and it does set the tone to what kind of world Zhang Tie lives in. (let's just say it's a 'hard' life)

The game element of the story doesn't appear until chapter 14. The cultivation system in this novel appears to be based on lighting up points in your body, a not unfamiliar system if you've read more xuanhuan novels. This is in line with traditional chinese medicine (meridians/acupuncture). The game element also has a rather familiar ring to it, as it's concept has been used often in other stories. Briefly put, the protagonist obtained a 'space' of his own wherein he can create his own world, for now filling it with plants, and he has to fulfill some conditions before he can make better use of it.

Volume 1 basically introduces the world and the cheat the protagonist gained.

So far I'm enjoying the story. It's really still in it's infant shoes (translation wise obviously). Other than thinking it's a fairly ok story so far, there's really not much else to tell. I do think you should give it a try, particularly if you like xuanhuan stories and don't mind the game element of it. <<less
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April 1, 2017
Status: c41
Let me clear one thing for those who are mislead by the negative reviews: It's a good novel with good word building and a likable protagonist.

The main character is a young boy who is going through the puberty. So of course he thinks what boys of his age dreams about: women and sex.

Besides it's not all about his sexual desires. It's about achieving MC's dream of having a good life for both him and his family in the cruel world where they are at the bottom of... more>> food chain.

The protagonist is likable and he uses his brains most of the times. The world building is one of the best I have seen in Chinese novels.

Do give it a try. <<less
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Outlet rated it
March 19, 2017
Status: c23
If you want to know why the novel A Journy to the West is so famous in China, I really suggests you to read this novel first. I find the book Castle of Black Iron is retranslated by Qidian International and the new authorized translation is good.

The story is featured with oriental xuanhuan folklores. A story full of imaginations. After reading it, I even want to enter meditation myself to practice my own cultivation so as to be a powerful man. This book really reminds me of ... more>> the significance of the Mental Arithmetic Using an Abacus that may enhance my spiritual energy.

I also consider that each fruit from the Manjusaka Karma Wanguo Tree is a wonderful experience that would make each aspect of me enhanced. Really challenging~~ <<less
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February 28, 2017
Status: v3c4
Easy going story where MC is not op and more of a ambitious person wanting to better himself and help his family. Not sure how far ahead the other review is, but at the current volume I don't see the overwhelming patriotism as mentioned. Nor is there any spreading of the MC's seeds, unless they're talking about his farming... Any way so far its a good read.
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Molenir rated it
May 3, 2017
Status: c67
I've read up to the latest translated chapter, and all I have to say, is that this is an amazing story.  One of the other reviewers referred to it as being a slow-burn.  I like that description, as its very true.  Its not like a lot of the other stories where you are introduced to the MC, and a chapter or 2 in, the MC is already OP.  Instead its a very slow build up, with his accidental acquisition of a cheat.  Figuring what it is, and how to use... more>> it.  And his incremental increase in power.  Everything is very well done, told mostly from the MC pov.

The biggest negative of this story, is that because it is very slow building up, you're really better off not reading it for awhile, and accumulating chapters, then reading 1 chapter at a time.   Additionally, because of how the story is told, there is not a huge amount of action, especially at the start.  Which makes it all the more impactful when there is some action.  All in all, I definitely recommend this story.  But let it percolate for awhile longer.  Pick it up at chapter 100, come back to it 50 chapters later. <<less
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novelbrah rated it
April 20, 2017
Status: c55
Worthy of more than 3.6 but I understand why some voted lower. I like where I THINK this is heading, but the ecchi is annoying.

The author also likes explaining things too much and will waste a lot of words to describe MC doing something useless. If you don't usually read other books besides web novels, maybe your ADD will pick up. At times mine did too.

While I love when web novel authors take the time to develop characters and the world, this author kind of fails. Even though... more>> we get so much "character development", MC's group still feels flat. They don't really have personalities besides "little brother stroking" and women. We get told how poor MC and his family are but it doesn't do much. We are supposed to feel for him, but I just can't find myself able to. These characters aren't relatable. MC is over the top at times. We still don't really know the scope of the world because the author has not explained it well.

In all, it's like a slice of life up to now. Nothing really happens. Boring school life, boring work life combined with farming. The author could have fit the same story of 55 chapters into 30-40 easily. However, we all know that authors get more money by inflating their word count.

Anyway, I'd rate this a 4 not because of the current content but for potential. There's a huge world to explore and MC hasn't even started fighting yet. This is like a prologue or prelude. I'll make a final judgement after it gets juicy. <<less
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rdawv rated it
April 17, 2017
Status: c51
A very slow burn of a story. Personally I feel the vibe is similar to Undefeated God of War: a good-hearted MC, somewhat naive (about the world), ambitious (has personal goals) but still level-headed (knows the effort needed to get there).

Much of the current chapters (50+) are spent on world building: a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world where much of its previous history and technology have been forgotten.

The humble MC gets a spatial ability similar to "Bringing The Farm To Live In Another World": he is able to grow crops... more>> according to the limitations set by a virtual AI-type interface. As of the current translation, we have no idea just how powerful or influential this ability is, as the MC is constantly besieged by real world problems: adolescent curiosity about sex, bullies at school, earning money to help out his family.

Much of the story's 'humor' revolves around the sexual ignorance of his peers. You know, the old fashioned way before the internet: tell exaggerated stories and spreading hearsay and second-hand, inaccurate knowledge. Some of the phrases don't translate well, 'hit-plane' for example is a Chinese slang for masturbation and thus much of the giggles is lost when turned into English.

For those who are annoyed at the slow buildup such as in Tales of the Reincarnated Lord, you should give this one a pass as well because the author is just as meticulous and plodding. In the later chapters (40+) there are hints of a growing crisis but as mentioned, the MC is distracted by immediate and personal problems around him.

Requires patience and chapter stacking. <<less
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