Legend of the Cultivation God

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When gods gather, lightning will strike and the earth will move. Immortals! Which of the numerous way to immortality should one follow? Immortals are hard to seek, but why should immortals hide? Heaven has no mercy, but humans have emotions, and these emotions hinder the road to longevity!

Train the inner self to stay calm, train the external body to be resistant, then cross the three continents and four seas alone, and fight valiantly with demons and devils! With the heavenly baton in hand, raid the devils and demons without any resistance! Take one step to cross nine stars and chase the sword in the dreams! Traverse a thousand li of river and mountains in a single day! The exceptional beings do not mix with the ordinary! Within the universe, where can one find an obstacle! Moving like a dragon, with talent like a phoenix! The heavenly Daos and stars will guide one’s way!

Legend of the Cultivation God average rating 4.2/5 - 248 user ratings
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flyingnimbus
New flyingnimbus rated it
April 26, 2017
Status: c157
If you are looking for a wuxia/xianxia story that transcends the cookie-cutter cliches that longtime readers of the genre have come to expect, this novel is an ideal choice. The growth of the main character is certainly slow for a cultivation story, but in exchange, following Zhang XiaoHua through his daily tribulations lends a greater sense of immersion and believability to the tale. There aren't any arrogant young masters or jealous martial brothers that serve as fodder nor is there a string of damsels in distress for our young hero... more>> to effortlessly court. My one chief complaint is how the author feels the need to justify XiaoHua's decisions to withhold potentially pertinent information at every turn - it feels like they are trying too hard to play for big shocks in the future. That said, it

The growth of the main character is certainly slow for a cultivation story, but in exchange, following Zhang XiaoHua through his daily tribulations lends a greater sense of immersion and believability to the tale. There aren't any arrogant young masters or jealous martial brothers that serve as fodder nor is there a string of damsels in distress for our young hero to effortlessly court. My one chief complaint is how the author feels the need to justify XiaoHua's decisions to withhold potentially pertinent information at every turn - it feels like they are trying too hard to play for big shocks in the future. That said, it

My one chief complaint is how the author feels the need to justify XiaoHua's decisions to withhold potentially pertinent information at every turn - it feels like they are trying too hard to play for big shocks in the future. That said, it is still worlds better than having characters who rise from humble beginnings only to become just as arrogant and oppressive as the common villains in their wake. Or reckless fools who hot-bloodedly charge into every situation only to come out with great rewards and no lasting harm. I wouldn't even mind if XiaoHua decided to give up his advancement in martial arts (his motivation pursuing martial arts sucks anyway) and decided to become a scholar.

It's a shame that this was dropped, as it has been by far the most pleasant cultivation novel I've read - far better than the childish wish-fulfillment nonsense that pollutes the top of the NU rankings. You should read it, because it is good. <<less
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DeanRae
DeanRae rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: c95
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G personally i was put off of this novel for a time due to all the comments about how:
1.It had an incredibly slow pace which i usually dodge since most of the novels i have read that had a slow start ended up being pointless or boring
2. It had multiple povs... which i absolutely DISLIKE with a PASSION....

but LOTCG is different. For one thing I wouldn't call it slow paced.

The reason why we probably think it's so slow is due to all the novels that have dragon proud... more>> sky mc, or simply the mcs that become OP and get covered in plot armor. Since they're all oh so awesome and blessed with luck and geniousness of course the story is fast paced. With LOTCG however, i would say that instead of it having a slow pace, if we compare it to other cliche cultivation novels - this one is tad more realistic. It starts off with the mc's everyday life where we get immersed in his personality and the world he lives in. This gives us a chance to in a sense, grow with the mc as we see his world views changing due to various events. Not only do we get to grow with mc, the author also introduces the jianghu (in different povs) where he then starts setting up the stage for the future of the mc's world as well as foreshadowing what his martial path could be.

p.s ...so he might have a small cheat, which may or may not ruin all the slow building and non dragon proud sky mc we have right now, but going from how the author is building everything up, it seems like everything will turn out A - Okay in the end.

tldr, please just read it. If you aren't into the everyday life (which you are going to get for the first 20 chapters or so) then fear not, because the author switches to POVs of various cultivators whose names you will remember as there isn't a whole heap of them (POV switches are only about 1-3 in 1st person and the rest are in 3rd person) <<less
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cantera
cantera rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
I have specifically created an account here to tell about this awesome novel. The release speed is fastest and there are regularly about 10-12 chapter on weekend without mentioning at 1-2 releases on other days. The translator has translated 86 chapters in the past month.

Some ppl have mentioned that this story is slow pace. This is true, but this novel is similar to western novels. The point of view of different ppl are shown and not just MC and we get a beautiful description of the entire world thru... more>> view of different people. This makes us appreciate each character in the novel and is completely different to superficial ppl in other xianxia novels.All the characters are very rational and there is proper logic behind each and every action – compared to mindless killing and action.

I urge everyone to give this story and if don’t try it you are missing a beautiful story.If you feel story is too slow, then wait around 100 chapters to be translated before reading. <<less
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Diedonetw
Diedonetw rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
The incredibly slow start leads to deep and really well made world building with good character development. Unlike most novels with explosive starts that get repetitive and boring quickly this easily has the potential to shine , specially with the recently picked up translation speed.
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Tbuff71
Tbuff71 rated it
July 21, 2016
Status: c110
I attempted to read this, and it was so slow, when picking this book up I didn't expect super level ups, but seriously at least level up a bit.
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Szatan0
Szatan0
May 26, 2016
Status: c40
Unable to read due novel being too slow paced. And it's not that I am impatient. It's that first 40 chapter is like prologue and I am still unsure who mc is.
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riida
riida rated it
April 22, 2016
Status: --
It has a bit of ST, as in:

there are three brothers and the youngest, who wants to cultivate martial arts, finds a very special artefact.

In addition there’s a massive family background: relationship of mom-grandma, potential wife of oldest brother, relationship of their two families.

... more>> There is also massive martial artist background with an exposition of several groups, LOTS of characters and the dynamic between them, including the sect which will probably take in the protagonist.

The problem is, with so much material, each party’s progression is INSANELY SLOW and 60 chapters cover as much ground as 6 chapters usually would if the focus was ONLY on the protagonist and it’s STILL THE PROLOGUE.

It quickly became really annoying and I stopped reading. <<less
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kingtape
kingtape rated it
August 8, 2016
Status: c90
I saw the 5 stahr reviews and decided to take a chance with this novel. Who knows, maybe it's actually good despite being slow!

NOPE. First 60 chapters is about him farming in his town. Then the next 20 are about him traveling, failing to get into a sect, and then FINALLY being able to learn the BASICS of martial arts. Throughout his journey, he gets bullied and completely accepts that. His character is naive, and he never takes the initiative to correct anyone or bother anyone at his own... more>> expense.

Also, through all of that torture, you'd expect him to have at least some talent for cultivation. Nope. In fact, he's so bad at learning martial arts that his own teacher is shocked.

90 chapters in and I'm tempted to DNF. What a waste of time!

In short, the author purposefully makes his character painfully average and at times extremely mediocre. Also, he makes him a dunce as well. There is no enjoyment whatsoever to be derived from reading this. Don't waste your time. <<less
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darknova
darknova rated it
May 23, 2016
Status: c60
In my opinion, although the story is "slow pace" (not really slow), it really is building a good solid foundation, just don't expect those elements or moments or events like in other novels wherein the MC just turned OP and "mader pakin bad.a.s.s and sh*t" all of a sudden.
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Draeghe
Draeghe rated it
April 26, 2016
Status: c144
This is a slice-of-life cultivation story. More details follow now.

The story has a slow build up. It's not surprising it has loads of chapters and is still ongoing. I disagree with anyone who says it's not slow, but just because it's slow doesn't mean it's bad. That's a misunderstanding. In this case it's very good.

The author is slowly building up the world. He does this by giving some background for some nearby events as well, which most likely will play a role in the future.
But somehow this all doesn't... more>> feel boring (to me), as you are that much more informed about the ongoings in the world as the story develops. Giving you a solid background.
I imagine that after all the world building, the plot will start to develop faster.

To me it is clear that the Main Character (MC) is the youngest boy of the family "Zhang Xiaohua". However he doesn't get that much 'airplay' at all (at first), as the author is exploring a lot of ground around his family. Which may give cause to some confusion.

If you're looking for something fast-paced this story clearly isn't for you. However unlike most martial arts/xianxia stories, this one clearly develops the characters, which gives you more to relate to whatever happens to them.
And since it describes other characters outside of the MC's direct daily life, you feel much more familiar with them when they make a reappearance in the story (and come into contact with the MC later on).

Another reason it may feel like a slow story, are all the 'realistic' interactions between the characters. It doesn't feel rushed at all. It's actually well-done compared to many other Xianxia.

All the extra background/information given to you, is one of the solid powers of this novel. Since you don't have weird sudden appearances of strange characters that provide a quick plot armor or fix to the story. So far everything has been build up well.

I would like to see more action goes, it's still rather rare and far inbetween. It's pretty much sticking to the occasional happening, while focusing on life itself. I'm giving it 5 stars, simply because I find myself wanting to read more. Which I deem a good sign.

At chapter 48 the MC is still not following a martial path, but there has been some foreshadowing. It's more of a slice-of-life feeling thus far. He gets settled into a new place at around chapter 70, where he gets more into contact with martial arts.
At Chapter 118, Zhang Xiaohua is pretty well settled into his current 'role'. He's been getting more and more 'airplay' (as I put it) and you feel at ease reading about his daily life.

(updated the review a few times) <<less
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Gopper
Gopper rated it
August 16, 2016
Status: c154
First of all, the description is fking retarded. When I saw a description like that and with the amazing rating, I automatically thought this is a hidden gem. Unfortunately that is far from the truth.

This novel is a slice of life novel. I've read and enjoyed slow novels, this is the one novel where I am literally banging my head at chapter 115, because until that point all it is farming, farming, farming, marriage of elder (1st) brother, MC goes with 2nd brother to a city with martial sect (both... more>> cant join), 2nd brother turns out to be a martial genius, while the MC turns out to be a clueless retard who gets worse over time practicing martial arts. Then he injures his hand.

At this point, I just about had it with this novel. I thought about quitting this novel, but I kept struggling onwards. At chapter 126 he finally kills someone with a short sword, but no1 attributes that to his martial art. He almost dies, and then finally comes back to the herb garden (where he farms) of the martial sect.

Look this novel is subpar. This is a slice of life novel, which strangely has unaccurate description and reviews. People talk about how its a slow novel, even a snail would be faster than this novel. DO NOT READ IT. If you are interested in reading, skip to chapter 120, because the earlier 120 chapters are all bullshit with nothing of importance.

EDIT: IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS NOVEL WITH A SEMICUTE MC BUT DONT WANT TO DEAL WITH ENTIRE BULLSHIT, SKIP FIRST 120 CHAPTERS, THEY ARE ALL WORTHLESS SHT <<less
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baddai
baddai rated it
July 6, 2016
Status: c141
This novel is too awesome, feels like reading a classic wuxia novel.
After reading LoCG you may find that other novels is too plain, lack of characters and story build up unlike LoCG.
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
It's different, but it's good. Heed my advice, please binge read it. Because the pace is slow,it'll feels broken if you read one section today then another one three days later. Also, MC is the cutest, fluffy adorable child protagonist here in entire NU!
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Spiritsong
badiyee rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c107
TLDR edition:
other novels write something like this nn cultivation: "MC picks a book, he is excited about it. He learns it, within a month, he gains (large) success". [All of that in one sentence]

This novel, however; the same sentence is divided into >9000 chapters (its that slow) [just for the same effect].

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This has to be the most roundabout style of storytelling I've seen in a Xianxia story there is. There is a Cantonese saying that goes "talk about Jesus to Holland" (literally saying, going such an... more>> extreme roundabout way to narrate / explain something, and never straight to the point). This story's storytelling is exactly that. As of chapter 107 the story is still explicating on its world and surrounding events without actually laying the punchline how those events directly affect the main story, so at this point it does feel like as if sidestories' developments have outnumbered and outpaced the main story line. Although mentions of cultivation have been earlier, the author's just teasing to just explicate how the MC absorbs his fundamentals/foundation on external and internal cultivation (which is again, so roundabout)

However:

cheat item: check
cultivation advantage: check
deus ex machina: check

The only thing is you've got to pick up the small, significant details because the author only mentions these details vaguely, or in a passing sentence so you'll probably need to figure out 'so what's the catch' about. <<less
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Aure94100
Aure94100 rated it
August 5, 2016
Status: c146
This is High Quality.

I want to be very clear about one thing: this kind of work is "realistic".

Don't expect any heroic scenes and bewildered glances full of praise. Our protagonist is weak and severely underestimated. He has to suffer many setbacks which each time overwrite our expectations and make us come back to reason : "What did you expect with an MC which has such a mediocre start in life? "

This isn't a book that aims to satisfy the thirst of "shonen" like stories that young readers are expecting to... more>> see because of the other xianxia. This is a realistic story, well built, following the development of the MC with a cold rigor, full of sharp logic. There's NO "plot-armor" !!!! (Machiavellian laugh)

However, it's also an opportunity to actually see the slow development of a world with many other characters that have an history of their own and have a crucial role to play in their own way. The world around our MC becomes even more alive as it doesn't necessarily turn around him and can show the greatness of characters that shine in his absence.

This novel makes us boil incessantly because it makes us realize the hard and merciless life of a young boy that has to mature from his own ignorence before being able to elevate himself from mediocrity and create his light in this world. The story is very slow and after 140 chapters, we are still waiting the famous bang that would mark the real starting point of a legend. Despite all the frustration that this reading can bring to us, one can't fail to expect something considering the strange mystery that seems to affect the body of our little Xiaoha in the shadow.

What is certain in this novel is that when our MC will shine with the splendor of a Xianxia hero, unlike all the other MC, he, at least, will have truly deserved it. <<less
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Uggrock rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c102
The first thing to know is that when 'they' say 'slow build up', it really means 'slow build up.'

A slow build up isn't necessarily bad, and LoCG thankfully doesn't do to bad of a job of keeping the reader interested until things pick up a bit more.
That beings said, sometimes the MC is pretty frustrating. He vacillates between being a genius and an idiot. For now, that can be excused since he's still a child but hopefully that will lessen as he grows.

What I appreciate is that the... more>> story feels more human than most of the web/light chinese novels i've come across so far. There MC doesn't discard his humanity at the first opportunity and even even strives to be something better. A refreshing read compared to the dozens of other stories where the MC just starts murdering people because they are in the way or some other nonsense excuse.

I'm looking forward to read the rest of the translation. <<less
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makenai89
makenai89 rated it
May 22, 2016
Status: c100
Reviewed at 100 chapters, rated 4.

Legend of the Cultivation God development was extremely slow. The pace reminded me of Mao Ni's works, particularly Ze Tian Ji. But its narrative was different. LCG was narrated like old wuxia TV series with many POVs from different people and sects in Jianghu aside of its own MC's POV, and the MC himself doesn't appear to stand out too much in the initial build-up. At the same time, we can also feel some kind of implicit foreshadowing that those various perspectives shall come to... more>> a certain crucial juncture in the future where our MC will gain his foothold.

Well, my explanation may be rather abstract, but it is indeed difficult to properly convey the charms contained in this novel. Just take it that it's a nice novel with huge potentials. Good plot, good characters, good world construct, no repetitive route.

However, the slow pace might not be palatable for everyone. And even for some, it might feel better to enjoy the novel after there's a lot of translated chapters piled up. <<less
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Brat Peed
Brat Peed rated it
May 16, 2016
Status: c90
Although the pace of the story is slow, it is enjoyable nonetheless. The most enjoyable part of the story is that the characters and character interactions are realistic. Not the usual xianxia nonsense.
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Buffelephant
Buffelephant rated it
August 22, 2016
Status: c154
To talk about this novel simply, if you want to read a work of Chinese wuxia or xianxia in a well written literature formate, this is it.

Some say it's boring or takes to long to develop action. It's true. Bodies don't fall starting from the sky. Plot is developed like a book, characters arnt one dimensional, and the mc has a dynamic development that makes sense. Most, if not all, Characters have meaning to them, the setting is explained, and sects conflicting with each other are given reasons.... more>> So it is a slow paced and boring work of fiction, if you don't expect something that's written like a good book.

You won't find simple, I'll kill you because I can. Clans don't think that the light sects should kill all dark sects simply because one type is evil. Even those characters in other Chinese web novels who are prideful and look down on the mc because he is a farmer are explained with reason. Their pride is justified to a point that it's not only tolerable but understandable for that characters backstory. <<less
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Lazybum0
Lazybum0 rated it
July 16, 2016
Status: v1c146
4.5/5

Pretty solid story, easily a tier above your average "Xianxia" imho (that's not really that hard).

Now if you want to read it, you should know what to expect, this is not your typical "Xianxia" or Chinese web novel to be more precise, it's more closer to an actual Wuxia book. The part of "Xianxia" has not been very clear so far, is more like stuff of legends, that being said there are mortal martial schools and there exist the famous Jianghu.

The story is ok pretty simple for now, slow paced... more>> and the pov (between the mc and his family and some important occurrences in the jianghu) changes from time to time, but it all will be connected eventually .

The strong point for me are its characters, very fleshed out and realistic, the mc is a child, that actually acts like a child with some touches of maturity from time to time, he's drives by his pure desire to protect his family from bullies and has a truly righteous heart, he might not be specially clever, but he's definitely not an idiot , just a somehow naive child that worries to much about his loved ones. Which is understandable considering that he comes from a family of farmers, humble people with low education, but big hearts.

Most of the characters that interact with him are pretty ok, as in every novel and (of course) even in the real world there's some young master or gangster that believe that they can do whatever they want, but there's actually also good and chivalrous people (in some novels it seems everyone apart from the mc's clique is a big asshole), the social situation of the mc's world is pretty close to some wuxia novels theres is big, medium and low martial sects, that constantly struggle with each other for power in the cruel jianghu. But it is a vast world, I'm pretty sure the mc is in a very backwater place.

Now what can cause some to be extremely annoyed is
Spoiler

That the mc just starts training after like 70 chapters and his training is "apparently futile" and he just have his first fight in like 120 chapters, besides he haven't learned a proper inner energy method, tho his about to enter the sect (of mortals btw), nonetheless he has made a lot of progress just that it isn't apparent.

There's also a lot of chapters dedicated to his grandma and eldest brother marriage, which i personally like it, it helps to care more about the mc and his family.

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If you're gonna read this, you should come with the mindset to read an actual book, not a webnovel, which strong points are fast paced action packed chapters, where the adventure starts from chapter 1, which is ok. Be patient the first book (till chap 146) have a lot of slice of life, the second book (>146) i believe (heven't read) is gonna be his rise to prominence in the jianghu. And the mc of course has his weird item cheat xD <<less
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voydom
voydom rated it
July 2, 2016
Status: c20
You need a lot of patience for this one. I could deal with the slow pace, but the novel does not even follow MC. And the martial arts introduced seem rather weak compared to other novels.
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