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 4.1/5 - 233 user ratings
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January 8, 2017
Status: c20
I'm impatient. Good story just really slow, just because it's slow didn't make it bad though.

The author introduces 7 people to go treasure hunting and I still can't connect it to the main story line, it will probably connect later on but...

It's like the author made up another story just to draw attention to this story. Maybe it will get better...
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ratgr rated it
January 5, 2017
Status: c157
Incredibly good!! what more is there to say, the novel is indeed slow to the point i even thought of leaving it for a while, but i couldn't cause the story got me, it has a great development of the character and everyone feels really.

I actually prefered the main story to the martial arts POV, if you want action this may not be for you but if you like a well structured novel with excellent character development, you should give this a try

I cannot read Chinese can anyone... more>> please pick this one <<less
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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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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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].

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)


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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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.

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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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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 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 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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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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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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Plural rated it
June 7, 2016
Status: c31
Currently at chapter 31...I'm freaking pulling my hair out because the story is just so damn slow-paced! It can't get any slower. It is just for the sake of character development. So far, it switches point of views between the MC and his family and Piaomiao sect.
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Augustus7 rated it
May 3, 2016
Status: --
This novel is extremely slow paced. At Chapter 50 but the mc has yet to start his path of cultivation nor martial arts. It leads more towards the daily life styles of the characters around the mc. There are not much actions nor fights up till now. I read to pass time and wait for other novel chapter releases. But I look forward to what happen later in the novel.
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StarDoubter rated it
May 1, 2016
Status: --
Legend of the Cultivation God is a slow paced story what is actually quite refreshing, because most other novels in the “Action-Xianxia” genre are really fast paced and have shallow storylines.

Also “Novels Ground” do a good job with there translation, so its nice to read!

The author seems to take his time and develops the characters deeper than other novels of the genre. He not only deepens the characters but also there background – the world around them.

There are quite some scene changes through which the reader can learn... more>> more about other side characters and some other matters. But actually in this novel I find the scene changes not anoying as in other stories, props to the author!

If you don’t need a fast paced storyline in which it seems that the character is already after 2 Chapters at the end of the story and gets for the remaining 200-400 chapters glory hymns written by the author, then LotCG could be something for you.

For now I’ll give it a 4/5 after I’ve read more I will consider to give it maybe a 5/5.



I have to give all of you a little warning, because I'm right now at chapter 82 and the MC seems not just a little bit dumb ... <<less
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