Soaring the Heavens


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A striking man of mysterious origin and peerless talent, he looks back at the world, in all its entirety, with utter disdain. And yet, in the treacherous and unpredictable ultimate formation of the Boundless Secular World, he guards a breathtaking ancient qin with broken strings, waiting silently for the destined one to arrive!

A boy encounters him, and knows for the first time that the world beneath the Heavens is a fickle place. Not even demons, devils, ghosts and monsters can match the frivolity of human nature!

A slender physique, and jade-like beauty, but the sword that strikes between heaven and earth is not unlike a streaming rainbow!

The vastness of the starry sky, the seven emotions and six desires! Greed, anger and ignorance! The teachings of Buddha will grant you boundless strength!

A sea of blood will come, at the cost of all mortal beings full of honest hope!

The ghosts wail as the gods roar, but the sea of blood has no end!

Where, pray tell, is the path I should take?

Since there is no path, no matter how bitter and bloody the sea, even if my boat is made out of bones, I will soar to the heavens above!

Soaring the Heavens average rating 3.7/5 - 189 user ratings
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06/03/17 Qidian International c113c113
06/02/17 Qidian International c112c112
06/01/17 Qidian International c111c111
05/30/17 Qidian International c110c110
05/28/17 Qidian International c109c109
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05/16/17 Qidian International c100c100
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novelbrah rated it
January 1, 2017
Status: --
If you like Er Gen's stories, then this is a must read!! All the bad ratings are from the previously translated version that was not good.

What a great surprise! Was not expecting such an interesting story and fleshed out characters. Nothing less expected from Qidian (publisher).

First thing I do before deciding whether to read a novel or not, is check for publisher. Qidian is always my preferred one. They have the most quality novels out of all publishers that I've seen from personal experience. Then I check the... more>> group translating as this is always important. Lastly I might check the author and read the description.

On to the novel! I love adventure and this novel delivers. Most of the novels on this site are MMORPG/RPG leveling self fulfillment stories disguised as cultivation novels - not much plot, no character development or real writing. I won't reveal anything, but the MC is dropped into an adventure right from chapter 1 and has a goal in mind for his siblings. Cultivation at this point isn't even mentioned except in passing which I love as it keeps everything mysterious. Why would you reveal everything in the first chapter? Basic storytelling guys. Hell, even the random outlaw he meets has more development than some main characters from other novels.

In all, the author is really good, the translator is incredible, and the story is well thought out. I'd give it a 4 or 4.5 if I could but to offset the really horrible 1 star ratings, I will give it a 5. I seem to be doing this a lot as ratings on NU are really messed up. <<less
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NaM rated it
February 5, 2017
Status: c62
[March 30, 2017 edits]

Oh.. Someone removed the Netorare Tag..

Well anyway saw some stuff telling that author is notorious for writting stories where heroines are either "Stolen" from the Mc or made to marry someone else..

... more>> With all that said and your ok with that. Read my February review and i'll leave it for you guys to judge

[March 05, 2017 Edits]

OH MY GOD! It has a "Netorare" Tag..

saw some not so reliable spoilers about that ntr and thought that mc is up to a bumpy ride... Not really a fan of ntr(Netorare/Cuckold) so ive done some not so deep research about this novel. then saw this novel (in qidian) rated as 9.1/10. Seeing that numerical ranking, ive decided to wait and see to see. if i'll drop this novel or not

[FEB 05, 2017 review]

This Novel gave me the same vibe with the novel "Lord Xue Ying"

If you've read IET's novels (LXY, DE, CD, ST) , then you might notice this author way of creational thinking (meaning bizzare ideas ex. That cave master, will and stuff) and novel's pacing was quite similar to his..

And here's some simple reminders for those new readers. According to what ive learn reading a lot of CN novel.

This novel is a xianxia novel, which means "Immortal Hero" and not the common XuanHuan genre novel (such as DMWG, WDDG, KOG, TMW, MW). While both genre starts with having obtain cheat opportunity/item. "Xianxia" trends the immortality path, meaning a thousand years of hard cultivating to reach immortality. While "Xuanhuan" are more of the Martial way path. If you hadn't notice xianxia mc's tend to cultivate/train by yearly duration while xuanhuan tend to master their skills in a couple of weeks or a month. The former breakthrough every month or years. While the latter breakthrough every 3-10 days.. and thats the major difference ive notice so far. So its quite wrong comparing the two novel specially when they aint even the same genre.

Anyway. This novel has a good quality trans. Plot depth and a more realistic representation of a cultivation world, meaning as long as the author don't screw up then this novel has a lot of potential. Recommended for ST, DE and LXY fan. <<less
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bearnanny rated it
January 30, 2017
Status: c45
This is an excellent novel, and it begins right in the action. It differentiates itself from the normal cultivation stories in an interesting way. There are multiple characters who all have fleshed out personalities, goals or motivations. If I had anything to complain about so far is that the MC is the usual sort; Unnaturally strong willed and obedient when training, but not showing those qualities other times. Given everything else I've read so far and can surmise from the foreshadowing, the MC is a disappointment, however the novel has... more>> only just begun. It is inevitable that this review is flawed. Despite this, the beginning is so strong that the quality could drop from this point on and it would still be on a level above a lot of novels. <<less
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DaeLight rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: --
Ok. So because of the english version of it was so interesting, I went to binge read the raws and I was not disappointed. The cliffhangers at the very end of each chapter kept making me crave for more and I cannot stop myself from putting my phone down! I love this CN and it differs from the other xianxia novels in its own unique way.

The novel itself does not focus much on cultivation which is good. Not only that, the training montage was more well written than any... more>> other stories I have read. And although the MC himself is not strong in the beginning, he's quite clever, using his wits to get him out of difficult situations. He might seem like a pushover right now

but the times will eventually change him and he will no longer be the same guy we know. Experience changes people and the MC is a fine example of that. And nobody can denied that humans can be fickle and selfish at times.

Even though it is harem but the MC doesn't go around collecting every single girls he sees without rhyme or reason unlike other typical harem novels. And he doesn't throw himself at every girls he see either which is great.

Even all the other characters that appeared were not for show and had their own stories to tell. However, the story itself is probably one of the realest I have ever read. Things are very grim, coldblooded and heartless in the world the author created. Conversations exchanged between the characters are full of double-edge swords and hidden meanings. What differs from the usual cultivation novels is that the author had shone spotlights on the 'fights' between government officials as well.

All in all, I highly recommend this novel! <<less
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DeathStroke96 rated it
April 30, 2017
Status: c107
I have not read this novel fully, i plan on doing so in june when i have some free time

From c1 - okay the first 5 or so chapters may not have been the best, but they were not bad either, we were introduced to the main characters and provided some info...

Followed from there to c80 it has been really enjoyable except for 1 minor aspect which is negligible, the story has moved at a steady pace, we got some characterisation on the mc, some side characters as... more>> well as the direction-ish the story is progressing, the mc doesnt pull out stunts from his behind and does everything through being calculative and scheming which around c70 to c80 were quite enjoyable!

The World is quite extensive and is split into 6 parts where different factions lead, and how the hierarchy is split and how to increase cultivation which was really interesting as in most novels the protagonist would sit in some cave and few chapters later a breakthrough in here it doesnt work that way, it doesnt matter whether you are a super genius or normal at cultivation, the speed would not increase unless you are in possession of will orbs (something that can increase the speed), and the way to acquire them is quite something...

Not much on the plot other than, the fact that the mc is being groomed for something (speculation)...

Now i havent read it fully but went around the chinese forums, looking for what most people were saying and i do get that the netorare tag, is a massive flag for most underage readers so, i know that likely unless you have a grown up mentality where you dont judge something by its cover you will not read it, which is fine, but for those interested, a lot of recent reviews show that the novel was really enjoyable and that it shouldnt be under a xianxia/xuanhuan tag but more for kingdom building/fantasy as there was a lot of scheming involved, political intrigue and more.

So it is your choice whether you would read it, or not, i am not forcing anyone, nor trying to change your mind, but its likely by the point that the ntr does happen, its unknown whether you would still be reading Chinese novels, as we all have to grow up eventually... also from what i know no ntr happens within the first 1000 chapters so you are safe, to check it out and give it a go and drop it just before it happens... <<less
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May 16, 2017
Status: c100
Seriously, ignore the 1s. That said, I’m having a hard time reviewing this novel, and I’m too frustrated to give a reliable rating myself. Soaring the Heavens is like a child that was going to be an artist, who then disappoints you by becoming a tycoon, but you're proud of it anyway.

Actually, there’s nothing legitimately bad per say. Sure, it has occasional repetition, some harping on how awesome the MC seems, major plot points hinging on nonsensical ideas, a boring cultivation system that mostly just makes the first level’s abilities more powerful, overfocus on women’s beauty—but nothing that most other xianxia don’t suffer from, and here the writer actively tries to avoid some of those common issues, and makes them less exaggerated than usual.

The small-scale interactions are great. I love the encounters between mortals and immortals; “immortals” really suit their transcendent image at these times (though they quickly lose their demeanors when there are no mortals watching). The MC’s master is actually wise, and other older cultivators have things to teach. We get humor, non-simple relationships, and interesting characters.

The author subverts the “oh so wise + clever” traits that many writers insist their young MCs have. Instead, this MC’s bullheaded: inexperienced where he should be inexperienced, and bold where he can be bold,... more>> which makes him walk on a tightrope of death and success. His single quasi-adventure so far has the charm of a unique quest with backstory that offers multiple interesting outcomes. It’s got a bit of everything: action, humor, mystery, badassery, intrigue.

The MC’s official tutelage under his master is only a few chapters long, but it’s like a fairy taleit’s my favorite part of the novel. Unfortunately, most of the novel afterwards has been about gaining and managing territory, which will later probably expand to increasing and defending it. I’m sad to see it, because the rare adventuring and immortality aspects are SO WELL DONE, but then to choose to spend lifetimes on management and politicking and battling for territory? What’s interesting about that? I’d rather read about the MC’s master who’s apparently been living freely and travelling. Instead, the last eighty of the hundred chapters so far have only covered about two years and the repercussions of a few major decisions, and been almost entirely limited to the MC’s home area.

I’m unhappy that the novel stops doing what it was doing an outstanding job atcharacterizing immortals and their relationships with the world around themand takes away their charm to make them long-lived politicians-administrators-businessmen-commanders, or basically rulers, who vie for followers’ wishpower. I’m here for immortal cultivation and adventure, not for management and politicking. However, others might really enjoy this departure from the xianxia norm, so though it’s been becoming increasingly boring for me, I do recommend trying the novel out. And who knows, maybe its plot will change later on. <<less
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