Spirit Realm


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Thirty thousand years ago, the Heaven Fighting Race who called themselves “Gods” invaded the Spirit Realm. Hundreds of races rose up in resistance, but ultimately suffered a crushing defeat. The Human Race was the first to concede, and the rest of the Hundred Races soon followed in succession.

During the subsequent ten thousand years, all of the races were enslaved by the Heaven Fighting Race. They were cruelly treated, and lived beneath the shadow of terror.

The Heaven Fighting Race’s march of conquest did not stop there. With the Spirit Realm as the starting point, they invaded other secret dimensions, and spread war to all corners of existence. After greatly exhausting their combat strength, they were finally defeated by the Hundred Races who took advantage of this opportunity. With no other choice, they fled to the starry skies outside the realm.

Thirty thousand years later, in an era where the Heaven Fighting Race has already faded to become ancient legend, an amnesiac youth possessing the Heaven Fighting Race’s bloodline is being fostered in an insignificant household. Whilst struggling to live on, he silently awaits the day of the bloodline’s awakening.

Spirit Realm average rating 4.1/5 - 483 user ratings
Associated Names
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Ling Yu
Linh Vực
Related Series
Great Demon King (Same Franchise)
God Of Slaughter (Same Franchise)
King of Myriad Domain (Same Franchise)
Heavenly Jewel Change (6)
Great Demon King (4)
Against the Gods (3)
Martial World (3)
A Will Eternal (3)
Chronicles of Primordial Wars (3)

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New xianxia_reader rated it
March 14, 2017
Status: c306
Now before people like/dislike the review let me be a bit honest - I don't like novels which are constant mayhem just for the heck of it. What I like to see is every arc to be setup as independent story with its own - start, middle and end. If it just jumps from one fight to another without setup then it's pure filler. Others might see it differently and like the mayhem.

So the story went pretty decently with it's setup for the most part. Though it had it's... more>> share of repetitions things dint get out of hand. And then came the "third/fourth arc", I guess:

1. Starting with the family
2. Joining Sect 1
3. Running from Sect 1 and ending up in Sect 2 (Armament Sect)
4. Now the Netherworld


and by the end of the last arc and starting of this arc, wheels start to come off. There is constant fighting for the heck of it and the new arc happens by "accident" - the dues ex machina of arc setup.
I tried to preserve to see if the writer goes back and tries his hand at setting things before fights but no, he doesn't.

Still if you are looking for something with lots of mayhem, look no further. <<less
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New wowprohunt rated it
March 4, 2017
Status: c313
Very interesting novel. All the elements that make a good martial arts/cultivation novel is in it yet different from the mind numbing storyline common to this genre.

Very real threats to the MC appear early in the story and thus always keeping a pressure on him to train rather than the usual villains who are almost always just lacking a bit after a cliche MC power breakthrough. Almost all characters around MC turns out to be good/evil of varying degree as opposed to the single line of thought they share... more>> in similar novels. MC's origin and flashes of power his potential is capable of delivering keeps the reader expecting through out the story. Overall a well written attention-grabbing novel and a genuine effort to make an exceptional story. 5/5 <<less
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strixflash rated it
August 2, 2016
Status: --
A month ago I read hundred of chapters of this novel using machine translations and I really liked the novel. I'm glad that it is picked up by veteran translators.

It's much better than author's other works "God of Slaughter" and "Great Demon King" ^^ It sure does have some annoying stuff at times.

Of course the story has the usual Xuanhuan stuff (nothing original) but that doesn't decrease the fun at all even though it do makes you punch the MC at times and curse the author.

The world building... more>> in this novel is really good ...much better than many mainstream chinese novels.

Give it a try. You won't be disappointed. <<less
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Zariox rated it
September 10, 2016
Status: c1612
First of all i'd like to say that you guys are blessed of having this translated by an excellent translator, I have been reading the novel in Chinese since chapter 1 to chapter 1612, haven't finished yet, and I wont. This series is so amazing that I wish to read it completely in English. I'm serious in waiting Alsychu team to reach where I am, and I will keep supporting them.

Now, let's get on the review.

... more>>

灵域 may not be that famous on america or europa, but on china is one of the greatest, it has games, comics, animations and various live actions, the quality of the writing is that good that it amazed china for a while, we have to consider that in most Xianxias novels apart from the MC and his "eternal" companion/pet/spirit that follows him/her everywhere all the other characters get ignored gradually to a big extent.

'Well, since I am strong enough to choke god with a hand while i'm playing with my wives with the other I'll treat everyone as shit, oh yeah, i'll rage and kill everyone for them but 90% of the time i'll ignore them'.

Now, this is a reality for most xianxia novels, one of the few exceptions is 灵域, 逆蒼天(author) treasures each one of his characters, true, there's polygamy and there a shit-ton of companions, enemies and random characters, but believe me: You'll love every single one of them. Except the ones you should hate, to them you will feel REAL hatred. (I even cried several times with this novel)

The story starts in a backwater town where everyone believes the MC is a retarded but due to some coincidences things start get moving and damn, believe me, this just keep gradually increasing to the point where the MC has no choice but to feel helpless
-'How the fuck did I get to this space castle when I was just eating chicken in ma home'. -kinda aspect.

The story will drawn you in it, the characters will immerse you in it and the quality of the writing will make you feel it. For me this is one of the best novels I have ever read and I really hope that Alsychu team get way more popular with it than with AGT. And you all know AGT is really good, well, SP is better. Go read it!

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douchi rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: c54
Well, as usual the crowd from wuxia world immediately overrated the novel. It's a pity the ATG team chose such a trite work as their side project.

As it is the case with many lesser quality xuanhuan novels while the premise is entertaining the author doesn't care about the consistency of nuances no matter their significance, and he reasons unsophisticatedly and without foresight with the result that the plot feels artificial.

Nonetheless, I give it 2 stars because, in particularly if you haven't covered many novels, yet, the story is still able... more>> to draw you in at the beginning and is well-paced so it suits as binge-reading material. <<less
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riida rated it
September 7, 2016
Status: c26
Even if there are good elements to the story and characters, this whole thing seems a bit rushed and not very well thought out.

The author is trying really hard to make this title have unique aspects, but instead of coming up with something good,
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He forces the MC to act retarded even though he doesn't have to and the excuse is: MC wants to have no responsibilities in the clan. That's great, except MC never had any responsibility there, because he's NOT part of the clan and the clan owes his grandfather a debt...

He struggles to maintain his retard-cover for no reason and that creates really stupid and completely UNNECESSARY situations with the clan he stays in.


In addition, MC being saved by thunder clouds JUST when he needs it and without explanation is really a stupid and random type of plot armor.

Also, when MC later realizes (c26) that everyone is in danger and the enemy is waiting for reinforcements, HE DOES NOTHING FOR THREE DAYS instead of telling them to maintain his mentally-retarded-cover that has ABSOLUTELY NO USE!!!!!

I really like certain aspects of this authors works, but his shortcomings drive me insane and I have to stop reading EACH ONE after a certain amount of chapters. <<less
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TerraEarth rated it
September 20, 2016
Status: --
Has potential, but suffers from lazy combat syndrome, where fights usually just consist of people yelling out their power levels - "Ha, my artifact is lvl 5 but yours is only lvl 4.5! Our cultivation power level is the same, therefore you cannot beat me!" - that sort of grating drivel perpetuates deeply into this novel.

It started out interestingly enough and I'm hoping it picks up, but the lazy way that fights are choreographed as nothing more than comparisons of dong size / yelling contests leaves me skeptical.
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CHR rated it
October 11, 2016
Status: c56
This novel is really good. I personally think that the detailed description is a very good thing to the story. We know every character deeply, unlike others novels that the are all one-sided. We actually got emotially attached to the charachter and we care about something other than the MC. I think that this novels deserves 10 star, its a real injustice to rated this with 3 stars or lower.

And I really liked the others authors works but in writing slyle and history , this the best for me. But... more>> the others are nice too. Great translater also helps. <<less
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Nasz D rated it
December 5, 2016
Status: c702
This is the first novel by Ni Cang Tian's work that i read. I read the novel description, and it piqued my interest. I don’t know about his other work, but because it is being translated by Alyschu team so i gave a try.

The story of this novel is pretty much standard like the other novel of its genre, nothing new. You'll find ton of ranking systems in it, starting from cultivation, materials, weapons, currency, power, etc. Almost everything is ranked. Unless you are a detailed guy or someone who... more>> likes detail you'll find this ranking system is very annoying.

The story is very detail, almost at level of Transcending The Nine Heaven. But unlike TTNH, this detail is a drawback, the story gets boring as there are so many unnecessary fillers. The "forced" plot armors are what this novel offers. Well, to my taste, i don’t like this kind of writing style. Repetitive, and fells like reading a financial report, if you know what i mean.


As I’m at the later part of the 2nd arc, I found a similar plot at the 1st arc is being used again here. At the time when he is needed, MC pretty much disappoints everyone. They disdain and ridicule MC's action and praise the MC rival for saving the day (for a while) until the MC rival was unable to hold the situation under control, the author made the MC save them in a heroic scene. After that everyone was flabbergasted to the MC power and then praise him to the end. Predicted and lame plot (if you read it yourself, you might find it more the way i felt.


The world building inside this novel is quite good. There are many continents, realms, and secret places. But it is still under the other novel like DE, Lord Xue Ying, TGR, ISSTH, King of God.

The fight scene and combat is simple, plain, crowded and fragmented. I don’t know how to describe it (one thing it is not enjoyable)


Now let’s talk about the character as this is the most unbearable part (for me). There are ton of characters like companions, enemies, side characters, or random characters. I don’t know what in author mind, but almost characters on this novel are arrogant, egoist, deceitful, especially the female character aside the main female lead. FYI, the 1st female lead (MC fiancée) is then "rested" by the author the other female is introduced in which pretty much a bi**h and MC sticks to her almost the whole time (MC like a toy in her hand)

The MC character is broken. Like the review before me, sometimes he acts like saint, sometimes he acts like a ruthless and cold protagonist and sometimes he becomes a wimp in front of strong women. And the most disappointing is, he is so stupid, no nothing about the world. He created trouble everywhere. Provoked enemies that way stronger than him and at the end he is saved by plot armor.


I know everyone has their own preference, it just that this novel is not to my preference and is not enjoyable to me. I don’t know if ever want to continue reading, maybe someday when bored or don’t have anything to read. <<less
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RarestProGamer rated it
December 4, 2016
Status: c167
After I learnt that this novel is by the same author as God of slaughter and Great Demon King. I got hooked right off the bat, but to my disappointment this has nothing like that cruel, evil, gory and anti-hero MCs like in those novel. This novel has actually none of that, in fact it feels pretty much your generic shounen/harem story.

-Even that I can pretty much forgive, but women in this novel OMFG don't get me started on that. Aside from the main female lead, pretty much everyone else... more>> is a bitch and egoistic tsundere who are just too proudy of their looks. They don't bat a single eye to our MC and pretty much ridicule him throughout the entire arc until that one moment when he does something badass or something mysterious that they take an sudden interest to him and our dummy MC just pretty much goes with the flow. I am starting to think that he might be an M because he likes getting orders from women like he is some toy? I am more than 150 chapters in and I still can't take a note on MC's character and his personality. Sometimes he acts like a saint, sometimes he acts like a ruthless and cold protagonist and sometimes he becomes a wimp in front of strong women. Truly a major disappointment and this is coming from a fan of author's other works. <<less
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Graestra rated it
September 9, 2016
Status: c29
I really like this series so far. Maybe it's because I've worked my way through most of all of the better xianxia's and have been really bored reading a lot of subpar series that this series really stands out to me.

One of the biggest things I like about this series so far is the romance. A lot of other series have really late romance and/or the heroines are just there for the sake of having a heroine with very little personality or contribution to the story.
Already at chapter 29... more>> there is a lot of charactarization for her and her relationship with the mc is really adorable. I don't mind harems very much, but I really wish this wasn't and he would stay faithful to her, she's just so sweet.

It's still too early to give a conclusive opinion yet, but if it keeps going like this it will probably be one of my favorites, if not my favorite. Especially if the first heroine stays relevant and doesn't just turn into an accessory for the mc. <<less
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expertsource rated it
September 7, 2016
Status: c26
This series turned into some stupid boy wandered around without aim after 20sh chapters. He already finished what he has to on mountain and spend 5 WHOLE YEARS to avoid the family business, even after 5 years, he still pretended to be fool to 'avoid the ling family businesses' as this was authors' explanation. And now, he still just gad about and eating his own words.

There's no aim currently. There're just side-aims like cultivation heavenly some lightning shit. and that's all.
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FortColors rated it
November 4, 2016
Status: c145
This story is amazing. It definitely should be up there with ISSTH / DE / CD / whatever.

The story seems to be a little aimless at points, but later on you find that it leads somewhere. All of the characters are built with personality, and the MC isn't the only person to acquire good fortune. The girls attraction/unattraction to the MC have valid reasons, and the characters you're meant to love you really identify with, while those meant to be hated make you really want to punch them. This story... more>> grabs your attention, emotion, and interest and just reels more and more of it in. You actually feel worried for the MC, and if you think about some of the unamiable characters that turn, you can find that they had a reason for what they did. Meanwhile, the characters that end up as enemies, you end up respecting for their conniving skills, but still hoping and hoping for the mc to kill them.

The story so far hasn't really gone into the premise at all (No idea what this "heaven fighting race" is yet), but its definitely interesting enough on its own. It also gives details that allow avid readers to envision the scenario, making the world seem right in front of you.

tl;dr: Story grabs emotions very well and you should read it. <<less
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forgotusername rated it
November 7, 2016
Status: c151
I enjoyed the story, I don't know what's there to not enjoy.

Heroine so far is likable, has depth compared to other series. Does not look like a harem, a massive plus on my side, I mean if I want harem XianXia, they're everywhere.... The awkward minor romance at the start due to the massively inexperience MC is cute. Interaction with other female characters that appear in the story is okay, at least it's not like Emperor Domination (I don't hate it) or ATG (once again no hate) where every... more>> time a girl is deemed beautiful, it is already set in stone to be a harem member. So far girls have a favorable impression on MC, none of them randomly falls in love with MC to make harem. *cough jp novel cough*

MC has secret on his body that gives him an advantage over others, not to mention his overbearing cultivation method.

For those with issue about MC acting a fool:

To the MC, ling family is just a business partner, they provide him food and shelter while he cultivates. Interactions with the ling family is unneeded and uncalled for. He is going to the village when he can cultivate without the herb mountain help. By proving yourself to not be an idiot might also invite unnecessary problems.

He's already gathering hate from the engagement (the 2 Du kids), if those 2 Du kids know that he is not a fool, they might try to eliminate the MC at an earlier date to prevent Ling Yushi from loving the MC more.... He was left alone cause he is "an idiot" and Ling Yushi would probably not fall in love with an idiot, hence left alone.



If I'm sent to a place I MIGHT die, but my team leader told me " Hey no worries, we have 2 secret weapon here, they can help us"

If one of those 2 secret fail to work when I'm going to die, if I don't hate it, I don't know what to do? I mean that 1 spot could've been place with a guy that can help with the barrier and protection/attack, but instead what we have instead is a baggage that is said to be helpful... Really I don't what to feel other than disdain. I would probably think that the said baggage just bragged about how he can do stuff, but probably not do it when the time comes, I'm sure feeling disdain for him is fair.


Especially in this case, everyone has high hope for the MC to call down a thunder (Which is unfair for MC, seeing how he can't call it down whenever he wants yet), but he has failed to call down the thunder which causes disdain and disappointment to others. Without expectation, there would not be disappointment.

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MondoX rated it
November 6, 2016
Status: c148
I held off reading this story because of the negative reviews. I finally read it because I had nothing else to read, and was surprised to discover the story being quite good, so far. It is not a great novel, but some of the criticism is unfounded. There is a reason why the MC is in a state of intellectual disability and it is explained early in the story. It is also explained why he consistently travels to a specific part of a clan's mountains. ... more>>

The MC is cultivation a special method, which causes his soul to leave his body. He goes into the mountains because lighting is more likely to strike the MC and temper his body. Since his soul is out of his body, he does not feel pain. He came out of his state by chance the first two times, but after becoming stronger, he is able to do it at will.


The MC does not have any family business. It is only his grandpa and the MC, and they travel to the Ling family for a specif reason, which is also explained later on in the story. The MC made a mistake when his companions were in danger for staying in character, because some unexpected variables appear, which he regretted it later. When the MC comes out of his "state," he acts the same because he does not want people to bother him and ask him 21 questions, so he tries to keep the status quo. When he exposes himself that he is normal, the Ling family nags him and does not leave him alone, which is what he was afraid of.

During the battles, there is not much yelling like some have mentioned, because most of the battles are quick. I guess this is the problem I have with the story, because it focuses on the MC being an artificer more than him being a martial arts practitioner.

Reading a few chapters should be enough to make a conclusion if the story is for you. <<less
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promet rated it
January 28, 2017
Status: c49
Firstly, I'm not writing this review to grade it and speak about its advantages. So far, it is so-so, but good enough compared to many other CN, thus my grade hovers around 6 out of 10. And I'm one of those more demanding readers.

The thing I want to address, is people like riida who apparently can't read, despite having such a nick. They're saying how MC is retarded coz there is no point to him pretending to be a fool. Well, I've got bad news for you: you guys can't... more>> read for shit. My reasoning:


First of all, at the beginning, it isn't MC who acts like a retard. He IS one, in a sense, because his cultivation technique makes his soul leave his body to a certain degree. Hence, his body only does what it was programmed to like a robot and nothing more. He doesn't have his senses in his state, but rather is cut off from the world and only finds out what happened once he exists this state -it's like reading the log of what happened despite not being there to supervise it. However, for most of the time of his "pretending to be a retard", he is unable to exit it by himself. Later, he indeed gains that ability as well knows that is happening in real time and pretends to be a fool, but it is not to avoid responsibilities, but rather any attention. If he was to be found out, with his strength, he'd end up like Martial Asura or PMG where MC had to drive out rival families raiding their own families. Only, it isn't HIS family, he just stays there because of his grandpa's arrangement as he has a good place to cultivate there. It's like studying at a school doesn't mean you have to help the local bullies fight the bullies from another school, and if you show off you can fight well, they'll pester you to help them. Well, of course no one would pretend to b a fool to avoid that, just pretend to be an average guy. I admit that the author wrote a sentence or two around ch 20 where it sounded like it justified your claims, but if you can read between the lines and see all the bullshit that was happening there (those who think you can have the power to do sth and not have any responsibilities and expectations of other ppl once they know of it, they simply don't know life) that he didn't have to worry about coz everyone thought him a fool, and then read the novel as far as I did and see all that happened once others knew he wasn't a fool but one of the strongest amongst them, then you will understand what it was exactly that he wanted to avoid. He just wants to finish cultivating (as in, get to the next stage or sth), which will take him sth like 3 months at the moment he was found out if I got it right, and then leave this family as he doesn't rly consider himself one of them. And also about the thunder plot armor, it is indeed unlikely, but not impossible. It's like being baffled because it started raining during rainy season and you were about to go water your flowers in the garden, but now don't have to. I don't think it's because of your plot armor... Plus, it may be my misconception, but I felt like it was his power that attracted the storm and made it form faster. EDIT AFTER READING CH 71: in this chapter author provided reasoning for that thunder plot armor (though not explicitly), which shows it wasn't actually plot armor, more like a lucky bullseye. Dunno though if he was going to do it from the start or Chinese readers told him to do sth about it b4 he wrote it xD


This was quite long, but I was fooled by the ppl who claimed what I have just proven wrong above, and only started reading it several months later bcoz of it when I was bored and attempted to read it with the healing-the-dead-horse-as-if-it-was-alive kind of attitude. So I am quite peeved at them. Not at the fact that I got to read it late, but that they write reviews not understanding the subject. Now it seems like I've gotta READ all CN rather than rely on any reviews in case I got misled by another, heh, fool.

For positives, you've got other ppl's reviews where they get into details after having read much more than I have. This review is just to warn you ppl so that you aren't duped by those who can't fully understand what they're reading, regardless if it's bcoz it being too much of a mental challenge, or that they're not fully focusing on it, or just bring their prejudices into reading the novel. Regards to u guys, and remember not to rely on reviews that much and see stuff for yourself -- whether review says sth is good or bad. <<less
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itssumitrai rated it
January 3, 2017
Status: c232
I would say people who have dropped this novel early on are missing alot. This is one of the best light novels I have ever read. The characters have clear traits, and develop really well. The MC is rational, thinking and smart, though he is pretty powerful, and he is quite underpowered in the universe and has many close shaves. The only defect I see in the MC is that he probably should show more affection towards his girls. But yeah it's amazing, and it's really hard to wait for... more>> the next chapter :) <<less
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ArgosYesu rated it
December 2, 2016
Status: c600
I think this is a fine novel. It keeps itself interesting and doesn't try to push itself in any incredibly odd directions. Female characters are nice to read as well, which recently has become a thing I look for.

The major qualm I have, and this is the only one I'll say in this review, is how the author plans out his events. He has serious issues about making the MC act first and instead makes him react all the damn time.

I guess that would be confusing. Here, let me give... more>> a few scenes.


The main character is thought dead and is trapped in another world, so his enemies have begun to move against his friends and fiancee. When he returns, he finds out that this happened. Of course, he's angry, so you'd think he'd rush over there and help his friends and fiancee out, right? Nope, he takes a detour and reminisces about the past, just so that the author can introduce a new plot point which, of course, could have easily been done AFTER he saved his friends and family.

Second one is where he is in possession of POWERFUL tools and is in the midst of a civil war between one side he says he will help and the other side which is basically his enemies. Both sides don't really care about him, so there's no real danger there. The side he wants to help is so because of a woman he thinks of as an elder sister. When the fighting starts, she's the first to be injured, and guess what the MC does when everything beings. NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. He fricken waits and waits and waits until some indeterminate time the author decides was proper and then launches his OP tools. Nothing was given to suggest that this was a good idea.


TL;DR, author sucks at proper tension building and relieving. He'll build up a scene and just ruin it with weird choices. MC is strong, but he doesn't do crap until some random time because of this. It's not a fun thing to read. <<less
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UncleOddball rated it
November 24, 2016
Status: c185
It's very pleasant to be able to give something 4 stars.

Spirit Realm was a novel I did choose to distance myself from at time, after skimming through a bucket of negative reviews. As I am constantly in lack and desire for new stuff to read, I've decided to pick it up yesterday.

It's, you know, chinese novel. Supernatural martial arts, beasts with "cores" and a web of goddamn rankings. There's faction ranking, cultivation ranking(a lot of ranks too), artifact and medicine ranking. And there is usual realm-breaker trope. Like, the... more>> fights shift toward person with higher lvl weapon/cultivation, but our MC can overcome that. A minor fault. Also, no surprise here, chinese twisted perception of woman is also crawling in this story. Now now, I'm aware it's not racial trait, but seriously, xianxia writers act like they have never been on date or even seen a woman. In this particular novel you can find pearls like "woman's vicious heart" and other xD

So, why it's 4? Well, it's nothing new, a lot of common and boring tropes, but the MC is likeable, albeit some plot levers make him look like a retard. The romance here is mild, wich is definitely a positive, as xianxia writers can't write a decent romance.


I like the sect twist. The first sect he joined forced him to leave, and the one that picked him up later made him their heir. Now there's some nonsense going past 180sh chapters, but I hope it will be resolved quicklyy and we go further with the story.


Well, the upside of this overcomplex setting is that it gives a loooooooot of freedom and possible content, wich is also an aspect that made me rise the rating.

In the end, what is left to say is the most important reason, I did enjoy reading this, even with it's flaws. <<less
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pandicorn rated it
November 5, 2016
Status: c95
Nope. I just can't. Gave it a try but it's just your typical xianxia. Usual tropes with mediocre excecution. Side characters though get more screen time, are still 1D. Apparently, almost everybody in the world likes to either praise or disdain the MC.
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what killed it for me was when they had the last fight with the soul devouring beast and the appariton came out of gao yu and everybody else started dissing the MC. Like wadafaq. You're potentially dying here and you still have the mentality to show disdain. If it was a one time thing, I could've let it go but its recurring soo yeah.


The cultivation is quite well off. Very clear and detailed inscription methods as well. All in all 3/5(ignore the stars. I pressed wrongly, hehe) for a generic xianxia. If you can get by the forced parts then its readable I guess. Its good points just barely balances off its bad points providing the reader a paltry read suitable for those with nothing on thwir reading list. <<less
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ShinUon rated it
February 26, 2017
Status: c303
Why isn't this novel #1 in the rankings??

Normally I don't review for novels that are clearly good and established but this one deserves an exception. I've read most of the novels in the top 20 rankings, but Spirit Realm really takes the cake! It's the only novel in the top 20 that I still regularly follow. It's that good!

Interesting MC that isn't OP and also plays it smart. But most importantly, the tension in this story is top notch! The author knows how to write! Despair, relief, restlessness, rage; the... more>> MC's emotions are well conveyed and felt by readers. On top of that, despite its long length it always manages to stay fresh and interesting. Unlike other novels at the 300 chapter mark, Spirit Realm has managed to keep each arc distinct and different. There's also quite a number of story threads that weave together, so at any point in the story there's generally at least two or three interesting things going on. And it also manages to stay unpredictable. There were more than a few times where the MC seemed seriously screwed and it was unclear what would happen next.

In my opinion, this is hands-down the best xuanhuan in the top 20. It's managed to consistently interesting through 300 chapters, with few boring moments and no repeating arcs. It's not predictable and developments are also original. And on top of that, the writing is excellent. Spirit Realm is like a distillment of good storytelling and is an absolute joy to read. <<less
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okokok4js rated it
February 21, 2017
Status: c301
Spirit Realm is pretty good. World Building is quite big and we get introduced to the cultivation rank system and sect rank system in chapter 1 so you get a general idea of the scale of the current events. And the cultivation system is well though out as well, it isn't just "level name" #1~10, so it is interesting to see him get stronger. And because the sect rank system is introduced in chapter 1 alone you know how vast the world of Spirit Realm is.

The romance in this story... more>> takes a bit of time but it is ok. As of the chapter I'm reading there are 3(or 5 depending on how you interpret things) girls who show interest to MC and by interest I mean are potential lovers. All of the girls get a bit of screen time. MC also isn't that oblivious to love and is shown that he can be flustered, his interaction with the main girl is quite warm so it's all good.

MC is MC. In terms of comprehension he is quite far up there, quite expected since he has a supreme background as stated in the summary and his family/sect/protector left him a useful treasure which also sealed his memories(grants him his reason for cultivating and not just "I want to become strong because becoming strong is cool"), later on he gets other reason for becoming stronger. His personality is a bit warped and inconsistent but that's because his memories are sealed so it doesn't bother me that much(not really a spoiler as it is explained in the first few chapters).

There are some male characters(and have pretty good backstory) who aren't enemies but are friends/rivals(not in love but rival like Ash/Gary rival) to MC. You won't get that "this is so stupid" feeling since the author doesn't overuse the arrogant young-master trope and the enemies have motives and aren't just driven by blind jealousy or wanting to shame MC.

It doesn't follow the generic "find lucky event>>>training>>>trouble/fights>>>find lucky event>>>etc" stuff some other cultivation novels do. It actually has a plot but it makes it less hype than other cultivation novels and there is less anticipation because the readers can't see very far into the story(you might think you do at first but the novel doesn't follow the flags it sets up). The overarching story is quite good and because the story does not follow the flags it set up there are some nice plot twists.

All in all a good novel. It does have some bit of fun here and there but usually it is serious. 4.5/5.0 but I rounded it up to 5 because I enjoyed the novel even though there aren't many comedic scenes. <<less
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