Swallowed Star


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Year 2056, in a city in the Yuan Jiang Su Jin area. On top of a ruined, shattered six story residential apartment sits a teenager wearing a combat vest, militaristic trousers, and alloyed battle boots. On his back is a hexagonal shield and equipped is a blood-shadow battle knife. He sits there silently on the edge of the roof. At this time, the sparkling sky was shining and there was a refreshing breath within the air that blew towards him. However, there was only silence within the ruined, deserted city, with an occasional howl that makes your heart skip a beat.

Swallowed Star average rating 4.5/5 - 628 user ratings
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The Legend Of Spacewalker
Tun Shi Xing Kong
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Galactic Dark Net (9)
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The Desolate Era (6)
Coiling Dragon (4)
Emperor of The Cosmos (3)
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New lordofthebooty rated it
April 5, 2017
Status: v10c43
Simply amazing. This isn't your typical, pill concocting, OP AF, harem, kill every clan if they piss you off novel.

The MC is a smart, level headed person who knows how to fight and always has a plan. It starts off with just powerful clans from Earth, but then it slowly moves to the universe where we see sooo much more, from different species, universal kingdoms, and much more.

Right now, MC is still young, has a wife and two sons, and he is fighting in a universal tournament, trying... more>> to make it to in top 1000 at the Star level. <<less
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New RynDeeVuo
March 29, 2017
Status: v4c24
I've been trying real hard so far, and I probably will still continue to try for until I reach the next translator's work, but first, I just want to give my opinion of the novel so far.

I'm a big fan of the author. I've finished Stellar Transformations and following TNC and LXY latest translations, as well as having dropped TDE at book 19 due to me being a new reader of the genre back then, and having reached the latest translation, I went to other books and never really had... more>> the chance to go back (I'll prob reread it soon). I've had a blast from TNC and LXY, and they are really my type of novels.

So back then, before I started reading TNC, I got so hooked on LXY. I've been to TNC's page here on NU so many times, but I just couldn't bring myself to read it because of the numerous critics about it. After reading LXY (latest chap), I needed more so hard, and so I gave TNC a try and I really loved it.

After reading TNC, I needed more again, so I tried this. Well, things didn't work out that well.

I have no problem with the setting: some few decades in the future with post-apocalyptic feel to it I guess, and I guess some sci-fi here and there.

The characters, they never were the author's best field, but I think that he did a bit worse on here compared to the rest. I don't know why, it's probably because- oh, I figured it out! Out of all the stories I read from the author, TNC, ST, TDE, LXY, they all had age progression. This one didn't. I didn't really care about his crippled brother and his parents. Romance was never really good among his works, but on the other works, I kinda feel that they were more complex and entertaining. Even romance on LXY was better than this, and over there, we had a lot of chance to get to know her because we know her the same time as the MC did. But here? 'Oh yeah, her? MC likes her in highschool, so yeah, how about that?' All there is left to us is just to wait for it to happen, not why it happens because it already happened. The romance isn't the worst part here. It's the antagonists. It's the uncle of the first antagonist, his classmate. And now that that guy's dead, we move on to his captain who survived, fucking great. Stage three boss.

Another thing that has been bothering me is that the chapters feel so short, or that nothing happens. Well, we had that one chapter where during stalking his enemies, his brother calls him and says that he earned millions. We add the reason how he got it, and Huala~, we got ourselves a chapter folks. I know that I look like I'm exaggerating a bit, but this bothers me. Actually, it isn't all bad to have short chapters, it's just that I don't feel like it's worth reading because what happens really doesn't entertain me anymore.

Now the most important thing here is: it lost the charm of IET stories. Maybe it didn't, just that the translator did a bad job. But what I enjoyed most from TNC, LXY, ST, even TDE, is witnessing how the MC gets stronger and stronger. We have that sense of fulfillment just looking at the MC having breakthroughs. For me, that was the most important part. Maybe it really is in here, but I couldn't see it. Yes, he got stronger by some hundred kg or something, got faster by nm/s, or brokethrough his technique and his swings are now as fast sound, but... how many farts do those count? I couldn't see the scale of progress. Yeah, the numbers are very detailed, but I don't give a shit about numbers. He got faster by nm/s... I don't know how fast that is. Or should I go watch that Bolt guy's record on YT and then go all like 'oooh, shit man, that's fast!'... really? I'm not saying that using numbers is bad, TNC used numbers but I loved it. Just that here... I can't really grasp just how strong he is, even with numbers. He keeps on getting powerups, but... I still don't get it. Again, this might be because of the translator, but it's already volume 4, 4 volumes of feeling lost. Even if translation gets better, that's already a big part of the story.

I've been complaining about the translation again and again, but the thing is: it isn't really that bad. It's all grammatically correct I guess. But the feel. I think that every sentence is just... I don't know. This isn't necessarily true, I've never tried of it before, but I suspect that it was just machine translated and then edited. That might not be true, I'm not saying it's true. It should just be me not liking the translator's style.

Another thing I guess is the world building. IET is very good on this. It was still good here, just that... it feels like it's trying too hard or something. This is probably because I see Earth as smaller than all the other places the other MCs of the other novels were situated in.

I'll stop here, be back when I reach v5. If I still won't like it by then, then I should just go reread TDE or something... <<less
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Renmaster rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: v6c8
I thought DE already the best work of IET until i read this series

the setting are pretty familiar for us, not in the distant world but our own post apocalyptic world, something happen in earth and all living being undergoing mutation including human, animal and plant, and this happen on near future around 2057+

for story i was pretty skeptical at first , because many japanese anime have similar setting in their story, but i was proven wrong once again, it's modern xinxia !! the story are pretty familiar for us... more>> added with more advanced technology and simple cultivation for getting stronger, even using modern and ancient technology in battle. there's some epic moment in the story , especially the mc later turn into 1 man army monster grinder badass, have advanced technology jetfighter with AI, customizable armor that could he manipulate with just thought, superior telekinesis ability that can make him control weapon and tools to fight, and have one of the strongest weapon in the world make him really a badass character in his world.

i really hope more people will read this series, for story personally it's on my top 3 novel for me, but because of irregular translation release, the best it could get in novelupdates ranking probably top 10/15, but i hope this novel series could get in top 3 and motivate the translator to do more release :D <<less
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BAAM rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: --
A good story the main character has set goals and he isn't trying to make a harem one of the positive things about novels written by IET. He will obtain powers he never thought of at a fast rate and the novel's plot develops into a much larger field later on in the story.
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Theta rated it
June 8, 2016
Status: v13
Honestly surprised at the number of people complaining that this series is slow. In regards of the current translations, it has a solid beginning with a bit of stagnant chapters after the first volume. Then by book 5 it really picks up and progresses exponentially from there. Currently on vol 11 of raw so not sure if it gets worse from there.

EDIT: v13 now and still very enjoyable~
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expertsource rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: v6c11
5/5. There is only one flaw in the story for me. I'll mention it now. except that the story is very good and smooth. While you reading, you find yourself in the last chapters immediately.

1-The story is a bit slow or seems like it. he says he needs 3 years at least to become wargod and bam, things change. the slowness changes. I think it's unique in this way. if it would have been slow like mc's thoughts, it would be boring at some point. But it has its unique... more>> way that keeps you reading until the end.

2- the major thing that annoyed me. and I think the author only forgot that or he was absent-minded at that time when he wrote. the mc kept hiding his spiritual reader feature for no reason at first without explaning why. until very later when he revealed the truth to his teammates. we learned the reason that mc doesn't want leave his home that's why he hide it and he kept hiding from world except his teammates later on. Also in any story hiding ability annoys me a lot, but I kept reading because the story is smooth. but later on the author with his unique way, suddenly, revealed mc's spiritual reader feature to everyone on earth. so the only problem that bugging me has gone. the rest of every aspect of the novel is good and smooth.

In conclusion, although the novel had flaws. The author fixed them all in the story later on. And because the story is good and has smooth writing, the flaws can bearable until the author fixes them. <<less
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khitman18 rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
To tell you the truth, I didn't expect to like this story much because of it having a futuristic setting and a sci-fi theme, because I am more into medieval-esque or ancient time period fantasy settings. However, I found the story to be quite entertaining, and I find the post-apocalyptic story to be quite original and intriguing. The MC is likeable in my opinion and somewhat does things rationally (at least in my opinion).

The only thing that I find disappointing is the pace of the translation. I just wished... more>> that the translation speed would be on par with Martial World/TMW or ISSHT. But who am I to complain; afterall, I am just a leecher lol. So I would still like to say thank you to the people or person who is translating this. <<less
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MondoX rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: v2c6
I was looking forward to reading this novel, because of the high rating. However, I was disappointed with the pacing of the story. It has a good premise, but it reads more like a slice-of-life mood. The MC takes this test, then he has to take that exam, etc. I tried to power through the first 26 chapters, but the story is boring. Surprisingly several people rated this novel high, I guess different strokes for different folks.
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Unity737 rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: v6c3
I super, super love this story. My first Xianxia or Wuxia novel was Coiling Dragon. And I thought at the time that was the best. But then I started reading Stellar Transformations. To my amazement, ST became my new favorite. And then Desolate Era came along so it became my new favorite. Ever since I caught up with the chapters, I moved to Swallowed Star. And you bet this became my new favorite but I must say, so far, out of the stories I mentioned above, I must say... more>> Swallowed Star topped them off. Perhaps I'm being biased, since I'm running out of IEatTomatoes novels to read. lol. One reason I love SS so much is that how the author incorporates our modern world(geopolitical and all that stuff) with Xianxia. And I'm not even Chinese but I still end up favoring the chinese MC. And I also love the romance that's starting to develop. So yeah, so far I find it enjoyable. I hope Zebulin, the translator, is doing fine. Thanks so much for your good work. <<less
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GordonLi rated it
October 26, 2016
Status: v8c28
It's hard to suspend disbelief when this book throws so many lucky scenarios and unbelievable setups at you. The dialogue, characters and writing is also very very poor.

Some of the ideas are quite original though, and they were all that kept me reading to the end of what has been translated thus far. Not sure if I'll bother coming back at a later stage to continue reading, as that would mean I would have to start from the beginning again, and I do not want to go through all... more>> that trash again. <<less
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zaal rated it
October 6, 2016
Status: v8c8
Best IET novel thus far. Although he still enjoys repeating himself and I sometimes skip whole paragraphs, you can clearly see a huge change compared to each novel. I feel like he's taken his plot formula to the next stage and did a really good job with swallowed star; I was growing mind numbingly bored trying to finish Coiling Dragon + Stellar Transformations.
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DeadlySoren rated it
September 28, 2016
Status: v8c1
IET is one of the best authors out there, he has some great novels and Swallowed Star is by far my favorite of the ones that I have read (I have read CD, ST, DE and TNC so all the big ones).

This novel is brilliant in almost every aspect, there are no "repeating cliche antagonists" that get in the way of the plot and characters. Lou Feng is realistic (as realistic as a Xuanhuan/Xiaxian protag can be at least), he doesn't gain power for no reason and while in the... more>> early chaps its seems like he's to OP, the later ones really put things into perspective.

IET loves to create massive universes for the MC to go through and this one has the same but this time it's in OUR universe and he does such a great job of making everything flawless and perfectly combining martial arts and real world tech into a super creation that makes it interesting in the start novel and griping after the first 2 volumes.

Characters that aren't the MC don't get a huge amount of character development but that's perfectly normal for IET really, they aren't unbelievable and their motivations for how they act is explained but they don't get much else. It's really the only criticism I can think of for this novel.

Now onto the thing that makes of breaks a novel; the main character. Luo Feng is a badass, he doesn't ever go out of his way to make enemies, nothing like calling someone back when they just want to leave or forcing situations that end in people hating him. The way he handles situations are actually sensible! He has real human emotions too!

During the 4th volume and some of the 5th he kills the kid of a power couple of two wargods are they set a huge bounty on him and he freaks the hell out about if his team mates are going to betray him or what will happen if the couple goes after he's family

He doesn't just up and leave if there's a problem he can't fix immediately he works at it constantly and when he gets over the problem there's a real feeling of success instead of most novels "meh, another one bites the dust" kinda feel. It also deserves mentioning that he doesn't just get everything handed to him like other protags he has to work HARD, like really really hard.

He gets the inheritance of some really powerful guy who died but even with it, the AI that helps him says it will take 100,000 years minimum to reach a point of being powerful in the universe


This novel is a perfect 5 for me, from the amazing world building and martial arts crossed with tech feeling, right down to the little things like POV changes and other characters feelings and thoughts are all well done. I highly recommend this to veterans of the genre (who probably already know about it and love it same as me) and to newbies as well, it's easy to understand, the setting and world is perfectly created and the characters are believable. <<less
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clowred rated it
January 30, 2016
Status: --
IET novels have a certain style that draws you in as long as you don’t like to nitpick. This novel is set in a post apocalyptic world so it got one of the few interesting premises that you can only find in a just a few xianxia. While it’s true that as always IET has created another of his generic love stories in this xianxia, at least the MC is not interacting with his love interest so much as to become annoying and to drag the story on and on... more>> . The fights are very enjoyable so if you start reading it you are in for something that can make your blood boil a little. <<less
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chocholate rated it
August 18, 2016
Status: --
I give this 4.5,

As expected from I Eat Tomatoes stories!

If you read other stories from this author you will find the similar feels...

... more>> Such as power up, chances to find treasure, NO harem ❤︎ and hard working MC ❤︎!

but you will find this story slightly different than others, as this setting taken in modern times. Well since it is like that you can find the new concept IET brings and the brilliance ways of IET's writing, will bring you a new kind of experience and enjoyable.

Have a nice meal! <<less
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matricha rated it
June 19, 2016
Status: v9
Those that rated the novel 1* are just haters, there's nothing in this novel that deserves 1* rating...

Another masterpiece by IET. I couldn't wait for translations and started reading ahead of translations. Well, least to say, I got so hooked up that I read MT. The story starts in the current Earth, nations dying and making few combined countries in the world where an alien virus caused animals on the earth to mutate and challenge humanity.

Some people may get annoyed that MC and the strongest bunch are from... more>> China, but if this factor was overlooked then everything else is almost perfect because very soon the whole story will overshadow everything else in the Earth and move to the galactic level. So, bare with it if you are uncomfortable with Chinese being portrayed as slightly superior.

This is a story of no teen drama, heavy on romance, ecchi moments, excessive repetitious explanations. if you like these stuff please go read TSJS's novels or whatever his name is. This novel is all about adventure and cultivation. <<less
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klanggen rated it
March 27, 2016
Status: --
I love this novel.. MC don't get crazy cheat like another xianxia novel in this site.. He is using his brain,talent and hardwork to overcome all obstacle.. Along his adventure,he will obtaining many good fortunes (with hardwork and twis of luck, not falling from the sky like the other novels) that help him became the greatest.
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Plantinum rated it
October 1, 2016
Status: v8c4
So far the most enjoyable and well-writen novel of IET that I have read to date.

The world-building is phenomenal, and while the characters can still have some specific IET kincs that I'm not too fond of, I find the main- and subcharacters to be more believable and with more personality than the characters from his other works such as Coiling Dragon, Stellar Transformations and Desolate Era.

If you're a fan of IET I highly recommend it and if you're not a fan of his other works I would still recommend giving... more>> it a read for a volume of two, as the novel at least for me has given some positive surprises along the way. <<less
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Mod rated it
August 12, 2016
Status: v6c41
Swallowed Star is a very well-written, decently paced futuristic cultivation novel. The story has no excessive op plot devices,
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The limit-breaking coma mentioned in the beginning chapters essentially speeds up the plot development as it is used rarely, doesn't give an excessive power-up, and the mc cannot use it by force


Realistic characters and a large overarching plot that has a lot of potential. A great story to read if you like realism (although it is fantasy) and a hardworking mc who just wanted to help his family live happily. <<less
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Yuzu rated it
January 19, 2017
Status: Completed
Reading this novel was simply a blast. The ending was also enjoyable that left it an opportunity to continue where it left off if IET ever decides to look back on it.

On a comparison side as the more you read into it, you'll experience how much more different it is compared to xianxia cultivation stories that ascend to heavens and such in his later work Desolate Era. Luo Feng does not become the top OP character in the novel's universe, but he does become quite a unique existence that blows... more>> every being above him with surprises after the next.


As you read on, you'll notice that the word 'universe' becomes different from what you'd expect after reading Coiling Dragon|Stellar Transformations. Every top powerhouse in the novel at a certain point will be able to create their own 'universe'. Thus it breaks the concept of one-big-bang==one constantly expanding universe. The size of a universe is equivalent to the strength of the being.

The title Swallowed Star is a larger foreshadow than his new body's ability. The last arc totally fixates on this point and it's totally understandable that the novel ends in such a way.


In between: I like how romance isn't fully driving the protagonist constantly to get stronger like IET will later on in DE and LordXue. Lots of exciting challenges that Luo Feng faces that sometimes becomes leapfrogging moments. Very enjoyable, though there is plot armor for few moments but manly in the early mid volumes.

Many of the sci-fi points do soften out near the end as many starcraft concepts are used up by then. There are racial wars between human-type and non-human-types that becomes the main setting in the middle volumes that reflects human vs aliens i guess. It's surprising later on that mechs and high-tech weaponry become negligible as IET focuses on the Luo Feng's own strength and not his armory.

I recommend this for anyone who wants a break from having to deal with qi of Heaven and Earth while walking along a path of lusting harem or bloody murders with crude morality. For Starcraft players, your hated enemy pops up later on if you continue to read. <<less
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grandplex rated it
August 5, 2016
Status: v5c5
Amazing, one of those stories that you can't stop reading until you've caught up. It is a scifi xanxia with a MC that is well developed, with a good amount of conflict and worldbuilding. One of the very best web/light novels out of the hundreds I've read.

Can't even remotely imagine how anyone can rate lower than a 4.
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Enryu022 rated it
June 25, 2016
Status: --
I was really getting tired of all those xianxia where the main character is useless and untalented, or was talented in the previous life but reincarnated into a trash body, then they get some overpowered treasure that accelarate their growth rate and start surpassing everyone, and they call themselves genius. Screw that, this guy in this novel is the definition of genius, it is true that hardwork surpasses talent sometimes but what happens when that talent is also a hardworker? this main character in this novel is climbing... more>> to the top with his pure talent and hardwork, no bullshit lucky item, one of the best main characters I've ever seen. <<less
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freezray rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: v10c8
Ok so I am writing this review mainly because of the few one star ratings reviews to this story. I gave it a five but its more like a 4.5 I have a love-hate relationship with IET. He constantly uses the same story tropes over and over. He creates important seeming characters and throws them away a few chapters laters. Sometimes its like you can feel when he gets bored and creates a time skip because doesn't want to deal with it etc. That said what this story isn't is... more>> "a slice of life" or a story "without struggle". What's most striking about this is the few amount of chapters these people read to come to these decisions. One person boasting about only reading 26 chapters.

The beginning is slow the author doesn't want immediately slam down your throat the imminent danger these people face. The MC gains a few power ups but isn't immediately overpowered. He struggles but we know he's going to win as we know 99.9% of MCs are going to win but its not always without consequence. In any case the story is far from perfect but I find it highly entertaining. This was made to mostly clear up any confusion people might have made with their reviews.


My one real gripe that bothered me about the story is the extreme nationalism the author creates despite the situation seeming like it should have the opposite effect. The MC in the beginning is constantly talking about his love for his country it gets kind of nauseating after a while. It's made even more annoying when the story is on the galactic scale but he's still fucking talking about china.

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