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 4.4/5 - 686 user ratings
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The Legend Of Spacewalker
Tun Shi Xing Kong
吞噬星空
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Renmaster
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
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
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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MondoX
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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khitman18
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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expertsource
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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GordonLi
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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Unity737
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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zaal
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
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!
Spoiler

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

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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.
Spoiler

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

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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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pentadrian
pentadrian rated it
March 13, 2017
Status: --
If you're looking for a sci-fi novel, this is not it. At first you'd think, Woah, science. How cool! And bam, reality smacks you right on yer face. Spirit vessels get replaced by space ships, sword-ki by lazer beams and demonic beasts by space beasts. Apart from that, this is your standard cultivate to immortality and then some shite. Pretty bland, and an absolute lack of any drama to motivate the story.

This lack of suspense and utter asspulls work for the first 200 or so chapters, but it gets... more>> boring real fast. You're looking at a 35 volume saga that becomes increasingly unclear as to why it even had elements of sci-fi to begin with. IET thought he could science. He couldn't. <<less
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chocholate
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...

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!
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clowred
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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Mod
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,
Spoiler

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

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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.
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matricha
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
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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Trent
Trent rated it
April 28, 2017
Status: c--
With Swallowed Star, IET originally seemed to intend to write a more sensible story with a more compact scope, but then gave into his modus operandi of skipping through the home world to go to bigger worlds to star systems and so on. The novel's like Dragonball, where the early and later parts are entirely different.

Like, take a look at the novel's synopsis. Go ahead, look over it. Take that kind of badass, special ops scenario, mix it up with training, a bunch of monster-slaying, at... more>> least as much conflict between humans, and some familial and romantic love, and you have the first 5 or so volumes. The MC becomes a Fighter (a cool, non-uber title), and he's fast and strong but not beyond imagination. He goes out with a squad to kill monsters for their body parts, and they have to be careful and use tactics and know their limits, but they might die anyways. Awesome. 4+ stars for this period.

But as usual in IET's works, before long, things become so magical and large in scope that their descriptions become wonky, and each level and what the MC accomplishes at each level becomes forgettable. When they were revealed, I metaphorically slobbered over the title "Warlord," and creamed myself at "Wargod." Like, hell YEA, reach those levels MC! But no, it turns out, each level is just someone who's a certain amount stronger and faster than the one before. Ptooee. And then you have a bunch of following levels and spaceships and aliens and galactic battles and whatever, and the story gives up on being down-to-earth and enters Super Saiyan mode, then x2, x3, x4. If you're fine with that sort of thing, no problem; if you're not, you should probably stop reading before it gets to that point. <<less
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Plantinum
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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Losdrac
Losdrac rated it
July 26, 2016
Status: v4c11
I wanted to read a SF novel to change from all the reincarnation/cultivation/fantasy thing, seeing the rating on this one I gave it a go.

I don't even know how I could read so many chapters and I definitely don't understand all the hype about this novel.

The setup :
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The MC is a better than average, hard working student. He comes from a poor family, has a disabled brother (who is a genius trader) and incidentally has a hidden power (which soon awaken) and will allow him to be one of the most OP existences of his world if trained properly.

But he decides to hide it ...... because reasons.

Well, why not.

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One of the problem I had with this novel is that there's no surprises, no struggle. There isn't any trouble for the MC and when something finally happens someone will take the hit for him or instantly bring a solution. The MC needs money to buy skill or gear ? Don't worry someone will come to lend him some and if it doesn't happen he will probably find it (or an even better grade) in some random hole dug by a beast.

Like others said the MC power up quickly but that's not necessarily a bad thing. All the antagonists are idiots, blinded by their own arrogance who underestimate the MC, but well that could be said to a vast majority of novel.

I don't know if it comes from the author directly or the translation but what made me stop reading is the writing. Everything is plain and bleak, descriptions are average and dialogues are even worse. Putting exclamation marks and SFX don't make a story engaging.

I can hardly believe it's the same guy who wrote Coiling Dragon. <<less
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freezray
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.

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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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