Tales of the Reincarnated Lord


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In a world where magic is long but a thing of the distant past, where humans have the potential of harnessing a dormant power within them, called Battle Force…

A man from modern day Earth finds himself suddenly waking up in the body of Norton Lorist, a youth of noble descent that had been exiled from his homeland in the North by his family to Morante City, the capital of the Forde Trade Union on the pretext of pursuing his studies.

Little did he know what would await him when he receives summons from his family years later to return to the Northlands and inherit the position of the family head…

This is the tale of his life before the summons…

This is the tale of his journey northward and the allies he gathers along the way…

This is the tale of his rebuilding his family’s dominion and keeping it safe from other power hungry nobles…

This is the “Tales of the Reincarnated Lord”.

Tales of the Reincarnated Lord average rating 4.2/5 - 490 user ratings
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afaerytale rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c199
Although the story's pacing is slow, the world-building is incredibly detailed and just awesome in general. The other characters also have their own stories and backgrounds which give them depth and allows the reader to better relate to them.

While the main character, Norton 'Locke' Lorist, is OP in terms of combat strength (as demonstrated by the author in the beginning chapters of the novel), the story focuses more on his management and strategic abilities later in the novel, especially after he sets out on the journey to return to his family's... more>> dominion, although there are some AWESOME fight scenes scattered in-between, for those action lovers). He is similar to Roland from RtW (Release that Witch) in that he is a reincarnator and uses modern-day knowledge to benefit and develop his dominion. However, I feel the author takes a more realistic approach when it comes to Locke.

In RtW, Roland used to be an engineering student and he uses his modern-day knowledge of chemical compounds and civil engineering to create and introduce modern weaponry into a medieval-age world. The author doesn't really pay too much attention to other stuff and uses the witches' powers to compensate for any lacking components. The political warfare is pretty simple and straightforward as well (this isn't a bad thing, for any RtW fans who are reading this, I just want to point out the differences between the two novels. I am actually also a fan of RtW.)

In this regard, TotRL is much more well-rounded. Locke was a successful businessman before he died (not a millionaire or anything, but he was rich), so he knows a lot about marketing, trading, haggling, supply-and-demand, and just good business sense in general. In addition, as he now trains in his family's Aquametal Technique, he can kick some serious ass, if need be.

One of the things I love about him is that he isn't some arrogant aristocrat with enough pride and ego to fill up an entire castle who sets out to massacre an entire lineage town, city, etc. just because someone annoyed him. He solves his problems in a calm, efficient manner, without turning into one of those cold-hearted protagonists who can kill dozens of people without blinking and just go about his business in a natural manner. Death is real and that is one of the things I love about this novel. You don't get characters massacring millions of people just because they feel like it. The author takes death seriously. People's deaths are not inconsequential (except, you know, when the nobles decide it is). The characters the author writes are real and you feel the consequences of their deaths in the story. The enemy is not a nameless, random soldier or opponent, not another 'oh, look, another worthless, random pebble to crush'. The enemy is not a pebble by the roadside. They have names, and faces and friends and family and THEY have names and faces and friends and.. you get the picture. The author paints Locke's enemies as real people and that makes them relatable. There are even moments when you sympathise with the enemy and even though you know they have to be defeated or killed, you still feel kind of regretful that it has to happen(Knight Chevany *cries*).

Also: 'defeat' does not equal 'kill'. Lock frequently defeats his enemies by politically outmanoeuvring or bluffing or careful manipulation, which is another point in the author's favour - not every problem has to be solved with violence. At the same time, this is the era of cold weapons and emphatically NOT a time of peace. There are knights. There are battles. There are wars. There is death. It's a cold, stark life and you either deal with it or die.

Another one of the things I love about Lock is his foresight. He always fully analyses the consequences for the future before he carries out a particular developmental strategy and the impact it will have on the dominion's food supply, military morale, weapon acquisition, agricultural development, political standing, and a host of other things that would never even have occurred to me, but are nonetheless essential for the successful development of a dominion.

The author really put a lot of thought and detail into the story. I would not repeat NOT recommend this novel if you're looking for an easy-breezy read to whizz through because these chapters are LONG. And in-depth. And detailed. Which can be a bit tiring especially in the beginning (it was for me, anyway). The hardest part for me to adjust to was the pacing. But once you get over that you can really get to the meat of the story and settle down to enjoy it. This story is definitely worth it. It's just awesome, all the way.

Also: I forgot to mention this earlier, but the translation quality is SUPERB, seriously. Everyone's doing a great job.

Summary: Basically, this review uses a lot of fancy words (Because. Thesauruses.) to convey a simple concept which is, namely: 'This novel is awesomesauce. Go read it. Stat.'

(PS. If you managed to get this far in the review, you deserve a gold medal.)

(PPS. I can't be the only one who ships Lorist/Els and Lorist/Josk, right?) <<less
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LeeEzekiel rated it
June 16, 2017
Status: --
First off: As with 90% of Chinese novels, the MC becomes a rapist the moment he rises up to a higher position. This would be fine if he was written as a morally gray character from the start, but he's been continuosly portrayed as a paragon of virtue who just has a decisive side. The author is the typical gross nerd who can't write realistic male-female interactions to save his life once he gets high on his own power trip.

As for the story itself, it had great promise and has... more>> a few characters who I liked, but suffers from a ton of drawn out, unnecessary, poorly placed exposition. Many chapters have huge infodumps that you can skip with literally no consequence whatsoever. The story moves at a snail's pace, and most of it can be summarized by "Fighting then looting the enemy's base to steal supplies and gold. Recruit whoever is willing to join." That's basically it.

I don't agree, however, with the reviewers who said that the early part of the story is "pointless" because the MC leaves the city anyway. It served as a great way to build up the world, explain power levels, allowed the MC to build up his wealth, and gave us the companions who come with him on the journey. In fact, I consider it the best part of the novel. A pity it eventually loses its way. <<less
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Angryfan rated it
August 31, 2016
Status: c30
The summary has nothing to do with the story. So far the story has only been about flashbacks. The worst thing is that the novel itself is mediocre at best.
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honglath rated it
August 10, 2016
Status: c21

The first 21 chapters will not enthrall, intrigue or enrapture you. It's all a massive info dump that barely manages to scratch the surface of the world built into the story.

This is the synopsis:
"After his consciousness transcended worlds and entered the body of an exiled noble youth, summons arrived for him ten years later to return and succeed the title of the Lord. Faced with a desolate dominion, uneducated common folk, treacherous nobles as well as the current Lord Duke, how will he cope and thrive?"

None of it... more>> is seen in the chapters so far and according to the translator, there's still plenty to read until the main plot is set in motion. This entire entry arc is a giant pile of literary manure that's supposed to fertilize the development of the character and rationalize some of his most likely poor decisions later on. And it is very and fully boring as hell. I skipped entire paragraphs that were just fluff details and feel no loss whatsoever. These entire 21 chapters would've been only 4 or 5 in any other novel of the same subject.

Why did i leave 4 stars for the review then? Exactly because of it.

This review is as much a criticism for the inflated 21 chapters and some more on the way, as it is expectation for the story as a whole. The world building, the character development, the storytelling, i have expectations that it will all be richly expanded and bring forth a sentiment of fulfillment. This isn't something to be read chapter by chapter, but arc by arc.

So, if you are not someone who can stand a slow start and a whole lot of pointless fluff, it's best you don't stress yourself. However if you like chapters with plenty of details for each moment and thought, then this is the good stuff you've been looking for.

So far. <<less
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rdawv rated it
December 6, 2016
Status: c95
Above average. Very similar to 'Release That Witch' in that an Earthling transmigrated to a foreign world filled with Western-style naming conventions, medieval/feudal setting etc. Both have magical, fantasy elements. The difference between the two is the RtW emphasizes on technology while TotRL is more on martial arts.

TotRL is decently written and action-packed. The MC is a likable, capable character and the author spends a lot (and I mean a lot) of time telling us his background and motivation. A reader might feel annoyed at the early chapters but... more>> soon the MC graduates from a simple duelist to a noble heir. The journey is arduous though, it takes some 90+ chapters for him to actually reach his inherited dominion.

The pet peeve I have with this particular title is the minutia the author insists on telling us. "They recruit 278 people... 14 died in battle... 37 horses slaughtered... 56 enemies captured" etc. The author loves to tell us specific numbers, though I suspect the story could easily be told with simple descriptions instead. It's like the stats window in VR-game novels, but in prose form and thus I am suspicious that the author did it to pad out the chapter word count.

The translator is doing a good job, though I fear he would soon show the whites of his eyes at the sheer amount of details and problematic naming styles used in Chinese. <<less
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Dusk rated it
August 7, 2016
Status: c117
Tales of the Reincarnated Lord is a novel full of ups and downs, although it had gradually stabilized after a certain set of chapters there are still various moments of uncertainty.

Tbh, sometimes I feel as if the author is a mad man, a freak who loves details and world building so much that I admired him. But other times I can be greatly disappointed on how he executed the plot.

There are certain moments that the author isn't able to bring the parts of the novel to life, I felt as... more>> if I'm reading a narration instead of a novel instead. Chapters like that are a real downer.

The way how the author slowy builds the world is definitely enchanting, but just as I said, the plot execution is a horrible flaw of the author.

I'll be jotting down my thoughts below when i was reading chp1-50. So this is more like an impression I have of this novel rather than a review.

Note that the chapters might not be perfectly accurate as I didn't read all 50 chps in one go.


- Chapters 1 -13/14 -

These chapters made me muddled headed reading it, it's full of info dumps that is written as if the author do not have a way to construct the world building in a better way. Pacing of the story could be better, the slight confusing order of the story inhibits a relaxing read and there are some details that could actually be left out.

- Chapters 15~21 -

Much better progress, the love story arc is old-fashioned but cute. The arc brings out more personality of the mc than the previous chapters. It is also done a lot better than the previous chapters, the read has been relaxing and easy. Info dumps had mostly lessened to a few and tolerable.

Actually, after reading chapter 14/15-21, I have gotten in a trance reading it, Felt like reading it while sitting in a chair inside a wooden house in medivial times, it just encaptures me and sucks me into it. I was not willing to digest fast-paced novels for the next hour because of it. At the time, I truly hope this novel can make me feel like that again.

- Chapters 21-26 -

Meh, another boring set of chapters that actually came out of nowhere that is dull enough to make me stop reading around chp 24, this part of the story tells the tale of Locke and one of his best friend, Els, how they meet and the events that led to how close they are.

Some details are very funny and intriguing, but the sudden introduction of this arc is poorly executed, but once you lived through this arc..get ready for exquisiteness.

- Chapters 27~45 -

This arc made me totally lose track of time reading it, what seemed like a borish chapters of Locke participating in the duel ( finally ) is actually the arc that made me fall in love in how detailed the author actually is.

The duel, which is orchestrated by the head academy and his friend, might seem incredibly annoying at first at how our mc is actually played around by the academy, but you would later find out that it's not actually all like that, the academy actually deeply cares about him too and his wages are considered astronomical when compared tp normal earners or his friends.

Chapters 45-50

Probably the most exciting arc yet to come for this novel, with the true story, described from the synopsis only starting from here on out, then you can truly understand why the TL writes out such kind of summary, I'll leave the details out, because when you are able to reach this point, I'm sure you are already an intrugued fellow reader too.


The characterization is mostly good, although the mc Locke might have some views that we, as a modern person might not agree.

The story is fairly realistic with touches of good ol' middle ages, pacing is indeed a bit lacking with some totally unnecessary details, had to admit it.

Execution of the plot is clearly not the best and is one of this novel's big-big downsides, but the world-building and intricateness of this novel has managed to keep it's ranks up.

For those who is going to read it, I suggest you to have very very great patience, and if you have problems with the of the way the author narrates the story then you might not like it.

8.4/10. On better times it could reach 8.7, but when it hit down low it could be lots lower. <<less
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pomoli rated it
April 7, 2017
Status: c174
One of the few stories that I bypassed the first time seeing it due to to some harsh critics. How wrong I was!

It's an incredibly detailed story, maybe way too much sometimes, but clearly a hundred time better than the lazy stories that don't bother to lay out any lore at all. The world felt literally alive when reading it, especially as chapters are long and fulfilling.

Characters are fleshed out, interesting, and not just the mc but the whole cast is developed. Also, no ridiculous power ups just to fill... more>> up some chapters: the character gets better really naturally through the story. Finally, kudo for the quality translation.

The only things I would nitpick about is maybe about how "average" morally the mc is: don't get wrong, he isn't the pretentious jerk you see so many times in Chinese WN, but he could slightly be better I guess... also, I wish it had a better romance, with maybe a female character to upset and balance the overbearing personality of the mc, though that's just personal preference. <<less
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Hakkira rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: c134
This is the first time reading a web novel where I can actually feel that the MC is living a real life as opposed to having an unstoppable momentum that never ends. The MC actually lives a life that is believable and full of the little details that add a higher level of authenticity to his character. The world building and lore set up in this series is amazing thus far.
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There is more to a fulfilling life than constant fighting and bloodshed as what is the point of having power if you can never slow down and just relax. Don't get me wrong I enjoy many other webnovels that have constant action as they get the blood pumping but it is also nice to come across a different kind of webnovel that isn't full of the same exausted tropes.

I recommend this series for those who enjoy Wuxia like Transcending the Nine Heavens (due to well thought out characters who are not 2 dimensional) and Otherworldly Evil Monarch (because of the use of modern day knowledge used well in another world).

Will update review as I progress in reading but I hope that my impressions remain the same and that there may be some good action sequences alongside the other aspects.

Update 04/02/17 c 134: Still 5 stars for me as the action has fully ramped up ever since the MC made his way back home.

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Fanya rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: c65
I usually check reviews before reading, but the reviews for this was either "everything is terrible" or "everything is amazing" so I decided to give it a try.

There's barely any mention of the life before reincarnation. Aside from a martial art technique and some clothing designs, there was nothing else from his previous life that was mentioned or bought over as of now. So the reincarnation part is vague and not well written. If you like knowing details of logistics of battle and stuff, you will enjoy this. If you... more>> don't care about how many slaves/horses they gain from each war and how they restructured the army, there are paragraphs and paragraphs that you can skip and miss nothing. Seriously, there were some chapters where I skipped the background, only reading 10% of it and didn't miss anything in the plot.

And onto the good stuff. Yes the MC is kind of OP sometimes, but I'm happy there's a progression of plot and strategies involved instead of the 500 variation of the same "jerk hate MC, MC fights and OPs then leaves, jerk from new place hate MC, repeat". The MC is not a cultivation maniac or 1000 year virgin blockhead. There are cultivation and there are women, but nothing perverted or paragraphs of description of women/how OP the MC is. The story starts with how MC accumulates money and friends while growing stronger, then slightly shift into war strategies as he travel to homeland with friends. This is where I'm at right now, I expect to see some juicy politics and more strategies later.

Aside from the first 10-20 chapters being a bit vague/loose in explanation and paragraphs of verbose description that can be skipped, it is a good story. Good plot line with interesting MC and well translated. <<less
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ZhaWarudo rated it
December 5, 2016
Status: c95
A real novel :D miracle on NU, mirakurru! maybe I'll write a real review after reading to the latest chap, until then you have other reviews and my word.

Edit: here is the full review:
First a warning to those who only like the cheap web novels here, this isn't one! Well it may be a wn but not a cheap one... If you can't stand reading the backstories of characters, slowly moving plot and long descriptions this isn't for you, for example Harry Potter where it takes 500 pages to... more>> describe what happens in one year and characters have real personalities, they're also not mentally disabled as in xianxia.

We start in the middle of MC's life where he already transmigrated for no reason as usual and his former life doesn't matter other than being said he was a crafstman but that isn't of much use up to the latest chap translated for now. There are a few too many flashbacks which leads you to understanding Locke's situation after spending a few years in another world, some don't like these info dumps as they call them lol but I didn't mind. Locke, 40 in his former life and now 24 is somehow naive in his love life as he got duped by a gold digger...anyway he has funny friends which follow him on a loooong journey to become a lord of his family clan which is in dire straits. The journey is where the real plot begins (planning starts at c42 and to actually get moving ~50), it is filled with what you want "Kingdom bulding!" well it's convoy building for now but you get the picture. However due to him becoming a lord, his friends get more serious/less funny which is a shame. Latest chapters are about him finally arriving and settling the score with his enemies, building stuff... Oh almost forgot, until now there is no technology advancement, he made some useless stuff in the beginning and pretty much gave the stuff away, fck he was even giving gold away as he was living his life without ambition but luckily he had to become a lord so that changed. There are hints there will be technology developments, for now Locke is focused on defending so he doesn't have the time. Enjoy this rare jewel on NU!
Edit: I've only realised this after reading chapter by chaper since I've caught up with the latest one, it is a bit boring reading all the statistics, how many soldiers in a squad and of what type, how many kills, injured... skip read that and it's still an awesome novel <<less
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marsmyth rated it
December 5, 2016
Status: c370
This novel is surprisingly very good. After passed the laid down story of Lorist in the city, the plot picked up. It was so good that i continue with MTL till the latest chapter, and it is not boring at all. There are many things done very well in this story.

Before I get down to what i like on this story, lets look at the challenges on reading this story.
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1). The world is brutal and grim. In one side, MC gives some light to this world with his actions, but some are remaining and he just adapt to it. The worst is woman fate in this world. It is harsh, and they are seen as sexual objects in most cases (MC kind of rape his maid - of course it is not rape by MC world standard, as in this world, maid also serve as the master sexual companion). Don't expect any great female side characters here. All men.
2). some unnecessary plot which is quite annoying. we can just skip that and we are just fine. One example is the "love story" in the beginning, no plot impact at all till the last chapter in raw. Worst, there are an arc about barbarian about 5 chapters which suddenly being cut by author (looks like he get pressurized by fan or lost some ideas?)


Now the good parts
1). MC age is at 24, which gives some maturity to the actions and motives. No child act as wise old man here. The time line is also paced very well. No unreasonable power jump within sort of time. MC just like a normal (well, slightly OP) person in that world, at least not heaven defying genius.
2). No repetition. Very refreshing when the story flows well and new adventures is come up and all in a fresh idea. Some times you know that MC had big advantage compare the enemy, and then it turns out the enemy can bite back in unpredictable way.
3). World building. No info dump, all the world building is given piece by piece which really help readers to immerse in this world. All the politics, culture, geography, factions are mentioned in clever way which helps us to relate to the plot. Not just random info. The world is resembles typical western fantasy a lot (it reminds me on Game of thrones - without the dragon:)).
4). Reincarnation is done realistically. The MC was a soldier and a workshop owner. Aside form his martial arts "cheat", there are no "know it all" knowledge as in other xianxia. Realistically, what he brought is fresh idea. He need other person, his subordinate, to research on those and find the breakthrough step by step. So expect the sword and shields still be main weapons for long-long time before firearms.
5). Battle and warfare. The MC is OP, he almost win everytime he fight, but he cannot face 1000 person alone (in this setting a Blade master should be capable to kill hundreds soldier). He rely on his army - yes this story has more emphasis on warfare rather than martial arts. So we will see the emphasis on tactics, logistics, artillery, scouts, castle defense etc., which done very well.
6). Kingdom Building. Starts slow, pick it up later.

Our MC start kingdom building slow in the start until he fend off the external threat, then, the building starts picking up as well as MC's modern idea (think of RTW here) like steel making, university, real estate, road, gunpowder (very late in the story because of his failure to replicate - he need knowledge from dwarf ), bank etc, He also fail a lot: fail to produce paper, cement, firearm etc.

Expect some normal kingdom building here (opening colony, creating farm and so on.
7). Plot. Most of the time, something happens due to some reason. MC is either force to act according to that or take the opportunity to grab first for his benefit. Most of it believable and quite realistic. The challenge he got whether on infrastructure or political relation is quite well thought as well.

I think this story is worth read. A real enjoyment. Many times i really want his super strong convoys to come back to northern territory and wipe his arrogant enemies.... know what happens? Really satisfied on what the author really did on this :) <<less
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cdlevit rated it
July 31, 2016
Status: c0
Interesting but not catchy enough for me. I rate with 2 stars and even those are for potential & world building. The writer seems amateurish as he/she tries too hard to describe things and even that's done in a heavy and awkard way as it points out useless details or too much details. The writer tries to explain things but.. Doesn't guide, nor allows the reader to make it's own opinions about facts. As a writer, you don't have to explain the actions of the characters but show... more>> them, show why they acted as such and allow them to 'live' and take decisions.

The novel has potential but it's not my cup of tea: Too much info dump, too many similar 'elements' to other novels & especially, the arhetypes & world values aren't grey as they seem but more similar to those of puppets: they think, act and 'live' only as the writer wants.

I'll modify my review when the plot builds up. Until then, i'll reflect more on the character & story - it's something that's forced on you from the first chapter... And I don't like that. <<less
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milliontonnez rated it
April 25, 2017
Status: c181
Good novel if you like kingdom building and technology gap. I really like these kind of novels.

What I also like is that this has the MC leveling up his friends and building relationships with other lords/traders. He delegates his tasks. Also the author hasn't made it as smooth sailing  as the MC faces challenges/uncertainties/set-backs. The MC has to tactfully negotiate those and steer his ppl towards prosperity. ... more>>

Like when negotiating / fighting his way across this one duchy. He also was on constant lookout for opportunities, so that the 1,70,000 strong convoy o his can reach his lands safely


The things I feel lacking in these novels is, how the author doesn't focus on the biggest deus ex machina available in these scenarios : establishing a bank to catapult the economy (as well as a postal system). Also one of the long term goals of MC should be how to establish a constitution for governing and safe-guarding the rights of man (EU4 anyone?). That and printing press. *Sigh* ...ah, all this nitpicking is starting to sound more and more like that Monty python Spanish inquisition vid. <<less
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Opjohnaexe rated it
March 23, 2017
Status: c155
This story was a disappointment to me, it started out great I loved the worldbuilding, and in fact why I dislike it is not due to its slow start. For me a slow start can be a positive, if it's done right.

What I liked about this story was that it seemed like a Xuanhuan story that did not focus solely on the main character, but one in which the side characters held importance too, and one in which the main character didn't engage massive armies alone, when he had the... more>> option of doing so with an army at his side.

Also I liked that the story while having some romance to it, it wasn't the usually oppressive romance you find in many more mainstream Xianxia / Xuanhuan, the character respected females, at least that was how the story was written.

So what went wrong?

Simple the story degenerated, it went from focusing on armies and collaboration, into a generic Xuanhuan story, it seems like (to me at least, don't hold me up on this as I may be wrong), that the author had either done storyboarding for the first 80'ish chapters, or the author gave into comment pressure, and desided to focus on the main character moreso than his armies, to the point that the otherwise fairly logical main character decided to do illogical things, and things which goes against his previously established morals, all in favour of a powerful alpha male type of character.


As such I cannot recommend it as an amazing story, it's still good enough if you want something decently enjoyable, but I seriously do think that the author gave into pressure from fans who wanted something more generic, and it ruined the story for me. <<less
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woahchocolatemilk rated it
March 8, 2017
Status: c92
Its a good novel, just not good for the categories it says it is. The whole thing feels like a slice of life story as their is no tension or pressure on the main character, he is OP and won't get anything wrong. The only thing holding him back is his battle force rank of iron 3 but considering he is considered silver undefeatable, defeats golds like they are nothing and that he has killed a sword master ( or something like that) who are considered the tops on... more>> the continent by chapter 70, he is definitely OP.

Bad points - Terrible fight scenes. As in every single fight scene so far feels like a summary so far, no tension at all and no fight has lasted more than 1 paragraph, if not two. They are so short and so simple, even for people who are considered OP since the author for some reason doesn't want to build up any tension whatsoever.

- Character progression. The characters don't change at all and even worse, there is so many of them and yet there is no distinction to them. Let me explain. The main character, i have no idea what he looks like, might be mentioned early on but i already forgot at this point and i know he a person from earth who is quite smart. The main characters best friend charade, i know he is fat and good with money. His other good friend, i know he uses darkness attribute and that he is shameless. And lets not talk about the 40+ characters we have been introduced to so far, barely any description or distinction between them.

- MC is like a mary sure, everyone loves him at first sight and wants to follow him despite not knowing him at all.

Good points- Very funny, especially the first 10s of chapters. Made me chuckle
- Interesting world build
- Plots dont repeat AT ALL. Everything feels very new.

Overall- I gave this a 3 since it is a good novel, just under the wrong categories. Take off martial arts, action and xuanhuan. The rest of the categories represents this novel so much better and if i had gone into the novel seeing those tags, i would rate it 4-5 as it is awesome.

But i'm dropping it now as i want some tension, some action, some cultivation, some character progression and this novel does not offer that. <<less
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xianxia_reader rated it
March 4, 2017
Status: c155
For one, as everyone has already mentioned, just gloss through the first 40-50 chapters. Those are just info dumps. Some of the points in those chapters might be well made but they don't require a deep reading.

The author takes the info dumping to another level and has it in every other chapter. These many horses, slaves, money etc etc are put in excruciating details. Not to mention, the amount of people and their names, after sometime you will get confused as to who is silver ranked, who is gold, who... more>> is mercenary or knight.

So why the rating 4 you ask? Well story telling. I love my sides of fast paced xianxia stories but many of them rely on a single plot line to pull things. Here war seem to be the focal point for sure but it is intricately woven into the story. Why are there these many wars is explained well.

That said, if you don't like political intrigue and rather expecting a cultivation themed novel then you are in for a disappointment. The story is slow and there are no blood rush moments of defeating someone superior using a low cultivation. If your expectation is that, skip it. <<less
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Aras rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: c427

The story is told as a history documentary about the rise of the Norton Kingdom. The story starts slow and dumpes alot of information about the characters in the first 50 or so chapters. The chapters aren't that important, but give little bit of context to the actions and trust showed between the main cast later in the book. The advancement in technologie is also done really well. The MC doesn't just create machine guns in the first year, but slowly builds up from balistas to catapults to cannons. If you like reading about the history of like the roman empire (or other great empires) then you would probably like reading this book.

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kossboss rated it
January 11, 2017
Status: c100
Really upsetting some of these reviews, almost makes me actually wonder if they read the same story... If you like politics, kingdom building, wars, then you will prob think this novel is easily in the top 5 novels on this site. If you want a pill popping mc who cultivates through all problems then this is not gonna be for you. The novel can be a bit slow
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First 40 chapters covers 10 years of his life after his bodies previous exile from his homeland just about when he took over.

in the start but really picks up after chapter 40. That being said this novel differs from some similar one in that he has not brought major amounts of technology over yet as of this reveiw. Some minor things like a design for a backpack he does do. <<less
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Lurcher rated it
January 10, 2017
Status: c117
It's good; the setting is intricate and detailed, the main character is determined and smart yet not wholly without fault as he makes mistakes but works to correct those without hesitation. If you're tired of the usual tropes like "face" and iron-clad rankings or skills that seem wholly unrelated to anything real, then this is definitely a treat.

The power structures of individuals is based on something tangible and easily discernible, so the fact that people believe those rankings to be true makes sense. The main characters use of qigong to... more>> continue his training once he hits a cap also makes sense given how well documented his love for the art prior to reincarnation was.

While he does get some annoying freebies like "dynamic vision" and his qigong abilities, the main meat of the story is NOT about the main character defeating everything like in your usual martial arts novel, rather the fact that he is strong is merely the set up for the politics and friendships that he is involved in. Had his jolly gang of hangers on not decided to join him in his journey, this story would easily lose one or two stars from me.

Romance-wise the story hasn't seen much of any development as the main character has loved and lost before the novel proper and most of the subsequent encounters are casual or end in failure. I saw someone complain about maids getting raped and I had to laugh, as the setting already explicitly encourages this; one count had over 60 illegitimate sons while the main character has 17 illegitimate siblings as well!

Overall, it really only gets going at around 50-60-ish as the amount of flashbacks before that is quite staggering, but I still recommend it. <<less
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CodeZero rated it
March 21, 2017
Status: c166
One of my current favourite novels to read, the Tales of the Reincarnated Lord has a lot of aspects that make me want to continue reading - the kingdom building, the characters (particularly the MC), the story and the potential for further development on all of the previously mentioned aspects. I would definitely recommend this novel to everyone and hope that the slow start (which I honestly did not mind/could not tell) does not bother you.
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