The Charm of Soul Pets

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Author Synopsis: Cloud birds that soar through the blue sky; Terrorblood wolves that roam the wastelands ruthlessly. Dream beasts that dart through the moonlight forests; Ghost kings that dwell on foggy cliffs. Ocean spirit beasts that haunt the depths of the boundless oceans; thousand-eyed treants that stand unyielding on precipitous peaks.

Sword Beetles, Sunset Eagles, Ancient Wood Demons, Chaotic Thunder Sprites, Cursed Demon Fox: Ice… Plants, Beasts, Elementals, Undead, this is the eccentric, variegated, beautiful, and stunning world of soul pets!

Our protagonist, a soul pet trainer, had at first a young, mutated soul pet – a Moonlight Fox. In unending fights, it mutated into the stronger Evil Flamed Six-tailed Demon fox and the even higher leveled Queen Flamed Nine-tailed Firefox!

Under the companionship of this soul pet, he walked on the path to become a king, catching precious and rare soul pets, and never ceasing his endeavor to becoming the very best!

TL Synposis: Many islands dotted the vast oceans of this world. However, some of the islands were a lot more sinister than the rest. Those islands, known as Nightmare Islands, were true nightmares to all but the strongest and most fortunate. Children were kidnapped and thrown on these isolated islands by the Nightmare Palace, forced to sign soul pacts with evil soul pets: Nightmares. These devils slowly devoured the souls of their trainers to grow stronger. If the children did not cultivate fast enough, their souls will be devoured whole, leaving only an empty husk behind.

Chu Mu, the protagonist, was an heir to the Chu Clan, but due to a plotted murder, he was thrown on the island, sentencing him to almost certain death. Dancing on the edge of life and death, he struggled to survive with a small Moonlight Fox he captured. When he finally escaped the devilish foremen on his island, he couldn’t help but let a breath out. But little does he know, the experience was only a beginning to a fated journey with his little Moonlight Fox…

The Charm of Soul Pets average rating 4.5/5 - 357 user ratings
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Allure of the Pets
Chong Mei
Sủng Mị
宠魅
寵魅
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LadyBlue
New LadyBlue rated it
May 24, 2017
Status: v2c67
So I read this story because the reviews were great and so I decided to give it a try.

As far as the plot goes,I have to agree that it's darker and has faster pace than other xuanhuan novel (still wouldn't tag it as gore though).M.C is smart,does whatever he can do to survive,understands that sometimes you have to make sacrifices and works really hard.The abilities,cultivation mode is pretty fleshed out.Translations are fast and pretty well done.Kudos to the translator.

And now here are the issues that bugged me so bad

1.The m.c... more>> posses huge plot armor in the form of his main pet Mo Xie and his other pets in smaller amount.What bugs me the most is Mo Xie seems to be able to do anything and win against anyone.

2.M.C is very cool headed and very smart,talented and hard working.The writer never misses a chance to tell us how smart and cool the m.c is.

3.The villains are so boring and one dimensional.Each one is a copy of the previous one.In pretty much all of the battles the m.c wins because apparently he is the only one who can think.The villains pretty much seems to have the IQ of seven year old kids.

4.The story flows pretty smoothly.Pretty much smooth sailing for the m.c who seems to be married to Lady luck -he always finds the most interesting soul pets and wins all battles.

In short I think this story is over-rated.It's not that different from all the other wuxia novels <<less
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evra.alexa
New evra.alexa rated it
May 23, 2017
Status: v2c62
I give 5 star because i fall in love with Mo Xie and i want it for myself

Plus: Very interesting story, cute and interesting relationship between MC and his pet,

Minus: Gore, revenge-fest story, lots of new glossary that you have to remember
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Aragorn
Aragorn rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: v1c13
Honestly, this is one of the most refreshing reads in a TL novel world littered with multiple OP mc/Cultivation. Don't get me wrong, I love those novels as well, but this is just such a refreshing change. Think of it as Pokemon, but for Wuxia/Xianxia style. The whole story revolves around an MC that is training their "soul pet" (pokemon) in order to become stronger and stronger.

Slight Spoilers: I have personally read ahead in the raws, and can attest to the fact that while the first couple of chapters... more>> are mostly world building, there is definitive plot development. Additionally, there is little to no harem, which is quite unique for any novel in a similar category.

Overall, I have been enjoying the translated chapters (job well done!) and I hope everyone else will love this novel as much as I do (go pokemon!). Feel free to message me for any specifics on spoilers etc. <<less
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Okuri Ookami
Okuri Ookami rated it
March 31, 2017
Status: c111
This novel is everything pokemon should have been and more realistic (in a fictional way) in how the world would work.If you never really liked Pikachu or Charizard but wanted a (Shiney) Evee and Vulpix mix then this is the novel for you.

Also think about everything you find wrong about pokemon:

-Trainer is sent out as a (perpetual) 10 yr old into the world given a starter pokemon out o 3 standard choices dependent on region or family / personal situation
-Free to roam the world as they please
-Enslaving... more>> and forcing pokemon to battle one another either to be captured or for a shiny bit off metal from different areas around the world
-No real reason for how pokemon evolve
-No deaths whatsoever

In this series the kids are at minimum 14 to 15 and even then they'd still be taken care of by their clan and or family until they are well past 30 if they have potential. Roam around? Pfft that'd get you killed QUICK! A person from a good clan would have atleast 2 people protecting them at any given time.

Capturing and Storage (Poke-ball equivalent):
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There are no pokeballs, trainers (as they are also called) sign Soul pacts with the beast they are trying to catch and it has to be mutual so is cancelling the contract. No red laser to store the beast inside of a storage device where they can only shake the ball repeatedly if they want to break out. No this novel does it right and adds an CN influence. The pets are stored inside a soul space which is essentially inside the Trainers sea of consciousness.

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Rated 16+

Spoiler

This is not and I repeat NOT a kid friendly series, there is pretty much death and violence from chapter 1 through 111 where I left off reading... if you can go 10 chapters without something or other dying I'd call you a f*ing liar! Rape? Sex? Consciousness? Morality? 1st two aren't without reason but the latter you'd be hard to find in anyone besides the MC... sometimes.

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World Building - Action - Logic - Story Progression:

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This story is abundant in a steady world building experience, you are constantly learning new things about the makeup of the world that doesn't seem forced and made up on the spot. More importantly its not 'convenient' in the way that its souly like this for plot armor and appears out of nowhere 'just cause / deus ex'.

The action is constant if not rampant throughout the series and maybe its because its Pokémon style the author can plan out battles without loosing the reader or being boring as hell. I mean its much easier to build battle scenes or imagine them (author and reader) if you've experienced it before and there shouldn't be many under 30 who've NEVER seen Pokémon at least once. All evolutions/maturations/levelups are well within reason and are explanatory by thinking about growth patterns and training regiments. Story overall is well paced, not fast not slow its not even medium. It has its own pace with a few time skips be it long or short it is not afraid of taking a risk. Though I do wish some of it where to be expounded on I can understand knowing EVERYTHING would be a little boring and give the author no room to pull things out of a hat (give the reader a small surprise).

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MC personality - Pet Relations:

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Mc is kinda everything Ash 'Get'em all' isn't. First of all he will eventually age past 15 which is his starting age. His IQ isn't so mentally stunted that he'll eventually have to relearn the lessons he learned not to far in the past. No this MC constantly grows and improves, he starts off sullen and solemn, grows cold, gains confident, matures into a man and so on. The pets all have different and enjoyable personalities that's all I'll say as giving examples will take away the fun.

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Capture rate - Training speed:

Spoiler

MC is picky and he has a right to be considering how his first choice was how his third one was and what his 4th turned out (this is something that will be confusing until reader is towards chapter 90 - 100). Training speed? Who for? MC? Pet? Nightmare? all about the same, the growth rate is linier with steady progression overall considering the MC's and pets circumstances I consider it not actually all that OP. The Time skips make it hard to track sometimes though.

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I say this story is the best mix of Chinese fantasy mixed with a cultural icon of a generation. Its not like some one dimensional knockoff that just takes everything away from Pokémon and puts a sheet over it and calls it new no it even goes out of its way to make powers different from Pokémon be it name or ability, it must be a real pain to name something Evil stare instead of Glare or Ravaging Claw instead of fury / ferocious swipes. <<less
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Potatos
Potatos rated it
September 11, 2016
Status: --
Well, I definitely wasn't expecting much from this besides being a new novel to procrastinate with.

First Impressions: Woah! Is that a chinese pokemon novel?
First few chapters: Better than pokemon, a lot of world building though. It's pretty dark though
More chapters: Wow! This is pretty good!
Reading through the raws: Dammit, I can't stop T-T

Real review:
Like most chinese novels, it starts off slow, with world building and a lot of potential. The potential (mostly) isn't wasted like in ATG and MGA(at least IMO, because we all have different... more>> tastes). The antagonists (so far) aren't 2D "You piece of trash!" "Bow before this young master!" characters and since I see no harem tag, so I doubt that there will be any 1D women throwing themselves at him because he's so strong... I honestly have very high expectations for this since it may even be able to reach the level of ISSTH(once again, IMO). The summary may make it seem like a pokemon rip off, but I can attest for the fact that although the world is similar, the plot is completely different(well, mostly). There aren't any major plot holes (yet) and the author makes the story flow well. The mc doesn't have multiple personalities (yet) so that's something I really appreciate. I also want to applaud the translator(s) for translating in a readable way and not giving us a non-edited machine translation.

Overall, like Vex said, as long as mc doesn't become another Ash Ketchum or rapist, I'll enjoy this novel very much. I'll also edit this review once/if I manage to get to chapter 150 or 200 because that is usually when a novel starts to get good, or goes downhill fast... <<less
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Vex
Vex rated it
August 31, 2016
Status: --
Okay, so when I first read the name, I was like " Eh, probably some girly pet care life of slice..." Damn I was so wrong...

Just imagine Pokemon, where ash is not an eternal 10 year old, not an eternal loser, uses brain, and where team rocket are enemies with cunning and wit. That's all this about.

The whole premises of the story is refreshing.The execution is also well done. Till now ( as of chapter 120) I am satisfied. The MC is gradually getting OP, but at the same time... more>> he is also facing OP enemies, instead of stupid bullies with almost zero brains and 100 backers.

The characters are a bit 2D, still it's not some great flaw. The writing is fine. The translation is great.Till now the translation speed is also great.

In short, the story is definitely a must read, until the MC becomes another Ash or Chu Feng. <<less
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zhangyenumbertwofan
zhangyenumbertwofan rated it
October 21, 2016
Status: c41
Overall, fairly solid novel. A good change up from the normal wuxia. The MC is powerful, but not annoyingly so. Pokemon comparisons aside, this is a pretty fresh novel with LOTS of action, and the fight scenes are depicted very well so far. Another bonus is the consistent releases. Looking forward to the rest of this novel!
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Slashs
Slashs rated it
January 26, 2017
Status: c83
This is a chinese/Xanxia version of Pokemon.

This is not an exageration and knowing this you can already get a good idea of what to expect. The pokemon side brings pets to be raised by their trainer. The pets can evolve, will gain new skills with levels and evolutions, the trainer will explore looking for pets to capture. The potential of each pet will vary they have attributes and the chances are... you will probably find a pokemon version to a lot of those pets. At the begining most of the... more>> figthts are the trainer invoking their pets and staying behind while giving order to the fighting pets.

The Xanxia side brings cruelty, death, blood, gore, chinese trope and unreasonable people as well as a fighting MC. The MC will regularly find himself put against people that are unreasonable and self centered. The fights almost always end up in the death of the pet and their owners, in very bloody fashion. Since it is a Xanxia novel the trainers will have their skill to fight too. You get the usual tropes, pills/medecine/plants to progress faster, the need to meditate, the level X pet that is special so he can fight against level X+3 pets and so on.

Now that you have a general idea of the novel let's go a little deeper. The MC has a very close relationship with his pet(s) and that is a very refreshing part of the novel, their relationship is great and so far his pets are very cute. The MC is not stupid and will think and prepare. He is the type to swallow humilations and strike back later rather than unleash knowing he will loose. He is interesting but doesn't escape the egocentrism of most chinese MC... Still it isn't as overbearing as it is with some MCs.

The author has prepared a nice backstory for the MC and we get glimpses of it as the main story progress and it looks like it's gearing up to be quite interesting with possible clan building down the line. There is quite a bit of plot armor going on especially during fights but it's still at an acceptable level. Overall the plot feels prepared rather than improvised (although it still feels like some stuff is pulled out of a hat at the last second). You will have a lot of seeds that are introduced only to "bloom" much later in the story. I am hoping the author can keep this up even in a few hundred chapters.

The translation is good (not as fast as some crazzy translators though, but you can expect a chapter every 2 or 3 days). You do not need to be a fan of pokemon to enjoy this, although they share many similarities, the atmosphere and events make it closer to a Xianxa novel than the actual game/anime/manga.

I personally haven't enjoyed pokemon in more than a decade. But I binged read this in a night :).

It is a very enjoyable read despite its faults :). <<less
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Dips
Dips rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c32
So far so good. The story has flow and steady progress. It is going quite far and is hiding a lot of the mc and his beasts abilities until he unleashes them all at once. I assume it will slow down once it hits the 100 chapter point. But at chapter 32 and below everything is amazing. I can only hope for it to get better than it is.
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Wiger98
Wiger98 rated it
September 26, 2016
Status: c29
Call it a pokemon ripoff if you will, but it definitely is more interesting than pokemon in the fact that this book has no qualms with killing and a fairly dark plotline makes this a great read.
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dtim
dtim rated it
April 14, 2017
Status: v1c86
The story has potential but it also has major problems.

The MC's main pet is a visible form of plot armor. It's a unique creature that he randomly picks up (sound familiar?). It has Deus Ex Machina upgrades mid-battle against enemies that would have killed the MC, etc.

The MC himself becomes enamored of his kidnapper's strength and buys into a "to defeat me you must become me" type of challenge. It's sad to see such a weak-willed character and the brainwashing (the real kind not the fantasy kind)... more>> is creepy to witness. <<less
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acoleman2
acoleman2 rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: c98
This is a total Pokémon knock off. Pokémon meets cultivation novel. Entertaining, and I'm a loyal reader. Still, to me it's a 3 star novel. Lots of luck, MC has plot armor. Read if you don't have anything else you're dying to read.
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ rated it
December 3, 2016
Status: c17
it's good, but it's not that good. So when a translator god (someone like deathblade-ISSTH) came to me and ask to what novel i want to translate next, definitely not this one. It's quite enjoyable period

MC is battle hardened, he didn't really have any tender feeling towards fairer sex, which is logical since it's a death match everyday. The series show up much blood and carnage, but still maintain fluffiness feeling. The pet remind me of pokemon, they are separate by type such as plant, beast, bird, etc. then separate... more>> further as their individual attribute such as wind or fire. <<less
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Yokiri
Yokiri rated it
September 24, 2016
Status: c28
The story has a relatively interesting plot and is sure to have amazing developments.

So far everything is pretty unique, as far I know anyway no story started like this and pulled it off well.

Plus its great that the updater doesn't take months.
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Gainaxe
Gainaxe rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: c12
Still very early in the book, but so far has a pretty cool premise and good writing/translating. Basically think Pokémon with a more "realistic" system and a much darker world (main character sentenced to death at 15, and used literally as a sacrifice while he does what he can to live)
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puffiness123
puffiness123 rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: --
Kind of like Pokemon but a darker version.
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Flashman
Flashman rated it
September 24, 2016
Status: c28
I like it. Like pokemon but bloodier. 'Trainers' die and there are things that can eat your soul. Plus 'Trainers' can fight alongside their pokemon which is cool. The only real problem I have with this is that the chapters are really short.
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Perverted Virgin
Perverted Virgin rated it
September 14, 2016
Status: c23
I find it to be well translated and written. I also find the story to be interesting. (The fluffy, cute, and deadly animals made it perfect.)
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Ruubix
Ruubix rated it
August 28, 2016
Status: --
A realistic Chinese-style Pokemon-like story with cultivation and hardship. So far it's pretty interesting, the main character isn't ruthless, but instead simply indifferent. It's off to a good start.

I look forward to him deepening his relationship with his partnered fox, and getting stronger.
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Lumore
Lumore rated it
November 12, 2016
Status: c50
Well I juste love the story, I read it in one day. It's well translates and the author style is pretty good and the major point of the novel is that it's not like the other chinese novel with the classic cultivation and type of fight, it has a total new point which is really cool for those who have read the like of ATG, ISSTH, Coiling Dragon and the other. Well it's very good to read and to put it simply it's a mix of a mature version of... more>> pokemon and chinese novel with cultivation. <<less
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Dusk
Dusk rated it
September 24, 2016
Status: c28
This is just like Pokémon in a grown up world, with ash replaced by a winning, decisive and ruthless Mc.

The Mc is trapped on an island where kids are forced to survive against the monster that is living inside of them and at the same time, becoming stronger to survive as the remaining 10.

There will be lots of deaths and kills so don't expect this to be a flowery world like Pokémon, just imagine a Pokémon aimed for more mature audience, that's it.

It's extremely fun read and I hope for... more>> more to come! 8.5, good read. <<less
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prinsewa
prinsewa rated it
May 4, 2017
Status: c718
(Edit: Summed up)

For the synopsis look up, for the good points and comparisons look previous reviews (Potatos for example). I'm pointing out some issues here.

The concept is pure gold and the story is quite good. On the other side i find the narration (or the author) too narrow minded and unilateral. After you've passed the world/foundation/character building in the first few chapters, pretty much everything becomes biased. All must serve to praise the MC in a way too obvious form!

Practically no use of implicit meaning. Every action, event, encounter, growth,... more>> is foretold. There's literally an old pet-guy with the MC to tell him everything he should do, everywhere he needs to go (Like the author telling the readers, "next we are going to make him participate in a tournament without real motive, so as to make his pets levels adequate for the following town", in a very annoyingly straightforward fashion). There's no real mystery to unfold (i can't really find the main plot anymore), only new ways to get stronger (pointless goals limited to level rising).

The opponents are either stepping stones or a older generation he'll step on soon anyway. The story is written in a way to never make you feel that the MC is inferior, not even when he actually, momentarily, is. You have a part, for example, where it is said that his father is a genius pet trainer who lead him on the trainer way with a lot of praiseworthy components, and in the next sentence the narrator says something like "of course he'll surpass him soon enough, he has his own way, not following his father's tracks...". This kind of obvious partialness creates a feeling of contradiction and incredulity from my part (you've created a story, at least allow your personas to have a meaning on their own, something other than being a cushion for the MC).

The MC is always growing up to the challenge/problem, no setbacks, never makes mistakes (only taking risks :\), never escaping because too weak (always another pretext), giving a feeling of boring linear progression. And the author keep insisting (strongly!) on the MC virtues, even when the merit is not really his.

In the end, i think the main problem resides in the way the story is told, the strong opinions and exaggerated presence of the narrator, the lack of 'process' or smooth transition, leading from a situation to another one, and the fact that the arguments are casually thrown when needed (the author doesn't seem to know how to lay plots foundations in advance). <<less
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