The Founder of Diabolism

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As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was backstabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him.

He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.

This marks the start of a thrilling yet hilarious journey of attacking monsters, solving mysteries, and raising children. From the mutual flirtation along the way, Wei WuXian slowly realizes that Lan WangJi, a seemingly haughty and indifferent poker-face, holds more feelings for Wei WuXian than he is letting on…

The Founder of Diabolism average rating 4.6/5 - 165 user ratings
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Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
Ma Đạo Tổ Sư
The Founder of Evil Magic
魔道祖师
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missycin
New missycin
September 11, 2017
Status: c1
I'm not going to rate it because so far, it's a good read with a charming MC and really beautiful ML. Story details and plot are good and the humor is actually funny. You'd really root for the shameless MC.

However, I'm not a fan of flashbacks as the story switches from the MC's past as the Founder of Diabolism and his "reincarnated" self. I'll add to my review later as I read more chapters in the future.

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Ars
New Ars rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: c21
Founder of Diabolism is a humorous horror-mystery story set in a xianxia world. Intriguingly, the story has absolutely no cultivation (as the main cast are all high level cultivators) and instead focuses on a series of thrilling horror/mystery-solving subplots in which the protagonist, WeI WuXian, secretly uses his extensive occult knowledge to save people from evil spirits and bloodthirsty horrors whilst hiding his true identity. The story is similar to the Detective Conan series if Conan Edogawa were a slandered and vilified Chinese cultivator who had been killed and brought... more>> back to life in another body.

I highly recommend Founder of Diabolism to anyone who appreciates good writing, well-developed characters, mystery/detective stories, knee-slapping humor, and heart-aching romance. As of chapter 21 the main overarching focus of Founder of Diabolism is on the unraveling of the mystery behind the protagonist, WeI WuXian's, past and motivations. In the prologue we learn that he had been betrayed and killed and that the world is glad for it, as he had been an evil and tyrannical man who had gone down the path of devils. Yet when WeI WuXian returns from the dead, we meet a man who is altogether one of the most clever, curious, humorous, and altogether likeable protagonists of any Chinese novel.

Mystery is the strongest component of Founder of Diabolism. The author raises many questions with tantalizing possibilities. Why was WeI WuXian cast as an evil villain by society? Why had he been betrayed by his most trusted people? Why does he feel guilt upon seeing the arrogant child JI Ling, and why does his former brother despise him? Though the main cast had all lived harmoniously together as schoolchildren in differing sects, why are they now so fragmented and conflicting as adults? All of these major character questions are slowly answered as the author travels through minor horror-mystery scenes involving zombies, haunted hands, and more.

A second component which I see as vitally important and incredibly well-done is the romance. Though as of ch21 the author has only laid the foundation and revealed a hint of a particular character's motivations, the various clues are enough to make me imagine the pain and tragedy this character had faced upon the protagonist's death, and the tumultuous emotions he must have now that he believes the protagonist has somehow returned despite WeI WuXian's best efforts to hide all traces of his reincarnated self.

What I will praise the author for most is their incredibly clever and loving development of the characters. The protagonist has a deep depth of personality - WeI WuXian on the surface, a carefree and comedic playboy; deeper, an intelligent and far-too-curious experimenter; and finally, a troubled man with a deeply-hidden loyalty and devotion to his loved ones that has transformed into guilt as a result of whatever incidents had lead to his death. The supporting characters are all people who had one way or another been affected by WeI WuXian's death, and the author cleverly does not tell the readers. Rather, the author weaves between the past and present, point A to point D in time, to let the reader analyze how the characters' relationships and emotions had changed in the unspoken time between these two points.

Vital personal information regarding the main cast is revealed in this 'trip to the past', but it still stretched quite long when what I wanted as the reader was to return to seeing WeI WuXian figure out how to escape his current predicament. This is the only time that I felt the pacing in the story was off, and my only criticism.

Founder of Diabolism has 5/5 writing style, 5/5 plot, 5/5 character development, 5/5 creativity, and 4. 5/5 pacing.
Additional notes: Translation quality by Exiled Rebels is excellent and fluid, with natural and clear sentences which convey the author's vibrant writing style and witty dialogue.
Overall, if this were to be published, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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Aniise
Aniise rated it
September 7, 2016
Status: c30
I'm the translator and here's why I picked up this novel.

It's really, really, good and this isn't an exaggeration. Chinese fans have called it an epic and even if you aren't into bl, the story is mainly an action-adventure xianxia story. First, think of a detective story, then throw in xianxia elements like flesh-eating ghosts, undead, spirit haunting and you've got The Founder of Diabolism.

The story starts off with a bang as readers are immediately thrown into a case of "What's killing off everyone?" in chapter 2. I... more>> mean I came for the pretty boys but I stayed for the plot holy sh*t. The author doesn't waste her words, yet each chapter no matter the word count feels jam-packed with content and action.

The main character, WeI Wu Xian is a hilariously shameless guy who takes things as they come. He's in the body of a homos*xual guy who everyone sees as crazy? Ok, I'll be shamelessly gay and chase my pursuers away by throwing myself at them! Think the MC of The King's Avatar or Legend of Sun Knight. He's so blatant and shameless at times I feel like he isn't even putting in effort to concealing his past hated identity, which makes for HILARIOUS one liners.

An important thing to note is that none of the cast are idiots. If we, the readers can see something, they definitely can. This shows the effort the author put into developing each character. This isn't one of those reincarnation wank stories. It's an adventure, and the MC has to work for what he wants.

As the story progresses, the author reveals to us his backstory and connections to the rest of the main cast. It will tear your heart out. As the MC is a take-it-easy guy, we as the readers see emotional connections that the cast has with him that HE DOES NOT SEE. You will cry alot, and you will also laugh alot. (Cus HE'S A LITTLE sh*t WITH NO SHAME.)

The romance is natural and not forced at all, seriously, I feel a sense of frustration at how slow things are going. (As a bl-lover haha!) BUT THATS NOT THE CASE! Within the first 20 chapters the love interest is already a mainstay in the story, there is no useless wasting of time in this novel. By chapter 10 alot of plot relevant characters have already been introduced, its a beautifully paced novel, and you won't even feel it.

If you've read The Legendary Master's Wife, another xianxia adventure focused bl story, the bl is even less un-intrusive than that. Seriously they don't even confess till damn late. I urge you to give it a try, this novel leaves no regrets and only tears.

For those BL fans who want to know the exact stage of how fast the relationship progresses here you go:
Spoiler

Around chapter 10 we see their super cute past. After this flashback they basically go alone, the both of them together on a ghost hunt. Hashtag couple goals with cute worrying about injuries and everything. They bang in the last few chapters and only confess like 90% into the novel.

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For BL fans who don't want to know the above but want to know how the love interest is like, here you go:
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He is elsa, tsundere ice king. DAMN CUTE. He used to be those stuck up, up and coming pride of the clan cultivator. (His sect is super strict and rigid.) Then WeI WuXian crashes into his life in a study exchange programme and annoys the heck out of him. The hall monitor he is can't STAND the MC. Yet after towards the reborn MC, he is super tolerant. It gets a bit heartbreaking when we see clues all around that he missed the MC very very dearly.

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K.san
K.san rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: Completed
First of all, I know that some people read yaoi/boy's love just because of the smutty parts, but for FoD/GoDC, there are none. From Chapter 1 all the way to the ending, they don't do anything more than holding hands and kissing. Sure, the uke teases the seme a lot about doing all sorts of things, but nothing more than that happens, until...

The few awesome "extras" that the author wrote, at the end of the story.

If anyone ever considers dropping this novel because there are no hot... more>> scenes, don't worry and please wait until the end. The author's smut writing skills are one of the best that I've seen (I personally prefer it over LMW). The only thing I'm hoping for is that the new translator doesn't drop out halfway and end up not translating the last few chapters.

Story-wise, I have to say that the plot is awesome. Aside from the confusion of all the characters, and not to mention that all of the characters have two names, and also how a bunch of them have the same surnames, everything is great. It is unusual for yaoi/bl novels to have such an intriguing plot. I am the type of reader who gets bored of ultra-deep or super-simple plots quickly, but I really enjoyed this one and made it through without any trouble. There is an appropriate suspense-versus-romance ratio, if you know what I mean. Everything is flushed out smoothly, with a storyline that is clear and easy to follow, which is especially important for stories that involve reincarnation. The romantic development is slow, but it's gonna compel you to read more and more, trust me on that one.

As for characters, I love all of them. From the main character, to the main lover, to the "big-bads", there is a part to love about every single character (except for one, which I believe everyone hates). The MC, WeI WuXian, isn't the typical yaoi/bl uke. He is hilariously shameless, independent, and strong enough to protect his seme, which results in a very power-balanced relationship. And, no, he's not the type who blushes as the seme hits him with a kabe-don. He's the type to kabe-don and flirt with the seme, but eventually gets it hard (-wink-). The seme, on the other hand, is more of a distant, cool type. Although this sounds stereotypical, Lan WangJi, the seme here, actually blushes. That's right. A seme who does both blushing (especially in his cute teenage years) and giving it hard. Everything about these two are just so cute. The way the interact with each other brings tears to my eyes, like seriously—why is my relationship not like this? Or, more like, why am I still single??

Another thing to take into consideration is that, yes, FoD/GoDC is getting an anime and, according to rumours, a movie/drama as well. Lucky for us, the movie will be done by the same studio that did The King's Avatar, with the awesome art, similar voice actors, and such. Because it is an anime format and the control on anime is quite loose compared to other media, it will probably involve the boy's love parts (but most likely not the *cough* at the end). However, if they make a movie/drama, they are probably going to make it a bromance (the drama for Addicted was the absolute most that SAPPRFT could take). My point is—if you want to show off to your friends that you read the novel before the anime, read it!

This concludes my rant about how awesome this novel is. The new translation team seems to update at a fast speed, with 8 chapters in less than a month, especially considering how lengthy the chapters of FoD/GoDC is, compared to most other online novels that I've read. What about the quality of the translations? I'm not gonna comment on this, so check it out for yourselves ٩ (๑>◡<๑) ۶. <<less
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winter-t
winter-t rated it
February 1, 2017
Status: Completed
Where do I even begin, I could write pages and pages about all the parts I loved. This is an absolutely amazing novel. The plot is very, very captivating and the characters are interesting and wonderfully fleshed out. It's an action thriller set in a world with martial arts, reanimated corpses, and a lot of humor. The romance is cute and touching, and in my opinion, a very well-written development of enemies to friends to lovers.

MC is one of my favorite characters of all time. You can tell from... more>> early on that he has a unique, delightful voice on top of a carefree, mischievous personality. He's easily the funniest to read about, and the diverse yet distinct cast is definitely one of biggest pluses that makes the character interactions all the more enjoyable. With a plot that keeps you in suspense as the mysteries of both the past and the present get unraveled step by step, this is something that's hard to put down.

If you could, I strongly recommend reading this in its original language. Two things to keep in mind though:
1. It might be a bit confusing at the beginning getting everyone's names straight since many of the characters are referred to by multiple forms of address (given, courtesy, title, rank, nicknames, etc).
2. The world-building assumes the reader has basic knowledge of Chinese folklore beliefs about the dead, so not everything is explicitly explained in the text itself.

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KimiKazoo
KimiKazoo rated it
March 24, 2017
Status: Completed
One of the most popular yaoI stories in China and for a good reason. First, just google the Chinese name of the book. Drools. The depictions/art of the two main guys are so hot.

What's good about this story is that aside from the romance is that it actually has a very solid plot. The plot contains themes of mystery, supernatural, tragedy, betrayal, murder, secrets, love... It's like a detective conan case with a bit and pieces of revelation. And in between these revelations and actions there are also... more>> love progression and flashbacks.

Both the plot and romance really leaves you satisfied. You really feel the love between the two guys. Be patient and wait for the translations, or go ahead and read the raws.

Highly recommended! <<less
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MissQ
MissQ rated it
January 20, 2017
Status: c4
I tried reading the chapters in the raw... it was too hard so I'll just wait patiently here/

I definitely look forward to this novel because of how upbeat the MC is. He's so cute. I can't wait to see our male lead!
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Reitian
Reitian rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: Completed
Once I started reading, I could not put this story down. I feel like anyone can read it, whether they like BL or not. I read in Vietnamese, and there were a few blips in translation, but I could tell that the author put a lot of effort into the story. Every detail seems to have been resolved. Something that pops up in chapter 11 would be explained in chapter 111. It may be hard to get started if you don't know much about the setting and also because everyone... more>> has 2 or 3 names. I have a giant page of notes with everyone's names in both Pinyin and Vietnamese with relationships notes as well as a mock timeline (laughs).

The relationship between the MC and ML was very natural. I especially liked that they were on equal footing on each other with no power struggle. They looked out for each other with moments of both tenderness and hilarity. If you're looking for something spicy, you won't get it until the end. I had to stop myself from skipping ahead because I knew that the development of their characters would make it even more worth it (and it was TOTALLY worth it).

Spoiler

The confession scene was hilarious and after they finally acknowledge their feeling for each other, they start showing off so much PDA even the final boss gets distracted.

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The support cast was also really well fleshed out, to the point that I had to look at certain characters completely differently after learning certain details. I think rereading the story again with this fresh perspective could cause you to reinterpret whole scenes; that's how far ahead the author thought.

It was a beautiful story and a roller coaster of emotion. The suspense put me on the edge of my seat; the situations the characters experienced caused me to cry at least 4 times throughout the story; some parts even scared me out of my wits, but even in the most intense moments, the author could cause me to break out in laughter. Although it had a happy end, I was a bit sad to see it end.

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Gluttony
Gluttony rated it
June 2, 2017
Status: --
You can tell just from the 11 released chapters that this is a fantastic novel. It's humorous, the romance is developing so naturally and the plot and world building is absolutely amazing. If anything, people who aren't a fan of gay romance can be as equally engaged in this. I'm so eager for someone to commit to translating this and release regular chapters. From what I've heard around from people who can read Chinese, the novel has excellent reviews so I know I'm in for a great ride.

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Ezralva
Ezralva rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: c20
As someone who's only waiting for the english translation, other reviews already said it all...

Before GDC, the only Xianxia novel I've read was LMW but dropped pretty early since I couldn't really stomach all the new magic thingy lol. But for GDC, I find it pretty easy to digest, but I'm sure that's because the translators were being so kind to give detailed TN. When I first read the 1st two chapters back on Aniise's LJ, I immediately knew this one was out of the box. And now after... more>> reading all translated ch available, spoilers, and watched so many fmvs and even tried mtl-ing future chapters for myself *which I stopped before my head burst* It feels like I'm hooked for life on this one

For someone who grew up accustomed to westernized-withcraft adventure stories, everything about this novel is pretty new to me, I'm mesmerized by the world-building (I've never read anything about necromancer or evil magic being done the fluffy and cutesy way like this one 😁), the layer upon layer of solid plot, and the character developments which have nothing 2D in it. It's not everyday I can find a BL novel that has superiority like GDC does.

We readers, aren't just being called to heed at the romance between MC and ML, but also the heartrending emotional entanglements from other characters, which could or could not always related to the MC.

For the DanmeI part, which makes this already-superb-adventure-story totally perfect, is really slow build. Usually when I like the CP I want them to get into hot scenes early and get frustrated when they dont, But that's not the case for this one, almost every chapters hinted with BL romance thrown everywhere that always makes me giggling, cos the uke is a top-notch prankster and their 'courting' is cute beyond compare XD besides how the plots unravel are just too amazing that you can't help but focus on their adventure. And still, the love and devotion of ML towards the MC depicted in this novel, makes it one of the best love story I've ever known, they just happened to be two guys, that's it. Ofc Chinese BL novels are expert when it comes to power-balanced relationship between uke and seme,

Regarding the characters, I can't help but compare this masterpiece to Harry Potter, where you simply cannot just take everything at face value and that there is more to it than meets the eyes about all of them, good or bad, nothing like the typical flawless protagonists here or the complete asshole of a villain.

This novel serves like a complete package for a fujo like me who loves good plot, well-developed characters, more than just some yaoI fanservice thrown to cater the readers' preferences.

And I greatly thank all the translators (current and previous) who bring this hidden gem to us international readers <3 <<less
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alexfilia
alexfilia rated it
August 17, 2017
Status: c18
I dont really have anything more to say that hasnt been said already... I really love this novel

What I liked most about it is that everything comes full circle in the end... Basically Karma is a b**ch and comes back to bite you

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The MC's actions by being overconfident and having a better than you attidute basically caused his own death... Of course we had the main Mastermind behind the scenes faning the flames and causing trouble...

What I loved about this novel is that while the main mastermin's indirect actions led the MC to his death but it was also his actions that led to the MC's revival

Of course the true victim of this story was the MC's sister's child... Several people had a hand on his parents death but in the end he couldnt bring himshelf to blame anyone since everyone had their own reasons and circumstances

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