The Sacred Ruins


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Hark as the tides ebb and flow.

Watch as the moon wanes and grows.

As that trail of misty haze enshrouds the earth, Behold!

That once quenched fire enkindles amidst the holy ruins,

And that yoke that shackles the world tardily unravels.

A brave new world is on the offing,

As the secrets underneath its cryptic cloak slowly unbosom…

The Sacred Ruins average rating 4.2/5 - 98 user ratings
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Holy Ruins
Shèng Xū
Related Series
Shen Mu (Chinese Novel)
World of Immortals (Chinese Novel)
Perfect World (Chinese Novel)
Shrouding the Heavens (Chinese Novel)
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I Shall Seal the Heavens (1)
Perfect World (1)
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The Desolate Era (1)

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05/28/17 Qidian International c62c62
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New Trent rated it
May 19, 2017
Status: --
Wtf. So grandiloquent. It's just like the summary, where the attempt at poetry replaces useful information and obscures the actual story. This web novel is the result of someone trying to do "high" literature but having a misconception about what that is. Whether it's the author or the translator showing off, or both, it's not appreciated; the word count is wasted on verbose and flowery description instead of reasonably paced plot progression, which the novel tries to make up for by skipping explanations about things that actually matter.

I can't even laugh, because lots of the word choices are poor or entirely wrong, so I guess the translator's just putting everything through a thesaurus without necessarily understanding words' definitions or connotations. It's the kind of thing that would-be intelligent readers praise, but it only hurts readability. At the same time, simple grammar's often messed up; how about studying the basics of English language first? Meanwhile, the author/translator cripples POV by constantly using passive voice and meandering third-person.

Who knows, maybe the story that's buried underneath all the ridiculous prose is good, but why should each reader have to pick apart every sentence and mentally substitute better terms to appreciate it? This thing's like an expired microwavable dinner that a cook showers with spices to dress up the taste, then places on china to try to convince its eaters that no, it's actually fancy, and if they dislike it then it's because they're not real gourmets, so they should shut up and pretend to enjoy it or everyone will think that they're hillbillies.
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March 18, 2017
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This novel is the most popular novel among Chinese readers (and it's official if you see the Qidian charts). The novel enjoyed immense popularity from its start due to it being a work of Chen Dong (author of Shrouding the Heavens and Perfect World). But the fact is that the novel is still no.1 among Chinese readers even after more than 300 chapters being released.

The author is renowned for his world building skills and he doesn't disappoints. We get immersed in his creative world from the start.

The... more>> personality of our protagonist is likable as well. He gets character development as series progress unlike other series where protagonist remains same.

Please give it a try. I promise you won't regret reading it. <<less
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synaptic rated it
March 11, 2017
Status: c30
This is a tentative review.

Currently I would give this 4.5/5, it's got a few things in particular going for it. The first and most important is the pervasive sense of strangeness that fills the story. It's very easy to feel how alien everything happening around the MC is. This has the highest potential of any cultivation story I've read including my personal favorites A Will Eternal and Five Way Heaven (though the latter is not very far in its translation). I hope the author does not let down the great... more>> work he's done setting the tone and building the sense of mystery and wonder present in what I've read so far. The second is that, as of yet, this does not seem to be a level up style character progression. I don't mind that sort of plot device at all; it can be an easy way for the reader to track where the MC stands relative to important figures in the story, and it is appropriate lore-wise for many stories. But it just wouldn't fit here without a major tone shift or a different way of presenting it than the ningmai/jindan or qi condensation/foundation establishment shit.

Dock half a point for the slow introduction, which is also very wordy, that takes too long to get you hyped up, as well as a personal pet peeve: when people have seen like the eighth fucking worldview smashing thing in a day, at least a good portion would realize that clearly things are different for good, and it's time to start thinking about how to deal with it rather than be constantly astonished/afraid/in denial. Really, at least some people would care more about surviving than being all "woe is me" about it. Thankfully the MC has an appropriate attitude.

Side note, I like the foreshadowing about the ex and her family, very interested to see that plot point brought up in the future. <<less
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raifan rated it
April 24, 2017
Status: c42
The start of the novel is boring. Doesn't grab your attention at all. What's worse, the author doesn't describe who the MC is or what he is doing. He seems to be running in the desert, so I expected him to be some type of cultivator or something, but much later it seems he was just a regular human. All you know about the MC is that he separated from some "goddess". The term was in quotes, so I wasn't even sure if the goddess was a female, statue or... more>> some spirit. Still, up to now, I am not really quite sure what his objective was in beginning. I saw some reviewers comparing the author to Er Gen, so I decided to continue.

Story gets better around chapter 6, it seems to have some direction. Still the author seems to forget what he/she wrote. More annoying is the current enemy is stupid and the dialogue between the 2 is childish. But we are to believe that she (current enemy) has the power to command 100s of people to move.

The good, is that there are some funny parts with the cow and the story is at a place where it has grabbed my attention and I want to know what happens next. So with that I'll give it 3 stars. <<less
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NaM rated it
March 24, 2017
Status: c28
A GREAT novel written by a GREAT author..

[Warning! this review was a review composed of Half Rant Half Review]

This novel was written by "Chen Dong" the same author of Perfect World, Shrouding the Heavens and World of Immortals. which for me were great works.

his writing style was not much worse when compared with Er Gen. they are both great at character and world building (Er Gen with immortal Civilization feel while Chen Dong with Archaic Civilization feel). Thats why im a bit sadden seeing them overall rated as (PW=3.9... more>> STH=4 WOW= 3.4). It kinda frustrate me when some stupid c*nts instantly rate his novels with 1-2 stars just because their undeveloped brains can't bear the slow development and malfunction only at chapter 50 below

Are you perhaps from the Legendary Race of MUSCLE BRAINS?!

Anyway! Into the topic.

Story was set in a post-apocalyptic earth. The land was ravaged by countless wars till it finally turn into a wasteland. A wasteland filled with countless unexplored phenomenon and unknown mystery. And within this novel we have an MC with a personality (not someone who only has KILL! KILL! KILL!! In his brain or a SmartAss who can only notice the OBVIOUS) with all that fact (post apocalyptic world and mysterious mc) you can already discern that this novel will have a slow development and slow world building.. things will gradually be revealed, Mysterys are slowly being unfold. we the readers were slowly being grabbed and unnoticely being engrossed (with my previous experience with his past works. They are honestly engrossing) while slowly being hugged by countless foreshadows and hopefully not some childish tricks but with genuine schemes.

Btw that yellow Ox is killing me hahaha

(With all that said. I think this novel has great potential and a novel that was not written "Half-heartedly".

I recommend this to those who had read chen dongs previous works and patient readers who were tired with the usual xianxia/xuanhuan stuff) <<less
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April 18, 2017
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The story completely lacks some basic required information about MC and the world he is supposed to be in.

Who is he? How does he look like? What does he do? Where is he from? How did he come to be in this desert? What is he doing there? Does he have food and water? It feels like it was ripped out of the middle of some other novel, losing all the necessary context, so it is very hard to get into it.

The author is also EXTREMELY fond of absolutely excessive... more>> visual descriptions of things - with barely any action happening. This makes it very hard to distinguish something that is actually important to the plot from some random unnecessarily phenomena, making the story advance at a snail pace at one time - and run like a cheetah at another. <<less
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JetonS rated it
April 23, 2017
Status: c41
The beginning was slow and unteresting, I almost dropped at the chapter 5, but now I'm glad I didn't. This Novel is a pure gem, it just gets better and better as the story drags on, you should at least read up to chapter 20 before you decide to drop or not. The author really knows how to write original stories, instead of a plain Xianxia where the MC is overpowered from the start and has uncountable females running behind him, in The Sacred Ruin, the MC is logical and... more>> uses his head, he is neither arrogant nor conceited. There are some scenes where you just can't help but leak a small grin. In short, this Novel is funny, exciting and the world building is intriguing, I totally recommend this one. <<less
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Nighterfield rated it
April 22, 2017
Status: --
Another work from chen dong. As usual Chen dong loves putting some foreshadowing at the beginning, especially MC's background and his girlfriend. And I saw a review that complained about it. guys it is part of foreshadowing. I understand many xianxia/xuanhuan where the author never explain mc's background. but we are talking about chen dong here. his other novels (divine grave/shen mu, world of immortal) also have the same foreshadowing.

Give this novel a try
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