Transcending the Nine Heavens


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Chu Yang, the Ninth Master of the Nine Tribulations Sword, sacrificed almost everything he had for the sake of improving his martial arts, including the love of his life. After spending three years locating the fifth fragment of the Nine Tribulations Sword, he was ambushed by all sides at that very place. Mortally injured with no means of escape, Chu Yang executed a sacrificial technique by plunging the Nine Tribulations Sword into his very own heart. “With the blood of my heart, ten thousand tribulations will collapse!”

After witnessing the death of all his ambushers, Chu Yang’s vision began to darken. At a distance, moments before his death, he saw the mastermind who had plotted his downfall — Mo Tian Ji. With that, his eyes finally closed.

However, with a start, Chu Yang once again awoke to find that he had returned to when he was sixteen years of age! Furthermore, the Sword Spirit of the Nine Tribulations Sword now resided within his Dantian, the energy center of his body! From that very moment, Chu Yang would then begin to right all of his past regrets, and carve his very own legend by fulfilling his destiny as the final Master of the Nine Tribulations Sword, and defeating the Heavenly Devils beyond the realm of the Nine Heavens Continent.

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New Bubbletehh rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: Completed
Great novel.

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The only thing that irked me was that some characters tend to be forgotten in the novel. The author also has a tendency to make it seem as though people of a certain cultivation are "rare" or "hard to find" or "can be counted on 1 hand" but ofc our MC runs into hundreds if not thousands of them.

The story itself is good, typical weak to strong although I think he was given so many power ups and lucky chances it'd be impossible for that to not be the case. Which again reminds me of how when he broke through to supreme I think it stated that taking heaven and earth treasures makes it harder to break through. Well MC here and his friends break through with only those treasures. I'm not joking they literally do just break through with treasures and the occasional "enlightenment". Its actually quite stupid how he's being thrown treasure left and right and never really breaks through by cultivating over time (like ISSTH).

There are quite a few references to OEM in this which is nice since he was one of the best MC's

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Parth37955 rated it
January 12, 2016
Status: --
been reading it since chapter 3...easily on my top 5 for novels. MC is smart and thinks out the consequences of his actions (as in, not just killing everything that offends him). The language is poetic and the story is quite well-written. The characters are well-developed. Usually, in Xianxia's it's good if I can even connect with the MC, but in this novel I can connect with the side characters too. TT^TT I got the feels, man...the feels...
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fallen dust rated it
March 31, 2016
Status: --
I don't want to disrespect anybody but i have to say it!

FORGET ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEW BELOW OR ABOVE ME because I as novel maniac who has finished almost every popular novel being translated now have also finished reading this novel by reading it nonstop for 7 days. Yes all 2500+ chapter, finished And i have only one thing to say, this novel is a fu*king Masterpiece.

It's got out of the world comedy, action, also fulfilling romance that you don't see in any other novel. Most of all not one... more>> character in this novel is a brain dead idiot or stupid. Every character is unique and their characteristics are very detailed. Moreover, the plot of this novel is awesome, almost has no plot holes at all, most of all despite having more than 2000+ chapters its not repetitive, yes... people it is not repetitive!

if there was rating more than 5, I would give it 55! The plot and the characters are well throughout and comes together perfectly. The power divisions are well thought out as well. The MC is open-minded and doesn't do mindless slaughter if there's no need for it. Moreover, the MC is cunning as a fox until the very end of the novel, he doesn't get stupid as his powers grow like we see in many other novel.

Yes, he's ruthless too, but he's not unreasonable. As a romance novel fan, i specially love this novel, as you all realized from the harem tag, the mc has several wifus. Each wifu has their own unique characteristics they don't mindlessly fall for the mc like we see in some trash (!) novel, their relationship slowly builds up and all of them are very dedicated and compassionate. It also shows the various troubles of harem and slowly solves these issues by facing many situations and slowly building up mutual trust and understanding between the various wifus. The villains are all have unique characteristics as well, they plot and they see reason, they know when to back down, which is pretty nonexistent in most novel.

Politics, plotting, action, romance, comedy, adventures this novel has all of em and more.

I read this novel nonstop for 7 days and I didn't feel bored at all, every chapter was interesting and was a fun read.

In the end if you still don't understand the awesomeness of this piece of gold then if yoh this CD, ATG, BTTH, ISSTH etc are awesome novel then this novel is legendary level novel. <<less
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phenom007 rated it
April 28, 2016
Status: --
I think this is an absolutely amazing novel. It has all the right elements whether it is action, politics, drama, romance. I just love it.
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keklel rated it
June 11, 2016
Status: v8c20
I want to rate this 3.7 stars but I can't so I'll just round up to 4. As one of my first few xianxias I definitely thought of it highly at the time but after reading some better works, I now realize that this isn't as good as I thought.

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Firstly, I want to commend Walk The Jiang Hu for his excellent work in translating this novel. He is clearly well versed in Chinese as well as the wuxia/xuanhuan genre, his TL notes are definitely worth reading - he explains the names, terminology used, common Chinese expressions, references to other wuxia works and he even drew diagrams to illustrate hard to visualise scenes. Truly I have not seen many translators as dedicated and passionate about their work as this guy. I would definitely recommend this translation to anyone without any reservations.

Now as for the novel itself, now that I have read 7 volumes of this (there are 8 volumes in total, the 8th volume alone having over 900 chapters in it) I think I'm ready to make a conclusive judgment.

It was okay up to the middle layer. The start was absolutely perfect, definitely 5 star material. It had one of the best starts of any reincarnation novel. At the bottom layer it was good, all the secret scheming and tactics used was fresh and exciting. Schemes were continually deployed against one another and he was constantly striving for his goals, which were foreshadowed nicely. He faced dangers which he had to resolve using cunning and intelligence, and it was very interesting to see these 2 factions go against each other. The harem was justified because the 2 girls fell in love with him after spending a long time and getting to know him, so it's not like they fell in love for no reason. The dialogue was never very good though, they barely ever said anything to each other that might realistically resemble what partners might say to each other. At the middle layer the MC and his friends made good use of the tensions between different clans to manipulate them to their advantage. This is where it started getting worse. For example the juvenile humor where they just started beating each other up over petty squabbles acting like teenage delinquents (actually worse than that). The tension started dissipating once Mo Qing Wu was safe and Mo Tian Ji was firmly on the MC's side. At that point the novel started clearly going downhill and became a chore to read.

Once they got to the top layer the brains appeared to fall out of all the characters and the battles became much less exciting for example in the lower level the armies used terrain and formation to their advantage and heavily employed deception, in the top layer it was just mindless throwing people at each other without any regard for tactics. I know the author explained this by saying that high level cultivators can just ignore terrain and in the top layer strength trumps intelligence, but this is clearly not true because the MC hides in the snow and digs through mountains which is clearly using terrain to his advantage. Also the challenges that the MC and his friends faced became a lot less exciting and the way they solved it also was less interesting. One time the MC's new harem member was about to get taken to the higher realm and the MC suddenly went crazy and attacked the hand that was taking her and cut off one of the fingers, even though that could have killed him and he did it for no reason since the woman wasn't under any threat either. He just acted rashly for no reason.

The biggest problem was that once the MC found his parents the motivation for the story was basically lost. Literally the only reason for the MC to go up to the higher realm now was 1). To revive Wu Qing Qing and 2). To find his other harem member who went up. It's pretty easy to predict what would happen so there's basically no suspense from then on. Kind of like the case with RITF now actually. Once the MC got to the higher realm there's no real reason to keep reading anymore since pretty much all the mysteries have been solved and everything he wanted to achieve had been achieved. He was supposed to go fight the demons because that was his "fate", even though he could actually just choose not to. In the end he only went up to revive Wu Qing Qing and find the other girl and there was just no tension at that point so I stopped reading.

I was disappointed once they revealed the purpose of the 9-tribulations-sword. It is one of the blandest you can possibly imagine. It was created to select someone with the potential to fight the demon tribe on another plane. Feng Ling Tian Xia seems to love the idea of the human-eating demon tribe a lot, he uses the same idea in RITF as well. This godlike item was actually just a piece of trash thrown away by an even more godlike cultivator. Actually this is typical of the novel in that a lot of the things like the sword arts that came with the 9 tribulations sword are not really described in detail, like I don't even know if it's a stab or a slash or if it's AOE or single target or what. The novel kind of just glosses it over. A lot of the major details are glossed over like this, as if the novel doesn't want you to really think about it, and that's fine, but since the details are lacking, we don't really know what to do think about the MC's decisions since we don't know the context fully. For example the MC decided not to put the phoenix's soul into the sword. How much more powerful would that have made the sword? How long would it take to get the same level of power otherwise? A lot of these details are omitted so we don't really know what the MC sacrificed to save the phoenix and so the emotional impact is not really there.

The setting in this novel isn't very imaginative, it's pretty much just normal swordfighting or palm strikes. There aren't any interesting treasures or abilities like you can find in Reincarnator or LSG for example (and I don't even think LSG is that imaginative). This would be okay if the writing was really good, and it was really good to begin with, but it got dull later on and the lack of imagination made it stand out all the more.

Cultivation increasing with fighting, that is something that is definitely not "standard" for a cultivation novel. Normally people increased cultivation by shutting themselves alone in a room and meditating, whereas here it is by fighting to the death. You'd have thought that other people would have realized this? It is kind of obvious. In LSG this type of cultivation is also included as the main cultivation method in one of the many realms in LSG (there are probably countless realms in LSG). Definitely the world in LSG is far more imaginative and expansive than the one in TTNH.

Additionally, the number 9 is used a lot in this novel. I don't know what is the obsession with the number 9. The sword is made of 9 parts, the MC has 9 friends (actually more than that, but the rewards will only go to 9 people) there are 9 realms etc. It feels forced and not a natural consequence of anything in the story. There's a lot about talk of fate and destiny of the nine-tribulations-sword-master. Intrinsically the kind of novel that talks about the fate of the protagonist is limited because either the MC succumbs to his fate or he doesn't, but either way he's still driven by his desire to go against his preordained destiny and not striving for something real and tangible. This makes the novel feel restricted in a way and not as expansive as one which is not restricted by such notions of fate and destiny.

The plot of this story is very similar to RITF. MC gets reincarnated to repent to his former love interest, along the way he picks up a harem and some friends, they fight against demons from another realm, etc. After a while you just think: "did the author run out of ideas already?".

The characters are not bad, but most of them are pretty dumb. The're lucky that they weren't exposed to situations where intelligence is required or they would have died a billion times already. A lot of the time they just say or do something that's courageous but obvious and that's the end. It's not psychological like Reincarnator. Actually now that I have read Reincarnator the psychology in this novel feels really amateur in comparison. In Reincarnator the characters are constantly exposed to situations where acting in accordance with common sense would get them killed, so only the smart characters survived. In this novel, basically the only smart characters are the MC, Mo Tian Ji and Di Wu Qing Rou, and maybe the forest spirit guy forgot his name. Most of the MC's friends are actually dumb as a brick, like literally dumber than your typical 16 year old. The "brotherly love" in this actually feels disgusting. They say things to each other that actually made me feel a bit sick like they were homosexuals or something. The love between the MC and his harem members also made me feel a bit sick like I was watching some 3rd-rate romance drama.

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Katra1212 rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: c263
This novel is a MUST read. Antagonist that are lovable, and *waggle eyebrows* honorable. You can't hate them but instead respect them. I, your grandmother will say ahwooh to those who will disagree. *taste my sword (2x)* lol . :LOL:
You don't get it? Read it.

But seriously, this novel showcased the most moving brotherhood of all stories. The level of emotion that you will invest in sadness is equal to the exhilaration it will give you. It's a hot boiling, exciting, and to die for comedy novel.

Fair warning: Ji... more>> Mo's butt is the best. <<less
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LagDeath rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: c192
So far I'm in love. The characters (good and bad) are well thought out. You can feel the romance and care between characters. The fights feel realistic in a sense and the power system is (although generic in a sense) well done. The world building is satisfactory right now (assuming it will continue). The humor feels right and yeah just a smooth story so far. It is definitely worth checking out to see if it is something you'll like.
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sleib rated it
February 27, 2016
Status: c202
Review update

Soo what to say....this is awesome!!! First of all of course it has cultivation, good fights and interesting world like xianxia should have (and xianxia lovers like). Secondly this MC is probably my favorite among xianxia novels. He is smart, scheming, resourceful and very funny(and of course with great cultivation potential). Thirdly this novel probably has best comedy elements I've read in xianxia. BUT THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS NOVEL in my opinion are its antagonists. In most xianxias (even in ISSTH and Panlong....I love them most by the... more>> way) the personalities of antagonists are arrogant, drunk on power and cowardly when backed in corner. But not here...Here most opponents of MC have their ideals, goals, pride and dignity. They have their unique traits and they are not just some characters for MC to step on and kill. Sometime you sympathize and feel sad for them, sometimes you see their loyalty to their ideals, goals and you feel respect, sometimes you see their friendship and can't help but like them. Also one reviewer here, who read all raw chapters, wrote that author does not drop quality of the story till the end. In conclusion this is one of the best(maybe even best) xianxia among translating ones (and I'm reading nearly all of currently translating xianxias). Translation speed is pretty good and translation quality is amazing. If you like xianxia (or if you just like action fantasy genres with strategy elements) this is a must read. <<less
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LeeEzekiel rated it
April 22, 2016
Status: c296
(UPDATE: Caught up with the story, and it has only gotten better since my original review.)

Read up to 168, review might contain some very mild spoilers.

A truly unique Chinese novel. The MC is OP, but for the story so far his strength is actually below that of most of the experts around him. He's formidable, but can be easily killed if he doesn't pick his battles. Thus, he relies on politics, strategy, and trickery, along with his old memories, to accomplish his goals.

A theme of the novel is that... more>> a single person's brute strength is almost meaningless in matters of war, and the MC has to approach things from a national perspective. There are very few cookie cutter villains, and his current nemesis is one of the scariest in all fiction despite being a non-cultivator.

This novel also has some of the best humor I've ever read. Many chapters had me almost falling out of my chair. Yet when things are serious, it can get really dark. 5/5. <<less
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shadeonline rated it
February 14, 2016
Status: --
This novel is amazing, the main character is extremely smart, not in the way that he is making use of knowledge from his previous life but in making observations and making use of opportunities. The characters in this story are relatable, there is a motive behind every villain and good guys, no stupid shit like 'I don't like your face so I'm gonna bully you and get killed by MC'.
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kedar080340119014 rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c189
My personal rant:
This is my all time favorite Xianxia/xuanhuan novel even placing it above ISSTH which is my 2nd fav in same genre.

My personal likes may give rise to bias so keep that in mind. Personally, I like LNs which have politics, word play, action and backstabbing in the story. And this matches my preference.

I have read the spoilers and story summary for the 3 books. Currently the story is just in 1st book. So I will assure you that the story of this LN is... more>> interesting. I will not say that it is amazing bcoz its not. But it is definitely a good story with excellent ending. The story development and ending is definitely better than other Xianxia novels I have read.

The LN has a LOT of politics and subtle maneuvering and manipulation rather than just full frontal all guns blazing Gung-ho Call of Duty style action like ATG or MGA. Throughout the story (till now atleast), the readers feel like they are walking on a tight rope with MC and one misstep and u will die. This kind of tension along with occasional and excellently placed comedic outbursts in the story makes it an emotional rollercoster. There is always a sense of anticipation and tension thinking what is MC and antagonist going to pull out now from their bag of tricks.

There is something for everyone here. There is politics, romance, comedy, full gung ho rambo style action, excellent world building and good story. The plot armor is there but the LN is written in such a way that plot armor despite acting up occasionally is not annoying.

The Tag [Second chance] placed here is truly well deserved. The story is written in such a way that it TRULY feels that MC is living the second life to NOT making same mistakes again unlike....*cough*...ATG,TDG & other crap. Yeah.....:) I said it....TDG is CRAP when put against this LN apart from ISSTH, Datang Shuang Long Zhuan and may be couple others, u can find few other LN which are better WRITTEN (note the emphasis) than TTNH.

Anyways, this is definitely worth the read for excellent writing, good story, good character development and excellent side characters, well written antagonists, good written female love interests, twists and turns in story. <<less
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godlogin rated it
April 14, 2016
Status: --
What is there to hide? Transcending the Nine Heavens is.. none other than a Masterpiece from the Author!

The intro seems common, but if you read it you would find it different. the Reviewers already said much, and if you read it well, you will see many positive comments from them. So i don't have much to say.

I recommend this novel to you all, readers! So I declare!
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NaM rated it
April 9, 2016
Status: --
[REVIEW] [Absolute 5/5]

Simply outstanding and a brilliant story.

A True xuanhuan Masterpiece to be exact!

... more>> Not lacking in any aspect, be it comedy, suspense, action, romance and tragedy. it will surely satisfy you!

This story is next to complete! I specially like the Character development and character interaction in this story. heck nobody is left out and everyone has their own screen time. Be it serious time or comedy time you reader will surely react. Laugh out loud or enlighten you will really encouter those feelings after reading this! <<less
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yumura rated it
March 27, 2016
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Read about 400 chaps. Top of my reading list at the moment. While most other novels give the feeling of nobility/gentleman (DE, Stellar) or craziness (ATG, ISSTH), this one is really good at mind game, vulgar comedy and brotherhood. There are parts that I cannot control my laugh (e.g. Chap 120-121), which never occur in the other novels.
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shuiko rated it
January 18, 2016
Status: --
Literally one of the great works ever achieved in the East, With great character driven story, with a well written romance that further bring out the best of this story.

The journey itself is amazing with each detail brings promise of more excitement and interesting plots.

For those waiting for English Translations, I pray for you cause it will hurt (the waiting) 2000+ chapters is a lot. But it will be worth it!
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riida rated it
January 6, 2016
Status: --
You have to read more than the first 50 chapters to understand how AMAZING this is!

A calm and calculating protagonist, great action, great story, awesome characters. Good progression, not too fast, not too slow.

Even though it's a tiny bit silly at first and has a bit of a typical sect element in the beginning,it later becomes so original and refreshing that I can't express how amazed I am.

... more>> A top novel, one of the best 3 on novelupdates right now (with WOC and ATTE).

READ IT!! <<less
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craBebe rated it
May 18, 2016
Status: c192
Very good series. A lot of comedy, psychological manipulation and tactical maneuvering involved in this series that makes for a very enjoyable read.

My one issue with this series is:
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that after the MC revives he simply "decides" he'll become a tactical genius the likes of which the world has never seen, as if that's something you can just make a decision about doing. Just because he has a lifetime of experience and happened to be friends with a master tactition does not mean he can all of a sudden become one.


The fact that most of the plot hinges on this one plot point is somewhat bothersome, but if you can suspend your disbelief to get past this point then it's a fantastic read. Still worth 5 stars, highly recommended. <<less
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Premonition rated it
April 27, 2016
Status: --
This is a story that can give many many good laughs! The politics in the story are very interesting, and the MC's aim is clear from the start, to protect the girl he loved from his past life.

It is also fun to read about the adventures of him and his subordinates (brothers) and their immaturity/humour.

The main drawback to me is how often the author likes to repeat himself about things like "brothers!!!" Where it feels more and more dry everytime he explains it, to the point he decides... more>> to make their "brothers bond" turn into a kind of plot armor, where they all survive only because they tried to tank an attack for one another. I would vote 4.5 just because of this annoying repetitive point but I don't have that choice so a 5 it is. <<less
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lord_ark rated it
April 21, 2016
Status: --
I'm already following a lot of novels (like ATG/MGA/PMG and so on) but its my first ever review because this novel deserves it.

Read up to 167.

Its absolute read novel. Was quite bored after reading novels with almost same story lineup but this novel is quite amazing. After 10-20 chapters there is not even a single chapter where you will not be laughing while holding stomach and it keeps on getting interesting and the tactics used is OP too.
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littlerat rated it
April 15, 2016
Status: --
Most of the time when you get a "smart lead" tag the main character is only intelligent half the time. Or to be more exact he has a good memory and one or two good ideas throughout novel. In this the main character is a awsomely amazing schemer and constantly puts his enemy's in a position they don't want to be in. He walks circles around them! Great writing, love it!
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renecop545 rated it
April 9, 2016
Status: --
Imagine Death Note in wuxia form, where the protagonist is not only an expert schemer but is also talented in cultivation. If that sounds awesome to you, well it is. Replaced ISSTH as my new favorite novel of all time.
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