World of Cultivation

Description

Links are NOT allowed. Format your description nicely so people can easily read them. Please use proper spacing and paragraphs.

World of Cultivation is the tale of a disgruntled young man and his quest to be the best farmer he can be, at least if it wasn’t for those annoying people who keep getting in the way of his pursuit of agricultural excellence.

Will conspiring forces turn him into a sword cultivator, or will he manage to throw off the shackles of fate and grow the best darn crops in the sect? Those air-headed cultivators dream of too much nonsense and don’t know how to live properly, they need to get a real job to earn some jingshi for a living like a normal person.

World of Cultivation average rating 4.4/5 - 750 user ratings
Associated Names
One entry per line
TU CHÂN GIỚI
WoC
Xiuzhen Shijie
修真世界
Related Series
Five Way Heaven (Sequel)
Undefeated God of War (Shared Universe)
Recommendations
I Shall Seal the Heavens (17)
A Will Eternal (12)
Ze Tian Ji (8)
Undefeated God of War (6)
Transcending the Nine Heavens (5)
Chronicles of Primordial Wars (4)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
02/26/17 Dreams of Jianghu c532c532
02/25/17 Dreams of Jianghu c531c531
02/24/17 Dreams of Jianghu c530c530
02/23/17 Dreams of Jianghu c529c529
02/22/17 Dreams of Jianghu c528c528
02/21/17 Dreams of Jianghu c527c527
02/20/17 Dreams of Jianghu c526c526
02/19/17 Dreams of Jianghu c525c525
02/18/17 Dreams of Jianghu c524c524
02/17/17 Dreams of Jianghu c523c523
02/16/17 Dreams of Jianghu c522c522
02/15/17 Dreams of Jianghu c521c521
02/14/17 Dreams of Jianghu c520c520
02/13/17 Dreams of Jianghu c519c519
02/12/17 Dreams of Jianghu c518c518
Write a Review
89 Reviews sorted by


Spiritsong
New badiyee rated it
February 19, 2017
Status: c522
TL;DR edition:
What happens when you put "band of brothers" into a xianxia world? This is what you get.

The long edition:

1. It is about Zuo Mo, and his plot armor, and his merry band of brothers.
2. It is about cultivation, but more towards what happens to a group of people.
3. It is about a sect, but more towards the "lower rung", the untouchables, not the elites.

If you're not reading this story, you're missing out on a hillarious, wonderful journey of rednecks, rebels without causes, and a group... more>> of hillbillys thrown out to fend for themselves. <<less
0 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
nwms8
New nwms8 rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: Completed
This is a review of the entire novel since l have finished reading the raws.

... more>>
Spoiler

For a long time this novel had been the standard in which l used this novel to compare other wuxia. The characters are diverse. They each had a personality, a relatable quirk of character that was both charming and believable at the same time. The show pacing became something l really looked forward to because it came with a lot of insight into the psych of our MC.

And then it breaks my heart to rate this series at 3 stars given how amazing the first third of this story was developed. Then the author became overwhelmed by the scope of the world he was building and the constraints of his chapter by chapter format. He could not properly flesh out an event without losing readers in the details and short chapter length. The author also sucks at writing romance, flirting or sexual tension. There really isn't subtlety at all between the males and females. The last half of the book honestly felt like a different author took over. Time skips happen, 6 to 10 year segments of character growth just aren't described in the same detail as the beginning. You have sorry sentences like "6 years later he wasn't the same person as before. He was more calm and mature" which sucks. I wanted to be there while the MC experiences those hardships and boots of personal growth. Individual personality is replaced with power level dogma. And the ending was a load of crap that felt so rushed.

Spoiler

Hey, we won. Time to build a house. The end. What happened to the characters for gods sake. The fun is in the detsils man.

[collapse]

Overall the characters are great but are not developed to their full potential. This could have been a magnificent story because the scope of the world was so grand and well developed but the author totally dropped the ball on how he executed it. It was as disappointing for me as when l first read the balls deep amazing book Bloodsong then read the second book which was utter garbage. 3/5.

[collapse]
<<less
7 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Mudassir
Mudassir rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
Pure awesomeness

Loved it. Shrewdness. Thought process. And all other aspects of every character is extremely life like. Totally relatable. Author doesn't give stupid justifications for a personality. People don't always have to be complete saints and/or devils every one is scrapping off enough just to cover their own butts and protective of their own stuff. Clear distinction of Arrogance and ignorance.

Hope for more releases!
49 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
readingdigest
readingdigest rated it
May 12, 2016
Status: --
This novel is an example of what an author could achieve with proper brainstorming. Every turn in the plot is justified and written with forethought; the characters felt organic and are integrated well into the story. Even for the most nondescript character, you get a sense that they have a story to tell. Antagonists aren't just power-tripping muscle heads--there's no real villain in the traditional sense of the word. The action scenes aren't repetitive or gratuitous but progressed the story forward in a meaningful way.

Get your fill of mindless... more>> action elsewhere and read this novel for a genuinely good story. <<less
37 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
athlonkmf
athlonkmf rated it
January 2, 2016
Status: --
Starts out good, but then falls apart. I've finished reading the raws just then. No MT, just chinese.

... more>>
Spoiler

story totally fell apart IMO… everything just happens “as a matter of factly”….

All MC’s teachers never showed up anymore after the first arc. “They’ve died in the war, so now we need to avenge them”.

Sure, everything is mentioned. Including MC’s lost memory, but it’s just like “ping, remembers everything now. Oh well, needs to go to war”.

Same with the “paper bird girl”, “oh, you were the one! Ah well… you surrender or not”.

All who were “important” to the MC, including his pets don’t get a decent backstory. His bird just happens to evolve into a phoenix, but never be seen again. Same with Apple girl, his treasure finding worm, little fire.

Even Pu didn’t get any screen time anymore the last 100 chaps. “He exchange himself for MC and MC saves him. ” And that’s it.

The most laughable thing: the final fight with the most dangerous, final opponent who was introduced since the first arc (early 100 chapters) “just lost”. No strong battle, super moves. Just “I’ve lost”… And worse, he didn’t even lose by the hands of the MC.

The last 300-400 chapters is just about the all-out war. Everyone just become half-god/god with no effort at all it seems…

It started out good, a mysterious and funny MC, a compelling world. Then he needs to gain his power and everything fell apart. The author introduced enormous amounts of characters, fractions and teams with each several nicknames and changes the POV to these characters, fractions and teams.

I have never felt so disappointed with a story… Feeling so unresolved…

[collapse]
<<less
28 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
riida
riida rated it
January 6, 2016
Status: c319
Unique and amazing.

Character development is insanely good and there are no plot-holes or mistakes.

Don’t worry, yes, there are fights, just not all the time, but all different and well written.

... more>> Such a solid atmosphere and a well-created world to lose yourself in.

This is an absolute masterpiece and one of the 3 best novels out of hundreds that I read.

P.S.: I love the transitions from chapter to chapter and the way chapter titles are used in the beginning. Nothing is better than involving the reader into the process of connecting the dots. <<less
22 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
MrNebulist
MrNebulist rated it
February 20, 2016
Status: c288
Really unique and funny.

The MC, zuo mo, is a really funny and smart zombie faced individual. The side characters are amazing, not just some one-dimensional robots, cough - Stellar-transformations -cough. In fact, the author's attention to details has encouraged me to read his other work.

The story is really detailed and there are many unique concepts. The MC is a hard working one and is not overpowered like in other stories.

There are many laughs in the story, zuo mo refers to himself as ge (pinyin for big brother... more>> (e.g: ge doesn't like you) .

A translation choice that can be a bit irritating to some ( including me), at least in the beginning, is the use of pinyin which takes time and patience to get used to, but fear not! Pinyin gives the terms a unique flavor. Anyway, it's the quality of a novel that's reviews, not the translation, so 5 stars <<less
21 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
jkmessah
jkmessah rated it
October 18, 2016
Status: c401
I am tired of most Xianxia. It seems to have lost it's novelty for me. Then I stumbled upon this gem.

I'll have you know, I only binge read 401 chapters in like 2.5 days. I didn't sleep through the night. This is truly an eye opener on what a proper novel, a properly well thought out Xianxia could be. I was disappointed that I did not find this sooner, but I'm glad I could binge almost half the story.

Let's get on with the review.
Freaking amazing, hilarious but not forced.... more>> Unique and 3 dimensional characters that you care about. Common tropes used with shockingly good thought helps you from getting tired or bored. He takes common tropes and flips it like a hawt pancake. The pacing is absolutely wonderful. I enjoy reading the peaceful times and tense when reading the battle scenes. I don't find a single moment boring.

The world building starts out slow. You first know just about as much as the MC. As he grows, his knowledge and environment slowly expands. The details bring it life and the cultivation, the different groups and their interaction with one another is well thought out. If you like large scale wars between two big groups, then this really could be for you!

Zuo Mo is the most interesting character I've read in a while. His love of Jingshi and that hard-working personality is really quite believable. Characters grow, but sometimes some MCs kind of lose their original personality. NOT OURS THOUGH. Such a pragmatist that would survive well anywhere. For a Xianxia novel, he must be a saint compared to other Kill-first-questions-later MCs. But he's not a saint because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes money! How he unknowingly gain respect and friends is amusing to read.

The side characters. Oh my. There are so many you think you'd lose track of who. But you don't. You might need a nudge of reminder, but the side characters each have their story and devotion that you can't forget them unless you tried. They aren't cardboard pieces of each common tropes. People can actually change!!! Notice the excitement in that.

Spoiler

When was the last time some snotty ass conceited side character who disses and bullies the MC ever get a second chance? Luo Li my man, I'm looking at you! You make me proud! You bring hope to snotty brats!

[collapse]

There is an overarching goal I suppose, but it's so grand and far away, it's not the main focus atm. The arcs are all interesting, each with a goal in mind. It's not some random travel and discover, beat new enemies there, level up. The characters grow stronger together, but not at a crazy, ridiculous, are-you-sure-this-makes-sense kind of pace. Man, how I appreciate a weaker MC that grows stronger at his own pace.

Spoiler

As we get to later chapters, I realize that Zuo Mo is good at delegating. Not a perfect leader from the get go, but he is so resilient that he doesn't mind learning from others, namely, his subordinates. He has trust. Especially in the later chapters. MCs tend to be quite literally, gods. They can do anything and everything. Zuo Mo can't. And he knows it, embraces it and uses it to great advantage. Truly refreshing!

[collapse]

ROMANCE! Let me just warn you that if you came to read this because of that tag, be warned that 401 chapters in, there is absolutely no romance. Unless of course you count the MCs immense LOVE of money. Maybe that's why the tag is there...

I can't find enough good things to say, and maybe that's cause I rushed to write this as soon as I caught up. I don't know if anyone would read such a long review, but I feel better now that I've shared my thoughts. I must make a special mention for the translating team who does such a wonderful, wonderful job. I can't believe this is updated daily. The quality of translation is superb, and I love the little TL notes at the end. Truly a 5/5 experience.

I can't wait to finish the story! <<less
19 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
acoleman2
acoleman2 rated it
August 12, 2016
Status: c490
I'm a big fan of this novel. I could wax eloquently about this for pages, and it wouldn't feel like enough so here's the top 5 reasons you should read this novel:

1. Excellent MC and supporting character cast
2. The plot is actually interesting and makes you wonder where the MC will end up
3. Unique cultivation path/cultivation system
4. Author's sense of humor actually gets me to laugh occasionally
5. Mostly high quality translations AND consistent (which is key)

Update 2/6/2017: I'm slowly becoming disenchanted. It... more>> started out fun. The MC was a production xiu, and learned a variety of things. The world was interesting, and small details, like the radio thing they had, really fleshed out this world they lived in. I liked it, and would have been content if he kept building a production xiu paradise everywhere he went, while slowly amassing formation knowledge. Unfortunately, the author did not take that route. Moreover, I'm being told that the author leaves many character story lines unresolved, or resolved in the most superficial way. Frustrating. Will hang on until the end, and still recommend the early chapters, say the first 200 or so. <<less
12 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
LordMignion
LordMignion rated it
May 27, 2016
Status: c255
I think this novel is an absolute must read. Now you may be thinking that it has a lot of 1 star ratings but I think that is just because you have to read about 40 chapters to be able to really read the story smoothly. The translator left a lot of words in pinyin and so for the first few chapters you have to always go to the glossary to look up what certain words mean in english but after some time you get used to them and I... more>> even prefer some of the terms like Jingshi. I don't know why, but Jingshi has a certain ring to it that "Spirit Stones" or similar terms just don't have. The main character is also very poor and very weak for a long time, but he has successes in other field like farming and different things later in the story.

If you like stories like ISSTH or similar novels where there's a lot of foreshadowing and characters can be gone for 100 chapters only to return later, then you will really enjoy WoC. This novel is not your typical xianxia where a guy reincarnates into a trash young master, gets a op item or a spirit master sealed in an item who teaches him things, and then proceeds to stomp everyone else with zero face given. He does have a yao(=devil/demon) in his head, but that yao only teaches him trash in the beginning and always asks for payment or even goes a far as to steal all the MC's money. In my opinion this novel is a must read. I put off reading it for a long time just because it didn't have the best rating, which I now regret. It has a pretty slow start so give it 50 chapters or even more to grow and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

P.S. This is my first review but I just had to get more people to read this novel, so sorry if the review isn't that good or if it sound more like a sales pitch than an actual review. <<less
11 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Augustus7
Augustus7 rated it
May 3, 2016
Status: --
I sincerely feel this novel has been under rated. The MC has a unique personality. Initially, the MC is a farmer. And with an unlucky encounter, the MC has slowly changed his career into training his cultivation after a demon resides in him. His greedy and die hard personality makes the novel funny and refreshing. The translator did a good job keeping some of the vocab in pinyin which makes the dialogues funnier.
11 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
SorrowSong
SorrowSong rated it
August 1, 2016
Status: c323
I started this series because I was bored and was looking for something new. A weekend of binge reading later I had to remove some series off my reading list because they could not compare. At all.

That is not to say that this novel is without flaws; because it has quite a few of them. I would say that the major success of this series is that it manages to have the flaws compliment the work in a way that sets it apart from others in the genre.

IMHO this... more>> is definitely one of those series that you should bookmark and read as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed. <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
lafiel11
lafiel11 rated it
July 28, 2016
Status: c319
For the hundreds of Chinese novels I have read... This is my favourite.

Worldbuilding,flow of story, distinct characters, funny interactions, hints of romance, weak to strong progress done absurdly good, combat scenes that blows out the mind all congeal in the journey of our money-grubbing sharp tongued main character Zuo Mo.

There is always good discussions going on each chapter ,as the translator himself almost always points out the hidden plots or problems going on at the time. That is to say ,every chapter has it's meaning and people that hate character... more>> filling will greatly like this story. I read it 3-4 times to enjoy everything there is given to us.

The only downside is maybe the 1 chapter a day ,but if that's a downside to you... heh all I can say is this series is pretty damn good!

Hope it stays the same in the future and as for now how the series is, I can only encourage you to read it! <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Mango Guy
normal guy rated it
June 16, 2016
Status: c278
Great work. Simply great. 5/5. This review is valid till chapter 278. As there are a total 915 chapters, the story is completed about 30%, I believe that I can say something about it.

You have an extremely mysterious, hilarious and out-of-the-box MC by the name Zuo Mo. He is totally not OP. But he can still kick some major ass. That itself shows that he is a smart, intelligent strategist kind of guy who tries his best in battle. Hell, he is not even a sword immortal kind of guy.... more>> He is a farmer/pill maker/formation master/beast tamer/clown. When you see MC finding a glorious weapon, you imagine him to wield it to destroy sects. BUT, he sees it as jingshi waving hands and beckoning him. Jingshi is the term used for money in this novel. He has a female silly bird as a companion who only proudly stands and shows off her feathers. You have the mysterious guy living inside his body. But that guy doesn't help the MC for nothing. HE WANTS MANEYYY/JINGSHI. He is just too interesting and funny. The sense of humor of the author only keeps getting better in the story. While some people might initially say that MC has no ambition/reason to strive for strength, reading a bit further will let you understand. I assure you that the issue is addressed.

There is no definite romance in it till chapter 278, there are a few possibilities. And the romance, if perfected, will compel me to get it to 6/5.Man, I just love all the ways he tries to earn money. According to me, the names of the three released books should be:
Book 1- Farm Ville
Book 2- How to pis off your teachers and elders
Book 3- Clash of Clans

I definitely recommend this one to any one who is looking for a good, funny and mentally long read as there is still about 70-75% of the story remaining as on seventeenth of June 2016. <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
Demonic Reader lv 451F
Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
June 16, 2016
Status: Completed
Spoiler

One of the best xianxia. Unlike other generic kill-loot-kill-loot-cycle MC with the mountain-thick plot armor. MC does no butchering until ch.150+. Sorry for readers who love blood bath.

MC is the farmer.

He develops himself very slowly with humor/twist view of the world. As he started from being the poor farmer, his ultimate goal is : to be the greatest farmer of the world. But! his luck is simply 'too bad'.

His masters/sect force him to be swordmaster.
His enemies also force/lure/decieve him to be the best jack of all threads, either dan making, cultivating, sword arts, etc. But, his goal is still the same : "Please let me survive and let mebe the greatest farmer of the world!".

ROTFL. He has to fight back furiously, to survice and be greatest farmer. Every time he survives, but fails from his goal every time. So the path to be the greatest farmer drips farther and farther away. Slowly, he fails in to his enemy's plot .. and become the greatest warrior and master of all threads, except one. He is not the greatest farmer anymore. Can't be too.

[collapse]
... more>>Plot is slow. World is slow. But full of humor.

One fly in the ointment.
Spoiler

So many characters!! Especially in the last half of the novel. Some minor & insignificant characters were mentioned bit here, bit there, in the boring scene. Suddenly! they became the pivot! You have to reread previous chapters again ..

[collapse]

Best of all: there's author's talk at the end of each chapter. Some may not like it, but I do.

Expand my Chinese culture a lot. <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
craBebe
craBebe rated it
June 8, 2016
Status: c269
This is an absolutely fantastic novel. It's slower paced than it's xuahuan counterparts, but man, this novel does world building and character development well.

This is a novel with layers built into it, rather than a string of fights interspersed with cultivation.

Much of the novel centers around exploration of craft, sect politics, kingdom/army building, and layers upon layers of foreshadowing.

If you've gotten sick of the typical cookie-cutter xianxia, give this one a try. It's a bit slower paced, and not as action packed, but it's got a good amount of humor... more>> and some exciting cultivation.

It also has probably one of the best "master/disciple" relationships in any novel I've read so far.

One of my favorite new reads. <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
kedar080340119014
kedar080340119014 rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c201
For a xianxia LN, you could say that it is somewhat different and does not follow the regular path that usual Xianxia LNs do. This is mostly attributed to the unusual MC. For me, this LN is a bag of mixed good and bad. I like to think that I am a patient man and I really am. I like reading and have read a lot of fiction and non-fiction novels. However, World of Cultivation is too slow. I started feeling this right off the first chapter, however, I still... more>> read till chap 201 and will continue to read further. However, it still does change the opinion that WOC is just too slow. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, author tries to extend the length of chapters by elaborating on spells and techniques too much and it just starts to feel boring after first few times. Some of the chapters are just author rants about pill refining, formations and sword scriptures which I cannot make head or tails of. Secondly, 200 chapters in out of 900 chapters and still there is no trace of story development. I cannot understand where the story of the LN is going at all. Don't get me wrong, there is a plot. The main plot is to find the history of MC (who are his parents, family etc). However, after initial mention of this in first few chapters there is no further development at all till now.

If you like OP MC or MC who likes to fight head on with cultivation progress story then you will definitely not like this LN. The MCs cultivation development is very slow and he does not like to fight and when he fights, he does not fight head on. Till now the LN just feels like a slice of life Xianxia novel.

Even though I have dissed a lot on this LN. It has one VERY VERY strong point. That is the MC. The MC is hilarious. If you are smart and like subtle humor, then, you will enjoy following the shenanigans of MC and humorous situations he is put in to. His 'Zombie' face in certain situations is hilarious. I will not lie, the only reason that I kept reading this LN till now is for MC and this clever and subtle humor. This shows author is talented (at least in writing style if not story...). Hopefully, the author in later chapters can start unfolding the story little bit.

This LN is worth a read if u are patient reader and like this kind of subtle humor. Otherwise, my advice is to skip this one. All I can say is that, this LN is not for everyone. <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
ln_
ln_ rated it
March 23, 2016
Status: --
Very nice story line. You need to bite through the initial phase of pinyin terminologies. You will need some patience for this. After that, the story is awesome. While it is a bit slower than some other novels, it is not rushed with MC killing off opponents in a chain because of some small stuff becoming chained revenge plots. The story makes a lot of sense and the character development is quite good.

If I have a single issue with the story, it would be some excessive explanations that the... more>> author seems to provide. (also I dunno why, but, the names are not impactful and it is sometimes easy to forget these names). <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
rdawv
rdawv rated it
February 23, 2016
Status: --
Review of Ch.163.

It is difficult to simply say "you must read this". The core of any novel in the genre is the MC, and perhaps to some readers the MC of "World of Cultivation" might not seem appealing. You have a MC with a paralyzed, zombie-like face; someone who prefers to keep to himself and only went down the cultivation path because it's the road to an easy life. But as usual, circumstances forced him to do things when he preferred to not get involved at all, that his advantages... more>> are fueled by money, money and more money. He prefers a simple existence, but realizes that being rich and powerful are required. Personally, I feel the closest MC in feel and style to Zuo Mo would be the MC of "I Shall Seal The Heavens", Meng Hao.

Other than the mystery of his face and origin, there isn't a plot revealed yet, so I'll leave that aside for the future. The translator has done very well in conveying the subtle humor of the text. It is very nicely written, not the simple "he did this, that happened, everyone died" type of sentences that you see in average stories. The characters are not bland, the action very well described.

What is currently available is a good read. <<less
9 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
kjoke
kjoke rated it
July 29, 2016
Status: c320
Absolutely one of my favorites, both the novel and the translator. Although it doesn't seem like much, the translator ramblings after each chapter often make me reflect on what I've just read and give me a deeper understanding of the story. I wouldn't mind seeing more translators do something like that.

As for the novel...beautiful world-building, many complex characters with their own logic reasoning and a MC that relies on his skills and using them to their fullest extent to achieve his two main objectives: survive and get jingshi!
Definitely worth... more>> reading. <<less
8 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
chekanalia
chekanalia rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c245
Amazing, funny, can't wait to see where it is going!! I like that it is not cliche xianxia and there are no one-dimensional characters littering the place. I really like Lil' miss...the mystery in this book is killing me! It really became Wu Kong formation school haha :D
8 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
KKristen
KKristen rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: c506
This is one of the best novels I have read. I think it actually makes it into in my Top 3 favorite series.
(#1: I Shall Seal the Heavens, #2: My Disciple Died Yet Again, #3: World of Cultivation, and demoted to #4: Douluo Dalu)

-- TL;DR --

This story is not for the faint of heart (or those with short attention spans). It is a very long, extremely detailed, well-written, and one of the smartest LNs you will ever read. If you make it through, it's absolutely worth it.

And now for... more>> the very long and detailed review that this novel deserves...

-- SUMMARY --

With no memory and an expressionless face, Zuo Mo lives a simple life as a weak farmer for a small sword sect until an unforeseen incident forces him to embark on the path of cultivation. Everyone wants him to fight and become powerful -- but ge just wants to keep his little life and earn money! As a continental war between races approaches, this zombie-faced protagonist unintentionally gains fame and struggles to keep his fortune.

-- CHARACTERS --

• Main Character: Zuo Mo is extremely simple and practical, and this makes him complex in the way he handles situations and problems. He lacks talent, so he makes up for it with stubborness and hard work. He is also delightfully shameless, cowardly, or blunt, and this makes his antics unpredictable and hilarious. He has some lucky encounters and help (like all main characters do), but he doesn't have "cheats" and it all comes down to his own hard effort.

• Supporting Characters: Pu Yao seems like your typical "Spirit Advisor" -- an over-powered super-expert from another place/time. However, unlike normal characters, he doesn't like to help Zuo Mo and is more of a life-threatening burden than a helpful advisor at times. He's moody and doesn't like to share spells, is constantly withholding information, takes Zuo Mo's money without permission, etc. When he helps, it always comes at a painful price. He is also practically useless when it comes to actual combat or defense. His relationship with Zuo Mo develops and changes slowly over time.

Zuo Mo's bros are bros for life. They are important later on in the story and are stronger than Zuo Mo in some areas, and weaker in others. They aren't the typical friends that end up much weaker than the main character -- Zuo Mo literally would not be successful (and would have a hard time surviving) without them.

• Pets: Zuo Mo ends up with several pets that all have their own personalities. They tend to stay on the sidelines of the story until needed, but they're always around. They're also unique because even though they're loyal to Zuo Mo, they can also be unhelpful, arrogant, or consume resources.

• Side Characters: Most side characters introduced early on aren't forgotten (unless they are in an entirely different part of the world), and new side characters quickly develop into important players in the story. The side characters all have their own personalities and development. The author does a great job at juggling many side characters at once and making sure they all pop up frequently.

• Villains: It is a LONG time before the story identifies any real antagonists. The minor antagonists/enemies that appear in each arc are unique and not bad, but you don't start to get hints of a major antagonistic force until Zuo Mo really starts to understand the bigger world. I think this is a good thing -- a major plot point in the story is "war," and realistically it's hard to know specifically who the "good guys" or "bad guys" are. Zuo Mo's group might not even be the "good guys"...

-- WRITING --

• It is obvious that the writer is VERY smart and has put an incredible amount of thought into how everything works in a practical way.

• Everything is extremely detailed and you will understand how everything works in a way you never have before, whether it's how a spell is cast, how different elements work with each other, how pills or formations are structured, etc.

• People don't just "gain enlightenment/legacies" or "level up" and instantly know how to control their newfound powers/bodies. It takes a lot of practice and time.

• The author is good at taking stereotypical LN tropes and changing them in a more realistic way. For example: the all-powerful spirit advisor would usually easily give advice, spells, and information to the main character, but Pu Yao is generally unhelpful, malicious, and steals Zuo Mo's money.

• This novel has some of the smartest and most practical ways of fighting. Here are some examples of problems that are tackled:
- How do you defend against someone who is much stronger than you?
- How can you defeat a single high-leveled opponent with multiple low-leveled fighters?
- How should group battle tactics be used to outwit a group of equal strength?
- What are the downsides of using unconventional ("cheat") powers?
- How do you build a fortress single-handed?
- How do you manipulate marketing and advertisements?
- How can hundreds of little spells defeat a few strong spells?
- How do you train a real battle strategist vs a strong fighter?
- What technology can you develop to raise more crops if you don't have enough farmers?
- How can you make thousands of people truly loyal to you?

-- TRANSLATION --

• The translation quality is excellent and the translators are great at capturing the right feeling, conveying the humor, and explaining the many difficult/detailed parts of the story.
• There is a lot of new Chinese vocabulary that you will have to learn. You get used to it later on, but in the beginning all the new words can be confusing.
• New chapters are released consistently and frequently.
• The translators' notes are actually really helpful for understanding things you might have missed or parts you were unclear on.

-- MY EXPERIENCE --

I started this light novel a few months ago, and it took all the way until now to get to chapter 506 (the newest chapter). Usually I binge-read my novels in just a few days, but for some reason reading this novel took an extra long time. I kept pausing and not reading it for a few weeks, then picking it back up, then pausing again. Then I blitzed through 200 chapters at once in the end.

It's not that this novel was bad, or boring -- it just moved SLOW in the beginning. It doesn't really start to take off until Zuo Mo starts traveling on his own, and once he pairs up with "Lil Miss" it starts getting more and more exciting. In earlier chapters, I just thought the concepts were interesting, but in later chapters, I was much more invested in the characters, story progression, and world-building. Later on, I frequently found myself saying out loud in surprise, "This author is so smart!"

It's a great series, but it requires patience. If you are looking for instant gratification, quick power-ups, and an OP, bloody main character, you won't find it here. Also, don't look here for romance. You won't find anything more than a minor foot-fetish.

But if you're looking for a really well-crafted, detailed story with a bit of dry humor, this might be for you. <<less
6 Likes · Like Permalink | Report
1 2 3 5
Leave a Review (Guidelines)
You must be logged in to rate and post a review. Register an account to get started.