Ze Tian Ji


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To pick is to choose. This is a story about choices. Three thousand worlds full of gods and demons, with a scroll in hand you are able to control the entire universe…

At the beginning of time, a mystical meteor came crashing down from outer space and scattered all over the world. A piece of it landed in the Eastern Continent. There were mysterious totems carved upon the meteor, and people gathered around it wanting to discover its usage. They discovered the Way, and established The Tradition.

Several thousand years later, the fourteen year old orphan Chen Chang Shang left his master to cure his illness and change his fate. He brought a piece of marriage vow with him to the capital, thus began the journey of a rising hero.

Ze Tian Ji average rating 4.1/5 - 590 user ratings
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JerryHatrick rated it
January 4, 2017
Status: c19
(Edit: After a day of thinking about it, I feel my previous opinion was biased and hasty. I feel I have been far too influenced by novels such as Emperor's Domination and Wu Dong Qian Kun which are considerably faster paced. In comparison, the slow, ambling delivery of Ze Tian Ji feels like a slow acting poison that wears you down until you can't stand it anymore.

Just because I can't stand this story doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a go.)

This is shocking. This even got an anime? What is... more>> going on?
This story is so boring, I feel like I'm sifting through garbage. If I was hoping to find more garbage, then I succeeded.

I have never before encountered someone who could use so many words to tell a tale of how nothing is happening. At least in that way, the author is a legendary talent. <<less
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ryllonceras rated it
January 1, 2017
Status: c269
This novel is really hard, really different from others. not the type you should read with unclear mind.

But its not a bad thing, Its actually very refreshing and fun!

The story is written with flowering words, the use of figures of speech is abundant, and even the scenery were described with enough details, thus the plot progress very slowly in one chapter.

... more>> I have to read some lines repeatedly but im still not sure if i really understand. (T_T)

The plot is good! MC is diagnosed to die in the age of 20 and strives to fight against fate. There are monsters, demons, demi-humans and dragons, politics, sword techniques, cultivation, treasures and other fantasy like things you common in fantasy like genres.

Characters are good! MC is calm and very strict like a rule book in regards to a healthy lifestyle! There are actually many fun times regarding this attitude of his. All characters are provided with their own background and circumstances that justifies their actions.

5 STARS! im also going to like the reviews with 5 stars!

Good work to the author! Good work to translators! <<less
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TheDarkness rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c170
Now if anyone who reads this has read one of my reviews before. Chances are, you see me mention ZTJ somewhere. Of course this isn't my subtle way of stirring people into reading it >.>. Rather it is because I consider this work to be the bar for excellent writting in this genre. The author does extremely well with this work. Stoic MC, who is extremely humble and yet stubborn with his bottom lines. He doesn't care what others think about as long as he can live with... more>> his choices. That makes for an interesting story. While is this ultimately about defying fate, and become something greater, it doesn't go about it like most works in this genre. The MC doesn't start off with an OP ability, he isn't from the future, Nor does he inherit a super strong legacy from a dead god. He is just a sickly scholar. Above all else this is a story about people. And you can see that in how the author handles his characters. He spends countless chapters developing the cast, and making the characters much more relatable. This often leds to the plot being put on the back burner, and a pacing that is sometimes unbearable slow. (7 chapters in one fight. 7. Fuck me man) But I can safely say despite these flaws, this work is amazing. And if you can get into it, you won't regret it. <<less
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OneEyedLich rated it
April 20, 2016
Status: --
At first, I was pleased with this novel. The MC is very calm, he keeps his composure, he never let himself get submerged with his emotions. But I simply can’t bear the story. Shit keeps happening to the MC, every time it looks like things are going to get better, shit happens, always!

Moreover, I don’t like the fiancee.

... more>>

Knowing that they’ll get together, I simply hate it. Her family fucked with the MC from the very beginning, tried to kill him. They stop him from going to school even though his scores are exceptional. MC goes through hell, he suffers a lot mentally, knowing he’s going to die soon and he keeps getting targeted for no reasons. The girl has an easy life, she trains, read book, goes to play mahjong (-_-“)

That girl isn’t worth the sand left by MC’s foot!


The story gave me too much rage, so it’s better for me to stop reading. <<less
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ninthlite rated it
March 24, 2016
Status: --
This novel is unbearingly slow. Some people dislike how fast paced some of the poorly written xianxia novels are, fans of this novel read this due to the knee jerk reaction to poorly written “time skips” that seem ever prevalent in translated novels. However the author of the novel somehow believes the more chapters he has in his novel, the better it will be. Many chapters are dedicated to the main character having a conversation with a uninteresting side character, lately in the tournament arc it has been following dragon... more>> ball z in where a chapter is dedicated to taking one step. The amount of chapters is not how a quality of a novel is determined, otherwise the bible would be considered the world’s most pleasurable reading experience. <<less
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Lazybum0 rated it
September 17, 2016
Status: c199
My heart aches and my eyes bleed when i see 3 stars or lowers ratings. I get why they don't like it, but I still can't share the feeling. I guess I like simple things.

This novel is slow paced has a calm and inexperienced guy as a protagonist, this story is about following this calm yet awkward guy through his journey of life and death, it's about fate, about choices.

The things that make it better than other novels imho are :
*It doesn't downgrade the intelligence of side characters to... more>> make the MC look smart.
*The side characters have personalities of their own.
*The romance is solid, yes you have to wait more than 200 chapters (ahead of the current translated chapters), but it's worth it.
*Mao Ni's writes way better than his contemporaries.
*It strays from the most common cliches of the genre.
*Not everyone who antagonizes the MC is an asshole.

The things that are not so good may be the fights which are not so thrilling and a bit long, but I'm here because of the story not for the fights and the author can get better.

The pace is a defect as a web novel I guess, which strong points are a straightforward plot and fast paced action, but for a normal novel it's not so bad. But yeah if you don't have patience or are looking for something more entertaining, then don't read it. <<less
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riida rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c112
Any chain is as strong as the weakest link and the few horrible mistakes made by the author really destroyed what could be a great novel.

I really liked most of it, as it has several unique, interesting and engaging components to it, BUT, it's very emotionally unbalanced. Mostly negative. MC is getting horrible treatment from EVERYONE, unjustifiably and unreasonably.

In addition to that there are even badly written plot holes to forcefully put the protagonist in an EVEN worse position than he is! WHY?!... I had to stop reading... too bad,... more>> too bad.... <<less
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HolyGuise rated it
July 19, 2016
Status: c196
From my experiences, most CN novels will have a certain amount of build up before the main characters discover their potential or get some heaven defying event. But for this novel, the amount of time it takes for it to achieve it is unbelievably long.

Yet it wasn't an unpleasant read, the writing itself without the fight scenes and cultivation progress was surprisingly satisfying to read. The story itself possesses a sort of charm in it that doesn't require the usual fights and encounter of good fortune for one to... more>> enjoy it.

Characters : 4/5
Story: 5/5
Progression: 5/5
Translation quality : 5/5 <<less
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Maleandar rated it
May 29, 2016
Status: c187
An excellent read, BUT requires lots of patience.

The story itself is well drawn out and all the underlying details are descripted chapter after chapter.

This will not be everyone's type of read, in fact many will be turned off by the continuous information that is given, detailing backgrounds, descriptions and history of location and people that suddenly cut into the dialog. An example of such is during a fight scene a whole chapter is dedicated to a single move and the reaction and expression of each side character is given,... more>> this is not an exaggeration.

At chapter 187, we are still at the start of the story, the romance has yet to take hold, but there appears to be 3 love interests at this time tho one can probably be discounted, while the other two are up in the air.

The mysteries keep piling up as we progress VERY slowly and we scratch our heads impatiently wanting to know what the heck is going on, being drawn further and further into this great story.

The first and foremost question is, who the hell is the MC??????????? Where did he come from, what is his background, etc.........no one knows at this time. It is a turbulent time of war between the Human and Yao alliance vs the Demons, and we have yet to sep into this area of the story as we SLOWLY watch the MC power up and gain fame.

This is most definitely not for everyone, but for those that like to see a step by step build up of the MC, the budding romance blossom, friendships becoming iron clad and a story growing beyond imagination, this will be a fun ride.

I do warn you, the writer went into crazy mode on one fight and went a full 8 chapters of this one fight alone. 7 chapters of non stop fighting with the 8th being the conclusion.........it STILL gets 5/5 stars from me <<less
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isecai rated it
November 28, 2016
Status: c229
You know, when I read other xianxia novels, the most extraordinary thing I could feel is amazement, that sudden chill when you come upon something epic.

Reading ZTJ, though, I feel anger, pride, humility, and, most of all, frustration! Towards the MC, nonetheless! And it feels so good!

The MC, Chen Changsheng, is the most indifferent, my pace MC you could possibly get in xianxia stories, who's still amazingly keeping his part as an active participant in the whole story. He's the actor and the director, not just an observer... more>> or being pulled against his wishes. He really doesn't consort into typical storyline (or even most of the plot twist) and he's just doing things in his own way. But somehow, they're done in the polite way that you still think that he's a good kid instead of that impolite brat trope.

There seems to be a lot of things hinted in the story, that I couldn't wait to be revealed. There's the whereabout of the dragon, the relationship with the heroine, and other stuffs. Excluding the part with his fiancee's family, I think the interactions between characters in this story feel genuine. Even his (future) father-in-law feels like one, after a slow, exhausting arc.

The heroine, I don't like her at first. Or rather, I'm indifferent and just see her as CCS sees her as. But somehow, when it's revealed that

she's not away from the capital just for(?) training, because the crane found her in a bar (lol)

I think she becomes someone interesting. There will be a lot more from her in the future, I'm sure, and I can't wait to see how she'll act with MC. I think it'll come right after this arc, so I'm expecting a lot from the next chapters.

My favorite parts are:

When the crane gave CCS face, is the most epic part in the story I think lol. I love the rivalry with Gou Hanshi (and his acknowledgement, which is a roundabout way to make others see how amazing CCS is and I LOVE IT), and the sometimes frustrating interaction with Tang 36. Or when the wolf boy apparently is doing things for a very humane reason, and then when we get deeper to his philosophy. Or when the princess stood by his side.

The character development and how we get to know them, they're just so genuine and now a shallow two-characteristic way we get to know others in other stories.
If you can get used to the slow pace, ZTJ is one of the most precious stories, I promise. <<less
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yijunding rated it
August 31, 2016
Status: c150
Another story ruined by author's need for more words = more money.

Take any book you've ever read. Now imagine if that exact same story was written over 50 books.

That's exactly how ZTJ is written.

... more>> Author had a good storyboard, then proceeded to lengthen it as much as possible, using any means possible. Walking down the road and saw a tree? Let's take 4 chapters describing everyone's thoughts and emotions regarding that particular tree.

Oh hey, look, another tree. <<less
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Katsono rated it
September 3, 2016
Status: --
This Xianxia novel is really refreshing, something new and yet unseen among all the other translated novels. First of all, we have here something that's really pleasant to read and not just bland. The writing style is simple without being too short, and rich enough to be real light literature thanks to the detailed writings. This comes with a slow pacing and rich story telling with an excellent world building, which I can only say are welcome as they make the novel's quality.

The novel starts, unlike many other, with a... more>> really weak protagonist. But although he has no power, he's got a brain and, for once, a personality. Childish at times, smart at other, we see here a really detailed and complex character of fourteen years old evolving into a hostile world which might as well have been ours, as he's just a human being, a realistic one at that, and neither a twenty something transported to another world or the reincarnation of a mysterious elder. Not only is he great, but every other character around him is either likeable, be it his friends or his enemies, instead of being one-dimensional like many other novels, and this is what makes it really a worthy read.

The background is rich in details and tells of many stories, which later turn out to actually be part of the plot, or add deepness to already existing / new characters who are kept evolving alongside our main character. The plot is great, interesting and original, full of actions although not of combats, which are pretty rare but important and greatly detailed, often lasting through several chapters of fully explained although sometimes hard to comprehend battles.

Zetianji is, unlike many Xianxia novels, a work full of richness that's worthy of being a real book, and simply does not compare to his fellow fight grinding compatriots. It doesn't focus on fighting and cultivation but instead builds a world with its own issues, mysteries and characters which each have different goals and evolve along each other. Chen Chang Sheng is among if not the greast Xianxia protagonist and his evolution is certainly the most interesting, being a frail human with actual difficulties in cultivation instead of a lucky go happy finding treasures at every corner of a street. <<less
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ZhaWarudo rated it
March 10, 2016
Status: --
I’ve been warned by those who’ve read the raws but I didn’t listen, dropping at c155 coz only my perservance got me trough the last 30 or so chaps – story really got worse. Sure it’s interesting in the beginning but later you will see childish behaviours, well that is to be expected but it’s still annoying, boring plot and a bad naming sense – all sects have eastern names, suddenly there is Cassia mansion this and that, I can’t help but thinking of Italians and pasta, it just doesn’t... more>> fit, and Divine State’s Seven Laws are really just a bunch of kids, not anyone strong. This may be just a boring saga same as in BTTH or ISSTH and once you get over it, it’s back to awesome but I don’t have the patience. <<less
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fatguy rated it
December 4, 2016
Status: c252
The novel is beautifully paced. To others, it feels like a grind and is slow, while others get overly emotional and passionate about the events that take place. The main character takes the road to his own choice. When a door closes, he leaps to a window. If that window is force ably shut, at this dead end, finds a chance and took it. The themes of life is one's own choice, death is unavoidable but not yet arrive. The small events and details leap to help with how the... more>> world is built. Contrasting the emotions or even the rational decisions of others, the main character leads the story in direction one would not think of. I have seen people hate how he is treated at the start, yet compared to how someone might be treated in real life, it becomes just a bit more believable, as if a beggar came up to you and said he was a better lover than you, or and poor man walks into a business and says he was the new ceo. The reaction of the people is justified, yet they are also furiously unjust. <<less
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1withdanerf rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: --
This novel is very entertaining. The world building and cultivation method are solid, but where it really shines are the characterization and the character interactions. It's very satisfying to read a novel where the side characters are fleshed out. Often times, I find myself chuckling at the dialogue.

One demerit, if you go into ZTJ expecting the MC to from lvl 1 to 100 promptly, forget about it. Still, though he's weak, doesn't mean he's useless.

Overall, I heavily recommend this novel.
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mrezman rated it
December 24, 2016
Status: c262
I love this novel so much (it's close to my favorite). I'm actually kind of disappointed at the rankings... rating this below a lot of the repetitive brainless stuff on this website.

Yes, this novel is slow. But it is not repetitive, and everything in each chapter is meaningful (unlike IET...). Although it may be frustrating that the novel has such a slow pace, the author's style is to slowly introduce concepts, characters, and foreshadow subtly as he is an actually accomplished writer. He introduces the world in awesome detail in... more>> a "show don't tell" manner. You get a much better feel for the world in this way. This means that he doesn't rush through stuff and doesn't introduce stuff like IET does in one chapter and it feels rushed and forced.

Everything is masterfully set up and planned. You can tell that the author had already planned for things to happen long, long in advance. For example, the thing with stars and how "the positions are relative."

This novel is really really beautifully poetic. It often centers around the MC's thoughts and moral dilemmas, and it isn't contrived like every other xianxia, in which it's an excuse to slaughter wantonly or stupidly gain power or whatever. The only thing that comes close is ISSTH, and honestly, it pales in comparison to Ze Tian Ji.

Although, one thing that I don't like about the novel (one of the only things) is how the people in the crowd always look at Chen Changsheng "with disdain" and "with scorn" and always think he's trash. It just doesn't make any sense and pisses me off. At a certain point, it's literally impossible to not see that Cheng Changsheng is the real deal. So, I will count off that. But it's still an insanely good novel and that part is only a really small part of it.

I think one of the reasons this novel is not as liked is that in its core, it's really not about being the strongest and getting revenge or getting girls or all that. It's about understanding yourself, surviving, peaceful living etc. The main character (which is one of my favorite main characters on this website) is calm, collected, and doesn't care about what others think. He is fair to everyone and isn't an asshole like many other MCs on this website who claim that they're righteous as they literally massacre an entire group of people.

Anyways, please read this! It's really good! But if you're someone who likes stuff like "peerless martial god," turn away not because I can tell you're gonna hate this one. <<less
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nefe rated it
December 7, 2016
Status: c192
Coming from the future; this novel is slow pace, you can get angry because the MC is not strong enough, but I recommend you to be patient, this story is gold, is a shame the translation is slow; highly advise to read Ze tian ji, it has romance, action, adventure, fantasy and even comedy. The friendship between Chen Chang Sheng and Tang 36 is really nice to read.

The author sometimes wrote the same to much for my taste but still is a good reading.
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Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
July 31, 2016
Status: --
Good translation. Good story BUT not for every one, especially guys who love fast action, kill, cultivate, rape, cultivate, kill, loop, looop, loop.

Lot of dialogue and thought from surrounding chars. Best for slow reading - to appreciate the atmosphere of the story.

The MC is constantly being bullied. Harder and harder. Not until ch.150-160 that we start to get the idea of the reason "why". After these chapters, I feel pity for those who were puppetted to play the role of being the villain.

Worst problem of this story, for... more>> now, is .. will the translation continue?

SIGH. <<less
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greentea rated it
July 15, 2016
Status: c180
The novel is very slow-paced and requires a lot of patience, patience that others might find absolutely ridiculous to the point that skipping chapters becomes a habit. I, unfortunately, have done that, skipped chapters to read ahead because it is slow-paced. Regrettably, only recently did I discover the beautiful and fascinating world-building. The world's history is rich, the plot is steady, the power-system slowly reveals itself in time and the mystery of the past, present and future is also enticing. The main character is stoic, smart, and humble yet realistic... more>> with bursts of amount of pride and childishness. But, for me at least, it's the secondary characters and their interaction with MC that tempts me to read, especially the opponents/antagonists/rivals. <<less
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nEoQuIcKsiLvEr rated it
May 26, 2016
Status: c187
This is an excellent series that focuses on dialogue, characters, and world building. It's another kind of Xianxia that's in my top 3 just because of the writing.

It is a slow compared to the typical chinese xianxia.

If you are looking for a smart lead protagonist that doesn't solve his problems through fighting then this is the novel for you. The writing is particularly well done with some insights into how characters interact and think. There are some politics at play and some espionage in the background. Characters act because of... more>> status or honor compared to how they feel. Cultivation is done by constellation and knowledge is power here as well.

While as of almost 200 chapters we haven't gotten to the main cause of trouble nor have any backgrounds to other characters been fleshed out. It's still a good read and it's more at a pace of a regular novel than a light novel. There's heavy descriptions and heavy insights into thoughts and actions.

If you are okay with actually reading (And I don't mean skimming like other typical chinese novels) and want a smart lead then this will give you some enjoyment. <<less
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badiyee rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: c179
I consider this as a 'must read' series, for certain reasons:

1) the storytelling focuses a lot on narrating the thoughts and emotions of not one character, but multiple characters. What makes it interesting is that, the narration allows characters that are supposed to take the spotlight shines, be it the antagonist or the protagonist.

2) The world building is great, the build up is good. Its not like its forced to be slowed, nor its forced to be sped up, but just nice.

3) you should read it if you're... more>> into emotional stories. The writing reminds me a lot of Paolo Coelho's style of narration. (at least the translation is) <<less
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Marim11 rated it
March 13, 2016
Status: --
It's very very very slow pace.

MC is only good at negotiations but he never improve his strength. If this is the real situation, he may die in first few chapters.

There isn't any progress until ch.123

It's hard to bear reading a slow pace story like this but I still give 3 /5 point for this story because I like the way that MC reply to another.
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