Ah.... looking at these early reviews with good rating brings me back. I remember back then when I thought that this is going to be a promising novel, but as for now, they're all nothing but false hopes.
Here's why, firstly, it's a harem novel. Yes I like harem novel as long as it's not bad and illogical (if you're that guy that always think harem novel is bad then you can go away now). Secondly, the mix of politics, business, and fighting story were quite attractive to me.
**fair warning, this novel also loves to interrupt moment, like the MC about to do smth, and suddenly his phone rings, or someone knocs, it happens so many times I cant count them anymore. Anyway, here's my breakdown from chapters to chapters.
Early 1-200 chapters, the writing was quite entertaining, where the story still makes sense although there are a lot of mystery, but the story are growing steadily including the harem, politics, and business.
From 200-600, the writing of these chapters will quite focus on 'romance'/'harem' quite a lot. The interesting thing is that his love story is not without bumps and challenges, I was happy that I thought the author was not afraid to insert serious tone on the harem story and making it more interesting. This is also where the politics and business part of the story flourish. And the supernatural genre has starts appearing.
But after 600... the story, harem, and writing seems to get worse and worse. The only good thing is that you get more fighting and harem with less politics and business (at least for me). As why the story and writing gets worse, MC is described as very very very very smart (here is his IQ at that time
But I cant help but cringe when MC dont get something so obvious that can be seen by putting things together. Or he got into trouble, and there is so simple solution but he is not smart enough to solve it. As for harem, oh boy, the serious tone is gone. Basically after this point, it seems that no matter what women do to MC, as long as they are women, it is almost guaranteed MC will not kill them. MC has become 'OK' man to women. At this point, the story focused on the supernatural/fantasy story.
After 1000.. Harem becomes worse and worse, his 'OK' man syndrome become worse and worse. Almost no politics, and small amount of business. At this point, this novel has become sci-fi novel, with a touch of a disappointing harem.
After 1300.. A point where the story might be become more interesting although the harem still sucks.
I'm still going to read the novel, although only for entertainment purpose. Overall, I'm dissapointed with this novel, the early chapters seems like a facade for people to think that the harem part wasn't that bad and the author was not afraid to punish female character. But past certain chapters, this has become an obvious lie.
My recommendation is that try and read this novel up to 200, if you dont like it, stop, it will only get worse, if you like it, keep reading it, but I will suggest that you not to read it as entertainment novel where you can drop it at anytime.
I might do an update on the review if I finish reading this novel, but as for now, its a meh 3/5 for me.
Originally I wanted to finish this novel before reviewing it.
Unfortunately, the next story arc have disappointed me and I think would be the biggest downfall of the novel.
Let us begin:
The story follows a young man called Wu Yu, he was a mortal emperor, who stumbled upon an 'immortal' or 'fairy' inheritance.
He will then swear upon himself to become immortal, to break free from life and death cycle.
Parts of this novel especially the characters is inspired by Journey To The West.
-- Main Character:
At the beginning, although smart and decisive, the main character was ultimately naive since he was born and raised as a mortal.
Throughout the story, there will be a plenty of developments for Wu Yu that will nicely develop his character to the more complex and harsh cultivation world.
Wu Yu's comprehension and talent are very good even without the inheritance.
His inheritance is inspired by one of the character from Journey To The West.
Ruyi Jingu Bang (Golden Hoop)
-- Other Character:
Every arc of the story will have its' own notable character that will stay relevant within the story arc.
as the main character become stronger and the story arc moved on, the previous character will usually be irrelevant.
There are few characters that will stay relevant to the future story Random Rant:
Except one character I really hate author wants to keep relevant regardless of reasons
from the early arc.
There are sides characters that will be involved with the Main Character and the story most likely until the end. Hint:
Journey To The West Characters
Where most of them follow the rules from for ex: 1st level of Qi Condensation to 10th level of Qi Condensation.
Against stronger enemy,
He will tend to use smart strategy to overwhelm or beat the enemy which is a habit he gained since he was a mortal where wisdom could beat strength.
In order to advance, it is important to understand the 'tao' behind pill and matrix/symbol cultivation.
Therefore, in this novel, it is expected that everyone would be able to create their own pill or draw their own matrix/symbol.
This is the part that unfortunately disappoint me the most.
The early romance of Wu Yu is very important to his development and ultimately matures him a lot.
This is usually a good thing, however, when the author decided to keep extending this romance arc, it sadly become like a 'household tv drama romance'.
The author decided to keep the first girl to become relevant until the future story, whereas her story arc and relationship with the Main character should have ended long ago.
Even the motivation to keep her in the story is very shallow!.
The reason being just because the MC cares.
Which is unbelievable since their relationship was already broken and even the MC decided to cut-off further contact with her.
But then somehow the MC still cares about her and won't move on.
Even she herself hates the MC more than anything.
Oh! And of course the author pulled one of the cliche move where one character will disappear and suddenly either become as strong, or stronger from the MC for some reason.
Other potential romance characters have already start to appear however their conclusion or romance status with the MC have yet to be seen (until ch.916).
In conclusion, this novel is a must try and you may enjoy it.
I may continue reading this novel until the end which will depend on the next story arc.
Unfortunately it is hard to read a story arc when the foundation of that story arc is very weak and lazy (refer to my rant in the romance section).
It would have been 4/5, but until the current chapter I would give this 3/5.
Yeah.. yeah.. I know, I should avoid spoilers when reading a novel. But I just can't do it in this novel, I'm starting to doubt if this novel is worth the time to read it. In the end I did a bit of research and got a glimpse of the ending and wasn't a big fan of it :\.
Apparently there is a novel that share the same universe with this novel, which also not my cup of tea, when an author do something like that, I always felt that, oh you wanna know more about the ending of the previous novel? here.. read my new book.. maybe.. just maybe the characters from old book will appear.. maybe... oh but read and support my new book anyway..
Anyway, if you still want to read this novel, or thinking whether to continue or stop reading this novel, my only suggestion [or warning should I say?] is pay attention to the genres listed above. Especially the 'Tragedy' genre. If you are okay with it then just continue, our taste in reading novel might be different anyway :)
Except if you count relationship built from rapes is romance then there'll be a lot of romances.
Tsundere character ✓
MC is humiliated for comedic purpose ✓
Trap character ✓
Slime that destroy clothes ✓
Saying thoughts in their head out loud ✓
1st girl: She's indifferent at first on the MC, however, throughout battle and hardship with MC together, she developed feelings for him and starting to care, and so does the MC
2nd girl: Enemy of the MC, tries to seduce and kill him, A sl**ty, vicious, sly, and manipulative women. Once even threatened to kill MC friends and Family.
Who do you think the author will develop some romance with?
If you answer
You are CORRECT!!, what? You think the answer will be the other girl? What are you? Stupid?
There's no way the author could develop a better romance with the other girl, geez.