One of the better Xianxia you'll find. The story is not as formulaic as other xianxia and it always keep things interesting by mixing it up. The MC's adventure is interesting to read and not just go here -> insult this generic villain -> find treasure -> kill villain's entire family. Villains in this novel has personality and not just some jumped up rich boy who gets offended by everything that the MC does.
The pacing is also excellent. You don't feel like the MC is rushing from one thing to another with no stop like some other xianxia (cough cough Martial World). Took off one star for the horrendous romance. Er Gen knows how to do many things but romance is not one of them. The main love interest is a non-character that is somehow the "driving force" for MC even though their time together is shallow to say the least. There's a quasi harem that gets going but you will end up feeling sorry for the harem member more than anything else.
Overall, if you discount the romance this is a must read. Especially if you are tired of formulaic and repetitive xianxia.
He suddenly lost his cultivation and have to start again. I don't mind when this happens but only when done well. Here it's just out of the blue in the most rage inducing way possible. He meets and save the twin of the girl he banged earlier and to repay him she drained his cultivation to restore her own. She's more powerful than him btw and after draining him she actually punch him for sleeping with her sister and act all high and mighty. It feels so cheap as I know this is just setup for the next arc. There's really no build up to him losing his cultivation and is just something that randomly happens.
Once again, out of the blue cultivation lost. Not permanent this time but more of a I must seal my cultivation since someone put a cursed on me. It was so random - He traveled to a new place when he reached mid stage Nascent Soul and some random ass cultivator picked a fight with him spiraling into a group gang up on him and someone put a curse on him. It's literally setup for the next arc which feels cheap as hell.
So the harem started out ok. The MC seemed reluctant to take in harem member but the story of him building the harem is decent enough. And then the author decided the MC needs more trophy so he doubled the harem in one stroke and for the lamest excuse. It has been repeatedly said that the MC is this badass cultivator and highest level alchemist in the world so very few sects are willing to get on his bad side even the big ones as he can call on many allies. Not only that the MC said it himself that he wasn't going to expand the harem. Yet when the big sects sends women to his harem to be "concubines" to try to "strengthen" their relationship, the f**king sect leader told him to take them it and he does it. Even if one of the women sent were from the sect he wanted to destroy, WTF?