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I Shall Seal the Heavens
April 8, 2016
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While I can’t say this is the best written Xianxia, as I don’t read Chinese, this is certainly the best translation out there. Deathblade deserves a ton of credit for just how amazing he is. The prose here is stellar, at times poetic.

The novel as a whole has a sense of mystery and wonder about it that nothing else I’ve read outside the masters of Western High Fantasy have captured. There’s this real sense of history, I feel like the places in this story have a... more>> depth and feel to them that most Xianxia lack entirely. While not every location has a ton of personality, those that do are memorable. The story also has a surprising amount of humour compared to it’s overall somber tone, and these moments are well paced. While the plot sometimes relies too much on the MC luckily stumbling into some hidden legacy or treasure, the consistent themes of Fate and Karma make this somewhat believable, and unlike other stories that do that kind of thing, the MC continually develops as a character, changing in believable ways.

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Shocking, imaginative, and clever events come one after the other, each new arc building another layer of history to deepen the world, filling another small part of this huge land with distinct. Each Resurrection Lilly, Giant Turtle, Shattered Bridge, Karmic Fisherman etc. Fills me with the joy of reading something truly wondrous.

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This is truly a masterwork of the genre. <<less
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Against the Gods
April 8, 2016
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The writing is tepid, bogged down by overwrought descriptions, and in general the novel moves extremely slowly. While there are plenty of very satisfying scenes, the general attitude of the MC makes it hard to be invested in his success since he's such an unlikeable prick. That and the really sh*tty contrived harem kind of take away from things.
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Also having an all powerful being in the background to save your ass any time there's real danger destroys any hope of dramatic tension.

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Coiling Dragon
April 8, 2016
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The first few arcs of this story are classic, with genuinely moving moments of heartache and sacrifice that are so thoroughly lacking in the genre. Investment in the characters builds up over time and when tragedy strikes, characters you genuinely care about suffer. It's unfortunate then that the further the story progresses, the less consequential it feels. Characters that I cared about are casually tossed aside, to be brought back only as an excuse for a new villain to job to Linley. A revolving door of new acquaintances... more>> come in and out, and as the story starts having cosmic repercussions, I care less about it than when it was just Linley coming to terms with the end of his first love as a young man. <<less
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True Martial World
April 8, 2016
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I don't think this story is particularly creative, but the lack of caricature villain authority figures is refreshing and it's a fun romp up until now. Since things are getting real we'll have to see how or if the story changes.
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Tales of Demons and Gods
April 8, 2016
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I’m not a big fan of this series mainly because of how creepy it is that the MC manipulates a barely teenage girl with the intent to seduce her given that he is an old man who has reincarnated into his past self. Just put me off the whole deal. In general its a generic as hell story outside of that anyways.

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