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Stunning Edge
June 9, 2016
Status: c57
Okay. This novel is quite a bit overrated. It's not super terrible, but it's not better than average. It won't upset you with plain terrible writing, but it's not going to give you something new or well executed. It's very safe, very average.

It does avoid the female MC falling in love immediately route, but it instead becomes a harem of characters that follow her blindly, even though they have no reason for it. They all come kind of clustered together with little introduction or reason for existing in the... more>> story. Four characters were basically forced upon the MC by the author, to enter her harem/posse. They have extremely vague goals and no problem throwing away their entire lives to follow the MC like pets. One character flips opinion overnight, and otherwise the characters consist of agree with mc+quirk, such as the awful ever present pervert character that is obligatory to any female led novel. Basically, the characterization, introductions, and consistency, is bad.

The pacing of the story is too fast. The author wanted to skip over everything like.. World building, setting up a scale of power for the characters, and slowly introducing the major characters. It's not incoherent, but it is fairly thin in terms of actual information. One after another, an item or event of interest happens upon the MC before they're quickly relegated to some kind of foreshadowing. Nothing is explored, explained or becomes a hardship for the MC beyond a chapter or two. Do you even remember that the MC is reincarnated? It's never explained or elaborated on. Not a single thought or flashback, not a single line explaining why the MC was a genius in the past life.

Let's talk a little more about power in this world. It's almost completely glossed over what it means, who has power, or how powerful people are. Only the very best magicians have even been mentioned. No attempt at showing or explaining how powerful they are, only that they are. They are of a rank in a ranking system you don't know. Same thing with warriors. The difference between one rank and two ranks up is supposed to be shocking, but it's only mentioned twice in passing. It doesn't mean anything to the reader.

It's a very slice of life approach. I would hesitate to call this an action adventure. It's very clearly focusing on building a troop of characters, putting them in comedic adventures where the YY growth of the MC is more of an afterthought. It has a lot more focus on romance and comedy than anything. <<less
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Lord Xue Ying
June 19, 2016
Status: v2c25
The novel has a pace that can only be described with the way your eyes will glaze over entire paragraphs of cultivation descriptions, increasing the efficiency of reading. It skips over so much that a huge chunk of the world itself feels completely irrelevant. I feel like the novel has only really officially started at around v2c25, the prologue is over.

I can't overstate how quickly this novel progresses early on, how it skips over all phases of the MC being weak. It establishes a goal for the MC, but that... more>> goal is practically already in sight by the end of the second volume, possibly being resolved by the third or fourth depending on if the pace keeps wanting to break necks. It's very much like the entire world building and story of this novel is nearing the point where it's not relevant, simply because the MC will eclipse it and move on to another world or continent.

For the writing itself, the characters are not given any room to interact, so you can't tell much about them at all. Scales are ridiculous, there's one gem where some bandits casually shoot hand held crossbows 300km. They were supposed to be on the same mountain as their target. A mountain with a steep face for 300km would basically be.. Too big. That's 30-40 times higher than mount everest.

In summary, It's not terrible or great, read it when it gets a few more volumes or you're going to be unsatisfied when you catch up. <<less
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Soaring the Heavens
January 30, 2017
Status: c45
This is an excellent novel, and it begins right in the action. It differentiates itself from the normal cultivation stories in an interesting way. There are multiple characters who all have fleshed out personalities, goals or motivations. If I had anything to complain about so far is that the MC is the usual sort; Unnaturally strong willed and obedient when training, but not showing those qualities other times. Given everything else I've read so far and can surmise from the foreshadowing, the MC is a disappointment, however the novel has... more>> only just begun. It is inevitable that this review is flawed. Despite this, the beginning is so strong that the quality could drop from this point on and it would still be on a level above a lot of novels. <<less
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Transcending the Nine Heavens
January 13, 2017
Status: c287
The thing is, it's a very good novel, definitely one of the best around. However. There's room for improvement, as always. One of the things that bothers me the most is how the author has skipped over the part where you see what the people who are weak do and how they get on. Don't misunderstand because the MC starts weak, It's really not touched upon at all. He just employs other people and practically doesn't fight beyond training montage things. Power in this novel is not clearly defined at... more>> all. At the beginning of the story, MC pulls out ninja sh*t and has evil eyes like he's killed thousands of men. Nigga you haven't even fought anyone strong at all. Everything in the story pretty much goes up to revered and king level in the conflicts, everyone else is largely irrelevant. They're only there to make the experts look like hot sh*t. It is both a slow moving story in that there are a lot of things to write about, and he has a lot of character moments, but it is also a fast moving story that has made the lower three heavens seem completely irrelevant. <<less
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Ancient Godly Monarch
June 22, 2016
Status: c87
This novel is uneven. It has good and bad parts. In the beginning, it's quite.. Poorly executed. Maybe some things have been lost in translation, because it can get a little confusing.

Unexpectedly, this has one of the best characterizations in xianxia novels I've seen. The villains of the week are templates, yes, the MC is a ruthless self-righteous prick, yes.. However, all the other characters are to say the very least not bad. They have their own strengths, their own thoughts, their own weaknesses. It's not gonna blow your mind,... more>> but maybe like me you'll find yourself pleasantly not annoyed by the characters.

The cultivation is basically a power lottery, so you could potentially see a lot of different powers that people use. Unfortunately, it is not realized. Instead you get the vast majority having str+1, speed+1, def+1, instead of that one guy who could control beasts. The story is still early, but most likely it's not gonna be any better in the future.
Still all right.

As for the story, better than the average story, but undoubtedly the same as what you'd expect from an average story. <<less
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Heaven’s Shadow
April 23, 2017
Status: c49
It's really slow, and descriptive but it's executed well. The story is good, but it has more character moments than plot progression. If you've been looking for something that is rather well written, this is definitely something you should check out. I don't think I need to talk about the story itself more than that.
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