The way I see it Wang Lu had no reason to take that pledge and make himself a walking fortress who can’t attack. It was a stupid school competition that they had already won and he really wouldn’t be affected if he lost to his female apprentice. Sooooooo yeah after that he is basically a turtle, worse even. Turtles can bite you if you piss them off, but Wang Lu basically can’t do sh*t. He has some kamikaze technique he can use and that’s it.
Wang Lu could easily have become the fastest (strongest?) practitioner in the novel, but now he’s going to be the most indestructible turtle the multiverse has ever seen. All because of a stupid inter-school competition with no life and death stakes.
Things start going downhill when he goes to the city, but you don't immediately notice it, or necessarily care, since the story is still keeping you wanting more.
By the time Jing Yan enters middle school, you start thinking if this is still as good as it originally was, and you can find flaws/annoyances that you would have had to deliberately look for before.
Then you read about his high school days, and you know the story is going downhill. The storytelling takes a hit and you start wondering why some of the stuff happening is happening, or why some choices were made. (I personally think he was much more worried during this time about people pirating his work rather than trying to get back into his groove.)
Next comes his time during university. By this time, the story had pretty much turned into your generic xianxia and you're left wondering just what happened. This was no longer the story you read and you are honestly disappointed, but you keep reading because there's less than 100 chapters left.
p.s. His recurring childhood enemy (teacher's ex-bf) must have turned over a new leaf and took a job at a walmart or something since the author never resolved the conflict between him and his faction.
MC comes from a place that has no wizards and eventually heads off across the sea to where the wizards live/train. On the way he meets someone he gets along with but they go to diff academies, yet they still keep in contact (sorta). He ends up at a 'evil' academy that has gone down in the world, and is soon about to be involved in a losing war. He starts having s*x with a bad talented sorceress so she doesn't get sent back and he gets resources from her family in return. Oh, and he is doing pharmacy for money. Now he is essentially running away to live among mortals so he won't become involved in the war, and if WMW really copied this novel then I'm guessing the next thing to happen is that he will discover a sorcerer's vestige or something.
What broke the camel's back for me was the beginning of volume 2. He ends up finding out that he has no way to go back and he breaks down. Pretty normal, is it not? Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell, that's okay, because he's fine again soon enough and back to mindlessly doing quests.
The very next chapter he is forced to accept a quest that screams out DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!, because he has apparently checked his balls in at the counter. Of course, this quest is just a way to forcefully move the plot towards the direction that ongoingwhy mentioned, and he is like a fish in water in his new environment that I'm sure will cause him to inexplicably become involved in some world changing b.s.
The new governor actually went and made himself an enemy of a guy who spent 3 years on the front lines AND just finished killing a monster who had terrorized their territory for 200 years. Still, I guess it was worth risking his cover (he works with/for the evil monsters) so that he can get some cultivation item
All signs are pointing to this being a very bland and tedious story. The very first thing she decided when leaving her village and going to the capital was to not be exposed to her clan. The next few chapters some arrogant (surprised?) and stupid girl picks a fight with her and she gets exposed. You can imagine what happens next. No, really, just think a little and you're probably right.
A lot of times I skipped cultivation explanations and descriptions since they felt very tedious and made me sleepy.
At this point of the story she's channeling her inner Anne Frank, and taking a very roundabout way in order to not get killed by her ninth uncle (?).
Everything in the story seems to be leading up to him inadvertently saving the very country that banished him and tried to kill him (which being the nice guy he is doesn't seem to be a problem).