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Warlock of the Magus World
March 5, 2016
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This is my favorite right now.

I'm reading pretty much everything on Novel update except for the stuff I dropped (against the gods, peerless martial god...), and right now, the chapters (around 55-75) are awesome (from the moment he starts his journey, more or less).

MC is cold and removed, OP, low-key (complete opposite of Peerless martial god in terms of decision making).

The world is not your standard Xanxia world. 50% of magus are terrible people, there are human experiments, secret labs everywhere, poverty, deaths. Most characters are not arrogant as*holes, but... more>> manipulative self-serving people with at least average intelligence in their interactions with others.

In short, a manipulative (overly?) cold and overpowered protagonist in a bleak and complex world populated with realistic characters.

You know he's gonna get stronger, but you're not sure how, when, where, for whose side, and which of his companions can actually survive. For all I know, he might side with his academy's enemy, or even just ditch academies altogether. <<less
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Peerless Martial God
December 15, 2015
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It's like there are two protagonists called lin feng in this novel and I missed one.
The only good thing about this series is its amazing translator.

You will encounter the typical xianxia fan service where the main character is provoked by arrogant idiots who underestimate his powers, and he will then kill them on the spot after a long duel where the the audience can fully appreciate how wrong they were to think he was weak. Afterwards he will be accused of being too ruthless by the family/clan/sect of his... more>> dead opponent, and he will answer with a brilliant speech that will make the crowd weep in awe. He then powers up so as to take on said family/clan/sect and start again.

I've read every xianxia on novel update, and what makes this novel especially terrible in my eyes is the hypocrisy in the story-telling. Indeed, the actions of the MC are those of an arrogant aggressive cultivator. He walks around in tattered cloth, hiding his true strength and disrespecting hierarchy. How many time would he only have needed to disclose his cultivation level to be left alone as he claims he wishes? Hell, even his name is now enough to avoid trouble, most of the time. He never does, and I could be alright with that since the core of this novel is, after all, "underestimation fan service". Who am I to judge? I've read great novel with an arrogant battle maniac protagonist.

Just please stop writing "He is.. They understood he is... She saw that he actually was... Despite all that he is... But he is" followed by a selection of the following words "caring, humble, extremely humble, righteous, his hand was forced...". The main character is an endlessly arrogant and proud warmonger in the way he acts and speaks to his foes, and you cannot pretend he is a good person by adding a random "His opponent had deserved it but lin feng actually is a good righteous person IRL". Every chapter that includes a random description of him as a ruthless yet humble character brings me a step closer to my grave.

It's like there are two protagonists in this novel and I missed one. <<less
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Coiling Dragon
October 11, 2015
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My main disappointment is that the plot is the most basic one for a Chinese wn : power up. They are several attempts at something else (sculpting, empire building, relationships...) but it's quickly overshadowed by the main character's successive power ups.

On the other hand, the world building is great, and most importantly, RWX translates fast and well.
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