The story premise is that of a shepherd, who was put into the body of a crow for a million years. Over this million years he basically learnt pretty much all the best techniques etc., and used these techniques to cultivate promising young people to the peak level of cultivation so far, celestial emperor. After a million years, he finally regained his body and embarks on a journey of vengeance against the sect that sealed him into the crow in the first place.
Unlike many other xianxia novels, whereby transmigration is only a small part of the novel, the MC's past plays a big role in this novel - he doesn't act like a teen, but like a crotchety old man. He basically has the worst base at the start of the novel, but his knowledge plays a big part of it.
1) Foreshadowing is often well done - items which are written into the story previously are often pivotal to the plot
2) The MC's universe is pretty diverse, much is written about the different races.
3) Each arc is well enunciated; the different worlds are written in a way that differentiates them from each other.
1) Side characters usually only exist for about an arc; while they are often well developed, they are discarded when moving into another arc, which is pretty annoying.
2) The MC is incredibly arrogant - he's basically your typical xianxia MC on steroids, slaughters everyone in his path.
3) The scale of battles can get pretty ridiculous; in one scene the MC fights more than 50, 000 experts and slaughters most of them..
4) The story gets pretty formulaic.
5) The author likes to elaborate too much, e.g. After introducing a particular term he will go on to about half a chapter of why that particular term was so great, its history etc., and how you must know the MC is extraordinary.
6) The past of the MC allows the author to pull a crapton of Deus Ex Machina
In conclusion, read this if you're interested in a someone different xianxia premise, but note that the characters within follow troper pretty closely, its not groundbreaking.
- Unlike many other novels in the series, time travel does play a pretty large (and interesting) role in the series.
- Chapters are short, and unfortunately the author has a habit of really dragging out arcs, so if you don't like a particular arc be prepared to have to skim through tons of chapters
- The side characters mentioned in the synopsis basically disappear from ~c1k onwards, however, before that there is good continuity whereby the author does try to let them appear every now and then.
- Nonetheless, as I mentioned, this is a romance story, and it will revolve (particularly the later chapters) around the romance of the MC and her husband.
- There is tragedy in the novel, it basically reads like a historical k-drama (think Da Chang Jin)
- While the old tropes such as the spoilt young master do exist in the novel, the author manages to get better later on whereby some characters aren't just the typical stereotypes.
- Some parts of the novel will not be from the main character's perspective
- While the novel appears to be comedic earlier on, note that the focus shifts to romance later on, and as such take note of this.
- A large part of the novel revolves around misunderstandings, which can understandably get pretty frustrating, but that's how it is.
- Circa chapter 1k of the novel there's basically a wipe of all the old characters, and the MC basically starts afresh.
- The novel is still ongoing
- Be prepared for feels later on in the novel (the poor MC has a pretty tragic life, which gets explained later on)
The premise of the novel was supposed to be comedy, and some romance, but the author decided to swap to palace intrigue midway through the novel, and he's pretty bad at writing it.
- The love triangle basically gets resolved, but not in a satisfactory way
- The ending of the novel was very rushed, and many plot points were not resolved properly
- The later part of the novel was extremely rushed, and swings almost incoherently from event to event
- Multiple inconceivable plot twists are introduced later into the novel, and its clear that the author suddenly had a change of viewpoint in how he wanted to write the novel
- The 'comedy' part of the novel, which was quite well written, disappears towards the end of the novel
> What the hell happened to the first prince after his plot failed?
> The author decided to finish the plot within 1 chapter, and basically pulled things out of his arse to resolve it
> Why the hell did the 3rd prince wait until the 2nd last chapter to avenge his parents and not act before then?
> The other dude in the love triangle and the king basically... disappear after the plot point is resolved; what the heck?
> The MC is completely and utterly incompetent, same goes for her maid. If you've read to be a virtuous wife and expect a similar MC, go elsewhere.
The novel is reasonably well written. Plot is cogent, and generally well developed. It's nice seeing an overarching plot unfold as the chapters flow on.
- Author likes to exaggerate the good points of the main character. Expect males the MC sees to fall in love with her at first sight.
- Expect everything the MC does to be perfect, every female character (barring a few) to hate her for her beauty etc., the cliches are everywhere.
- Chapters are extremely short.
- There will be some tragedy within the novel; this is used in a way that it sometimes seems the author ran out of ideas and just wants to demolish the current plot setting.
- The antagonists will tarry on - the author will make you loathe them, and they won't be easily killed off.
As at 1900+ we're in the midst of the 2nd (?) arc, and the story is still developing.
This is a reborn in another world novel. While it does have many tropes similar to other novels, one interesting point is that unlike many other novels with a historical Chinese setting, this one appears to base itself partially against a more westernised setting.
- Characters are well developed; side characters are well developed and have distinct personalities
- Writing is generally cogent, and the author does a relatively good job of world building
- Chapters are pretty long in length, which adds up to a decent amount of content
- Some plot points simply get forgotten by the author in the rush to power-up the MC (e.g. the golden lotus cultivation technique... simply gets forgotten in the later parts of the novel).
- Side characters often disappear after their introductory arc; the novel is distinctly divided into several arcs.
- The author likes to pull deus ex machina powerups for the MC's love interests in order to keep them relevant (e.g. side char disappears, suddenly reappears with a powerup due to some 'secret technique')
- It seems that the author simply gave up at the end of the novel, the ending made absolutely no sense and was incredibly rushed.
Despite all the bad points, I'd say the novel overall is a 3.5; 4.5 if you look only at the initial arc, where the comedy and serious plot are well commingled and developed, 3 for the later arcs which degrade considerably in quality, particularly the final arc where the author decides to basically wrap everything up in 3 chapters. All in all, not a bad novel, but be warned that the ending is pretty terribly written such that it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, a pity, given how well written the rest of the novel generally is.