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Xu Yangyi has to be strong. Strong enough to carve himself a path in the bustling modern day world of cultivation and strong enough to avenge the deaths of his mother and father. Plagued by nightmares of the horrifying demon that tore apart his life over ten years ago, he waits for the day to become the hunter, but until then, he is just another face among China’s million cultivators. While his goals remain static, the act of cultivation itself has not. No longer is the strongest fist the law and no longer are the blind massacres of the past permitted. From commerce to law, cultivation has risen to a new, shining standard, yet while certain aspects of cultivation have turned anew, certain things remain since ancient times. In particular, the demons preying in the darkness.

In a world held together by a tenuous balance between cultivators and demons, and as cultivation itself becomes an increasingly rarer practice, Xu Yangyi strives to reign unrivaled in his generation.

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XTB rated it
January 12, 2018
Status: --
Hey, I'm the translator for this novel. Of course, I'm going to give the novel I'm working on a five-star rating, but let me get into the specifics.

This is a slow-paced novel in the beginning. Things heat up, but then fall into lull again. There weren't many solid/well-known modern day cultivation novels out there, so I decided to work on this.

I think the author does a fairly decent job in reminding you that while this is a cultivation novel, it is in a modern day setting. When I read these... more>> chapters, I look forward primarily to the world building. Some might say this novel is on the boring side, but I think it's really because the author is initially just taking his time to build everything up.

How slow is this novel exactly?

For mild cultivation spoilers read below


Highest realm seen so far in this novel is Core Formation (from what I have read). If you've read other novels, you know this isn't anything special. In this novel though, even Nascent Soul is considered a mythical realm. I am not exaggerating when I say it takes the MC HUNDREDS of chapters to get to the next level. Action takes more of a spot light in this novel vs just constant power-ups to try to build up a story


Regarding the translation quality:

I think I do a decent job. If you look at the raws, though, it's pretty obvious I take some liberties, otherwise if I just straight up translated it, the novel would be rather confusing/lacking context.

If you're familiar with my past project Full-Time Anomaly, I can say that difference between text is pretty huge. I spend a decent amount of time on certain Archfiend chapters just for historical checking/research on poems.

NU doesn't give an in between rating option, but in my opinion, this novel sits around a 4.4-4.6 for me.

The MC himself really hasn't shown himself to be anything special in terms of attitude. He's really quite icy. But what keeps me vested in this novel is the interaction of cultivation elements and the modern world. The integration of real world Daoist terms/figures/concepts makes this novel (in my opinion) perhaps one of the more authentic fantasy-based Chinese novels.

I say give this novel a try. You just might like it. To date, this novel has 59 actual chapters as I translate this. In general, I try to get out one chapter a day.

As for the person who left a 2-star review, I'm not sure what you expected, man. You left a review only after 3 chapters LOL <<less
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Kanana rated it
December 23, 2017
Status: c42
For a person who rarely reads cultivation novels in a modern setting, I didn't expect that I would get hooked on so easily. I recommend this novel, it is well written and the translation quality is excellent.
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bayrons rated it
January 16, 2018
Status: c1
You want something different from modern novels, where the important thing is to pick up the girls to warm the bed.

The author builds a very solid world (nothing extravagant), an MC linked to this world through tragedy. A historical struggle between humans and demons that are fighting for the top.

Give him the opportunity to read, you will realize that it is a very good job.
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errantsystems rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c61
This is the best modern cultivation novel I've ever read, if you were like me and were put off by certain low reviews or have disliked modern settings in the past, just give it a try and you wont regret it. Both the translation and story quality is excellent, and the writing is definitely a level above most of the novels on this site. As the translator has said, it's pretty slow in terms of development so far but instead of being a minus I would almost say it's a... more>> plus. The slowness isn't because of pointless tournament arcs, verbose descriptions cultivation, or random filler, but is just because a lot of development in terms of plot and characters occurs. Overall, you can tell the author has put a lot of effort into worldbuilding such that a modern cultivation setting makes sense, and you can tell the translator has put in a lot of effort too.

Give this story a try, I'd hate for it to disappear due to lack of interest. Many thanks to the translator for their hard work. <<less
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TheGamingNerd rated it
November 10, 2017
Status: c3
This novel is not enjoyable at all the novel start was kind of dark/ dungeon defense kinda atmosphere. The MC is called Xu yangyi it's start right off with his dream (aka his family being killed by a monster called Serpent Eye I think) and he takes over the position of chief in a Disciplinary group aka the POLICE WOOP WOOP oke stopping XD. If you ask me if this is actually a novel I would say it reminds me of the horror anime that everyone dies from mysterious creatures.... more>> The translation quality is good, translation stability no idea cause I dont wanna read this anymore. This novel cultivation system is weird I dont know if in the future it gets more in depth but till now I only know first stage. If this novel wasnt in the tragedy genre I would feel it is weird hopefully for horror lovers this is to your liking actually when I started reading the 1st chapter I thought MC was a pervert *cough* mistakes always happen well I can't say too much about this novel it's more like dislike to the kind of novel it is and it's drawbacks while compared to other xianxia novels which are more of a normal beginning maybe author wanted to make it more mysterious I find it japanese like so :/ I still think the world building is crap nonexistant I dont even know what world that is at the start I thought it's some cultivation world but now I see it as a modern world mostly (learn it in the next episode of dragonbal.....":P) this was a reviews but turned out to be a chat conversation with friends wutevers :P <<less
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