Devil Venerable Also Wants to Know


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In typical Mary-Sue novel, readers all like the second male lead who only loves the heroine wholeheartedly and is willing to give up everything for the heroine, but the heroine only loves the male lead who once abused her body and heart.

Readers: Why doesn’t the heroine love the second ML, the demon sect leader?!

The demon sect leader: This Devil Venerable also wants to know, why do I like her?

In order to find out why the female lead doesn’t like him, the self-conscious demon sect leader set out to “interview” all the characters in the novel.


When a book was dropped into his lap, the demon sect leader discovered the world he lived in was described in it. This book said that after he sacrificed himself for the female lead, the 4th male lead, his silent, loyal subordinate, blackened and attempted to kill her.

The demon sect leader, Wen Renhe: Yin Hanjiang, this Devil Venerable wants to know why you wanted to kill the heroine.

Yin Hanjiang was silent.

Wen Renhe: If you refuse to speak, this Devil Venerable will force you to speak!

Yin Hanjiang: …

Wen Renhe: What are you blushing for?!

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05/09/21 Ontimestory c25
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New Dooka rated it
April 29, 2021
Status: Completed
Beautiful. An absolutely fascinating take on cultivation, and a heartwarming relationship. And AWESOME FEMALE CHARACTERS. I love elder qui and protector Shu so much, they’re so. Freaking. Domineering.
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YellowNoodle rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: Completed
If I had to describe this novel it would be a breath of fresh air.

The story is engaging and there is never a dull moment. Events occur one after another and at the same time.

The author ties the plot seamlessly together and as you read on, the knots begin to untangle allowing the cycle of retribution, cause and effect, to come into play. It really shows the true path of cultivating to ascend to the immortal realm.

... more>> Within the story are common, but popular genres mixed with the author's own originality.

All characters have a role to play and they all take different actions to deviate from the "plot".

In other words, they fight against destiny.

Of course some characters succeed and some don't but it's certainly an upgrade from 1 dimensional characters.

There isn't much to say about our two main protagonists other than that they're extremely wholesome. The author does well "developing the plot" and their relationship. It's a double entendre ;)

This certainly deserves to be in the upper ranks of BL novels on this site. Yes, it's a must read.

All the elements of satisfaction is present. (Except the lack of papapa *sighs*)


Enjoi and Adieu!


What I loved most about this was the equality between the two protagonists.

When I read Yaoi, there will always be similar trends for both Japanese and Chinese novels on who the gong (seme) and Shou (uke) is.

But despite being a major avid yaoi reader and having a level 100 knowledge on who pushes down the who, I will admit I couldn't tell.

I had an inkling to who the gong is but the fact that the author mixed up the typical "trends" of Chinese BL novels was just amazing.

It really shows that both the protagonists are equal. They're men. People on the immortal path fighting against destiny. Going against fate.

It was really spectacular. But of course, if you're a level 100 yaoi reader, your inkling to who the gong is becomes certainty.

Why? Well, the two descriptions highlighting someone's "slim waist" is more than enough to give it away.

Although, I have a kink for loyal subordinates pushing down their masters, Yin Hanjiang is really too submissive.

You guessed it.

The Gong is our venerable Wen Renhe.

I should have determined it earlier as this man showed signs of his domineering personality ahaha. I guess this is one of the things that fall under the realm of being "typical" in BL

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XxShining_HopexX rated it
May 15, 2020
Status: Completed
Same author as they say I've encountered a ghost and sharing system, so you know this is gonna be good.

Tags are off, I'd say this is a soft shounen ai and not a yaoi, and the story is sooo good. A relatively quick read with long chapters.

MC receives a book from the heavens and eventually discovers that all is not as it seems. He decides to intervene with the events in the book to change the fate of him and his very loyal partner.

The relationship between the two them... yin... more>> hanjiang is sooo cute :) and MC eventually realizes he loves ML too and promotes him to his equal. #mutualrespectandlove

Just read it, you won't regret it. <<less
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Efu-sama rated it
February 6, 2021
Status: Completed

Complaining that you can't find any sweets when the place you came to actually is a Hotpot restaurant, is f*ckinnn ridiculous! So don't complain about not finding any s*x or heated romance when the novel is Shounen-ai :)

Now that I have finished this novel, I'd like to sprinkle a little debris of my mind here as well. I agree with one of the reviewer here. "It's not a mindblowing novel, a novel that left you in a daze for a few days unable to face reality. But! It's truly a good novel! One that is new, refreshing, and satisfying. Worthy of the position being rated almost 5 star."

Something that I love most by reading this novel is, the realization to my impression of "What is Devil Venerable,... more>> What is the Supreme Lord of Evil, " when you hear the words itself?

  1. Is it----A character with a blackened personality, the patient of Chuunibyou disease "I hate the world and I want to destroy it" ?
  2. Is it----A character with a blackbellied tendency, looked soft and kind in the outside, extremely evil in the inside. Only good in front of the Love Interest, and ruthless in front of others ?
  3. Or is it----A Heaven Defying role, a Devil Venerable in name only, but with a characteristic of a Great Buddha ?

Not one of the list above is the Devil Venerable in this novel.

The MC in this novel, the Gong in this novel, Devil Venerable Wen Renhe is:

  1. Someone who is stronger than any leader, wiser than any leader.
  2. Someone who don't have the heart of a Buddha, but don't have the mind of the Devil either. Then, what is he? Simply a HUMAN. He's not ridiculously kind like a Saint, nor weirdly Evil like a Demon. He's just Human. But because he's human then he's worthy of his name as the Venerable, as the Lord. Because Human was granted to have the Brain and Heart, hence Wen Renhe is capable of being logical and also compassionate at the same time. Human is the most capable of growing and learning. Therefore, Wen Renhe is a character who truly learnt from past experiences, and is the portrayal of human growth in many sense. His capabilities to learn, understanding, adapting, and growing, truly fascinate me be it in the flashback or his current life.
  3. Because he's HUMAN, he's someone who neither sides with the "Evil faction", nor sides with the "Righteous faction". It's the society and the world in general that he cared for. Wen Renhe here didn't become a demonic sect leader because he is inclined to do evil, neither did he do it for some kind of secretly pure and righteous reason. He became a cultivator to stay alive, he cultivated an unorthodox cultivation to evolve, and he became a demonic sect leader to strive forward. He is someone with firm resolution and broad mind, understading the cause and effect, and is very particular about the cycle of karma in the world,
  4. He's a great leader, someone who said, "I don't care if you want to usurp my throne or not, I only care if you are competent or incompetent in my Sect." What he asked to his subordinate is not undying loyalty towards him, but only a competent job. Contributing and competent to the organization (sect), do their job properly, and do not neglect their position. If they can do those thing properly, whether they are loyal to him or not it doesn't matter.
  5. When those who are incompetent and didn't do their job properly appeared, only then the Devil Venerable will be merciless to their punishment. Though he doesn't care if his subordinates will rebel to usurp his throne, but he despises betrayal to the foreign aid. If you want to usurp the throne, use your own power and capabilities. Only then it will be recognized. Usurping the throne by betraying the organization (Sect) is not the prove of one's capabilities. He's a good leader for an organization. Someone who will push his organization to strive forward during his reign.
  6. Devil Venerable is someone who is fascinating. He is the type of a leader who is willing to be spurned by the masses in a certain period, only to do something that will actually be praised in the far future. Devil Venerable Wen Renhe here is truly a Venerable I have been portraying in my mind. His character truly deserving the title of VENERABLE.
This novel is not mindblowing, but it's satisfying. This novel will give you a satisfaction you can't get from the mainstream XianXia genre.

It's not a BL novel with the hints of XianXia.

It's a XianXia novel with the hints of BL.

Therefore, it's not suitable for those who only wanted to read a BL scenes with a lot of s*x and romance inside. For those who search that kind of thing, Stay Away and don't ruin the review by complaining about the absent of fluff or smuts.

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vvreath rated it
May 30, 2020
Status: Completed
I loved the concept so much I mtled the raws and honestly. I loved it. It has all my favorite tropes and the main couple are so, , , , , heartwarming. Unlike other novels that kind of? Are stereotypical and are fun to read, but are irl kind of, , , , , , red flags?

Even though Bai Li and Wen Chao are the more explicit example of the author subverting those scum tropes w/ their ending, you can also see it with our main cp.

In this genre, with their statuses? W/ their personalities? Its expected that Wen Ren He would use his power and Yin Han Jiang's loyalty against YHJ, or YHJ would, in his obsession, become obsessive and yandere and black bellied? And? Don't get me wrong, he absolutely is obsessive and he is blackbellied, but never at WRH, and its v understandable and in some ways justified in their world.

Despite all of that and the trend of toxic / realistically manipulative and abusive relationships in this type of novel, the ending of the main cp is really f*cking happy? They trust and support each other, understand each other, Abd tho they have the ability to take advantage of and manipulate each other, both, esp WRH take great efforts to understand each other and emphasize and grow, and YHJ's growth from WRH's tool to his equal, in life and standing is, , , , , good. I'm emotional. They acknowledge their flaws and work to fix them and what they lack in they make up for in each other.


The only complaint I had was that it felt short, but that been mtl and just my general enjoyment wanting more. Perhaps the pacing was a bit fast? I will not say this is a masterpiece, not something that will blow your brains and make you question your life and impact your life, BUT not everything needs to be. This is a very solid, VERY HEALTHY depiction of growth and love, steady and nice.

As a bonus, all the female side characters are all so good, and there's no h*mophobia from either the readers or the characters.

no one blinks an eye when the main cp get together, at least not bcs of their genders. There are even ppl shipping the heroine with some of the other female supporting cast and its so cute lol. There is some b*tchy fighting over Men, but there are ALSO women supporting each other and making their way in life w/o- what Shu Yan Yan does, what Qiu CongXue does, and what Bai Li Qiangmao ends up doing in the end.


All in all, an enjoyable read and honestly? This is a novel I would recommend to someone who doesn't normally read bl, bcs it doesn't come off as weird or fetishy at all. 5/5
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anonmily rated it
June 20, 2020
Status: Completed
Oh! I read this one on jjwxc in Chinese, so I’m so happy to see it being translated now. It’s a great story, and the relationship is definitely not anything like that of the stereotypical aeffeminate bottom/as*hole top. The MC might be a Venerable Devil, but I wouldn’t call him evil per say... In fact he sees some things more clearly than all others. The ML starts out with this strong inferiority complex and channels all his love for the MC into loyalty at first because he is so afraid... more>> of disappointing him. But the MC gradually heals his broken soul and puts the pieces back together, accepting all the ugly parts of the process and giving the ML his trust and love. The relationship is definitely not one-sided and you can feel their love and dedication to each other. My only complaint is that it is too short......D: All in all, highly recommended. <<less
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katiethairu33 rated it
July 11, 2020
Status: Completed
I MTL'd it. I loved the whole story, setting and the badass characters. I don't feel like writing an in depth review at the moment but it's in my favorite pile of books for sure. I just realized that this author didn't spend an enormous amount of time describing how handsome and beautiful and delicate the main characters were! It's such a relief to get to the story and the meat of it instead of engaging in superfluous imagery. Anyway, definitely worth the read!
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whitespade rated it
December 7, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel able to tell narrate dao, cause and effect, and the cycle of destruction and rebirth in 80 chapters where an Er Gan novel barely able to do that in 1000chapters.

It has very thought out and logical plot and characters with consistent personality that act according to their own directives. The novel able to deconstruct the illogical plot and inconsistent characters in typical stallion and romance novel and create a narrative where we could understand more why FL could be so brainless and why ML could be so domineering.

This... more>> is a BL that everybody could read even if someone only read stallion novels specifically - and these kind of readers may find more enjoyment from seeing the typical tropes in another point of view. The MTL is acceptable but should be attempted for more experienced readers as some phrases are too jumbled. <<less
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Batman was the greatest cat rated it
May 10, 2020
Status: c2 part1
So far the story is exactly as the summary describes; about a Devil Venerable who receives a book in which he is a second male lead. His response to it is very logical, he first question why he would fall in love with the female lead and why she would like the male lead. He questions all characters actions and decides to question all book characters including his trusted subordinate Yin Hanjiang in order to understand the situation.

So far it's a very fun read, if the quality doesn't change then... more>> I highly recommend it. ~✧✧✧✧✧~

Ontimestory's translation is once again excellent. ~✧✧✧✧✧~ <<less
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holachica rated it
May 25, 2020
Status: Completed
A really good read. Totally MTL-able. There's not a single moment where I feel anger at the writing or plot, and it's pretty pleasant. It's not an amazing and totally mind-blowing novel, but between 5 or 4 stars, it deserves a 5 (although the official 4.7 on Novel Updates suits it just fine) simply because everything was pleasant. It's decently interesting and enjoyable from beginning to end; not too predictable, and not all that cliche.

My only beef is that there is not enough fluff between the MC and ML.... more>> Not even a fade-to-black s*x scene. They only kiss, like, twice v_v I was totally really for some puppy-dog ML and indulgent domineering MC at the end. Just once chapter would've been fine. But alas... nothing...

Also He Wenchao... can't decide if I hate him or not. He's categorically a 'super good guy', but he also treated the female lead like tr*sh. I mean, he's willing to sacrifice his life to save others, but the thing is... he cheats, and when he cheats, he justifies it with "oh I only LOVE the female lead... so it's fine if my body strays as long as my mind doesn't." He still thinks he was in the right. So I dislike him, but at the same time, he isn't that 'bad' of a guy. He wasn't evil.

He's like that f*ckboy who's really nice to his friends and to his friend-girls (i.e. platonic interests), but when it comes to romantic interests, he's a player. That sort of dude. <<less
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ike_00000 rated it
November 27, 2020
Status: c14.1
Very interesting story. Not only is the premise unique, the characters are extremely logical and the plot is very interesting.

The thing I most appreciate about this story is how true to character these characters are. MC is not by any means a good guy; he's a genuine Devil Venerable. He doesn't understand emotions and only power and personal strength are worth his time. He's the type of person that would kidnap someone and bind them to someone else physically in order to expedite / cultivate "love".

That's why his romance is... more>> also extremely realistic. It's not guilt and sudden care at all; he realizes his subordinate's true loyalty so he'll show favour, but that doesn't mean falling in love. It's a process of getting to know the other.

I also love the side characters, such as Shu Yanyan. So fun haha.

Very optimistic about this story! Although tbh the overall rating is a bit too high imo, still giving it a 5stars. <<less
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thebadgirl05 rated it
March 18, 2021
Status: --
Just like someone upstairs said, this is a breath of fresh air.

ML isn't necessarily arrogant like the usual. He's super chill, broad-minded, not necessarily cruel but not necessarily kind. If I have to describe it, he seems to be a person who won't bother with superficial steps. He's clear cut and has a vivid character. I also love how logical his thought process is and how he clears up possible misunderstandings with the MC so there's no dog blood drama to abuse the heart.

To me, MC is cute---not the kind... more>> of cute where they're gorgeous and even their toes are cute bla bla. No. His character is like a puppet. He is incredibly dedicated, willing to burn himself to ashes for ML if he needed to. But such a setting doesn't grate on my nerves like how some other character settings of some MC do. He's straightforward, funny sometimes without meaning to, loyal, has a one-minded train of thought of following the ML no matter what.

The devil venerable's other subordinates bring plenty of humour and fun and I love that. I also love the setting of ML. Most novels I've read, demonic ML's basically earn their subordinates and every one else's respect. Here? Not really.

They're demons. The bear children under heaven. Loyalty isn't their thing. They're supposed to be 'evil' but some works try too hard to twist things as if what they did was justified and that they're in the right.

No. The demon's here aren't like that. They own up to their identities.

Lastly, so far, I don't really understand what's up with the female protagonist's s*upid mind. I guess I'll just wait for that to unravel. <<less
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jklm rated it
January 9, 2021
Status: c16
A hilarious beginning. I love how the story starts with the MC discovering that his world is that of a bad novel, with it appearing to his subordinate (the ML) that the MC has gone into seclusion to read a tr*shy romance. Even better is the main goal he comes up with: "After three days of meditation, he made up his mind to find out why Baili Qingmiao (the FL) was so brain dead."

The MC is endearing for his curiosity about why the characters act the way they do in... more>> the novel ("Devil Venerate also wants to know!"), not really understanding the emotions that drive them (and the bad plot). He doesn't really understand love as a motivation in the beginning, but what I like is that he puts in effort to understand what he doesn't know (even though he sometimes comes to the wrong conclusions), and really wants to help the FL and his subordinate ML. He doesn't just rush and tell them what to be, but rather slowly encourages them and improves their environment so that they can grow and find a better path.

Other details I like include:

  1. The MC uses the knowledge of the book's plot to find rare resources/treasures, but he pays attention to who in the book originally obtained each item. If it is not something he originally obtained, then he finds a way to repay the person who would have obtained it.
  2. The MC has an interesting way of dealing with the novel's original ML:

    He keeps setting him up with women so that the FL won't get into a relationship with him and will focus on cultivation instead.

  3. The story takes karma/debts surprisingly seriously. There are also some pretty interesting side characters, especially in the MC's demonic sect.
In conclusion, a refreshing and fun BL cultivation story. I look forward to more chapters. <<less
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lazykitty_99 rated it
July 13, 2020
Status: Completed
Gem of a novel.

Whether it's story, relationship of leads, side characters, ori fl, I just love everything.

This novel satisfies many genres I like.

... more>> #face slap original novel#

#original novel is filled with uncovered mysteries#

#ori FL isn't bad#

#supporting female characters#

#equal relationship between leads, support each other, mature leads#.

Just loved the growth of ML out of his inferiority and support MC gave him for his recovery..

ML & oriFL are like similar people with their obsessions, what makes it different is their object as MC would never let ML suffer. From that perspective only ML could understand oriFL and help her to come out of her "confusion".

Even though I don't like kind hearted fls but with orifl, I wholeheartedly wished that she could move on from scum of oriML and grow up as a strong person. (Have a big sis mentality for orifl)

Another of my fave character in this novel is Zhong liqian.

I also enjoyed "readers comments".

A must read even if someone isn't a fan of bl. <<less
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EggDogg0 rated it
September 4, 2020
Status: Completed
I already finish reading this story a few months ago so I already forgot some of the plot and it's twist. But I must say, it's quite enjoyable that I finish it in one go. To anyone who want to see the rating or reading the comments before reading this novel, I totally recommend this if you think the plot is your cup of tea!!
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Unestel rated it
September 3, 2020
Status: Completed
I read the story in another language, but am very glad someone translating it to English so more people can read this witty and unique story.

The story is truly very different (in a good way) from any damei novels - or in fact most novels in general - I've read. It is successfully in making fun of Mary Sue and stallion novels in a very clever way. The main couple is cute, but to me what really shines is the supporting characters (including, but not limited to, the "supposed" heroine,... more>> the other "supposed" second male leads and other female characters) - they are extremely hilarious, sweet, lovely and multi-faceted. I haven't laughed so hard in years!!! Highly recommended!!! <<less
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Sarah_Jae18 rated it
October 9, 2020
Status: Completed
I really like this novelʕ•ٹ•ʔ

... more>>

the two third of the novel is focused on Weren He trying to help Baili Qing Miao to rid of her love for the scum martial brother (・・; which is a little frustrating. Eventhough there are still the development of Weren He and Yin Hanjiang too. But their feelings going to reconciled toward the end (which so sweet (・o・))



Weren He is so gentle and soft with his efforts to cure Yin Hanjiang inner demon (YH is a little twist? Yea a little) but toward other thing he can't care as much.


what I like toward this novel is the main characters are not naive, the personalities really original (when they need to be cruel they're cruel, when they need to compassionate, they compassionate).

Nowadays I often stop in the middle when reading a certain novels if the character is naive or if the plot easy to guess or if I think the novel doesn't worth my time (I only read and finish a novel in mtl if I really curious about it). So this novel is really worth of your reading I guess ?! (^^) V

well bc I finished this in mtl, I must read the paragraphs carefully bc smth the preposition, name or sentence structure are wrong or misplaced (but most of it quite easy to understand (^^) /) <<less
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ylial rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: c10

The story mainly revolves MC finding out the truth behind the s*upid actions of novel characters. Eventually, there is more to it. Another of his goal is to wake up the brain dead FL. Eventually, his goal diverts to ML. MC and ML interactions are so sweet and u'll be fed with lots off dog food

This one is well written and funny but somewhat predictable so will probably drop. However, it won't change the fact that this is good so my rating is 4.3, rounded it up to 5
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November 6, 2020
Status: c12 part1
I really like the 1st part when xiao Yin.

Guarded wen renhe at the entrance of his study room when other disciples thought he was cultivating, in truth he was reading a love story.

Venerable. I want to be your disciple. You are a respected man.
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