Dinghai Fusheng Records


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Immortal arts, magic weapons, magical powers*, and the boundless spiritual Qi between heaven and earth vanished into obscurity overnight, and all the exorcists became mere mortals.

300 years later, the Five Barbarians traversed the pass, a prelude to an era of great turmoil in China. They heralded the end of the world, where thousands of drought fiends stalked the night and the collapse of the Divine Land** was imminent.

Fortunately, within this long, dark night*** where silence had fallen on all magic, a lone star still glistened brightly on the horizon.

The Heart Lamp appeared, illuminating the vast expanse around it. A 16-year-old young man, who will end his life on his 20th birthday, embarked on a journey of reclaiming the spiritual Qi of the heavens and earth that had been sealed away — only four years remain.

The road ahead was filled with countless thistles and thorns, and it seemed improbable for him to succeed.

Chen Xing, “The important thing is that I’m the last exorcist in this world, yet the only magic I am capable of is emitting light. What can I do?”

Wait patiently then. When the Dinghai pearl reappears on earth, the uncertain trajectory of everyone’s fates will be completely disrupted before converging once more.

Chen Xing, “Could I be partnered with a more normal Protector martial god?”

Isn’t your Protector really skilled in fighting?

Chen Xing, “He is good at fighting, but when he loses it he’ll hit even me……”

There’s nothing that can be done about that, you can only blame yourself for losing yourself to lust.

*: Buddhist term: Abhijñā, a mysterious force that surpasses the limits of mortals gained through meditation

**: old name for China

***: figurative meaning: long period of misery and oppression

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Elestrea rated it
July 15, 2019
Status: c20

I have not finished reading it, so this review will definitely get updated later.


... more>> Dinghai is about a journey of a 16-year-old exorcist named Chen Xing whose fate was connected to this rare star. This star brought fortune upon MC, hence why he seemed to be so lucky. Sadly, in four years, it would be gone and since MC's life was connected to it, his life would also be gone along with it.

MC decided to make the most of his life, and following his teacher's advice, began his journey of searching for the whereabouts of his so-called 'Protector' to help him find the reason why the 'mana' in the world, the source of all magic, disappeared.

But turned out, life was not smooth even for the luckiest human. After trying so hard to find his 'Protector', the said person refused to cooperate with him and left him alone. But, fate really brought them together and they ended up going on a journey to save the world AND falling in love with one another too.


Dinghai Fusheng Records is set in the same universe as Fei Tian's two other novels, 明王幻世录 (Mingwang Huanshi Records) and 天宝伏妖录 (Tianbao Fu Yao Records). Even though this is the newest of the three, it is set in the oldest times, so don't worry if you're afraid of missing anything. They're connected by the word 'exorcism', and there are some characters who will reappear in the other novels as well.

Dinghai has a lot of historical and Buddhism references, like A LOT LOT, so prepare yourself for some googling. It is set during the Five Barbarians' Uprising in China around 300AD. Many of the people mentioned were historical figures and the terms mentioned were mostly real (so far I only found one that was completely made up). There are many underlying mysteries that you might've overlooked the first time you read it and a thing that's actually important might've been hidden in just one sentence.

But! No need to be afraid, because while the summary seemed a bit dark and the references seemed to be enormous, Dinghai is a comedy at its core. Even when a chapter ends in a very serious atmosphere, the opening of the next chapter will make you laugh. There's basically no chapter without comedy. The language Fei Tian used is not hard to follow and he actually explained most of the terms himself. I actually find it easier imagining Dinghai as an RPG game because I feel so many RPG vibes from it, the interactions with some characters sometimes remind me of all those quest-giver NPCs. Did I mention they actually make a squad and go on a journey together?


MC is a very naive person, in a way. No, he's not your overly dense protagonist, btw. He believes people so easily and he seems to have accepted his fate of dying soon, which is very sad in my opinion. He's not a stupid person, by all means, he has learned many things and is actually quite knowledgable, sadly that doesn't include common sense. He has a quite dark past, but I have yet to read until that part so I can't quite say in detail. He's also a VERY funny guy who tends to focus on just the wrong side of things. MC's antics have always made me laugh, especially his interactions with ML. ML's so done with MC.

As for ML, so far he seems to be the 'word-is-gold' and serious type of person. He tends to ignore MC because he thinks MC's so annoying. He's an upright person at his core though! He helps MC most of the time (even though MC is rarely aware) and he has to clean up the mess MC made 'unconsciously'. I think he makes a very great dynamic with MC.

Also, MC and ML bickered a lot, their saltiness level is so high they get back to each other for every small grievance.


It's a very good novel and I'd totally recommend you guys to read this for its comedy AND plot. <<less
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namio rated it
August 25, 2019
Status: c120
It's really hard for me to really describe what Dinghai Fusheng Records was to me while reading it.

It's a comedy, definitely. It's rife with situational humor and just occasional absolute absurdity, and our good MC is gifted with a... brain hole. It's a historical fantasy, with details that I'm still eagerly Wikipedia-ing through. It's a hero's adventure, about a steadily growing group on a journey to essentially save the world.

But it's also... more.

One thing that struck out to me the most was the very realistic depiction of how ethnic groups... more>> interact in an era where they still actively fight, dominate and interbreed with each other. Fei Tian Ye Xiang does not shy away from casual racism, family and group us-vs-them mindsets, the messy truth of "coexistence". But they doesn't imply any group is in the black-or-white right or wrong either. There is respect for the ethnic minorities and their culture, in both overall text and the characters; it's such an incredibly refreshing take and I'm absolutely just. Down for it.

But that's just one thing. This novel is still an adventure and a fantasy, with a side dash of idiots falling for each other-- that's still the story we get.

Our intrepid MC, Chen Xing, is the last and thus the Great Exorcist of his generation. He's going to die in 4 years at the ripe old age of 20, so he's going on his first and last journey: find where all the qi of the heavens and earth had gone, and restore it. But every Great Exorcist needs a Protector, and here comes the Heart Lamp to help with that. Here, your Protector is this man.

The man proceeds to rob our MC and run away.

Fate is fate, though. They reunite on a journey to Chang'an, where it turns out the Hot and Strong Death Row Prisoner is the Da Chanyu-- the nomadic supreme ruler over the Wu Hu-- and our hero is the only survivor of a former high ranking and powerful family. After an incident involving a mirror, a dead dog and a dead princess, they go back to the lands beyond the Great Wall, where after several months Chen Xing decides that Xiang Shu has responsibilities beyond being his Protector, and it doesn't look like he wants to be one anyway.

Xiang Shu angrily chases after him. And the plot unfolds from there.

Chen Xing at first appears as a bit of a silly teenager. All that gets dispelled and cleared up, though-- he's a teenager, yes, and silly, yes, but he has a big heart and a clear mind and a loneliness borne of a life isolated with a sick shifu and the seemingly-apparent future of dying young and alone in a strange land. He's constantly thrust into situations in which he is an outsider: a warzone, the homeland plains of peoples whose languages and cultures differ from his, the high rungs of society he never belonged in. But he remains a bright sunshine, working steadily to better himself and maybe save the world for the loved ones who will outlive him.

Xiang Shu is angry, intimidating, powerful-- and hot, Chen Xing would like to add-- but he's also upset that he is constantly thrust into positions of great responsibility without a thought to his own wishes. He does them, though-- makes decisions for his peoples, saves Chen Xing. But along the way, talking and being with Chen Xing, we finally get to see more of Xiang Shu beyond what others see him as, and more of his wishes and thoughts as Xiang Shu. Their romance is slow despite its reciprocal nature; two men with understandable hesitations, two men who in the end put the world beyond themselves.

But don't worry. It's a happy ending :)

I don't know. Fei Tian Ye Xiang is my new favorite author. All this gremlin can do is write overly long reviews and lie down ah o (-- ( <<less
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