Douluo Dalu


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Tang Sect, the most famous martial arts sect of all. By stealing its most secret teachings to fulfill his dreams, Tang San committed an unforgivable crime. With his ambition attained, he hands his legacy to the sect and throws himself from the fearsome “Hell’s Peak.”

But he could have never imagined that this would reincarnate him in another world, one without magic, martial arts, and grudges. A land where only the mystical souls of battle lay.

The continent of Douluo.

How will Tang San survive in this unknown environment? With a new road to follow, a new legend begins…

Douluo Dalu average rating 4.3/5 - 863 user ratings
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Combat Continent
Lands of Battle
Soul Land
Đấu La Đại Lục
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New cutterline rated it
January 24, 2018
Status: Completed
This can be regarded as generic/reference novel. There is a lot of checked box in list of how to write novel correctly. Joke (most of it dirty), drama, characters development, antagonist, world building, politics, romance, etc. A complete package in a book. All of those making this an easy read and good introduction for beginner given that they can bear with wall-of-text-explanations (world building and rule) in some part of the stories and they don't hate forced plot armor, OP & Too Lucky MC, the usual CN style.

IMO,... more>> this is not perfect, like overused sappy drama and abrupt-new-forced-romance to drive the story kinda stale after a while and battles on later half of the story are arse pulling. Also, there are some interesting parts that aren't expanded and get skipped instead.

This must be read in order, DD, DD2, DD2.5 and DD3 or you will miss a lot of references like world building or politics and you will also get massively spoiled. <<less
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rdawv rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
A premier example of a xuanhuan novel: a fantasy story infused with Chinese elements. Much of the setting are typical of a Chinese novel, but there are elements of ‘foreign’ influences like angel wings and Romanized names.

Written by the veteran TJSS, you can see many of the elements that appear in his other works: great fights, humorous dialogue, emotional writing, very long winded narrative; all around an interesting premise of a world of spirit summons and martial arts.

Douluo Dalu’s key strength is in its characters. In too many stories... more>> the supporting cast are often relegated into the background, demoted as cheerleaders or forgotten entirely. In Douluo Dalu, the supporting characters are important. Each friend has role and they all work together as a team which is constantly emphasized by the author, all given their notable characteristics and dialogue to make them stand out from each other.

The love interest of the main character is perhaps one of the better ones in this genre, as she is not just a pretty face. Indeed, she grows to be the focal point of the MC’s life and her destiny becomes the story’s plot later on.

The translation is top notch and the translator can be an example for the community.

Once the reader gets past the verbose style of writing, he or she can discover a story that has action, camaraderie, romance, struggle and tragedy. A very good first choice for someone who wants to start reading Chinese novels. For seasoned readers, it remains a well written story that has the usual elements of the genre. <<less
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Saiwei rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: c229
This is one of the best LN I have ever read i'll tell you why listed below.-----
-the chapters are long. *claps* Have to gives hands to the translators.
-A lot of unique characters. --> makes the LN great
-the MC is not alone. Supported by his friends, teachers, and family.
-The NL gets better and better.
-the MC is not stupid and makes his decisions well.
-the MC is not fast to anger, well-developed in character and mind.
-follows the listed genre well, as well as the tags
-ahh... more>> I love the romance :) the romance does not only include himself, but his friends as well. The romance is very loyal so I like it. For those who like harem...... okay....
-gets my emotions. it does contain a bit of comedic factor as well as more.

For more explanation of reason why I like this LN, read more below. There is a little of the MC's character info at the bottom:

I originally read the manhua and was instantly hooked. Because of the updates of the manhua became steadily slow, I moved to the light novel and enjoyed it even more (also because there are more to the LN than the manhua itself). I LOVE the LN a whole lot better then the manhua, because you can see the whole idea and understand more in the LN rather than the manhua since it's few words and pictures.

Although it is aggravating but at least okay, the manhua is different. The beginning of the manhua is very similar, it goes towards a different direction but still follows the same concept.


With all the series of events, the story gets more interesting as the he finds new emotions and character. He goes through hardships and fights them together with his close friends and rises in status (meaning strength, quality, and his mind). If you like LN with MC's having a good mind control and thought, I recommend this novel.

For genre reference, the LN follows the listed genre/tags in NovelUpdates really well.

Romance is rather "cute" in the beginning, but becomes more mature as the LN continues. I'm rather a fan of romance, and I can't express on how well-developed it goes as the story continues. Although it starts really slow, but as a lover of romance, I can tell to you this that the romance is not as slow as Coiling Dragon [aka Panlong] or Stellar Transformation (I recommend those novels :o). It actually starts to develop really fast as you read more. The novel hints a lot of romance, so one can tell. It gives a lot of heart warming factors, in case, for me.


The MC was reborn in a another world and still contained his memories, so he was smart and a well-designed character from the beginning. He wasn't good with social life and ended up being close to a girl who becomes a major factor to his strength, if not, his life and story.


This LN stresses a good meaning of the genre "tragedy". Although I'm not a fan, this novel gives a lot of emotions, and I recommend it those who do like it at the very least. To me, although I think that the tragedy part is very saddening, it is a huge factor to the LN. I would honestly say that the series would not be as well-developed without it. It stresses the phrase "I must be stronger for whom I love" type of thing and also brings dramatic/romantic factor.


The MC's father fell in love with a women who becomes targeted by a strong empire that wanted to obtain her to become stronger. The MC coincidentally follows the same path as his father.


The LN does have -time skip-, but it is a short time skip. Stays a time period mainly of his youth and young adult life.

In GENERAL, the whole character analysis, whether they are "good or bad", they do not lose or win simply (as in "oh, so freaking easy"). It is followed through many hard works, not by "I'm naturally strong, I don't need to train". All characters are very loyal and is mostly reasonable, not random. Every single character that is given a name has an importance in the novel.

For a little bit of the MC's info (follows the very beginning of the LN) :


The MC is a superior genius in the clan-type called the "Tang Sect". It's a sect that is specialized in hidden weapons as well as poison. The MC commits suicide as he leaves his last creation and legacy to the sect, as he is to be punished for breaking the sect rules. After his "death", he is reborn into another world and still contains his memories and techniques from his "previous life". This becomes an enormous factor to his strength. The MC never was good with communication but is acknowledged as he gains friends, and teachers.

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Flores520 rated it
November 19, 2016
Status: c247
While I hate a lot of it (specially the plot), it truly is a masterpiece.

Here is why:
1) All the characters, even the villains, have incredible depth to their personality and manner of thinking. Each one is unique (even the unimportant ones), and the MC along with his companion and teachers even more so.
2) The character in the story tend to stick out till the end of the story which is rare for even the more famous authors.
3) The story is not solely about the MC,... more>> the other primary character posses a background and story behind them. Think one piece. This stories are also very interesting.
4) The MC is op, but not without reason, each factor of his strength is thoroughly explained and earned through his hardworking. Furthermore, there are other characters which are as, or more op than him.
5) The cultivation and power system as well as the society which surrounds its, is utterly amazing. It is both creative and fascinating and it is througly explained to the smallest detail. It is probably the best power system of all CN. It truly is enjoyable.
6) The writing and char dialogue are really good. The are at another level Compared to the majority of authors. (Still lower than Er Gen's level, and lacks IET talent for cliffhangers). In addition to a good quality translation.
7) No Harem (not really a plus for me, or minus, but it is to ALOT of people)
8) The last and and probably the most important aspect: the combat. Oh God the combat. It is otherworldly and interesting. I often skip combat when reading fantasy and Xianxia novels since they are boring most of the time. But in this series it is a big no-no. The combat is probably the best I seen. It is comprehensive, detailed, and interesting.

This is a huge con. The plot sucks. It's not bad, but it definitely sucks. The antagonist is too hateful and annoying. There is way TOO much tragedy in the story. Specially in the middle. And the novel will leave you with a pretty shifty feeling

Read it, it will change your world when it comes to novel reading. But other than that, hate the plot with all you got. <<less
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July 23, 2016
Status: c229
I cannot rightly give Douluo Dalu a rating, as I cannot figure out exactly how I feel about it.

Time for a bit of "The good, the bad, and the ugly.",
tl;dr version:
Good - Development of the main characters, the teamwork, the first half of the novel, the power system.
Bad - Tang San and his ridiculous level of perfection, Tang sans's 30+ (and growing) list of regularly used trump cards, the incredibly long winded descriptions of most things (but especially attacking moves), the way the female MCs tend... more>> to treat the male MCs.
Ugly - Tang San's 'rival' from around c190.

The good:
The main gang of characters all well fleshed out nicely, usually any character that isn't the main one fades into the background and simply exists to support the MC. Not here thankfully, the main gang are all well described and elaborated upon.

Teamwork. Possibly the best novel there is for well thought out, detailed teamwork between the MC and any other characters, throughout the entire novel.

The first 100 to 150 chapters, especially the tournaments. At one point, Douluo Dalu was the best novel I was reading by far, I would refresh the Google drive page for the series dozens of times per day, simply hoping for the next part to come up. I'd honestly re-read some chapters 3 to 5 times as I'd felt they where just that damned enjoyable.

The pretty unique power system, getting a new ability every 10 levels from absorbing one from a slain monster is pretty interesting and I can't say I've really seen anything like it before or after, it also means everyone has X number of well defined abilities, with few exceptions. This means that instead of characters having just a few abilities that are still useful at their current level with the older abilities getting ignored now, old abilities grow stronger too along with the user and never get abandoned.

The bad:
The main character Tang San. Now hang on for a moment before you roast me for this; the problem is he's gotten a bit too impossibly perfect and it's only going to get worse as you go on. The man is a walking Batman-Jesus of a Marty Stu, and the author loves to remind us every other chapter that he's pure as jade, untainted by a single speck of dust and literally perfect in every conceivable way to absurd levels.

Don't get me wrong I like OP MCs, and I like characters that achieve perfection, but Tang San takes it to ridiculous extremes, even moreso than characters like Meng Hao and in ways that should sometimes literally be impossible. It's so bad that sometimes the story itself is purposely twisted in such a way that Tang San can be even more perfect in literally all respects, not just in cultivation - the one single flaw I can think of is he hasn't learned to swim yet and his cheat items take care of that.

Tang San's dozens of trump cards, combined with every other situation needing most or all of them to successfully surmount, plus the author's love of his handy thesaurus, is starting to grate on my nerves a lot. In the early days, Tang San only had a couple of trump cards so it didn't take him long to use them and beat the opponent of the day. Now that we're into the 200s and he has so many special abilities and tricks up his sleeve? It can almost take entire chapters for Tang San to go through each and every ability and combo ability and hidden skill and domain and whatever else, as it will take typically 2 to 5 paragraphs per ability to describe as he slowly squeezes out every drop of power to barely pass today's challenge.

Fights where Tang San simply wins without cramming an entire thesaurus down your throat are now depressingly uncommon, as whatever today's challenge is, is usually 20+ ranks above his level as the norm.

The love interests. All right it was acceptable at first, but more recently they've been taking it to obnoxious levels. What am I talking about here? The male main characters go to almost extreme lengths to woo, please and protect their female counterpart girlfriends / fiancees, okay sure, we're told the girls care incredibly deeply about their lovers, about how they sit by their bedside if they're injured, and how would do anything for them. That being said, the moment one of the guys want to hug or touch their fiancee, or their prior s*xual history / knowledge gets brought up at all, what the guys get without fail is a frosty death glare most commonly associated with the words "You're sleeping on the couch tonight."

Basically with the probable exception of Xiao Wu (can't tell currently because story reasons), all the girls in the novel are... what's the word I'm looking for here? Oh right yes, they're cunts, that's what they are. I'd struggle to think of more than one of two female characters I don't strongly dislike for reasons like that or others.

The ugly:
Around c190, we get a reveal for what is 99.9% for sure going to be Tang San's arch rival, pulled straight out of the depths of the author's ass. There were no hints leading up to this reveal, the justifications for what they're able to do pretty much violate several established rules, records and whatever else, all because the author realised he has f**ked up a bit making Tang San so ridiculously powerful and wanted an opponent for him who isn't 50+ years his senior. Their very existence rubs me the wrong way in almost every conceivable aspect, and if they ever appear in the story again it will be too damned soon.

I genuinely can't figure out any sort of rating I'd want to give Douluo Dalu, all things considered. If you're willing to overlook the bad, you should have a good time reading this. If the flawed parts start to grate on your nerves however then you're going to have a bit of a bad time.
Do I recommend it? Sure I guess, but I'd recommend other novels first; novels like Transcending the Nine Heavens, Coiling Dragon, Warlock of the Magus World, ISSTH, etc, before I would this one. <<less
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Demonic Reader lv 451F rated it
June 9, 2016
Status: Completed
One of the best novel. One of the best translated version. Unlike another top 25 novels (which I give 4/5 max), this one deserve 5/5 in _any_ aspect.

Good original, good translation, clear plot, no overt babbling, reasons behind every MC and protagonists developments.

Good MC, his lover, friends, family and main supporting characters. All has background and reason of WHY they have to do this and that. Even the main antagonists have reason of the why, which, in the end, I don't want them "to be defeated" at all.... more>>

Not only MC has his role, the others as well. They are developing along with MC. TEAMWORK is the main theme, not just MC.

Ha! MC's Father is the great warlord of the greatest clan before become blacksmith, grandfather is [[i_told_you_not]] king, mother is common grass, lover is small rabbit. Which novel has character like this?

What I love most is - family & family's love, true love, team mate, friendship. Best of all - reasons to be the antagonist! Yes, I love the main antagonists. Not one dimension, but real people. Any one who's in her shoe will do the same - destroy the sects, destroy the clans, destroy the world, destroy everything, even you know that it _is_ wrong.

Romantic is slowly developed but very fascinating. Especially the scene which MC comb lil' girl hair under the moon light. Vivid.
In fact, this novel develop around love theme!
Sweet love between the duo, which has to be fight together, hand in hand, so fierce that even death can not break us apart!
Love and understanding between each pairs of supporters push the story.


Misery love is the causes of all trouble of the story


The above 2 paragraphs rarely (non?) exist in another novel. The novel is not long. Though the translation's rather slow - but you can read the the translated version by GG, the great sensei. Quality is not as human, but 80-90%, because the author use the simple-to-read-and-translated-word, and sentence, but when combined to be the story : magnificent! SEVEN MAGNIFICENT!

BTW, I love Shrek so much that see it over 10 times. The theme song is also my ring phone. Do you love Shrek?

Hahahaha... right, Shrek.

Last: I feel deeply sorry for readers who halfway quit this milestone novel, or give it 2-3 stars. You miss something great. This novel is the first one that force me to mtl read until end chaper. No regret at all.

Only fly in this novel. It's slowly translated!! Cliff hanger to the extreme. <<less
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Daoist LastWish rated it
April 2, 2017
Status: c280
It is the first translated Chinese LN I ever read. It got me hooked to the world of Wuxia/Xianxia novels. I am now dropping it, because it has become really insipid, uninspired and boring, also why I gave it just two stars.

Initially the novel was interesting and fun to read, but now it has devolved into Main Character Worship, and that's just boring.

... more>>

* The world building was great, at least initially. The concept of spirit rings and spirit masters and hunting monsters for spirit rings was new and cool.
* The writing and fights were good initially.
* It is not a (I your father/No, I your grandfather) type of crap-shoot which novels like Emperor's Domination are.
* MC is not a mass murdering psychotic nut case.

* Plotting is very weak.
* The whole novel devolves into MC worship, it almost feels like the author's is taking every chance to put his MC on a pedestal and worshiping it.
* The writing becomes bland and boring later on.
* The MC is so OP, he has already defeated the main Villain TWICE, and there are still 40 more chapters to go! There is zero interest left in reading the novel now, so why will I read the rest of 40 chapters?


If you like repetitive novels like BTTH, WQDK, ED etc., then this is a much better novel, you might want to read it. It is better written, the MC is not a psychotic mass murderer, and his enemies are not idiots either.

If you want to read a well written, fun, interesting novel, then this is not it. You should give Death Sutra, ISSTH, Ze Tian Ji, and A Will Eternal a try instead. <<less
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ln_ rated it
June 20, 2016
Status: c201
One of the best novels ever. The MC is great, the back story is awesome, the romance is quite good, the side-characters have some character. A must read for anyone reading on NU.

There is nothing but praise for the translator. A purely volunteer group that does not accept donations. Amaazing group.
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Routa rated it
June 9, 2016
Status: c219
The keypoint that makes me give this novel 5* is Character Development I mean seriously guys, this novel not solely depends on Main Character like many other novel. This novel about comradery about MC and his friends, all of them have they own background story (maybe except 1 that fatty dont have that much background story :P) and all of them getting stronger together to fight with the world. (Dont want to give spoiler about the story or whatsoever so I just said they fight the world)

Aside of character... more>> deveopment, there is also romance that also above other novel, most novel after MC and his wife love each other the female lose the role and she just follow the MC "THE END". This novel romance tho, the tragedy about MC and Heroine, and what MC do for the Heroine was epic.

Just from that 2 this novel already above many other novel, and im not yet explaining how the author really good on describing the battle (i think this also depends on the translator and editor who works on translating this novel so also many thank to bagelson and co @bluesilvertrans)

There is only 1 downside, the Translation is not as fast as 1 years ago TT^TT about 1 chapter per 1 or 2 days. Bagelson hire more translator on bluesilvertrans please :P

For those who said this novel is slow few chapter just talking about battle. YOU ARE WRONG!! Actually the author speed on releasing chapter is very fast for example Douluo Dalu III, in half year its already 300 chapter.

I really want to read all TJSS flagship on right set of time. Douluo Dalu > Douluo Dalu II (Peerless Tang Sect/Unrivaled Tang-Clan) > Douluo Dalu : Legend of the Divine Realm > Douluo Dalu III (The Legend of the Dragon King)

But Douluo Dalu I not finish yet, Douluo Dalu II translation also slow : (, no one translating Legend of the Divine Realm T^T, but Douluo Dalu III (release 2016) already started getting translated.

All things mess up o.O <<less
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Sipouwa rated it
December 29, 2016
Status: c260
The webnovel that got me into reading more after finishing the chapters existing at that time. Good romance that develops somewhat reasonably instead of just girls randomly falling in love after losing to MC in a figt etc. I also like the cultivation system in this one though I maybe biased since this was after all my first one. Definitely worth reading especially if you like martial arts cultivation with romance. Only bad thing is slow translations
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Netherlicht rated it
October 5, 2016
Status: v13
No doubt good, can be very longwinded, simple explanations made more intricate for the sake of making it sound smarter is.

Now I wouldn't complain normally but the author uses a lot of explanations that are completely unnecessary even if you take a break with each volume. The author explains things twice, thrice a fourth time. You start skimming text because god it's so boring, WE GET IT HE USES A LOT OF SKILLS SIMUSTANIUSLY

Don't let this make you hesitant to read it, while it gets annoying in the long... more>> run it's completely understandable in the beginning for it to be detailed

The characters are really enjoyable (If a bit vulgar) but the main character is as pure as a snowflake and the romance of the plot (Hasn't developed yet but it's in the right direction) It paces slowly but that isn't at all a bad thing, making it long and sweet (ifyouknowwhatImean)

If you enjoy reading about someone badass doing badass things mostly in a calm and cool manner, never surrendering in the face of death, then 'Teng San' is your bro. Bro! Teng San is a busy bee, always working never letting up, knowing his limitations and sometimes testing them.

Story progresses in small time skips, now the first time skip is long but well planned (so even if I hate time skips) I could understand the author's position and that it's a well-calculated place to skip time. Story doesn't deviate from the main character for long and that's a big + as I hate a 1/4 of a volume being about other characters (Looking at you Overlord)

Overall the story is a school-life/adventure story thus far, I can't speak for future volumes as there is talk currently about maybe deviating from that path.

You feel like even if you're stuck in a segment of the story setting you don't like it's taking you by the hand whispering in your ear 'Lemme show you something' and showing you that the grass is greener on the other side, you never feel stuck (Hopefully my explanation isn't too silly and is at least a little understandable)

As said definetly worth a read. DO IT <<less
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Nostacholy rated it
December 10, 2017
Status: --
Oh boy, I'm gonna get bashed for this, but this novel, despite all the praise about the faithful love and unique cultivation system, is downright generic to the core. It's like the author has a checklist of what fans love to read and then proceed to add it to the plot in order to write "Complete" on the list. Let's see.

Transmigration? Checked, I mean who doesn't like transmigrators who bring otherworld knowledge and skills to a world that's so pathetically stagnant and stupid that its inhabitants will be stupified.

OP character... more>> that is so OP he then becomes God. Checked, oh god, it;s like the author can't bear the thought of his characters live and die like normal people.

Villains for the sake of plot, or MC. Checked. Villains exist to glorify the MC's majesty d*ck.. Ehem.. Awesomely broken abilities.

Deux ex machina. Checked. MC and his entourage have amazing luck in their path of cultivation.

The list can go on but I would need to reread the novel again to stir up my muddled memory after wading through 100ish chapters of MC worshiping.

I admit the beginning was addictive. It was the first CN novel I read and was captivated. The cultivation method, the character, the plot were great at first. Then it slowly downgraded itself into the MC worshiping. Everything about MC is just so goddamned perfect that it annoys me so much. It's to the point I imagine a different where MC and his friend would be killed in a battle and then the story resets itself to the beginning so that I can enjoy it again. <<less
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baelar rated it
November 19, 2017
Status: c336
First of all everyone should know that the remaining chapters 268-336 have been translated by another group so the novel is fully translated, just google for the remaining chapters and you will find the translations.

I rated this novel a 5/5 but it is really close to something between 4-4.5 and the reasons for that without spoiling:

    • The ending is vague and a little weak, they could have added a few chapters to close the story. (The story develops strong character backgrounds all along but there is no follow up story for any characters at the end--- The story just cuts out)
    • When you realize the motivations of the main characters in the big story plot you will get a huge WTF there was no reason for things to go this way. (Basically a lot of story could have been avoided if the characters weren't overly dramatic sensitive -cuss word- and had talked things over with other characters from the start)
    • They bombarded us with the love/romance elements all the way through the story and then they kind of removed them towards the end.--- I was disappointed about this.
Other than that this story is a strong 5/5 for the first 3/4 of story, the ending lacks a little bit but it is still a solid story.
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KKristen rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: c296
One of the best and most popular Chinese light novels out there, and for good reason. This is Tang Jia San Shao's best and most famous work. It is also one of the first Chinese LNs I ever read (back when I was a wee LN noob coming straight from the craptastic Douluo Dalu manhua) and also the first truly GOOD Chinese LN I ever read. This isn't one of your generic ATG MGA trash-turned-chosen-one kills-the-chickens-and-the-dogs slaughterfests. This is Douluo Dalu.

I can't write a worthy review at this time. I'll... more>> update this once the series is finished being translated.

But the things you need to know now are:

  • The world-building and power cultivation system are very unique, thoroughly thought out, and very well-written. This isn't the normal immortals-on-flying-swords xianxia -- it's a world of spirit beasts, soul rings, and douluo unlike any other.
  • The characters are very developed. One particularly nice aspect is that there's an equal balance of strong males and strong females without being too unbalanced, s*xist, or harem-like. The many side characters introduced throughout the series aren't easily forgotten.
  • The main character never becomes too OP, despite his numerous outstanding powers, abilities, weapons, and knowledge. There is always someone stronger, and anything the MC gains is earned through blood, sweat, tears, relentless practice, and sacrifice.
  • The writing is well-paced and you can tell that the author put a LOT of thought into how the systems within the novel work. The leveling and cultivation system is extremely detailed without being an info-dump, and the fight scenes are intricately strategic. This will not only satisfy your desire for OP MC level-breaking ass-whooping, but you'll also understand exactly how and why he won.
  • The translation by our esteemed son of bagels, Bagelson, at Blue Silver Translations is consistent and of good quality. There are the occasional spelling errors, but overall the English, grammar, and translated tone/feeling is excellent.
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alaskame rated it
May 6, 2016
Status: --
The story is quite main stream for the cultivation genre.

(MC cultivate get strong-> found some hindrance -> get stronger)

However, the story has strong concept of cultivation path which I think quite unique and interesting.

... more>> I really love the world that the writer create, to the point that I wish some developer adopt the idea to create some RPG games for me to play in.

The MC is strong cunning and peerless in strength, but loving

The characters that show up all have variety in flavors and spice up the story well.

I read it several times already and eagerly checking for updates <<less
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dysry rated it
February 28, 2016
Status: --

The MC, Tang San, reincarnated with memories of his past life as a hidden weapons maker/master and uses it in his current world where people rely primarily on their own inate battle spirits. Born with one of the poorer spirits – river grass – he uses his knowledge and experience first to keep up with and upgrade his talented peers, before running into several treasures and cheats.

Once he becomes strong enough, he begins to participate in various power struggles between kingdoms, the Spirit Hall and various clans, while forming his own sect based on hidden weapons from his previous life, eventually becoming a great influence on the continent, before eventually attaining god/divine status and ascending.

The plot for DLDL is actually pretty standard, but not a bad one to work with. The MC being able to work in a team, value friendships and see women as more than a booty call/part of collection. He is OP and his past life and MC luck give him unfair advantages, but that’s a given due to the genre. While his need to cooperate with others and form alliances limits his MC arrogance to some extent.

However, judging from the comments, the main appeal is that this doesn’t have the harem tag, and the MC remains as pure as jade (or something) for the one woman he truly loves, while all his friends pair off as couples.

Though the battles are also worth a mention, since it’s based on spirit tools and abilities, allowing the author to be rather creative in these situations, though at times it seems somewhat silly.

Of course there are several weaknesses, though I’ve been following it for so long I’ve forgotten a lot of it.


1. TS was never truly weak/defenceless, so he becomes OP fairly quickly, leading him to mostly engage in battles with people way overleveled and much older so it feels like adults picking on children.

2. Too much detail on the female character when young that the author feels the need to point out (several times) how fast people in this world mature (if it makes you feel uncomfortable, just don’t go there).

3. Fairly recent development (around ch200) we all know TS loves XW but to get engaged to her while her mind isn’t there is just a little weird... I also suspect the whole loss of soul thing is not only to showcase their love but to give TS the opportunity to play act as a traditional hero while his usually fiesty girlfriend becomes docile and dependant, otherwise he’s usually quite whipped.

4. The actual writing and plot are a little lacking. Partially because of the first reason so there’s little to anticipate and some of it is hard to believe, but also because the story itself is a little dry and obnoxious.

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Okuri Ookami rated it
January 3, 2016
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Great story definitely give it a try, I was thrown off by the no martial arts and no magic but this Novel is really worth reading, its not a big spoiler but for those who don't think to give this a try because of the none magic and martial arts you should read it

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The MC does have MA skills and the action is nothing less than what you'd get from regular Xianxia, on some levels its way above the normal glossed over stuff, this novel gives very detailed action sense that don't bore you to tears and will always leave you guessing!

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Panda rated it
December 3, 2015
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The most western like xianxia that is out there I think. Power system is unique. Love story is unique. There is a ton of characters that are unique. The strange thing is that Tang San didn’t use his methods from previous life to help his “sister” in getting stronger. There are no major plot twists but the story can still keep u in suspense. This one of a few must reads in xianxia genre, I would even say that it’s arguably the best one beside ISSTH. They are both greats... more>> but in different aspects that's why you can't really compare them <<less
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Roxasfleur rated it
May 5, 2017
Status: c280
This novel is very good. At first it's interesting, then it got pretty boring in the middle because of the tragedy, but it finally got back to interesting nearing the end.

I feel that this novel has many better qualities than the others. I simply love the characters and power system in this novel. Though there's enemy, it's not the very OP kind where the MC really lost greatly (beside one instance, but don't count it). The enemy also got background stories which is also no less deep than the MC... more>> and his companions. The characters are also truly characters because they played an important role in the story till the end. The power system is fascinating and easy to remember with not too many levels and so on. The other thing I love about it is that this is NOT a harem. The love story is very tragic, and heartwarming. It's not only the mc's love stories, but also his parents, and his companions. It's been too long since I've read a story that's not a harem.

Overall, this is one of the best xianxia novel. I'm glad I stick around this long because the story is just THAT great and the translations are realllllly well done (good grammar and wording). For those who dropped this story, it's your loss, guys! <<less
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SoloFlame rated it
September 21, 2016
Status: c238
Truly a gem.

Everything about this novel makes me appreciate the author and makes me feel that he actually put time and effort into his work. Despite it being a decent size the side characters all have their own personalities and quirks and don't seem to follow the standard cliches and feel much more alive than the simple side characters found in other novels, but my biggest love about this novel is that ... more>>

Tang San still uses his Tang sect skills that he learned in his previous life and it's still remembered as a plot point and its useful

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May 16, 2016
Status: c215
One of the best MCs of any novel. Is OP, but not obnoxiously so. Excellent character development and growth of all the main characters, and they all have their own unique personalities that draws the reader in. This is in stark contrast to the mostly linear characters in most xianxia novels.

The cultivation route in this is also one of the best - very clear on powers, skills, and abilities.

Although I got this spoilt by idiot friends who have read the Chinese version, I will still read the translated... more>> one till the end. <<less
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