Embers Ad Infinitum


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In this latest work by Lord of the Mysteries author, Cuttlefish That Loves Diving, be prepared for a well-thought out and detailed apocalyptic, cyberpunk world with a setting superseding Lord of the Mysteries!

Our protagonist, Shang Jianyao, is crazy—literally crazy, at least that’s what the doctors said. Living in a huge, underground building of Pangu Biology, one of the few remaining factions in this apocalyptic wasteland known as the Ashlands, he acts in unfathomable ways that’s head-scratching, comical, and shrewd. So is he really crazy? Probably.

He has a grand dream: to save all of humanity.

Intricately tied to this dream is something everyone in the Ashlands believes in: Deep in a particular ruin buried away by danger and famine, a path leading to a new world awaits. To step into the new world, one only needs to find a special key and open that certain door.

There, the land is bountiful, as if milk and honey flows freely.

The sunlight is dazzling, as if all coldness and darkness are washed away.

The people will no longer have to face desolation, monsters, infections, mutations, and all kinds of dangers.

There, children are joyous, adults are happy, everything is fine as they are supposed to be.

Every Antiquarian, Ruin Hunter, and Historian roaming the Ashlands knows: That’s the New World.

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New Peixotto rated it
October 1, 2021
Status: --
I'd say it isn't as strong as Lord of The Mysteries, but I enjoy the setting far more. The author takes a more realistic approach to a post-apoclypse, where society has slowly started to recover, but things are still bad. One thing I love that other novels don't really do is the group dynamic. There are still plenty of mysteries and I enjoy how it all unravels as time goes on. It's a great book, far better than the garbage that's usually on this site.
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Sea Dog rated it
March 23, 2021
Status: c189
I think when people pick up this novel they mostly do so after reading Lord of The Mysteries as they're by the same author. I've seen quite a few people writing about how while this novel is good it isn't at lord of the Mysteries level, but I feel there's an implicit bias that forms after reading a completed work that effects how people view other works.

Rather than comparing Embers Ad Infinium to Lord of the Mysteries I think you should think about them proportionally, this novel is only part... more>> way through the third volume with 200ish chapters, meanwhile lord of the Mysteries is a completed work with 8 volumes and almost 1400 chapters. Obviously that's not an even comparison.

I think looking at it just from where Lord of the Mysteries was at this point, be it 200ish chapters in, or in the middle of volume 3 Embers Ad Infinium is every bit as strong overall, and it might even better in some ways. Ultimately I think they're two different types of stories of similar quality (at least for mow) by the same author and both are worth a read if you haven't picked them up already. <<less
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Aether999 rated it
June 11, 2021
Status: c353
To put this review in perspective, this is coming from someone who hasn't yet read the previous works from Cuttlefish. In my opinion, this is a good thing because as I read other reviews, it seems like people are trying too hard to compare this novel to his previous one, which results in some bias rather than taking this novel as it is. (Whether that's good or bad is up to you)

I'll start by saying that this is one of the better novels I have read recently. I enjoy... more>> pretty much all aspects of this novel, including the MC, side characters, power system, world-building, attention to detail, and pacing.

One of the bigger issues that I've seen people talk about is the pace, whether it be character development or progression. Personally, I disagree with the people saying it is poorly done. Rather than constantly switching from one mission or quest to the next or making the characters boring by explaining their entire past in a few chapters, it takes its time. By piecing together the character's past over time, it leaves the reader excited for the next piece of information. If you were to roughly generalize pacing in 3 categories: fast-paced, regular, and slow burn, I would put it somewhere between regular and slow burn. That being said, certain necessary aspects are being well-developed at a quicker pace while still staying with the novel's overall theme.

Overall, if you are going to start reading this novel, you should take note of a few things. Don't expect massively fast-paced progression from one mission to the next, expect character's backgrounds and details to be explained over time slowly rather than all at once, and don't expect a cheat-code type of MC; most aspects are pretty well balanced; like strengths and weaknesses.

There is a lot more to like about this novel, like character interactions (one of the highlights in my opinion), an interesting twist that makes the MC a lot more interesting, many mysteries that are being slowly unraveled, etc., but that might take too long so I left it to the other reviews. <<less
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DragonSlayer13579 rated it
January 4, 2021
Status: c70
Well, I've read thill the current chapter (70 at the time I'm read this, I'm referring to the mtl version) and what can I say, the series seems to have a lot of potential and was pretty enjoyable.

The world where the story happens in an apocalyptic and futuristic version of earth, with a few sci-fi elements, but not that many or too advanced. I'm talking about genetic modification, bionic armours, electromagnetic/plasma weapons, the highest technological achievement in this futuristic earth seems to be the capability to transplant the human conscience... more>> in a terminator like robot.

There is also a mystical side to this earth like there are supposedly 13 gods, we don't know anything about them, but anyway some humans might from time to time awaken some special abilities, they are called the 'Awakened' and need to pay some price to get in exchange 3 gifts (superpowers). Those gifts seem to be upgradable with the help of a place called the ' Hall of stars' accessed by some awakened trough sleep.

Until now the MC doesn't seem to have any cheats or anything special to him, a little bit surprising if you take in consideration how this author in his other series made the MCs always have some cheat or something special to them. I'm personally quite hyped and have pretty high expectations for this series, I hope it will be as good as The Lord Of Mysteries. <<less
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Sinai rated it
December 24, 2020
Status: c25
So far just some good worldbuilding and a good start on memorable characters by the author of Lord of Mysteries.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that is partially recovered, the MC (?) is a recent university graduate that has spent his entire childhood in a gargantuan 650-floor underground complex that is the headquarters of a vaguely dystopian corporation in a post-apocalyptic world that constitutes a city unto itself.

Believing himself to be savior of the world (Which corporate profilers see as mild psychosis), he volunteers for Security duty, the only branch of... more>> the corporation who routinely venture topside. Joining a small 4-man team with a childhood friend his emergence into the greater world deliberately plays upon leaving the Vault in Fallout games, and he finds that the world is richer and more complex than he is prepared for, and he spends his early days learning to navigate the world of nomads, bandits, and small enclaves in a future-tech civilization that has collapsed but still remembers the Old World.

The author displays considerable skill in his writing, and you can see he has spent some time building the world, but so far, there is little that is truly standout in this novel, except perhaps a well-told fight sequence between his 4-man team, a monster, and a group of roving bandits. <<less
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hereforthegoodstuff rated it
September 14, 2021
Status: c516
If you asked me before, id tell you not to bother with this. It just felt too mediocre compared to the author's magnum opus, lord of the mysteries. But after months of reading, and just now binging the latest 200 chapters, I have to give this a 5/5. They say a book is only as smart as the author, and if you've read lord you know how smart cuttlefish is. The two main characters are smart in different ways, one is incredibly analytical and the other has common sense different... more>> from most (he's literally crazy), but no less intelligent. There's actually 4 (now 5) main characters, in a group. They each are fleshed out, and you care about them all. This book has it's own interesting "power" system, but there's also subhumans, genetic enhancement, and other strange things. All taking place in a postapocalyptic world. The overall mystery of the story is "How did the old world get destroyed? What is the "new world"? Who are the "gods" that exist? Is the organization the main characters work for part of the cause of the old world's destruction?" and other such stuff.

But who cares about all that? What really matters is how the author creates interesting, detailed, smart, and well thought out arcs. How every character has their own role to play in that arc like a puzzle piece. I'd say push through if you ever get to a slow part, because it's worth it!

Disclaimer: Not as good as lord, but then again nothing is. <<less
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meridianna rated it
June 4, 2021
Status: c338
it's nice, its characters are smart and logical, but some of them are just uncanny lmao. (Certain mechanical monk makes me scared).

the setting is quite wonderful, but most battle happened in meta world so I think most people will feel bored.

there's no romance yet, and I hope it'll keep like that.

no need to compare it with LoTM, both have different theme and protagonist. You can say Embers feel more boring than LoTM but that is because LoTM has ended and Embers still has many things to go. I actually like... more>> this novel because the mystery is also thick, and the female characters have more roles. You totally cannot compare Big White to Miss Audrey, can you? (Tho she actually is more like Princess Natasha from ToMA)

and the protagonist? He is just verrryyyy amusing and unique. I love seeing his antics. He is just unpredictable, even the author doesn't include his thinking in the writing so we readers cannot know what he is thinking. I just didn't expect this kind of mad man still follow logic and actually very coherent if he tries.

i will keep follow this novel, hopefully the plot is good till end. I'm just a bit concerned if the author can write this till end when the time for LoTM 2 comes. <<less
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aShinyVaporeon rated it
January 17, 2021
Status: v3c5
So far, I've read the 62 fast-passable chapters on webnovel, and then MTL'd up to the 3rd volume's 5th chapter (or 117th chapter overall), before my braincells ran out.

The MC is an interesting person so far. I can't tell whether he really is crazy (in other words, really believes he's saving the world) or not, although he has shown that he is definitely mostly sane and faking at least part of it. Also, his interactions with other characters are hilarious. MC is that one person who makes bad jokes in... more>> awkward moments. Characters seem interesting so far, too.

The setting/world background is interesting as well. It's not your copy-paste zombie apocalypse with elemental rock-paper-scissor abilities, although there are both abilities (more of the LOTM horror-ish abilities bound by strange rules than the classic clean-cut ones) and zombie-like entities (these are the Heartless, essentially people who are controlled by bestial instincts. They are not dead and therefore not zombies).

The majority of the world has been driven into poverty by the apocalypse, and food is usually in short supply compared to how it used to be. While technology has developed, it's rare for poor people to come in contact with it. The MC's shelter and others he hears of seem dystopia-like. Outside, bandits, nomads, faction operatives, and strange creatures roam. The world is not only populated by mundane humans, but also mutated ones, deemed subhuman, genetically modified ones like the MC, cyborgs with prosthetic limbs or mechanical bodies, the aforementioned Heartless, and the mysterious people with supernatural abilities.

There's also the mysterious gods behind it all, and their possible connections to the apocalypse and various supernatural elements.

All in all, it looks like a promising novel. <<less
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White Empress
White Empress rated it
December 30, 2020
Status: c60
Starts out a bit slow but the world building is fantastic and it has begun to ramp up into something I’m genuinely excited to read. It has a distinct new flavor to read in comparison to other apocalyptic novels I’ve read so far so. The MC is entertaining as well as mysterious and the side characters seem unique. If you like The Fallout series I highly recommend.
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L_L_L rated it
April 22, 2021
Status: c174
As of now there's nothing significant in the story they're just exploring exploring and exploring. The characters are not likable they're not attractive enough, like the previous work, the author didn't do great on character's role. He should focus on one character not everyone equally. If he wants to focus on everyone he should do it on one perspective, which will make the character more likable. (At first the MC joke was hilarious which is the MC characteristic but the author used it too frequently, over time it became boring... more>> and the MC lost his colour)

other than this he did a great work, world building, character personality, story telling. The problem is on the character's role. If the characters are attractive no matter how boring the story is, it's not important <<less
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halfcrzy rated it
March 29, 2021
Status: c206
Now this pains me. I have loved Cuttlefish's previous works, and the very very intro had a cool premise. But thats all I can say. Its so incredibly slow and boring by this point ch 200. The 4 MC aren't overly likeable, some of the humor is starting to get old. I really hope things will turn around in the future, but it feels like there is no plot progress what so ever, and hasn't been any power ups in the supernatural aspect after 200 chapters.

I will update my review... more>> in a couple hundred chapters later, but as of right now I feel like this is a 5/10 or a 6/10 at best. <<less
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ISuckAtWriting rated it
March 7, 2021
Status: c161
So far so good. The worldbuilding is nice. Post-Apocalyptic world with both sci-fi and mystical elements. The novel's setting is grimdark, especially after heading out the base, and is often masked by the comedic conversations that Shang Jianyao and Team Leader has. There are special people called Awakened who can earn three weird powers by making a deal with a higher being at a cost of a "Price", with the price being either a mental illness, social problems, or a monkeys paw. The Awakened powers is hilariously weird, ranging from... more>> being able to make the opponents hand slip to making them forget what happened within the time range of 5 minutes. So far its been interesting. The MC does not have any sort of cheats so far. His powers can only be used under specific conditions just like every other Awakened. There are mentions of gods so lets assume that they exist here.

I'm loving the Main Character so far since I like odd-ball, weirdo characters. Shang Jianyao never ceases to amaze and make me laugh with his behavior. He's intelligent and decisive, yet most of the time he acts like a complete and utter lunatic who likes to clap, laugh, dance and make other people annoyed. His skills at provoking and confusing everyone is top-notch that even the boss-level characters can't deal with him. Burrowing LoTM terms, if the MC were to become a beyonder of the Red Priest "Hunter" path, he would reach sequence 4 under two years even without cheats. I also like the team leader. Definitely one of the best girls I've seen so far who is capable and smart but also quite crazy. She's pretty much the best person who can keep up with the MC's lunatic persona and banters. As this novel supersedes LoTM, I can't wait to see where this novel's settings play out. <<less
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Poireau rated it
April 20, 2021
Status: c102
"Long Yuehong quickly shook his head. He then sighed silently. What kind of team is this... ?"

Indeed, what kind of team is this... In this novel we seem to follow the missions of an exploration team of 4 members: a half crazy person with unclear abilities, a half deaf team leader, an expert in finding tr*sh in the surface, and a cowardly yet quite normal person.

Their first mission took most of the first 100 chapters I read (= first volume) and it was quite interesting to walk with them is... more>> this post-apolalyptic world as there are lots of misteries to discover/understand. This world seems to have come to an existence after the snap out of a previous yet quite technological advanced world, as if a box of Pandore was opened and where now the entrance to a new paradise-like world that some of the living are yearning / searching for, seems to exist somewehre.

And in this world, where dangers outside the underground facility the team members come from are present at each corner, there is a large melting pot of abnormalities, from sub-humans to "gods".

As you can guess from the above, the plot seems quite close to the novel LOTM, and you can even find similar terms such as "Arbiter of Fate" or "Evernight Parish" etc... And it can be an issue if you compare this novel to LOTM as this one seems to have a similar yet a bit more boring plot and less interesting MC (s). I would compare/think more of this novel like "The First Order" or "The Dark King" novels, but with more mysteries, much less op MC (s) and a slower pace.

Overall it is a good novel, but with too many questions without answers, it is difficult to give a perfect notation. Maybe things will make more sens in the later chapters... <<less
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jon95 rated it
March 20, 2021
Status: c400
This will be more like a chit-chat about what I feel when reading the novel than a review so feel free to ignore it.

First of all I'm reading this novel because it's work by Lord of the Mysteries author (I really admire his ability to write a novel like that so I have high hopes for this one)

-let's start with the novel Description: what attracts me most is the phrase " latest work by Lord of the Mysteries author", others... hmm... lets just say they give the impression of... more>> your everyday Post-apocalyptic world but the dramatic or horror type. I think it has some similarity with the forbidden land in his other novel. The MC somehow reminds me of the super villains in hero comics (crazy, head-scratching, comical, and shrewd... yeah... also many of them repeat the phrase "to save humanity")

-after reading the first 5 chapters my enthusiasm started to wane. The MC more and more looks like a promising crazy villain in his early days (I wish this impression will change in the upcoming chapters). He is calm no matter what he heard, d*mn too calm. I started to believe that he don't actually have feelings or doesn't take the human feelings into account (like robots who should only work in the most efficient way and ignore everything else)


his reactions when he 1st heard of fertility center system was to totally disagree because he saw that the listener won't take no for an answer but his real thoughts is agreeing without hesitation ignoring any consequences that might happen due to this.

mentioning this, they can build a large 'fertility center' in the Research Zone, which will do in vitro fertilization, artificial uterus development but can't build watches. The inconstant facts of this civilization (even if it's some might think of them as small details) does affect my enjoyment of the novel.

I'm also annoyed with the religion stuff added to the novel. everyone has there own believes, it's inevitable that he is affected by his believes when writing but still annoying how the author always try to portray his as the correct one while disrespecting others in a way or another.

Also we already have one who became a god in the last novel (and basically every other CN novels) so I hope this one is different


I'll read more before coming back. I just hope Cuttlefish That Loves Diving didn't put all his creativity in "Lord of the Mysteries" and keep some for this one

The story starts to become more fun once the team gets their first mission and although I still find some his behavior abnormal I started to somewhat like the MC

another point I find annoying:


the author like many others many times (most of the time) attribute individual traits and achievements to anything but hard work. the phrase "due to genetic enhancements" repeats way too much. hes is smart due to genetic enhancements, she is beautiful due to genetic enhancements, they are skilled due to genetic enhancements. come on this gives me an illusion that without genetic enhancements, people are useless, there isn't anyone naturally talented? or can improve himself with hard work?

oh, this might be some useless rattle but this is one of the points that annoys me

another part that looked illogical is the cult actions, wither it's to suddenly kill the guy or their choice on the person hey used to go after the MC. those actions are like someone begging to be caught not a caution organization lasted for a long time. for now there isn't any explanation whether it's because they are just crazy or have any hidden goals


about the plot


the plot-line development isn't bad for now but I personally feel that things are somewhat forced, the only explanation is that a teammate is unlucky because of his.. name?


It's some similarity to LOM but with the development of the story it looks more like a gag novel than a serous one unlike LOM. Treating it as one made things look more logical. I can't say it's a perfect gag novel but reading with such mentality made accepting things easier.

another point that is similar to LOM is except for the v1 which is a little boring the others are full of suspense which makes a torture to wait for the next chapter.

I admit that my impression of this novel at the beginning was a little bias but the more the story progress the more I like it and get absorbed into it (even if it has some similarity to others this another story with its own bg and development, some stuff still annoys me though) <<less
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Wandering monk
Wandering monk rated it
March 16, 2021
Status: c150
It's good but nowhere near Lord of The Mysteries. I'm 150 chapters in and so far the MC doesn't even have a clear purpose. Sure he's on a team mission and whatnot but that's just something he's doing. He has no actual purpose to it. Things are just happening and he's just going along.

The fight scenes aren't bad. Gives me LoTM/gunfare vibes.

People tryna hype this to be better than LoTM and I wish it could too but so far it isn't doing a very good job of it. Think of... more>> this as a variant alternate world of LoTM and it kinda helps. <<less
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DicerX rated it
August 21, 2021
Status: c211
The novel's progress is slow; background characters do not act unless the MC talks to them, and the world is never explored. This novel is similar to the "Silly Alchemist, " if you didn't like that one, you sure as hell won't love this work.

After reading several books from this author (Magical Arcana and Lord of Mysteries), I was intrigued by this novel. But gosh, the whole thing was a letdown!

The author creates a post-apocalyptic world where the only surviving remnants of the old world are private company's, gods, supernatural... more>> ruins, and mutated monsters. Ordinary people are helpless and are either nomads or live a life of a boring dystopia under a company's management.

Here comes the supernatural part, or so-called "awakened, " wherein exchanged for a superpower, you get a side effect that may be harmless or something crazy. Our MC has the crazy part in him, and throughout this novel, you'd get a sense of it EVERY SINGLE f*ckING PARAGRAPH.

I would not recommend it if you value your time. <<less
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Bachingchung rated it
July 23, 2021
Status: c50
The novel has a really slow start, I'm already at ch 10 and the MC's goal seems like a joke for his friends. Also, why save humanity? His father disappeared then suddenly he wants to save humanity? I just don't see his conviction behind his goals. That's why I really find it so hard enjoy this.

EDIT CH 50. 3 - 2 stars

The MC seems like not an MC at all. He's like the village idiot whereas his only purpose is to be the comic relief, unfortunately he's not funny... more>> at all.

I think Cuttlefish is trying too hard to make the novel as mysterious as possible so he doesn't spoon fed the readers with infos. However, he didn't account that those infos are the ones that would make the novel interestig. So what's left out are boring fluff and a sorry excuse of a world building, with some clarifications after 30 chapter... you'll probably drop this before you reach tjat part though. <<less
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Liero Dirlewanger rated it
June 28, 2021
Status: c380
Very good, you should read it. Compared to LOTM, the world, the powers and the characters are more interesting. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because the author went a bit too heavy on the political propaganda for my taste. LOTM had a bit, and it didn't bother me much, but in this one the author pulls no brakes.
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avinashvamshi180 rated it
May 16, 2021
Status: c320
I can't help compare with LoM. There are many similarities between the two. But it's not as good as LoM. It's actually good if you don't compare it to LoM. Edit: to get best reading experience I suggest you don't compare it to LoTM while reading.

The world building and characters are great. It's very friendly and light hearted between the main characters. You have to stick till 300 chapters for the story to pick up really good and the mysteries to unravel.

There are no nonsense characters, everything is tightly put... more>> together to form a neat plot if not great. I love how the MC is growing along with the supporting characters. I love how the mysteries are slowly unraveling. Sometimes I feel the comedic elements b/w characters repeated and boring but it's okay. I can feel the author put real effort into this. Yes the supernatural part of MC starts slow but it picks up in the later chapters, so just hang in there.

I still do not know how it will turn out. But I hope it keeps going good. <<less
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Dark Drakon XIX rated it
May 3, 2021
Status: --
Ember ad infinitum cannot compare to Lord of Mysteries. Its not due to writing style but repetetive storyline.

People get easily bored by repetetive storyline. Overall world building, characters building are best in this novel but when it comes to plot this is not my cup of tea.

By the way author already told readers that this book will not like by many readers.
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