Emperor’s Domination


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A boy that was imprisoned for millions of years has regained a mortal body.

He became a disciple of the declining Cleansing Incense Ancient Sect where its patriarch used to be his disciple. Now he will bring this sect back to its former glory.

This is his journey to reach the apex and take revenge on those who had imprisoned him.

This is his story of meeting old friends and making new companions.

This is his path of traversing the Nine Worlds and becoming the next ruler of the Heavens.

Several millennia have passed and the golden age of experts have passed. A master whose disciples once were the most exalted Immortals among the 9 worlds has all left him. With his mortal body, mortal physique and mortal life wheel… he shall sweep the 9 worlds and take what is rightfully his.

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NoveLuber rated it
August 8, 2016
Status: c126
About the synopsis. The one from the author I can only say its pretty misleading. For example I assumed he would have those he raised and took care of become companions of his as he goes on the path of cultivation turning over the heavens and earth. But its quite different.

Well overall it is a really good story. The MC gives off the impression that he is a divine emperor one who holds the world within his hands. He is not a genius but an ancient being with the body... more>> of a little boy (he is actually the little boy at first but became an ancient being with knowledge and experience over millions of years and finally returns to his little boy body and the story begins). Has knowledge and experience of the world that no one can compare to. Using that he walks on his path of cultivation. <<less
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ArgosYesu rated it
August 4, 2016
Status: c115
Better than I expected. Unlike TDG where the past seems more of a plot than the present, this story is very good with continuous references to the past of the MC. It also has a good reason for why he isn't a god after a few weeks.
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MrGreenix rated it
August 4, 2016
Status: c501
A good story. MC goes around the nine worlds retrieving old things he stored, uncovering misteries along the way and destroying his enemies. All the while gaining a lot of followers along the way. What I appreciate is that there is planning behind the MC moves, he's arrogant and does always what he wants but he knows his limits and has treasures and connections cover him when he doesent have the strenght to do the job.
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Elementarteilchen rated it
November 19, 2018
Status: c1618
Yes, I read 1618 chapters of a very bad novel and still enjoyed it. Why is it that bad? MC speaks all the time about mysteries of the world, without saying anything. He tells us about history and the future events, but we as the readers always get just 1 part of the story. You will never hear about the other parts of the story.

Our MC would say: "You, as the readers are ants and can't reach the apex, so you aren't qualified to know anything."

You will read tons of... more>> conservations between MC and his old acquaintances or some mysterious beings, but as always you get just 1 part of the story. You will never know or comprehend what they are actually talking about most of the time. I suspect, even the author doesn't know what they are talking about :D

In the beginning you will feel curious about all the conversations and history talk of our MC, but as the story progresses they will never be mentioned again. In fact, there will be more and more completely different and independent "mystery talk sessions" on top of the old confusing speeches of our MC. You start to realize: "F*ck, all this talk is just filler content. You will never know what they are talking about."

Why should you read this garbage of a novel? Because the MC is the most badass and domineering character I've ever read in a novel. The story is about destroying the enemy in the most badass ways you can think of and "mystery talk".

Remember: mystery talk=filler

If you are here to read about anything else, you will be left disappointed. You should still give it a try, because it is damn satisfying to see our MC trashing everyone else in this novel ;D <<less
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General Tanya rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: c2400
I might as well complain a little. This use to be one of my favorites novel and once I even praise it to the heavens for the awesomeness, but that was like 3years ago. Now the novel just irritate me and I kinda want my reading time back. It was great the first 1500chapters, but after that it turn really into a situation where author just ran out of idea's and decided to just write chapters to waste the readers time. I don't even remember what's the real plot is... more>> about anymore and has forgotten all the names of the characters from the first 1000+chapters. The first thousand chapter was great. Characters where introduce and were properly develop, there were obstacles along the way which can still put the MC into danger because of his mortal body. He has to make use of his brain, tricks and schemes to pit his enemies while finding allies and students willingly to learn from him. Then the MC decided to ascend to the new world with his comrades and continue his journey. But he left some people behind in the mortal world and also some hidden danger that he hope they might survive the calamity because he gave them some trump cards.

In the immortal world he separate from the others and travel alone and meet new people again. The next few arcs is still tolerable, but then the story just goes downhill after he decide to head to another world and leave everything behind. Then the plot just turn repetitive and all the characters turn into 1 dimensional characters. Terrible things you can expect from the plot from then on:There are so MANY people introduce that you basically don't have to bother remembering them anymore. Because the author just don't care about them and would just forget about them later on. Also you can forget about any girls he meet, because they are just there to make the MC look great and later be forgotten. The villains have no brains and knows only how to do suicide attacks. The story plot isn't going anywhere and is just for amusement seeing how villains get killed. Basically the 3000+chapters can be summaries into a couple of sentences:

    • MC meet a girl and boast how great he is (he is very arrogant).
    • girl test him and think he is boasting. She then get attracted by his greatness and knowledge. He then goes around to find some great treasure.
    • along the way many arrogant villains either look down on him or want to kill him because of the girl or for the treasures he has
    • somehow the girl is involve into some trouble that might put her or her clan in danger
    • MC then start boasting in front of his enemies how insignificant they are and how he would crush them with barely any effort.
    • then he would let his enemies show off all their ultimate moves and act arrogant how he could easily counter them.
    • after dozen of chapters how the enemies can't injure him, he would finally kill his enemies.
    • then the big boss would arrive and expect revenge for MC killing his pupil/relative/underlings.
    • MC also let him attack first and easily counter and kill him.
    • then he bid farewell to the girl and goes to his next destination.
The things I most hate about in ED after 2000+chapters:

    • MC also say how he will skin them, drink their blood or use their head as chamber pot but never ever does it. He literally almost say that in every arc at enemy he meet. He boast a lot to his enemies how he would torture his enemies but at the end he only kill them.
    • he always let his enemies talk or strike first and them counter their moves. Which basically wasted so many chapters unnecessary
    • he always say he is not a savior, but always appear at the right time to save the girls. Basically his allies always has very thick plotarmor and never really in any harm way and is waiting for the MC to appear.
    • all the enemies he meet has no intelligence and he just kill them off without ever getting into a situation where he could die or get heavily injured. Their way of thinking is that of immature kids
    • there is a LOT of cliffhangers
    • MC tried to act very wise, but it just get annoying along the way. It irritate people to keep hearing him every time come up with mysterious words
    • he is a very big hypocrite
There is 1 thing I do admit that hasn't chance much from the beginning till now and is still the only thing left that is good about the novel. MC killing a large amount of his enemies and wiping out clans at the end of every arc in a great awesome way. The whole story can be sum up into 1 sentence actually: MC act arrogantly and boast how weak everyone is, then at end kill off all his enemies (in every arc). Ps:to tell the truth I really miss a few girls characters from the beginning of the story. The bow girl was the one I like the most. Should have dropped it long ago. I wouldn't recommend this novel to anyone. <<less
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Theta rated it
July 4, 2016
Status: --
In his past life, MC was literally a beast grandpa (common term for plot device characters that guide MCs). Now released from his seal, he's become even more of a beast, figuratively. This series is great for people like me who enjoy reading arrogant yet shrewd MCs who go around face-smacking people~
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Soma rated it
June 21, 2016
Status: c20
Looking for Unique Xianxia?!

... more>>

I can't wait to write this review even though I only read half of the currently translated chapters. MC is a immortal in a human body without talent, cultivator called him trash.

but unlike usual xianxia trash bullied by people, here there is no such a thing. Our MC does not cultivate yet he managed break the common sense of Xianxia bullsh*t by trampling and killed his enemies merciless into many pieces with ease, subdued a strong sect without lifting a finger by controlling their guardian golem.


Give it a read, at least until chapter 20, you won't regret it. <<less
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expertsource10 rated it
August 31, 2018
Status: c1655
The first 30 chapters are unnecesarrily, annoyingly, and stupidly confusing. After 30, the novel becomes very easy-to-read and understand.

-You like arrogant, strong MC? Checked.
-He beats everyone? Checked.
-Diversity (Non-repetitiveness) ? Checked, How? MC always kills his opponent with a different ability/way. All-fcking-ways. I mean Alllllllllways. It's very diverse in this aspect.
-Plot holes? Almost none, but almost; MC's character is a bit flawed, One example is that a being lived for billions of years shouldn't care about his race anymore whether he's a human, half-human, golem, demon, sofa, candle... more>> etc. At one chapter MC stupidly exclaims he's also a human, he is the protector of humans, he kills half-humans who kills humans etc. These should be trivial things, sign of a weak dao heart, as the statement goes; not enough to reach the apex.) (If you still don't understand it, read Reverend Insanity, and see how a long-lived being thinks and acts, how he even easily considers changing race if even it benefits him a bit more.)

A great novel to pass the time. A strong MC, beats everyone always in a different way, and gets stronger, What do you want more from a xuanhuan novel? This is the max. (Except Reverend Insanity, Reverend is masterpiece while emperor domination is a pass-time novel.)
If you like emperor domination, you may also like strongest abandoned son which has similar cruel, strong MC, beats everyone with little plot holes etc. <<less
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a5675 rated it
December 16, 2017
Status: c2430
Fillers galore, where pretty much every single arc after the beginning is skippable, such that it is irrelevant to the "main story", if there is even one.

So many young masters, there are probably more in this novel alone than all cultivation novels combined, all used to stroke Li Qi Ye's (MC) ego.

Female characters have a 99% chance of becoming MC's bed warmer, and that's all their character arcs will amount to.

Every single character in this novel does mental gymnastics in order to find a reason to be offended, then subsequently... more>> 'blood fog-ed' after hundreds of chapters where nothing really happens.

sh*t novel, don't know how it even got above 4 stars. Nowadays I just read the first and last paragraph and everything else in between is shallow exposition and interactions. <<less
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paradigmfriday rated it
June 23, 2017
Status: c707
I've seen some complaints about how there's no tension and no challenge and how sometimes it gets repetitive and...

Except that last complaint, I've got to say that all those complaints are sort of missing the point of what this story is about. This is a tale of a been there, done that, uber-cultivator who more or less, literally has all the best cheats engraved inside of his stupid, cocky head.

There isn't supposed to be any tension or challenge. There isn't supposed to be anyone who can seriously be a threat,... more>> at least not many of them. I'll accept, slash expect maybe just one, sometime near the end of the series, but that's it and if he or she never shows (who am I kidding this is a CN novel...)... If he never shows, then its cool. A Serious gritty plot that takes itself completely seriously, is not what "I" showed up for.

In that case this would be just another wuxia about some, so-called gary-stu, who is supposedly the greatest thing since sliced bread, but still has to spend his time scrambling to play catch up while stronger folks chase him to the ends of the earth and get to be arrogant while the MC slowly builds his strength.

There are tons of those stories already. What makes this one unique is that it actually delivers on the premise. LQ is an immortal super cultivator who's died come back and now is going around kicking ass and talking sh**, while he tries to see if any of his boys are still around and if they're still holding that stuff that he asked them to hold, a few million years ago. Simple.

It's sort of if pre-earth 2, dc's superman spent ninety-nine percent of the comics not holding back and not giving a f***. He'd win every time, with almost painful ease. But again that's part of the fun. Watching some dude flex his muscle and show up some fools who phenomenally still don't know what is what, after who knows how many hundreds of millions of years.

In my opinion the only problem with this story is that it sometimes gets old. Not stale necessarily, just old.

Which is sort of the package when it comes with these stories. Its more than a thousand chapters of the same plot and these Chinese authors generally don't mix it up a lot.

Its sort of why I kind of stopped reading anything with the words dragon or sword in the title for a while. It's why I don't watch dragon ball anymore. Eventually you'll burn yourself out. If you marathon this stuff and it doesn't jive and there's not enough side plot, you'll eventually find yourself coming down with groundhogs day syndrome.

"What? Huh? Another one? Seriously another person is picking a fight with this maniac? Why?"

or rather

"Didn't he kill you already? How are you here on a whole other world, sir? What do you mean that, that was a whole different guy?"

My advice is if you read it and you like it, only read it in batches of a hundred or so, maybe two hundred if you really like it. Break it up with something nuanced or suitably different from standard wuxia fare, or it'll start tasting like months old taffy, still sweet but hard to chew. <<less
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deathcoy rated it
April 29, 2017
Status: v25c2413
The thing that struck me the most with this novel is the protagonist. None of those shounen crap nor drama/emo phase from a young male lead growing up. MC is an ancient being, millions of years old, he has sent off countless loved ones, experienced numerous trying tribulations and has stood on various peaks of the worlds. He is weary now and on his last leg of his journey to kill to the ends of the world (its hinted at a lot but readers still don't know what it actually... more>> means), which is where the novel begins.

Consequently, this is also where it differs the most from other Xianxia novels. Most novels focus on the start till the peak of the cultivation journey. ED on the other hand depicts what comes after reaching the peak and the final moments thereafter hence it has a totally alien concept and narration. No challenges and whatnot because "been there, done that eras ago".

Now enough of the protagonist. What to expect?

Repetitive. Won't deny, till 2300 chapters, you'll be seeing the same plot outline. Then again, which Xianxia isn't?

Battles are of epic proportions, I might even say author overdid it just because MC literally overkills everything. Though technically it is justified seeing as how MC is a friggin ancient existence fighting against weaklings. The "cannon fodder "fight scenes are kinda mediocre, maybe even draggy or boring but "boss" battles deserves a resounding applause, pretty well narrated, it literally sucks you in.

The entire cultivation system is also one to look forward to. It is different than most other novels where you'd have a unified progression. In ED, different worlds have various systems in place and each has their own mysteries and secrets, this includes techniques, cultivation, weapons & items, heavenly artefacts etc. The main attraction is how one's Grand Dao evolves, yes, that's right, evolution, very neat and interesting concept put out by the author. Only in ED can you find evolution synonymous with path of cultivation.

MC is pretty much overpowered. As mentioned before, he is eras old. He has led & fought in several heaven shattering wars, slaughtered numerous other eternal existences, explored many mythical realms and horde numberless legendary items. There is no journey to growing up theme. Again, he is an ancient being! And he acts like one.

Protagonist with a unique and realistic personality. He has multiple facets to his character, author did a great job on making a 3 dimensional character. To the common cultivator, he seems like a nobody. To competing opponents and enemies he seems like a rampant and arrogant youngster oblivious to the path of the Grand Dao. To his few surviving ancient subordinates, allies and friends, they see him as a strong leader and immensely powerful being, an unsung hero who had sheltered the worlds against the darkness. To his new allies and descendants of his subordinates, he is a mysterious individual, their beacon of hope and benefactor. To his "disciples" he is the grandfather figure who will guide and encourage you forward on the path of the Grand Dao but won't force you to be the best, he understands that they all have different paths and limits. To his lovers, he is a passionate man but ultimately fate does not allow him to pause his steps for them. To other ancient existences, he has a love hate relationship with them but they ultimately believe he has the best shot at surmounting the heavens and get an answer. He is ruthless but is disinclined to manage you if you know your limits. You'll have to read quite deep into the novel to see his many sides and its the highlight of the novel.

Quite a number of flashbacks and history of his past. Lots of it scattered throughout the story. Not a fan of it but its different in ED. More often then not I'm dying to know more of MC's past but author intentionally held back quite a lot, good choice there as it'll be revealed to be connected to future plots.

Foreshadowing and unseen plots. Expect tons of these. And you'll only manage to connect the dots like 500-1000 chapters later. Bad thing is if you're not patient enough to read far, you'd see them as plot holes. But once it hits you, everything makes sense and falls in place. I would say brilliant writing and good planning here though it is kinda opportunistic at times. Solid storyboard overall. That said, story doesn't amount to much in terms of plot twists and such.

I highly recommend ED to any xianxia readers. However, you'll need patience and perseverance throughout the entire novel, don't drop it ever or you'll be missing out a lot of the good stuff. Unlike ISSTH where you can just skip volumes to escape the boring chapters, in ED doing so means you'd be missing the clues and hints scattered throughout the novel.

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porkbuns rated it
February 19, 2017
Status: c383
If you like MCs that are super OP and arrogant 100% of the time, then this novel; the MC is literally always on the winning side and practically never encounters any hardships. To be honest, it was kind of awesome and relatively interesting for a while, but all this non-stop badassness really burns you out after awhile :P.

Plot :
- Some demon rips the soul out of this kid (named Li Qiye), who's shepherding, and stick it inside the body of this demon crow in order to help him do... more>> something (if I remember correctly, I think the demon was searching for something
- So Li Qiye ends up living for millions of years doing the demon's bidding.
- During those millions of years, he's constantly trying to find ways of freeing himself of the demon's control; thus, he ends up somehow accumulating up a bunch of super OP cultivation knowledge, which he uses to raise a bunch of experts in hopes of freeing himself
- Eventually, millions of years later, he ends up somehow able to revive/reincarnate back into his human body with absolutely abysmal cultivation potential and all his previous memories about super OP cultivation technique all sealed up
- Now that he's back to being inside his human body, he starts his road to revenge against the demon that trapped his soul inside of the demonic crow's body (reviving a sect that was created by one of the last experts he raised (Cleansing Incense Sect), regaining his member regarding OP cultivation techniques, accumulating a harem full of OP beauties, etc.) <<less
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rapture_edge rated it
October 20, 2016
Status: --
A rather interesting take in a super OP MC. He literally can do anything and kill anyone he wants. Similar to TDG but vastly more overpowered MC. The main difference is that despite how OP the MC of other CN's are, you still get this feeling of dread or threat that the MC feels. Fights that lead the MC to "struggled" to win. But not this MC. He doesn't struggle. We wins.

The action is fairly good, the romance is basically non-existent. He only gets girls to be part of his... more>> team and not a harem. (Unless future untranslated chapters consist of much harem)

All in all, I enjoyed this OP setup because of the world building and story. A resounding 5 stars for me. <<less
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Aure94100 rated it
September 4, 2016
Status: c782
What I thought at the beginning (around c127) :

[...] Compared to all other "reincarnated MCs" who know all but must still take everything as mere mortals, that character is an old monster [...] a character who already has seen all and treats the world with disdain and the indifference of an emperor. He is OP from the start (in some way) and quickly manages to gather around him the future elite [...] of his new "empire". [...] If there is indeed a [...] cultivation, it isn't the top priority of... more>> this story [...] the author knows where he goes and I pray that it continues.

Now at c782 :

This story begins to tire me and I withdraw a lot of things I said.

The author doesn't go anywhere and only repeats the same scenario (MC goes to another world, meets new proud sons and daughters of heaven (always more powerful that the precedent world: how convenient for the character growth !), is underestimated, shows that he is superior and can crush everyone, battle of words, fight, MC wins, new female to add to his harem, leaves for another world).

It's really boring because I already know that he will just go in all the nine worlds, repeat the same pattern, then the end of this story will probably be with the discovery of the tenth world, battle his greatest ennemi (the one from the cave that transform him in a raven), will shoulder the heaven's will and the end... pfff... <<less
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agilan rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: c164
This is some seriously OP MC. The MC is strong from the start even though his cultivation level is not that high. That's because he gets various items whose existence and power are known only to him.

His knowledge and previous life is an extremely important factor and can even be said to be the focus of the novel.
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Kay60 rated it
August 27, 2016
Status: c259
Ok so I had to change my previously amazing review because the more I read, the more this story has frustrated me.

Its not as bad as some other Chinese novels, but I find myself wanting to throw my phone against a wall due to just little things that make no sense in the novel.

-- First is how every single person here is described.

E.g. "So-and-so was the most powerful person during his time, except not really as there was this other person who beat him and was hence invincible in... more>> his era, except not really because there was someone else who was.... etc etc."

The author calls almost EVERYONE invincible and "the most powerful of his era" without knowing what that really means. Invincible means invincible, not someone powerful but still less powerful than others. The effect of this is that when the author tries to introduce truly powerful characters or clans, he has no words to describe them as every tom, d*ck and harry is already "invincible".

-- Second is the MCs character.

I get that the MC is supposed to be aloof and calm, but here he just blatantly acts arrogant to piss people off. When someone says something to you and you keep looking around at the scenery pretending not to have heard them, you don't seem cool, you seem like a deaf idiot. In addition, he takes pride in being a leech and relying on the power of others. He has very little strength himself, and only survives because of objects and people he hides behind, yet he thinks himself some Godlike existence who deserves to be worshiped.

Finally, there is such a thing as TOO arrogant, and that's what our MC here is. If even a peasant went through what MC did, chances are they'd be just as powerful, if not more, than him. So instead of lording over every cultivator he runs into, he should act his age and not like he's a prepubescent teen trying so hard to prove to everyone that his dong is bigger than theirs.

*Rant-mode off*

Apart from the above annoyances, this is still a passable novel, and I don't think reading it will disappoint (too much) <<less
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Ra3ie1 rated it
August 20, 2016
Status: c145
Too much fillers!

Title, 20% content, another 80% emotions, trash talks, stupid questions with stupid answers, reactions of surprise, tons of explanations and descriptions. Tons of introductions for side characters, who died in one move. I don't care how great they are, so why do I have to read 20 chapters about those brainless kids? Especially when they can't even touch MC...

Honestly, this 150 chapters is like 15 normal chapters. Whole plot is hiding behind these fillers, so much unnecessary stuff, that you can easily forget the reason of this actions.

Boring... more>> 2-3 stars story.

And yes, he is already a "god after few weeks". Only immortal emperor - the highest existence can hurt him. <<less
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Eternity Warrior rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: c1603
This novel is my guilty pleasure. The world building is very interesting, the main character is very OP and side characters are varied (with fair share of both complex and one dimensional characters), however the villains are mostly one dimensional. Story itself isn't very interesting, basically our guy Li Qiye goes around the world, collects the items he left behind in his previous life, smashes the heads of the local experts. He also collects a lot beauties, and then abandons them at the end of the story arc... to get... more>> more beauties in a different place.

He also likes to reminisce about the tragic past, looking all cool while doing it and it almost fools you into thinking that there is actually a good story lol. There are a lot of mysteries as well, and Li Qiye doesn't like to explain anything which also makes you wonder. If the novel was a bit less repetitive and paid more attention to character development, I would give it a 5. It isn't a Mao Ni novel, but it is still pretty fun to read. <<less
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drunkenbull rated it
June 7, 2018
Status: c1300
I don't understand how anyone can give this a rating higher than 3. This novel is quite literally mediocre. Only read if you're running out of novels to read or like overpowered MC's

You know a novel is getting boring when you find you have to start skipping through content as it is just the same thing said over and over for 1300 chapters. They is currently 1500+ chapters released and I can't bring myself to read anymore it's just to repetitive and as the character has no progression as he... more>> is already all powerful it makes for a very bland read.

The author is not very consistent on this time scale etc. Celebrating someone's 30, 000th birthday and he does something. " He hasn't done anything in millions of years" the novel is filled with this type of crap. It was a billion years ago blah blah. I honestly don't think the author even knows his own time scales and adds it for the hell of it.

From memory he was last the dark crow 30, 000 years ago. And someone who was celebrating they 8, 000th birthday later in the story and he apparently knows him from when he was the dark crow. This type of inconsistency is just annoying to me. It's the same thing when he uses the word generations with no clear time scale for it I assumed it 10, 000 years but its also super inconsistent throughout the story again


My biggest problem with this story is the author and it's story it's just lazy. Every Arc doesn't even feel that unique it just feels like every 2 arc he uses the same formula with different characters and new powers and people underestimating him then slaughtering them but the worst part is that it keeps getting used in the same arc because people don't believe it, and then they compare him to the younger geniuses despite the fact he just killed one of their ancestors. And its that every 20 chapters maybe less. I'm all for a good slaughter and fighting novel but really the authors style just kills it for me. <<less
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February 10, 2018
Status: v12c1200
This is a novel that isn't for everyone. Emperor's Domination is pretty much an epic cultivation story. Nothing more and nothing less. It has its pros and it has its cons. I enjoy reading it to pass the time and it's been a really good binge. If you're interested in reading it here are the pros and the cons.


  • Massive world with quality world building. The world (or worlds) is large and beautiful. Ancient and profound mysteries are explored or kept a secret on the MC's journey to the top. There are unique monsters and races (ex: A race that is comprised of just Ghosts, talking earthworms, etc) along with unique rituals that leave one puzzled. Of course, the novel does offer an explanation for most of these things.
  • Great main character. Li Qiye is someone with way too much hubris. It is understandable hubris though, being an ancient expert that is over tens of millions years old, capable of grooming peak talents. He does have flaws though that I will list in the cons but as for pros, he is ruthless (something common in Chinese MCs) and calculating. Some of his schemes are extremely clever and his actions are never without thought. Sometimes he slips up but that's what keeps it entertaining. Unlike other ruthless MCs, Li Qiye enjoys teasing others constantly and he isn't affected by greed. He is constantly motivated and even his background and past is profound.
  • Constantly moving story. The pacing of the story is just right. It has pretty epic battle scenes and smooth transitions from each arc.
  • Character variation. There are a lot of different people that Li Qiye meets along his journey. Some of them stay, some of them don't, and the rest of them die. The characters do give the story a bit more life as they add humor and play off of Li Qiye's personality pretty well.
  • Li Qiye's past could have been a separate novel. I've always been interested in the past immortals that Li Qiye have taught and raised. The fact that he taught them as a crow is hysterical to me but that also brings up the fact that he created unbreakable bonds as a small crow and raised the world's greatest experts. I would have liked to see more of his journey from scared, poor slave boy to a proud, immortal crow capable of overturning the heavens.

  • Repetitive and Cliche. It's basically the same formula as other cultivation stories with a few unique twists. However, it does it mind numbingly repetitive with {Someone offends Li Qiye-> He offends them back -> They underestimate him -> They die and everyone else is surprised at Li Qiye's strength}. It does become self aware of this aspect though but that is later on in the novel. Too late for some people.
  • Li Qiye can be aggravatingly arrogant. His arrogance is understandable but sometimes he could have avoid unnecessary conflict by just explaining some things. He can still keep his arrogance even when explaining but sometimes he doesn't feel like talking or feels that the other person doesn't deserve knowledge and it gets irritating.
  • Harem. I'm not a fan of the harem genre, even when there is little to no romance in Emperor's Domination. Every beauty just becomes his maid that he grooms to become experts. The girls do have variation in their personalities though which is nice but the fact that he's just collecting all of these beauties out of nowhere is bothersome. Mainly because it leads to my next point.
  • The author's need to describe how beautiful a woman is. He literally describes every part of the woman's body as some sort of mystical treasure and blah blah blah. It gets repetitive and annoying. We get it, she's hot. Who cares.
Overall, give the novel a read and see if you like the first couple of chapters. It's a really good novel to binge read. Just some mindless entertainment imo but higher standard quality than some of the other stuff around. Of course, it's not on the same... more>> level as something like ISSTH but it fills in the gap that Meng Hao left : ( <<less
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