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The Special Investigations Unit is a covert organisation that no-one in the city knows about, dedicated to investigating bizarre occurrences beyond the comprehension of the living. The Chief Zhao Yunlan isn’t a simple guy either, being the inheritor of the Guardian Order, he has always been a righteous conformist, excelling between realms of the living and the dead. While investigating a school suicide case, Zhao is attracted to the calm and reserved Professor Shen Wei, but the Professor seems to be rather fickle towards him…

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New Yaoisensei rated it
February 15, 2020
Status: c95
This I actually gave a 3 star but somehow my laptop rounded it off to a 4. (Typical) The story line was so good (at first) The romance was sweet and fluffy, it made me all warm and fuzzy inside. But then I got to chapter 80 and the translations got mixed up and the chapters were all over the place and I just couldn't be bothered to see it through to the end.

Which I guess says a lot about the book, if it left a lasting impression then I... more>> definitely would have done my best to follow up with the mixed up chapters till the end.

Did I like it? Yes, Would I recommend it? No, not really. <<less
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New T1t4n14 rated it
February 9, 2020
Status: c50
Interesting baseline. Love the MC and ML. It’s sweet and heartwarming, in a straightforward way.
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max2payne0 rated it
July 17, 2018
Status: c29
I watched the drama before I found the novel was being translated, and the only thing I can say is I love it. The relationship between the two leads was turned into a bromance in the drama (of course, because it's content in China) but the dynamic between the characters in the novel is so much better. I'm taking both as different stories with points of intersections, and similarities, because they do have a lot of differences, but I definitely love both.

I'd give a more in-depth, detailed review, but I... more>> don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't started on either the drama or the novel, but I definitely recommend it. (It does have some horror elements, though so far it's minor, at least I can put up with it, and I scare easily.) <<less
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June 14, 2019
Status: c7
It is really hard for me to get into this novel because the first character the novel introduces and follows is the new recruit... meanwhile he is just a side character? A third wheel??

Me: completely rooting for this little wimpy kid and his new Partner in business, Then suddenly this teacher comes in and steals his love? WTF?

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Who is this guy? Wait??? who is the MC and ML? I have been tricked I tell you! who is this little wimpy kid? Not the MC?? what? why... more>> introduce him first... why lead me on like this.. *cries*.. <<less
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zsanyka rated it
August 11, 2018
Status: c45
Beautifully written, intelligent, daring and well researched story with a true happy ending. Ah, and it's funny, too!

Like most, I stumbled accross the novel after watching the web series, but have to say the two does not compare nor in quality nor in storytelling. The series is cute in its goofyness and I love the lead actors to death, but it way off with the censorship and plot changes. It is understandable though being produced in mainland China. If you liked the characters in the series, and want to have... more>> the real deal or just wish to read a great fantasy/supernatural BL, I highly recommend the novel. It quicky became one of my favourite BL novel of all times.

What especially appreaciated about this novel is effort and the level of research the author put into all the little details about Chinese and Buddhist mythology, down to folklore and popular beliefs. I love the supernatural/fantasy genre and it great to read a BL novel where the story and world building not secondary to the romance.

Speaking of romance, the love between the two leads is really touching. Sometimes stuble and heartbreaking, sometimes goofy and hilarious, sometimes downright erotic, but always beautifully portaited and fits their character perfectly. The author is master at crafting compelling, complex backstories that arches through centuries, involving cycles of rebirth, devotion, love, longing, intrigue, sacrifice. I highly recommend her other stories as well.

Huge plus are the characters. Not only the main characters, but also the supporting characters are extremly well written and unique. Two of my favourite characters are Lin Jing, and Da Qing, the black cat. Both are really funny on their own way and add so much to the story.

For the ones who are coming from the series:

  • expect BL not bromance (loads of it)
  • way more religious/mystical stuff based on Taoism/Buddhism (sometimes wandering into horror territory)
  • characters are slightly different: more otherwordly e.g. Hu Zhong is an actual nāgini who changes into a snake oncea month (I don't know what the chinese term for a nāgini, sorry), or just different like Lin Jing who not a scientist, but a fake monk, and let's not forget about Shen Wei... but I think that would be a spoiler :P
  • more flashed out backstory and context (no "we met for 1 day and searched for you for 10000 years" nonsense)
  • happy ending
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BillionJellyfish rated it
October 23, 2018
Status: Completed
First off, I actually watched the drama before reading the novel in Chinese, so I didn't really know that this was suppose to be bl till I got to the novel. The drama is more about bromance and the crime cases that our MC and ML solves since China kinda censored all the bl scenes that should have been included in the drama, but oh whelp. At least we get to read about all the sweet and fluffy bl scenes in the novel!

The plot is basically summarized above, so I'll... more>> just get into some small spoilers~

1. The MC is Zhao Yunlan, who is surprisingly, the uke! While Professor Shen Wei is the seme so... huehuehue~ There are plenty of sweet and intimate moments between our MC and ML with little to no misunderstandings (no angst), which is always a pro.

2. The MC eventually regains the memories of his past life.

3. The ending is kinda anti-climatic/a cliff-hanger, but the extra side stories definitely help find a closure on the open ending. So no worries my fellow fujoshis, the ending is definitely a HE.

And from here on, the plot thickens~ <<less
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AnnaChoi rated it
July 31, 2018
Status: c10
When I read on MDL site about Guardian was based from novel I search it and found~~

Despite being different when they put it on silver screen, it's well written both of them (ignore the loopholes everywhere in drama). Mixed the fantasy, action and Yaoi sure grab my attention most of Yaoi story have a garbage plot but this still grab your attention for next chapter. Thank you for the translator team.

90'degree bow
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PotatoCakes rated it
January 20, 2019
Status: c95
The novel is a Chinese BL version of Dresden files - a nice mix of supernatural, mystery, and adventure. It's well written and the pacing is good. The plot is intricate and suspenseful. You follow along with the MC (who is constantly lied to) as events unfold, so you can follow along in the mystery and come up with fan theories.

The MC and ML are probably some of the best characters I've seen in BL novels. They're truly partners and accept each other's flaws despite the circumstances. I especially enjoy... more>> the MC since his personality is extremely "manly" even though he's the uke.

This sounds good until the plot devolves into metaphysical bullsh*t around part 4 (lantern arc). As more of the story unfolds, you come to realize that the entire novel is just fueled with the smelliest Chinese mythological cow dung imaginable. Not does the story delve way too deep into Chinese creationism, the historical relationship between the MC and ML is not all that it's cracked to be (is there anything cheesier than love at first sight?).

If you're really into Chinese lore, this book might be for you. Otherwise, you better be a fan of the drama or else this novel is going to be a chore (especially considering the translation is not very good). <<less
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shairiru rated it
October 6, 2018
Status: c66
I read Guardian after I watched the drama. The novel continues to go beyond my expectations. The worldbuilding is fantastic. Each character is well-developed. The scenes develop naturally and the humor is not forced. Even the way of writing is amazing, it must be even more beautiful in its original language.
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rainandgingko rated it
December 28, 2018
Status: c71
this is my first time writing a review but I really have the need to write one about this novel. Actually I just read guardian last week (i didnt really have high expectations bc I was not that fond of modern setting) BUT WOW I really love everything about this novel. The plot is quite fast, the flashback, and the dynamic between the MC and ML is what im living for. The most memorable thing about this novel is really the story between the MC and ML. It's so beautiful... more>> and so touching omg. Basically, this novel is like you know, solving problems / mysteries with some romantic scene. In short, this kind of story is my cup of tea. And what I like more is they dont have any unnecessary dramas to be together or even after they get together, for me they resolve everything well.

this novel is so funny omg I can laugh until crying. AND GUARDIAN IS ABLE TO SNACTH THE NUMBER ONE OF MY FAVE DANMEI. Most of my friends dont pick this novel bc of the "modern setting" but believe me, you should try to read this one. For me the characteristic of the MC and ML are quite different from the ones I usually read, they are so well-written and it's so nice to see something new. And priest will never disappoint you. /And guess what, ive been rereading this novel for countless times/ <<less
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__elineem rated it
December 13, 2018
Status: c70
This is my first time writing a review here on Novel Updates! I got into Guardian after watching the drama version! I fell in love with it (especially the actors). So I decided to read the novel as well, and dang it is completely different from the drama which I LOVED IT! I love the drama version just for the cast and the main actors Zhu YiLong and Bai Yu~ but the novel is AMAZING!! This is highly recommended, it has good amount of humor in it, the characters are... more>> funny~ the story is written well, and the chemistry between the main characters is just too HOT!! Don’t hesitate! Just start reading if you are iffy about this novel, don’t be! <<less
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AlexiaMaria rated it
November 30, 2018
Status: c70
This novel is one where the past plays such an important role that if you skip the parts with the past you will get so counfused.I love the romance between the leads since the drama didn't really make it obvious but the novel shows such a well placed and mature romance story between the MC and ML that you can't hate it even if you don't like the plot.


I love that the MC is the uke since his personality gives you the idea that he is seme.

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chubacca rated it
November 16, 2018
Status: c70
Absolutely nothing like the drama, and that's a good thing. It's a delight to read as the MC, Zhao Yunlan, is a shameless flirt that won't let fate/the past/literally anything stop him from getting his man, Shen Wei.

Won't go into too much detail, but know that this has a happy ending, unlike the drama.

100% recommend. Also there have been 70 chapters translated so far, novelupdates is behind.
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Miasma012 rated it
August 2, 2018
Status: --
I watched the drama untill ep. 35 I think so, I still remember the line when they said about being characters in a novel, didn't expect to actually find it by randomly, a great drama, and surely a good novel.
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larcenciel rated it
May 12, 2019
Status: c76
The writing is just great! The characters are 3 dimensional and interesting. This was my first cn novel and it did not disappoint. It's funny and I've often found myself rereading certain parts because they were just so well done!
I highly recommend this.

Also, the drama is good too, check it out, the actors convey the real romantical undertones well. Not to mention the casting it on point! The story is a bit different there, but enjoyable.

The production clearly tried it's best to sidestep the censorship, so even if it's... more>> listed as bromance you'd have to be blind not to see the real feelings underneath. <<less
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Ezralva rated it
January 10, 2019
Status: c60
Not gonna be the review you're looking for... actually till chapter 50-ish or so, it was quite a read. The suspense of the plot, rare theme for BL novel, not so much of human conflict drama between the characters which are all good points. I am not a fan of modern setting BL, but this one had engaged me for a while... The characters all had unique traits and their comedic tones in conversations really freshen things up.

But after that it turns south for me, just after more and more... more>> secrets being unraveled about the past. It is very plot heavy, and it concentrated starting halfway thru the novel. For people who aren't familiar with Buddhism mythologies and legends, all of these things I read here are brand new and with the pace set on this novel, there are a lot to take in one go... so yeah, after that I found myself ambling thru the chapters and quickly lost interest. I usually like a powerful couple, but here I can't seem to like MC no matter what eventhough he is the key of this story and the most powerful character in the end. Thus, it is hard for me to enjoy the romance.

I decided to drop this now, not sure if I'll ever pick it up again. Maybe I will if there's nothing else to read <<less
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Thwon rated it
January 3, 2019
Status: c72
One of my best novel so far. It really is an amazing story and I really loved it! This isn't just a simple history based on a romance or something, it has investigation cases, mystery (a little bit of drama).

The history is really well balanced and you don't get lost. It can be a little bit difficult if you're not really familiar with Chinese names because there're a little bit, but it is not a big deal.

And the characters are so hilarious and cute and impressive! I'll never love SW... more>> or ZYL enough. They're so sweet, funny and adorable at the same time! <<less
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MayuriC93 rated it
August 15, 2018
Status: c10
I came to know about this by the chinese drama with same title. Though there is difference in plotting, drama and novel are interesting it's own way. Drama is detailed and has beautiful actors with extra cases, while novel is more focused on couple's relationship. I find it more and more new to enjoy the story for longer. Lol
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