It’s Not Easy Being a Master


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Shen Zhixian transmigrated into a book as a cannon fodder master who hatefully severed his disciple’s spirit root. This disciple fell into the devil’s path and returned to make mincemeat out of him.

Shen Zhixian just happened to transmigrate into the last moment of the master’s captivity, and then he was reborn again.

After rebirth, he devoted himself to fostering and supporting his disciple, only to discover later that his disciple was also reborn.

Even worse, the disciple still retained the memory of his life before rebirth.

Shen Zhixian: …Disturbed.

Afterward, he realized one truth: Being a master is a high-risk occupation. Not trivial at all!

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New ReadTillYouDrop rated it
May 27, 2020
Status: Completed
At first I thought this gonna be just like other master disciple relationship but that was not for long as I see their cute development <3. I think the novel is fully coherent from the beginning till the end and this show how well thought the author is. The romance is quite slow thou but very worth it at the end 👍.



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New Thwon rated it
May 25, 2020
Status: Completed
It is your typical MC transmigrating into a canon fodder who is about to die by the blackened ML novel so he has to hug thighs to survive.

In my opinion, it is not a bad novel, but there are still lots of confusion during the reading which make it quite difficult to keep on (though it is cleared after some chapters but still a bad point imo). The romance between the two of them is sweet and the characters have some good build.

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For example, during the first years of learning under his Master, ML still holds grudges against the person he thinks is the one who destroyed his roots in his past life. Even after 3~4y, he plans a trap where he will teleport his Master into an unknown land with his spiritual powers sealed. Obviously, it won't work but just think of the ML's intention.


And this is why I find this novel good ; the ML doesn't forgive the MC for what his ancient Master did to him (even though it technically isn't MC's fault) even after 3y of coaxing and hugging thighs. For a reborned blackened ML, it is quite accurate.

Overall, I'm sorry to say some stories bored me to death and I had to skip some chapters because of this, some were still interesting! But otherwise a good novel that you can read if you are bored and don't know what to do during your day.

Also a little thanks to the translator who did an amazing job because damn, I could sense in some extract the translator's pain at translating certain sentences. <<less
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Euphoriella rated it
January 18, 2020
Status: c82
Once I started reading, I wanted to know what happened so I binge-MTL the rest of the novel within a couple days. It's not one of the best novels I've read, but it's still really good. Better than some others, for sure.

I also wanted to correct some comments made by one of the other reviewer. Maybe he or she misremembered some details.

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1. The main character actually did gain the villain's memories. In the early parts of the novel, which had been translated, the author mentioned several times that Shen Zhixian was using the villains memories to do certain things. He even spent the first several days practicing. Then, several years practicing.

2. When he witnessed the ML being bullied by his other disciple, he basically punished the disciple by exiling him out of the sect to do manual labor for some time. Then, he moved the ML over to stay next to his house. Later, he even severed one of his other more scheming disciple's spirit root. The guy definitely deserved it.

3. The reason they went out adventuring (though not intentionally together, at first) was not to figure out why the original master became villainous but to find something to heal the MC's heart injury. The discoveries about the original master just fell into place bit by bit later.

4. I was also expecting the ML to be reborn after he committed suicide, but, after reading the rest of the story, it made sense this way too. I guess having your spirit root severed can be considered as a kind of major death.


It was a really good read with some sweet fluff and some funny moments. Started out a bit slow but got more fast paced once they left the sect. I agree that the ML was a bit two-dimensional, but that's pretty typical for most of these types of novel I've read. The translation is really good so far. Thank you to the translator for your hard work and for sharing this story. Once it's completed, I'll come back to re-read. <<less
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Pavetta rated it
January 13, 2020
Status: c2
I'm loving it so far! Reminds me of Scum Villain, in that a modern character ends up in the body of a villainous master of a sect who mistreated the protagonist, his disciple. Except in this story, the disciple has time travelled, so he is fully aware of all the bad things his master does to him in the future.

So we've got our MC who is trying to treat the protagonist right to avoid being tortured in revenge, and the protagonist who remembers all the slights and has already taken... more>> revenge, and hates the MC.

I can't wait for more. <<less
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ylial rated it
March 8, 2020
Status: Completed
Cannon fodde review has wrong information. First, the novel is similar to scum villian for only the first few chapters (really similar). Second the novel is up to chapter 82 only not 100.

My rating: 4

As mentioned by the other reviews, this one has a similar start but the plot is really different. There are lots of mysteries regarding Sui/MC. The downsides of the story are the plot holes and the not well written journey of MC and ML. The interactions between MC and ML are fluff unlike the scum villian.... more>> Also, I like the MC here better. He has this personality "I like him then so be it". He's not indecisive with his feelings and constraint with their master and apprentice relationship. This one too has less dog blood drama. Good story But could have been improved. <<less
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Miyuki_Hoshi19 rated it
January 31, 2020
Status: Completed
MTL this, a very good one.. Although there a lot of scum-villain vibes but I assure you that this story is very much original story, especially when a lot of mystery unfolded about ML experience and MC reason to transmigrate. Also the pace, in the beginning, a little bit all over the place (it will be better in mid-story though). And I must remind that you can't read this halfway since the last couple of chapter is pretty much clear all the misunderstanding, secret etc.. Heck I even cry... more>> about :


After ML kill "master" in the main story, the sect-leader (The villain in whole story) telling him that the one he kills actually both his real master (MC) and the "master" (half-demon that takes his master (MC) body after MC sacrifices himself to ML (in the past when ML still a child).


5 star for me since I like master x disciple relationship!! OwO) 9 <<less
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stardustmist rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: extra 3
This initially does have a likeness to Scum Villain, however, isn't the trope of a Master bullying his Disciple into demonic path and getting chopped up a genre where many stories are build upon??? Scum Villain isn't the only one out right having this type of storyline, so people saying that it's plagiarized are too mean.

The novel is nice, fun to read as a light novel. I wouldn't say that it's the most amazing novel I've ever read, but it's good for just a light reading. The translator did an... more>> amazing job as there are a very few mistakes, doesn't make it difficult to read or understand.

Now, the story isn't the best it is out there, the author skips time abruptly and you won't know it unless you have read a few lines. The plot twists aren't that exciting and surprising; mostly predictable.

Storyline: 3.5 stars

Characters: 4 stars

Main couple: 5 stars!!! <<less
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TooEarly rated it
March 1, 2020
Status: c43
Very hard to read. I don't know if it's the translation or the author's writing style but I feel like the transitions between every chapter is jarring. Like I'd have to reread the beginning to figure out what is going on. Timeskips aren't mentioned so there is a lot of unresolved minor conflicts which builds up. And I feel like the characters are just shoved around to reach certain plot points. Like the ML being unforgiving no matter what the MC does even to the point of repaying kindness with... more>> harm. But then out of nowhere one act of kindness just changes everything. Barely any build up. Just a bunch of time skips and wala it happened. <<less
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Cannon Fodder
Cannon Fodder rated it
January 15, 2020
Status: c100
I have mixed feelings reading this novel and my enthusiasm depletes as I continue reading.

For those who are wondering if it is similar to "The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System",...yes it is. In fact, I believe the author literally took the whole plot of Scum Villian, condensed it and shoved it into the first 50 chapters of this novel. No kidding.

I am simply appalled and have no words to describe how to feel.

To be fair, I have read my share of similar novels with Master and Apprentice pairs so I... more>> did have a very high expectation from the summary. I was especially intrigued by the rebirth element in this novel but so far, the novel is lacking in more places than one.

Our MC transmigrates into a novel he had read before getting into an accident and becomes the Villian. I do appreciate the fact that there is no system, which was a great change for me. But I was not able to put the MC's character together at all in the first half of the novel.


MC does not receive the memories of the original Villain Master, but since he read the novel he should act as a master easily no? Aaahhhh. His presence was weak and I felt as if he was not a "master" at all. For example, when ML is getting bullied by his other apprentices, MC doesn't do anything about those people and says the situation was too deep to handle and will wait. But... aren't you the master???


But I am hoping... begging on my knees that he gets stronger not just physical wise but character-wise as well.

As for the Protagonist (ML), he's pretty cold-hearted and has little to no expression unless MC is involved. I do appreciate that he doesn't immediately forgive the MC (props to the rebirth, nice). But the rebirth itself is confusing.


The "original novel" does not explain anything and is basically: Villain master bullies Protagonist and takes root, Protagonist grows and kills villain master, Protagonist finds out some "truth", Protagonist commits suicide. The Protagonist's rebirth happens before his root was taken out, so he originally died when his root was taken out?? Confused? same.



This novel will basically have the first part regarding those 50 chapters I talked about. Then, they go on a journey together to broaden their experience/relationship and solve mysteries behind the real antagonist? and how the original Villian master became the way he did.


Yes, there are good things about this novel, I'm sure there is. I just haven't gotten to it yet.... perhaps. So I will return and change the rating because I do appreciate the translators. <<less
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February 3, 2020
Status: c23.2
In the first chapter there were scum-villain vibes, bit I assure you it's not at all the same.

This story has a good MC and ML, the plot is really misterious, the reborn ML doesn't easily forgive the past after a long separation which I'm grateful for...

I just read the first 23 chapters in one morning and I'm already hooked. Looking forward to more chapters!
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KaPi rated it
January 30, 2020
Status: c55
Dannnggg! This is very much like [Scum Villain's Self Saving System], but at the same time, they also have their differences.

Only 20 chapters in and I'm already addicted to this! The MC and ML have some sort of bittersweet love-hate relationship, but it gets better as the story moves on. There are quite a few plot holes in the original story (aka the one MC transmigrated into) and many profound mysteries about our MC that have yet to be unwound.

I am really curious to know what happens next and I... more>> hope that this novel, which I feel as if it has great potential, will continue to keep us hooked with the amazing storyline and details it contains.

Of course, I love the fact that his was made into a BL because there are so many good novels out here that just stand on their own as romance, harem or just no romance novels.

Looking forward to see what is to become of this novel!

Edit: 50+ chapters in and every chapter literally gives me the chills! Every revelation of a new fact and the character's reactions to them sends shivers down my spine. I love the creative plot and how everything fits together like puzzle pieces. It may be a little confusing for those who haven't read too many transmigration and cultivation novels, but I guarantee that for those who have, this is gold. <<less
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Icycle rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: Completed
Entertaining Xianxia Shonen Ai story. I can understand the comparison to other novels, but I think the MC helps to bring this book to life. It's got a couple plot twists and at less than 80 chapters, it's not overbearing.
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Melange rated it
April 16, 2020
Status: Completed
Many people say that it has Scum Villain vibes, and this is initially true. However, the plot is less intriguing and the transitions are exceedingly confusing. There's a "big twist" but it's predictable. It's difficult to distinguish between the present and flash backs, and sometimes years pass in just one sentence. Sometimes the translator has to put T/N explaining the plot because the readers are confused... lol.

MC is pretty useless throughout the whole novel and relies on ML's strength to get through struggles. How they fell in love, I have... more>> no idea, because it went somewhere from adoration/guilt to ??? flashback hell to "you're mine nobody can even look at you" within 10 chapters. At one point ML is described as an ice cube and that's about the extent of his personality. His sole purpose in life? To find and live for MC... I think? Hell if I know.

The pacing is poor and goes from turtle crawl to bullet train before slamming into a wall and -- the end! There's almost no resolution to this novel, it just ends at the climax. The author introduces a bunch of new characters, they go and break through some cave, ML "kidnaps" MC, and everyone is confused. Huh?? At the end of the novel I still don't know who half of the side characters are or why they matter. <<less
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The White Rabbit rated it
April 14, 2020
Status: c2
Awesome translation and really cute interactions bet the MC & ML. I really like how the 'slow burn' romance making the character developement really good. ML's possesiveness is too cute while the MC's denseness and mischievouness balances it out. Overall it one of those terrific transmigation stories that can't be passed!
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Vonbielefelt rated it
April 13, 2020
Status: c2
It's a good read. While it's similar to Scum Villain's Self-Saving System initially, the characters have different personalities and the plotline veers a different direction after the resurrection/transmigration. The protagonists are both decisive and emotionally/physicially strong. When the MC tried to gain favor with the ML through kindness, the ML doesn't immediately jump into his arms with hearts in his eyes. After declaring their affections, the ML respects the MC but doesn't show an unhealthy dependency on the MC unlike some other transmigration novels I've read. This story is a... more>> more mature implementation of the "transmigrating into villain cannonfodder" trope. In addition, while some transitioning could be improved, the writing style and translations were good. There were plotholes here and there and the ML's character wasn't very well-developed (he was a bit 2D), but this story was very enjoyable. <<less
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lazyasianscientist rated it
May 2, 2020
Status: Completed

Thank you so much translator Xixi for translating this wonderful gem!

I really love how the mysteries and the questions being answered in unexpected ways but it makes the realisation oh so more satisfying to discover

What I genuinely love about the MC and ML's relationship is that they both equally respect and take care of each other. Theres no Dom seme wanna smash uke out of nowhere kinda vibe (which is kinda common in yaoi genre) but this is shounen ai so theres a difference !

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so thank god theres no r*pe or forced situations like that kind of shenanigans



I was really super skeptical like the past!MC was such a villain and he was said to be a young heroic youth. What happened??? WELL TURNS OUT you have to read to find out :p

This story starts of like scum villain self saving system (with out the system) but as it progress you realize its a story of its own twist


this story is very shounen ai. Meaning no smut. Sorry to ya'all thirsty readers but still stick around for genuine love and understanding between characters

Also made me cry


turns out its kinda reverse transmigration cus the MC never actually went from modern word to the book BUT IN REALITY it was the other way around ~

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jermaine_matoza rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: Completed
I started reading it yesterday evening and finished it this morning. The story is nice and it is a fun read. It is not too long and the story is not dragging.

At first I felt it was similar to other novels but after few chapters, you will learn that the plot is quite different in a whole level. ML is not over the top and MC is funny.
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MoniqGin rated it
April 29, 2020
Status: extra 3
It's a very good read. I like the characters and enjoyed the journey 😊

The MC is free spirited and likes to tease the ML. The ML is a tsun tsun to me 👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨

Only downside is....

no smut 😭😭😭😭😭


The translation is done well
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Nyankochi rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: Completed
I liked this novel, the main couple was so so so adorable.

I think for most people giving this bad reviews it's because it starts off slow in the first 45 chapters with the plot not clear, details in weird places. However, as you continue reading all the pieces fall in place.

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The fact that the MC, is possessed initially so he hates the ML and tortures him. It's so sad because initially in the first chapter the MC says to the ML that he'll regret killing him. It's because of the demon possessing him, and the fact that the person the ML was searching for and loved all this time was the MC whom he kills.

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amruta rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: Completed
I thought I knew where the story was going. After all, its the cliche transmigrating into a book plot right? Wrong. I loved the twist to the usual transmigration trope.

MC and ML are your run of the mill characters. No surprises there. Its the story that was a pleasant surprise. I loved the plant, 4th martial uncle and his reaction to MC and ML getting together.

More details of some things would have been nice. For example, the CPs of Qin Yuan, Chen Fei, the identity of the monk.

I wanted more... more>> "screen time" for the plant.....

Overall. a decent read. The translator has done a good job. Kudos. I hope the 2 part story of Chen Fei gets translated as well. <<less
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Fran.2424 rated it
April 12, 2020
Status: extra 3
If you are in this page then is because you like Chinese yaoi novels, I will not say anything about this novel other than: read it now!!!!!!!!

As a fellow yaoi lover I know what's good and this is good.
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Ninjagal rated it
April 12, 2020
Status: Completed
I know it may seem cliche in the first few chapters. But pls stay until the end. It's really really good!!!
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