Kingdom’s Bloodline

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A lowly child beggar, a noble prince, a monster viewed as the enemy of the entire world. If you possess all three identities at the same time, which identity would you choose to help you earn a better ending?

Thales did not have the answer.

He only knew that he came to a different and magnificent world, and he had to face a future that was as difficult to handle as a nightmare.

The glorious Empire had already been destroyed for one thousand years, the dying royal family suffered many problems, the legendary sacred battle had plenty of conspiracies, the divided world was in chaos.

But Thales had nothing.

The only thing he had left was an unswerving determination to preserve his own identity, bravery which would allow him to survive in a perilous situation, and a belief that he would never submit to principles he did not believe.

“A King does not gain respect by virtue of his bloodline. The bloodline’s glory rests on the deeds of the King.”

Darkness will baptize light. Fire will create true steel. The forbidden prince’s story starts here.

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Wang Guo Xue Mai
王国血脉
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09/30/18 Qidian International c82
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kkgoh
New kkgoh rated it
October 27, 2018
Status: c45
SUMMARY
Decent read, isekai + dark fantasy + political intrigue (aka Game of Thrones).
Identical to several sci-fi/fantasy opera novels out there, so if you've read a lot of those before, this is kinda boring. Basically a poorer version of "Release that Witch".
Good world building. But gets bogged down with pedantic details/filler with slow plot progression. It does show the impressive translation quality though.
MC being an intellectual transmigrator/child is pointless and ruined the story. Note that Vol 1 is Chapter 1-17. Vol 2 is 18-66. Vol 3 is... more>> 67-82. Chapters are LONG.

PREMISE
PhD level MC gets transported to a dark fantasy world. While struggling to survive in the harsh environment with his prior knowledge, he learns of his true heritage and must find new meaning/responsibility with his gained position.

CHARACTERS
MC is an academic in his previous life (it's unclear if he died). His past life memories are vague, but enables him to approach problems with maturity and calmness. That said, despite his previous life memories + 4 yrs of street smarts, he is sometimes emotionally immature which can be quite frustrating. Side characters are well developed with their own backgrounds/motivations. Everyone has different layers of morality.
Spoiler

A "mercenary" female assassin who shelters beggar children. A "righteous" knight who won't hesitate to kill. A "just and wise" king who is completely callous to familial relations.

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COMMENTS
(1) A carbon copy of most sci-fi/fantasy opera in the 90s, nothing original
Lookup "Star of the Guardians" by Margaret Weis (Dragonlance fame), "Star Wars", etc. The plot development is identical, from a constantly struggling lost prince to all the side characters that he meets and recruits. The only difference is that this is penned by a Chinese author. But I guess it's reasonable to expect plagiarism.

(2) Detailed world building, with some mistakes
Kudos to the author for at least being able to flesh out detailed environments, political factions, character builds. Very similar to "Overlord", you can tell author must've been an AD&D fan too.
Some parts of the world building/lore don't make sense though.
Spoiler

Natural disaster happened. Famine broke out. Everyone rioted. Most of the royal family was assassinated. All that happened within 1 year (named "The Bloody Year"). Huh?? Any Chinese who studied China's empire history in school would tell you such nonsense couldn't realistically happen.

Some poor attempts by author at describing political changes. Basically the kingdom was supposed to be absolute monarchy, then lost control to feudalism due to wars (lords granted land and powers to assist in governing the country), then back to absolute monarchy again but everyone is now doing a power grab.

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(3) Frustrating inconsistency of the MC
Commentators have pointed this out. MC is a mature PhD level person (likely philosophy/sociology).
He's a PhD (on average 30+) who isekai'd into a child's body (3 yrs old, currently 7 yrs old), demonstrated years of street smarts and emotional control, so he's at least mentally 37 yrs old, but suffers from several bouts of whininess and immaturity when confronted with occasional unexpected situations. This is not supposed to be a coming-of-age story since MC is old.
In other novels ("Mushoku Tensei"), being a child has a unique advantage of jump starting their learning process, power-up, etc. In this novel there is ZERO purpose to being a child.

All of his theoretical knowledge is also pathetically applied. MC launches into pedantic exposition of various modern day theorems on inconsequential problems. There's no significant advantage or purpose of being a transmigrator. Utterly stupid, ruins most of the initial premise of the story.

Spoiler

Chapters and chapters were devoted to showing how MC was emotionally mature. He stabbed a gang leader to death, witnesses large scale carnage and massacre, but can regain his emotional control in a span of a few moments. He can even talk down a vampire after being kidnapped.

But when MC meets his callous father (a King), he gets completely tongue-tied like some kinda shoujo. When MC is confronted with zealous fervor of his subjects, rather than argue sensibly that their fanaticism was misplaced despite his own strong misgivings, he goes along with it. SO PAINFUL TO READ.
Everytime MC gets into a difficult situation, it's only his adult mature mind that allows him to assess the situation calmly and see if he can negotiate/use his cunning to find a way out (i.e. Trickster personality). In no way does it ever relate to his previous life's skills/knowledge as a bookish academic. What's the point of the PhD?? "Release that Witch"'s MC did something with his knowledge. What is this guy doing?

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(4) The repeated, pointless references to modern-day philosophy
There are multiple quotes of modern-day philosophy/sociology (Kant, Durkheim, etc). These quotes usually come to the MC in the form of memories.
It gets old really quickly and has no plot bearing since MC doesn't capitalize on the knowledge. Author is just making up the word count, or attempting to sound sophisticated/sesquipedalian. Which is incredibly annoying.

(5) Pedantic writing and nonsense exposition
-- A ridiculous amount of detail explaining and summarizing things that have no consequence. It's beyond the level of traditional Chinese webnovel filler.
Does it matter if there were 223 casualties, 514 house burned down?? Is this a statistical report? Or do we need the MC "organizing his thoughts" by summarizing what happened in the last 6 chapters (or even previous lengthy paragraph) ? This nonsense constantly distracts from the plot.
Spoiler

To figure out how to recreate his power (which appeared to be incited through anger/emotion), MC goes through nonsense exposition of various modern day theorems. Such as:

'There are too few samples, too many variables, and the mechanism is too simple. The overly complicated Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) cannot be used. I can just use the most basic Mill's Methods of induction. First of all, with 'bleeding' and 'losing control' as the keywords, select relevant cases and events.'

WTF?? Why expound all this crap, just go ahead and test it??! And many chapters later, author realizes what he wrote was stupid, so he contrived a scenario (which should be the normal way of doing things) for MC to activate his power. Because author realized there was no theoretical way to explain what mystic power was. So he came up with this nonsensical crap:
"Blood had acted as a medium with the previous two times he 'lost control' by bringing the dagger, which was a material object, and the mysterious sphere, which was an energy, before him in a mysterious manner. Hence, he made a tentative guess that the power might be related to dimensional teleportation." WHAT??

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-- It's also REALLY annoying to write sentences in parenthesis for a fictional novel, especially when it's a random 3rd person injecting a DIFFERENT viewpoint. Poor sentence structure, wondering if they went to writing school for this. Not sure if this is a translation issue or if the Chinese author actually did that, which is pretty weird for chinese writing.

-- Nonsensical fillers of characters talking to each other with no resolution
Spoiler

An entire chapter devoted to a crazed gang leader murdering children in excruciating detail. I get the point of the occasional gratuitous violence depiction, but was there a point to this chapter at all? Could have been done in less than half. And this repeated itself throughout the entire novel, likely to make up word count.

Entire chapters with either: Exposition about historical events, which at the end become a fake out and we're told isn't true, OR
Fake pleasantries between characters, then all the pretense drops and we're again told all the earlier discussion was false. WTF. This is why other commentators said the plot goes NOWHERE.

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(6) Mired in useless plot lines
Mentioned by other commenters, author tries to be too clever and introduces too many inconsequential plot lines/factions/characters without prior introduction (much like "Overlord"). That style of writing has rightfully disappeared in recent popular media because it's pointlessly confusing, especially for a web novel with serialized chapter releases. If you were following this chapter-by-chapter instead of binge reading, you would be hard pressed to remember what happened. <<less
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Novelupdatesaccount1
New Novelupdatesaccount1 rated it
October 26, 2018
Status: c110
Kingdom's Bloodline is a slow well padded story with some real political and character depth. The padding is usually well integrated into the story and doesn't seem jarring or too repetitive. The story is let down, however, by the authors frequent use of one cliche which is that no character ever seems to travel with enough security to be of any use - a fact which allows the author to force in multiple useless fight arcs.

To elaborate, a few examples of this lack of story can be seen in how... more>> every single time the main character is travelling somewhere - whether this be from his house to the palace or from his country to another there is at least one assassination attempt or all out fight - yet the MC never learns from this. Having survived several assassination attempts and in the process of heading out to another incredibly dangerous country he chooses (for stupid plot reasons) to only take a small retinue of followers - all of whom soon begin to die as a result of fights.

Overall this novel is well written enough that you may be able to overlook this cliche, but do be aware that it is ever present in Kingdom's Bloodline. <<less
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Ner0
Ner0 rated it
June 27, 2018
Status: c9
Nothing happens.

The author is trapped in a time loop, always repeating, never moving from the current situation of the MC.

The chapters are long, but nothing happens.

Not much descriptions, or actions, but the chapters are still very long. And nothing happens.

At one point, you expect that something will happen. Something will change. But nothing happens.

Wasted my time reading 9 chapters. To learn that nothing happens.

The author learnt well with Qidian how to fill his chapters with nothing but air and 2% for the actual progression of the story.
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zavita
zavita rated it
September 8, 2018
Status: c10
There are rarely detailed novels like this, usually Chinese novels full of rotating narratives. I like the writing style like this in almost every conversation has the purpose of being heard. MC is a transmigrator who doesn't have any cheats and he doesn't always just rely on himself in every face of a problem, like in other Chinese novels, the self-contained and cold MC is really boring.

Togetherness, trust and friendship become points that cover their weaknesses. At least that's the beginning of the story, for the development of the... more>> story I don't know, but because I like the beginning of the story I gave five stars for a while. <<less
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CookieMonster
CookieMonster rated it
July 26, 2018
Status: c14
The chapters definitely aren't fillers. The world-building is well-thought-out. The power system and setting seem different from other novels, and the side characters get really fleshed out, with their own backstories and motivations.

The MC is just the right balance. He's smart, clever enough to infer things and motivations based only on details. At the same time, he cares about and tries to protect the children in his group (he's 7-8 years old physically), but he's not the selfless, stupid kind of MC. He's trying to make the best of his... more>> situation with calculated decisions, but he still has a heart.

He's not a wimp. He can take beatings but he has a back-up plan. He's not OP yet either. In the first 14 chapters, he already meets plenty of people who could kill him in a heartbeat.

The first few chapters do have dark violence and a bit of gore, but there are hints of comedy afterward, so there's a chance the tone might lighten up after the action-packed buildup finishes.

Overall, it seems like a promising novel without the braindead, obvious plotlines other novels have. Don't mind the 1-star ratings. Give it a try first~! <<less
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Lazybumkin
Lazybumkin
March 16, 2018
Status: c9
This novel has quickly become one of my favourite. The MC isn't just handed things he has to struggle fight for his right to survive. Ignore Ra3ie1 review because his review has nothing to do with the novel, and I wish there was dislike button because his review is for a totally different novel.
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BellMarsT
BellMarsT rated it
September 20, 2018
Status: c62
Ok, I don't usually write reviews because I am a very lazy person; however, this story is a gem, and you all who are skimming through here should know that you should read this. I don't listen to rap, but my brother does, and he forces me to listen sometimes, so let me make this comparison: this story is lyrical rap and most of the stuff you have read - I am sure, like me- is mumble rap. In other words, this piece of work is a 5-star restaurant while... more>> we are accustomed to eating junk food at McDonald's or your near junk food joint.

I see that one of the things that many people are whining about is the pace of the story. Well, just like Mao Ni's Ze Tian Ji (Way of Choices) the author takes his (?) time in world-building and character-building, and that is not something wrong but good. The story starts with THALES, our MC, who has reincarnated and is having flashes of memories from his past life, sometimes at inopportune moments. We see him going from a beggar to being recognized as the only offspring left of the current king. We are dealing with a smart MC here, and a complicated power dynamic in a feudal society, which can be a disenchantment for some.

The author takes his times building his secondary characters which some people seem not to like. However, the author does it for a purpose, because we, the reader, need to know what drives this "villains." There is face slapping and the MC has a "cheat"
Spoiler

he is a Mystic one of the most powerful people in this verse

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, but he has yet to nurture it, so he is fighting now more with his brain than brawn. I am in ch 62, the latest released by this date, and I am waiting for more. You all will regret it if you don't read this. This is not only entertaining like all the junk food we read (Gourmet of Another World, The Daily Life of an Immortal King, Otherworldly Evil Monarch, etc., .), but it also makes you think and be like "WTH, this is so freaking smart, " or something. The point to all this is, give the story a chance. There will not be takebacks. At least get to ch 62, we are I am now.

Finally, the chapters are long and the release consistent, so yeah! <<less
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Chourou
Chourou rated it
August 8, 2018
Status: c68
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The novel. Intresting setting, we have the usual cliché of transmigration bla bla bla, bloodline power slowly awakening and him becoming overpowered in the future, cope with an adult mind.

And yet I still feel there is a little annoyance around the atmosphere by the main character Thales and his surrounding acquaintances.

Another part that really really irritates me is that, this writer leaves so many riddles and mysteries and questions all the time. Novel is in 70+ chapters and there are tons of unawnsered questions. If I were to take out... more>> my old books, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Joe AberCrombie, Trudy Canavan, Nick Perumov, and the list goes on, they also leave mysteries and questions to be anwsered later. BUT NOT THIS MUCH (KINGDOMS BLOODLINE). It is a good novel. But irritating at a same time. Is that still a good novel? Yes but not to that degree of being an awesome novel, in my experience and my own personal opinion.

We are in for an adventure to see how his personality will change and how he will change his world. (Hopefully he will change) Expect xianxia kind of fights where magic and aura or qi energy will fly around and things will explode. Sometimes I just feel lost in the context when reading this translation. Gender bender translation. A character was one time he and changed to her in another chapter. Strange wordings, basically strange context and paragraphs that made me lost in the reading, not often but it happens in some chapters.

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I want to give this novel a higher rating but I feel more irritated than enjoyment when reading this novel. The "plot/story" is intressting, the world is intressting. But the writing is irritating. Cliff hangers every chapter. Unsolved mysteries and riddles all the time, and too many to keep track of. I dont have photographic memory. Annoying main character, Thales. Annoying flashbacks in the middle of situations or conversations that just suddenly happens and half the time I dont connect the dots. Whatever. Writer/Author trying to not make the novel into the usual cliché transmigration stuffs by trying to make it more complicated, filled with questions everywhere. Sure, I dont mind that, but its executed in such an annoying and complicated way. As I mentioned earlier, the chapters often ends with cliffhangers, and sometimes the novel continues where it left off at cliffhangers, SOMETIMES the next chapter does not continue where the cliffhangers left off. PoV = Point of view changes a A LOT - ANNOYING WRITING TECHNIQUE

-GOOD NOVEL PREMISISS, BAD EXECUTED. <<less
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Erlevien
Erlevien rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: v2c3
It is an interesting story, though it has similar aspects to other fantasy stories: MC actually being a.... blabla..

I have been enjoying the read for now, but I just hope it won't lead to one of the generic paths these kind of stories usually have, and hopefully, romance won't ruin it as well.

Translations= good, kudos to the translator

Just hope that this story will be unique and shine in its own way.

Give it a try!
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deathcoy
deathcoy rated it
October 7, 2018
Status: c311
Well written and intriguing plotline. The world building is well thought out, the narrative is meticulous and detailed and the storyboard is well planned. A mix of fantasy, magic, medieval with more focus on court politics and conspiracies. Kinda gave me the vibes of Game of Thrones.

However its not without the flaws. The pacing is excruciatingly slow, hundred chapters down the road and the plot only progressed slightly.

Too much redundant details or at least unnecessarily elaborate descriptions, this contributes to the snail's pacing and also more often then not causes... more>> the story to be complicated. Theres a difference between complicated and complex, the latter defines a good read. I feel the author is trying too hard to impress that it backfires.

The story switches character perspective too often, literally every chapter is from a pov of a different character, it breaks the flow of the story and only serves to confuse the reader. <<less
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ththth12
ththth12
October 13, 2018
Status: c80
This is a brilliant story. It's about real political maneuvering and actually smart characters for once, instead of the author just claiming that they are. It's more like a traditional novel than a webnovel, so the pace will be slower and the story is much more detailed.

If you seek instant gratification and MC being OP in 3 chapters, then this is not for you. But if you wish to read an intelligent story with complex characters, then go ahead.
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rengetsu08
rengetsu08 rated it
October 5, 2018
Status: c300+
I really like the plot and twist on this novel. Up to now there is no one like this with more detailed political and cause & effect choices that that span for millennia/ages. Of course the downside is that there will be a short time span with the chapters as the author need to write how it all happen. This is a novel that make you cringe as the question keep pilling up and when you get to the point that at least one question is answered, you are satisfy... more>> with that answer and of course you go back to read more as you discover more intriguing question that need answers. This is not a novel with MC that can trample everthing, in a sense the MC is weak against time and occurrences that is happening in his surrounding. Whether it is the past, present and future, he is helpless, that the only thing he can do is keep on struggling and struggle for the best outcome. This is what make me like this novel. Where characters are vibrant and each has their place in the novel. I don't hate MC or characters that can pinch any problem and solve everything in one move, but I already had enough of those type of characters. With this novel the MC struggle is alive and each characters are growing as the novel expand. In the struggle for life each characters have their own story to tell that you can sympathize or rather relate to their own story. This novel do all those thing and this make the story great. <<less
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TheJudge
TheJudge rated it
September 25, 2018
Status: c62
First off, the translation is very good or that the writer of this novel is. The writing is much refined compared to many of the other chinese novels, but because of that, the story goes at a snails pace.

Started off very dark, which wasn't a bad thing however it starts to fall off after that. Thales, the main character of the novel is a reincarnator, yet he fails to act like one 80% of the time; instead all he does is cry, whine and acts like a little kid, and... more>> I don't mean in front of others, I mean when he's alone and thinking to himself. There are lots of twists and turns in this story some that you might not even suspect because of that and the writing/translation, I'm giving this a 3 instead of a 1.

Very slow moving novel, 40% of the time you'll be in other characters POV, however at least they aren't 1 sided characters. <<less
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NoobaLoob
NoobaLoob rated it
September 19, 2018
Status: c59
I simply give it 5 stars because the great parts are great. The writing is superb and when the MC is in danger I forgot I was reading a book; the danger felt real. At times, I found myself putting my tablet down to think “what would I do?”. In my opinion that is the best sort of reading experience.

If there were any downside to the novel it’s that the other Nobles are too competent. They can spring traps for the Royal family and retenue in the middle of the... more>> street in broad daylight. They can do this AND leave no trail back to themselves. This novel doesn’t have just 1 outstanding disloyal subject who’s a brilliant mastermind. Instead it has multiple families with multiple motivations who are apathetic/disloyal to the royal family, and each of these families are capable to various degrees.

The novel is written in the style of a western book. There are multiple POV sections where the story breaks away from the MC to tell a related story involving someone else. The person who at the center of the POV is not always evidently connected to the main progression, but you see shortly after that the POV either sets up interaction with the MC or gives some understanding of the world at large.

With only 59 chapters out, I wouldn’t dare claim to be “the best CN” - but this does have the foundations to be one of the best translated CN to date.

The MC is a royal bastard who slowly gains memories of his past life on earth. He has various abilities which indicate he will be OP, but at the current timeline is only 7. I don’t expect him to be Roland (Release that Witch) - his flashbacks (usually 1 paragraph in length) seem to indicate he was a philosophy major, and not an engineer/scientist of any sort.

For anyone wondering if this book is worth picking up, I’d say it is. Be warned though, we don’t know how the MC will rule as he’s only just now about to be corinated as crown prince (it’ll probably happen around chapter 60-62). This world has magic/esp/multiple species (including the likes of vampires, though dragons appear to be extinct) and that’s all great, but I fear it will be easy for the author to slip.

I don’t know how the future will be, as of now though, it’s pretty great. <<less
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Boredbunch
Boredbunch rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: c17
Great start goes down from there

No clear distinction of power levels

way to many characters at start

... more>> 2 gangs fight but each have 20 odd leaders doesn't make clear who is with who makes it confusing to read

To much background nonsense by that I mean keeps leaving the MC to describe a fight currently on going. Yes the winner meets with MC later but If MC hasn't met character before it makes It look like it jumps here and there.

It is a gang fight with few hundred peoples main focus on the leaders. Leaders keep dying but it doesn't show at any point how many are still alive

No map

Chapters to long with it going no where pointless read. <<less
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sunkenpanda
sunkenpanda
September 19, 2018
Status: c43
I'll probably be 500 years old by the time the story actually progresses anywhere

Woohoo world building and details on a story I'm not invested in at all! Let's spend over hundreds of chapters before we progress the plot to 20%. Admitting that the story has decent writing but damn I don't want an entire encyclopedia for every character before the story progresses. Kills the mood, and yeah I know there isn't a hundred chapters translated yet, but you get a general understanding on how these people write after reading several... more>> years worth of their stories. <<less
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