Legend of the Cultivation God


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When gods gather, lightning will strike and the earth will move. Immortals! Which of the numerous way to immortality should one follow? Immortals are hard to seek, but why should immortals hide? Heaven has no mercy, but humans have emotions, and these emotions hinder the road to longevity!

Train the inner self to stay calm, train the external body to be resistant, then cross the three continents and four seas alone, and fight valiantly with demons and devils! With the heavenly baton in hand, raid the devils and demons without any resistance! Take one step to cross nine stars and chase the sword in the dreams! Traverse a thousand li of river and mountains in a single day! The exceptional beings do not mix with the ordinary! Within the universe, where can one find an obstacle! Moving like a dragon, with talent like a phoenix! The heavenly Daos and stars will guide one’s way!

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修神外传仙界篇 (immortal realm)
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64 Reviews

May 19, 2016
Status: c95
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G personally I was put off of this novel for a time due to all the comments about how:
1. It had an incredibly slow pace which I usually dodge since most of the novels I have read that had a slow start ended up being pointless or boring
2. It had multiple povs... which I absolutely DISLIKE with a PASSION....

but LOTCG is different. For one thing I wouldn't call it slow paced.

The reason why we probably think it's so slow is due to all the novels that have dragon proud sky MC, or simply the MCs that become OP and get covered in plot armor. Since they're all oh so awesome and blessed with luck and geniousness of course the story is fast paced. With LOTCG however, I would say that instead of it having a slow pace, if we compare it to other cliche cultivation novels - this one is tad more realistic. It starts off with the mc's everyday life where we get immersed in his personality and the world he lives in. This gives us a chance to in a sense, grow with the MC as we see his world views changing due to various events. Not only do we get to grow with MC, the author also introduces the jianghu (in different povs) where he then starts setting up the stage for the future of the mc's world as well as foreshadowing what his martial path could be.

p.s... so he might have a small cheat, which may or may not ruin all the slow building and non dragon proud sky MC we have right now, but going from how the author is building everything up, it seems like everything will turn out A - Okay in the end.

tldr, please just read it. If you aren't into the everyday life (which you are going to get for the first 20 chapters or so) then fear not, because the author switches to POVs of various cultivators whose names you will remember as there isn't a whole heap of them (POV switches are only about 1-3 in 1st person and the rest are in 3rd person)
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May 08, 2016
Status: --
I have specifically created an account here to tell about this awesome novel. The release speed is fastest and there are regularly about 10-12 chapter on weekend without mentioning at 1-2 releases on other days. The translator has translated 86 chapters in the past month.

Some ppl have mentioned that this story is slow pace. This is true, but this novel is similar to western novels. The point of view of different ppl are shown and not just MC and we get a beautiful description of the entire world thru view... more>> of different people. This makes us appreciate each character in the novel and is completely different to superficial ppl in other xianxia novels. All the characters are very rational and there is proper logic behind each and every action – compared to mindless killing and action.

I urge everyone to give this story and if don’t try it you are missing a beautiful story. If you feel story is too slow, then wait around 100 chapters to be translated before reading. <<less
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Aug 08, 2016
Status: c90
I saw the 5 stahr reviews and decided to take a chance with this novel. Who knows, maybe it's actually good despite being slow! NOPE. First 60 chapters is about him farming in his town. Then the next 20 are about him traveling, failing to get into a sect, and then FINALLY being able to learn the BASICS of martial arts. Throughout his journey, he gets bullied and completely accepts that. His character is naive, and he never takes the initiative to correct anyone or bother anyone at his own... more>> expense. Also, through all of that torture, you'd expect him to have at least some talent for cultivation. Nope. In fact, he's so bad at learning martial arts that his own teacher is shocked. 90 chapters in and I'm tempted to DNF. What a waste of time! In short, the author purposefully makes his character painfully average and at times extremely mediocre. Also, he makes him a dunce as well. There is no enjoyment whatsoever to be derived from reading this. Don't waste your time. <<less
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Jul 21, 2016
Status: c110
I attempted to read this, and it was so slow, when picking this book up I didn't expect super level ups, but seriously at least level up a bit.
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May 08, 2016
Status: --
The incredibly slow start leads to deep and really well made world building with good character development. Unlike most novels with explosive starts that get repetitive and boring quickly this easily has the potential to shine, specially with the recently picked up translation speed.
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Aug 05, 2016
Status: c146
This is High Quality.

I want to be very clear about one thing: this kind of work is "realistic".

Don't expect any heroic scenes and bewildered glances full of praise. Our protagonist is weak and severely underestimated. He has to suffer many setbacks which each time overwrite our expectations and make us come back to reason : "What did you expect with an MC which has such a mediocre start in life? " This isn't a book that aims to satisfy the thirst of "shonen" like stories that young readers are expecting to... more>> see because of the other xianxia. This is a realistic story, well built, following the development of the MC with a cold rigor, full of sharp logic. There's NO "plot-armor" !!!! (Machiavellian laugh)

However, it's also an opportunity to actually see the slow development of a world with many other characters that have an history of their own and have a crucial role to play in their own way. The world around our MC becomes even more alive as it doesn't necessarily turn around him and can show the greatness of characters that shine in his absence.

This novel makes us boil incessantly because it makes us realize the hard and merciless life of a young boy that has to mature from his own ignorence before being able to elevate himself from mediocrity and create his light in this world. The story is very slow and after 140 chapters, we are still waiting the famous bang that would mark the real starting point of a legend. Despite all the frustration that this reading can bring to us, one can't fail to expect something considering the strange mystery that seems to affect the body of our little Xiaoha in the shadow.

What is certain in this novel is that when our MC will shine with the splendor of a Xianxia hero, unlike all the other MC, he, at least, will have truly deserved it. <<less
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Jul 06, 2016
Status: c141
This novel is too awesome, feels like reading a classic wuxia novel.
After reading LoCG you may find that other novels is too plain, lack of characters and story build up unlike LoCG.
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Oct 31, 2017
Status: Completed
This is a very very slow novel and very long one too, unless you have a month of free time or more to slowly read each and every aspect of MC's cultivation life this novel can be recommended or else it's not worth your time.

the author in his efforts tries to make it look like MC's growth is realistic by taking it extremely slow and not something that was obtained overnight but this makes him one of most wasteful MC of all time, Opportunities falls from the sky into his... more>> laps every time and a single one of them could make a stronger and powerful cultivator than MC in shorter time but MC just keeps multi tasking and being whimsical about his efforts and he gives up on the task or resources if he feels likes it troublesome by coming up with some bull sh*t reason like I don't want to fight because they're too strong or I would be bullying them or I would like to lay low and not expose myself.


MC has literally dragon veins, flesh of phoenix, some legendary bullsh*t bones, divine eye of god beast, 108 heavenly king beasts arrays stored in his mind (he's able use only one with no progress at Chapter 3600, and the arrays themselves had to saves his ass to not get his mind controlled as these are divine arrays with their own will), dao core of the ancient world (his original world), bullsh*t luck that follows him everywhere and gets him resources with ease which others would kill to have some part of


in brief MC has a very huge potential and we have yet to see him grow properly after 3600 as there 2000 more chapters left, dropped it already so don't know.
*** edit***
picked this up again and read till completion and there is a sequel for the story as MC wasn't able to remember his past i.e, the first arc. The ending is good and every power in his body get their own clone with sentience except for karmic laws which fused with his pocket world.
i actually didn't mind read this big ass story because all the aspects from earlier arcs kept getting linked and mysteries being resolved.
i couldn't change the rating but would give it a 4, didn't like few aspects such as MC was unaware of his first child even with several clues and author dumping his first wife due to egoistic reasons <<less
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May 26, 2016
Status: c40
Unable to read due novel being too slow paced. And it's not that I am impatient. It's that first 40 chapter is like prologue and I am still unsure who MC is.
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Nana (ノ◕
Jul 05, 2016
Status: c133
It's different, but it's good. Heed my advice, please binge read it. Because the pace is slow, it'll feels broken if you read one section today then another one three days later. Also, MC is the cutest, fluffy adorable child protagonist here in entire NU!
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Apr 26, 2016
Status: c144
This is a slice-of-life cultivation story. More details follow now.

The story has a slow build up. It's not surprising it has loads of chapters and is still ongoing. I disagree with anyone who says it's not slow, but just because it's slow doesn't mean it's bad. That's a misunderstanding. In this case it's very good.

The author is slowly building up the world. He does this by giving some background for some nearby events as well, which most likely will play a role in the future.
But somehow this all doesn't feel boring (to me), as you are that much more informed about the ongoings in the world as the story develops. Giving you a solid background.
I imagine that after all the world building, the plot will start to develop faster.

To me it is clear that the Main Character (MC) is the youngest boy of the family "Zhang Xiaohua". However he doesn't get that much 'airplay' at all (at first), as the author is exploring a lot of ground around his family. Which may give cause to some confusion.

If you're looking for something fast-paced this story clearly isn't for you. However unlike most martial arts/xianxia stories, this one clearly develops the characters, which gives you more to relate to whatever happens to them.
And since it describes other characters outside of the MC's direct daily life, you feel much more familiar with them when they make a reappearance in the story (and come into contact with the MC later on).

Another reason it may feel like a slow story, are all the 'realistic' interactions between the characters. It doesn't feel rushed at all. It's actually well-done compared to many other Xianxia.

All the extra background/information given to you, is one of the solid powers of this novel. Since you don't have weird sudden appearances of strange characters that provide a quick plot armor or fix to the story. So far everything has been build up well.

I would like to see more action goes, it's still rather rare and far inbetween. It's pretty much sticking to the occasional happening, while focusing on life itself. I'm giving it 5 stars, simply because I find myself wanting to read more. Which I deem a good sign.

At chapter 48 the MC is still not following a martial path, but there has been some foreshadowing. It's more of a slice-of-life feeling thus far. He gets settled into a new place at around chapter 70, where he gets more into contact with martial arts.
At Chapter 118, Zhang Xiaohua is pretty well settled into his current 'role'. He's been getting more and more 'airplay' (as I put it) and you feel at ease reading about his daily life.

(updated the review a few times)
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Apr 22, 2016
Status: --
It has a bit of ST, as in:

there are three brothers and the youngest, who wants to cultivate martial arts, finds a very special artefact.

In addition there’s a massive family background: relationship of mom-grandma, potential wife of oldest brother, relationship of their two families.

... more>> There is also massive martial artist background with an exposition of several groups, LOTS of characters and the dynamic between them, including the sect which will probably take in the protagonist.

The problem is, with so much material, each party’s progression is INSANELY SLOW and 60 chapters cover as much ground as 6 chapters usually would if the focus was ONLY on the protagonist and it’s STILL THE PROLOGUE.

It quickly became really annoying and I stopped reading. <<less
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May 22, 2016
Status: c107
TLDR edition:
other novels write something like this nn cultivation: "MC picks a book, he is excited about it. He learns it, within a month, he gains (large) success". [All of that in one sentence]

This novel, however; the same sentence is divided into >9000 chapters (its that slow) [just for the same effect]. ===========
This has to be the most roundabout style of storytelling I've seen in a Xianxia story there is. There is a Cantonese saying that goes "talk about Jesus to Holland" (literally saying, going such an extreme roundabout way to narrate / explain something, and never straight to the point). This story's storytelling is exactly that. As of chapter 107 the story is still explicating on its world and surrounding events without actually laying the punchline how those events directly affect the main story, so at this point it does feel like as if sidestories' developments have outnumbered and outpaced the main story line. Although mentions of cultivation have been earlier, the author's just teasing to just explicate how the MC absorbs his fundamentals/foundation on external and internal cultivation (which is again, so roundabout)


cheat item: check
cultivation advantage: check
deus ex machina: check

The only thing is you've got to pick up the small, significant details because the author only mentions these details vaguely, or in a passing sentence so you'll probably need to figure out 'so what's the catch' about.
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Brat Peed
May 16, 2016
Status: c90
Although the pace of the story is slow, it is enjoyable nonetheless. The most enjoyable part of the story is that the characters and character interactions are realistic. Not the usual xianxia nonsense.
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Jul 05, 2017
Status: c900
This story is amazing. A lot of times we get spoiled by fast paced story telling that we actually overlook what it takes to build a really good foundation for a story. This story starts off really slow, and for awhile you do start to get irritated at the MC for well being s*upid. However, once you realize the fact that he is in fact just a kid. He's not a kid from a clan of people that raises geniuses. He's a kid. He was raised on a farm, and... more>> it shows. I appreciate it. Yeah you are going to go through a hundred chapters of build up, but it's worth it. <<less
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May 23, 2016
Status: c60
In my opinion, although the story is "slow pace", it really is building a good solid foundation, just don't expect those elements or moments or events like in other novels wherein the MC just turned OP and "mader pakin bad a** and sh*t" all of a sudden.
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May 22, 2016
Status: c100
Reviewed at 100 chapters, rated 4.

Legend of the Cultivation God development was extremely slow. The pace reminded me of Mao Ni's works, particularly Ze Tian Ji. But its narrative was different. LCG was narrated like old wuxia TV series with many POVs from different people and sects in Jianghu aside of its own MC's POV, and the MC himself doesn't appear to stand out too much in the initial build-up. At the same time, we can also feel some kind of implicit foreshadowing that those various perspectives shall come to... more>> a certain crucial juncture in the future where our MC will gain his foothold. Well, my explanation may be rather abstract, but it is indeed difficult to properly convey the charms contained in this novel. Just take it that it's a nice novel with huge potentials. Good plot, good characters, good world construct, no repetitive route.

However, the slow pace might not be palatable for everyone. And even for some, it might feel better to enjoy the novel after there's a lot of translated chapters piled up. <<less
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Apr 26, 2017
Status: c157
If you are looking for a wuxia/xianxia story that transcends the cookie-cutter cliches that longtime readers of the genre have come to expect, this novel is an ideal choice. The growth of the main character is certainly slow for a cultivation story, but in exchange, following Zhang XiaoHua through his daily tribulations lends a greater sense of immersion and believability to the tale. There aren't any arrogant young masters or jealous martial brothers that serve as fodder nor is there a string of damsels in distress for our young hero... more>> to effortlessly court. My one chief complaint is how the author feels the need to justify XiaoHua's decisions to withhold potentially pertinent information at every turn - it feels like they are trying too hard to play for big shocks in the future. That said, it

The growth of the main character is certainly slow for a cultivation story, but in exchange, following Zhang XiaoHua through his daily tribulations lends a greater sense of immersion and believability to the tale. There aren't any arrogant young masters or jealous martial brothers that serve as fodder nor is there a string of damsels in distress for our young hero to effortlessly court. My one chief complaint is how the author feels the need to justify XiaoHua's decisions to withhold potentially pertinent information at every turn - it feels like they are trying too hard to play for big shocks in the future. That said, it

My one chief complaint is how the author feels the need to justify XiaoHua's decisions to withhold potentially pertinent information at every turn - it feels like they are trying too hard to play for big shocks in the future. That said, it is still worlds better than having characters who rise from humble beginnings only to become just as arrogant and oppressive as the common villains in their wake. Or reckless fools who hot-bloodedly charge into every situation only to come out with great rewards and no lasting harm. I wouldn't even mind if XiaoHua decided to give up his advancement in martial arts (his motivation pursuing martial arts sucks anyway) and decided to become a scholar.

It's a shame that this was dropped, as it has been by far the most pleasant cultivation novel I've read - far better than the childish wish-fulfillment nonsense that pollutes the top of the NU rankings. You should read it, because it is good. <<less
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May 22, 2016
Status: c102
The first thing to know is that when 'they' say 'slow build up', it really means 'slow build up.'

A slow build up isn't necessarily bad, and LoCG thankfully doesn't do to bad of a job of keeping the reader interested until things pick up a bit more.
That beings said, sometimes the MC is pretty frustrating. He vacillates between being a genius and an idiot. For now, that can be excused since he's still a child but hopefully that will lessen as he grows.

What I appreciate is that the story feels more human than most of the web/light chinese novels i've come across so far. There MC doesn't discard his humanity at the first opportunity and even even strives to be something better. A refreshing read compared to the dozens of other stories where the MC just starts mu*dering people because they are in the way or some other nonsense excuse.

I'm looking forward to read the rest of the translation.
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Nov 07, 2017
Status: Completed

EDIT (c2155) : *vent mode* It seriously pisses me off how much sh*t the MC has to go through just because he for some reason wants to hide his cultivation boundary. You get chapters on chapters where his master would scold him endlessly on his lack of progress, even though in actuality he has way surpassed his master. You get chapters where his junior fellow apprentice openly disrespects him for the same reason. So on and so forth. Readers be warned, it will tax your patience at times.

EDIT: Lowering my overall rating of the novel to 4, primarily due to the story structure after Volume 1. Basically, the 2nd volume does a complete reset, wiping out all context of the 1st volume. This results in a new round of worldbuilding, which is a lot more forced : where before everything was unfolded gracefully, now we have massive info dumps every now and then. Also... it's starting to devolve into your usual xianxia: encounters with arrogant sect / family members, kind of forced situations where the MC is looked down on (with the obvious turn around later), constant treasure hunts. I miss the 1st volume where it's much more focused on the story : (

Currently at c1281. I really enjoyed the novel so far, it's an actual story with memorable characters instead of just a bunch of powerups strung together like in most novels in this genre.


One thing I'm not sure about is the transition to volume 2. Volume 1 ended with a bang, with a massive plot twist that sets you up for more action. Volume 2, the MC apparently has amnesia, and he's in a different world with different characters. All of the character building in the first volume is basically thrown out the window. He also gets to start from scratch in his cultivation! It's such a jarring transition, it's like we're reading a different novel. I'm sure that the author will manage to relate it to the 1st part somehow, combine it with a bombshell of a twist, but right now I'm missing the previous set of supporting characters.


Finally finished to binge read all 5215 chapters! All I can say is, the ending sucks like heck. The author spent the last 14 chapters describing the process how the MC and his doppelgangers ascended to a higher realm... doing nothing to address some of the most important questions in the novel (does MC get back to his original family? Are there any more tie ins to the MCs original / childhood world?) nor fulfill foreshadowing that's been there for the longest while (does MC become a god? - It's in the title for heaven's sake!), while adding even more questions. It's like the author ended it in a way that would require a sequel novel. *sigh*

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