Legend of the Great Sage


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The paramount existences among daemons are known as ‘Great Sages’.

A young man leaves the mountain village and wanders the world, entering the legends step by step, becoming a part of mythology itself.

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The Legend of the Great Saint
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154 Reviews

Apr 24, 2017
Status: v1c73
UPDATE 5-18-2017

This novel just keeps getting better. I would not be surprised if, after some polish and official editing, this novel was published in the west.


... more>> Do yourself a favor and read this.

Every once in a while I'll randomly click through novels to find a new and interesting thing to read, and I somehow managed to click on Legend of the Great Saint. The translator also happens to be really good and fast. In order for a good novel to be appreciated, the author has to be good, the story has to be good and of course, the translator/editor have to be good. Without these three in harmony, you will never get a great novel that transcends.

On to the story... Cultivation exists here but it's closely related to the dao one pursues. If you've read I Shall Seal the Heavens or other similar novels, then you should understand. The main character is immediately likeable. You can also relate to his situation and feel for him. I found myself irritated and mad at other characters that wished to do him harm. I also found myself happy and relieved when the MC succeeded. All the characters have a life to them and aren't one dimensional.


When even a ghost that can't talk feels REAL, you know it's a good novel. Just the way the author describes its actions and facial expressions... really surprised me for a web novel especially.

Also, the MC being reincarnated actually works well in this story as his educated and modern thinking helps him.


Not too many chapters are out right now, but I can see that adventure will be key here. So overall, if you like adventure, cultivation (dao), action and martial arts, you should DEFINITELY read this. If you like rich characters and a good story to boot, then definitely give it a try. <<less
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Jun 22, 2017
Status: c115
Verdict at c115 - Really confused at why is it so highly rated. Story started out unique but the flow is similar to many WNs out there.

It's really hard to write a review for this because it is a standard WN affair. Nothing special but a decent timepass if you have nothing better to read.
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Apr 23, 2017
Status: v1c14
Our MC is not a young master of X-clan, nor is he tripping over spiritual herb McGuffins or buried artifacts with ghost grandpas inside that just happen to be nearby for some reason. He is a down-trodden teenage boy living a lowly life of mediocrity and suffering, who begins to slowly temper himself as he starts to realize the world is bigger than he thought it was.

This appears to be a journey of self improvement and discovery, not alchemy cauldrons and bizarrely behaving side-characters who have a compulsive need to... more>> annoy the MC. The characters are refreshingly human-like, the story flows well despite it's slower pace and doesn't feel drawn out, plus we can see hints of greater things outside our protagonist's humble origins. <<less
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Feb 24, 2020
Status: v14c1661
This novel started up well with some interesting unusual stuff like non sect life, monsters being given more focus than humans, not many arrogant prick young masters. It was interesting reading about MC's struggles of cultivation and how to juggle dual identities and also the struggle between his human nature and monster nature.

Unfortunately as we progressed further down the story, the struggle just vanished into thin air and his cultivation became a plot armor that conveniently progressed just before he needed an additional strength, which took the fun out... more>> the reading experience.

Also the plot progressed at a snail's pace. Like most cultivation novels, there are higher worlds compared to MCs world and when you reach a certain cultivation base, you ascend to a higher world. In this novel, there's Six Paths of Samsara and then even Above the Nine Heavens. While MC reached peak level for his world and is preparing for ascending, author decides to send him to a lower world. That bs wasted 100-150 ish chapters. Finally MC managed to ascend around 1300+ chapters, which is way too late into the game. 1650+ chapters and MC still never got to ascend Above the Nine Heavens.

The entire premise of the story is how MC overcomes adversity and ascend Above the Nine Heavens to fulfill his promise. That never happened because author decided to go on a hiatus/straight up abandoned the novel just before the biggest war in the novel is going to start.

Then there's the random disappearance of likable characters out of the blue. Even when MC visits old acquaintances, they aren't even mentioned, like they never even existed.

Romance and relationships in general (be it just friends or lovers) is just plain awkward. MC has loads of lovers and children but those bonds seem extremely superficial. It's more like a relationship between two people working in the same company but in different departments. You know each other but barely talk. Which made the reading experience feel artificial.

Overall, it's a very very bland cultivation novel, which you can read to pass time, but can never get emotionally invested into. <<less
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Apr 18, 2021
Status: c737
Wasted Potential The Book.

Novel starts off fantastic, with a creepy setting reminiscent of ancient folk tales and myths.

One day the ordinary ox that a farmboy has been tending to his entire life speaks, and he speaks of promises of power and wealth unrivaled, yet the power turns you into a grotesque monster.

  • This unique concept that could have been utilised to tell a very interesting story become generic power fantasy crap where the protagonist can do everything and anything and f*cks every women he sees in a cookie cutter generic cultivation world. So disappointing.
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May 06, 2017
Status: c79
Very enjoyable read so far, the start is pretty original imo, the MC is already on the path to a demonic cultivation which I find interesting.

So far the power levels are still on the low end and it feel like a Wuxia with some references to classic chinese wuxia and the ever going philosophy about what is right/wrong.

the author isn't avaricious with the details and description and he often go out of his way to explain the mindset of MC which make him more relatable in those circumstances he... more>> faces, the addition of the ghost and his 'loyal' factor might signify that we can have a nice long running side character.

I really want to read ahead and see what supplement can embellish the story further. <<less
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Jun 19, 2017
Status: c111
Make sure to use the translation by the group "Hosted Novel" all the way from chapter 1. Several translations before it were horrible machine translations which is why Hosted Novel started over from the begining.

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So far this is great. MC reincarnated (for once not transmigrated, but actually reborn into an infant!) from earth... into a crappy village in the middle of nowhere. Reincarnators who retain their memories are not unheard of and are normally recruited into xianxia sects to learn cultivation (as it is considered a form of mental talent). But he instead got exorcised by the evil village witch, and having watched her kill off another family for "bad omens" (aka not playing along and submitting to her) shut his mouth and worked hard at the farm.

At age 15 MC sets out to finally run away from his abusive family and lucks out into finding a master... who teaches him "daemon" (animals, plants, or inanimate objects who cultivate) cultivation techniques instead of human cultivation techniques. Practicing daemonic cultivation actually transforms him from human into a minotaur like creature.

MC personality is actually decent. He is neither a psychotic killer, nor is extreme bleeding heart pacifist / wussy japanese reincarnator.

Moreover, the world is pretty decent as well. Author even takes the occasional amusing jab at your typical xianxia insanity. With the MC expecting to be forced to kill the young master, then his dad, then his dad, then his dad, then their whole clan... only to be shocked by the reality of it not coming to pass as people are actually able to show a shred of reason.

While exceptions exist, most people can be sensible. While greedy people are many, not everyone would rob for money. MC sometimes trusts people, and amazingly not everyone of them is greedy to the bone. Some are, some aren't.

MC amusingly practices some "evil" arts, but only against unambiguously acceptable targets (eg, mass mu*dering bandits).

Likewise, MC avoids the insanity of the "low profile to a fault" so commonly practiced in xianxia.

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Mar 06, 2021
Status: c1662
It's really hard for me to decide on a rating this at this point.

This novel had its ups and downs fluctuating between 3 and 5 stars, BUT

it's in hiatus for a good reason right now, and that is because the author went crazy and became unhinged with plot-twists and forced drama.

... more>> It's very difficult to describe the problem without spoiling anything, so I'll just say, a lot gets broken because of non-sensical plot twists and it becomes just painful to read.

Very very disappointing. It was a good read for when you have nothing to do. <<less
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May 02, 2017
Status: --
What a lucky chance for me at least to stumble upon this masterpiece. For every reader on this site, please, pay attention to the future of this novel. While you can bicker as much as you like and can complain that it doesn't reach the high AF standards you have, the facts speak stronger than a thousand men. This novel is the best piece of xianxia I've read since I first stumbled upon my first xianxia, Coiling Dragon. It's fresh, original, interesting, funny and has some of the best characters... more>> I've ever seen. Good luck to future readers, thankfully, we have a translator that releases chapters at godspeed. <<less
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May 20, 2017
Status: c118
Update: well my review stands that there is almost nothing new about it, except of 1 aspect the MCs cultivation is not as it seems and it brings to the field something interesting ... more>>

MC turns into an actual monster, after cultivating to a certain level and even has a monster core

and this sets this novel apart from the normal immortal cultivation and tbh I am curious how the author would progress with it.


It's okay, I mean there is nothing wrong with it, and it does have some good parts as well. But truthfully there is nothing new about it, it's a pretty standard xianxia with slightly higher quality than most out there.

the main character could be said to be a reincarnated, from modern world (btw actual reincarnation he was born in this world not transmigration) I like the fact that it slightly touched upon the reincarnation and the fact that he has memories of his past life even if it was briefly. MC at the moment is probably on of the rare xianxia MCs that isn't a hypocrite (at least from what I have seen, unsure about future chapters). Also he is pretty generic I guess, but is self conscious about what he is becoming as he cultivates and does what most xianxia MCs do...

the cultivation is body based only basically he focuses on the body whilst everyone else on Qi...

one major part that I liked is when a 2d character young master challenged him the MC said something along these lines which is dead rare in this genre


that characters with power over others degenerate mentally to savages that like to bully others

which in my opinion is a plus.

overall, at the moment it is quite good at least better than most out there, so if you have nothing to do and are looking for something to read might as well give it a go, at least you will not be disappointed and Will likely enjoy it.

reason for 3/5 is because I am used to the genre so most of the stuff in it wasn't really new to me but at least I enjoyed it enough for me not to feel like being forced to continue with each chapter. <<less
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Apr 29, 2017
Status: v1c105
The first few chapters managed to convey a lot of tension and complexity in the writing. The beginning story is unique as this wuxia author decided not to follow the tr*sh disciple in clan format. However in the last few chapters I've began to feel as the main character is becoming OP, which is not something that I like. I will update the review as more chapters are released.

However as I read the story is becoming a generic wuxia and losing much of the tension the author managed to express... more>> in his early chapters. I will keep reading however I am losing enthusiasm.

Edit 2:

The story has picked itself up again, and while still not fully containing the tension of the first few chapters, it is still a story that is heavily worth reading. 4/5 stars -> 5/5 <<less
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Apr 03, 2021
Status: c500
First 10 Chapters heck maybe even first 30 chapters protayed one of the more creative side of cultivation novels but then it turns into genric mediocrity.

MC is hotblooded, fights are cookie cutter, villians are s*upid as f*ck, crowds are really punchable piece of shits. World building is okay but just not good enough.

It absolutely does not deserve 4.3 rating it's actual rating is 3.5. I dont know about other novels but do not trust rating of people who read less than 100 chapters, cause this one has strong begginning but... more>> turns into genric tr*sh. <<less
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Apr 12, 2018
Status: v2c60
A mediocre novel, mediocre in everything, hence, the rating, 3.

As in the hundreds of Xuanhuan novels, the MC dies in one world, only to be transplanted to another world. He lives a destitute life, till one day he meets a Deus Ex Machina, and boom! He gets overpowered. The twist here is that he is cultivating a demonic technique, which will naturally lead to a lot of random bloodbaths in the future.

It is not the worst novel I have tried, but it is still not fun enough to read, so I am dropping it.

... more>>

The Good:

There is nothing really good in the novel, sadly.

The Bad:

There is nothing strikingly bad either.

The Problem:

The problem with this novel is that there is nothing interesting in it. The world building is non existent, the cultivation is meh, the writing skill is below average. The other problem is that the writer is inexperienced, so he tries to shoehorn a good guy hero into a monster. The hero doesn't kill people at the press of button. But the author also wants to show that the hero is demonic so he writes a lot of drivel about red eyes and evil cultivation technique requiring human blood.


Recommendation: There are many better novels out there, read them instead! However, if you like reading novels with OP Protagonists walking a bloodbath filled path (Hint: Crappy novels like Warlock of the magus world, Against the Gods, Emperor's Domination etc), you may give this a try.

All Time Recommended: As in all of my reviews, let me recommend some exceptionally well written novels: Nightfall, Ze Tian Ji (Way of Choices), Death Sutra, Pivot of the Sky. <<less
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May 19, 2021
Status: v1c81
Well, it started out nicely. Everything was good and reasonable. The characters were well written and there was a proper plot. But...

... more>>

At chapter 80-81 he meets a woman who is "so beautiful that earth's top beauties woulf fail before her". And our MC begins to think with his dick. *I have to have this woman* is what drives the MC from then on. She is very strong, the MC is an ant compared to her. But our h**ny boy falls in love at first sight and yes, the rest of is journey is to get strong so he can bone her.

He never met her before, doesn't know anything about her (other than her official position) and he is in love, just because she has a pretty face. Classic.


Nope, not gonna waste my time on another h**ny guy who thinks getting his d*ck wet is the supreme achievement a man can get. What a load of crap the author pulled while everything was going fine. <<less
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Jan 27, 2021
Status: c571
After reading almost 600ch I'm slight conflited with this story

Is a really good novel at the start

  • Avoid most cliches, no tr*sh youngmaster everywhere, no unreasonable people that can't step back, no vicious greedy fat prefect.
  • Most people feel very humana at the start and there is a handful of promising characters, the snake lady can stand on her own as one of the best characters despise her moral deviance, if not for some of her methody I could even see her having her own novel as she is not part of MC harem, unfortinutely she start to fall behind in cultivation and screen time, most tension of their confrontations is also gone. While later, the interaction with the alchemist/healer lady is very interesting and fun, sadly we can't say the same for the MC main girl.
  • The MC personality, is not a mindless pacifist coward that we often see on japanese novel, but he also not super edgy slaughter fest, he just someone that does what he want and have some basic moral but is not overly restrained by it. Being able to talk to authority, womans and demons alike with the same confidence and knowlged of when to step back.
  • His juggling of his Demon Persona and Human Persona is where most interesting part lies, be cultivation wise or his dealing with both side when a local war between both break out.
but the moment he goes to the "school arc" things start to lose steam, in special when the Romance always feel kinda forced, even if was fine at the start the fact that keep conflicting with his cultivation and changing his personality from extreme domering to teenager lovestuck for someone that lost all personality beside jealously was bad, with things going for alot longer than anyone want to read about it.

The pace is also a issue, extremely slow, more than 500... more>> chapters but the MC is not even (official) Golden Core yet, I can easy see the cut of 100- 150 chapters without losing much if the author wasn't making that sweet sweet word count money.

Lastly the author seen to have a very good foundation of others classic stories, so even when the story is slow is still enjoyable and I recomend. <<less
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May 05, 2017
Status: v1c43
It's rare that I'll read a novel so exquisitely written, one that makes me reconsider not only xianxia but my own life as a whole. This novel transcends the scope of the purely mundane and becomes something almost sacred. Almost scripture. No joke, I plan to reread passages of this and then meditate upon them, extracting their meaning to benefit from them in my own life.

That might seem a little hyperbolic, but I've never read a novel that so clearly delineates the necessary virtues and qualities. To learn boldness, to... more>> clearly distinguish between grudges and gratitude, and to behave with forbearance and prudence as necessary- isn't this what it means to be a man? Anyways, I experienced several epiphanies throughout the course of the novel.

I can't help but feel that the author must have a profound understanding of the Tao Te Ching and of the Dao itself; sometimes I felt that this novel was less a novel and more of a koan, revealing important lessons with thought and examination. <<less
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May 02, 2017
Status: v1c87
I started reading this based on the few reviews available. If I had to describe what I've read so far with one phrase, it would be a classic in the making. The top notch translation makes the already unique tone of this story shine.

What a great beginning, I fell deeply into the main character's journey along the path of the demonic dao. I love the author's portrayal of the utterly realistic events that lead to him deepening his understanding of power, and further his comprehension of his dao. When the... more>> author describes the MC having an epiphany, I am right there with him.

I can only hope it remains the same level of quality.

EDIT: Wow, can I say how much I'm looking forward to the upcoming chapters after 87? <<less
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May 05, 2017
Status: c45
Only 45 chapters are out at this moment, but all 45 were a pleasure to read. Normally light novels are extremely boring/mediocre for the first 10 or so chapters, but that's actually not the case at all here. That's right, a LN author that actually wrote a good introduction, writing 101.

The MC isn't a douche and has a sense of justice that isn't twisted.

The pacing is fast and the story isn't full of filler. It has been a tad bit predictable thus far though. Ex: Author introduces x, protagonist gets x a few chapters later. It has only happened once so far; I have faith!

It's too early to really evaluate this novel more so, but the only thing it's honestly lacking at the moment is a overall plot (motivation). That... more>> sounds awful, lol, but it's still early. <<less
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Sep 25, 2021
Status: c650
Tr*shy CN xianxia novel that started great but imploded after the first 200 chapters. Even for its age (2012) the quality is crap. Utter waste of time.
Suspicious amount of inflated reviews, most of them on the same day and have never reviewed before. Not really sure what the point is... does additional traffic from this really result in any significant monetary values, or feed the ego of some rabid fan?

Transmigrator Li Qingshan ends up in a xianxia world just because. His modern day upbringing has absolutely no bearing... more>> on the story, nor gives him any advantages. Because of a chance encounter with a demon bull, he embarks on a journey of becoming half-man, half-demon, all-big-swinging-d*ck. That's it.

Soooo many issues that most people commented on already.
The start was genuinely interesting, especially for a 2012 novel, since it touched upon discrimination and prejudice between races. Then that main plot suddenly becomes a side plot as MC gains powers and starts flirting/seducing women everywhere.

The biggest problem is the harem/pseudo-harem cast where MC's hypocritical behavior really shines along with confusing back-and-forth relationships.

MC saves a Female 1 little girl/skeleton Xiao An with mysterious origins, swears to be family with her.
MC falls in love with Female 2 Gu Yanying (powerful Golden Core half-demon hawk half-human). He declares he will pursue her. You're inclined to believe this is his main pursuit.
MC meets Female 3 Xuanyue (half-demon cat half-human), there's a good sequence of events as they genuinely care for each other while escaping. MC's demon name is bestowed by her. You're inclined to believe she will be part of the harem.
MC meets Female 4++ Han Qiongzhi (all human, boyish mannerisms due to being a military brat). She is objectively the WORST of all the women around MC. No character, no beauty, no skills, no background. NADA.
MC meets Female 5 Ru Yi (merfolk with medicinal and alchemic abilities) who is of genuine help to MC and a good friend. There's a lot of pointless s*xual tension while MC pretends to be faithful.
MC meets Female 6+++ Lloth (Spider Queen, total plagiarism of Drows from AD&D, right down to the city of Menzoberranzan), has a weird vibe where she tries to kill him just because. And he wants to f*ck her just because.

Somehow because Female 1 is too young, Female 2 is unattainable, Female 3 was separated in another area, Female 5 is in an ambiguous friend-zone, MC thinks with his big-swinging-d*ck and goes after Female 4+++ Han Qiongzhi simply because she's conveniently AVAILABLE, and makes her his main wife. There are chapters and chapters of MC justifying to himself/to the readers about why a bird/p*nis in hand is worth two in the *bush*. Yes, puns totally intended.

Later throughout the whole novel, author isn't sure if he wants to write a harem or not, so he has the MC vacillate between remaining faithful and sleeping around.

After MC finally gets together with Han Qiongzhi, MC keeps pretending to be faithful to her while he goes around flirting with other women.

Author then AGAIN decides he wants to write a harem, so comes up with the usual if-MC-doesn't-sleep-with-FemaleABCDEFG-his-life-will-be-in-danger plot (with Spider Queen Lloth).

Author then decides to open the floodgates, so he comes up with since-MC-already-slept-with-1-why-not-sleep-with-more (his subordinates).

Author then writes that Female 2 Gu Yanying is a stoic, emotionless, practically frigid person who will never fall in love. So we've now lost MC's main love interest. Wow. 600 chapters just to discover this fact. What a crock of sh*t. <<less
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Jun 19, 2017
Status: c1680
Just finished reading 1680+ available chapters. This novel is TOTALLY WORTH READING. I've read more than 300 different novels and this one is a first one in a while that don't feel like a big piece of cliche.

It's very well written, has unusual MC who's growing and changes as the story progresses further + there are no typical low quality xianxia sh*t like ret*rded 1-chapter antagonists just to push the story forward. Every important character is deep, developed, has it's own background and story. Especially Qian Rongzhi - this woman is one of the best antagonists I've seen so far.

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