Lord of the Mysteries

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In the waves of steam and machinery, who could achieve extraordinary? In the fogs of history and darkness, who was whispering? I woke up from the realm of mysteries and opened my eyes to the world.

Firearms, cannons, battleships, airships, and difference machines. Potions, divination, curses, hanged-man, and sealed artifacts… The lights shone brightly, yet the secrets of the world were never far away. This was a legend of the “fool”.

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Lord of Mysteries
LOTM
诡秘之主
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Release that Witch (4)
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Warlock of the Magus World (2)
Mystical Journey (1)
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My House of Horrors (1)

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02/22/19 Webnovel c128
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timma
New timma rated it
April 21, 2019
Status: v4c175
I'd recommend this one. Almost missed my attention due to the steampunk tag, but I don't really think that fits. First volume solid gold, and you'll be a fan by the end of it.

Favorite web novel by this author. I like the earlier volumes. Slight spoilers on how the story progresses at parts of his potion path thing.

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    1. Seer. (5/5) Solid story here, tons to love.
    2. Clown (4/5), pretty neat some cool abilities, allows for MC to participate in book events.
    3. Magician (4/5) - cool because of detective elements around this arch, but lack of supporting characters that you'd care deeply about at this point, you see the MC start being more of a loner.
    4. Faceless Man (3/5) - not huge on this one, I feel like he could have switched faces more often for a better story, plot at this point is not as interesting as earlier elements of book. Main grip is at this point he's kind of solo, which I dislike.
    5. Puppet Master - haven't read up to this point, but I'm hyped for it. Seems like a lot of plot is being set up so this role can shine.
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ZKatty
New ZKatty rated it
April 18, 2019
Status: --
I am a Chinese American, I thought it did be fun to read this great book again in English, but then I saw some people in the comments saying this novel is very draggy, slow-paced, and not focused on development. And it's the author's fault because he focuses on word count, blah blah blah.

Let's keep something in mind here: Chinese and English are two entirely different languages!

If you ever translated English into Chinese accurately, you will find that the same sentence in Chinese is at most half of the... more>> length of the original sentence in English. This is because of one to two characters in Chinese represents one word and Chinese don't need spaces. There is even a type of word called "ChenYu" that is all 4 characters long but their representation could vary from a vivid description to a fable. These differences turned a good dose of engaging imagery for Chinese speakers into long, boring, and unnecessary description to English speakers.

In conclusion, it's not the author's fault. If you want to read a good Chinese novel you either get used to the pace or learn Chinese.

Here are some proves to my point:

  • A ChenYu used in the 1st sentence of the 1st actual paragraph of c1 is "guang guai lu li". The translator translated it to bizarre but it is actually ment strange and colorful lights like those you see when you are very dizzy. So the translation is actually shorter then it should be. (Not saying the translator did a bad job. The translator did a great job here because this is an unnecessary description when translated to English. But just to prove my point here.)
  • A comparison of a "paragraph" in Chinese to its translation:
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    • The 1st actual paragraph in c1: The bizarre dreamland full of whispers quickly shattered. Zhou Mingrui, who was asleep, felt that his head had a painful ache as if he had been slammed with a pole. No, it was more like a sharp object piercing through his temple with a stirring action!
    • Link to c1 in Chinese: (It won't let me type in Chinese : ()
      https://read. Qidian. Com/chapter/3Q__bQt6cZEVDwQbBL_r1g2/GSlTBhSdiqP4p8iEw--PPw2

      • You may find out by the punctuations that a paragraph in English is only a sentence in Chinese! It would be considered a run-on-sentence in English grammar but still much shorter.
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  • I timed myself reading c1 in both languages:
    • Chinese: 8: 25.84 min
    • English: 14:29.31 min
  • In the original novel's comments, no one complained about the novel being filled with fillers. Not even in c1, which is probably the most descriptive chapter.
Just a side note:

You guys have not seen a true master of fillers. I recently started this novel where the author literally repeats an entire sentence word by word to fill up the word count. But he did it in a way that is so fitting to the plot and setting that it won't kill the interest of a reader (at least not the majority of us, judging from the comments). He is literally a mastermind in filling. <<less
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Aoto
Aoto rated it
May 26, 2018
Status: c119
WHAT THE FCKING HELL,

I'm utterly shocked at how a good novel like this has such a low rating, even more so, because this novel is from the same author who wrote novels like Throne of Magical Aracania and Martial Arts Master. This novel is about abut a guy who reincarnates in a world that is similar to Britain in the 19. Century. The protagonist reincarnated into someone who died under extremely weird circumstances and is trying to find out what exactly happened. Upon investigating he stumbles across extraordinary and... more>> magical forces that have only been heard about in legends and faces many dangers, yet he still keeps going to chase after the truth and learn more about those extraordinary powers.

That is more or less a reaaaaaaaaaaaaally basic introduction of the novel, if you enjoy novels like "Release that Witch" or "Warlock of the Magus World" you will with a veeery high probability enjoy this one as well. My review might be a bit biased because no novel of Cuttlefish That Loves Diving has disappointed me so far, but I seriously love this novel. The world is highly realistic the characters are unique, all those weird powers are extremely interesting and the story has a good management about pacing and keeping the story interesting. I highly recommend this novel to every western fantasy fan and give it 5/5 stars (more 4.5, but the rating is already so bad, so I have to boost it a little) and please don't let the rating scare you away (of course the rating could also be there because the translation isn't good, have only read the raws so I can't judge that) <<less
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Night Ghost
Night Ghost rated it
February 3, 2019
Status: c600
I've read this novel up to the latest chapter on raw. This review of mine may be exaggerating but this novel is very good (perhaps one of the best) here are the reasons :

    • Important filler : you might find the first 60 chapters very boring, unimportant and useless like I did. But I strongly suggest you to keep reading those boring chapters because the purpose of those chapters is to get the readers get attached to the characters. Why did the author has to put useless fillers at the beginning of the chapters ? Because most of the development of the further chapter has been forshadowed in those seemingly useless fillers and
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      the author's gonna kill your favorite characters (yes, it's plural not singular which means the author is going to kill some important characters)

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      trust me this novel is gonna blow up your mind
    • It's clear as a day that this novel is heavily influenced by ctulhu and soulsborne games causing the author to put some soulsborne games references such
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      praise the sun, red moon, gehrman, "tonight gehrman joins the hunt", abyss knight, the doll

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      and as a soulsborne fan I'm happy to see those references
    • Super epic arc at the end of each volumes : I've started reading web/light novels since 2013 (the era of baka tsuki) and this is the first time I feel such intensity. I promise you that the 20 last chapters of each volume is so intense, very very very intese. And the last arc of volume 2 is the best arc I've ever seen in Light/Web novels. I really have no word to describe volume 2, it's really amazing. And the conclusion of each volume is very very amazing. And once again the conclusion of volume 2 is my favourite. I felt like watching a box office platinum movie when I read the 20 last chapters of each volume
    • Don't get too attached to the character, especially beautiful girls/lady, because some of the beauties are
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      trap

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    • misunderstanding : don't get the wrong idea about the misunderstanding here, this is not the kind of misunderstanding you usually find in other novels. I'm not going to say anything about misunderstanding here because it's very funny. In fact it's mc's plan to get "them" misunderstand him.
    • amazing side characters : the characters here actually have personality, and my favorites are "the moon" and "justice"
    • Tarot gathering : the tarot gathering is always be my favorite part of the novel. Because most of the comedies happen in tarot gathering and for those who dislike misunderstanding, rejoice because the misunderstandings only happen in tarot gathering. And each member have different personality.
overall this novel is a must if you seek a good read, seriously read this novel!! Don't let the slow start forcing you to drop this amazing novel, this is a magnum opus. And thanks translators (CKTalon and atlas studio) for translating this novel. That's all and thank you
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Tsukkin
Tsukkin rated it
November 12, 2018
Status: v2c258
This novel is probably one of the best fantasy mistery novel that i've ever read (well im a scaredy cat so I dont really read mistery/horror/thriller novel lol). The MC is quite shameless, witty, and not OP. The worldbuilding is very detailed. The side characters arent just an empty follower of MC. The enemies arent too stupid like typical CN novel (which is very nice~ so tired of faceslapping plot -_-).

And the best part of the novel is..... theres no romance!.... yet... maybe... hopefully haha. Will wait for the next... more>> chapter~

P.s Bless u google translate for making it easy to mtl this wuwuwu :'D <<less
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Fulminata
Fulminata rated it
February 23, 2019
Status: c135
Opinions might change as I progress further into the story.

Oh. My. Gosh.

I'm shocked to find a webnovel of this quality. Truly, a rare gem. The worldbuilding is detailed. The writer's (and the translator's) depiction of each situations left me with a very vivid image of each of the scenes and leave me wanting for more!—something I mostly only expected in paperback novels.

This novel is an isekai. An isekai with a very strong gothic and steampunk theme, with mists and guns and clockwork machines and curses and secret occult societies mingled... more>> together in all of its glory. Imagine the somber vibe of Europe in the heights of 18th to early 20th century.

Right off the bat, our suddenly-transmigated protagonist were immediately thrust into a mysterious condition
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with blood oozing from an apparently self-inflicted headshot wound.

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There's a reason of why our MC is transmigrated, one that's going to be answered as we dwelve further and further into the story.

Granted, from @Night Ghost's review, the first 60 chapters of the story is merely an "introduction" to help us to get attached to the characters and familiarized ourselves with the world; A groundwork for the upcoming actions. Some people feel that it's a filler.... But actually, it's a necessary building blocks to established the stories. It's acceptable, it's normal, it's common sense. Most detective novels have these agonizingly slow "fillers" to establish a sense of urgency and mysteries.

The translation quality is definitely an A++. The words flow smoothly, and coupled with the mysterious situation that surrounded the protganist, keeps me scrolling. Definitely a page-turner! <<less
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Promethean
Promethean
April 9, 2019
Status: c221
This is pretty much, what I consider the best Chinese webnovel to date. Why?

Well, no typical chinese cliches (at least not much).

Its not written in an overtly ethnocentric way.

... more>> No racism or nationalism (which is a big minus, since more than 50% of the Chinese novels have these, unfortunately).

A very unique and well thought out world.

Plot events aren't convenient power ups for the MC. The plot of the story seems like its well thought out. It doesn't feel like things just happen because the author needs to fill space. It feels like there's been what I call "foundation building" where things don't come out of nowhere like a mystical artifact that makes you a god (*cough* every xian xia *cough*).

His power doesn't come from lucky. Yes. He isn't lucky. Even if he is, it doesn't feel like anything the MC gains comes out of pure luck or the plot armor.

He has a unique special power, but it isn't all powerful. And it grows as the MC grows. Yes, this is important. His power doesn't make him a god. It doesn't let him train 100000000 years in one day. It doesn't make him all powerful. But it allows him to pretend to be.

The writing style is great. Man, it feels great to not see many cliche writing styles. There's no terrible grammar, no repetition, and no mob character A commentary that takes up 80% of the chapter that no one cares about.

The things that happen to him, don't feel like a waste of time. You know that one arc where it takes 100 chapters to finish, and in the end, nothing changes as if it was filler? Well this one doesn't have that yet. Its been 221 chapters so far, but every chapter builds upon the plot, and doesn't feel like it will happen.

We already know the end game power level, so there is no endless Xian Xia power creep.

Comedy, its actually pretty decent. Misunderstandings? Well, its practically on Overlord level of misunderstandings, except a bit more scheming than Ainz.

The characters feel real, and flesh out. They feel like people you know, like people you can believe exist in this world. They aren't 1 dimensional characters that exist just for cliches. Even minor characters that don't show up much feel more real than important side characters in other novels (not just Chinese ones).

There is no harem. That's an automatic +1 star. There is no romance either, but I rather have no romance, than a super shallow IET/Er Gen romance.

Don't believe those people giving the series low ratings because of the slowness. The slow pace of this novel works because the world is so well developed. That action matters when it happens, because they are all part of world building and character's growth. Unlike other badly written ones, the world is thought out, unique, and actually matters. It's called building a foundation for the novel. If you don't have that, then you would be a terrible Xian Xia where things just burst out of nowhere, there no common thread, and everything that happened before becomes more and more worthless.

Summary:

If you like real characters, no cliches, no harem, action and events/arcs that matter and aid in building the character and the world, a world that feels developed ahead of the plot, excellent writing with no repetition to fill word count, almost no plot armor, a unique and well thought out ability/power system (and how to train it), then this novel is for you.

If you like tons of dumb action, super fast plot where nothing matters and plot points are dropped, endless power creep, no world building or establishment of the foundation of the series, cliche events and characters, terrible writing, short chapters, characters with no depth, and super ultra lucky protagonists (which is practically every chinese MC), instant power ups from legacies, than this series isn't for you. <<less
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Zefelina
Zefelina rated it
March 20, 2019
Status: c128
It is one of the most interesting (and, sadly, most underrated) novels out there. I started reading it because of the multiple great reviews and I am not disappointed.

It's true that the pace is slow in the beginning, but the author is setting the world and it is done very masterfully. I admit that I skipped some unimportant bits related to the world's history, however, that didn't impact my reading experience much as I still gradually immersed myself into the world. Those who read those bits, I suspect will gain... more>> some clues into the future developments.

The characters have their own personalities and are not there just to cheer MC on, like in many of other novels. The style reminds me a bit of Release that witch, because one in 20 chapters will have other peoples perspectives (but they don't get annoying and are very brief).

The MC is not op from the beginning but he does have a special power which helps him stay ahead of others. The enemies that he faces are realistic for a fantasy world. What I like in this novel is that even though MC is not from a wealthy family, there's no such things as "offending unreasonable ppl who constantly seek revenge and their whole familys get involved" trope. The world that we see is similar to the modern world - there exist normal jobs, education gets encouraged, universities, police, inventions, etc. Only with horse drawn carriages, maidservants, tophats and canes...

What I want to say is that people should try this novel if they want to read how one would live in a fantasy world, where fantasy is hidden from the general public. The novel sometimes describes everyday life and other times mysterious adventures, that gradually unravel the world for the readers too. <<less
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Eric Du
Eric Du rated it
February 1, 2019
Status: c91
this is one of the best novel I've read till now. The author combined elements like steampunk, scp, Cthulhu together using a ease tone (comparing to many other cthulhu novels).

Most importantly, the most interesting of the novel is its unique power level

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from a profane stone, human beings found ways to create potions made from other mysterious creatures' body parts to make themselves evolve into stronger and incredible creatures, however the side effects of the potions make people keep hearing noise and sound from the mystery and would corrupt and turn into monsters.

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By this unique level system, the MC gradually explores the world and explores the mysteries of the history, the gods and evil gods, and the world <<less
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
August 4, 2018
Status: c20
This is a thrilling supernatural steampunk mystery that starts a bit slow wit the world-building but then really spins it's story well. Although I'm still in the beginning of the story, the suspense has built up enough to put me on the edge of my seat. I am looking forward to the cases the MC will be investigating.
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Peixotto
Peixotto rated it
February 16, 2019
Status: c117
I don't know what some of you are on about. It's not filler, it's detail. Books aren't just beginning middle end bam done. It builds. It's a mystery/detective novel. It's slow, but that's a good thing.
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Tiber Winter
Tiber Winter rated it
February 3, 2019
Status: c23
The problem with this novel is the author, is focused on word count and not actual development. While actual development does happen, it comes at a uncomfortable pace after a lull in chapters where we as the reader are dragged through detailed explanations for 10+ chapters before seeing an actual advancement in the story which takes away from the story itself.
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raiha88
raiha88 rated it
February 23, 2019
Status: v3c169
Everything the user Night Ghost said in his review is true! This is so far the best transmigration novel I've read (read the latest chapter thru mtl).

The start of the story might be slow paced and considered as boring but they are relevant to the future events, explaining why the MC encountered those people/events.

Overall, I recommend you to read this story as it's so far one of the best novel out there.
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Guru Dubey
Guru Dubey rated it
March 18, 2019
Status: v3c217
Best novel I ever read.

Story outline is quiet fantastic you read story and fill you become part of story.

This novel lakes useless tragedy and harem where every chick fall in love with MC for no reason.

Concept of potion makes this story easily conjure to real world.

Story plot is filled with mystery that arouse your curiosity
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Devil_Cry
Devil_Cry rated it
March 17, 2019
Status: c2
At present this novel is my favourite one. Why ? Let me describe few things.

There is no harem yet this novel is very good.

MC reincarnated in another world and start his journey in the filed of mysteries.

The novel is well written and the author and translator both update 2-3 chapters every single day which is great.
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GreyPancake
GreyPancake rated it
March 17, 2019
Status: c702
Caught up with the latest MTL, this novel is just amazing at how it molds the MC character, from someone that just wants to return to earth and not feel attached to this current world to someone that grows with the knowledge he acquires. The potions the MC acquire plus the acting method forces him to change his viewpoints slowly about the world and his personality changes along with the digestion of these potions. Its not a bad thing though seeing him grow and face situations realistically like a god... more>> is amazing. The only disappointing thing or maybe a good thing about this novel is that the MC digestion of potions is just to fast. Maybe the author just wants to speeds up the novel with is good for us readers but its just reduces the thrill for us as well. <<less
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niz22
niz22 rated it
March 5, 2019
Status: v1c190
I love this novel, the supernatural part reminds me of the scp foundation, especialy with the artefacts. The writing is excellent and the novel gets better as the story goes on.
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Michael007
Michael007 rated it
February 18, 2019
Status: c121
This is a novel that tells weak to strong different from most other novels. Without excessive cheating and combined with the MC intelligence in hiding his secrets and causing misunderstandings well.
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wait321
wait321 rated it
February 1, 2019
Status: c43
This is one of the most slow-paced and boring novels I've read. The atmosphere is casual and entire chapters are spent on trivial things like looking for an apartment. The main character doesn't seem to be in any danger and it's like he's taking a stroll in the park.
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pewglsg7ds
pewglsg7ds rated it
January 14, 2019
Status: c51
This is a great novel that is extremely intriguing. Not saying it's the G.O.A.T or anything, but don't pass this novel up without giving it a try.

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the main character becomes a "seer" meaning he can see the future. Right now it's not so straight forward and he has to advance in his powers. It will be interesting to see if he actually gets combat powers with the seer role he has chosen.

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crazykat
crazykat rated it
January 13, 2019
Status: c51
Decent novel so far. It has unique power levels/power (one of the only reasons I am actually reading the novel). A average MC. And some okay side characters. Nothing too exciting has happened in the chapters I have read. We are still getting introduced towards the story I feel like, so I am expecting it to get better in the future chapters.

One thing that I don't like about the story so far, is that there are alot.. I mean alot of fillers in most of the chapters. I understand that... more>> the author is trying to help us understand his world better (or just trying to pad his word count) but it just becomes boring and uninteresting after a while. The chapters are long, but so are the fillers/fluffs. Sometimes I can skip like 30-40% of the chapter and still understand whats happening.

For example
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At the beginning of the story when MC first comes into this world, we see him exploring the outside world, buying food and so on... I can understand this much, but afterwards the author goes into further details about how the MC cooks the food, how its made and how good the food he cooked is and so on for almost half the chapter, explaining it in details which isnt bad per say but I just dont see how this progresses the story. This whole part can be skipped and you would still know that the MC cooked food, and it was really delicious.

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There are alot of cases like these to the point that I was actually about to just drop the story. But around Ch 30 it slowly picks up and gets more interesting, so far the story is okay but I will have to wait and see how it goes. For newer readers I would recommend waiting till roughly ch 30 to see if you like the novel or not. <<less
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joyfan
joyfan
January 18, 2019
Status: c20
As of where I am now, I love it! The amount of care and world building put into it is amazing for a webnovel. It does feel like I am reading a western mystery novel. The mixture of steampunk, high fantasy, magical powers and turn of century detective agency is very promising. I am praying that it will continue to amaze me in the coming chapters!

For an isekai novel, the MC is slightly different because

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he wants to return to his old life and he tried

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He is cautious and street smart, but he doesn’t know everything so sometimes he had to lie through his teeth in desperate attempt to dig himself out of a predicament. I like it as it shows he is just like us, an everyday man.. Also a non OP MC is always a plus in my book.

I am surprised that this novel didn’t get much more publicity or higher up the series ranking. <<less
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