Nine Evolutions of the True Spirit


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This is a world filled with mysteries from a conspiracy that has lasted tens of thousands of years;
This is a story about an ordinary cultivator’s passion and perseverance in his cultivation path;

The rise of a sect foreshadows tactics and trickeries;
The confrontation between two races reveals alliances and betrayals;

Countless deaths and secrets were buried in a catastrophe. As the secrets were slowly exposed, so too unfolded the mysteries of this world.

Let’s follow Lu Ping, an ordinary cultivator of Zhen Ling Sect, as he makes his name known in this world, forges his own legacy, and unveils the secrets of the unknown past!

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New Cute Potato rated it
September 11, 2021
Status: c111

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The story is about a reincarnator from earth who was reborn as a commoner in a cultivation world. When we were first introduced to the MC he was already a cultivator and a member of a sect since apparently he was recognized as having some talent and became an outer disciple of the number one sect in that area. From there we then follow his journey into the cultivation world as a common cultivator.

By common, I mean REALLY common. He is an average cultivator, not the Chosen One, or Old Soul in a new body. He doesn't have any cheat (at least so far) or even a ghost teacher/guide of some sort. And I have to admit, after reading so many stories about arrogant Heaven's Chosen, psychopath MCs, etc, reading about the average joe MC who's only trying to survive one day at time and not hard-pressed to save the world from a big bad boogeyman or avenge the death of his father/mother is kind of refreshing.

The MC is actually my type, he is cunning, merciless but not murderous (meaning he won't hesitate to kill if the situation necessitate, but won't go out of his way to kill people after the slightest disagreement, nothing I hate more than a psychopath Mc), often hide and run when at disadvantage, seems to be good at everything despite not having a cheat, hides his true abilities and treasures, slightly devious and money oriented, BUT also rather bland and has the charisma of a turnip. The author didn't say anything about the MC's past life, but if I would have to guess based on his personality, he was probably a middle age businessman, because he sure act like it. He's like Meng Hao minus the humor and charisma.

I get that the author wanted an average joe MC, but they forgot to make him interesting. We know nothing about his past life, we know nothing about his life BEFORE he joins the sect, in fact if the MC is a sentient sausage who one day suddenly wanted to become a cultivator it won't change a thing. We don't know his past, his goals, his hopes and dreams, we know nothing. As such that when the MC joins a competition (as early as chapter 10) I really don't care. Nothing was at stake, I don't know who this guy is (you can't just expect the readers to support the MC just because you want us to, dear Author...), I have not invested in him yet, so why should I care?

So is it good? It's okay, I guess. I have a feeling that the author wasn't really into the story themselves, so they're like halfassing it. The author can write, but their heart isn't really in this.

It only has 100+ chapters so far, so hopefully it gets better soon.

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New wlitsch rated it
September 8, 2021
Status: --
I consider this novel highly overrated. 4.2 is too high. It's around a 3. It's readable, but it is milk toast. There is no moment of awe or wonder whatsoever. The cultivation is unremarkable, mechanical, vague, and undeveloped. At least half of it isn't an anonymous peanut gallery commented on the main character's chances like Great Ruler or other tr*sh. So this novel is not tr*sh, but it's not great. The fights may not have the peanut gallery, but they are also so boring and vague that the author himself... more>> periodically cuts away and doesn't bother finishing them, only telling you how they ended sometime later.

I would have given it a 3.5 or 4.0 if I wasn't so annoyed by its gimmick. Many people have commented that the protagonist doesn't have a special item or hidden grandpa, and that is true, but there is a gimmick the MC uses to get ahead. Personally, I rather have a hidden grandpa. The MC's gimmick is hustling get rich quick schemes and then using those to buy cultivation resources. This way he can eat the best medicinal pills like candy. Doesn't that sound interesting: gulp, level up, gulp, level up, gulp...

Finally, my last gripe with this novel is that after going to great lengths to set up the protagonists character as a miser that hustles side-jobs to get wealthy and pop pills, the author can only think of one way for the MC to make friends, clearly it isn't the normal way. The normal way is talking to people, sharing a conversation, and getting to know one another. No can do. Instead the MC has to totally betray his character and just drop sh*t tons of wealth on their ass and then not even ask for them to pay him back. What a miser right. The only love interest has never had a proper conversation with him. After spending a couple days fighting together he essentially hands over wealth and contribution points to the girl equal to buying an expensive car. How many douche bags buy a girl a $60, 000 car on their second date? Also, it wasn't even a date. His blacksmith friend gets double that for free for no reason and for no compensation either. Yet he's a miser. Actually he's simp. It's annoying. The simping totally breaks character because the author can't figure out any other way for the MC to make a friend since that would require dialogue. Dialogue is not this author's forte.

Whatever, it's readable, but only just. It isn't a good novel, but it's a mediocre xianxia. <<less
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BumChikiBum rated it
July 5, 2021
Status: Completed
Good novel. Enjoyable to read. Worth your time.

Its just personally, I thought that it was such a waste that the author had not made the continuation of this novel in the immortal realm, because author have made good story & setting for the MC in the mortal realm.

Now for the short summary :
MC is just an 'ordinary' cultivator. He laid his foundation (in the 1st tier of cultivation rank) for 10 years before speeding his cultivation in through every struggles of cultivation world.

At the time he completed his... more>> foundation, He started to be mixed up in many things related to cultivation world's schemes, plotting and politics. One of the good point of this novel is that those schemes and plotting are easy to read, not too complicated and will not make your brain burning (*cough*... Kingdom's Bloodline "cough*).

Throughout the story, author also presented us with many heroes-like figures with decent back stories and plots.

For the cheat, u will not gonna find it until about 3/4 of the overall story later. I'm not gonna spoil it and I don't want to say it as a cheat because it's just too simple to be called cheat compared to other Chinese LN MCs' cheats. No system, no plug in, sign in, or granpa / grandmother in the pendant / rings or other generic cheats for the MC. <<less
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Drake888 rated it
July 10, 2021
Status: c71
A great simple xianxia so far. The normal sect cultivation story but without weird extra stuff. Technically a isekai but that only helps the cx a little bit. No weird otherworldly powers, no secret family background, no other OP complications. A nice break from the other stuff that is currently out there.
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bRabbit rated it
March 16, 2021
Status: c14
Solid so far.

MC is relatively calm in his demeanor, yet decisive when he needs to be. He is pretty tactful which is helping him in the sect.

From the way it's looking, he isn't going to stumble across an old grandpa in a ring, or some other cheat, and will instead be slowly accumulating smaller fortunes and the like- that's a plus in my book.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because it is lacking some flair in the writing style to really take it to the next level... more>> (in my opinion).

I will keep reading, and update this impression/review in the future. As 14 chapters really isn't a lot to go on. <<less
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Kbcpro rated it
May 20, 2021
Status: --
The novel had cautious MC at the start, however, this has gradually changed and by chapter 300, the MC does what he wants, flaunts his wealth and let his sect and teacher back him up. This is despite repeated reminders from his teacher to not to do so and hence the cautious MC tag should be removed and this can no way compared to novel like rmji which has consistent character of the MC from the start.

Having done so, the novel is ok, and translation is decent (though a bit... more>> slow) and hence you can give a try, but you would have to depend on machine translation which is not good and hence you may wish to wait before the chapters are stacked up and / or support the translator <<less
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jad14661 rated it
March 16, 2021
Status: c147
currently reading the mtl and here are some of my thoughts (light spoilers) ... more>>

the MC becomes very wealthy very often but on the brightside most of the stuff he gets is only for his level so no broken heavenly immortal sultra or god devouring sabers and such, at least so far, the thing that is bothering me a lot atm is that the MC will got plotted against multiple times and still have no response, like one time he almost got killed cuz of a plot and the same guy who plots against him tried taking his stuff too when he thought he died

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