Nine Star Hegemon Body Art


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Long Chen, a crippled youth who cannot cultivate, is constantly targeted and bullied by his fellow noble heirs. After a particularly vicious beating, he wakes up and realizes a Pill God’s soul has somehow merged with him, giving him additional memories. Among those memories is the mysterious “Nine Star Hegemon Body Art”, a cultivation technique even he can train in, but its secrets and origin are still a mystery to him. Relying on his improved instincts as he finally begins to cultivate, he realizes a huge conspiracy is underfoot within the Phoenix Cry Empire, one involving his father, the members of the imperial family, and even the emperor himself.

In order to solve the mysteries around him, he must rely on his new alchemy techniques and the powerful but baffling Nine Star Hegemon Body Art. Countless enemies block him as he attempts to climb to the peak of the cultivation world.

His destined fate was to only be a chess piece, but he will not bow to the will of the Heavens.

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107 Reviews

Aug 27, 2017
Status: --
This looks like ATG we got everything MC got memorys, arrange marriges with females that aren't bad but wont marry a mortal, medice to fix meridians and h**ny arogant dudes.

I didn't like very much because first of all even being a Pill Empeor the MC can't help his own mother cultivate so she must reaming mortal thats BS and because the MC after getting his marriage canceled by his fiance isnted of moving on he promiss her to try to win her back. Now if they fall in love later... more>> on I won't mind but the fact he just wants her back because of her beaty is just as swallow as her levaing him because he cant cultivate.

His father is also another problem in the novel he is guarding some borders of his kighdom while his son and wife gets bullie and almost don't have money for food its just BS! His father is the strongest general of the empeire but his family gets humilated by any random person is just dumb.

This novel could be good but its hateful how the autor don't make the father or the mother of the MC became relavant and focus on some fiance that don't even care about the MC if he is a Pill Empeor make his own family and himself stronger and find a woman less swallow than that finace. <<less
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Nov 09, 2018
Status: c480
Don't bother reading.

I've given up by chapter 480.

The author kept writing all sort of justifications for the so-called genius protagonist to take the worst decision possible, leading to the ultimate drama, ending up using plot armor to barely survive.

And the drama kept building up, the protagonist kept getting stronger and angrier and angrier, the antagonists kept surviving and escalating the conflict.
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Nov 07, 2018
Status: c577
In response to some of the negative reviews:

Mom can't cultivate because she doesn't have a spirit root. The end. The MC isn't God. Ex-fiance broke off the marriage because he was too weak. That's fine too. I hate it when people say thats cold hearted. She wants someone who can be considered an equal. They've never met before and there's no reason for a cultivator to marry a mortal and become a huge weak link. On top of the fact that she was really kind in the way she... more>> cancelled the marriage too. I also hate it when people say that he shouldn't chase after a girl just because she's beautiful. As if all of you people haven't chased someone because you were attracted to them. Damn Hypocrites. The father has his own problems that are explained later in the story and can't spare any manpower to help his family. Story is good, and the scheming is interesting. I like his cultivation technique. The MC gets setbacks too, versus the always in control MC. I highly recommend it. Updated at chapter 200:

The only problem that I see is that everyone else seems kind of s*upid except for the MC, including his own people. That's extremely annoying. Also, there are a lot of cliches, which seem to get a bit worse in the later chapters. It lacks a spark of originality. Updated at chapter 324:

Also, it's weird that the evil side is united and the good side has tons of infighting. Unity among evil people seems highly unlikely, unless there's one really strong person forcing them to do so. Of course, we haven't learned much about the other sides' higher ups. The scheming has gone down somewhat in quality too. I understand what people are saying when they say that the MC makes some of the dumbest moves possible, just so his "dao" or willpower won't be affected. Like seriously acts like he's the strongest and can't be harmed for some odd reason. No disguises or anything. I just want to say that I used to look forward to reading this story as it released, but now I don't really anymore, which I feel, tells me a lot. I decreased it down one star as a result to a 4 star story. If we are being accurate, currently, its like a 3.5 star story. Maybe the author will improve in the future again. Chapter 356

All of a sudden, the MC became a brainless person, and decided that he needs to toy with his enemies to death, instead of directly killing them. The author decided that the MC no longer needs to use his brain or use disguises to keep his identity safe. The plot also seems to repeat somewhat like Martial God, Asura, where instead of repeating tombs, there are repeating secret realms with inheritances. It's not bad to that level, but it's still repeating somewhat. I hope that changes. It's still a 3.5 star story. Chapter 527

Apparently, using your brains is now the "incorrect" path and not proper for the martial dao. That's so s*upid. If people scheme against you, it's okay to scheme against them. Sure, improving your own martial might is important, but there is always going to be someone stronger backing up your enemy. Even if you crush junior, senior will try to kill you if your too straightforward. I get that your sect won't want to kill off geniuses, but that won't stop people from trying to scheme and secretly assassinate you. It hasn't gotten better or worse. I'm slightly annoyed at how the MC gives a lot of precious treasures away to his team mates. Its actually really annoying because you notice that he does this through out the story, and gives them tons of pills and stuff. Its annoying because a team should be a two way street. If the MC gives them stuff, they should also give the MC treasures that are useful to him. Its so dumb. I understand you want to make your own force, but others need to contribute back to the group. His Sect is a piece of shit. He should totally leave it for that merchant sect, where everyone is treated fairly and obtains resources based on their own abilities. The MC has a ridiculous number of enemies to the point where its messed up. Author needs to cool it down. Still a funny read though when he starts messing with people. Recent arc was tied up nicely, but that doesn't really change the overall trend. Still a 3.5 Story

Chapter 577

Got a little better, less s*upid. Don't like that the chapters seem to be drawn out sometimes, like a case scene lasting multiple chapters. Don't like the new character who attempts to suppress the MC because he doesn't forgive his enemies and not kill them. She doesn't preach to the bad and greedy people that always try to kill him though, so you know she's just a hypocrite.

I'd say the story is pulling back up to a 4.0 star story. It fluctuates a bit with this story.

Update: Honestly I've read further, and I just can't anymore. Sorry, but I'm done. 2 Star story here. <<less
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Oct 24, 2018
Status: c134
After maybe the first 6 chapters which seem misleadingly generic but are actually cleverly setting future plot points in place, this novel quickly establishes itself as a solid 4.75/5 or so far as one of the top xianxia novels I've read on this site. The writing is quite strong, the characters are strong, the cultivation method is interesting, the plot armor isn't too excessive, the scheming is well-written, the translation speed is very fast (and also very high quality) like 4 chapters a day on most days and the story... more>> is simply very interesting, and the alchemy is also good. We've seen a bit of the real plot so far and it's quite fascinating. Also there have been a lot of refreshing twists that counter normal Xianxia tropes.

Spoiler for some very early story details about the fiancée:

Question, can you compare this to ATG when 1. The girl who was going to break up her marriage agreement with him, is reluctant to do so because she doesn't want to make him look bad or hurt his feelings while he's in a bad situation, takes him outside of the city to do so because she wants to help him save as much face as possible, doesn't mind him pursuing her afterwards and even has a good attitude about it afterwards? This is not BTTH and it's not ATG. This is original and interesting.


As far as the circumstances relating to his mother and father, they are very well-thought-out. There's a very good reason things are as they are. It's NOT poorly written. In fact, it's done a refreshingly good job of being a great story. And the mother and father both become relevant in fact.

Another spoiler about Fiancée's attitude:

And the fiance DOES care about the MC and does a LOT for him. The fiance isn't shallow. She didn't like the idea of pre-arranged marriage. That ISN'T shallow.


The other thing I really like about this work is that the MC is OP, but not too smart. Like he's strong, but also a normal cultivator in terms of intelligence. Unlike the usual sort of reincarnation xianxia tropes. This time around, the pill god's soul literally mixes with the guy he appears in, so they blend together and he doesn't retain a lot of his memories which makes the story more interesting since you get to see someone with powerful techniques that doesn't have much of an idea about the cultivation world and it combines underdog suspense with OPness in a pretty good combination.

Spoiler for something protagonist learns after the end of the first major arc

Also in TTNH's fashion, MC does indeed seem to probably come from some insanely OP background he never knew about before which makes this all the more interesting. Because this really opens up and broadens the mystery of just who the f*ck stole his spirit root, blood, and bone and why.


This is truly a solid 5/5 and I feel bad for the people who miss this gem because of some dumb poorly researched early review. <<less
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Jun 12, 2021
Status: c1200
I can’t-- not anymore, at least. Nine Star had s**ked whatever good will it had with me and now only cold apathy and annoyance remain. The good of the novel is buried under literal universe-sized levels of garbage and no amount of cheeky one-liners and slaps can make up for the fact that the novel is downright atrocious.

A quick rundown before I deep-dive into the spoiler territory:

  • 1. This has to be the most repetitive novel in the history of novels. Yes, it’s even worse than ED. Much, much worse. It should alight you that my favorite 2 arcs of the novel are the two arcs where MC barely fights anyone with his fists and are instead focused on alchemy. Every single arc besides those two in this novel is the same. Every single storyline repurposed. Every single villain’s motivation brought back from the dead. It hits literally every single cliche in the book and sticks it into our faces like it’s a guy sending a d*ck pick expecting to get laid through it.
  • 2. There are as many plot holes in the novel as there are actual holes on Earth. And yes, that includes bumholes. There’s no consistency to speak of and worldbuilding is retconned so often I literally just started skipping paragraphs about it because I knew the author would change it in the near future, so it didn’t matter.
  • 3. Power creep. Oh my god. The power creep. Every WN of this genre has it to a certain degree, but we’re talkin’ about the novel that takes the literal cake and not only eats it, but shits it out and eats it again. From start of the novel up till I’ve read, here’s who the ‘big baddies and the strongest wuuhm buhhm were’ -- Sect Disciples -- Ancestral Bloodlines or whatever -- Favored -- Chosen -- Chosen with Ancestral Bloodlines -- Celestials -- 2 Star Celestials -- Celestials with Ancestral Bloodlines -- 3/4/5... Star... I... what? At one point or another, the supposed ‘strongest’ become literal background fodder. As in, they are too weak to even kill, so they become commemorators as though we f*cking needed more of them.
  • 4. Long Chen’s strength is inconsistent and makes me facepalm so often I have a literal handprint on my forehead because of it. If it were anyone with an actual brain in his situation, all of us would not only be literal worlds ahead of him in terms of development, but would have also had far prettier lives. I don’t give a sh*t if the author hand-waves it off as ‘oh, it’s his fate to blah blah blah’. He’s nowhere near clever nor educated enough to take a stab at the concept of free will since he lacks even the most basic understanding of contradictions, paradoxes, and self-actualizing paradoxes. As such, Long Chen doesn’t come off as someone ‘fighting against the fate and the heavens and the yada yada’, but as a deluded moron with a huge chip on his shoulder and a massive complex over his d*ck size.
  • 5. Speaking of people with complexes over their d*ck sizes-- if someone is in a possession of a dick, they have a complex. There literally isn’t a single dude in this novel that isn’t terrified of the world figuring out the size of his dick. Whether they are friends or foes, all of them are grade-A morons of cosmic proportions. Which, in turn, makes the whole thing a headscratcher since the world can’t actually exist with these people leading it... right?! f*cking right?!
  • 6. As for the women, either they are evil, unscrupulous, scheming whores, or they want some MC lovin’. They either worship the ground that he walks on or they set that very ground on fire.
  • 7. I can’t believe I have to even mention this, but the romance in the novel is garbage. And so is harem. I can’t for the life of me figure out why people are praising this juvenile, pre-teen, vomit-inducing sewage. Virtually every single interaction with his women, I repeat, his women-- every single time women of his harem are mentioned, it has to be stated that they are his women. Because, you know, they can’t just be women. They have to be his. Anyway, every single interaction left me shuddering and cringing. I’m not even joking. Save for a few ban*l ones, every time romance rears its head, I’m just skippin’.
  • 8. That’s my rundown of the non-spoilery stuff. Do I recommend you read it? Ah, I dunno man. There are a few funny lines sprinkled here and there and a few fights are decent, but you have to walk through literal sewage to get there. If that sounds like something you can do, all the more power to you. Anyway, onto the spoilery stuff.
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As I mentioned before, my two favorite arcs are actually the two arcs that have to do with alchemy-- the Pill Tower & the Pill Valley arcs. The reason is simple: fighting is minimal, there is almost no interaction with his harem or any other woman for that matter, and that’s always a blessin’, and author is forced to include at least a spec of creativity since he can’t just repurpose garbage. This is also why I believe we only have 2 of such arcs in the novel-- because it required at least a spec of effort to write, while his usual sh*t doesn’t require even that much.

Furthermore, I can’t for the life of me get on board with Long Chen’s character. As I’ve stated previously, he’s a grade-A moron who, to quote, ‘can die but can’t kneel and bend’... uh, excuse me... what?! So, you would rather not only kill yourself but hundreds of your supposed brothers because you are, what, too proud? Yes. That’s it. He’s literally too proud. f*ck off. No, seriously, f*ck off. The hypocrisy here is off-the-damned-charts. Again, anyone with a brain would have easily carried through the novel’s world and likely won the whole goddamn thing by now.

Rather than provoking everyone and their mother, with his talent as an Alchemist, if he had just swallowed his dumb, god-forsaken pride, he’d literally be a god by now. But noooooooo. What about his women?! If he did that, other people would take his women!! And he can’t have that, noooo! Oh, piss off.

We are repeatedly told in the novel that Alchemists, by default, have much higher status than cultivators, yet, time and again, MC outright refuses to abuse the literal god-levels of talent he has in alchemy and resorts to b*tching and whining about how he doesn’t have enough materials to cultivate his Body Art. You know how he could get more materials? Oh, I don’t know, publicly state that you need this and that ingredient and that, for it, you will concoct pill of this and that level. Yada-yada, there you go, you got yourself some ingredients.

But no, that would be what a smart person would do. Our MC isn’t smart-- after all, as he claimed more than once, all schemes are useless beneath absolute power! Except... no. They’re not. It’s literally this thinking that gets you killed nearly every other day (it’s f*ckin’ uncanny), and it’s not either the ‘heavens’ or the ‘fate’ as author excuses it. No, it’s the fact that Long Chen is a dumbass but he’s too much of a pu*sy to admit it so he excuses it with ‘uhm, eXcuSE mE, I’m not dumb! It’s just that schemes are worthless in front of absolute power! Yea, that!’. In fact, if he had actually schemed, his life would have been the most smooth sailing sh*t in the world. You know who doesn’t need to bend their knee and kneel in front of others? ALCHEMISTS. f*ckING ALCHEMISTS. YOU GRADE-A, WORLD-RENOWNED, WOMB-FERMENTED DUMBASS.

Then, we have his ‘army’ of drones... and I hate it. I hate all of it. f*ck off with your ‘oooh brotherhood between men, you women would never understand it woo woo’. No, f*ck off. Every relationship is a two-way street. If someone continued to suck off on my nipple without giving me anything, material or otherwise, in return, I wouldn’t just go ‘oh, ye, continue suckin’ on, my brooo’. As would nobody else.

Except for maaaaybe one of them, every one of his ‘brothers’ is useless, resource-sucking parasite. And, come to think of it, so are his women. No, seriously. Without him literally feeding them ‘shrooms’ that increased their talent, nobody would be with him where they are now. Oh f*ck off with your holistic ‘look how good I am, nO mAn leFt beHInD’ garbage. You literally make your life harder on purpose and then turn the other cheek and bit*h and moan about how hard your life is and how nobody ever hands you anything. Uh, maybe it’s because you never give them a reason? And, instead, you actively go out of your way to make sure nobody gives you shit? Oh, f*ck off.

Another way in which MC cripples his strength is by not using his strength. As in, his Spiritual Power, which we are repeatedly told out of this f*cking world. Outside of alchemy, he never uses it. He could have a literal f*cking ARMY of magical beasts, but because author is a dumbass and realized Long Chen would literally reign over the world within a month if he allowed it, MC is now forced to be a cripple because ‘uwu uwu, I don’t want my pet wolf to feel sad ‘cause I adopted another magical beast, uwu uwu’. Oh, f*ck off.

Not only that, but he never f*cking learns how to utilize this massive advantage he has. We are repeatedly told how Soul Cultivators are dangerous and deadly, and here we have a grade-A moron with virtually inexhaustible spiritual strength and... he does nothing with it. Literally nothing.

By this point, honestly, he’s deserved every bad thing that happened to him. He was constantly mistreated by others (largely due to how he behaved, but whatever, let’s just say others mistreated him just ‘cuz), yet continued to stick around like an unwanted parasite instead of just, uh, I dunno, f*ckin’ leaving for greener pastures. With his talent, and the makeshift ‘army’ at his disposal, everyone and their mother would accept him if only he could curb that boorish and moronic pride of his. But noooo. We gots to stick around ‘cause then villains can keep buzzing around for literal hundreds of chapters and it’s gonna feel that much better when they finally die. Oh, f*ck the right off.

Ah, it’s enough. I can’t do it anymore. I barely scraped the surface of the garbage that is Nine Star and I already feel like sticking a needle through my eye into my brain and turning it into scramble paste. I haven’t even mentioned how every single ‘bad guy’ takes literal hundreds of chapters to just f*ckin’ die and how they always keep escaping through whatever nonsense author comes up with, nor how most fights take 10+ chapters to complete because author has to vomit words like his life depends on it (likely ‘cause it does), nor the absurd, insane levels of racism present that are about as subtle as the fact that I really don’t like this novel... I mentioned nothing. In fact, I could write another review, twice as long as this one, containing more garbage that this novel tossed on me. But I won’t. Anyway, cheerios.

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Feb 04, 2019
Status: c200
Update: At chapter 378, even I can't force myself to read this anymore no matter how bored I am. I literally rather lay in bed doing nothing then read this anymore. It's gotten even worst then dog balls. It's dog sh*t and should be thrown out without even a second glance. The illogical and dumb reasoning and events has become even worst. And my standard for this novel to begin with was already really low so for it to go low enough for me to drop is saying a lot.... more>>

Old Review: This novel is so bad it's both funny and frustrating to read. There are so many cliches and illogical reasoning and events that you just laugh at the story itself. It's like looking at something so ugly that it start to look cute to you. Another example would be dog balls. Have you ever seen a dog balls. You don't want to look at it and you know you shouldn't but yet you can't turn away and continue to stare at it. This is what this novel is to me, it's dog's balls. I don't want to read it but I just can stop myself from witnessing this train wreck of a novel. Haha <<less
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May 29, 2019
Status: c2600
It seems i've read a bit further ahead (2600+ out of 2850 or so released) than most people that have given their reviews so ill just point out a few things about this novel

    • I've almost caught up with the chapters and I'm still eager to find out more. There are a lot of chapters, but I don't feel like there had been too obvious and annoying fillers. I mean the protagonist is an alchemist, but despite that there have only been like 2 alchemy competitions in the whole story. What a waste of good filler chapters.
    • The back story is pretty deep and atleast creates the illusion that writer had a plan when he started writing. A lot of foreshadowing has been done thousands of chapters earlier and the mysteries slowly unravel. Slowly because the ones that know things always refuse to reveal anything because of karma (yes, annoying).
    • Protagonist follows the usually accepted paths of "easy-going unless you touch my bottom line" and "repay favours and avenge grievances". He is highly intelligent and capable of scheming, but because of his cultivation technique he will instantly become an idiot and fight against windmills if anyone touches his friends & family. Heavenly dao hates him so his luck is terrible and life full of obstacles.
    • Protagonist is loyal to the bone, so unlike most novels of the genre the friends and fiancees that come across in the story aren't just fillers that get forgotten once new story arc begins. They are still important part of the story at this point and keep up with the powerlevel of the protagonist, sometimes even surpassing him momentarily.
    • Harem.. If I had to pick one wuxia novel where the large harem doesn't feel that bad its this one. Each of the women have personality and strengths, if they are not with the "legion" then they are improving their strengths somewhere else. Also most of the women were introduced pretty early in the novel, often as enemies, he doesn't really pick up new flowers every 200 chapters. Also the interraction is mainly flirting. Still not so much luck with getting in their pants.
    • The story is rather slow. The cultivation levels tend to raise slowly and they are still fighting in their original world and quite a bit away from breaking through the firmanent. This story doesn't have the constant restarts of powerlevel and fame due moving on to a new plane or continent or whatever, but don't worry.. Instead of restarts there's always a higher mountain to climb and you find some even more ancient hidden clan with higher level enemies to fight. It's obvious they are going for other worlds at some point, but still waiting for that.
    • The cultivation levels are pretty confusing and just as annoying as the units of distance or quantity in this genre. Apart from the usual "Martial X level 1-9" theres also there more important "Skywalker level" which tells how much heavenly dao favours you. Then there is power of gods and stuff in the mix. As usual older generations have cultivated for thousands of years for their levels, previous younger generations do not exist and everyone in current generation has caught up with old monsters before they are 30.
    • Protagonist makes a lot of enemies. Most story arcs end with a huge battle between his legion and.. Well pretty much everyone he has met at that arc. Annoying part is that the big bosses tend to live through multiple battles as "skywalkers are easy to defeat but very hard to kill due the favour of heavens"
    • Even though some individual fights can span for quite a few chapters I still haven't got the feeling that I could just skip through pages to the end result, unlike in quite few other novels.. In the early part of the novel the goal was to kill enemies as fast as possible, but sadly at some point it moved into the slower fighting style of "hide your trump cards"
Under spoiler tags about his biological family and the status of his cultivation and 9 star body art at 2600 chapters:


has met his clan. Still hasn't found his biological parents or found out exactly how they are doing

6 stars.

2 reverse dragon scales and woke up first innate draconic skillz

Is at the peak of "netherpassage realm" which apparently is one realm below the peak of the martial world ("heavenly fusion realm"). After that should be godhood. Maybe.

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Nov 22, 2019
Status: c2713
There may be many reviews praising this novel calling it a hidden gem or something like that but personally its pretty mediocre. For people who like this kind of novel, BATTLE EMPEROR is a superior version of it. It's way better with almost similar elements and more finesse.
    • MC is not OP.. Yes for a Chinese novel, the MC is not OP at all.. He struggles so much against opponents of the same. Author says that his cultivation technique is OP and all but in reality he doesn't jump ranks at all. He's weak. In most novels where MC has a super strong cultivation, his leveling up speed is lower compared to his rivals, comrades and harem but he jumps a lot of ranks and steamrolls opponents, but that's not the case with this novels. So people looking for fun and wish-fulfillment this novel is not your cup of tea.. Imagine 3000 chapters where MC struggles like a c*ckroach all the time. There's no respite or gap between arcs, there are very few fillers, too few then whats required, the MC's running toward all the time.
    • MC has horrible luck and doesn't get any inheritances at all compared to his peers, seems good at first, doesn't it? A fresh breath of air compared to other novels where MC gets overwhelmed with an inheritance every ten chapters and hardly uses them. No, First 200 chapters it feels alright, for 2500 it gets plain disgusting, because u never get the feeling of excitement ever.
    • The novel is basically a Chinese novel author trying to write a Japanese Shonen novel, too much nakama (comrade) and pseudo-harem. MC's comrades progressing along with him is good.. But after while when their progress become far more important than MC's its gets annoying. Whatever good things he gets none of them are applicable to him. He gives away everything to others. MC does not have a well defined strength. They say his cultivation technique makes his OP, his comrade has a way stronger body, it is said that he has a strong soul, he doesn't know how to use it, his harem member is a strong soul cultivator.
    • Too many unending c*ckroach like villains who escape every time. Too many..
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Jun 30, 2019
Status: c2100
Alright. The same pattern repeats and repeats. Kill people, plunder, upgrade, go higher, repeat. I continued reading past chapter 1000 because I thought there would be interesting things. Well... not really?

I understand that the MC is going against the heavens, and that the heavens feel him as a natural enemy. But having hundreds of chapters with only killing and killing and killing and killing and killing... and killing... is tiring. No character development. Everyone stays the same. The MC changes a little but not enough. So yeah. The cultivation concept... more>> is nice. The idea of training an army is great and it could give a lot of depth to the novel. But it still suffers from the main flaw so many Xianxia authors suffer from: lack of imagination I even started wishing for the annihilation of his army and all his loved ones so that something would change.

I could have skipped around 1500 chapters without really missing much. There is only a handful of new important characters and the plot didn't really advance.

I love this novel, yet I hate it.
5/5 until chapter 500 or so. It went downhill after that. <<less
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Nov 15, 2018
Status: c160
Update: Dropped this novel long ago to be honest. Agree with most of the low rated comments. It's sad, because the story looked promising at the start, there was so much potential and then it kinda just sank in quality with endless repetition and added clichés and kept sinking.

Update Feb 2021: I've started reading this novel again. I think I was a bit harsh on the novel last time. Sure, it's repetitive and clichéd, but the story itself is fun enough for me to ignore that. I've stopped caring about... more>> how the story is written, and care more about enjoying the main character's journey now. I think if you can't handle situations being similar, this may not be the genre for you (I did in fact take a break from it soon after writing the last update). The novels that avoid issues like these are truly far and few between, but if you like the genre enough, you can probably look past it to enjoy the stories that aren't necessarily true gems, but can still be enjoyable to read, like this one.

I've been reading for a bit now, and I feel like some of the hate for this novel in the review section is not necessary. Cultivation novels inherently follow similar lines, taking ques from a basic structure, if not straight up each other. This novel has its unique aspects and its common aspects, but both of these have their own merits.

The way the MC cultivates is unique, and that's definitely a plus, because it's interesting to see his path which doesn't follow the standard rules even of that setting (as far as I know). The novel also has an interesting approach to the Pill Dao, not necessarily unique, but it has some twists that make it slightly different from something like say, Battle Through the Heavens. That's good enough for me, it shows the author put in some effort.

In terms of characters, I actually quite like what has been shown so far, especially of the MC. He sort of reminds me of Meng Hao from ISSTH in terms of being humorous some times, but serious other times. Some novels in my opinion go overboard on the humour aspect to the point that I personally don't find them funny anymore, and other novels are so serious they become dry. This novel maintains a good balance there.

The setting is just as interesting as any other. It seems like a standard xianxia/xuanhuan setting so far and if I didn't like that sort of setting, I wouldn't read these novels, but I'm sure it has its own twists as well. The story has also been pretty good so far, it flows well, and the action scenes are great. The translator is doing good work too, despite mixing up names here and there. Overall, I'd give this novel a 4.7 or so in terms of how much I'm enjoying it, so I rounded that up to a 5. <<less
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May 18, 2020
Status: c12
MC gets his marriage cancelled by his soon-to-be-bride (by the way, he meets her for the first time on the same day the marriage contract is broken), his reaction? He thanks her for blessing him with her presence and promises that, because she's a peerless jade beauty, he will focus on cultivating and becoming strong enough so he can have the honor of marrying her! (Remember, this is the first time he met her) and that this will be his life goal!

Now tell me, would you keep reading the novel... more>> when this kind of garbage writing appears 12 chapters in? 12 CHAPTERS IN! If THIS is how the novel starts, I don't know and don't want to know how dumber can the writing get! <<less
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Apr 28, 2019
Status: c480
Horrid plot, literally everything in this novel is against Long Chen. There isn't a him powering up to deal with it, logical thought process to realize what is happening, hidden helpers to assist, nothing but let us drop LC into the deepest, widest and filthiest sh*t hole possible imaginable just to increase chapter count because I'm an author who gets his jollies off to it. The author really needs to reconsider his writing style if he would like to have any semblance of a somewhat successful novel instead of a... more>> piece of shit. <<less
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Oct 31, 2018
Status: c118
At first I was a little hesitant to read this novel after looking at the ratings, but I read the review from "dniv" and decided to give it a try. It was worth it. This novel is excellent. I just read through all 118 translated chapters in a few hours. I couldn't put it down. I would strongly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys cultivation web novels. I'm writing this review in hopes that it can encourage others to give this novel a chance and discover a great read.
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Jun 07, 2020
Status: c135
First of all I didn't review this novel because it is required or I just need to share my thoughts on my fellow readers, I wrote this purely on emotions alone, all in all this novel infuriates me a lot, A LOT ! Here's why:

1. Plot is s*upid and author thinks his readers are dumb:

On the start of the story, MC and his mother was bullied a lot because of poor body constitution of MC apparently having no hope of stepping into cultivation world and their family was not well-off,... more>> sure I can understand that and I know you guys also understand that, it's a common plot on most cultivation novels, but here's my point:

Imagine having a father that is one of the most powerful characters on your kingdom and is currently defending the borders from possible invasion of dangerous entity. You must be proud of your dad right and must be benefitting of it right? As the saying goes when a man ascends to the sky he also brings his dogs and chickens which means the people around you also benefits because of your achievement apparently according to this novel it's the opposite. Mom and son being bullied by the people around them and dad defends the borders of the nation like his life depends on it. And what do he gets for his meritorious service? Son getting bullied to the point of being killed and family In dire situation because of financial problem, and one of the most s*upid part of the story is the father did not even consider returning back home despite the grave situation at home, don't get me wrong here, no matter how you difficult the situation you are in family comes first, F*ck the borders! F*ck the kingdom ! And F*ck the citizens ! I defend this country like my life depends on it and this is what I get? Broken home, oppressed family, low family income. Unfortunately the father himself has a screw loose on his head and didn't think like that, thats why I think this whole plot is s*upid.

2. The MC was reincarnated and what we called a pill god known to all the heavens in his past life and yes he did retain his memories after being reincarnated but apparently he acts like a dumb person and clueless some of the time.

The MC was a reincarnated pill god from a cultivation world but the s*upid thing is he did not even now what is heavenly tribulation or what we called divine thunder. And ask at some point in the story if gods do really exists. GAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You called yourself a pill god in that is known to heavens and asks if gods exists?

3. MC has no self-control (read explanation below before complaining)

You are in arranged marriage setted-up by your parents and the bride suddenly wants to renounce the wedding, because she thinks you are tr*sh and both lives at the different world and here comes the MC, just because the bride is pretty he decided to play the nice guy saying it's not her fault and doesn't need to worry and also asks if he can give him a chance to pursue her. On a one reason: BECAUSE SHE IS PRETTY.

You are a reincarnated talented character in your past life and looks down on living beings not placing them beneath you. You should have seen countless beauties all over the vast expanse of the universe and easily get them. But all your built-up character and your rich experience during your past life starts to crumble down because of a single ass beauty and the most aggravating part is the woman didn't even liked you from the start now you ask me fellow readers if this whole ass plot makes sense or not? Of course not! This novel is pure bullsh*t and bullsh*t and another crap and another sh*t and another whole ass piece of shit!

4. People are getting offended at him for no good reason at all

Most characters of the current chapter are s*upid especially his enemies, the young masters are s*upid to the point that I'm questioning myself if they ate cow dung during their afternoon snack time or not, there are too many offended young master here are offended so easily and even I myself wants to slap them in the face, for f*ck sake they are the talented individuals in their clan and doesn't even have a good proper education on what is reasoning and judgement is. Hayyyss no sane characters including the MC. MC is also s*upid yes MC is s*upid baka baka baka baka MC you moron you s*upid piece of crap picked up from a dogs poop.

Dear author: you probably thought that your readers are dumb and s*upid right? You are wrong! Its me DIO DAH!! (Pun intended) I have suffered a lot and lost a good amount of brain cells reading this what you called literature,

Anyway if you are a masochist and like to see MC being wrongly accused and being wronged due to the unfairness of the world and wants to see him always gets into fights with people for no good reason then this is for you to read.

Ps. The fights scenes are good though <<less
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Jan 16, 2019
Status: c235
I'm dropping this novel after 200+ chapters. The MC spends almost all of his time fighting, and the rest of it is pure cliche, almost to anime levels. "Fighting to protect your friends is the only thing worth fighting for" etc. By the time I got to chapter 200, I was skimming the book more than reading it because there just wasn't much there. Some chapters completely repeat themselves two or three times just to get the word count up.

By wuxia standards, probably the biggest flaw in this novel is... more>> that there is no growth in the character. He starts with a set of memories not his own. He doesn't learn any new tricks. He doesn't learn any new moves.

On a social level, the MC is basically an arrogant "young master" (even though he's not) and every girl he meets falls head over heels for him.

The only reason I bother to give this 2 stars instead of 1 is because it's at least semi-coherent, and it doesn't go off on racist rants. <<less
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Jan 10, 2019
Status: c224
Not sure why people hate this novel so much. It's rare to find an MC with a decent sense of humor in a fighting novel, and Long Chen has it in spades. I've pretty much binge-read this over the past few days and I think its one of the better novels out there right now.
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Jan 10, 2019
Status: c222
This novel may seem cliche and quite honestly the face-smacking does get repetitve. HOWEVER, the world building so far is great and since I love novels about MC’s with mysterious pasts, it only adds to the enjoyment and suspense.

But the most powerful strong point of this novel is the MC. I noticed that most Chinese author’s use shamelessness as a form of humor, which is funny for around 200 chapters till it gets stale and unfunny. However, this Chinese author mixes some funny western humor in there for the mix,... more>> making this MC quite enjoyable. He reminds me of Meng Hao, who was shameless but also quite serious when it mattered. <<less
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Nov 22, 2019
Status: c1151
Novel started of pretty decent but becomes extremely repetitive.

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Cockroach enemies. MC is usually forced to fight the same enemy 3 to 4 times before actually killing them because each time they manage to either runaway or get saved.

Dumb actions from MC and poor logic from author. MC gets demoted on 3 occasions all the way till janitor -from core disciple to inner disciple - from inner disciple to outer disciple - from outer disciple to janitor. ON another occasion the MC beats a ghost in a fight which was meant as a test to become a core disciple but the Sect ended up making him an outer disciple saying that he failed because he didn't get the targets head. The target the MC beat committed su*cide by explosion because it lost and didn't want the MC to get it's head however MC beat it in front of the elders and thousands of disciples. This novel is filled with ridiculous excuses to constantly put MC in disadvantageous positions.

The same things pretty much happens repeatedly. Sinister enemies even from the same Sect as the MC slander him, frame him and then they team up even with the Evil Sect's which suppose to be their sworn enemies all just so they can kill the MC.

People in this novel can record everything with a jade stone just like a vehicles dash cam or your very own smartphone. MC could easily prove his innocence through these recordings but instead he just chooses to kill when all could have been avoided. It's just ruthless and meaningless slaughter.

The expansion of the MC's harem is pretty much ruined. The one harem member who out of all the girls has sub-par talent follows the MC around most of the time and despite her being a fully grown woman, her personality his highly immature beats up the MC occasionally and also acts as an auto c*ckblock. MC pretty much had his balls cut off and are constantly rejecting and avoiding good-hearted beauties that show interest in him.

He has thousands of followers to whom he constantly provides priceless resources to and has the memories of a pill/alchemy god but he doesn't/can't even help his adopted mom to cultivate.

Fights are dragged for several chapters with either the enemy escaping or being saved by a third party. The MC himself openly kills and offends enemies much stronger than him. It's a miracle that he is still alive. The plot armor is too thick but in the novel it's called karma which allows the MC to brainlessly slaughter for 100's of chapters while still being able to keep his life. <<less
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Mar 17, 2019
Status: --
Everything in this novel is recycled from other 'typical xianxias' making this the typical of 'typical xianxias'. Nothing is new nor improved. Other reviews compared this novel to ATG [against the gods] lol.. No. Sure, ATG did recycle some plots from other xianxias but overall ATG has it's own flavor going on. This novel's originality is nonexistent. If you stop reading this novel for more than 2 weeks, good luck recalling the characters, places, arcs, etc.

On a side note, this novel is indeed better than Martial God Asura, Dragon war... more>> God, and similar crappy xianxias.. Those crappy xianxias are so bad that you will start losing braincells. So no worries, you will be safe reading this one. <<less
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Jan 29, 2019
Status: c271
Excellent novel.

Starts out with a lot of clichés but it becomes better and better.

MC is actually a likeable one, some similarities to JC from SOTR except much better.

... more>> Story is interesting so far.

World building is good but kinda slow.

Love interests are amazing, each with their distinct personality, really like how it's developing.

Cultivation technique is unique and seems like there is a lot of potential to be excavated from it.

Overall the novel is excellent and I highly recommend it. Very surprised it only has a 3* rating I thought it'd be at least 4.¯\_ (ツ) _/¯ <<less
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