Once Upon A Time, There Was A Spirit Sword Mountain


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The Spirit Blade Sect was founded in the year 4233. After thousands of years of producing first rate Xiuxian geniuses, it had become one of the five biggest sects in the Ten Thousand Celestial Alliance. The head elder, Immortal Feng Yin is one of the seven Executive Elders of the Ten Thousand Celestial Alliance, with a cultivation that can shake the whole world. The Spirit Blade Sect is dedicated to peaceful development, and holds the core values of Truthfulness, Kindness and Loyalty. In order to expand the sect and bring in new blood, all heroes and geniuses have been welcomed to attend the Celestial Gathering.

Along with the descent of the Comet, a genius appeared in the Nine Continents. Wang Lu, who reincarnated from our modern world, enters the Spirit Blade Sect and embarks on the path of a hilarious peak-level expert.

Once Upon A Time, There Was A Spirit Sword Mountain average rating 3.8/5 - 223 user ratings
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Cong Qian You Zuo Ling Jian Shan
Once Upon A Time, There Is Lingjian Mountain
Reikenzan: Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage
Spirit Blade Mountain
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cyndor rated it
April 7, 2016
Status: --
Sigh... I didn’t really want to drop this but I had to. I don’t know if the author thought a turtle MC would be a way to keep this story from being like the rest, but I personally want no part in it.

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The way I see it Wang Lu had no reason to take that pledge and make himself a walking fortress who can’t attack. It was a stupid school competition that they had already won and he really wouldn’t be affected if he lost to his female apprentice. Sooooooo yeah after that he is basically a turtle, worse even. Turtles can bite you if you piss them off, but Wang Lu basically can’t do sh*t. He has some kamikaze technique he can use and that’s it.

Wang Lu could easily have become the fastest (strongest?) practitioner in the novel, but now he’s going to be the most indestructible turtle the multiverse has ever seen. All because of a stupid inter-school competition with no life and death stakes.


The reason I’m disappointed isn’t just because I don’t like the way the MC is being developed, but because of the reason that he was forced to take this road. I would honestly be less annoyed if the author just wrote ‘tough, deal with it’ instead of that retarded story line.

I liked the story before that point, and I’m sure the author can still write a half decent story even after that, but this is where I jump ship. <<less
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Zyst rated it
April 25, 2017
Status: c58
This story defies the heavens with its humor. I seriously have laughed in real life more times than I can count while reading this.

A very lighthearted cultivation story, with a shameless MC, a shameless master, a righteous sect that is actually righteous. It's all awesome, I cannot recommend this enough to those who like humorous stories.
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ninthlite rated it
April 1, 2016
Status: c153
The main character is transmigrated from another world. He is utterly confident in his genius and skill due to him believing he is the main character. He succeeds a 100% of the time, and in my opinon it would be more interesting if he failed more. The comedy in this series is a bit of a parody of wuxias, as he repeats observations about the tropes in wuxia web novels that nobody else understands.


The author manages to try a lot of original ideas such as food eating battles, which make... more>> the novel a slightly more refreshing read. However so far the novel has not really managed to create any tension, the story has been more like a long series of gags. Which does not mean the story has not been serious, its just the main character has never really struggled for anything, and the about every conflict has jokes thrown into it. If the author actually creates some tension in the story, then this could be one pretty good novel, however until then its just going to remain a 8/10 for me.

However the author manages to create some interesting side characters than have more than one dimension which is a rarity for xianxia/wuxia novels, so I applaud the author for that. I think a lot of readers come into this novel expecting BTTH or MGA, which this novel obviously is not. So the rating is honestly lower than I think this novel deserves, at 3.8/5 stars its criminal. I think the novel deserves something around 4.5/5 stars if you consider how inflated the ratings are on this website. (Lol that BTTH has higher ratings that this) This novel is closer to gintama than a traditional cliche xianxia.

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RynDeeVuo rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c8
I've checked out the manhua and the anime, and I think the novel is much better I guess. Especially the MC. I don't know if this is because my image of MCs in novels are perfected therefore different from it's manhua counterparts, but I just think that the MC on the manhua and the anime is very annoying to look at. Well, we're still at c8, but from what I've seen, I think my perfected MC in the novel will hopefully not be as annoying. At least I won't see... more>> the bastard smug on his face. *Cough*

Well anyway, about the novel, I guess all I can say for now is that it's really funny. The dialogues, which were heavily changed on the manhua and anime, just makes you slap your face so hard. I'm not too sure yet, but I think the MC compares the world to more like of that of a game I guess? At least the entrance exam thing part.

Well anyway, things look very promising, I will be following the story from now on.

I guess that's all, peace out <<less
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Archerreborn2 rated it
November 29, 2017
Status: c250
I have no idea how the rating for this novel can be so low. Honestly this is probably one of the best Xianxia novels currently being translated.

Especially for people who have read a lot of Xianxia novels, this story is like a breath of fresh air. It has a unique protagonist in that the main character relies on his allies to help him fight since his fighting style primarily focuses on defense. Because of this, the side characters aren't relegated to being just an audience for how cool MC is.... more>> Additionally, the cultivation progression is pretty reasonable so there isn't a high character turnover rate (at least as of right now) so the top genius generally grow alongside the main character as the story progresses.

Additionally unlike most Xianxia novels rather than straight up fights of cultivation vs cultivation, many of the fights and challenges in the story rely more on the protagonists intellect and craftiness than straight up strength. There also aren't any instances of cannon fodder arrogant young masters either, the MC's opponents rarely underestimate the MC and usually are pretty smart and pragmatic themselves.

All in all, a great story for people who like Xianxia but want something new. The MC is pretty shameless though, and as other reviews stated he is very defense focused so don't expect him to be slaughtering hordes of enemies or anything so your mileage may vary depending on that.

One thing to note though is that unlike most Xianxia, there isn't any strong pressure or calamity that continuously pushes the MC to develop so the pace and tension within the story is a lot more relaxed. Although that's not to say there are no stakes, just that instead of failure meaning death, it just means a setback. <<less
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SinsI rated it
June 2, 2017
Status: c83
This is a kind of sitcom: Xianxia edition.

While it does suffer from the usual "power up/training" syndrome of the Xianxia genre, it has plenty of inter-personal relationship added into the mix.

MC is a big troll transmigrated into the world of immortals, and he manages to end up with an even bigger troll as his teacher.
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MangoGuy rated it
January 2, 2018
Status: c205
I can understand why this one gets low ratings from others. Me? 4/5 FOR SURE.

Firstly, this is not your run of the mill cultivation novel where the focus is on the cultivation or the world building or what not... For once, we are talking about the way immortality and mortal life can be connected.

The comedy in this one is good, to the extent where it comes under the comedy genre and not the comedy tag. SO, that is a major plus. But, this also means that for a lot of... more>> time, seemingly filler chapters of comedy sprout out. This could be one reason why people don't gave it positive ratings: They didn't start reading it for what it was, but were expecting something else.

After reading all that stuff, this felt really really fresh to me.

This is a story that actually gives a lot more importance to non cultivation stuff, at least till c202. Yes, the plot is slowly progressing where his cultivation is increasing. But still, the focus is more on the adventures and the scenarios, and not the very cultivation itself. This gives us a wonderful new perspective on the cultivator life without resorting to a modern setting. I mean, the MC actually likens a sect to a business company and he gets into sect building and stuff, giving us an insight about the way immortality works in the perspective of both mortals and immortals.

The plot armor in this series is rather thick, and self evident. AS I read this series with a mindset of just light reading, that is not a problem for me. However, if someone is looking for absolutely logic driven driven cultivation novels where the plot armor is well hidden, this is not for you.

My main issue with this series is also its biggest positive, the protagonist. The personality of the protagonist is excellent and what not.. it is unique, and his goofyness gives this series a good feel. BUT, the backstory is not clear. No, this is not a mysterious family type thingy. With his references to adventuring (repeatedly, I dare say), you think that the author mentioned he is reincarnated or what not but... zip. Based on the number of times this has been referenced and the clarity given by the author, this is one major plot hole that is rather conveniently left alone. Was he a modern being? Or is this adventuring stuff of his just a coincidence? Why do some other characters get his references? No, there is no bigger underlying mystery... the author just hoped that the readers won't bother to think about it.

Overall, this is a good fun read that is not to be taken seriously. So far, there is little to no romance, and I actually hope to see some romance, though I am scared of what would happen if the romance is not handled properly.

This is Mango approved, especially if you are a travelling person and you need a series to download and read during the long boring hours.

EDIT: I forgot to mention, but there is actually kinda like a decent counterbalance to the blatant plot armor: The MC can NEVER attack someone (After a point in the story). he can only defend. This leads to some really good mind games and overall, a better cultivation novel. I mean, this means that he can only ever be a badass with a team, and that makes it a lot more exciting. <<less
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SayMrrp rated it
June 29, 2017
Status: --
The MC is a troll~~~

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Not really a spoiler, but he's clearly a dude that got transported over from "our" world. A hardcore gamer/adventurer who plans out everything almost perfectly. His one fail so far was hilarious though.


He's confident and has the brains to be so. He's the type that helps his people become epic. So far, Wang Lu isn't OP, he's just strong in a different way. Lots of strategic planning and trickery.

His interaction with his Master is hilarious. They're not Master and Disciple in the traditional way.

The important characters are not flat. They're interesting and different.

The sect elders are funny~~~

EDIT (Chapter 254)

It's interesting how the MC's fights. This story is still one of the most unusual stories I've read (in a good way). The side characters have gotten more interesting! Comedy is still golden, even though there are a lot of perverted/s*xual jokes. I don't see any rape (yet), so it might just be the jokes. Even though the story is pretty light-hearted and funny, the plot can be serious too. I'm seriously hooked and waiting for the next chapter...

The MC isn't really a front-line attacker, more like a meat shield that attacks in a special way. More importantly, he's an adventurer and his schemes and strategies are more OP than his defense.


The MC is a strategist. That's his thing. <<less
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February 17, 2016
Status: --
Fun, through the elders of the sect are annoying. The MC is confident and funny. For those that dont want to read there is an anime.
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goglusifer rated it
January 9, 2018
Status: c287
I Love this novel. I love to read different type of novel stories from different views and this one is a unique one... Comedy, arrogant character and everything else is fun to read.

I am bored with similar stories of cultivation>>Love>> weak-to -Strong... oh well!!!...

This one is unlike any other, it comes with a package of shameless and extremely intelligent pair of master and disciple, and their crooked way of doing things. Its funny which is bend with the true site of human nature and society..

Any way, I don't have time... more>> to write a review or the other points of the story right now... so I will come to the point of my comment here.

Hi translator team, If possible, could you please keep the release on time... I am really looking for new chapter as soon as possible... Hope I can read it full..

Any way, thanks Translator Team, for your effort and thanks to give us a chance to read the novel. Best of luck..


One bookworm and sucker of good story. <<less
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Szini50 rated it
September 3, 2017
Status: --
This could be the best novel in this genre I have ever read. The story is good (and originell thats rare) , funny (thats rare too) and action. I like the MC. I would prefer more romance but its fine. The biggest issue is... The MC's power, in this kind of novel I expect a very powerfull MC with many diffrent skills but those are the most boring and sh*t skills I have ever seen. Thats a big issue in a xianxia novel. Because a xianxian novel is all about... more>> the MC having many different interesting skills. But this time he is only a turtle. A big disappointment it could be a 5/5 (with legendary status) but its a 2/5 for me. <<less
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