Pivot of the Sky

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It’s a story that happened long, long ago, in a continent far, far away, about gods and mortals, sword and magic, war and peace, and of course love and hatred.

Amon was a poor miner’s son in a remote town in the kingdom of Hittite. Along with the discovery of a marvelous gem, his fate was changed. People in this continent called it Gods’ Tear. But wait, what were the gods? It was said that the gods created the world. Then who created the gods?

Forced by the tantalizing fate, Amon had to struggle to find out the truth behind this world of magic and gods……

Pivot of the Sky average rating 4.5/5 - 185 user ratings
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Tiān Shū
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Gregor1422
Gregor1422 rated it
January 30, 2017
Status: c20
Honestly, this right here is the quality we expect to see as being listed at the top of the most popular novels list. This is surprisingly a very well put together story, that really gives off that coiling dragon vibe based on what we know of the cultivation system of the world so far. But just the awesome world building the author does in this novel is more than enough to give it a chance and read it.

Like you rarely find Chinese novels that are this well fleshed out,... more>> the last I read was Legend of the Cultivation God, Star Rank Hunter and Tales of the reincarnated Lord.

Seriously, you are missing out on a lot if you don't even give this story a try, it has the fan favourite cultivation pathway that everyone loves from Chinese novels, and the feel and mind of a Jap/Korean author behind it instead of Chinese. When in fact, everything is pure 100% chinese, but its like the author up and decided to pick up the good parts he can see from different cultures and writing styles and implement it in his own work to better himself.

Also, if you are a well read person, and have an idea of exactly who the Egyptian gods were, you would enjoy it even more, as the current backbone of the whole story is based on Egyptian gods and its lore.

My personal favourite is in the naming of the characters that the author does. On its own, without knowing the names from history, you would be prone to read them as just names for the characters, but if you think on it for a moment to catch that ticklish memory at the back of your mind, you will be hit with recollection of who the person was in real life or history. And no its not Captain Jack Sparrow like Law of the devil lol. An apt Example would be Schrodinger (a cat in the novel, but the pun is heavily intended as the cat is named Schrodinger (Google Schrodinger's cat if you don't know, highly doubtful that you don't though.))

Another example would be CrazyOle's name, or one particular name that is quite popular in certain academic circles for his philosophical (ramblings) rhetoric. Friedrich Nietzsche, that is CrazyOle's name. The characters' individual traits and how they are portrayed show that in some manner of speaking they are like a distorted image of the characters we know from history, or at least I felt as such. But distorted would be an incorrect word to describe it, perhaps an echo would be more apt.

It just shows that the author is not only a well educated person who knows a bit about the characters, but regardless of what we see in the future, the fact that he author has put in such a good effort so far has won me over. I do not know if this will turn into a cultivation trope in the end with too many young masters trying to do the MC in or not, but from what I have seen so far, the author seems too responsible to wreck his work in that particular manner.

Last I would like to thank the Translator for picking this phenomenal novel up. We need more brave translators such as this person to pick up projects such as this one that are so different and out of the norm (norm of chinese novels we have seen on NUF at least.) If the translator is reading this, you sir have done an excellent job, with not only picking the right novel but translating it in such a beautiful manner. Your work is highly appreciated sir, I thank you very much for it.

All in all, a must read and should not miss it at any rate. Need to read at least 10 chapters to be able to judge this novel though, as there are a lot of details initially, any review written here where they indicate that they have read below 10 chapters, they can more or less be ignored as you cannot gnaw on the bone while ignoring the meat and then curse it for lack of meat.

Thank you once again, and keep up the great work.

Cheers! <<less
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Sanshengwauwu
Sanshengwauwu rated it
May 30, 2017
Status: --
I am a huge fan of this author and I have read all of his completed works so far in RAW.

If you were ever attracted to Xian Xia due to the Dao elements in it, you should know that this author is recognised as the ONLY Chinese web novel author that ACTUALLY have knowledge in Daoism and Buddhism.

But it is also true that his book is NOT for everyone.

Even though it is often said that Xian Xia incorporates Daoist and Wuxia elements, most other books merely use Daoist terms to... more>> give the story a mystic feel, or incorporate some traditional Chinese myth into their world building, but beneath the surface what we find is still folk philosophy in disguise. What does Nascent Soul/Golden Core really mean in Daoism? The reality is actually pretty far from what is depicted in most Xianxia stories. These answers can be found in this author's books, because unlike others, his books are based on knowledge in real Daoist/Buddhist practices, he is perhaps the only real Daoist scholar among web authors (perhaps not really a professional one, but nevertheless). Some even say you can just go ahead and start practicing Daoism by reading his books.

His target audience also tend to be much older than the average teenagers. So you will not find as many hot blooded revenge schemes, face-slapping scenes, steep social hierarchies waiting for the MC to climb, etc. Elements that give us the specific "Xianxia" type of joy. That is not to say that there are no antagonists or despicable characters, neither does this mean that the main characters are the typical kind/weak MC that simply refrain from killing. But even when eliminating the most evil enemies, basic human dignity is respected. After the initial character development, conversations between most characters read more like the kind that would occur between mature or even middle aged adults (though much would be lost inevitably in the translation), rather than the typical Xianxia/Manga teenager style that we are familiar with.

To those who can appreciate, this simply strikes a golden balance between the "overly yasashii (kind) high school kids who refrain from killing the bad guy that just killed his gf" and the "cruel jerks that can murder a whole sect right after some trivial bickering" that we are all too tired of. But of course this is not for everyone. If you do not enjoy it or if you find it boring, I would suggest put it down and come back to it again five years later. (I myself did not pull it through when I first pick up his books, it was only much later that I came to appreciate his style.)

Now coming to this specific book - Pivot of the sky. Most of this author's books has Chinese world buildings, but this is an attempt to try something different (Pivot in the sky is his sixth book, out of seven completed so far), he ventures into the history of Ancient Near East to tell a different story. For that reason, the cultivation system presented in this book is far from the complete version presented in his earlier works. The translator probably picked up this one from the rest because it is easier for a Western reader to relate and also easier to translate compared to his other works, which are more deeply rooted in Chinese culture. However, once we look past the world setting, the underlying story still takes place within his unique Daoist/Buddhist world view and cultivation system. The only difference is that instead of cultivating into Chinese Xian (immortals), the characters are cultivating to become deities like those in Babylonian/Egyptian mythology.

One problem with the story that some may dislike is that the historical timeline is completely meshed up, especially if you are familiar with the history of Ancient Near East. The author basically compressed a few millenniums together, such that you will see historical figures that existed thousands of years apart meeting face to face (Imagine a story in which George Washington meets Putin). But after all, this is a fantasy/Xianxia novel and not a historical novel, the names of historical figures are mere references. Unless you are really well versed with ancient history, this barely poses any problem to enjoying the story. In fact this may even expand the knowledge of people who were previously unfamiliar with this part of world history. So I would forgive the author on this one. Another issue which risks controversy will be addressed in the spoiler below, which I DO NOT recommend reading (unless you have read the raws like me).

And here is the GIANT spoiler, one that is basically going to spoil the entire book, do not say I didn't warn you! I do NOT recommend reading this spoiler beforehand:

Spoiler

The main character, you will eventually realise, is actually God himself. In other words, this story is about the cultivation path of God, the Judeo-Christian God that we are all too familiar with. The second half of the story is basically how the Christian God, through exploring new cultivation methods, surpassed all previous Egyptian/Babylonian/Greek gods to become the most powerful of all, reminiscent of the historical event that the rise of Christianity eventually drove all pagan beliefs out of existence. This might immediately turn some Christians off. But to the rest of us, who can generally accept the Xianxia world view that men can cultivate to become higher beings, the idea that God may be just one such being is perhaps not that unacceptable, it might even be thrilling to some.

Perhaps some believers would be offended by this, I am sure anyone who has some theological background can point out a million flaws in such a concept. We all know that God is not suppose to be an Egyptian boy that cultivated to become a God, rather he is eternal and transcends space and time. But in the author's defence, having been brought up in a completely different religious background, he does not infringe on anyone's right by expressing his view of the world. After all, all gods from other religions are denounced as imposters or Devil in disguise in the Christian teaching. I think it is forgivable if the author incorporates the Christian God into his own religious world view, and explore the idea that, God, if there is one, might just be a strong cultivator.

Personally I do not subscribe to any religion but all these ideas seems intriguing to me. After all, web novels are meant to entertain and not to be taken too seriously.

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Overall for me this is a masterpiece! I want to thank the translator for his fantastic work on this, and highly recommend this book to anyone who has become bored with the stereotypical teenage characters. Even if you do not like it at first, one day you might actually come to appreciate it. Thanks for reading :) <<less
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Daoist LastWish
Daoist LastWish rated it
September 3, 2017
Status: c74
One of the best Chinese novels around. Alongwith Ze Tian Ji and Deathsutra, Pivot of the sky forms the trinity of the 3 BEST LN's I have read so far.

The story is interesting, the characters and the setting unique, the plots well woven. Amon, the protagonist of the story, is tasked with an important task: Discover the secrets of the Gods!

Pros:

Excellent writing. Clear, well done characterizations. Excellent (if simplistic) depictions of society and politics.

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Cons:

Combat isn't very interesting.

Unique Points:

New system of cultivation, name of characters are intriguingly take from real historic figures (such as aristotle) or Egyptian/Greek mythology

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Conclusion:

Kids who love inane childish stuff like WDQK, Emperor's Domination etc., should look elsewhere. People who like pretenders like 'Release that witch' might not find this interesting. However, the discerning who are capable of distinguishing a well told story should stay and read it. Its a good novel. <<less
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MangoGuy
Mango Guy rated it
January 14, 2017
Status: c12 part1
I generally don't come to a judgement this early in the story.... But this one forces me to!!! Simply well written.

This is the story of the Chosen MC. It might sound similar to a lot of those others but MC is not reborn, doesn't have old guy inside his body and so far has no cheats other than his talents. The writer seems to be willing to write about some hot romance as well. Also, there are a lot of details in this one, similar to TJSS. However, I personally... more>> like it.

Definitely worth picking up. If you don't like it till chapter 10, then well.. Maybe not your cup of tea. But I strongly recommend this.
EDIT: After first major arc (30 chapters), I have to say.. it lived upto my expectations so far. The foundation is splendid. And there is even a huge amount of mystery element..A lot of opportunities for world building.

EDIT 2: After chapter 59, I am going to still say 5 star. The mystery and fantasy elements are really taking off, and the world is slowly being shown to us. Great character depth as well.

This is Mango approved. <<less
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Pandamonic
Pandamonic rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: --
If you dont like cliché stuff like a treasure that changed the destiny of the MC then. This is your cup of tea. The MC only has its talent and someone just guided him. He only have a high starting point. And definitely good read with a relatable and stable world building. Tho the info dumb maybe be uncomfortable at the start but thats how nice novel are created so read it and enjoy.
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Baddermawan
Baddermawan rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: c11
Epic in the making. I wouldn't have guessed this is a chinese-made novel. Impeccable story line and great potent characters so far. For comparison, it has both the 'tales of reincarnated lord's and 'rakuen no moshou's feel and writing styles which is nothing short of brilliance. Not your typical wuxia/xianxia story, but very close to hearts on the topics of divinity and immortality. Must applaud that the translantor (s) for doing such a great job.

Status in coo was also completed so it's very assuring to give this gem much love... more>> and supports. Two thumbs up! <<less
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marichel
marichel rated it
March 27, 2017
Status: c33
One of my well-loved novels. For me, It has a vibe like Legend of Cultivation God and Ze Tian Ji. It incorporated Egypitan gods in the story, which is a first for me while reading a Chinese translated novel. It is somehow different from your typical Chinese webnovel but the cultivation and magic are still there.
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DeathStroke96
DeathStroke96 rated it
March 23, 2017
Status: c50
It is good!!

The writing is very well done!!

Chapters are very very long!!

... more>> Cultivation seems pretty simple- similar and at the same not similar to Coiling Dragon-basically it is warrior and Mage in similarities anything else is completely original!

Reminder; the first 10 chapters are the prologue which set up the story, so if you think it is slow or that the MC should have already been a half god or something than sorry to disappoint!!

Overall I think that this is the best novel that is currently being tl'ed at radiant! Why you ask because the MC is not some kind of trash from a good clan but a normal youth from a normal household that has been helped by a family friend!! <<less
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OmegaDion
OmegaDion rated it
January 8, 2017
Status: c10
Has potential but a bit lenghty and full of unnecessary stuffs. And also if you're a diehard egyptian fan/historian/etc you'll get mad with this. Many stuffs has been rewritten regarding how egypt works and such.
The story is a bit confusing because it always focus on the side characters for now. Like how Chapter 1 started with a worshipper. But it was a nice start 'cause you can atleast picture out the world the MC lives in.
Can't say much about how the story will later on go because we... more>> only get to see 3-5 chapters of MC interacting with the prospect romantic partner. There's not that much conflict.
I'm guessing this story may focus more on political issues just like the grandmaster strategist but with magic, gods, and worships.

Story: 3/5 [May change as more chapters are read]
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing: 2.5/5 [Too lenghty and full of unnecessary stuffs inserted] <<less
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Primordial Saint
Primordial Saint rated it
August 11, 2017
Status: c65
It's a totally unique book in the wuxia genre. Its a totally unique and the characters are well developed. With the foucus not only on the main characters but the side characters as well. The world building is superb as well, very realistic. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something new and different.
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cantera
cantera rated it
April 12, 2017
Status: c36
This is one of the best novels that I've come across on this community and I have read a lot. The world building and story and style of writing is top-notch.I can't find a single thing to complain. The author is very very famous on Qidian and this is his one of his best works. Sad that none of the other works are being translated.

Strongly recommend anyone who is looking for new novel to read this.
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cnfan
cnfan rated it
October 10, 2017
Status: v3
This novel is amazing. I have been reading Chinese/Korean novels since 2014 and I read tens of them already but this one made me create an account on NU and write a review for the 1st time....

  • The pace reminds me of IET work. It didn't feel slow and I read all chapters without skipping paragraphs (It took me 2 days, without sleep, to read all 82 chapters). Compared to other popular +1000/+2000 chapters novels where I spend 1 minute to skim through paragraph. I found it refreshing.
  • The translation is good and the story is well written. It is one of the best quality on par with stories like Ze Tian Ji, ISSTH...
  • It feels "unique" compared to the majority of redundant xianxia on this website where most of them feels like copy/paste. Although this story uses many shared concepts, it is so well written that it is feels refreshing.
The only con is the slow pace of translation.
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Xtrem04
Xtrem04 rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c78
This could possibly be the best novel I have ever read. For the first time, I don't feel like skipping over the random fillers that the authors put in between the real story just to have more words... in this novel EVERYTHING is important. If you missed a single sentence it could leave a lot of precious information. It feels like those episodes of Law and Order where you try to decipher the case along with the detectives only to find out your hypothesis was way off, but still feel... more>> good about being tricked by the show. Yeah, that's how I feel about every chapter. The world building is awesome, nothing feels pushed. Everything is laid out in a way to give the reader enough information to know, but not to overload. Man I love this novel. Please give it a try.

The story is not just about the main character becoming strong. It is much more then that. This story feels alive, as in every character feels important. No one is laid in front of the main character just to make him look cool, and the main character is not this omniscient god that can see trouble miles away. He is human, makes mistakes, and learns from them. It's just hard to explain how good this story is being written.

I will just live you with this: You know those movies like Godfather, Fightclub, or the latest movies of Planets of the Apes? Where you were so immerse in the story that you decided to just enjoy the ride... and when you to try convince people to watch it, you simply tell them, "Watch it and thank me later" because anything you say could just ruin the experience? That's how I feel about this novel. Read it and thank me later. <<less
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asyrof
asyrof rated it
September 16, 2017
Status: c33
Historical and Mythological literature is my crack (like Mahou Tsukai no Youme), so coupled with Cultivation undertones makes this novel a damn fine piece of art. You can feel that this is not a mere wish fulfillment tripe but a well thought out one like some popular young adult novel (Harry Potter is an extreme example of a hero journey in mythical world).

What makes this novel more interesting is teenagers behave as teenagers and adults behave as adults (respective to their status and positions), so you can feel that they... more>> are REAL people in harsh yet mythical world, so different yet in similar geography to our own.

I heartily recommend this. <<less
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Suzaku67
Suzaku67 rated it
October 4, 2017
Status: c82
After reading all available chapter I feel this will easily become a masterpiece. The main character is fantastic, his personality is very human and commonly unpredictable. He seeks out relationships with people, is caring of his friends, and most importantly you feel like he is important. At the very beginning he is a very weak character, his progress is slow but he gets stronger step by step. He isn't totally irrelevant with other protecting him, or OP as hell... you feel he's a genius but reasonably. He will avoid killing... more>> those who are weaker than him, believing that sparing them will not come back to bite him. However, if sh*t hits the fan he will be ruthless and slaughter his way to survive. Its relatable, being benevolent when you can afford to but not sparing a soul when in dire straights.

The story and cultivation is much more will done than most novels. The entire story isn't cultivation this and that, the world is a mix of normal people, mages, warriors, elite practitioners, and deities. Elites I mean warriors and mages who reached the peak of there style, towering above others. The story is places in the Egypt area of earth with slightly altered names and tons of references to history. I feel like it flows so very well with the story, even the plot its just PERFECT. The first 5 or so chapter were pretty boring imo, a slow start but as soon as it begins to roll you find yourself quickly interested and very invested. <<less
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compass96
compass96 rated it
September 29, 2017
Status: c82
This is just great. Anyone that likes novels where the main character doesn't go around killing everyone, picking up girls or bring arrogant/domineering should go for this one. It has interesting side characters who have meaning. The MC is a character you end up liking because he is a good person and the plot is all kinds of amazing. I recommend it to everyone
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Helmsman
Helmsman rated it
June 13, 2017
Status: c49
This is one of the most meticulously written novels I've seen in the community, second only to perhaps 'Release that Witch', and given enough time I can definitely see it becoming as popular.

I think its too early at this point to give it a solid rating it at only 49 chapters released (at time of writing) but, at least at this point:

Writing - doesn't have my two bugbears of repetition and waffle, I can see how it may feel lengthy to some, but I think that's fine so long as... more>> it serves as purpose and isn't just padding for its own sake.

Story - has a clearly stated goal with room for exploration. I don't think every story needs to explicitly state an endgame, but I've seen many novels that would've been better served had there been some direction and forethought from the beginning.

Characters - it's so refreshing to see children behaving... *gasp* like children! (and not mini adults) - which should probably sum up my feelings regarding the characterization, but to be less lazy the characters feel like real individuals with realistic motivations behind their actions. The dialogue doesn't feel egregious or out of place. The MC is another 'kid genius' but going back to my first bit, actually behaves his age from time to time, and the interactions between him and the potential love interest at the start of the story are a good read if you like to see awkward kids trying to act mature.

Overall I'm giving this a 4/5, simply because its too early for me to give it a full score. <<less
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