Renegade Immortal

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Wang Lin is a very smart boy with loving parents. Although him and his parents are shunned by the rest of their relatives, his parents always held high hopes that he will one day become someone great. One day, Wang Lin suddenly gained the chance to walk the path of an immortal, but found that he only had mediocre talent at best. Watch Wang Lin as he breaks through his lack of talent and walks the path towards becoming a real immortal!

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R.I
Tiên Nghịch
Xian Ni
仙逆
Related Series
I Shall Seal the Heavens (Shared Universe)
Pursuit of the Truth (Shared Universe)
Against Heaven (Shared Universe)
A Will Eternal (Shared Universe)
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Demon’s Diary (5)
A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (5)
Pursuit of the Truth (5)
Pivot of the Sky (4)

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Varno
New Varno rated it
September 10, 2018
Status: --
Poorly written and not successfully fleshed out.

I don't get the hype for this, it is boring. He does nothing exciting, it is slow, and really depressing to read. Originally, I read the mahwa, some years ago. The art played a part in drawing me in, without it, this story is boring.

He flies around, in places that aren't properly described, killing people we have no emotional bearings to, and insofar; that's it.

This may change in coming chapters, but I've had enough.

3/5
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thousandautumnleaves
New thousandautumnleaves rated it
September 3, 2018
Status: c586
"Renegade Immortal" is the first cultivation novel I actually decided on finishing (after dropping a few others like Battle Through The Heavens, Tales of Demons and Gods) and here´s why.

The MC, Wang Lin: he is not handsome - nor particularly talented at first. Instead he´s smart, hard-working and lucky. While his over-board luck makes me sigh it hasn´t been a reason to drop the novel yet. He starts off as a scrupulous, somewhat timid yet determined, smart kid and later on after a few traumatic experiences and realizations ("this is... more>> the cultivation world? Good! Good!") in the world of cultivation (plus the influence from his somewhat-teacher Situ Nan) he becomes cunning, ruthless, cold-hearted and opportunistic while still keeping a sliver of humanity (sadness, loneliness, love for parents and lost love) in his heart. MC also can be said to have the nature of a killer, while he does not kill indiscriminately he is easily provoked to do so especially in self-defense or for prevention of having to defend himself later. He also will scheme an attack if he wants something badly enough and the opponent is around his power level.

This leads me to the next point actually... in the world of RI this attitude is pretty normal!

Cultivation world... PK world? It´s literally a tough world. In RI I found the way immortals and cultivation were implemented the most interesting/natural compared to what I´ve read so far. Why? Imagine a world filled with millions of people that will live for centuries and centuries, won´t the planets explode eventually from overpopulation? Right, they provide the solution themselves by sanctioning the killing of each other for often superfluous reasons. The cultivators' motto is „might is right" and a saintly or stupid person will never succeed. If you are a gamer imagine a PvP world.

Furthermore, OP & BAMF* in 15 years? Won´t happen. Training takes hundreds of years and the average cultivator will need thousands of years to become OP. Even then there´s always someone stronger in the world, somewhere. This also includes the MC (even though his luck is so good that it hardly matters haha).

Harem: After reading 60% of the story I can safely claim that there is none (yet?). Women try to flirt with the MC sometimes but he isn´t interested at all and they either die or disappear from the plot eventually. He has one long-lasting love interest and had one accidental „one-night-stand", that´s where it ends.

Philosophy: some arcs (especially the soul formation one) get a bit philosophical about stuff like life and death which is neat.

Consistency: the author must be taking lots of notes while writing because he never forgets stuff the MC promised someone around 300 chapters ago or names that haven´t been mentioned for 400 chapters. This is not a given even in professionally published books, so a big thumb up haha

What I disliked:

some boring chapters/arcs.

MC is mostly alone/solo or gets quickly backstabbed. That is a bit sad and boring to read about after a while but on the other hand it underlines his path in life, most immortals are lonely creatures.

MC is so smart and lucky that many other characters look too stupid to live (which is usually quickly remedied) in comparison. There are still side characters I adore though (for example the messenger with the „forget" dao and some others).

MC always gets some chance to heal up bad injuries during a fight while his opponents rarely find a chance at all.

MC's moral compass is very questionable but understandable given the people he meets during his long journey.

The world is a tad monotonous, no variety in cultures or the like even across planetes. Oh well.

lots of word repetitions, the author especially seems to adore „spit" and „cold snort".

So in total I give this novel a 3.8 rating.

* for those not into MMOs or fanfiction: OP= over powered, BAMF=well... lots of cuss words haha pretty much means that this character kicks ass, hard. <<less
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strixflash
strixflash rated it
May 16, 2016
Status: Completed
Finished reading Xian Ni (Renegade Immortal) and I would definitely say that it's one of the better Chinese novel out there. Don't worry the review doesn't have spoilers :)

The ending was satisfying. The only disappointing (and frustrating) part was the boring romace.

The storyline focus on different phases of MC's life (innocent toddler to eccentric expert). Er Gen has done each phase very well.

For the first time readers the starting 100-150 chapters might seem bad. I can understand that as those chapters focus on MC's transction from a naive... more>> child to a ruthless cultivator instead of action. Later on you realize the importance of those chapters when the series take a dark tone. The starting chapters are light hearted and yet tell the dark side of world.

At start MC is hesitant to kill even after learning that the world follows the law of jungle. Er Gen smartly wrote the transction of a naive child to a ruthless cultivator. You could actually feel the hesitancy MC shows as he steps on the dark side. Later on he becomes totally ruthless but the starting of series provide the reasons.

Some would say that it's a revenge story. Believe me this is not the usual stupid revenge tale. Xian Ni is 2K+ chapters but the revenge part hardly last for 100 chapters and even in those chapters more than 50% of them are focused on outside adventures. In other tales you always root for MC but in Xian Ni you would actually feel sad for the bad guys.

The revenge arc was full of bittersweet moments. The best part was the epilogue of revenge arc...I won't spoil them for you but believe me they are the most beautiful chapters a xianxia series can have.

The most unique part of the series is that Wang Lin's life is full of tragedy unlike other xianxia. Sure MC is lucky in cultivation but he's hardly happy. The storyline is grim and even the death of minor characters would make you sad.

A novel worth reading even though it gets dragged out later on. I would call it my favorite novel but sadly the annoying romance stopped me. But still worth a read. <<less
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LoneDK
LoneDK rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: Completed
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One of the better Xianxia you'll find. The story is not as formulaic as other xianxia and it always keep things interesting by mixing it up. The MC's adventure is interesting to read and not just go here -> insult this generic villain -> find treasure -> kill villain's entire family. Villains in this novel has personality and not just some jumped up rich boy who gets offended by everything that the MC does.
The pacing is also excellent. You don't feel like the MC is rushing from one thing to another with no stop like some other xianxia (cough cough Martial World). Took off one star for the horrendous romance. Er Gen knows how to do many things but romance is not one of them. The main love interest is a non-character that is somehow the "driving force" for MC even though their time together is shallow to say the least. There's a quasi harem that gets going but you will end up feeling sorry for the harem member more than anything else.

Overall, if you discount the romance this is a must read. Especially if you are tired of formulaic and repetitive xianxia.

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crazykat
crazykat rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c873
Xian Ni.. It was a series that I was very reluctant to read or even try to read due to all these comments about it not being a very good story or MC being too heartless and not likable or no character development or there being no romance.

Honestly speaking I dont regret a single moment since the first time I started reading to the point I am at currently. It has a great story with a world that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. MC feels very unique... more>> and likable. He is smart and cunning.. Not just from the perspective of the characters inside the book, but you feel it yourself while reading it. On top of that you can tell exactly how brilliant Er Gen is from the way he writes his character. They all feel unique and fun to read about, the characters make you emotional, mad and sometimes you just cant help but have a dumb smile on your face. I also want to point out that MC doesnt get Super strong from the start and he has to actually struggle and fight with his mediocre talent, you can actually see him struggling which I find very refreshing.

To summarize, you see a little innocent village boy with almost no talents in cultivation, a person who is just trying to make his parents proud by following the so called immortal cultivation path slowly getting to know how ruthless the cultivation world actually works, which in turn end up turning our MC into a ruthless cold hearted person who will kill anyone that means to do harm to him or anyone close to him.

All in all I dont think this is a story for everyone. There isnt alot of romance, MC doesnt do good deeds to save people to get glory, there are some humor which are really fun to read and finally there is no drama which I find intriguing. Its a very straightforward story of a innocent boy who turns into a cold hearted person due to the environment around him. If you are looking for romance, harem, drama, and are expecting the MC to be kind and nice to people that try to kill him.. Then you are looking at the wrong novel. <<less
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Ark-End
Ark-End rated it
March 5, 2017
Status: c375
This story is SERIOUS. I liked Er Gen for I Shall Seal the Heavens and A Will Eternal, but the feeling I got from this story was completely different. I was deterred from reading this story for a long time by a review that said the MC became an arrogant and horrible person. The MC goes through immense struggles and turns into a ruthless person, but he's never a cruel person. It's just a cruel world. The MC may act like a demon sometimes, but his pain and emotion is... more>> just as prominent.
I have never been as emotionally invested in a character as in this one. Having caught up to the translations, I am feeling so sad that I'm writing a review for the first time in a few months.
I can firmly say that this is my favorite story ever. Please read this story.

I'm surprised this isn't higher rated. Usually with bad stories I can understand why they dislike it, but a lot of the reviews seem ridiculous to me.

Yes, he is not the kindest person ever. That's because the author is willing to make a complex character. In most Xianxia you have an amazing person who is never put into a situation complex enough to result in anything hurtful happening to anybody not a horrible person, and everybody who is not on the MC's side is a horrible person.

Yes, the heavenly artifact is put aside a lot. I find that a lot more interesting than Wu Don Qian Kun, where the artifact gives him everything he ever needs. The MC actually needs to work hard and have more than just an artifact.

No, to the people saying he has no clear goal. There was only some time after the revenge plot before he has a very important purpose again, and that's not the bead. Even if you don't include that, Er Gen really likes to focus on how power is everything. The MC obviously wants the power to protect his friends. Most Xianxia protagonists just cultivate for no reason.

Please try this story. <<less
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keklel
keklel rated it
May 3, 2016
Status: --
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“The initial arc tries to remind us that Wang Lin has emotional ties to his parents, and yet time passes as if it means nothing. Months and years are written off as the MC secluded himself and cultivate multiple times, making you wonder what’s the point of all the characters introduced so early if they aren’t used regularly. What you are going to encounter after the dramatic defeat of the MC’s sect is chapters and chapters of struggling to power-up while in life-and-death circumstances. Lots of description of seclusion and powering up. Lots and lots of it. Power up yes, but to what end? I appreciate the efforts of the translators, but there is no driving force, no motivation to the MC’s behavior except to survive. It’s like reading on and on about some kid painstakingly solving his math homework. The only mystery is in his cheat item which houses a powerful immortal (as usual), but after 90+ chapters I am not aware of any long term goal set by the MC. Initially he wanted to take revenge on the said arrogant cousin, but after the authors made the time skips, the goal seemed insignificant compared to the power scale being talked about.”

Have to agree this is an accurate summary of the story at least up to chapter 300 which is where I dropped it. He powers up, gets revenge, then continues powering up for no apparent reason (oh yeah, to free that old man in the marble, I forgot that since it literally happened 400 years ago).

The comment about time scale is extremely accurate. MC secluding himself and training for 400 years straight is considered NORMAL. There are people waiting THOUSANDS OF YEARS for a plan to hatch. Distances in the millions of kilometers are used to describe the length of an ocean. There are Gods who can literally eat planets, and these Gods have physical bodies which survive for MILLIONS OF YEARS that MC can somehow travel in. The sense of time and space is totally distorted. I heard by the time MC travels back through the ocean to his love interest she died of old age already... that is in line with the rest of the novel. Lightning bolts... yeah, you can’t eat them. Don’t know if this is a translation error but... yeah, you can’t eat lightning bolts, sorry. idk why the author thinks you can eat lightning bolts as if they're physical objects or something.

Also, MC comes back to avenge his family... in the process of doing so he causes the death of his only surviving family member. This guy is not smart, I’ll tell you what.

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Erenox
Erenox rated it
March 9, 2017
Status: c112
I see a few things people complain about a lot that I'd like to retort.

1) The MC is too ruthless/evil

He's not evil, he doesn't go around killing people for fun or kill someone just because they annoy him. He doesn't kill people even if they have something that benefit him, he'll ask them first and only if they try to kill him will he kill them. Although this is a fantasy world, at least this type of personality is much more aligned with the real world. Real men will do... more>> whatever it takes to get what they want, and destroy anyone that stands in their way. As you can see all the most powerful and wealthy people in the world aren't saints. Either way, this is how it should be. If God stands in your way kill God, if Buddha stands in your way kill Buddha. The Christian God wipes out the entire planet, wages war, and mass murders regularly throughout their bible. Why do they still worship it? Because power is everything. With power, it doesn't matter what you do. Might makes right.

2) He doesn't have a reason to get stronger
This is a idiotic complaint because this is like telling people in our world that they don't have a reason to become rich so they shouldn't bother trying to get money. In the novel you have to be strong to stay alive. Also there's no need for a grand reason to become stronger, just like there's no need for a grand reason to try to obtain wealth in our world. That being said, this novel is following the adventures of the MC, just like most novels are. Reasons for doing things will reveal itself eventually, they don't need every single goal listed from the start. <<less
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Deohge
Deohge rated it
June 6, 2016
Status: c224
This is novel is a whole new take on cultivation novels. This story is so compelling that in all my years of reading xianxia this is the first one to make me attempt learning Chinese. That should be enough to explain it.
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Animesquad7
Animesquad7 rated it
May 9, 2016
Status: --
Slower pace than ISSTH, but no less inferior. Read up to chap 238

As a novel created by Er gen, we can expect great things such as a story that stands out among the many generic wuxia/xianxia novels, a smart main character with an equally firm determination, immersive world of immortals, and unique ways of fighting and cultivation methods. Since this novel proceeded issth, you can clearly see many similarity and will be delighted to see where the author gets its inspiration on writing things we loved from issth. The pacing... more>> is a bit slower than issth which provides the story to develop with a clear understanding. The main character has a similar personality as meng hao, especially at the beginning of the story, just a lot colder and less comedic because of things that happened in the story. Revenge seems to play a big part in the current arcs, but I can see him moving past this after we move on the story and delve into bigger issues as the main character is becoming more involved in the events of his world.

If you liked issth, you shouldn't miss out on this. Trust in Er gen, the plot master to give you high quality story. <<less
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Queen of Sheba
Queen of Sheba rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: c599
How to start. Let's see. One of the greatest novels possibly ever written in the Chinese Xianxia/Wuxia genre. The depth of this story is many fold that of any other. From its character development, of its protagonists, to the world of struggle, and conflict that surrounds him (Wang Lin).

Only novel in this entire site that I have little to no qualms regarding. Wang Lin matures, grows, and develops alongside his experiences. After experiencing betrayals, Wang Lin becomes averse to trust, after experiencing immense bloodshed, he becomes willing to spill blood... more>> all the more. It's miraculous. It really is. Wang Lin actually changes! From chapter 1, to chapter 500, the events shape him to be the 'monster' he has become. It's really beautiful. It's not like several novels that should not, and cannot be named for simply copy-pasting the same personality over two thousand chapters. <<less
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Ogami-kun
Ogami-kun rated it
June 9, 2016
Status: c253
When I started reading I thought that it was the usual revenge story with the MC being OP thanks to his secret treasure and the secret technique left by the usual grandpa and I dropped it. Later I started again and I have to say that I misjudged it.
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Rice1321
Rice1321 rated it
June 14, 2017
Status: c702
Initially, I was conflicted about picking up Xian Ni due to the mixed reception from readers. However, after reading Meng Hao's fight with the 10th Wang Patriarch in ISSTH and Deathblade's footnotes, I got curious about how the MC of Xian Ni would develop as a character and as a cultivator. So I decided to finally give Xian Ni a shot. I have to admit I was very surprised by how much I would enjoy reading this novel.

Wang Lin's cultivation path is dark, tragic and bloody but it emphasizes the... more>> basic law of a cultivating world better than most novels; kill or be killed. Although the story's pace is a lot slower and the writing is less distinctive compared to Er Gen's later novels, you can see Er Gen's skills develop as you read along. Despite not having any of the shameless and silly antics enjoyed in ISSTH and AWE, Xian Ni makes up for it by beautifully showing Wang Lin's transition from a naive youth to a ruthless and calculating immortal. What makes Xian Ni more realistic and enjoyable to read is the fact that Wang Lin is the antithesis of almost all the stereotypical cliches seen in most Xianxia/Xuan Huan novels. Although Wang Lin develops into a cruel and ruthless person as expected in most xianxia novels, he is a complex character that has shown multiple sides to his personalities through his few enduring relationships with characters such as Situ Nan, Li Muwan, Zhou Rou, his family, and the mortal family he lived with. Another element that makes me want to continue reading Xian Ni is Wang Lin's developing cultivation techniques. I really enjoy how Wang Lin develops his arsenal of abilities such as his Ji Realm, creating devils, the restriction flag, the mosquito beast, and attaining part of the Ancient God bloodline. Since I have read ISSTH, this makes me feel excited about what new discoveries he will make and the people he will encounter. To sum it all up, Xian Ni is a great book to read. I'm really looking forward to how the story will develop in the near future. <<less
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CookieMonster
CookieMonster rated it
November 2, 2016
Status: c301
This is a fantastic novel!

I keep reading for the worldbuilding. The concepts are just so fresh compared to the other xianxia novels I've read! Or they at least put a new spin on things. Like (I don't think these count as spoilers? But just to be safe)

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weird cultivation methods and creatures, mysterious law-defying trial realms, soul devourers and wandering souls, different cultures, and -- this part really stands out from most xianxia -- having to revert to a mortal to make a breakthrough. I also find it refreshing that not all foreshadowings actually come true in this novel, and that he joins so many sects at different points in time XD.

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Admittedly, some ideas have holes in them like being able to travel through space, but I'm the type of reader that's like meh.

The MC is likeable. He's decisive and smart, and he knows when to take risks. He's ruthless but he has his reasons for it, plus he mellows over time, in certain situations. He's not humorous like Chu Yang (again, Lone Wolf tag), but he's not bad compared to other MCs.

There is some romance. Barely. Sadly.
But it really is impractical for him to have a serious romance at this stage, as an unaffiliated lone wolf. That would just get the both of them killed.

Sometimes there are clusters of chapters where he just fights and it feels tiring to read. But his devils give some comic relief in the middle. And it all pays off when you get to his experience in the mortal world! It reminds you that our MC is still human. Plus, it's NOT just fight-kill-repeat. His situations and environments change enough that it keeps you interested and on your toes.

Overall: MC is average. Romance and humor are nearly nil. 3 stars for being likeable.
BUT BUT the worldbuilding is awesome!!! Plus that heartwarming experience in the mortal world. So 5 stars!!!

PS: I nearly missed out on this amazing novel because of the 4.0 rating. More people, please rate it 5!! XD <<less
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Maleandar
Maleandar rated it
June 12, 2016
Status: c254
AS of C254 you can scratch Romance and Beautiful female lead from the tags. Maybe in the future, who knows? At this time The MC is just a spoiled brat who got bullied and decided to take revenge not taking into account the consequences.

The MC is not likable in any way nor is he a saint or a justice seeking person. He is just a person full of hate and kills anyone who looks at him wrong.

The Author wrote the story at the 3rd grade level and there is no... more>> plot but just the flow of life theme. This is more slice of life than adventure with lots of killing. It is basically the life of a killer. The story itself is confusing and in no way has any direction but goes on the whim of the author who decides "oh yeah let throw in a grandson to taunt the MC and let the MC kill him so his grandfather can try to kill the MC and kill his entire family... good plot (pat on back) ".

As for love interests...... none.... nada..... ZERO........... do not get me wrong, girls like the MC, but he is blind, not dense, but blinded by hatred.

THe new arc starting at 252 may improve upon the story, but I am not getting my hopes up for this one. <<less
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Promethean
Promethean rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
The story isn't that different form Er Gen's other works, but the character is. He is not the typical hot headed cultivator. But he is calm, collected, and apathetic. He has no lust (so don't expect a harem much), which is always a good thing, but there is almost no comedy in this series.

More than anything, it is the author's attempt at creating a darker hero. Which is good, since it is fresh, compared to the other MC's out there. Most of whom are psychopathic killers who always think they... more>> are in the right. He knows he is doing bad things, but he just doesn't care, because he isn't morally righteous, nor does he pretend to be. He is unforgiving and merciless, and pretty much treats everyone equally bad (even females, so at least he isn't a pervert). And he is silent. He barely talks at all. But its part of his persona.

His talent in cultivation is low, but he still relies on some "luck", but its mostly just preparation beforehand and strategy that he uses to defeat stronger opponents (in fact, he usually has to rely on tricks to beat them). But yes, he does end up OP later on, but I don't really read this for the fighting.

I read it because the main character is interesting. There is almost no plot (which is common for Xian xia series), except for the cultivate to become a god goal. The world itself is large, but it only gets slowly revealed over time. There are other planets out there with alien cultivators and the like, in massive universes, where it isn't just "human" cultivators.

Unfortunately, it also falls under the "side characters don't really exist or don't matter" category as most xian xia series do. Its sort of like the blazing sun character where everyone else is outshined or doesn't matter.

But, there is character development (which is more than I can say for most xian xia series), but it happens slowly. The story also progresses slowly (which is as expected for chinese webnovels). However the world itself and the character more than makes up for the slow pacing.

Lets see... the action is fine. There is actually less "skill spam and skill name calling" and more descriptive fighting style. But they are ergen style cultivation battles, so it isn't that exciting (compared to say... Blood and Steel, which has some of the most amazing fights ever). But at least its better than "He uses a technique. It insta kills. Battle over" (though this is only for when he fights people that are equal to him).

So....

If you are looking for something a bit different, but still has the classic ergen style xian xia, than this is probably for you.

If I had to compare this to ISSTH, I would say the main character in this series is more interesting to read and more my style than ISSTH. I prefer more calm and apathetic characters than... well... Meng Hao type characters. <<less
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darksideskna
darksideskna rated it
August 19, 2017
Status: Completed
This is one of the rare tragic stories that I read completely, there is no plot armor in the story and it's a sad as MC doesn't trust anyone unless they sacrifice themselves or something for him, and is stubborn on accepting love, at-least the ending is good and justifies his character.

it's hard to read when MC commits genocides but if you keep reading it worth the time spent.
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Kheper
Kheper rated it
December 20, 2017
Status: --
One of the best if not the best xianxia/xuanhuan novels.

Since its Er Gen's first novel, it feels unpolished and clunky at times compared to ISSTH and AWE. However at the same time, gives a distinct raw and earthy feeling to it.

The cultivation world is vicious with cultivators using the weaker ones as furnaces and turning them into spirit stones. To be kind to someone in this world is to be cruel to themselves.

The antagonists, the side characters and the old monsters who've lived for thousands of years act their... more>> age and are not obsessed with face. The plots and strategems between MC and others are brilliant. Unlike some other novels, the reader themselves can feel it and donot need to be told by the author "how smart the MC and the antagonists are". See MGA.

The MC. Wang Lin is a naive child who is forced to be ruthless, calculating and cold in order to survive in the vicious cultivation world.

At the same time, hes a deeply sentimental person. Coming from a cold and ruthless person, his filial piety, love, guilt, kindness seem much more powerful and meaningful.

The tragedies that befell him, and his life experience has given him maturity and a touch of humanity, separating him from cold and emotionless characters like Leylin from WMW or Gu Daoist Master.

It also separates Wang Lin from the 1000 year old reincarnated MC's who act like teenagers in heat, obssessed with face and pretentious and moral hypocrites. See Li Qiye, Yun Che, Chu Feng and co.

All in all, just read it. You won't regret it. <<less
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Kyourashi
Kyourashi rated it
January 12, 2017
Status: c320
First of all, the complaints about the story is one of the most idiotics.

How come readers can complaint a about it when the story goes after beseech the devil. Of course there is a lot that we don't understand given that none of us completely read BTD.

And yes there is no romance. This is not because of the author since it was the MAIN plot of BTD. And there is a reason to this.
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in chapters 1200 issth we learn that she goes with another one he didn't care enough for her and solely focused on cultivation

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He doesn't have a clear goal except staying alive. What's wrong with that ? He is an everyday people. He doesn't want to dominate the world nor save everybody. He just enjoys life and keeps loving it in it's on way of a lone slaughter. Later on if you read ISSTH you willl know what he became.

Er gen does things in a good way with his hidden plot between the sequels. There is a good story plot sonce cultivation isn't just about power up. And people complaining about Wang Lin being heartless isn't true. He is the wang clan patriarch and I won't say more go re-read it. So yeah go read it but if you don't want to get spoiled don't read ISSTH first otherwise it will become tasteless since you lnow what will happens.
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loopsnhoops
loopsnhoops rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: c627
I've read a lot of cultivation category fiction and this series is the best by far for a few reasons. The author's description of the MC's lack of cultivation talent holds up throughout the story. Many other series start off with the same premise but abandon it and allow the MC to rapidly rise in power due to finding some legendary item or bloodline inheritance. In this story the MC makes up for his lack of talent with cunning, intelligence, and perseverance. These qualities are inherent in other series' characters... more>> but the difference in this novel is that the author goes to great lengths to explain the MC's schemes, deductive processes, and cautious nature rather than lazily making the claim that because the MC was smart he/she immediately saw through his/her opponent's plan. While some might still say that Wang Lin is talented by simply looking at his cultivation speed this was completely negated when considering the introduction of the Red Butterfly and her ability to reach late stage soul transformation in only 100 years while it took the MC 500 years to reach that point, even with his great fortune and intelligence. With respect to the criticisms I have seen regarding the MC's character development claiming he is too arrogant and ruthless I would argue that their reality's moral compass is different then ours and the might is right philosophy is omnipresent in that world. It is required and commonplace for cultivators to act in that manner. In fact, after the Heng Yue sect arc I can't recall Wang Lin ever meeting a fellow cultivator that wasn't aggressively opportunistic or predatory. Even Situ Nan suffers from that fault and I would bet money on the All-Seer following that route as well by using Wang Lin as a sacrificial lamb like Qian Feng. While this is the inherent nature of a cultivator, the mortal emotions of characters aren't disregarded and contrast and complement their cultivating nature. The best examples of this are Zhou Li's obsession with the Celestial Emperor's daughter, Wang Lin's platonic relationship with Li Miuwan, and Wang Lin's time spent as a mortal and seeing the differences in how they operate peacefully when compared to cultivators. Eventually, even the MC understands this dichotomy and chooses to embrace it as a way to defy the heaven's will. I now realize that I have written too much so TLDR: The story's character isn't stereotypical and, with the author's great imagination, uses his cunning and wariness to ascend in a brutal world. <<less
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DeathStroke96
DeathStroke96 rated it
December 11, 2016
Status: c1117
Why I think this is 100x better than ISSTH;

1. the world setting is as it should have been very dark and cruel instead of a world like ISSTH where it is a happy place until blah blah blah...
2. The main character is done very well at the beginning a child without talent for cultivation wanting to be a cultivator, whilst having a devil whispering into his ear to become one himself.

3. The character personality is great and could be witnessed strongly changes; innocent child, somewhat scheming youth, a youth... more>> against killing innocents, youth forced to commit crimes to survive etc eventually a brutal killer after which acheivig the goal which forced him to become a brutal killer he decided to walk a normal path where he wouldn't kill unless it was absolutely necessary. As for MH he had some good developments but then became retarded again after around c700 which lost my interest at that point but with this, I read somewhat ahead and it keeps getting better!!

4. Cultivation is more difficult as well as has more complications and other aspects.
5. Romance done somewhat well as you will notice around the beginning of 200s as well as around the beginning of 300s as they are expanded on...

Well whether you like it or not but you have to know 1 important factor by the time WL was 200 he didn't kill many at most 1 thousand as for MH when he was 200 he killed 100 thousand so when you say that WL is a brutal killer and MH is a cool and nice guy think about it this the fact that by 200 years old MH killed hundred times that of wang Lin by 500 let's not even compare that... because it's huge a difference as MH is murdering brat that doesn't have any proper character development as compared to Wang Lin <<less
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IXAzraelXI
IXAzraelXI rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: c241
Totally awesome. Just started reading it, and I already caught up within two days. Just like coiling dragon I could not stop clicking next page. The storytelling is fantastic. The reader gets to see a common youth transform from a naive but smart cultivator into a cunning and ruthless immortal. Although there is a lot of closed door training montages, this is by far one of my favorites CN.
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