Sage Monarch

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Yang Qi was the son of the patriarch of a wealthy family from a small town.

Believing himself to be in love, he stole a pill for his lover, only to have the girl betray him, by taking the pill and leaving him behind.

Caught, his dantian was crippled and left to die under the lightning.

This lightning helped him to recover his lost martial arts and also helped him gain a new, divine-like cultivation technique.

After this second chance, he gains more power as he sought revenge and also to find about his missing mother….

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Sage Emperor
Sheng Wang
圣王
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Phaos
New Phaos rated it
May 20, 2019
Status: c137
caught up with the translation, its filled with plot hole throughout, stuff still aren't explain well, random powerboost, idiotic villains, it lacks direction and goes all over the place rapidly.
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kazzzz
New kazzzz rated it
May 17, 2019
Status: --
The first few chapters were remarkable only for their bang on job of making clear that this is super derivative and kinda mindless. It has loads of repetitive dialogue, a massive cheat for the MC, zero world-building and the usual bunch of idiot villains. It also goes from 'i'll hide cuz i'll doom myself otherwise' to the MC beating up people levels over him in 3 chapters.

So yeah, this is a hard drop for me.
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Jeebus
Jeebus rated it
April 28, 2019
Status: c94
I started reading Sage Monarch because Deathblade is the translator. He did a great job with A Will Eternal, so I figured I'd give this novel a chance. Deathblade's translation of Sage Monarch is a cut above most other translations. You can't polish a turd, though, and the source material really stinks.

There are a host of issues with this novel. The primary problem is that the author does too much telling and too little showing. Rather than the author putting us in the middle of the action, far too often,... more>> we are just told what happened. The majority of it reads more like an encyclopedia than a novel.

Another gripe is that there's no delayed gratification. The MC is both invincible and unimaginable lucky. Other than what happens to him in the first two chapters, he experiences no setbacks. If he needs something, he already has it, knows someone else that has what he needs, or stumbles upon it in the following chapter. With only one exception, he immediately resolves any grudges, sometimes even in the same chapter that the grudge began. Because of this, the novel never builds tension. It's always just kind of flat. The author just tells you that the MC is awesome as he does random things that somehow increase his cultivation.

To top it off, because he practices an insanely powerful cultivation technique, he can fight people many cultivation levels above him. There's no reason to have cultivation levels at all if the MC can just kill anyone, regardless of their cultivation level, with little-to-no effort.

My final issue with the novel is that the MC is just unlikeable. His character is flat. His motives are vague. Instead of taking principled actions that propel him towards a goal, his actions are largely dictated by random, external circumstances. The result is that there's not much of a story or character development. You're just told the MC did random stuff that doesn't really matter in the greater context of the narrative.

TL;DR: The writing style is so poor that it feels like the author didn't even try. There's hardly any action; it's all just expository narrative or dialog. Further, the author does nothing to build any tension or action. The end result is that the whole novel is just a boring powertrip.

Worst of all, the MC is a Mary Sue. The author does little to endear any character to the reader, including the MC. The MC doesn't really seem to have any goals. The MC is so OP that cultivation levels are irrelevant to him. Between his godly cultivation technique and his uncanny ability to just find everything he needs immediately, he encounters no bottlenecks or cultivation issues.

All of these issues culminate in a boring novel where you don't care about anything or anyone. <<less
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edoc
edoc rated it
March 21, 2018
Status: --
I read this years ago and I loved it, the greatest part is that his family isn't forgotten as the MC works hard to increase their cultivation. In fact the way he does it is something I haven't seen in any other novel and works great.

Be advised, I remember the story having a slow and rather cliché start.
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happyfanatic
happyfanatic rated it
April 26, 2019
Status: --
I started reading this because deathblade was translating and he's translated both I Shall Seal the Heavens and a Will Eternal which I found to be entertaining. (Hey at least the translation is well done) I even forced myself to keep reading for a little while but it never got any better. It's extremely formulaic with no redeeming qualities to make up for that. Privileged young master gets betrayed and "crippled" but not really because he immediately gets struck by super special lightning. What are the chances?! And then... more>> follows the standard trope of special secret trump card which enables him to beat other people at higher cultivation levels etc.

Lots of twirling mustache one dimensional villains etc. <<less
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LeapTallNovels
LeapTallNovels rated it
April 27, 2019
Status: c11
I know that 11 chapters in this kind of stories is not considered even finished the prologue, but I couldn't bare reading further, yet that doesn't really matter, because the author managed to put every Xuanhuan cliche you can think of in those first few chapters. However, I'm not even going to talk about them, there is really no need, they are just the tip of the iceberg.

So, let's review "the plot"
Our MC, Yang Qi, is the 3rd son of the leader of the pretty much most powerful and... more>> wealty clan in their city, he's recognised as a promising individual and his father cherishes him greatly, so the obvious action he takes is to try and... escape. Why, you may ask? Well, because of a girl who told him to steal one of those great-dragon-great-power-great-giving-great pills, which is in the possession of the biggest dude around and of course he not only agrees, but also manages to do it. How? Well, take a look at that quote:
Spoiler

"Yang Qi was very well aware of what a Latent Dragon Pill could do. It was a first-class medicinal pill that was supposedly refined from the blood of dragons. After consuming it, one's blood would gain traces of dragon power, which would increase both physical strength and lifespan.

The city magistrate had originally possessed two. One of them he had used to break into the Master of Energy level, and the other he had kept locked up in a private chamber. Yang Qi had somehow bribed the guards to gain access to the chamber, stolen the pill, and then given it to Yun Hailan. Of course, his attempt to win her over was a complete failure, as she betrayed him."

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As you can see, his plan was a masterpiece, so obviously it worked out. Well, not really, his great love betrays him, takes the pill and leaves and of course suffers no consequences for doing so, while our MC gets the punishment and all the blame. The guys that find him don't even bother asking where the pill is, they just f**k him up real quick and start looking for payment from his clan like the pill doesn't even exist anymore, even though the girl escaped litteraly 2 seconds before they showed up. Anyway, from then on is the tipical Xuanhuan, he gets a power no one else has, trains in it and surpassess veterans in mere days, gets underestimated, beats 2 guys, surprises everyone, challenges a 3rd guy and starts training. That's where I dropped it.
For people who are into Xuanhuan it may be more than 1, but to the people like me, who are fed up with all that repetitive sh*t (seriously, if I read the word "cultivation" a few more times, I will be the one to transcend into divinity) don't read it. <<less
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DragonSlayer13579
DragonSlayer13579 rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c400
Don't try this series, it's nothing like A Will Eternal or ISSTH. Even for a generic xuanhuan series, its pretty mediocre.

The story is as generic as it can get, betrayed by his love interest, op cultivation technique, mysterious background, an ridiculous amount of plot armor.

The fights are pretty generic, nothing mind blowing, the MC is broken as fluf with his op cultivation technique he can easily defeat even those 5+ lvls above him (in the same realm). The MC's cultivation technique is the same as the technique that the MC... more>> from Dragon Marked War God has, but it's not with dragons but with elephants.

The MC is dumb as fluf, he gets used and tricked a lot, he doesn't become smarter as he becomes stronger, he only becomes more ruthless and the MC is kind to unsatisfying lvls. For example:

Spoiler

The MC is part of the Celestial Academy, the headmaster of the academy is a piece of shiet. He favors the crown prince (the antagonist, and not because of his talent, like later on he can clearly see that MC is 1000 times more talented than the crown prince, but because he had some relationship with the crown price's mother) , and treats MC like shiet. He send the MC to his death 2 times, and if the MC didn't had the God Imprint (the weird thing in his head) that protects him, the headmaster would have killed him. The elders of the academy are all part of the crown prince faction and attacked/bullied the MC multiple times. And when the MC finally has the chance to take revenge on this sh*tty academy that treated him like shiet, he decides to not do it, and to become the next headmaster of the academy ?like wtf, why would he do something like this, after they treated him like shiet... in the whole academy he only had 1 elder that was on his side (and pls don't get me wrong they weren't that close, like that elder barely helped the MC 1-2 times, but it was nothing major, so it's not like that elder was the reason why he decided to stay at the academy, he even repaid that elder later on), so I can't understand why he would waste the effort on some trashy academy like this, since he is perfectly capable to start his own academy. The MC himself even said that he wants to create his own academy for his family, so for me at least his decision made absolutely no sense.....

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You might doubt me, just a 1 star rating ???for a series that's so popular ? (at the time I write this review, the series is ranked 16th) but trust me my good brothers, this series only is somewhat decent at the beginning, but everything becomes utter garbage after the tournament arc.I think that we can all agree that the only good thing that this series has is that this series is more or less satisfying, like even thou the plot is trash and generic, its at least satisfying. But even this, completely disappears after the tournament arc.

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So the MC fights in the tournament, and gets into the finals, where he fight with that bitch that betrayed him at the beginning of the story, the MC wants to kill her, he fails but still wins the fight. And when he wants to claim his prize for winning the tournament, the Crown Prince randomly appears and nearly kills the MC, the MC can't do shiet and no one besides his sworn brothers help him. And all of this happens in front of all the elder of the academy including the Headmaster. The Crown Prince had clearly broken the rules, and no one does shiet, FFS he nearly killed the MC in from of everyone, The Crown Prince's excuse "Power is above rules, as long as you have power you make the rules". He broke the rules in front of everyone and nearly killed the MC who was the winner of the tournament........ ok, ok I can understand. And what do you think happens fkin later on in the story ???? When the MC is finally strong enough, and does the same thing as the Crown Prince did (the MC killed a couple of elder that bullied him, it was self defence...) , the Headmaster of the academy decides to punish him by sending him in a place in which he should have died, (of course because of this broken and godly plot armor he survives). So when the Crown Princes nearly fkin killed the rightfully winner of the tournament in front of everyone just because he wanted to do so it's ok, but when the MC wants do to the same it's illegal. I call this pure and utter bullshiet. This is how the only good thing that the series had for it died.

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The only good thing left that this series has is a good translator (Deathblade). Also I've read the series till chapter 400 and till that point at least there was no romance.

For me this series was a sh*ttier and less satisfying version of Dragon Marked War God, try this series only if you have absolutely nothing better to do. <<less
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Devil_Cry
Devil_Cry rated it
May 4, 2019
Status: c370
I can't understand why Deathblade chose this novel for translation. The previous novels picked by him were too good in quality especially ISSTH. When I saw this novel at Wuxiaworld and saw It is translated by Deathblade, I had thought it will be an amazing novel like previous ones. But all my hopes shattered after reading 50+ chapters. Then again I thought may be after some chapter there will be good plot and character development. So I chose to read Raw chapters as well. I read till 370 chapters and... more>> I can only say one thing : This novel is not for me why? Let me tell my thoughts.

Spoiler

MC is too dumb he reveals his secrets to others like it is nothing. He knows there is danger but he still insists to live there and go there. He doesn't even warn his aunt. In this novel it seems author doesn't like female characters because most of the women will be killed by stupid MC.

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This novel had potential and author could have developed story in a good way but he didn't.

I am sorry to say but this novel is complete sh**.

I only hope Deathblade will choose a good novel in future like previous ones not like this one. <<less
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ZUN
ZUN rated it
May 1, 2019
Status: c96
TL;DR -Terrible generic novel with little to nothing redeemable about it.

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Does the following sound familiar?

... more>> The MC is a cripple/untalented young guy with no personality to them except for being ""righteous" and has a parent or parents with a mysterious background who's origins he needs to uncover?

He receives a ridiculously powerful cultivation technique that allows him to be stronger than anyone else, able to control every element, makes him immune to all poison, allows him to absorb any type of energy AND acts as the plot armour vehicle for him to do anything the story needs?

The entire novel is limbo of him perpetually insulting someone of status only to kill them, thus insulting someone else in a domino like effect?

THATS RIGHT!

You have read this novel before!You have most likely read it 10 to 15 times if you are into this genre.

Its the same boring uninspired garbage written by someone who supposedly never spoke to a living person long enough to figure out how dialogue functions, but when you see what they actually write in their novels you are not surprised normal people are keeping safe distance.

There is nothing interesting about the novel and its generic enough that it makes me wonder why it exists every time I read a paragraph.

The story is uninteresting from a narrative standpoint and a wider perspective, the writer never makes you invested in anything nor does he pique your interests with a fleshed out world.

The writing style is something that would get you kicked out of a writing class and the dialogue just makes me cringe because its always between these onedimensional stereotypical characters that seem like they were programmed NPC's that got half of their lines cut due to file corruption.

Honestly there is nothing redeeming about this novel and as I have read these 90+ chapters out of respect for Deathblade, 80 of them felt like a chore I had to force myself trough.

People at this point say this is something you read when there is nothing else to read because at least its not PMG but at just chapter 90 I can already see plotholes and consistency bursting at the seams to the point where I am not comfortable doing so.

Save yourself the time and do not read this, because chances are that you already have... <<less
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ArgosYesu
ArgosYesu rated it
December 20, 2016
Status: --
There wasn't really anything exceptional about the story. I read up to when his family destroys another family and then got really bored. The use of Elephants as his system of power is... fun? I think. While I could understand its background, I couldn't really get into his training system much. I forgot which chapter this was, so meh.

Also, the tag, Second Chance, was used incorrectly for this novel. Dying and reviving in the same body in the same timeline does not make it a Second Chance novel. Second Chance... more>> is if the MC returns to his old body and is allowed to start his life over from there, AKA, having a Second Chance at his life. <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
Impressions as of Ch.22.

The first chapter sets up an intriguing premise: a teenage martial cultivator was deceived by a girl, bringing calamity to himself and his family. His cultivation ruined and tied to a tree like a criminal, he was struck by lightning and infusing him with a golden fairy and the essence of unimaginable strength. Vowing revenge against the girl who had betrayed him, the MC found his clan beset by problems internal and external and had to gather his strength to resolve a tightening noose around his immediate... more>> family first.

As for the plot, I have no idea whether it would be a long term goal like “Battle Through The Heavens” or just a stepping stone for the MC to be given super powers for a usual xianxia story. Not too many characters have been developed in the 20 chapters translated thus far, at least there are intriguing hints about an aunt who is just a little older than the MC, and an ambitious mayor/city lord who still bears a grudge against the MC.

The writing is standard, the dialogue is average and the translation is passable but unpolished; hampered by the author’s terms that sound so awkward in English (eg: “Divine Elephant That Suppresses Hell”). There is also a wall of info-dump initially.

What is available thus far is average and from the pace of the story, seems to take a long way to get going. Have to wait for more chapters before recommending it. <<less
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kaluk1321
kaluk1321 rated it
May 3, 2019
Status: c100
I'm disappointed that deathblade got such a sh*tty novel after years of success translating the better wuxia out there, digging the gems out of the pile of crap that usually is all those chinese webnovels.

I'm not in the mood for writing everything that is wrong with this novel, but one thing that strikes the most is the lack of proper writing in character development and lackluster world building. As people have said villains and allies are ONE and I repeat ONE dimensional characters, they are the DEFINITION of that. If... more>> you ever read in a review the term one dimensional characters and never understood what that is, just read this novel and you'll understand what that is. <<less
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Velast
Velast rated it
April 29, 2019
Status: --
Well I wish DB had not chosen this novel to transtale. He's such a talented individual - his quality is top notch and I believe he can reach a pro level in translations but not with these kind of novels: (

Overall this novel is so so. In my opinion in terms of quality Er Gen's works hold the first place on a pedestal with Tomatoe's works being on the second and as for this story it's nowhere near the third one.
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Rockbear
Rockbear rated it
May 15, 2019
Status: c114
I won't go into too much detail but as a previous review said, no matter how good the translator, you can't polish a turd...

I didn't start the novel with high expectations but I did have expectations. Which proved to be a mistake. A few of the many issues are listed below.

1) One dimensional characters

... more>> 2) Below average plot

3) Ridiculous plot armour (the character basically knows everything without having to put any effort to achieve it. He's in a pickle? No problem. His technique has it covered. Whether or not this was introduced in previous chapters. He just HAS and KNOWS the technique.)

4) The main character has no redeemable features.

You just cannot get into the story at all. Don't get me wrong, there's much worse novels out there. But just because there's a bigger and stinkier turd doesn't mean this turd shouldn't get the 1* or 2* it deserves.

Save yourself the misery and give this a pass. So many novels that are far better than this. <<less
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Kurokazin
Kurokazin rated it
May 6, 2019
Status: c107
I'll say this now, the novel (so far) is a solid 3 stars, I gave it an extra star to offset all the Er Gen novel fanboys that were expecting some slapstick-humor power fantasy and gave it a series of 1's and 2's.

I read wuxia novels pretty frequently. Actively reading 5 (including this one) as well as 2-3 on the backburner that I found the synopsis interesting. You can do far, FAR worse than this novel if you're looking for something to fill the gap between the more interesting reads.

One... more>> thing to note is things progress quickly. Unlike a lot of other chinese novels, this one wastes no time powering up the MC. I imagine this is because the "world" he starts in will be rapidly out-stripped by higher tier planes he'll eventually end up in. It's hard to tell at this stage how good the novel will turn out to be, 100 is not much of a sample size when these tend to go on for 2000+ chapters.

So far there have been a few interesting characters, many one-dimensional but there's only so much you can expect from a xianxia-esque novel. I pity the poor author that tries to write unique characteristics for a cast of potentially hundreds of individuals. There's reasonable criticism and then there's just incessant whinging from people more accustomed to japanese media vs chinese media. The grander scale necessitates more generic, one dimensional roles for a cast that's constantly shifting as the MC propels himself into higher levels of existence and leaves his less talented buddies behind.

Otherwise the novel is in a pretty decent state right now. The cultivation levels are easy to follow and understand, the MC doesn't insta-discard his die-hard brothers every 100 chapters, and the world-building isn't nearly as bad as people are trying to make it out to be. We're constantly being reminded and revisiting areas that have been developed in previous chapters.

Honestly, my only gripe about the novel is that the author breezed through the prologue. I would've liked a good 10~ chapters establishing the MC and the Yun chick before sh*t goes fanward. <<less
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Fionel
Fionel rated it
May 3, 2019
Status: c8
I was looking something new to read and decided to try this one.

I got 1st ch at to point where MC with stolen goods meets girl.

... then I took break.

I returned hoping it gets decent after start, and now I have gotten 8th ch at point where MC broadcasts his recovery after asserting himself being smart about it.

... for now this is enough I go back looking something else.
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Sheenius
Sheenius rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c34
Uhhh so I too picked this novel up because of DB's amazing work on issth and awe and considering his high tones of this novel I expected a lot! After 2 such gems I wouldn't have thought I'd land in something like this. What a major disappointment, cliché after cliché. Arrogant clans here, enemy after enemy there, big clans and a stupid miss who will regret sooo much what she has done after her sect bends his head. This novel got everything, except everything good and most important: originality.
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c11
I'm not going to lie, I started reading this because Deathblade is the translator (and there's no harem in the tags) but this just goes to show that even the best translators can't improve the quality of the actual story if the story itself is a cliche mess to begin with. The summery is interesting but, well, other people have already pointed out the flaws and there's no need for me to beat a dead horse.

sigh.

i was really looking forward to having something new to read. I hear it gets... more>> better later on but honestly I'm just not up to slogging through this atm, maybe i'll try again some other time. The extra star is for the translation, otherwise my rating is about a 2. <<less
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Kildarien
Kildarien rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c97
This is a really fast paced novel, chapters are decent size with top notch translation done by Deathblade.

PROS

  • MC's secret power/family is very similar to Ancient Godly Monarch series where there is a special power inside the MC.
  • Cultivation and Story progresses at quite fast speed
  • Family stays important, same for friends. MC helps them power up quite often.
  • MC is quite intelligent, he tries hard to keep his true power secret
  • Translation is very good
  • Battles are in my mind quite nice, sometimes a battle might last 3 chapters, sometimes its over in half chapter. Some are very well written, while some are little short and bland.
  • Quite many interesting World Lore elements are teased (Will update this later, at this point this is a PROS)
CONS

  • Because the pace is so fast, character/world development sometimes suffers a little because of it.
  • Battle, but only sometimes. Also the novel is still in below 100 chapters, I will update this once we reach 200/300 chapters.
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TheGamingNerd
TheGamingNerd rated it
October 6, 2017
Status: c101
Uhh Finally picked up again... Story is okay for now slightly generic but I dont lose interest cause every novel is a new experience and honestly (I dropped most novels cause I'm bored of some themes) The cultivation system is interesting not too fast not too slow just the right speed... Looking forward to more for my final review.

[Personal message for those who compare this with AWE and ISSTH... honestly Er Gen and Dreamwalker got way different writing styles Er Gen focuses on Shameless shameless shameless mostly comedy and... more>> dreamwalker focuses on the most mainstream type of writing it depends on the readers and honestly this is a pretty old novel came out before ISSTH was even an idea :) ] <<less
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vkg313
vkg313 rated it
September 28, 2016
Status: c38
Story is fairly plain xianxia story with lots of killing, and less plot. Cultivation system is interesting though. I'm also glad that the MC is supposedly empathic to all creatures, and not a psychopath like other stories. Glad Wuxiaworld picked it up overall.

My favorite lines:

Yang Qi chuckled. "Where do you think you are, back home at that institute of yours? You think you can make a comeback after being beaten like this? We're in the jianghu, the home of danger and viciousness. You seriously think I'm going to just tell... more>> you my name and let you go, so that you can return to the Sea God Institute and get some more powerful people to get revenge for you? Well, I can tell you, that's not going to happen."

He was by no means boasting. With the flick of a finger, he sent a stream of true energy directly into the young man's forehead.

Praise be that he MC isn't stupid. He is overly fixated on his former love. <<less
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