Seeking the Tao in the Mortal World


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Qin Yi used to think that cultivation was all about a peaceful mind and the indifference towards fame and wealth. He is ready to abandon all mortal desires and enjoy eternal solitude when he later realizes that he is a human after all, and on the lonely cultivation path, he could really use the warmth of another pair of arms…

Of his companions, the prince wants to rebuild his kingdom; the princess is looking forward to her heroic life; the priestess needs to experience the secular world; the “dumb snake” could use a confidence boost; and his “clubbie” wants a human form.

But would everyone get what they wanted?

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Seeking the Dao in the Seemingly Mundane Mortal World
Seeking the Path of the World of Mortals
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2 Reviews

Jun 09, 2021
Status: Completed
I am very confused by troutrun's review below mine. The author Ji Cha is known for writing harem novels, and the fact of the matter is that the novel was always going to be a harem novel. It's just that the focus and style of the prose changed; time that would have been spent on developing supporting characters more instead turned to focus on the MC and his romantic escapades. The overall plot of the novel was unaffected. Although I loved volume one's wistful storytelling, the main reason the author... more>> shifted gears so fast was because in the initial stages of that arc, the overeager readers in CN were writing angry comments and giving the novel a bad reputation elsewhere. Those who stuck around to the end of that arc eventually realized their mistake - but the damage was already done. Nevertheless, Ji Cha's conversationally smooth prose was not at all diminished by his later shift in focus; and honestly the man's gotta eat. Webnovel readers in China pay for the romantic stuff because he's really good at it.

Anyway, this book is really quite good. Ji Cha's prose is superbly wonderful to read as always; although I don't consider his prose the absolute best, he is definitely among the top three or five in terms of consistency. Furthermore in this book he is more proximate than the vast majority of authors about what cultivation and immortality culturally should be like, instead of the level up get swole kind of stories that his peers write most of the time. No, it's not particularly sophisticated reading - it is a webnovel at the end of the day - but it is a thoroughly enjoyable romp through a mythological world interspersed with actual mythological anecdotes, filled with life and humor.

An aside about harems and/or your preferences on how many romantic interests there are in webnovels: as long as the prose is good, I couldn't care less about this facet of the story. Zero, one, a million, anywhere in between - if you can make it work, give it a shot. I've liked books from all three categories. (I would, however, like to remark that the vast majority of webnovels have terrible prose, especially the authors who fixate on 'one waifu only, but put in ambiguous scenes with other girls anyway'. This is not related to the next point though.) In general, the more popular an author is, the more bland his prose tends to be... not for a lack of skill, mind you, but because the audience demands it. It is what it is. Webnovels must bend to the will of the market instead of trying to attain literary perfection. If there is evidence of the author striving to perfect his art in spite of this - like there certainly is in this book - then that is more than enough for me. <<less
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Oct 28, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a transmigration story like others before where the MC takes over a body and has a knowledgeable spirit master to help guide him to cultivate. The interesting and enjoyable part of this story for me is where the MC takes a backseat and is more like an observer as the plot unfolds around him. The author does an excellent job of highlighting characters around the MC and provide very reasonable points of views for all the characters, even the villains. There are no young master drama, face slapping... more>> or unnecessary killing.


I completed reading the raws for this story. After the wonderful first volume/arc, the story tanks for me. It becomes a harem focused, women chasing drama with all beauties (15+ ish) falling for the MC as he explore the world and gets involve with their dramas. The MC even gets his master, his personal disciple and her aunt, his not blood related sister and her master, etc... you get the point. The author admits at the end of the story that he made the change due to low subscriptions from the first arc and doubled the subscriptions after focusing on the harem, which is too bad because this could have been a unique and interesting story.

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