Swallowed Star


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Year 2056, in a city in the Yuan Jiang Su Jin area. On top of a ruined, shattered six story residential apartment sits a teenager wearing a combat vest, militaristic trousers, and alloyed battle boots. On his back is a hexagonal shield and equipped is a blood-shadow battle knife. He sits there silently on the edge of the roof. At this time, the sparkling sky was shining and there was a refreshing breath within the air that blew towards him. However, there was only silence within the ruined, deserted city, with an occasional howl that makes your heart skip a beat.

Associated Names
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Swallowing the Starry Sky
The legend of spacewalker
Thôn Phệ Tinh Không
Tun Shi Xing Kong
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Lord Xue Ying (Shared Universe)
Swallowed Star 2: Origin Continent (Sequel)
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The Desolate Era (7)
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Coiling Dragon (4)
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Renmaster rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: v6c8
I thought DE already the best work of IET until I read this series

the setting are pretty familiar for us, not in the distant world but our own post apocalyptic world, something happen in earth and all living being undergoing mutation including human, animal and plant, and this happen on near future around 2057+

for story I was pretty skeptical at first, because many japanese anime have similar setting in their story, but I was proven wrong once again, it's modern xinxia !! The story are pretty familiar for us added... more>> with more advanced technology and simple cultivation for getting stronger, even using modern and ancient technology in battle. There's some epic moment in the story, especially the MC later turn into 1 man army monster grinder badass, have advanced technology jetfighter with AI, customizable armor that could he manipulate with just thought, superior telekinesis ability that can make him control weapon and tools to fight, and have one of the strongest weapon in the world make him really a badass character in his world.

i really hope more people will read this series, for story personally it's on my top 3 novel for me, but because of irregular translation release, the best it could get in novelupdates ranking probably top 10/15, but I hope this novel series could get in top 3 and motivate the translator to do more release :D <<less
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MondoX rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: v2c6
I was looking forward to reading this novel, because of the high rating. However, I was disappointed with the pacing of the story. It has a good premise, but it reads more like a slice-of-life mood. The MC takes this test, then he has to take that exam, etc. I tried to power through the first 26 chapters, but the story is boring. Surprisingly several people rated this novel high, I guess different strokes for different folks.
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Trent rated it
April 28, 2017
Status: c--
With Swallowed Star, IET originally seemed to intend to write a more sensible story with a more compact scope, but then gave into his modus operandi of skipping through the home world to go to bigger worlds to star systems and so on. The novel's like Dragonball, where the early and later parts are entirely different.

Like, take a look at the novel's synopsis. Go ahead, look over it. Take that kind of badass, special ops scenario, mix it up with training, a bunch of monster-slaying, at least as... more>> much conflict between humans, and some familial and romantic love, and you have the first 5 or so volumes. The MC becomes a Fighter (a cool, non-uber title), and he's fast and strong but not beyond imagination. He goes out with a squad to kill monsters for their body parts, and they have to be careful and use tactics and know their limits, but they might die anyways. Awesome. 4+ stars for this period.

But as usual in IET's works, before long, things become so magical and large in scope that their descriptions become wonky, and each level and what the MC accomplishes at each level becomes forgettable. When they were revealed, I metaphorically slobbered over the title "Warlord, " and creamed myself at "Wargod." Like, hell YEA, reach those levels MC! But no, it turns out, each level is just someone who's a certain amount stronger and faster than the one before. Ptooee. And then you have a bunch of following levels and spaceships and aliens and galactic battles and whatever, and the story gives up on being down-to-earth and enters Super Saiyan mode, then x2, x3, x4. If you're fine with that sort of thing, no problem; if you're not, you should probably stop reading before it gets to that point. <<less
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BAAM rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: --
A good story the main character has set goals and he isn't trying to make a harem one of the positive things about novels written by IET. He will obtain powers he never thought of at a fast rate and the novel's plot develops into a much larger field later on in the story.
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Theta rated it
June 8, 2016
Status: v13
Honestly surprised at the number of people complaining that this series is slow. In regards of the current translations, it has a solid beginning with a bit of stagnant chapters after the first volume. Then by book 5 it really picks up and progresses exponentially from there. Currently on vol 11 of raw so not sure if it gets worse from there.

EDIT: v13 now and still very enjoyable~
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pentadrian rated it
March 13, 2017
Status: --
If you're looking for a sci-fi novel, this is not it. At first you'd think, Woah, science. How cool! And bam, reality smacks you right on yer face. Spirit vessels get replaced by space ships, sword-ki by lazer beams and demonic beasts by space beasts. Apart from that, this is your standard cultivate to immortality and then some shite. Pretty bland, and an absolute lack of any drama to motivate the story. This lack of suspense and utter asspulls work for the first 200 or so chapters, but it gets... more>> boring real fast. You're looking at a 35 volume saga that becomes increasingly unclear as to why it even had elements of sci-fi to begin with. IET thought he could science. He couldn't. <<less
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Losdrac rated it
July 26, 2016
Status: v4c11
I wanted to read a SF novel to change from all the reincarnation/cultivation/fantasy thing, seeing the rating on this one I gave it a go.

I don't even know how I could read so many chapters and I definitely don't understand all the hype about this novel.

The setup :

The MC is a better than average, hard working student. He comes from a poor family, has a disabled brother (who is a genius trader) and incidentally has a hidden power (which soon awaken) and will allow him to be one of the most OP existences of his world if trained properly.

But he decides to hide it...... because reasons.

Well, why not.


One of the problem I had with this novel is that there's no surprises, no struggle. There isn't any trouble for the MC and when something finally happens someone will take the hit for him or instantly bring a solution. The MC needs money to buy skill or gear ? Don't worry someone will come to lend him some and if it doesn't happen he will probably find it (or an even better grade) in some random hole dug by a beast.

Like others said the MC power up quickly but that's not necessarily a bad thing. All the antagonists are idiots, blinded by their own arrogance who underestimate the MC, but well that could be said to a vast majority of novel.

I don't know if it comes from the author directly or the translation but what made me stop reading is the writing. Everything is plain and bleak, descriptions are average and dialogues are even worse. Putting exclamation marks and SFX don't make a story engaging.

I can hardly believe it's the same guy who wrote Coiling Dragon.
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khitman18 rated it
May 5, 2016
Status: --
To tell you the truth, I didn't expect to like this story much because of it having a futuristic setting and a sci-fi theme, because I am more into medieval-esque or ancient time period fantasy settings. However, I found the story to be quite entertaining, and I find the post-apocalyptic story to be quite original and intriguing. The MC is likeable in my opinion and somewhat does things rationally (at least in my opinion). The only thing that I find disappointing is the pace of the translation. I just wished... more>> that the translation speed would be on par with Martial World/TMW or ISSHT. But who am I to complain; afterall, I am just a leecher lol. So I would still like to say thank you to the people or person who is translating this. <<less
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GordonLi rated it
October 26, 2016
Status: v8c28
It's hard to suspend disbelief when this book throws so many lucky scenarios and unbelievable setups at you. The dialogue, characters and writing is also very very poor. Some of the ideas are quite original though, and they were all that kept me reading to the end of what has been translated thus far. Not sure if I'll bother coming back at a later stage to continue reading, as that would mean I would have to start from the beginning again, and I do not want to go through all... more>> that tr*sh again. <<less
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Unity737 rated it
May 19, 2016
Status: v6c3
I super, super love this story. My first Xianxia or Wuxia novel was Coiling Dragon. And I thought at the time that was the best. But then I started reading Stellar Transformations. To my amazement, ST became my new favorite. And then Desolate Era came along so it became my new favorite. Ever since I caught up with the chapters, I moved to Swallowed Star. And you bet this became my new favorite but I must say, so far, out of the stories I mentioned above, I must say Swallowed... more>> Star topped them off. Perhaps I'm being biased, since I'm running out of IEatTomatoes novels to read. Lol. One reason I love SS so much is that how the author incorporates our modern world (geopolitical and all that stuff) with Xianxia. And I'm not even Chinese but I still end up favoring the chinese MC. And I also love the romance that's starting to develop. So yeah, so far I find it enjoyable. I hope Zebulin, the translator, is doing fine. Thanks so much for your good work. <<less
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expertsource rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: v6c11
5/5. There is only one flaw in the story for me. I'll mention it now. Except that the story is very good and smooth. While you reading, you find yourself in the last chapters immediately.

1-The story is a bit slow or seems like it. He says he needs 3 years at least to become wargod and bam, things change. The slowness changes. I think it's unique in this way. If it would have been slow like mc's thoughts, it would be boring at some point. But it has its unique... more>> way that keeps you reading until the end.

2- the major thing that annoyed me. And I think the author only forgot that or he was absent-minded at that time when he wrote. The MC kept hiding his spiritual reader feature for no reason at first without explaning why. Until very later when he revealed the truth to his teammates. We learned the reason that MC doesn't want leave his home that's why he hide it and he kept hiding from world except his teammates later on. Also in any story hiding ability annoys me a lot, but I kept reading because the story is smooth. But later on the author with his unique way, suddenly, revealed mc's spiritual reader feature to everyone on earth. So the only problem that bugging me has gone. The rest of every aspect of the novel is good and smooth.

In conclusion, although the novel had flaws. The author fixed them all in the story later on. And because the story is good and has smooth writing, the flaws can bearable until the author fixes them. <<less
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DeadlySoren rated it
September 28, 2016
Status: v8c1
IET is one of the best authors out there, he has some great novels and Swallowed Star is by far my favorite of the ones that I have read (I have read CD, ST, DE and TNC so all the big ones).

This novel is brilliant in almost every aspect, there are no "repeating cliche antagonists" that get in the way of the plot and characters. Lou Feng is realistic (as realistic as a Xuanhuan/Xiaxian protag can be at least), he doesn't gain power for no reason and while in the... more>> early chaps its seems like he's to OP, the later ones really put things into perspective. IET loves to create massive universes for the MC to go through and this one has the same but this time it's in OUR universe and he does such a great job of making everything flawless and perfectly combining martial arts and real world tech into a super creation that makes it interesting in the start novel and griping after the first 2 volumes.

Characters that aren't the MC don't get a huge amount of character development but that's perfectly normal for IET really, they aren't unbelievable and their motivations for how they act is explained but they don't get much else. It's really the only criticism I can think of for this novel.

Now onto the thing that makes of breaks a novel; the main character. Luo Feng is a badass, he doesn't ever go out of his way to make enemies, nothing like calling someone back when they just want to leave or forcing situations that end in people hating him. The way he handles situations are actually sensible! He has real human emotions too!

During the 4th volume and some of the 5th he kills the kid of a power couple of two wargods are they set a huge bounty on him and he freaks the hell out about if his team mates are going to betray him or what will happen if the couple goes after he's family

He doesn't just up and leave if there's a problem he can't fix immediately he works at it constantly and when he gets over the problem there's a real feeling of success instead of most novels "meh, another one bites the dust" kinda feel. It also deserves mentioning that he doesn't just get everything handed to him like other protags he has to work HARD, like really really hard.

He gets the inheritance of some really powerful guy who died but even with it, the AI that helps him says it will take 100, 000 years minimum to reach a point of being powerful in the universe


This novel is a perfect 5 for me, from the amazing world building and martial arts crossed with tech feeling, right down to the little things like POV changes and other characters feelings and thoughts are all well done. I highly recommend this to veterans of the genre (who probably already know about it and love it same as me) and to newbies as well, it's easy to understand, the setting and world is perfectly created and the characters are believable. <<less
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zaal rated it
October 6, 2016
Status: v8c8
Best IET novel thus far. Although he still enjoys repeating himself and I sometimes skip whole paragraphs, you can clearly see a huge change compared to each novel. I feel like he's taken his plot formula to the next stage and did a really good job with swallowed star; I was growing mind numbingly bored trying to finish Coiling Dragon + Stellar Transformations.
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chocholate rated it
August 18, 2016
Status: --
I give this 4.5,

As expected from I Eat Tomatoes stories!

If you read other stories from this author you will find the similar feels...

Such as power up, chances to find treasure, NO harem ❤︎ and hard working MC ❤︎!

but you will find this story slightly different than others, as this setting taken in modern times. Well since it is like that you can find the new concept IET brings and the brilliance ways of IET's writing, will bring you a new kind of experience and enjoyable.

Have a nice meal!
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Riveted rated it
December 15, 2017
Status: c715
This is a novel that I want to love, but I can only say that I like it. The first main arc of the story is set out really well, and has a unique setting for this genre. Humanity is sort of on their last legs, desperately trying to hold on to the few fortress-like cities that they have left, and exploring a revival of martial arts, as heavily mutated animals have taken over the rest of the planet. The author really brings you into this world, and it's fun... more>> to watch the MC make his way through it.

For the most part, I also enjoyed the fight scenes, which I typically don't for these types of novels. They don't go on for dozens of chapters like some other novels do... (*cough* Martial God Asura *cough*), and the author actually drums up some decent reasons for why these people are fighting the MC. I also really like how the author tries to keep things to a somewhat realistic level for distances and numbers, at least when things happen in the real world and not the virtual one. People landing in front of the city gates don't randomly take out myriad mountain ranges; they simply land, kind of like how your friendly neighborhood cultivator would.

Now, for problems I'll start with the plot itself. It's actually decent for that first main arc, but then the story moves on

from simply being on Earth to *gasp* the MC find out that there's actually a whole universe out there

chapters on all the basic genre cliches. You get the explanations of cultivation levels, the way the governments works, the rules for the areas, various cultivation techniques, popular people in the area, fancy treasures to take note of, multiple auctions, and multiple tournaments..... and during all of that, there's an "old geezer" stereotype telling the MC everything he should be doing, and exactly when he should be doing it. I very nearly didn't make it to the end of all that. I was about to drop the novel entirely (and probably would have if I was attempting to read through that arc at the daily rate), until a new arc set in and the MC actually started doing things for himself again. Decisions to make, challenges to attempt, legacies to find, political maneuvers to outmaneuver, etc.

On to the problem I have with the MC: He ends up being given horrendously OP things, with virtually no strings attached, time, and time, and time, and time again. The first time? Fine, I can buy that. We wouldn't have much of a story otherwise if the character wasn't special somehow. The problem is that the author doesn't stop. It just gets to the point where they start piling up the background, and the author just pulls them out of his pocket whenever it's convenient.

The small complaints I'm not going to bother with, but the last large one I'll bring up is the constant state of flux of the cultivator power levels. It starts out where power level A are the common folk, level B are the ones making their way up the ladder, and level D are the guys at the top. Then we get to level D and we find out that no, it's actually that level D are the common folk, level E are the guys making their way up the ladder, and level G are the guys running the show. Then we get to level G..... and you get the picture. It's always mentioned that the level the MC is at is the level of the "cannon fodder." Seriously? Is it that hard to stick with a constant power level system? This is one of those things where I wish more stories in this genre would take after Warlock of the Magus World. That story had 9 levels, and you knew from the very beginning exactly where you were on that scale, and what authority you had at any particular level. Make the story smarter, not just longer.

Even at the end of all that, I'm still actually keeping up with the story for now. Hopefully the author keeps up with these more well-written story arcs as the book moves on. <<less
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matricha rated it
June 19, 2016
Status: v9
Those that rated the novel 1* are just haters, there's nothing in this novel that deserves 1* rating...

Another masterpiece by IET. I couldn't wait for translations and started reading ahead of translations. Well, least to say, I got so hooked up that I read MT. The story starts in the current Earth, nations dying and making few combined countries in the world where an alien virus caused animals on the earth to mutate and challenge humanity.

Some people may get annoyed that MC and the strongest bunch are from... more>> China, but if this factor was overlooked then everything else is almost perfect because very soon the whole story will overshadow everything else in the Earth and move to the galactic level. So, bare with it if you are uncomfortable with Chinese being portrayed as slightly superior.

This is a story of no teen drama, heavy on romance, ecchi moments, excessive repetitious explanations. if you like these stuff please go read TSJS's novels or whatever his name is. This novel is all about adventure and cultivation. <<less
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clowred rated it
January 30, 2016
Status: --
IET novels have a certain style that draws you in as long as you don’t like to nitpick. This novel is set in a post apocalyptic world so it got one of the few interesting premises that you can only find in a just a few xianxia. While it’s true that as always IET has created another of his generic love stories in this xianxia, at least the MC is not interacting with his love interest so much as to become annoying and to drag the story on and on.... more>> The fights are very enjoyable so if you start reading it you are in for something that can make your blood boil a little. <<less
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Mod rated it
August 12, 2016
Status: v6c41
Swallowed Star is a very well-written, decently paced futuristic cultivation novel. The story has no excessive op plot devices,

The limit-breaking coma mentioned in the beginning chapters essentially speeds up the plot development as it is used rarely, doesn't give an excessive power-up, and the MC cannot use it by force


Realistic characters and a large overarching plot that has a lot of potential. A great story to read if you like realism (although it is fantasy) and a hardworking MC who just wanted to help his family live happily.
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klanggen rated it
March 27, 2016
Status: --
I love this novel.. MC don't get crazy cheat like another xianxia novel in this site.. He is using his brain, talent and hardwork to overcome all obstacle.. Along his adventure, he will obtaining many good fortunes (with hardwork and twis of luck, not falling from the sky like the other novels) that help him became the greatest.
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Kezmark rated it
July 19, 2020
Status: c949
This might be the worst IET novel. If it isn't, then it is definitely down there, as past the earth arc of the story it is just bad.

It starts well enough on earth, typical IET start, decent but nothing special, poor romance since he can't write it, and I don't get why he still shoves it in to his novels, like he's ticking on a check list of things to include. It holds no real significance to the story and she's kept around with the occasional mention later on just... more>> cause she's his wife.

Good build up for potential side character, but it goes nowhere as they eventually just serve to be the benchmark for how much more "talented" the MC is. His 2 friends from earth also are kept around too long, initially thinking he'd do something with them but nah... just forgets about them, then remembers again and you think he's building a plot line for them, only to just drop it shortly after.

The MC is just given too much of a cheat and too many treasures one after another, to the point that it would be ludicrous (and it actually is for a bit, until the author gives up completely) when anyone near his level is even remotely a challenge to him. But nah, he is so s*upidly strong that he fights people way above his level, like several levels in the next level... and you just kind of have to ask why ? Why does this keep happening in these types of novels, and especially with IET ? Having all of these set levels of power, becomes irrelevant the moment you just fight several levels over your current consistantly and you keep getting powerups on top without breaking through.

The whole power level is f*cked up anyway, since he seems to have changed his mind midway, and we get in to the typical the gods from the start-ish (as in when he got in the univers and not just earth and the top level was established) just become cannon fodder for the MC before he is even close to their level and there is just unlimited numbers of them, and just the way they act. The lowest level of idiot adversary, living for hundreds of thousands of years but don't have 2 brain cells between the lot, as they act like dumb, spoiled kids.

The whole thing is just a mess, the MC never really has any sort of incentive to hurry up, he could just isolate himself and slowly cultivate to be invincible, the whole novel past a certain point is just reading someone grind in the dumbest MMO basically, as all he does is grind for resources so he can level up and grind for better resources and it is just terrible.

There was some potential with some characters and plot threads, that could have developed in to something more, something good, but IET just makes a mess of the whole thing and I'm not reading the last 500 chapters to see how it ends.

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