Talisman Emperor

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Chen Xi was a jinx who radiated misfortune the way a torch radiated light, and everyone around him knew it. His entire clan was annihilated when he was young, and not too long after that his parents disappeared. His marriage contract? Poof. Torn to shreds and gone up in smoke before the eyes of everyone in the city, almost humiliating his grandfather to the point of suicide! Cultivation? No time for that, he had a family to take care of!

This is the story of Chen Xi, a youth forced to stop cultivating and instead craft talismans to pay for his younger brother’s tuition… and who, in the process, would rise to become known by all as the Talisman Emperor!

Talisman Emperor average rating 3.9/5 - 157 user ratings
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J-Mitch
New J-Mitch rated it
November 23, 2017
Status: v2c77
The novel started out as your typically stereotypical Xuanhuan. This is where the main character is the underdog and there is someone out to get him. Only, it was a bit different in making the main character's enemy a family affair. Not only did the whole family suffer, but there was this dynamic that made it seem as if you could almost immerse yourself in the story. It was different than the usual 'main character was a cripple and so was laughed' at sort of cliche and more of an... more>> underlying plot.

That was when it all changed. The only bit of interesting details, including the portion of him being a talisman master -- which is a part of the title of the novel -- was snuffed out. After a few chapters, when cliche after cliche hit you and you still could bear through it as the handling of each cliche was done relatively well, you were then hit with a massive "Old Character and trends, bye, new character and thoughts, hi" kinda deal.

The Main Character seems to get swarmed in such happy coincidences and beneficial events. His skills improve by leaps and bounds, and not only that, it seems that with each new encounter, he apparently had already learned something that could help him solve said problem. And said solution was out of the blue. "What what? When did he learn that? When did he move up 9 levels in body tempering? What?"

The use of talismans seems to become more of an auxiliary skill. No longer something defining to his character. Besides the first five years we're told about, he doesn't learn much of anything after that about the trade, and the skill was only applicable to him for a few chapters before it was chucked to the side--only mentioned here or there. Well, the title of the novel should be Chucked to the Side Talisman Emperor.

If it wasn't for the balanced start, I would have rated it a 2 or maybe a 1.

Doesn't mean I won't continue to read if I'm really, really bored though. Hopefully, the novel does get better if I do continue. <<less
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chekanalia
New chekanalia rated it
November 8, 2017
Status: c107
I am leaving a review simply because of the terrible ones. This is a good novel and is very promising so far. Read it and don't let the terrible reviews keep you from a solid piece of work. I like this MC and he is quite relatable. Will update later on....
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Ab991
Ab991 rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: v1c43
it's a normal novel. It has some similarities to DE. And it's boring to death. Nothing new, like most Chinese novels, the MC will fight some young masers then will fight with their clans, later on there will be a fight with the big strong clans that support the young masters' clans, finally he will fight the sects that the big strong clans were part of. The MC, who became a stupid god, will live forever with his harem and never ever loses to any one. THE END.

I just cannot... more>> read this kind of stupid novels any more.

I JUST WISH TO READ SOMETHING ENJOYABLE. <<less
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pentadrian
pentadrian rated it
October 30, 2017
Status: c221
More like Trash Emperor. The novel is a poor man's version of Desolate Era. While there are obvious signs that DE took ideas from this and cloned them, the execution is so much better in Desolate Era. Here, all we have is a mix of MGA and DE. Pretty sucky overall, where the MC is a retard, who despite being handed legacies and treasures of untold power, somehow manages to offend half the World, only for the other half to save his ass. Meanwhile, all the MC does is "Oh,... more>> I'm soo weak! Why am I this weak! *Laughs bitterly*"

The novel is but a series of repetitive cliches, where the MC does nothing but offend people, get some amazing plot armor power-up and rekts them. Sometimes the enemies are too powerful for even Plot Armor-san and boom! We have mysterious allies from absolutely nowhere to save his ass. Sometimes even said allies are powerless and voila! We have even more powerful allies. You get the gist

What's weird is that MC is actually pretty mentally handicapped. It's almost sad to see that. He knew that a super powerful organization was behind him, and the first thing he does is say his real name and advertise he has some ridic treasures. Obviously, suffers said organization's pursuit and all the while, laughing bitterly, proceeds to be powerless, till they conveniently run into an aphrodisiac mist, where the MC then rapes the enemies. Good job, author, for writing actual sh*t! <<less
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kjoke
kjoke rated it
September 12, 2017
Status: c45
The plot is rather generic. MC's family is annihilated, everyone ridicules him and suddenly out of nowhere an absurdly powerful legacy including a powerful instructor fall into his hands and henceforth he's part of the heaven-defying-genius-club. The way the characters interact are sometimes somewhat "shounen"-like (for example there's an overly affectionate "older sister"-type). The description of the world and cultivation system feel somewhat rushed.

Overall it's an "ok" read (3/5).
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Gsichtselfmeter
Gsichtselfmeter rated it
November 2, 2017
Status: c21
Disappointing. The author provides a good start with the MC having no luck, having to provide for his brother, having to rely on his fundamentals of talisman crafting. And after 3-4 chapters everything just gets thrown out of the window. Cliché after cliché, insane power levels, plot armor, all the standard hooks. As if the author suddenly stopped having original ideas. This novel definitly cant be described as "Talisman emperor", seeing as talismans stop playing an important role after the first few chapters.

I give it 2* because its written/translated relatively... more>> well and the plot is not bad, its just standard, boring and ive read stuff like this a hundread times over. <<less
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woahchocolatemilk
woahchocolatemilk rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c6
Edit: Read from chapter 1-6, takes around 10 mintues. If you can still stomach this after reading that, its probably the novel for you. If you can't, good on you since this is generic sh*t with an intresting idea that apparently just gets ignored within the first 40 chapters. Granted I didn't read upto chapter XXXX to see its brilliance but I can't be asked to when this novel is filled with inconsistencies, ruining its already sh*t story.

Interesting since the author decided to focus on talismans than other generic path.

However... more>> everything else he does is pretty generic to the bone. Just had to write this review since I just read some utter BS. Our MC is 2nd spirit realm or whatever out of the 10 or something in the world. That means hes barely above the normal man but he gets taken into a test by a Immortal being that transcended the world. The 6-9 th stage golden stage and other crap cultivators couldn't pass it but this complete twat passes since he has a bit of knowledge in dao of inscriptions.

Wait, what?! He only knows the formula of the lowest rank of talisman in the world and he passed. But apparently these immortals who has 10000+ lifespans I presume (since 3/4 rank gives 500 years) never, ever f**king dabbled in tailsman. Not a single one of the nearly-7000 immortals never f**kING learnt it, what kind of joke is this when a mortal learns it in 5 years. Its just tiring to read sht like this.

Edit: I'm quitting this sh*t, just skipped ahead to see the chapters and first paragraphs of chapters up to 20. As generic as they get, such lazy cliched writing. Read any other thing than this, this novel which had a great idea which seems to degenerate into the normal story about fights and stuff, with the immortal master who died but left his spirit mansion behind that only the MC can access, the clan who gets massacred for finding a treasure which the enemies don't even get since it was hidden on the MC. <<less
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icjingshi
icjingshi rated it
September 27, 2017
Status: c60
I decided to write this review as I felt there was not much buzz about this book, which is a shame. I think people who likes DE, TMW and similar books will enjoy this. Unfortunately people have also reviewed this negatively because of this comparison as they felt that it is a ripoff of those. I want to say two things about that. (1) This was written before DE or TMW so you might say they ripped off TE, although considering all books are derived from Taoism I would suggest... more>> people read books about Taoism if they want "authenticity#. (2) A lot of people enjoys DE and TMW so comparing a book to it is actually quite good if it is done right.

TE does it right. Is TE a great book. Just like DE, TMW etc I would say no, but I still enjoyed reading them. I have lost interest in Chinese novels for a while and only rekindled my interest when I started reading TE. So much that I started MTL. It has all the same mistakes like the other books with familiar tropes. I do not understand why Chinese writers insist on writing harems when it's pretty much the same "jadelike beauty" with different names. But it has given me some surprises by not going the route I was expecting and I quite like that 400+ chapters in some secondary characters have turned up a couple of times so they have not been forgotten yet in MC's road to excellence (like so many other books).

The translation quality is good. I am what they call a grammar nazi and so far there has not been many things that have made me cringe. Another thing is also the speed of translation as one chapter is posted every day so far.

To sum up I have read pretty much all the Chinese novels that have more than 300+ chapters translated. Add that on top of the whole QI debacle has made me pretty tired of Chinese novels and I stayed away from them for months. So for TE to rekindle my interest, it can not be that bad right? I honestly would have given this 4 stars but for drumming up some support I gave one extra. Normally, unless they are really good, I just don't write any reviews. <<less
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SayMrrp
SayMrrp rated it
October 17, 2017
Status: c78
Generic, but good! Feels similar to IET's novels and I Shall Seal the Heavens, in terms of vibes. The writing's stable.

MC's unlucky... but really lucky??? Uh... XD

MC's brother seems adorable, and the cliches are working out well. The MC's cheat isn't absolutely broken, I think it'll be fun to develop.

MC's learning various crafts, but he's good at martial arts too. Powers up really quickly.

I'm interested as to whether the MC will get some good friends. He has some prospective ones, but... Hmm...
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SinsI
SinsI rated it
October 9, 2017
Status: с33
The plot is very poorly thought and has many gaping holes and inconsistencies:

i.e. MC is hired as an apprentice in a restaurant - but all he does is waste incredible number of ingredients to improve his own skills - he NEVER serves in that restaurant even once, despite receiving a huge salary!

clan of cultivators kidnaps dozens of citizens to sacrifice to a monster - and after MC saves them the local authorities never mention it and do nothing against that clan;

Hell, why are they calling MC "jinx" if all... more>> his sufferings are a direct result of the enemy actions and have nothing to do with luck? <<less
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Sheenius
Sheenius rated it
September 29, 2017
Status: --
Expected something totally different. I thought we would see a mortal or at least someone with a shallow cultivation drawing awesome talismans, becoming a walking talismanfortress and slapping faces left and right... but no, its the same story as always! Awesome heritage, awesome spiritmentor, super strong ancient bodycultivation... everything on a silvertablet with no way of failing
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Ignus
Ignus rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c43
A decent read if you just want the Xuanhua experience.

I dropped it down a star due to disappointment. Still gonna read it to prevent Xuanhua Withdrawals.

Besides the bad math and timelines that are present in many light novels... Which in this story, pushes power forward very quickly without the feeling of time and effort spent to already be stronger than most of the adults around him. ... more>>
Spoiler

Like MC taking 10 days to perfect multiple top tier skills, raise his cultivation, learn amazing culinary skills, and sense world changing talismans... when before he spent multiple years not improving in anything...

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It is other areas that have lead to disappointment. Especially since the story started out so well. The below spoiler all points to the author speeding the story up and dropping the ball of plot a few to many times. Makes one wish the story played out differently. Moments when you curse because immersion was ruined.

Spoiler

    1. MC gets an amazing chef to teach him spirit cooking. Gets a few hours lessons, and then told to do his own thing....
    1. MC gets some strength and a sword, and doesn't even use his talismans incorporated into his fights...
    1. MC cooks food for the 3 nobles, wanders off in fog, kills people, and returns as they finish... Who cleaned the dishes? Why would he wander around when there is a good chance to get lost, ambushed etc... Blatant author adding bad plot for action/MC = cool
    1. MC amazingly comes up with some amazing talisman designs.

      Then drops it, and the shop owner just kinda goes... Ok... No trying to convince him, no trying to learn the talisman technique, no giving MC rank 2 talisman book

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k-r-i-s
k-r-i-s rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c131
c16

It's a basic cultivation book. The villains are one dimensional so far.

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Spoiler

He has some special heritage from a super powerful dead guy and he has to work 'slowly' to gain the heritage. His whole family except for him mom, brother, and dad are killed so there is no family politics which I think is a plus cause it's pretty annoying. His mom has been kidnapped so he has to save her after getting stronger. I think it could be harem though it's only cause two girls are introduced so far. That's just an assumption though.

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I think it could be a decent read if you like protagonists who don't rush into everything and are fine with tropes and cliches from other stories.

Edit: c131

Spoiler

Not much romance so far. Looks like it's probably not a harem. Not sure why it's called Talisman Emporer at this point cause he hasn't used them in forever. Still looks like a basic cultivation story. But the guy has become kind of stupid in how he reacts. He doesn't do it in a smart way anymore. He just attacks back whenever he has a chance.

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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
October 11, 2017
Status: c73
I was initially led into reading the story because of the comparison to DE, which is one of my favorite xianxia novels. Also, I thought it'd be refreshing to have an MC who focuses on something other than the typical sword immortal cultivation route and uses talismans instead.

Weirdly enough, AFTER he gets an inheritance that actually needed his talent in the Dao of Talismans to pass, he makes / uses talismans less and less. For a novel that's titled Talisman Emperor, I've yet to see the MC use a talisman... more>> past the first dozen chapters. (Another review indicated that this trend extends up to ch13x!). He's reverted back to a common template - dual cultivation of body refining and use of swords / sword qi.

Lack of talisman usage aside, the story is pretty generic (with lots of plot holes and shout out loud annoying logic). It also violates one of my pet peeves - making the MC uber powerful too fast. There are other stories that does it a LOT better.

I'll probably wait until the story gets back on track with regards to the talismans, or show something unique. As it is now, it's forgettable. <<less
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honglath
honglath rated it
September 10, 2017
Status: c43
With a typical xuanhuan start that we've already gotten used to by reading it so many times before, it's a joy to go through the lengthy, filler path of vengeance once more!

Our MC this time isn't an alchemist, but a cook. He's originally a talisman maker, yet due to dexterous hands from practice, practice, practice!, years of self-taught cooking due to plot inflicted poverty and enhanced mental acuity due to cheat SOUL POWA!!! increase, he's well on his way to becoming Master Chef.

But then again, cooking is a bit like... more>> alchemy as he tastes his way to immortality with energy enhanced wine and dine...

Anyway, the beginning arc is still fun, except the boring training and learning and digesting the training and learning, and you'll very much enjoy it if you're looking for some light reading, 50-100 chapters at a time.

PS to TL: Really? Stopping the mass release in the middle of a fight?... Meanie. (So yeah, ch 43 ends in the middle of a fight, in case you were wondering.)

Cheers <<less
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Vex
Vex
October 11, 2017
Status: --
The novel is neither great nor bad. Actually it's quite good. I have almost read till chapter 1000 and apart from few inconsistencies and some minor hiccups the novel is actually pretty interesting.

One major problem which irritates me like bone stuck between teeth, is despite naming it as talisman emperor the MC rarely used talismans.

His fighting style, cultivation method etc are all pretty much the usual stuff. I was expecting somethimg better. Maybe creating arrays in air and shooting it?

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Spoiler

Although in Ming Realm, (just below Immortal) he does uses runes to re-create his world. Later on the runes are sometime integrated into his attacks.

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The novel follows the same pattern of, competition- new world- new sect-competition-new world etc. But despite this, I still find myself interested (or maybe it's the alien language in MTL, which I always skip)

The characters are mostly two dimensional, rarely characters with well thought out motives and functions are present. But hey, this is something you get used to after reading so many Xianxias.

Can't say anything about writing style, grammar etc as MTL is quite difficult to criticize about... Too many mistakes and problems to list down -_-..

CLICHES are there, but they are not something glaring or something simply shoved on your face. It's there but well thought out.

But enemies are the same copy paste mould of each other. Zero brains, 100% percent attitude and a great sect to back them up. And they always find our MC to pick a bone with, and ofcourse get badly beaten up and killed the next time. Then it's the whole sect trying to kill him. Until now the major enemy is some Angel called Ice or something, who I really want to punch. Their are lots of hints about some realm war, so. we can expect some real fighting and power ups.

Female leads are well, female leads. Many of them, stick to MC for apparently no reasons at all and fall in love a few hours later. Fortunately, many of them are supposedly one sided. Supposedly since even I am not sure.

Their are few plot holes, which I am waiting for author to fill up before the novel ends.

Will edit soon after I finish reading it.

Edit: War has almost started with alien race. And it's boring.

Author has a penchant for introducing girls with strong and mysterious backgrounds. Then their mystical babblings, statements which make no sense currently etc. You have his senior sister, someone called AI Wei or something, then wife of some large trading firm, a restaurant owner and so on. They will help MC when he is in a fix. Waiting to see, why the f**k are they doing so?

If it's just cuz they are feeling lucky, well goddam you author.

  1. The enemies are becoming stronger and even more stupider.
Ciao~ <<less
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dniv
dniv rated it
September 12, 2017
Status: c46
This is an solid new novel. It has great translation quality, the cultivation system so far has more nuances and has spirit cooking which reminds me of the beginning of awe and is apparently a taste counterpart to alchemy. There seem to be dumb + smart antagonists in this alike and the MC is likable. I think this is definitely a cut above the average series. It's a very enjoyable read and I like how all of the cards are being introduced early.

4.5/5
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LegitPotatoXx
LegitPotatoXx rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c44
Talisman Emperor is a basic xuanhuan with a bit of revenge and it will remind you of desolate era and martial world ; if you've read them.

Personally I think that this is amazing and I look forward to reading more chapter in the Future!

5/5
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