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!

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New alenotbeer rated it
November 28, 2018
Status: c1300
For a story named Talisman Emperor, there's really not much of a focus on talismans. Sure, our MC started out with talismans and he's connected to talismans in many ways, but throughout the story, MC is largely focused on martial and energy cultivation, on body refinement and sword techniques. Talismans have a role and do pop up occasionally, but a very small, supportive role. Reminds me of another story I've read, Path to Heaven, where the protagonist there also found his first big break through talismans crafting, but would move... more>> on to a more genetic path of cultivation once he had the means and resources to do so. Because I'm pretty sure the author initially wanted MC's core cultivation to be based around talismans, but after a while, realized that it was too troublesome and quietly dropped the idea entirely. MC's primarily a sword cultivator. So if anyone here was suckered in by the title... well, the title is a lie. Rather than Talisman Emperor, it should be renamed Sword Emperor.

The story, post-ascension, is solid. That's about it. There are a couple dropped storylines that the author set up early on and clearly intended to empower our MC, but would exposition'd away or just outright disappeared for no reason in the later chapters. The author also relies heavily on a lot of deus ex-machina to save the day. Like, in one storyline, MC stole the treasures of an entire inheritance right under the nose of a dozen of young masters and faction successors, and then when he beat their whiny butts back to daddy, daddy decides to throw in. Only to be stopped by the seal of the Bai family, a major powerhouse in the mortal realm, because MC happened to be friends with the sister of the Bai Family's patriarch and she gave it to him after they met again. I think she considers him as a son... which is kinda dumb in itself, because MC's situation at the start was very, very bad, and then it got worse. And she... You know what, nevermind. All in all, there's some dialogue and behavior that would be considered unnatural, if not awkward, from almost every character in the story, but pre-ascension, it's still readable.

MC starts out with a good personality. He's a family person, and he's really easy to root for early on, but he's not actually that smart, he does a lot of dumb stuff that just happened to be balanced out by chance, but his heart's in the right place. He's really reckless, but thank God he's really lucky too. He's a "know-it-all" though, because everything new that MC encounters, he would just so happened to hear it from his more experienced companions or read it from a book off-screen. Rarely does MC ever encounters something that actually stumps him. All in all, decent.

The villains are as you'd expect from a xianxia antagonist: proud, stubborn, and incompetent. People in this story cannot work together, unless it's against MC. If it meant screwing over MC, well, then they're like the bloody Fellowship of the Ring. Then and only then, do they learn to swallow their pride and learn the power of teamwork! Even people who didn't know MC before (see def: neutral) or people who were actually supposed to be MC's allies, would, more often than not, work with the villains to crack MC like an oyster because everybody be greedy for treasure-y. At least two love interest would join these alliances and try to kill MC for his treasures, until they are converted via the Bill Cosby Special.

The romance sucked. If you went into this story for the harem tag, you'll be disappointed. There are a lot of beauties who fell in love with him, but MC has slept with two women so far and both were by accident (See above). I don't know why they fell for MC and these love interests almost never have any time to properly develop. They love MC, they want his babies (我要给你生孩子), and... yeah, instant harem, right?

As for the treasures and cheats that are atypical of these stories... they're alright, I guess. The primary ones are pretty useful and often remains viable to MC all the way to the end, or at least to the mid. Others, I feel, are one-trick ponies. MC finds it, uses it once, and forget about it for the rest of the story. Even the really useful ones, like that orb that could supposedly sense fluctuations in space, often the aspect of special inheritance left behind by great people and allows the user to effortlessly enter without being stopped by its defense/forcefield. Holy sh*t, that's really cool! But I think it's only used twice in the story, total. Darn!

And that's my thoughts on the mortal realm section, which lasted around... 1, 000 chapters.

Then we move onto the immortal realm. The first or second arc, between 1, 000 chapters to 1, 200 chapters is terrible.


This is the part where MC ascends to the immortal realm, but it feels like the story took a massive step backwards. First of all, the author every trick uses in the book to stretch out each chapter, and it's done in a glaringly obvious way, where every character will watch MC challenge the impossible and react... Loudly. Before and after MC accomplishes said impossible task. They repeat information, reveals why said task should be impossible for MC, and gapes like a fish whenever MC does it and praise him to the sky and back. Until next time, of course. Instant three chapters that the author pulled from his butt! It's fun the first few times, but ugh... It gets very old very quickly when the author essentially reuses this trope repeatedly with minimum changes to the situation and dialogue.

The mood of the story also changes, from an adventure/action to a comedy/school life. It reads like a completely different story. Almost every character is flanderized and reduced to just one trait: If you're with MC, you're loyal and pure and awesome. If you're not... well, you're totally irredeemable and also totally boned. The third option are the dumb, impressionable skeptics who doubt MC in everything he does. This problem was present and also kinda bad in the early chapters, but after ascension, it became a lot worse.

And the most terrible aspect of this arc is... MC just joins an academy. Not sect, not kingdom. An academy. What? Typical xianxia terms like apprentices/master/elder are dropped in favor of student and dean/teacher/instructor. Everybody becomes a student. MC is a new student (freshmen), and there are older students (sophomore, junior, senior). Then comes the fights and personality clashes... that all reads like a bunch of high school kids throwing a tantrum and spat. The author implements a point systems and have MC create a cliche of supporters to fight against another cliche of rival students. There's no treasuring hunting in this arc, no adventure, and no sense of urgency. Just 200+ chapters of petty rivalries, grudges, and dumb feuds that makes no sense. Eventually, finally, the MC would leave the academy for some test to be promoted to an "inner student" and almost instantly, the story improved, but after that arc's gone, the author returns MC back to his school-life adventures and petty teenage spats.

Boring af. Especially since MC is in the immortal realm now, he's actually got one of the most powerful faction and a lot of senior brother/sisters there to support/protect him whenever he's in any actual danger. I'm not talking about the academy. I'm talking about the Mountain of God's Eye or however you translate it.

MC himself should be at least two hundred years old, but he still acts like a kid! And so do the people who are supposedly 1, 000s (10, 000s) of years old. Around this time, people starts using words and phrases that are... modern, I guess, but most of the time, really awkward to read and long-winded. The biggest example is this: (陈汐你这个不该降生于世的孽子), which essentially translate to (MC, the bastard who should have never been born.). This phrase is wordy and painful to read, right? And it can easily be condensed into just two words, 孽子 (bastard), but the author insist on using the entire phrase every time members of MC's mother's family confronts MC. It's like the author either fired his editor or the said editor died of a brain aneurysm. Or the author decides that by actually writing good, he can't bloat up his word count and make a few more dollars. But either way, the chapters post MC's ascension are really bad. The ancient setting/mood is non-existence in this arc. For a few times in the story, I thought I was reading a dushi, not xianxia!

Ugh, and I don't even want to talk about how many times the author have a villain goes (He suddenly felt like his dignity have been stung and heartlessly stomped to the ground) when they are defeated or ignored by MC. The answer is all of them. Why in bloody hell is everybody is so arrogant when they have no right to be? Originality goes out the window too, the author literally stop giving a crap about how to name locations. I nearly threw up when I read "Quest Mountain". This arc has everything I hate in Chinese web novels.


Final Impressions: There's no NTR in this story (up to chapter 1300), the harem tag is weak but solid, and MC always wins. In the early chapters, there are a lot of treasure hunts and cheats, and the battles are pretty cool to read. There's tournaments and they do drag on a bit, but not as many as other stories tend to have. However, the dialogue will always be kind of awkward, and this would only get worse. Many of the character's actions are questionable and irrational. I don't think anyone have any style or class. Maybe they had some during their introductions, but the more they appear in the story, the more... vulgar and normalized they seem. Note, this is a story about xianxia and cultivation. And by normal, I meant a normal, modern person. There's no ancient flavor in this story, if that makes sense to anyone.

Post-ascension, the writing plummets hard and there's really no point in reading this story any further. There are better ways of killing brain cells (see name).

I rate this 2 stars. Bad Naruto Fanfic. <<less
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New nobodyimportant rated it
November 26, 2018
Status: c221

The story really isn't good in the first place. It's incredibly cliched,... more>> hasn't even talked about talismans in like 100 chapters despite being named talisman emperor, deus ex machinas the sh*t out of its plot, and every villain is a kindergarten-level young master. It's "incredibly descriptive" in the sense that every single goddamn paragraph in this entire story could EASILY be reduced down into one concise sentence and the story would be vastly improved.

The plot is one straight line down the author's cultivation system with the exact item the MC needs at that time popping up in front of him over, and over, and over, and over again. As far as I can tell, the MC is supposed to be some straightforward young paragon of virtue, except for the fact that he regularly wants to just sit and watch evil baddies walk all over young innocents, until the author manages to force some contrived plot device into the story that forces him to get personally involved.

I'm not sure if I should rate this a 2 for managing to (barely) keep me from dropping it for slightly over 200 chapters, or rate it -5 for wasting my time with this infuriating pile of literary crap. Dropped. Will never read another story by this author again. <<less
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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.

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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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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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stone46 rated it
April 6, 2018
Status: c226
I decided to give this novel a try after reading some of the reviews that were quite mixed.

At first I was pleasantly surprised to find that the novel was actually quite decent, and I would have said this novel was a 4 star novel.

But around chapter 160ish or so there is a rather anti-climatic moment that happens, while is not a bad thing its just an unsatisfying end to a arc.

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The 2 clans that have hassled and abused the main character and his family are the main villains for the beginning of the story and its entertaining to seem him exact his revenge on them, but in the end he only gets revenge on 1 of the clans which was the minor of the 2 and the major clan (the one that orchestrated the torment) is wiped out off-screen by his aunt.


Again while this was an unsatisfying end to an arc its not a disaster that would bring down my rating.

There is also a ton of plot-holes because the author changes his mind a lot resulting in discrepancies with numbers and ranks.


Main character gets 500, 000kg of liquid thats enough to rank up his cultivation and a vessel that can withstand a full strength strike from a Golden hall cultivator (which is basically a lvl 4) while the main character is still a void something cultivator (basically lvl 3) then a few chapters later that 500, 000kg becomes 500kg and his vessel can now only withstand a full strength attack from a void something cultivator, 1 whole rank weaker now.


Now these might be caused by translation mistakes (of which there are quite a few, the word sword is used instead of sworn so many times...). But they are discrepancies non-the less and are annoying the see.

What makes this book a 1 star is because at chapter 220 the story takes a rapid nosedive from greatness to a generic trash novel with the same repeated plot.


Main character is chased by a powerful foe who wants his treasures, moments before his doom another powerful foe arrives to do the same. The 2 foes fight and one of them escapes after grabbing the main character.

Both of these 2 foes are peerless beauties btw.

Pretty standard conflict wuxia conflict so far and then BAM they all run into a giant aphrodisiac cloud and the same damn stupid plot happens that happens in every damn one of these lackluster chinese novels, main character gets laid and after they come to their senses the women hate the main character and violence ensues.


All in all this is just novel with a promising beginning but clearly the author must have ran out of ideas. <<less
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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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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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Magicia rated it
May 16, 2018
Status: c123
Two stars because it is written well.

Apart from that, there are clichés upon clichés. A generic Xianxia start with a trashy MC that suddenly becomes a heavenly-defying genius because of a powerful and mysterious treasure. It is still good because the MC uses his head in the first few chapters.

But then he becomes a double-standard righteous psychopath who never plans ahead when it matters most!

Most of my problems come from the fact that the MC... well, @Pentadrian said it well: "... the MC is a retard, who despite being handed... more>> 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, I'm soo weak! Why am I this weak! *Laughs bitterly*'"

The most powerful ability of this MC is his offending ability. If offending could kill, the universe in which he existed would have been obliterated long before even when he was born, when the author had only conceptualised this MC in his head. <<less
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tides rated it
April 9, 2018
Status: c261

1/5 stars if u want a good novel to read.

5/5 stars if you want to read tournament emperor.

There is absolutely nothing but tournaments in this novel.

Very disappointing too because the starting was really good with the cooking and talisman crafting. Also nothing seems to matter after awhile. So much was talked about how the restaurant was 'protected' by a higher power yet it was smashed to bits and all the staff killed and yet nothing happened. The weak and alone MC had to take revenge himself and even the city mayor tried to kill MC.

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EvilGenesis666 rated it
March 16, 2018
Status: Completed
Story was extremely good in the first 500-600 chapters, with author introducing a variety of laws, treasures, techniques and other cultivation stuff, which... unfortunately... he couldn't keep up with it. He started forgetting a lot of things which were interesting, made massive inconsistencies and by the ~1300s it started getting boring which turned into a full on chore at ~1900s.

I planned to give this a 2/5 but thankfully the author made an awesome ending which rounded up and explained almost every mystery in the main story and there are 23... more>> more side stories which is are pretty interesting and show the daily life after the MC became the supreme ruler of the universe which almost none of the xianxia novels do.

Conclusion - read the first 600 chapters and if you get bored by then, just read the last 3 chapters and the side stories. <<less
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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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DarkPresent rated it
November 10, 2018
Status: c600
It's not a terrible story, just average I guess? Main problem for me is in how it is written... Since it is translated on Wuxiaworld then I believe that translation is good, so only problem lies in author. Everything is way too overhyped, people are not surprised, they are "surprised to the extreme" or find something "extremely surprising".

It is same thing with everything else, random trash character B attacks MC, his attacks are described as peerlesly powerfull, capable of moving heaven and earth etc. etc.. Suuuuureeee.... So if random trash... more>> from that sect is so great and "extremely powerfull" then what about strongest disciple from that place? Strongest disciple from same place as trash character B is described using same words bcoz it is hard to "hype" him more than peerlesly powerfull. This sort of kills it for me, because you know, when everyone is "extremely powerfull" then it just simply means that they are all on the same level- so all of them end up ordinary.

Descriptions should wary from character to character, trash character B can be called "strong" and then there is nothing wrong with adding word "extremely" when writing about strength of his elder brother (when he is clearly few times stronger). Describing both of them in same way is just dumb writing and author trying to ramp up word count with empty words.

If it was possible I would rate it 2.5/5 stars, I believe it deserves that much, since half points are impossible I gave it 3 stars here. <<less
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r0sen4y rated it
May 31, 2018
Status: c150
To be honest I really did want to give this one a chance. Novel about a MC that doen't mindlesly run around and isn't all about sword formations, crafts talismans and cultivates in peace would be a nice change of pace, but alas we don't get what is advertised on the review.

This is terrible!! The MC has no personality. This writer is clearly inexperiensed- first he tries to establish a low profile introvert MC and 10 chapters later we have this heavenly expert that radiates dominance and is steeled by... more>> "countless life and death battles"by killing a few beasts in a forest for a month. So far there is no talisman inscription, just mindless droning about sword formations and heavenly treasures and miraculous instanteneus heavenly Dao compehensions. What the actual f**[email protected] A 150 chapters in the MC can kill 100 cultivators in the same realm as him in a head on battle. Where is this thing going?? <<less
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shinda rated it
April 9, 2018
Status: --
When I first read this novel I though it was a rip off of DE. I was shock this came before DE, I guess DE riff of Talisman Emperor and made it a better story.

Talisman Emperor is utterly boring. It literally put me to sleep.
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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....

Update 05/03/18 ch 361

Good translation quality but it is becoming a chore reading this. He was fine at the beginning but MC has now gone down the route of the generic YY MC. Insane power-ups, tournaments galore and jade like... more>> harem beauties.... will admit that the writing quality has dropped since we can kinda guess what will happen from this point on. Will shelve this, since the upcoming tournament seems to be one that will take almost 50 chaps or so given precedent, and pick up once I have enough stacked chps. <<less
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KazutoKamito rated it
August 18, 2018
Status: c151
Good start in the beginning but it start to goes down hill from there.

The title say talisman emperor but after a few chapters all thing relate to talisman is thrown out, their was the MC cooking part which was pretty good but never improve on. There were also how every support character except a few are kill, cripple, or just written off. I'm not saying death is bad for the story but kill most of those character is just a lazy way to not develop their character.


Update ch 258

Should not read this novel. The main character turn into more into idiot the more you read this novel. One such example is him having several way to escape but chose to continue fight other. Another one is him say he was going to do one thing then it change middle way which bring to of disaster on the MC which could all be avoid if he stay to the plan. Some other thing that the main character could have done to avoid problem is just changing his face and nobody will know it was him and he could the escape easily unlike how he show his true face everywhere inviting more problem to be found.

A very horrible novel.

No one should ever try reading this novel
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Ixcez rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: c323
What is a great shame with this novel is that the author at first wanted to follow the title "Talisman Emperor" which would follow the MC who used talismans for most part.

However to start of with it takes a fairly long time before talismans are introduced to the MC then when talismans are introduced they are shortly afterwards simply left as a simple side job? As s reader it is hard to understand why, however it turns out that because of strong opinions among the chinese readers while this was... more>> written. The author chose to pretty much remove most of the talisman part of the story and go with the usual trope. (The focus on talismans and the use of talismans in fights was found boring compared to punching people -.-)

This is a shame in my book since the author tried to be a bit inovative but because of critisim he just cut it out for the most part.

So yeah this is basically your standard CH WN, with nothing new except a lot of stuff will feel weird or forced since the story was changed to cater to the chinese readers. <<less
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MacDaddy rated it
May 8, 2018
Status: c100
This story starts out very good though cliche it has a likable main lead. Just like most other Chinese webnovels he finds something special. That said he is driven and talented is his craft, he continued to be humble and intelligent when he faced his enemy's. But after the first arc in the sword immortals domain and his rapid rise in strength he became obviously more arrogant and a complete hypocrite. This may be common in a lot of CHN WB but the sudden disappearance of a good character really... more>> turned me off. <<less
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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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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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WK180 rated it
November 21, 2018
Status: c789
I noticed that a lot of the reviews are complaining about how it's well written but full of cliche. I will agree to this point as I have been reading the series myself, but I would like to point out one thing and that this series is old and started in 2008 so when this series came out the cliche were less cliche and probably still fresh to the readers.
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