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 dwoolfy rated it
October 22, 2018
Status: --
I have to admit that there is a lot of good about this story. First it does not suffer from the whole numbers game that most of your standard wuxia/xainxia stories have. Example: 'MC has 14000 jin of punching force so he can easily beat someone with 13000 jin of punching force...' Second the story is actually quite decent, while a lot of people compare it unfavorably to DE I personally do not see much of a problem. Yes there is some areas where it is a rip-off, but... more>> when looking at DE it also rips off many other stories in the same genre. Authors often take inspiration from stories that they read, and while scenes from one story may have a strong match to scenes from another, it is not anywhere near the worst I have come across. I remember one that is almost a rewrite of Martial World where scene after scene was effectively the same, though with slightly different results and effects.

Now for a big problem... The name does not match the story at all. Yes the MC gets this inheritance from a past talisman immortal, but it seems as if there is almost nothing about talismans in the actual story/inheritance/ ect... First he gets some sort of body refining ability and then he starts powering up. Then he gets some sort of super-weapon that is the only thing resembling talisman usage after the first 20 or so chapters but instead of giving him much of an advantage it is just some super expensive item that seems to be just the right weapon for him to use. It is infinitely upgradeable but also infinitely expensive to upgrade. Everything else in the story so far ch450+ is just more standard wuxia/xainxia skills and combat techniques being thrown at his enemies.

One more plus is that his acquisition and learning of those techniques actually is interesting in that they follow some sort of system. The ever present MC luck is also there but it seems to play a bit less of a role than most of the standard wuxia/xainxia stories. <<less
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New mrfatso rated it
September 30, 2018
Status: c679
Bullsh*t, you might as well just say that he is the plot armour emperor.

How else are you gonna call it when the author literally says that dao of tailsman is everywhere, in the sky, in the earth, everything is dao of tailsman..

Enemies are the typical retards though, walking around showing off their epeen, even when the otherworldly race was introduced, nope, my epeen is much more important than the fate of our race.

If anyone wants to compare it to Desolate Era, you could take the good part out of it... more>> and just toss in some generic wuxia story. <<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.

... more>>

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Molenir rated it
April 7, 2018
Status: c163
To sum up this novel in one word. Boring. Seriously. It starts out fairly well. Enjoyed the start with the talismans, the powerup was done fairly well. Then off we go on a weird adventure, with lots of killings, revenge, etc. All that though was ok. Read it all before, but wasn't bad. Then we get to crazy powerups, and wiping out entire families. And now I just am tired of it. Its gone from an interesting MC, to a murderous psychopathic MC who I no longer recognize. Continuing to... more>> read, I find I'm just bored with the whole story. I know whats coming next and am tired of it. <<less
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Varno rated it
March 27, 2018
Status: c200

The beginning was good, though a bit overdone. How many MCs have to be bullied? As many as need be if it draws your sympathy is chinas answeer.

There is a difference in this one. He has brother.

But there is twist!

His brother plays the part of the MCs lost maiden. Forgeten for many chapters and found much later- more mature, more powerful, less dependent on the MC (because he is talented). So he eventually grows up. He can stand on his own, another character to be forgettened; only developed off screen.

As the story developes charcter growth doesn't, they regress becoming immature despite they're increasing or already massive age (excepting the mc).

And that is my only problem worth mentioning, I can see a weak point coming as far as I am and I can see the plot right behind this weak point. So 3.9/5, for now.

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