The Card Apprentice


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Claimed to be the greatest team in the history of the card film industry — “Mu Lei” is born. With even the elites of the academic world unable to decipher these cards’ structure, his powerful cards were able to unnerve even the federation, causing the greatest Card Creators and Card Fighters to grow frantic, triggering open battles and covert maneuvers among various interest groups — all behind the silhouette of Chen Mu. Although he was not the originator of the federation’s unrest, he was definitely the number one reason for continuously escalating it.

Through his exceptional intelligence and toughness, he evolved from the weak to the mighty. From a solitary life of survival to his collaboration with his friend to the team’s business of fantasy stories: As card films full of fantastic oddities flowed from Chen Mu’s hands like an unending stream, his own fighting strength rapidly grew. Fame, wealth, beauties, dangers gathered all around from far and near until finally, he became a paragon of inspiration to all.

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Card Disciple
Disciples Of Card
Ka Tu
Related Series
Forty Millenniums of Cultivation (1)
World of Cultivation (1)
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New SayMrrp rated it
August 8, 2019
Status: c554
Well, at first, I was skeptical, but it got more and more interesting. There are boring parts, but the overall development is good. It can be a bit messy/complicated, but I prefer to think that the setting and politics are vast and intricate. It's not easy to predict each main antagonist's plots. Of course, there's still some shallow face-slapping meant for entertainment.

I think it develops closer to WOC's style as the story goes on. The MC isn't stupid, just lacking knowledge, and the side characters remain almost as vibrant as... more>> they did in WOC. The side characters are memorable enough despite having so many.

The novel moves a bit slow, especially in the technical parts (I skimmed those, haha) but the wait is worth it. <<less
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riida rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c15
This was written a year before WOC and has the same core and I can only compare the two. I'm sure the author made many improvements after this first attempt, as WOC is brilliantly balanced and a MASTERPIECE.

This here though,
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even though MC is weak and mostly alone (like in WOC)
hardworking and struggles to earn money (like in WOC)
sells his products to a man who owns a little store and has a friendly relationship with (like in WOC)
has a very special encounter which changes his life (like in WOC)
learns an incredible cultivation technique (like in WOC)

unfortunately, in this first attempt by the author,
-so far there's barely any worldbuilding at all (unlike in WOC)
-protagonist has no properly defined goal, not even surviving no matter what (unlike in WOC)
-entities of political/military power aren't defined well/at all (unlike in WOC)
-there's no clear sign of fighting skill being necessary at all (unlike in WOC), but his technique develops his strength
-protagonist has no hidden past and no interesting background (unlike in WOC)
-the hierarchy of the world that surrounds his is not defined (unlike in WOC)


I really really hope that all the aspects it lacks will appear in one form or another...

PS: How I hate people who claim for a novel to have potential just because it hasn't been ruined yet and thus give it 5 stars... How would you rate a great one which actually not only had potential, but developed it well? Still 5 stars? Well, what's the difference in rating then? None? Unbelievable.... <<less
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Stark3 rated it
June 2, 2016
Status: c267
Very satisfying. Not sure if it's technically sci-fi, though I guess the adage is true : "any technology sufficiently advanced enough seems like magic". There are some components that make me think of other novels - the training space he gets early on makes me think of Tempest of the Stellar War (another novel that I recommend, though it loses a bit of appeal by the last 2 volumes), the crafting makes me think of Heavenly Jewel Change - but the overall concept is sufficiently unique, interesting, and fun.

It gives... more>> you that xianxia feeling of continuous advancement, self improvement, and exciting battles without the annoying repetitive elements and nearly copy/paste scenarios (so far, but then I'm nearly a third through). That for me makes this series very much worth my while. :) EDIT : Now at c267. This novel has surpassed my expectations. Even nearing the halfway point, the story feels fresh and flows along smoothly. I guess this goes to show that CN webnovels doesn't really have to really on an ad nauseam loop of tournaments, auctions, arrogant schools / personages to move the story along. Highly recommended. <<less
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Ars Roccii rated it
February 2, 2016
Status: --
It's awersome. It's have a big potencial. I have read to chapter 20 with GT and is very interesting =)

This novel for me, is the same of World of Cultivation, begin is slow, but in future...

P.S. English is not my native language, so I'm sorry for grammatics mistakes.
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dustmite rated it
June 1, 2016
Status: --
Nearly finished with raws. It has decent story telling. Our main lead is not overly pretentious or arrogant and actually for once interacts normally with other characters, building strategic alliances while at the same time unwittingly gaining enemies from different factions left and right.

Every side character is developed and has their own brains with them, and oh joy when strong women (not harem) are introduced in later parts of the novel. It's great.

Only fault is it has a slow start, but it really shoots forward in later chapters.
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it has an extremely satisfying auction arc

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ScotlandForsythe rated it
June 1, 2016
Status: c12
😘Ratings out of five😘

Concept: 5 (cultivation technique is really unique, if you can call it that)
Main character: 4.5 (I like the mc's attitude, and for now there doesn't seem to be any mental issues)
Side characters: 2.9 (A bit shallow and typical, but their aren't many chapters yet)
Style: 3 (A bit average, but the story makes up for it)
World: 4 (ties in with the concept, a good take on the heiarchy)

Not many chapters yet, but it has potential. (I meant to review... more>> this ages ago, but I kept forgetting...) 😑 <<less
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Boon rated it
January 24, 2018
Status: c33
2.5/5. Sub average. Very disappointing when considering this authors other works. WOC is one of my favorite novels.

A poor translation didn't help the situation either. The first 12 chapters are engrish while the later chapters get a c+.

So far this novel is about grinding out card creating skills in which the fake esoteric knowledge takes up a very large portion. Very cliche characters and interactions along with large amounts of required skimming make this even a poor filler novel. I can recommend at least 100 stories on NU that you... more>> should read first.

ps. The translation has stopped. <<less
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Trent rated it
July 18, 2017
Status: c8
Not bad, but not unusually good either; it’s got many shortcomings common among novels by inexperienced writers. It’s not very interesting, either.

Sometimes, the novel does a good job at not overemphasizing, like how it doesn’t harp on how the cards make everything different in the world, but have been incorporated into life.

Explanations of the character’s and world’s backstory are okay. They’re mostly paragraphs of description, given when the information is about to be required, rather than previously hinted at or gradually uncovered. The MC had a master for a short period, but their encounter and relationship are sped past; it’s just used to justify how the MC learned his skills, instead of exploring what easily could have been a powerful, motivating part of the MC’s journey.

Other times, the hand-waving of explanations is kind of crappy. For instance, by learning more, the MC is able to reduce the “manufacturing cost” of low-level cards... somehow. How, exactly? It’d be an easy matter for the author to say that the special ink used for them makes up a major part of their cost, and by understanding different schemata and becoming more precise and efficient, the MC creates non-standard, simpler designs which use less ink, and therefore cost less to produce. Instead, there’s no explanation. The inattention to necessary details, while spending paying much attention on unnecessary things, is one of the novel’s shortcomings.
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1life4death rated it
September 21, 2018
Status: c78
This novel is in a very weird place for me. The concept and story of this novel is very interesting and not like any other novel I read before. But at the same time it gets very confusing and hard to follow the more you read. I'm not sure whether this is due to the quality of translation for this novel or the actual plot line but it just seems like its all over the place and very difficult to keep track of.

I still plan to read this because I... more>> really do hope it gets better but if it doesn't I plan to just wait and binge read it after its finish or just drop it. <<less
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timma rated it
February 23, 2019
Status: c319
Long chapters, so tons of content to enjoy. For me this novel is a good find, and I think there is a good amount of elements that set it apart from other webnovels. I like the realistic balance of powers.

I'd recommend this over your average face slapping fluff fantasy novel easily. I'd recommend it to those willing to invest themselves in an interesting world.

If you don't feel it from the start, I suggest you put it down and try it again some other time. You deff need to be in... more>> the right frame of mind for this one. <<less
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July 13, 2019
Status: c515
Well written, a nice mix of getting stronger, fighting, scheming and reactions. What I really like is that the plot flows freely an doesnt really care about previously established encounters. For example the MC makes a promise to character A but then is forced to leave the town and will not be able to fulfill the promise. In other novels character A would come back and play an important role, but in this novel you never know if someone is important or not, resulting in a refreshing story.

All that bothers... more>> me is that at the beginning the dimensions of time and money are not really thought out well, but this gets better in the later parts. <<less
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