The Founder of Diabolism

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As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was backstabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him.

He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.

This marks the start of a thrilling yet hilarious journey of attacking monsters, solving mysteries, and raising children. From the mutual flirtation along the way, Wei WuXian slowly realizes that Lan WangJi, a seemingly haughty and indifferent poker-face, holds more feelings for Wei WuXian than he is letting on…

The Founder of Diabolism average rating 4.7/5 - 188 user ratings
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Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
Ma Đạo Tổ Sư
The Founder of Evil Magic
魔道祖师
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lyn
New lyn rated it
November 9, 2017
Status: c28
I give it two stars for now.

First, I got attracted to this novel since it has very nice reviews and many people seems to like it. It seems very promising. However, to be honest, this is one of the most confusing and hard to understand novels I have ever read. Even after I read the chapters released by exilerebelstranslation (which I assume has done quite a good job in translating), my comprehension of the story, the world building, the characters' relationships are very lacking. So I blame the author for... more>> this. The first 15 chapters, the characters are all thrown to the story without clear explanation while I am still figuring out how the world works. What's worse, 1 character has 2-3 names, without clearly explaining what and why. There are their own names, their common names, and their title. And the author use all of them in the story which triple the confusion. The translator did help by creating a characters list, but it is not helping me much. Aside from the names, I do think the author's writing style is hell confusing and not flowing quite well. The story goes current and then goes flash back, back and forth, which adds to my confusion. I am disappointed that I don't get the joy I expected to have when I read this. I have read so many xianxia novels, so I am not new to this genre at all, so I wonder why it happens with this novel that makes me very difficult to enjoy this. I put this novel into my pending list now and wait until it has sufficient chapters and let see if I want to continue reading. <<less
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Aniise
Aniise rated it
September 7, 2016
Status: c30
I'm the translator and here's why I picked up this novel.

It's really, really, good and this isn't an exaggeration. Chinese fans have called it an epic and even if you aren't into bl, the story is mainly an action-adventure xianxia story. First, think of a detective story, then throw in xianxia elements like flesh-eating ghosts, undead, spirit haunting and you've got The Founder of Diabolism.

The story starts off with a bang as readers are immediately thrown into a case of "What's killing off everyone?" in chapter 2. I mean I... more>> came for the pretty boys but I stayed for the plot holy sh*t. The author doesn't waste her words, yet each chapter no matter the word count feels jam-packed with content and action.

The main character, Wei Wu Xian is a hilariously shameless guy who takes things as they come. He's in the body of a homos*xual guy who everyone sees as crazy? Ok, I'll be shamelessly gay and chase my pursuers away by throwing myself at them! Think the MC of The King's Avatar or Legend of Sun Knight. He's so blatant and shameless at times I feel like he isn't even putting in effort to concealing his past hated identity, which makes for HILARIOUS one liners.

An important thing to note is that none of the cast are idiots. If we, the readers can see something, they definitely can. This shows the effort the author put into developing each character. This isn't one of those reincarnation wank stories. It's an adventure, and the MC has to work for what he wants.

As the story progresses, the author reveals to us his backstory and connections to the rest of the main cast. It will tear your heart out. As the MC is a take-it-easy guy, we as the readers see emotional connections that the cast has with him that HE DOES NOT SEE. You will cry alot, and you will also laugh alot. (Cus HE'S A LITTLE sh*t WITH NO SHAME.)

The romance is natural and not forced at all, seriously, I feel a sense of frustration at how slow things are going. (As a bl-lover haha!) BUT THATS NOT THE CASE! Within the first 20 chapters the love interest is already a mainstay in the story, there is no useless wasting of time in this novel. By chapter 10 alot of plot relevant characters have already been introduced, its a beautifully paced novel, and you won't even feel it.

If you've read The Legendary Master's Wife, another xianxia adventure focused bl story, the bl is even less un-intrusive than that. Seriously they don't even confess till damn late. I urge you to give it a try, this novel leaves no regrets and only tears.

For those BL fans who want to know the exact stage of how fast the relationship progresses here you go:
Spoiler

Around chapter 10 we see their super cute past. After this flashback they basically go alone, the both of them together on a ghost hunt. Hashtag couple goals with cute worrying about injuries and everything. They bang in the last few chapters and only confess like 90% into the novel.

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For BL fans who don't want to know the above but want to know how the love interest is like, here you go:
Spoiler

He is elsa, tsundere ice king. DAMN CUTE. He used to be those stuck up, up and coming pride of the clan cultivator. (His sect is super strict and rigid.) Then Wei WuXian crashes into his life in a study exchange programme and annoys the heck out of him. The hall monitor he is can't STAND the MC. Yet after towards the reborn MC, he is super tolerant. It gets a bit heartbreaking when we see clues all around that he missed the MC very very dearly.

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K.san
K.san rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: Completed
---Review Update---

Here are a few more specific details in regards to why I give this novel a 5/5 and a response to some confusion.

A lot of people have been concerned about the number of flashbacks in this story. Well, all I can say is that you'll end up loving the flashbacks more than the present. The flashbacks tell stories of when they were still young, when none of that awful sh*t happened, when the world was much simpler. The point of this novel is not only to find out the... more>> mysteries of the present time but also about uncovering the MC's past. How exactly did the MC die? Why did he die? Why was he revived? Why is the ML suddenly so nice to him? And before you say "oh the novel already said that so-and-so killed him", let me tell you that things are not what they may seem. This is not the average xianxia novel. It's just not. It's set in a cultivational world, yes, but the plot is very, very different from the "MC reincarnates with a ton of golden fingers and sets off to be the man at the top of the world" type, which is how most xianxia novels proceed. It starts with the MC already at the top but having fallen down. And it's not about getting back up or seeking revenge. It's about uncovering truths, mending relationships, and that one final opportunity to be what they could've been when they were young. In the first smut, the MC thinks to himself, "... I can't believe it. Why the f**k did I not do this with Lan Zhan when we were fifteen?"

Speaking of Lan Zhan, people are also confused about the number of names, aren't they? There are three names for each person because it is part of Ancient China's tradition, not just because the author wants to confuse the readers. Each name holds a significant meaning in the personality and life of the character. The birth name is similar to a nickname, what their parent gave them at birth and what close friends call them by. The common name is the name most people call them by, given to them at coming-of-age. The title is one that they name themselves, what people use to indicate respect. I am a hundred percent certain that these have been explained in the translations already.

This novel is not a light read. I would argue that most of the BL novels translated into English are relatively light reads, with cute moe-blob ukes and domineering semes having a fluffy, loving relationship together (correct me if I'm wrong), but this is not the case. When all of you click on this novel, you're probably expecting a quick read with characters that are quickly introduced and a romance that starts in the early stages. You're probably expecting to fangirl all over how cute the couple is the second they appear. You're probably expecting something to read before you sleep to dream about rainbow unicorns. Well, that's not what you're going to get—you're getting something way better. Why else did you think this is the number one trending BL in China? Just because it's cute? Of course, it's extremely cute, but that's not all there is to it. People are not what they seem—that's the one single thing you should keep in mind as you read.

Lastly, I do have to make this clear—the author does not like it when either the MC or the ML is shipped with other characters or "reversed". She has explicitly stated that "everyone can like and write whatever they want, as long as the main ship is not separated or reversed". So, there.

---Original Review---

First of all, I know that some people read yaoi/boy's love just because of the smutty parts, but for FoD/GoDC, there are none. From Chapter 1 all the way to the ending, they don't do anything more than holding hands and kissing. Sure, the uke teases the seme a lot about doing all sorts of things, but nothing more than that happens, until...

The few awesome "extras" that the author wrote, at the end of the story.

If anyone ever considers dropping this novel because there are no hot scenes, don't worry and please wait until the end. The author's smut writing skills are one of the best that I've seen (I personally prefer it over LMW). The only thing I'm hoping for is that the new translator doesn't drop out halfway and end up not translating the last few chapters.

Story-wise, I have to say that the plot is awesome. Aside from the confusion of all the characters, and not to mention that all of the characters have two names, and also how a bunch of them have the same surnames, everything is great. It is unusual for yaoi/bl novels to have such an intriguing plot. I am the type of reader who gets bored of ultra-deep or super-simple plots quickly, but I really enjoyed this one and made it through without any trouble. There is an appropriate suspense-versus-romance ratio, if you know what I mean. Everything is flushed out smoothly, with a storyline that is clear and easy to follow, which is especially important for stories that involve reincarnation. The romantic development is slow, but it's gonna compel you to read more and more, trust me on that one.

As for characters, I love all of them. From the main character, to the main lover, to the "big-bads", there is a part to love about every single character (except for one, which I believe everyone hates). The MC, Wei WuXian, isn't the typical yaoi/bl uke. He is hilariously shameless, independent, and strong enough to protect his seme, which results in a very power-balanced relationship. And, no, he's not the type who blushes as the seme hits him with a kabe-don. He's the type to kabe-don and flirt with the seme, but eventually gets it hard (-wink-). The seme, on the other hand, is more of a distant, cool type. Although this sounds stereotypical, Lan WangJi, the seme here, actually blushes. That's right. A seme who does both blushing (especially in his cute teenage years) and giving it hard. Everything about these two is just so cute. The way they interact with each other brings tears to my eyes, like seriously—why is my relationship not like this? Or, more like, why am I still single??

Another thing to take into consideration is that, yes, FoD/GoDC is getting an anime and, according to rumors, a movie/drama as well. Lucky for us, the movie will be done by the same studio that did The King's Avatar, with the awesome art, similar voice actors, and such. Because it is an anime format and the control on anime is quite loose compared to other media, it will probably involve the boy's love parts (but most likely not the *cough* at the end). However, if they make a movie/drama, they are probably going to make it a bromance (the drama for Addicted was the absolute most that SAPPRFT could take). My point is—if you want to show off to your friends that you read the novel before the anime, read it!

This concludes my rant about how awesome this novel is. The new translation team seems to update at a fast speed, with 8 chapters in less than a month, especially considering how long the chapters of FoD/GoDC is, compared to most other online novels that I've read. What about the quality of the translations? I'm not gonna comment on this, so check it out for yourselves ٩ (๑>◡<๑) ۶. <<less
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winter-t
winter-t rated it
February 1, 2017
Status: Completed
Where do I even begin, I could write pages and pages about all the parts I loved. This is an absolutely amazing novel. The plot is very, very captivating and the characters are interesting and wonderfully fleshed out. It's an action thriller set in a world with martial arts, reanimated corpses, and a lot of humor. The romance is cute and touching, and in my opinion, a very well-written development of enemies to friends to lovers.

MC is one of my favorite characters of all time. You can tell from early... more>> on that he has a unique, delightful voice on top of a carefree, mischievous personality. He's easily the funniest to read about, and the diverse yet distinct cast is definitely one of biggest pluses that makes the character interactions all the more enjoyable. With a plot that keeps you in suspense as the mysteries of both the past and the present get unraveled step by step, this is something that's hard to put down.

If you could, I strongly recommend reading this in its original language. Two things to keep in mind though:
1. It might be a bit confusing at the beginning getting everyone's names straight since many of the characters are referred to by multiple forms of address (given, courtesy, title, rank, nicknames, etc).
2. The world-building assumes the reader has basic knowledge of Chinese folklore beliefs about the dead, so not everything is explicitly explained in the text itself. <<less
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Reitian
Reitian rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: Completed
Once I started reading, I could not put this story down. I feel like anyone can read it, whether they like BL or not. I read in Vietnamese, and there were a few blips in translation, but I could tell that the author put a lot of effort into the story. Every detail seems to have been resolved. Something that pops up in chapter 11 would be explained in chapter 111. It may be hard to get started if you don't know much about the setting and also because everyone... more>> has 2 or 3 names. I have a giant page of notes with everyone's names in both Pinyin and Vietnamese with relationships notes as well as a mock timeline (laughs).

The relationship between the MC and ML was very natural. I especially liked that they were on equal footing on each other with no power struggle. They looked out for each other with moments of both tenderness and hilarity. If you're looking for something spicy, you won't get it until the end. I had to stop myself from skipping ahead because I knew that the development of their characters would make it even more worth it (and it was TOTALLY worth it).

Spoiler

The confession scene was hilarious and after they finally acknowledge their feeling for each other, they start showing off so much PDA even the final boss gets distracted.

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The support cast was also really well fleshed out, to the point that I had to look at certain characters completely differently after learning certain details. I think rereading the story again with this fresh perspective could cause you to reinterpret whole scenes; that's how far ahead the author thought.

It was a beautiful story and a roller coaster of emotion. The suspense put me on the edge of my seat; the situations the characters experienced caused me to cry at least 4 times throughout the story; some parts even scared me out of my wits, but even in the most intense moments, the author could cause me to break out in laughter. Although it had a happy end, I was a bit sad to see it end. <<less
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KimiKazoo
KimiKazoo rated it
March 24, 2017
Status: Completed
One of the most popular yaoi stories in China and for a good reason. First, just google the Chinese name of the book. Drools. The depictions/art of the two main guys are so hot.

What's good about this story is that aside from the romance is that it actually has a very solid plot. The plot contains themes of mystery, supernatural, tragedy, betrayal, murder, secrets, love..... It's like a detective conan case with a bit and pieces of revelation. And in between these revelations and actions there are also love... more>> progression and flashbacks.

Both the plot and romance really leaves you satisfied. You really feel the love between the two guys. Be patient and wait for the translations, or go ahead and read the raws.

Highly recommended! <<less
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MissQ
MissQ rated it
January 20, 2017
Status: c4
I tried reading the chapters in the raw... it was too hard so I'll just wait patiently here/

I definitely look forward to this novel because of how upbeat the MC is. He's so cute. I can't wait to see our male lead!
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MadamKhaos
MadamKhaos rated it
October 12, 2017
Status: c111
This entire Review will be a Spoiler for those who can't patiently wait for new releases or can't understand the raws quite well. I'd like to note that some things may not be completely accurate because when I read Chinese it's the literal translation of their words and my brain scrambles it to fit the scene accurately.

I'll begin with our MC's childhood and progress to where I'm currently at. Which means that instead of in the book where we constantly switch from past tense to present, this will be in... more>> chronological order. And I'd also like to lament that the names will be changed because... well I'm just to lazy to remember every character's full name. I'm sure you can guess who the individuals are though by my descriptions. If not I'll add a side note at the end.

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Our Main Character starts off life like many children with two loving parents, although to be honest I am still unsure how exactly they died. We only get a brief description of a flashback where he's riding on his dad's shoulders on top of a donkey with his mother looking on. After his parents died he was left to wander the streets but even so he still held a smile on his face while eating scraps of orange peels and such. He's absolutely terrified of dogs because while living on said streets, the dogs would constantly bite him fighting over the meager scraps of food he could get his hands on. So as the story progresses and things change, the one thing that's always the same is that he becomes a blubbering baby whenever he hears a dog bark. Which is another telling factor that he is in fact the 'Yiling Ancestor' in his 'brother's' eyes.

The Jiang Patriarch, Jiang Cheng's father, found our MC on the streets after looking for him a long time, before bringing him back home. Of course his wife never liked our MC because Jiang Cheng, her child, was often overlooked in favor of this seemingly spawn of all disasters child. I'm not joking when I say this Lady Yu was a real debbie downer and constantly attacked our MC. Blaming him for things that had nothing to do with him.

When our MC first arrived at their residence, the Patriarch told him to sleep in Jiang Cheng's room. Unbeknownst to him of course. Which made for a very angry child who had just been forced to give up his loved dogs because of said child. MC was kicked out of the room but he was scared dogs would attack him after J.C. threatened to have dogs bite him, so he ran to the Lotus dock and climbed a tree to pass the night. During the night J.C.'s older sister came to find MC and MC fell from the tree which made him break a leg. So older sister carried him on her back. On their way back to the room they heard weird noises coming from the side and discovered that J.C. had fallen and was also injured.

Older sister found that both her little brothers were funny and decided to carry them both with difficulty. One in front and one on her back. (This is a very telling sign on how close the two were with this sister of their's) . When they reach J.C.'s room and she sets them down, we can see that J.C. is worried that MC will tell his father he kicked him out of the room. J.C. is very fickle about how his dad sees him because he always tries to get the affection of his parents. MC already knows he is worried about this and has never wanted to cause trouble for anyone so he tells J.C. he'll tell 'Uncle' that he wanted to climb a tree and fell all by himself. (One of his many characteristics which is often overlooked because of the things he does. Our MC is very compassionate, too compassionate. To the point that he takes all the burdens onto himself and doesn't voice out many grievances. Especially for those he cares for.) In turn, J.C. says that from now on he'll scare away any dogs that come after MC.

This agreement between the two boys cemented a bond. Although J.C. is a grumbly sort of Character and often snarks at our MC, the MC doesn't take it to heart. To be honest, I'm almost sure that J.C. is a Tsundre. I'm going to skim a bit here about their growing up. Basically it goes over times where they did stupid things like stealing chickens, grafiti on walls, shooting arrows at kites made to look like Monsters and Ghosts. Many of these flashbacks aren't very interesting but in turn informational. It gives you an outlook on the relationships that were formed between our MC and the many people who in the end, surrounded him and killed him in his previous life.

As the story progresses, it skips to when MC and J.C. are teenagers and enter the Lan Sect. To be honest, I don't know if this is correct but I do know it's a school with over 3000 rules which drives our MC insane. Not literally but he hates the rules so much that he goes out of his way to defy most of them. I can't agree more with his actions though. Some of the rules are rather ridiculous to the point that others find it baffling as well. Of course the person our MC later falls in love with is the epitome of those rules. He's a stickler for them and tries to enforce them on our MC at every turn.

This leads to large amounts of fun for MC because who wouldn't want to tease an ice like person who only knows how to follow about a million silly rules. The first time our ship sails is when MC goes out to buy alcohol, Emperor Smile I believe it was called, and tries to jump the wall back into the school. Lan Wunji (I could be spelling his name wrong so I'm just going to call him L.W.) just happened to come out of closed door training when he sees our MC with one leg over the wall and alcohol in his hand.

Of course MC, the jokester that he is, teases L.W. and offers him a jug of wine if he just lets this matter go. L.W. is stone faced and tells him the rules. MC retorts that there are too many rules and he's yet to actually read all of them so just let him go. He then goes on to say he'll just drink it right there since technically he's not on school grounds and drinking. When he finishes the wine, L.W. begins to fight him. Another rule broken for both of them since Fighting is also prohibited on school grounds.

MC's crowd of friends flock around him and joke about his misfortune later on. MC is always stirring up trouble and J.C. snarks to him about how he's foolish and should stop giving trouble to those around him. Later our MC is forced to repeatedly write the rules and other things as punishment and what do you know, L.W. is the one to overlook that he actually finishes it.

In the Lan family, there is a sort of curse they can use to shut people's mouths for about 30 minutes. So anytime our MC is off talking nonsense to L.W. instead of writing the rules, L.W. simply shuts his mouth. Our clever MC decides to write notes to L.W. and by the end of the day the floor gets littered with trash. This goes on constantly until MC gets any kind of reaction from L.W. such as anger over the fact that MC replaces his book with a porno.

During this time, it looks like L.W. hates our MC but there's many things that cue us off that in fact he really likes our MC. For one, he's caught sometimes staring at him and many of MC's friends joke that he's thinking of ways to punish MC. Of course anyone who loves the ship knows that couldn't be far from the truth irregardless of the fact that L.W. has a stone face. L.W.'s brother is often seen talking to L.W. about how 'you look worried' 'you seem happy' and many other things that give us pause since of course L.W. has no different facial movement from previously.

There's many more scenes of how MC and L.W. constantly interact. MC is a jokester and is constantly saying things like 'aren't we close. Just let it go' or many other jokes like when he hands over two bunnies who start humping one another. In the end they're both male as pointed out by L.W. and MC finds this hilarious because he wanted to know what L.W. was looking at to know such a thing. L.W. is still stone faced but he throws MC out the window and I can only assume it was in embarrassment rather than anger.

I've realized I'm leaving out the 'horror' aspect in this but that's because I'm not very good at describing such amazing scenes that the author wrote. This is simply me trying to sum up key parts for those who really want to know and not to substitute for a summary done by a professional or a translation.

Many key characters seen later are among the teenagers who attend school with MC. MC's character is constantly flirting with women, rather shameless in the things he says, he really just doesn't have a filter and it's hard not to love him. Time is going to skip a bit again. MC went monster hunting with a large group of people and L.W. as well as J.C. were a part of it. Needless to say everyone in the group got out of a bad situation except for L.W. and MC who were trapped in a cave with a rather scary Monster. In the end the both of them teamed up to kill this thing otherwise they'd both become chow.

When they were finally saved, MC was scolded by J.C.'s mom about how it was his fault and put the blame on him about pretty much every inconvenience. Then word began to spread that a person from the Wen family had killed the monster and L.W. went on to say it was MC who killed it. MC refuted saying it was mostly thanks to L.W. Well the Wen family guy who had taken credit was rather upset about this and in order to not have them attack L.W. MC decided to take on the responsibility.

In doing so he took on the wrath of the Wen Family. Unfortunately, he implicated the Jiang family in the process. At first they beat MC severely as recompense to them but when the Wen family tried to have them hurt J.C. as well, Miss Yu lashed out in anger. This caused a major fight to take place which unfortunately happened during the time that the Jiang Patriarch wasn't home. Miss Yu locked both J.C. and MC together on a boat at the lotus dock and repeatedly berated MC about how it was his fault so he'd better use his life to take care of J.C. Before shipping them off she hugs J.C. and says he's a good boy which is the first time we've seen her show any kind of compassion towards anyone.

J.C. is practically foaming at the mouth in anger to break free and on their way they see the light when the Jiang Patriarch releases them and asks whats happening. Unfortunately, once he finds out he locks them back up again and heads off to battle while shoving them down stream. By the time they break free, they both know nothing good happened. MC repeatedly tries to keep J.C. next to him and go find help since they're not strong enough. While MC is getting food, J.C. runs away and heads back to the dock. (It's taken a while to write this review and so periodically I've continued reading. I recently found that in fact J.C. didn't run to the dock but saw the Wen family people searching for the both of them so he ran out to distract them from finding MC. Which is why he was taken back to the Wen Family for torture.)

MC in his fervourous haze, runs back as fast as he can but there's no one there not even J.C. and he's about to freak out. Wen Ning shows up and calms him down. Saying he can help him get J.C. back. MC met Wen Ning a while back at a competition and was the only person who was kind to him when he was shooting arrows. Even though Wen Ning is part of the Wen family he'd rather defy them and help MC then be on his bad side. He returns with an unconcious J.C. and takes both of them back to his house.

He does this because the Wen family is looking for MC and what better place to hide than in the Wen family place. Wen Ning's sister is good with medicine and even though she is mad about them bringing trouble to her brother she still helps J.C. with medicine.
J.C. is unresponsive though because his parents are both dead and his cultivation was destroyed by the Wen family. What use is there in living if he can't even seek revenge. So he refuses to eat or drink and at his wits end, MC makes up a story for J.C. saying that at the foot of a mountain if he wears an eye cover and doesn't peek, but says that he's actually the MC and tells the person his mother is MC's mother, the person there will heal him.

Of course this reawakens the urge to live for J.C. so he begins eating. (This is kind of said in chapter 100 instead of about 50 when this part took place but since I'm going chronological than I'm just going to put it here instead). J.C. didn't know that in actual fact our MC had gone to Wen Ning's big sister and asked her for a way to save his cultivation and in fact she did but it wasn't anything tested yet and might actually just destroy both their cultivation in the end. He agreed to it and on that mountain it wasn't just J.C. but Wen Ning, his older sister, as well as MC that were there. In order for J.C. to recover his cultivation, MC gave up all of his cultivation to transfer to his body.
That is why later our MC is seen never wanting to use his sword anymore and why in the end he changed his cultivation path to follow to 'Evil' path. He didn't have the ability to cultivate and it really caused a heavy blow to him, a child who had basically nothing going for him aside from being really good at cultivating. He found ways to manipulate sound and control evil spirits as well as the dead.

Of course this brought him a lot of trouble especially after he murdered a lot of the Wen Family who had killed the Jiang people. The way he killed them was rather brutal though so it's understandable why people were apalled. One of the guys was forced to eat his own leg meat repeatedly. So you can understand why people were terrified of MC.

MC found out that people killed Wen Ning and so resurrected and rehabilitated him. Wen Ning killed a lot of the people who murdered him when he woke up. After this, for a time, MC and some members of the Wen family who were on good terms with Wen Ning and his sister, decided to build a home on the mountain. It was rather calm living even though many of the families were greedy for the symbol MC created that could control the undead. But MC ignored the outside and lived peacefully with the people there.

All things don't last though and MC soon found out his sister was going to marry someone who he hated. But seeing as she loved him, he didn't object. During this time, since there was so many objections to his way of 'cultivating', MC had already broken off ties with the Jiang family in order to not implicate them. So his sister and J.C. snuck over to see him before she was to get married and she made him a bowl of porrige that she frequently made him growing up.

Her husband and a few other people go to confront MC over something that had nothing to do with him and Wen Ning loses control and kills his Sister's recently married Husband. This starts off a chain of horrible events that turns everyone against MC. Wen Ning and his older sister go to offer themselves up to be killed in exchange for the death of this guy and in the process more people are killed. MC was paralyzed for three days because of W.N.'s sister so he couldn't move and didn't know what was going on. Anything that has to do with W.N. though, ultimately goes back to MC and he gets implicated.

The families now had an excuse to surround and kill him but MC shows up and confronts them before they can go to his mountain. Some teenager shoots MC with an arrow and everything goes to hell from there because he sends the arrow back. People begin trying to attack him and so he raises the dead and has them fighting all the people in the yard. Unfortunately, his sister runs in and calls his name but his mind is a mess and can't control the zombies. One stabs her in the back before J.C. or MC can get to her. She's still alive when they kneel next to her and she says 'You left before I could say anything to you..' because the day before he went to see her sneakily but found the husband's mom there with her and his baby nephew. The mother in law saw him and called for people to come arrest him/kill him so he left before he could say anything to his sister.

She then goes on to say that she had something to say to him but before she can finish she pushes him away and a sword goes through her throat. Someone had tried to kill him but she protected him and instead was killed. MC loses his mind and joins the symbol together because it was too powerful and he split it in two. (This is the symbol everyone wants. Honestly it's called Tiger but saying it's the 'Tiger Symbol' that is used to control undead just seems wrong to me. lol)

He doesn't have any memories about what happened after this, at least none that I've caught up to. Aside from Lin XiChen, L.W.'s brother, yelling at him about how he's pretty much an asshole for not remembering that L.W. stayed with him and protected him inside of a cave but MC just kept telling L.W. to leave. Technically 'Roll' is the word he used. Which to me sounds worse than just leave. So to be honest, I really don't know how the hell he died yet because as of right now it seems he didn't initially die from being surrounded and unleashing a swarm of zombies.

Now then, I'll continue from the point where he is now in possession of another's body.

MC is as shameless as he was previously. Although, as he had grown from his teenage years that shameless personality warped into a sort of anger at people who were unjust. But to others it seemed he was killing indiscriminately. So now he's in this new body and seems to have forgotten everything that happened in his previous life that was bad and is just his usual shameless happy person.

L.W. realizes who he is immediately and we've still not been given a reason as to why he knows. Maybe the flute? Wen Ning? Or the fact that he says that L.W. is his type and not Jiang Cheng? Who knows at this time.

An arm is found and it's rather unruly, so both L.W. and MC team up to tame it with their music and 'go on a journey' to search out the rest of the body parts to figure out what the hell is going on. At one point MC sucks a curse into his body from Jiang Ling's which is his nephew, sort of. You get to see his interactions with the younger generation but you don't realize who these people are until later. Such as one of the kids from the Lan School who he first meets, is actually the little 2 year old child that was constantly clinging to his legs in his previous life. One of Wen Ning's cousin's children, who had lived with them and 50 others on that mountain before MC was killed. Of course, the kid doesn't remember anything except L.W. who had bought him toys when he was a kid while eating with MC and the kid got attached to L.W.

So as you can see, there are people that were initially a part of MC's life but don't recall it or simply forget the things he had done for them. Jiang Cheng still hates him and blames him for his parents as well as sister's death. For some reason, he blames Wen Ning for his sister's death and so does the nephew. But as I've stated before it was some person trying to kill MC that stabbed her in the throat. Granted, a zombie stabbed her in the back prior but she wouldn't have died.

MC notices things but thinks they're just hilarious hypocritical details about L.W. Such as, the Emperor's Smile Wine he has hidden in the floor. Or the loads of bunnies running around the fields, or the scars he has on his body that much MC's from the previous life. There's things he kind of overlooks and doesn't put it into his mind as curious. But as you go along you realize how much L.W. loved MC. When MC first sees L.W. when he's reborn he remarks on how L.W. is straight up wearing mourning clothes as if his 'wife' died. MC says this in a purely joking manner and doesn't realize how spot on he was.

When L.W. takes MC back to the school the first thing L.W. does is take a bath and change into regular school clothes even though he was previously wearing mourning clothes for who knows how long. Yet, no one actually remarks about his sudden change in clothes... Oddly enough.

There's a lot of things I'd like to go over in detail, mainly the fighting and creepy scenes, but it's too much and difficult. So, the two go on this journey to find the other body parts and of course there's struggles along the way. MC gets L.W. drunk a couple of times and thinks it's funny at first because L.W. acts like a spoiled child, but L.W. actually begins to show signs that he wants more from MC and MC thinks he's the bad person for taking advantage of L.W. Such as him kissing L.W. while L.W. is drunk or at one point L.W. is in the bath tub drunk and pulls MC in and they begin to get really hot and bothered. L.W. ends up waking up when MC says thank you to him though. It get's rather awkward because previously L.W. forgot everything that happened while he was drunk and this time they're pretty much both naked.

At this point everyone and their mom knows that MC has taken possession of this body. Of course the 'bad guy' was the one to leak out the news. Jiang Cheng had already known though because of MC's fear of dogs. The bad guy who's portrayed in this.. I really don't know his name to be honest since he uses three different ones. He's surnamed Jin as well as Meng. Jiang Ling refers to him as Uncle as well. So there's a close relationship to the Jiang family. But his mother was a prostitute and thus everyone would talk badly behind his back.

He's not really a typical bad guy though. I mean, is any of them? Yes they do bad things but usually they have a reason. Granted, he ended up killing a lot of people and ultimately it was wrong, but he has that morose background story where you kind of want to feel bad for him? Then we find out that the person who brought MC's soul back is quite possibly the brother of the person who had been chopped up. One of the MC's friends from school, which was overlooked since he seemed to be a scaredy-cat. MC knows that everything was put in place by this friend in order to take revenge for his brother but he has no evidence so he doesn't call him out on it.

Lan XiChen ends up killing the 'bad guy' kind of accidentally on purpose when the ^^ scaredy-cat shouts at him to watch out. The 'bad guy' was already injured at this time and hadn't even moved but Lan XiChen stabbed his sword backwards to prevent any action to him. Which shocked the hell out of everyone except the 'scaredy-cat'.

I forgot to add this in but it was really hilarious so I can't leave it out. Prior to this battle with the bad guy, the MC gets caught and L.W. shows up, this just so happens to take place about an hour after the whole bathtub shindig. So the MC in a kind of panicked state shouts 'Lan Zhan I really want to go to bed with you' basically professing his love in front of all the villianous people as well as L.W.'s brother XiChen. _-_ L.W. is still stone faced but this time he's thoroughly tongue tied. It's really cute. L.W. even laughs when MC says that 'I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to die. I still haven't checked Lan Zhan's lower body yet, I've only checked the top half.' MC says this in a rather serious manner and L.W. is behind him at the time. Who knew he'd laugh at one of MC's joke. This laugh really throws everyone in the room as well, since everyone knows L.W. is an iceberg.

Everything is all settled after they lock up the severed corpse and the bad guy into a coffin together since the corpse was too strong and violent. MC and L.W. leave without really talking to anyone. This is where I'm at currently. Hope this was a bit curbing on some people's appetites. Yes there's no s*x as of yet, not even to 2nd base really. But the story line and plot are amazing so I don't really mind.

(I've come back to my review after completing the entire book which literally was only a few chapters after where I last wrote. In the end MC and L.W. end up going off to do the night battles in random places. They ended up 'marrying' one another and along the way they heard talk about how L.W.'s brother had locked himself away because of depression. L.W. and MC have s*x but of course it skims over these scenes so you honestly don't get any actual details. This novel is mostly soft in that regard. They both pack up and head back to the Lan School and MC is on his best behavior so that L.W.'s uncle can't say anything bad to him. The novel ends on a rather light note I guess. Everyone is in the place's they should be and aside from the foreshadowing of a possible second book it ends on a 'loving' scene.

To be honest though, a lot of things are unresolved in my opinion. It seems that the brother of the guy who was chopped up and sealed inside of the coffin, might eventually open that coffin. Or even some random person who wants that Tiger Symbol might possibly open up the coffin to retrieve it for power. It would've been a more clean break at the end had the MC destroyed that last half of the Tiger Symbol to abolish any further consequences from rising up.

I do have to agree with someone elses opinion though about the fact that Jiang Ling's the most sorry figure out of everyone. In the end both of his parents and grandparents were killed and he can't even get upset at the people responsible for it. He's got nowhere to actually vent that anger. Everyone in this book owes that child the most.)

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I was going to write the names and abbreviations but I figure if you've been reading the book then you should know the individuals I am talking about. Hope this was informational for those who had time deciphering the raws. I apologize about skipping over some things but honestly the entire novel is amazing so regardless of what I write it wouldn't be as good as the novel of course. <<less
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Ars
Ars rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: c21
Founder of Diabolism is a humorous horror-mystery story set in a xianxia world. Intriguingly, the story has absolutely no cultivation (as the main cast are all high level cultivators) and instead focuses on a series of thrilling horror/mystery-solving subplots in which the protagonist, Wei WuXian, secretly uses his extensive occult knowledge to save people from evil spirits and bloodthirsty horrors whilst hiding his true identity. The story is similar to the Detective Conan series if Conan Edogawa were a slandered and vilified Chinese cultivator who had been killed and brought... more>> back to life in another body.

I highly recommend Founder of Diabolism to anyone who appreciates good writing, well-developed characters, mystery/detective stories, knee-slapping humor, and heart-aching romance. As of chapter 21 the main overarching focus of Founder of Diabolism is on the unraveling of the mystery behind the protagonist, Wei WuXian's, past and motivations. In the prologue we learn that he had been betrayed and killed and that the world is glad for it, as he had been an evil and tyrannical man who had gone down the path of devils. Yet when Wei WuXian returns from the dead, we meet a man who is altogether one of the most clever, curious, humorous, and altogether likeable protagonists of any Chinese novel.

Mystery is the strongest component of Founder of Diabolism. The author raises many questions with tantalizing possibilities. Why was Wei WuXian cast as an evil villain by society? Why had he been betrayed by his most trusted people? Why does he feel guilt upon seeing the arrogant child Ji Ling, and why does his former brother despise him? Though the main cast had all lived harmoniously together as schoolchildren in differing sects, why are they now so fragmented and conflicting as adults? All of these major character questions are slowly answered as the author travels through minor horror-mystery scenes involving zombies, haunted hands, and more.

A second component which I see as vitally important and incredibly well-done is the romance. Though as of ch21 the author has only laid the foundation and revealed a hint of a particular character's motivations, the various clues are enough to make me imagine the pain and tragedy this character had faced upon the protagonist's death, and the tumultuous emotions he must have now that he believes the protagonist has somehow returned despite Wei WuXian's best efforts to hide all traces of his reincarnated self.

What I will praise the author for most is their incredibly clever and loving development of the characters. The protagonist has a deep depth of personality - Wei WuXian on the surface, a carefree and comedic playboy; deeper, an intelligent and far-too-curious experimenter; and finally, a troubled man with a deeply-hidden loyalty and devotion to his loved ones that has transformed into guilt as a result of whatever incidents had lead to his death. The supporting characters are all people who had one way or another been affected by Wei WuXian's death, and the author cleverly does not tell the readers. Rather, the author weaves between the past and present, point A to point D in time, to let the reader analyze how the characters' relationships and emotions had changed in the unspoken time between these two points.

Vital personal information regarding the main cast is revealed in this 'trip to the past', but it still stretched quite long when what I wanted as the reader was to return to seeing Wei WuXian figure out how to escape his current predicament. This is the only time that I felt the pacing in the story was off, and my only criticism.

Founder of Diabolism has 5/5 writing style, 5/5 plot, 5/5 character development, 5/5 creativity, and 4.5/5 pacing.
Additional notes: Translation quality by Exiled Rebels is excellent and fluid, with natural and clear sentences which convey the author's vibrant writing style and witty dialogue.
Overall, if this were to be published, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
If you've read this review in the end, please just go and start reading the story! <<less
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Gluttony
Gluttony rated it
June 2, 2017
Status: --
You can tell just from the 11 released chapters that this is a fantastic novel. It's humorous, the romance is developing so naturally and the plot and world building is absolutely amazing. If anything, people who aren't a fan of gay romance can be as equally engaged in this. I'm so eager for someone to commit to translating this and release regular chapters. From what I've heard around from people who can read Chinese, the novel has excellent reviews so I know I'm in for a great ride.
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ResidentialPsycho
ResidentialPsycho rated it
September 23, 2017
Status: c24
This is a horror/supernatural/mystery/action/comedy series with all sorts of undead things crawling around and jumping on people! Definitely my kind of story. Even better than that, it is smartly written with clever plot development and cases to be solved.

To be noted, the MC is SHAMELESS. Absolutely SHAMELESS in all caps. This is important, so I am repeating it twice. I've seen the saying that so-and-so is shameless in other Chinese series before, but the MC here is the definition of SHAMELESS. He is always getting into trouble and is very... more>> active in it. He is a hysterical joker, who is always screwing around and messing with people. He makes me laugh so hard, I think I have fallen in love with him.

The other characters and their interactions with him are also great. I haven't seen any weaknesses in this story thus far.

If you are looking to read a supernatural ghost mystery series that makes you laugh until you cry, look no further. <<less
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Ezralva
Ezralva rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: c20
As someone who's only waiting for the english translation, other reviews already said it all...

Before GDC, the only Xianxia novel I've read was LMW but dropped pretty early since I couldn't really stomach all the new magic thingy lol. But for GDC, I find it pretty easy to digest, but I'm sure that's because the translators were being so kind to give detailed TN. When I first read the 1st two chapters back on Aniise's LJ, I immediately knew this one was out of the box. And now after reading... more>> all translated ch available, spoilers, and watched so many fmvs and even tried mtl-ing future chapters for myself *which I stopped before my head burst* It feels like I'm hooked for life on this one

For someone who grew up accustomed to westernized-withcraft adventure stories, everything about this novel is pretty new to me, I'm mesmerized by the world-building (I've never read anything about necromancer or evil magic being done the fluffy and cutesy way like this one 😁), the layer upon layer of solid plot, and the character developments which have nothing 2D in it. It's not everyday I can find a BL novel that has superiority like GDC does.

We readers, aren't just being called to heed at the romance between MC and ML, but also the heartrending emotional entanglements from other characters, which could or could not always related to the MC.

For the Danmei part, which makes this already-superb-adventure-story totally perfect, is really slow build. Usually when I like the CP I want them to get into hot scenes early and get frustrated when they dont, But that's not the case for this one, almost every chapters hinted with BL romance thrown everywhere that always makes me giggling, cos the uke is a top-notch prankster and their 'courting' is cute beyond compare XD besides how the plots unravel are just too amazing that you can't help but focus on their adventure. And still, the love and devotion of ML towards the MC depicted in this novel, makes it one of the best love story I've ever known, they just happened to be two guys, that's it. Ofc Chinese BL novels are expert when it comes to power-balanced relationship between uke and seme,

Regarding the characters, I can't help but compare this masterpiece to Harry Potter, where you simply cannot just take everything at face value and that there is more to it than meets the eyes about all of them, good or bad, nothing like the typical flawless protagonists here or the complete asshole of a villain.

This novel serves like a complete package for a fujo like me who loves good plot, well-developed characters, more than just some yaoi fanservice thrown to cater the readers' preferences.

And I greatly thank all the translators (current and previous) who bring this hidden gem to us international readers <3 <<less
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alexfilia
alexfilia rated it
August 17, 2017
Status: c18
I dont really have anything more to say that hasnt been said already.....I really love this novel

What I liked most about it is that everything comes full circle in the end... Basically Karma is a b**ch and comes back to bite you

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Spoiler

The MC's actions by being overconfident and having a better than you attidute basically caused his own death.... Of course we had the main Mastermind behind the scenes faning the flames and causing trouble....

What I loved about this novel is that while the main mastermin's indirect actions led the MC to his death but it was also his actions that led to the MC's revival

Of course the true victim of this story was the MC's sister's child.... Several people had a hand on his parents death but in the end he couldnt bring himshelf to blame anyone since everyone had their own reasons and circumstances

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KKristen
KKristen rated it
October 25, 2017
Status: c26
Summary:

Free-spirited Wei Wuxian was the promising head disciple of an upright sect, before he became interested in necromancy and dark arts. He casually founded a demonic sect and was hated by the world. Betrayed by his younger apprentice-brother, he dies a gruesome death.

Several years later, a lunatic young man conducts a ritual to summon an evil spirit -- and Wei Wuxian's soul is called into his body. Even though he holds no thoughts of revenge and wants to live freely, he quickly runs into people from his past -- including... more>> Jiang Chen, the beloved brother who betrayed him, and Lan WangJi, the cold-faced guy who despised him in their youth.

Lan WangJi ends up saving Wei Wuxian and uncharacteristically takes him in... What are his motives? Does he know who he is? And why does this unfathomable ice cube seem to have changed?

Unique points:

  • This story is set in a typical xianxia cultivation world, but with a twist -- this is a world in which the dead easily feed off resentment and become ghouls, ghosts, and zombies. Though the immortal cultivators and sects are the same, the countless undead give this story a unique world.
  • The main character isn't the typical pure or weak uke. He's a shameless rascal, a wild chatterbox, and playfully direct. He's the type of guy who is never bored and can talk a brick wall to death. He's also a bit like a mad scientist -- someone who does what he wants and studies things that are considered taboo to the rest of the world.
Writing:

The chapters are nice and long, and the plot advances at just the right pace. It is a relatively smooth read. However, the most difficult part of this story are the character names -- most characters are called by 2 or 3 different names/titles. All the side characters are given names too (more than physical descriptions), so it's easy to get confused.

As for the translations, Enxiao was kind enough to start this series off, and even though the English could use some work, the translation wasn't that bad. However, I suggest reading Exiled Rebels' translation instead because it's higher quality and easier to understand.

Rating:

Overall, I would give this story 4.5 stars so far. The world is well fleshed-out, the premise is unique, and the characters are interesting. The undead/necromancy aspect make this unique from other xianxia LNs, and the focus on the plot and mystery rather than romance make this feel more substantial than most BL LNs. <<less
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missycin
missycin
September 11, 2017
Status: c1
I'm not going to rate it because so far, it's a good read with a charming MC and really beautiful ML. Story details and plot are good and the humor is actually funny. You'd really root for the shameless MC.

However, I'm not a fan of flashbacks as the story switches from the MC's past as the Founder of Diabolism and his "reincarnated" self. I'll add to my review later as I read more chapters in the future.
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