The Great Ruler


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The Great Thousand World. It is a place where numerous planes intersect, a place where many clans live and a place where a group of lords assemble. The Heavenly Sovereigns appear one by one from the Lower Planes and they will all display a legend that others would desire as they pursue the road of being a ruler in this boundless world.

In the Endless Fire Territory that the Flame Emperor controls, thousands of fire blazes through the heavens.

Inside the Martial Realm, the power of the Martial Ancestor frightens the heaven and the earth.

At the West Heaven Temple, the might of the Emperor of a Hundred Battles is absolute.

In the Northern Desolate Hill, a place filled with thousands of graves, the Immortal Owner rules the world.

A boy from the Northern Spiritual Realm comes out, riding on a Nine Netherworld Bird, as he charges into the brilliant and diverse world. Just who can rule over their destiny of their path on becoming a Great Ruler? In the Great Thousand World, many strive to become a Great Ruler.

Associated Names
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Da Zhu Zai
The Great Dictator
Đại Chúa Tể
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I Shall Seal the Heavens (2)
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The Desolate Era (2)
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11/21/18 Qidian International c899
11/21/18 Qidian International c898
11/21/18 Wuxiaworld c801
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11/19/18 Wuxiaworld c798
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11/19/18 Qidian International c895
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11/18/18 Wuxiaworld c796
11/18/18 Wuxiaworld c795
11/18/18 Wuxiaworld c794
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New Doropyan rated it
November 9, 2018
Status: c1562
Actual rating: 3.5

I guess this was a mix of all the good things in BTTH and WDQK in one book. It's definitely refreshing that the MC started out being outstanding but of course as he gets stronger, the more he becomes the underdog because of the people he's up against.

To be honest I read this to see how BTTH and WDQK would be continued and ... more>>

thank you so much for the bonus chapters at the end, giving us some closure of WDQK. I loved how Xiao Yan and Lin Dong still played a big role in this novel, despite no longer being the MC.


It might be a bit of a long and slightly slow read but I was never bored unlike in other novels when the MC powers up. People might complain that the Academy arc is too long but I think the length was necessary to let him grow. There weren't many fillers at all. <<less
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
January 15, 2016
Status: --
EDIT note near the bottom 😃

The story is quite better than a lot of other xianxia and it isn’t stupid (maybe a little boring). There is a lot of mystery around his past and it isn’t just like let’s dump everything on the reader (wdqk). The romance is slow and he only loves one girl who he already had a relationship with before but didn’t meet again til chapter 142. Mu Chen has an extremely likable character. He is actually smart and knows his limits. Not extremely arrogant (he’s handsome... more>> though *winks) and he isn’t a flat out jerk. It might be a typical xianxia novel to a lot of people, but hey, it is xianxia.

Yes it's slow, but I actually understand the concepts in this novel compared to a lot of fast paced ‘I want to get stronger because of insane luck’ novels.

The sweet thing that’s between Mu Chen and Luo Lu is so cute. It makes my heart flutter because it isn’t all perverted or rated r. Seriously the romance makes sense in this. It wasn’t just put a random pretty girl in it and make a romance based on lust (mga).

I know it might be slow but it pays out because there are less plot holes. And what a lot of people think are plot holes are supposed to be explained as time goes on. The author is not just going to dump everything on you like a lot of other xianxia. This keeps the mystery factor and it keeps the story going. I can’t stand how other xianxia stories go and reveal everything. No great back story. You know everything within a few pages and what you don’t know is a pothole or it isn’t mentioned once in a couple tens or hundred chapters.

Hope you read and don’t mind my extremely long review. (Right as of chapter 164)

EDIT 😑😉😑😉😑😉😑😉

OKAY. I'm starting to understand the irritation with the slowness and lack of development, but I'm gonna stand strong on my views. I like it. And everyone has a right to their own opinion. (just try not to ruin it for others) <<less
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Arcelia rated it
October 8, 2016
Status: c216
For someone who has supposedly been through multiple life and death battles and is supposed to be ruthless, he has a habit of always letting the actually meaningful enemies go when he has ample opportunity to kill them while only being ruthless against nameless mooks.

When it happens so many times in succession, it starts getting very annoying since the author can't seem to make up his mind and says the character is one way when he always does the opposite but don't worry blatant plot armour will always save the... more>> day. <<less
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UsernameJ rated it
May 14, 2016
Status: --
Very similar to BTTH so far. Shares the same sort of decent aspect, which is an interesting cultivation method. However shares the same huge pitfall: everyone in the story is a special kind of dumb.

Makes it almost a chore to read, just like BTTH. Only read these stories after you've read all the other good stuff.
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Shuusei rated it
January 12, 2016
Status: --
Guys don't listen to the people who rated less than 4 stars, this is a really good novel. Even more don't listen to Cien, that's the point of the novel that hookes you.. You want to know why he is talented, why he was accepted and why he was kicked out and all of this like in good wuxias, will be revealed in the future and not right now, it doesn't give the same feeling when at the start you already know everything about the MC past and future. I... more>> think this novel is a mist of BTTH and WDQK, the author knows how to make good novels and with this novel he understood the mistakes he made in the other 2. So it's a must-read if you like this kind of genre. <<less
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Wujigege rated it
April 2, 2017
Status: --
When a character can do everything and I mean everything like medicine, martial arts, formations, anything you can think of. So much that even his father asks his opinion before doing something. The story becomes stale.

The character is going to beat everyone because he is just that talented. Everything can be done with talent. It rubs of me the wrong way because talent in the story is not from hard work but from his blood. Reminds me of old nobles, who were obsessed with bloodlines. A class society, a caste... more>> system. <<less
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Smooth Che
Smooth Che rated it
January 14, 2016
Status: --
Boring, boring, wait did I mention boring?

Start is promising, you want to know what happened, why he was forced out of that special place, how strong he really is etc.

But the author managed to turn this great idea, which btw. Is quite unique, into a really slow paced and boring story. The MC, who should be 5x as strong as his classmates, keeps for many chapters running into lowly, dumb **** idiots that keep harassing him for whatever ever. Nothing really important happens, no real adventures, no real romance, nothing... more>> that really makes the plot progress. It’s like a slice of life novel, just with a sh*tty story <<less
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Roxasfleur rated it
May 9, 2017
Status: c1286
One of my fav xianxia ever. Great storyline, characters, mysterious past, conflict, and NO harem. So glad this isn't a harem story because I don't feel like reading harem now.

Mu Chen is powerful but it didn't come without hard work. Sure, he got lucky encounters too, especially with the nine nether bird, but it's his mysterious ability and strong determination that saves him. Meanwhile Luo Li is one with a great burden but also strong determination to stand with Mu Chen. Her problem is also what drove Mu Chen to... more>> strove higher (that and his mother's problem).

It's been a long time since I've last read this. But it still remains one of my favorite. Don't judge it boring so fast because the boring part isn't there yet in the english translation. I recommend you to at least preserve until the end of the academy arc because it's just the beginning of his journey in the real world. You can even find the characters from BTTH and WDQK later in the story. If you feel that the TL is so slow, you can try lnmtl. Sure, it's bad and confusing but at least you can move forward faster than the TL updates came in. And after so long reading, you'll get used to the weird wording. <<less
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April 28, 2018
Status: Completed
Most reviews of this novel don't do it justice, mostly because they haven't read all of it. So I thought to give it a try. I wont spoil anything specific that happens because if you guys really want to find out then the other reviews can do that.

Firstly before you even touch this novel you need to read BTTH AND WDQK (Both of which are great novels). Its a trilogy. Towards the later half of the novel characters from the other 2 novels appear.

This book, like most novels, is cliche... more>> in many ways (you know the main guy is awesome) and if you like xuanhuan I think you should just expect it. So I ignore any complaints along these lines.


  • MC who has a purpose and goal. He isn't getting stronger just because he feels like it. You can feel his emotions and drive and that is great.
  • Interesting cultivation methods and techniques. Not just normal one on one but all building spiritual arrays and setting up battle arrays. Mini mini spoiler but................... at the beginning ingesting soul essences of beasts and later on the sovereign body skills.
  • Diverse world. He meets all kinds of different beasts and people. anyone who has read the other 2 books will be hype when they find out how strong their (other 2 MC) territories are. They do meet and lets just say he makes an impression.
  • Satisfying moments just before the final arc when he achieves the goals he set for himself.

  • Long academy arc which some people dislike. ok I can understand why you may be annoyed since you want him to go out into the world, but in all honesty it emphasises how strong the world really is. AND after that arc everything gets better.
  • There are others asides from luck (he's the MC, come on) and I could go on and on about how so many people have different opinions about this
  • Slow translation. ive read to the end by machine translations lnmtl so yeah. its subpar and takes some getting used to. it gets better and better once you reach the 600's and we are years away at this rate so better to machine translate it. I loved BTTH and WDQK so I didn't care. Also after a while my mind figures out what's happening and even if the translation grammar is terrible I can still figure it out (Only took me an hour to get used to it).

If you liked BTTH or WDQK you'll also like this. I love cliche MCs who are up against the world and who need to save people they love by suffering and getting stronger. Also I love the great pagoda art, best cultivation method ever. And the end was pretty cool. If you want to enjoy this you need to read to THE END and so need to MACHINE TRANSLATE otherwise it will take a few years minimum for it to get good. Hope it helps, in the end its up to you. <<less
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ArgosYesu rated it
November 15, 2015
Status: --
I like to see TGR as the story where the author reveals all he had learned from writing BTTH and WDQK. WDQK is a mess of overpowered MC and unbalanced battles, while BTTH is overly descriptive, a style that is usually alright, but not that good for Webnovels.

With TGR, the author balances the writing, characters, power increases, and fights to make a story far more enjoyable than the two previous works.
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Flashman rated it
October 9, 2018
Status: c458
The name of this novel should really be "The Great Plot Armor." This story is 2 Stars for me.

Every story starts at 5 stars for me and I take 1 star off for every seriously bad aspect that I dislike about it.

-1 star for the annoying repetitive descriptions to pad the word count. I don't need to be told how pretty a women is 30, 000 times in several different ways.

-1 star for the stupid decisions the MC makes. Let me activate this super powerful and super dangerous thing that... more>> can instantly kill someone way stronger then me, but I will survive with only light injuries because "reasons."

-1 star for the terrible plot armor. I have this super powerful art. 50 chapters later. I can't train in this art without 3 super rare spiritual treasures which I can't find. Within 30 chapters he finds a clue for 1 of the treasures... Seriously?! I thought these where super rare! I'm fighting someone way stronger then me but I will win because "reasons."

Seriously considering taking off another star because the school arcs just keep going... I'm dropping this, good luck author. I really hope your writing improves in the future. <<less
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Ji Ning rated it
December 23, 2015
Status: --
An interesting new concept by Tian Can Tu Dou. The story is pretty good to read, but some people may get bored quickly because it is a little slow in the first few chapters. Right now, the story goes at a good pace, but later on, it will get really annoying for a certain reason.

He stays in the same academy for 500 chapters.

So, Xianxia lovers, you will probably love this story, but for those who want the best novel there is, this is probably not for you.
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Cien rated it
November 21, 2015
Status: --
I have started reading it and the initially story telling is horrible. No time to setup why he is "talented" or why he was "accepted" or even "kicked out". Its just a huge mystery. The random appearances of people with very little backstory, and just the sentence "they are close" or "they are friendly with each other" would satisfy as an explanation with 0 build up of any backstory. Then there is also the random parts where the author starts explaining something yet abruptly stops. And finally, the antagonists keeps... more>> saying he should keep a "low profile" which is apparently why they keep harassing him then chapter 16 says he has always been keeping a "low profile". I dont know if this is the author or just the translator that messed up but its quite annoying. Compared to other novels, it doesnt have that quality story telling that gets you hooked after the first few chapters. It feels like a grind just to get to the good parts of it. Note, these are just my first impression of the novel <<less
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balancekun rated it
November 20, 2015
Status: --
TGR is great... it is also part of Wuxiaworld so it is a safe bet if want to spend your time satisfactorily... As far as the story concern similar to BTTH at the same time better than BTTH... MC is powerful and know where he should use it and where he souldnt.... story progression kinda of slow but is is profund.... Especially current arc is speechless
Translation Pace -5-6 Episodes a week... so it is a safe bet unllike Ze tian ji
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Screed rated it
November 5, 2015
Status: --
Really good story and shows lot of promise. The MC is a typical genius who comes from a backwater state as in 'PEERLESS MARTIAL GOD' whose parents are also in the same condition ie... missing genius mother and sad, lonely father.
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Wife of Sovereign rated it
August 15, 2018
Status: --
I'd like to agree with Smooth Che.

This novel is promising but the power-building is... frustrating. With all those hard work and many things to get him at least twice as strong and won back the 'early start' that his rivals have when he got thrown out of that... survival event? yeah. He should at least be twice or thrice now. But then, the author decided to still keep him nerfed despite blessing him with those cheats. Frustrating.

The MC is decent. Only care for those who care back to him. Ruthless... more>> and was feared for his action back in that survival events. Since the start of story, he already has a damn badass title and arranged with a mortal enemies. Yup!

The romance is... the best out of all Xianxia LN, that have male protag, that I ever read. the way the main couple fell for each other is simply cute and swoon worthy, it straight up won my heart and stample of approvement.

This novel is decent, though I don't know what would happen in the 'far chapter" as I stopped reading this at 200 chps or so, because of personal problem irl. But this one deserve more chance. <<less
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bro_im_eternal2 rated it
April 28, 2018
Status: Completed
Well, it is enjoyable trash at times-just like btth and wdqk. The same routine repeated over and over. Damn, it is really hard to care for any of the characters in this novel, even the MC (the living and breathing plot armor) with his bloody absurd luck. In transcending the nine heavens, the mc's luck is atleast explained by him possessing the nine tribulations sword. Here none of that sh*t. The MC mentions he needs some super-rare-out-of-the-world herb or whatever and in the next few chapters he 'coincidentally' finds it.

well... more>> as I said its enjoyable trash like any third-rate xianxia.

well, I don't expect grasping evil or Ergen level xianxia everywhere but why don't these authors put a little more effort. Man aren't they earning money through this? So why f*cking not? <<less
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cutterline rated it
July 24, 2017
Status: Completed
TLDR; The novel had potential but plagued with inconsistencies and loopy settings. If you wished for an epic combination with 2 previous novels, WDQK & BTTH, be prepared to be disappointed. It's not epic, just decent and under delivered.

This novel had tons of potential, HAD. The novel is rushed. The author didn't even bother to write a decent plot but just put 'Get a treasure/skill' and 'Another skill upgraded/mastered' in the before/middle of a fight. BTTH and WDQK had a better storytelling than that. The author tried to create an... more>> interesting MC but he failed so bad due to his writing. Inconsistencies can be seen all over the places. Some of the 'oh-so-hyped' antagonists actually has shallow reasoning, even minor antagonist has more interesting reason than them. If you have read around the first 300 chapters, later on, you can see the pattern being looped over and over again.

Some of the things that pissed me off and wished it was better.

1. When MC met Lin Dong's daughter, she mentioned 'Uncle Tiger' but never ever appeared in the whole novel. Only the other brother appeared (If you have read WDQK)

2. Author mentioned only some of the previous novels children but only 2 of them appeared. Which one appeared? Can you guess it? Yes, the girls. The author could've made an interesting story with that and didn't. An awesome material was wasted.
3. Only mentioning the conclusion of why previous 2 novels MC became famous in this novel. Man, I kinda wish to read the detailed version instead of the time-wasting looped pattern

4. Nine Nether had a bloodline link with MC! Life and death of 2 person matters for each other but there is no conclusion in that relationship. The author just made it that MC helped Nine nether getting the ancient beast and the relationship doesn't need any further development. Previous 2 novels' MC had 2 wives. The author planned the same for this but didn't deliver.

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IEatPotatoes rated it
December 19, 2016
Status: c131
TGR starts off with an interesting concept that makes you want to know what happened to the main character. In my opinion, the hype sadly wasn't worth the wait in finding out. Despite this, the main character isn't a scumlord and doesn't somehow attract every person in existence.

Sadly, TGR does a lot of things decently, but nothing really stands out, which would normally make me give a series 4 stars. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars instead is because the foreshadowing is just awful. Foreshadowing is a great tool... more>> for a author to build some hype for the characters, but this series will literally tell you exactly what's going to happen before it happens! For instance, main character found x, main character is now at a bottleneck and can't comprehend x, suddenly main character needs a solution. That thing he found 20 chapters ago, x, is the solution! This happens quite frequently and just ruined the story for me. <<less
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VvvV1225 rated it
June 18, 2018
Status: c450
Pretty much follow the same pattern as BTTH and WDQK:

The MC is always fighting people with higher cultivation realm, repetitive with stupid antagonist and very little character development.

The main difference is the fact that the MC is loyal to love interest, even with the story somehow revolving around the LI, the development between them is kind of lackluster.

another thing to keep in mind, the author love describing women.
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freedom1x rated it
February 16, 2018
Status: c225
Got bored with this one because of the release. Maybe not much people wanted this one. I can see that, because not much is good about this story, a very typical power/level up novel.

Maybe the other readers knows better, and did not give too much attention in this one because they also found it a bit boring later.

The flaw is that the release is slow. I do not know when I stopped. But I think it is about a year now. And from where I am currently is versus the... more>> current translated are not that far from each other.

Story is forgettable. I have read some and also dropped some. But this one is so forgettable, I have to reread chapters again to remember what this story is about. <<less
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