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.

The Great Ruler average rating 4.1/5 - 463 user ratings
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Da Zhu Zai
The Great Dictator
Đại Chúa Tể
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New MondoX rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: c393
It is a decent read, but I began loosing interest in the middle of the academy arc. It was mostly focused on rankings and getting stronger, with no interesting plot. The only interesting part now, is the future conflict of mc’s girl, and how he will try solve it. I am dropping it, but will probably pick it up later.
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New duchuy613 rated it
November 15, 2017
Status: c60
Alright, I'll keep this review short.

I don't know what the author learned from BTTH and WDQK, but reading this novel is like picking up BTTH or WDQK half-way through.

The concept of the plot is interesting, but it can only be described as poor execution. You are thrown into the world at chapter 500 of a one-thousand-chapters-long novel. With no introduction of the setting, no character background, no explanation, NOTHING.

It feels like the author wrote a normal novel, then just delete the first half and call it a mystery. That's not... more>> how it's supposed to work. When I first started, it felt weird and unnatural, so much so that at chapter 10, I had to stop and check other sites to make sure I didn't miss something.

Now, the plot development. In BTTH and WDQK, the plots progress at a good pace at first, but as the story progress, fillers started to appear at around chapter 5xx or so. For TGR, fillers are there at the very beginning. For the first 50 chapters, almost 40 are full of fillers. The interactions between characters are limited to the MC bragging about how awesome he is after coming out of the spiritual road.

Remember how Yun Che interacted with his clan members and Yao Chen? How Lin Dong interacted with his family members as well as the Marten? Well, in TGR, the interaction between MC and his father include his father asking MC for advice, MC gives his father advice, and his father talking about how proud he is.

There are absolutely zero human feelings in the first 50 chapters.

I have read both BTTH and WDQK, and this novel is an absolute downgrade. The only reason I'm giving this 3 stars is because I haven't gotten too far in and there might be improvements later on. However, as of chapter 60, this novel barely qualify for 2 stars. <<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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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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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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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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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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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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Ji Ning
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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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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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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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 undelivered.

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 interesting... more>> 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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Datura rated it
July 26, 2017
Status: --
I already finished it on MTL, so... :
... more>>

The story is "okay" like another usual xianxia and wuxia novel, but what disappointed me the most is the final battle and the ending.

The story is rushed like "boom" become the top powerhouse in a critical moment (well not in a very critical moment, but quite critical as like they did in BTTH and WDQK where the MC secluded and come out to become the strongest).

The problem is not only that, in the end, there is no explanation for the other character (the most important one is nine nether, she is another important character like luo li but what the... she always accompanying MC from the weakest to the strongest and always help him by lending him power, even she really cared for MC. And author didn't even give her a chance to show up and just make a crappy ending where MC have a daughter with LL and that's it.)

And the Final battle is mixed with the ending like wtf? At least author can make extra chapter for the happy ending for a longer explanation as how the other character doing.

This novel have the lamest ending among the trilogy of BTTH WDQK TGR. To be honest even BTTH and WDQK have the most satisfying ending.

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DarthBlood rated it
March 24, 2017
Status: c188
I just finished ch188 out of 275 chapters released so far. I've noticed that up to where I've read, he has killed only one person, and it's an enemy that was so powerful that the lives of his family was threatened. Otherwise, dozens of his normal enemies constantly insult him, try to steal from him, or other things, and the worse that ever happens is that the MC beats them up.

And the thing is, the fight scenes suck. It's just a slug fest. I suppose that it should be applauded... more>> that a cultivation story like this doesn't involve death, but there's no excitement in the fights to make up for it. Baddie uses a move, MC dodges or counters it, baddie gets sent flying away spitting blood. And that's it.

The oddest thing is, even fights with super powerful spiritual beasts don't end in death, the minor nobodies just cough blood and get thrown away. BORING!

The one good thing is the relationship between the MC and his love interest. <<less
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