The Human Emperor


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Forcefully brought over from the modern world to an alternate world, Wang Chong felt detached and lived his life aimlessly.

However, when calamity struck and he saw his family and everything he cared for being torn apart, he felt regret.

Thus, he stood up and eventually became the Grand Marshal of the Central Plains, leading an army against those who seek to destroy all he cherished.

Yet, despite all his efforts, it was already too late to reverse destiny.

But before his death, a shooting star, the same one which brought him to this world, appeared before him, and he was given another chance to undo his regrets.

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Nhân Hoàng Kỷ
Records of the Human Emperor
Ren Huang Ji
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ziki rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: c639
I will keep this review short. This novel has many flaws but it's good point overvalue it's flaws.

By that I mean that even if there are some bad parts in the novel I dislike, the majority of the novel is great so that I can overlook it's shortcomings.

Also the one part that stands out compared to all other novels on this website is that as the time goes one the story gets better and better. It doesn't follow a straight line but at the very least the most recent and... more>> longest arc that just finished is without the doubt the best arc of the novel so far, the second best arc happens somewhere in the middle of so far translated chapters.

This is a great plus because most novels here have strong opening and eventually turn worse and worse as the time goes. Here however, I won't say that opening is bad, but rather, as long as someone enjoyed the first part then the rest of the novel will be enjoyable to them as well. (well most of it at least, there are some flaws as well, and there is one short arc that is so terrible that I nearly gave up on this novel, but good thing I stayed around)

To not end this review too positively though. My review is up to chapter 639... as for how the story develops in the future, only time will tell. <<less
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darthpsykoz rated it
January 21, 2018
Status: c280
I really like this novel, several other reviewers have disliked this novel because it has a lot of politics, no romance etc. (Be warned). Also, if you are here for a typical reincarnation = op story, you will be disappointed. The MC uses his reincarnation to gradually become stronger but his power level is still weak although he has managed to win the respect of several strong people using his brains/strategy + knowledge of the future. His main regret in his past life was that his country/family were all lost... more>> so expect the MC to be working towards saving it and not being a selfish a***ole who just tries to get power for himself. Overall I like the pacing of the story, the MC, and the translation so I am giving it 5 stars. <<less
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Mendish rated it
January 13, 2018
Status: c269
This one is definitely a gem!Many ppl have reviewed that it is slow, which is the reason for lower ratings n dropping this novel... but we need to understand that we are reading translations here! Not to mention that the novel is still ongoing. Imagine reading harry potter or any other lengthy novel Chapter wise over a span of days/months/years! Of course it is not as enjoyable as reading it all together whenever we want. It will also seem more boring even though it's not.
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President_Lincoln rated it
January 9, 2018
Status: c266
My initial rating of this novel up to chapter 100 had been a 3/5. However, The Human Emperor exceeds itself in providing a more dynamic, developed plot as the chapters progress. The training camp arc marks the turning point, as characters are actively fleshed out while an active antagonist reveals himself as both formidable and believable.

It is true that the MC shows the typical OP development that is common in the genre, but again, these improvements move beyond mere happenstance into the realm of realistic growth in face of a... more>> story displaying a wealth of adversity and genius. It is easy to be convinced by the circumstances revolving around the Tang empire's potential downfall. This allows for the MC to shine whereas before there existed a distinct lack of purpose to the novel. Finally. There is a drive for plot development to follow, and I have enjoyed watching the progress made.

Needless to say, the wait has been worthwhile. I fully intend to follow the growth of this story, and I recommend bearing with the average beginnings to this novel as The Human Emperor grows into its own unique body.

Thus, I bestow upon this novel a presidential seal of approval! Huzzah, I say! <<less
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Daoist LastWish rated it
January 8, 2018
Status: c265
A mildly interesting novel, on the same level as History's Strongest Senior Brother. It would be even more interesting if it didn't suffer with 'the main character is the greatest, even the universe bends to his wishes' syndrome that infects the Xuanhuan genre of novels.

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Like most Xuanhuan, the MC is literally a GOD, he is great in everything - Business, Cultivation, Spying, etc. The Uniqueness of this novel lies in the fact that the novels takes a lot from the Chinese History, and chronicles the political intrigue a bit.

Unlike trashy novels like WDQK/ED/ATG, the MC has a mind and is respectful towards the seniors whose hard work has led to the prosperity of their country.

MC is not a re**** and doesn't senselessly slaughter people.

Sadly, the plot armor on the MC is so thick, that every time I read the Weng! Sound effect, I am reminded of the MC's surname, Wang! It is a pity, because the quality of writing is truly a huge bit above WDQK/ED/ATG etc., it is the plot that is lacking.


If you are starting to find novels like Emperor's Domination, Renegade Immortal, WDQK etc., mind numbingly boring, and are ready for a step up, try The Human Emperor.

Those looking for the best novels currently being translated should try: Ze Tian Ji (Way of Choices), Death Sutra, The Nine Cauldrons, When a Mage Revolts, or A Will Eternal. <<less
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Ginko rated it
January 7, 2018
Status: c303
Real Score: 4.2

An emerging gem.
Positive - A reincarnation story about a struggle to change history, rather than just one's' own life.
Positive - The MC is cunning and likable.

Negative- is that the author constantly tries to pump up the MC to the point it's annoying. Also, lack of strong female presences.

Negative- pacing is slow sometimes. I kid you not.... Later you'll get an entire chapter worth of explanation, when 4 lines of dialogue could've done more. Author tries to expozay every past detail of a... more>> world that no longer exist...


Plus - The MC isn't a hotblooded idiot, nor is there a constant revenge/big brother here. Starts off with a 'why would you go about it that way?!' sort of feel, but redeems itself quickly.


Would recommend if you got the time <<less
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Solitude rated it
December 18, 2017
Status: c200
A better than average story. The concept was good; MC chooses to reject the new world at first in but changed after seeing his new family's downfall. But it was executed poorly and seemed more of an info dump rather than being a well-integrated part of a flowing story.

One of the fellow reviewers complained about MC not being selfish after given a second chance. Is there really something wrong with that? The reason he changed in the first place was for his family. He is kind-hearted, and we see that... more>> throughout the story. He doesn't have grand ambitions of ruling the world; he is just a simple man who wishes the best for his family, and I'm good with that.

Then there is the matter of the consort. It's clearly being implied that MC knows there is a backstory behind the whole ordeal. The reason he felt admiration for the king is as stated- the latter brought unprecedented prosperity to the kingdom and his cultivation.

Now let's move on to pros and cons:


1. A good engaging plot with its main focus split between political struggle within the kingdom and MC preparing for an upcoming war which only he knows is about to happen.

2. A good crew of side characters with some real depth.

3. A kind MC with a simple goal which one can empathize with.


1. Plot armor too strong, which leaves the MC himself lackluster.

2. A lot of padding, not close to the level of TMW, but still annoying.

3. The MC becomes way too OP (in terms of influence, not cultivation) for a fifteen-year-old. Even though the author took his time and showed his growth at a steady pace, it still seems a bit too ridiculous. I know a lot of other novels do this as well, but it bugs me a lot in this one, and the reason is simple; the world and the characters are not one dimensional. They have their own thoughts, personalities, and aims. That's why it feels so weird that nobody harbors any doubts regarding MC given his young age and accomplishments in several independent fields.

All in all, a good read with a lot of potential. <<less
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ej0522 rated it
November 1, 2017
Status: c600
There are a lot of Reincarnation/going-back-to-the-past novels but very few of them can be up to par with this one. The MC is likeable as well as the side characters. The MC is not arrogant, smart and lay his plans step by step. He needs a lot of people to help him fulfill his goals and work well with these people. Many of the characters introduced in the earlier chapters are still relevant in the late chapters. One of the things I find appealing in this novel the most is... more>> the fact that it is not a harem type novel where female characters introduced will only serve as a fodder to fulfill the "manliness" side of the MC. In fact, there is no romance interest for the MC at this point - (I'm just reading MTL chapters so I might have missed it if there is.) - which is one of the downside of the novel since I personally like novels with a tinge of romance in it.

It's quite refreshing for a chinese novel where lines such as "courting death", "die", "you trash", "vomitted blood" cannot be seen in every chapter. Antagonists are smart, cunning and ruthless. The MC is verging to the tier of being OP but not godlike - he can be injured as there are a lot of people who are stronger than him.

The setting is medieval China so the society and world building is easy to imagine, in fact, when he builds a city or when a battle takes place, one can almost pinpoint where it happens on the map.

If you're looking for a cultivation system where the MC gains leaps and bounds in a 100 chapters, this one is not for you. There is cultivation in the novel but it is not the main focus. The novel is about an MC going back to the past and save the empire from destruction. So you can expect building an army with his friends serving as generals, building cities with in a strategic location, protecting his clan against being framed by other clans, court schemes and intrigues....

Kudos to the author who wrote this novel. Hoping that he can maintain it till the story ends. <<less
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0000000 rated it
October 31, 2017
Status: c782
Gave this series a 4* because the action is enough to make a simple man feel excited about armies, war, and some other manly sh*t. Please do not expect any growth in any characters, for now I seriously seen non, except for the 5th Prince (from spineless to arrogant, never give power to the weak). Girls start gathering around MC and try to claim him as theirs, MC hailed as genius thanks to being a transcender as usual, author is a sad*** by repeatingly flipping the tides of war like... more>> a flipping bastard. This is a very typical xianxia, so do get used to no logic. Also, this story is quite political, in case you did not noticed 大唐 as China, with representatives as India, mix of Korea and Japan, Mongolia and Europe.

Title is also misleading, MC currently tries to push 5th prince up the throne. MC himself is very far from being a monarch. He needs a lesson from Roan in I am the Monarch. <<less
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Bib rated it
October 2, 2017
Status: c203
This is a great story. The plot not only centers around cultivation but also on political schemes, war strategems and the building of influence and power of the MC. It's intriguing to know how much the MC can change his destiny and future. Definitely a good read for second chance novels without the MC being crazy on revenge and stuff unlike other similar novels. The story's got so many feels. 5/5 stars!
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HaxersDoom rated it
September 26, 2017
Status: c165
As of chapter 165 I am feeling more and more that this book is actually based off the current situation of the world as of 2016, with the Hu being Islamic people, and the Han being Americans or others, I could only think of Americans right now, as their situation is the only one I have any idea about.

I say this because it brings forth the topic of the Han sympathizing with their enemies over their allies, even if it will eventually bring about their own destruction, and the most... more>> dissatisfaction is not directed at the Hu but their allies that sympathize with the Hu.

As for the story, it is decent but if you are bothered by it reminding you of political matters I suggest your don't read it.

Of course I might be wrong and it might not have anything to do with reality, but I feel it is likely since it definitely reminds me of the problems the world is currently undergoing. <<less
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introparadox rated it
June 18, 2017
Status: c116
A decent story of 4 inside a lot of procrastination witch makes 3, it manifest in many ways like saying the obvious or the unnecessary, and repetitions, even a system notification of me learning the advanced "skipping skill" finally appeared.

the story is forking fast introducing many character along with the unnecessary dumping that I mentioned makes it pace too slow, yet it's acceptable if you deploy some skip&skim, though the problem is the shortness of chapters but the rate of translation composite for it.

the author seems ridiculous a lot of... more>> times when it relates to money, a lot of times he contradict himself or commen sense. And sometimes characters stupid decisions in other aspects.


for example his monthly allowance as a young master is only a few silvers and his hole clan wealth is 1000 gold, yet when he demand a favor from his little sister she asks for a payment of 100 gold, then 200 gold when he accepted and even threaded him if he refuse, witch is supposedly a funny thing, hell no it's an angering ridiculous bullsh*t, I'm not sucking on my thumb


there is sometimes a mix of related events that you don't know witch precedes witch, it didn't affect much the story though it's annoying as you lose track of time, but you eventually back on track after the hole event pass. <<less
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Hitexh rated it
March 30, 2017
Status: c200
c32: The MC is smarter than most time leapers.... So I think if you like second chance story, this should be the one of best. Anyway, we do need more chapters...

c200: the story is not linear, MC solve every weakness of its clan (relation, and money) and kingdom (from weapon, politic, policy, army, agriculture). this is the very reason, why it will keep getting interesting because other than getting stronger, MC got more subordinate and supporter. Especially at around c150, the story suddenly got into its hype.

All right, the bad... more>> things are:

1. Money. The MC expenditure is higher than its income. Please just imagine that MC is filty rich, and ignore those number, then it will be allright.

2. Time. The MC spend many months for each problem solving, but his age still 15. So just consider he is around 15-18, then it will be all right.

3. Poem. The MC poem is the best, but what you actuallt read are 40 words poem of craps. So just consider the poem is godly, then it will be allright.

4. Typos. Well, the MC demand to trade the right of smithing to become a shareholder, but it wrote in as stakeholder. It make me laugh. Please ignore it and should be allright.

5. The MC is smarter than anyone, but cant smarter than the emperor.


In the late arc, the MC submit memorial to emperor, in order to decline Hu talent policy, but he suddenly become stupid to forget giving solution to this problem, and instead promote about banknotes. A different topic. This policy is easily solve by emperor by tweaking a bit of its content, to give credit for emperor as smartest. The one who usually can do anything without reason in consort problem and lead kingdom to destruction. If you can ignore the inconsistency of character building here, it will be all right.

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Pachia rated it
March 7, 2017
Status: c208
I have great hope for this novel. And want to read more chapter! Since I don't know how to read raw.

Wang Chong takes time proving his worth but at the end it is worth it. And the novel has a nice pacing.


Especially amazing how he can makes other people move for him. For example when he was sent to jail, many big general threatened others to not excute him.

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DekuHero rated it
August 19, 2019
Status: --
I liked the story a bit but I started noticing that the females in this story were just not likeable the more and more I read.

In the early chapters his sisters and mom are so much more powerful than him. His mom is constantly telling his father to be quiet when he's trying to discipline or talk with the kids. His sisters basically man handled him all the time, but I ignored this and thought it was because he was very weak and also trying to act like his old... more>> beta self. I noticed the more I read the women just got more powerful and arrogant while the MC is always scared of them while sweating due to the fear. The person who wrote this is probably a Masochist that likes the thought of women using his balls as a punching bag.

Just not my cup of tea and I wish I would have known this before reading and that is why I'm writing a review trying to save those from reading it that don't like this type of crap. The whole reason I read Chinese stories over japanese stories is because they are typically more manly and don't do pathetic sh*t. <<less
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SaintxMeow rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c777
An interesting novel based heavily on existing historical data with a creative license to spice things up, However it is a little lacking and feels very monotonous to read. 4/5
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Kamemono rated it
February 19, 2019
Status: --
One of the best novels I have read till date. Very engaging and immersive. If you enjoy reading about Chinese culture and war strategy, this is the novel for you.
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HelluvaReader rated it
October 6, 2018
Status: c120
Pretty good story, except the only bad thing in my opinion is the overpowered empowerment of female characters. Almost all the female characters are annoying, overpowered thugs.

People complaining about the author merging some other stories should read more chapters. The story has some unique stuff compared to the bland reincarnation stories we get.

I rate it a 3/5.
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jukeblox rated it
March 20, 2018
Status: c334
This is a fantastic novel for people that are into smart mcs, scheming and political games. The world building and progression of the novel is wonderful. The author knows his strengths and weaknesses; he is not particularly adept at writing about war (there haven't been any major ones yet) and knowingly avoids trying to bs the readers. Simply wonderful novel.
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Dandylion rated it
January 5, 2018
Status: c260
It is a really interesting series where the main character crosses to another world and then becomes a great commander, however fails to save the world. Destiny gives him another chance and the story follows his training, and the battles both physical, economic and psychological that he participates in to ensure that he will win this war a the second time.
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