The Lord’s Empire

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“Ding! Soulbinding has been successfully completed; you will now head to the Heaven Awaken World.” After hearing this, Zhao Fu’s vision darkened as he fell to the ground.

With bleak prospects in the real world, Zhao Fu’s life is turned around when countless crystals fell from the sky one night, which people could use to enter an alternate, game-like world. After obtaining an ancient Chinese empire’s legacy, Zhao Fu uses his intellect and resourcefulness to develop his own empire from a tiny village. However, with enemies both in the real world and in the Heaven Awaken World, he must make brilliant decisions and use creative schemes to survive.

The Lord’s Empire average rating 4.3/5 - 178 user ratings
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TLE
领主之兵伐天下
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Haxk
New Haxk rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: c75
There's not much of a story here. It's like the author starts a free-write for every chapter. He can't seem to decide if he want's a transmigration novel or a VR novel and oscillates between the two.

Overall, it's another fast food novel. If you are in the mood for pointless levels/growth, you may enjoy it for a day or two.

You'll probably stop due to one of the below:

-Poorly, or even no explanation, for how stats/cultivation/equipment/legacies/etc work. It's like the author decided to throw together every hodgepodge of popular lite novels... more>> at the time and see if it would stick.

-Knowledge that springs from nowhere and has no source (This is perhaps just incredibly poorly worded/written by the author, but the MC has numerous cases where he starts in the first person and then begins just rattling off completely new concepts/stats he has no information source i.e. No user interface, no special beings, not introduction)

-The blatant and creepy Chinese nationalism that seems to infect so many novels also rears it's head here.

-Flipping of character personalities/interests on a dime. This links to the start of the review. It's fairly common for a character to flip a switch and is now completely different, or something the author spent a chapter trying to highlight is suddenly throw out the window.

I'd say 2-3 stars at the moment.

Changed to 1 star as as read further, novel is dropped. <<less
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Panda-Kun
New Panda-Kun rated it
April 20, 2018
Status: c99
It is so bland.

It seems to be an almost perfect copy of The World Online (https://www. novelupdates. com/series/the-world-online/). I also feel as though the entire novel has no action...

The MC is OP... There I just summed up literally everything that happened thus far.

... more>> Characters are so 2D I feel as though they barely made it past the 1D mark.

The universe isn't explained well and the system is confusing as heck.

The TL does an AMAZING job though.

The plot is slow at the start, then suddenly he becomes the most powerful person in less than 20 chapters...

Basically, it's a good book to read when you are just trying to fill your boredom, but if you expect a story as detailed out as novels like The World Online, or Shura's Wrath (The first books that came to mind, nothing particular about them in relation to this book) look elsewhere. <<less
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drollawake
drollawake rated it
March 19, 2018
Status: c50
The poor man's The World Online.

Both are base-building game system novels with relatively simple main plots of getting strong enough to defeat the antagonist. However, The Lord's Empire seems plain in comparison and is much less engaging.

It's main flaw is being very unfocused. The process of conquering and getting loot feels haphazard and very much like going through the motions because there's not enough world-building and explanation of the game mechanics. The system isn't relevant until it is, so there seems to no sense of how valuable his spoils are... more>> or how optimal his actions are. While some novels make the MC seem powerful with so much praising and face-slapping filler that the pacing is ruined, this novel takes it to the other extreme and fails to evoke the excitement that any good power fantasy novel needs.

Unlike the The World Online, we don't really know the MC's long terms plans besides growing the village for now. What is he prioritising now with his limited resources and why is that important? Each time he gets something new, it seems very underwhelming because we don't know enough about the game mechanics to know why it matters. When he decides on a course of action, we aren't told about alternatives that he has to sacrifice and why his choice will get him past the competition. As a result, the direction of the novel is not very clear and there isn't much of a sense of progress.

There's a good reason why most game system novels use time travel as a crutch; it's hard to be the best when you're playing a game for the first time unless you have the intelligence and/or personality that's extreme enough for it, like say Weed. But we see so little of the MC's thought process and get so little to compare with his accomplishments and loot that it's hard to believe that this MC truly has the chops for conquering the world. Even the advantage of his inheritance fails to inspire much confidence.

In contrast, The World Online takes advantage of its time travel setting to set up things to expect and explain how the MC's decisions relate to the broader world. The MC's knowledge also lets us know that yes, this weapon he got is not only super rare but allowed its previous owner to steamroll others. That kind of goal setting and comparison is much better at keeping the readers interested. <<less
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Modlawls123
Modlawls123 rated it
March 19, 2018
Status: c106
Hello, this is Modlawls123, the editor for TLE. I've worked with Mr Voltaire on Shura's Wrath, and I'm glad to be able to work with him again on TLE. TLE is interesting to me because of the nation-building and historical aspects. I've always been a sucker for Civilization and Total War games, so a novel like TLE was right up my alley. The references to ancient civilizations and empires are compelling, and the nation-building is just like in Civilization. The MC of TLE to me is what I wished the... more>> MC of Shura's Wrath would have been like. Unlike the MC of Shura's Wrath, the MC of TLE is logical, and he doesn't let his emotions govern him. All in all, if you want an intelligent MC and a nation-building setting, read TLE. <<less
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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
March 20, 2018
Status: c5
I was only able to read until chapter 5 before I had to drop the novel. That's kind of unusual for me because I usually try to stick up to the double digit chapter count before judging anything, and at least up to chapter 100 before I put in a review. But I couldn't help it... I don't know if it's just a translation issue, but everything seems so bland. World building details are glossed over in favor of numerical / game related data. It indicates either laziness or lack... more>> of ability in the author's part to properly describe events - you get the definite feeling that you'd be bombarded with arbitrary numbers and ratings further on instead of any meaningful story.

Also, with the way that it's initially set up (right at the start, MC gets a SSS rated military general, a SS minister, and 2 S level producers and a S level healer), you know that there'd be little to no tension in the conflicts the MC would have. This is in a world where people are rated from SSS to F. F!!!! Any issue that the MC would have would need to be incredibly contrived for him to work up a sweat. Also, if he's that high powered from the start, what ridiculous heights would things have to go to to support 1k plus chapters of progress? <<less
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freezray
freezray rated it
March 27, 2018
Status: c52
Cool Story so far its a lot more laid back in the way everything happens. I actually like that change of pace for once most Chinese novels tend to overexplain even minor details like how the MC acquired a rare plant even though later on it will be pretty much useless. Also, I saw a virtual reality tag and even someone comparing this to another virtual reality novel. Which confused me because this isn't virtual reality the MCs soul is transported to another world he's just able to return to... more>> the real world at will.

All in all, if you're into the Tolkien style of having a profound background for every blade of grass then this story is probably not be for you. Also if you like the grandiose style of some authors were every action is profound and mysterious then this novel is not for you. <<less
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Valtize
Valtize rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: c1
Havn't read much to write a proper review, but it's one of the few chinese Base/Kingdom building Novels, hence im partial towards it. I've been looking for such novels for a looooong time, and this one is pretty decent. It does have a feeling of slightly less tension due to the start (overpowered subordinates, etc), but its still pretty nice if you are looking for a good kingdom builder. I'll probably hold off till chapter 100 or so before I read further, just so I don't get caught in any... more>> cliffhangers. <<less
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LoneSoul
LoneSoul rated it
March 29, 2018
Status: c55
Too simple. Does not really engage you into the story. MC is potrayed as a cold, intelligent and sharp person but... to be honest it is only the coldness that is seen. His character is too flat. ... more>>
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And what the hell is the problem with Li family? It's like they have no brain or just low IQ. MC's little brother... wants to kill him to the way of his glory? Isn't their places are far from one another... the heaven way world is huge right?

What is the most important point in my mind is, why in the world heaven world details is almost immediately known and shared? It is something that is unexpected right? So suddenly having this detail and that detail posted in the forum? Basing it on the China lands immediately? What in the world man. The story flow is dissonant as well. Like jump to this point without any reason or background. God, I never even criticize other stories that I have read as much as this since while some of the characters are assholes in their stories, at the very least the story of those characters has better flow and does not make me think of what, how, why. They just let me read without thinking of the logic which is the point of me reading novels! I don't want to think of the logic, I just want to enjoy the story. They never get me to this point.

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Honestly when I read the synopsis, I thought it was not so bad. Typical transmigration with game elements... but... ugh

Fail.

Utter failure.

It's like you want to make similar story like 'the world online' only to fall so far below the mark it is not funny. Sigh, I apologize author and translator, but I don't think I can read this more... and sorry to have been so harsh but I am utterly disappointed. The kingdom building I seek is just... not there. <<less
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float99
float99 rated it
April 7, 2018
Status: c74
Extremely slow start and pacing. The writing is pretty terrible, in that there is no way to understand the viewpoint of the protaganist. MC is put into the world, immediately understands how it works, and just starts doing things. No justification, reasoning, emotional viewpoints, nothing; MC just does things.

Imagine watching a twitch stream of a player who does not talk, plays an MMO you don't know anything about, and is immediately doing the most efficient way to level. It just feels like a long, boring set-up for the "end-game".

Most interesting... more>> parts are what happens outside of the game world, which are very few and far between chapters. <<less
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sal
sal rated it
March 30, 2018
Status: c58
If you like kingdom building and weak MC then you will love this story. The story is different from the rest as it is based on the real world but the fantasy world is in another dimension (Not virtual reality).
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ArmedandHammered
ArmedandHammered rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: c43
Enjoyable, as stated not quite as in depth as The World Online, but I like the fact that the author does not go into extreme depth, just providing the exposition when it is needed. I like the fact that the MC is integrating the different races into his empire, I wonder how many other empires would be willing to do the same?
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mmmmmmccc
mmmmmmccc rated it
March 26, 2018
Status: --
Great novel, hooked me immediately and read through a fair chunk of what has been translated in one sitting. There is a great steady progression and the themes and motifs that have been portrayed are well developed as the plot progresses and definitely shows the authors commitment and skills.
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Bangobombz
Bangobombz rated it
March 21, 2018
Status: c40
Read through this in one go... it has a slow start and as some of the other people who reviewed said not much interesting stuff yet what keeps me reading or interested is how everything will play out... there is much room for improvement and much room for many exciting things to happen... the system... how the MC will expand and improve... how will the cultures and heroes/influential figures of said cultures interact...

Kinda similar to World Online in the sense of historic characters meeting each other and competing... but it... more>> manages to distinguish itself by adding every culture... epic levels of conquest on a grand scale... pharaohs, holy crusaders, knights of the round table, magicians, necromancy and all the other cultures... to me that sounds grand and exciting and I'll wait and see how everything turns out <<less
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iWulf
iWulf rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: c81
great series thus far. Hopefully the harem aspect does not become too insane. Looking forward to the continuing quality translation.
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Goibinu
Goibinu rated it
April 16, 2018
Status: c80
It has some city building elements, but the way the author wrote it makes it a minor point. It only mentions the village level, and then how he goes around adding more sub villages through capture. Novel feels more like a fighting novel where instead of having a small core group MC goes around with a big army capturing villages. A major issue I have with novel is that MC magically knows all about the game mechanics without any explanation of what is going on to reader. The thing that... more>> I love about city building novels like The World Online is that the decision process is explained at least enough for reader to connect the dots. <<less
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