The Nine Cauldrons


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Emperor Zi Yu used 5 strikes of his axe to split mountains and unify everyone underneath the heavens. He partitioned the land into 9 areas, thus establishing the Nine Cauldrons which eventually became known as the 9 prefectures.

When Emperor Zi Yu died, disputes unceasingly arose

One thousand years later, a once in a generation genius, Heavenly Emperor of Qin Mountains was born. Able to split a one hundred meter river, equipped with his peerless martial prowess, he finally united the land under the heavens. However, when Heavenly Emperor of Qin Mountains died, chaos once again shrouded the land. Another one thousand years passed and no one was able to consolidate the nation.

From contemporary society, great Chinese Martial Artist Teng Qingshan, unexpectedly arrived into this world.

The Nine Cauldrons average rating 4.1/5 - 485 user ratings
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Jiǔ Dǐng Jì
The Nine Tripod Cauldrons
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Daoist LastWish
New Daoist LastWish rated it
December 1, 2017
Status: c418
This is the best IET novel so far. It is better then even Coiling Dragon. Coiling Dragon has great world building but in terms of story telling, it cannot compare to The Nine Cauldrons.

The Nine Cauldrons is well written, has all the hallmarks of a good Xianxia and has none of the time wasting fillers. Simple, well written, direct. If you read novels like True Marital World, Immortal Mortal, SOTR, or any of IET's other novels, then give do The Nine Cauldrons a try.

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Teng Qingshan, is, like the heroes of all Xianxia novels, a hardworking genius. Like all the IET's heroes, he is a cultivation machine with superhuman strength and great dao comprehension. He is also a completely bland generic hero character, but that's how it is with IET.

There is a full supporting cast, including the Master whom the genius MC quickly outshines, parents, and a love interest. Different from other Xianxia novels, this one actually has reasonably well written tender scenes between the MC and his love interest.

Compared to the retarded enemies of the most Xianxia, the enemies here are much smarter. The generic spoiled young master makes more than one appearance (and gets killed quite quickly).

All in all, a relatively well written Xianxia. I would rate it a 4, but a lot of low quality crap (such as ATG, ED etc) have scores above 4 in novelupdates, so I am rating it higher to give this a little push.

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riida rated it
April 9, 2016
Status: v2c53
Oh am I disappointed...

At first tomatoes writes a whole first book about the protagonist’s previous life, showing his character, values and motivation. Showcasing the emotional suffering he went through, which made him the person he became.

Then, in the second book, protagonist betrays his former self because he “lives in a new environment and has a family now” and acts like a completely different person, making the first book WORTHLESS, except the information that he learned a legendary technique during his former life.

Now, the reason why I just can’t take... more>> this anymore:

->protagonist knows the pain of the woman he loves being killed by his enemies
->his cousin is about to marry
->his cousin is described as completely in love, wanting to spend his life with only one woman
->his girl was kidnapped by bandits one hour ago
->protagonist is stronger than bandits, able to quickly catch up, while his cousin is weaker
->he, a former stealthy assassin, drags his cousin with him, even though it slows him down
->they arrive at bandit camp late at night (best time for stealthy assassinations by a top professional, who's great at using PROJECTILES!!! such as stones)
->knowing that those kidnapped girls will be “most probably raped and killed”, they decide to WAIT and do NOTHING because the bandits would know his face (next chapter reveals his ability to change his appearence.....)
->they find the girls’ corpses, cousin suffers a similar experience as protagonist has in previous life
->protagonist thinks: eeh, it’s just a chick, "I wouldn’t risk my cousin’s life for a random person”
->a bit later, the same group of bandits responsible for kidnapping+rape appear at their doorstep
->protagonist (who is strong enough to kill ALL of them) and cousin calmly talk to them like nothing happened
tomatoes is either retarded, or writes incoherent jibberish just to make people angry...


stopped reading after v2c53 preview <<less
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CoCayn rated it
April 11, 2016
Status: --
Answer to the review below:

I am wondering if he even read the novel properly.

In the first book it was established that he is not a cold person, since he sacrificed everything for his brother. From this we can see that he is a family person and it continues to be in the second book. His method of solving problems is still the same as his previous life, how was the first book worthless? Maybe my previous reviewer like reading brainless novels that are more straight forward.

Here the replies to his... more>> other accusations:


-> The author explain in great details and with logic why the MC didn’t just storm into an army of 6000 thousand men for a woman he never met before. Instead of being clouded by emotions, he considered his village and family’s situation first.

->protagonist thinks: “eeh, it’s just a chick, I wouldn’t risk my cousin’s life for a random person” No idea where he read that, maybe continuing the story from his on imagination.

-> The MC is not strong enough to kill 6000 men and only killed the bosses by stealth. Don’t know where he got that idea that the MC could kill everyone either.

As for IET’s writing style, it is quite normal to have a bit of drama in a good novel where the MC doesn’t have a 3m thick plot armor. Either you just need to grow up to read a mature novel or only read the same kind of brainless novel with thick plot armor.

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BlinkToThePast rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c113
So far I'm enjoying this novel nearly as much as I'm enjoying DE and I enjoyed early CD.

This tells the story of a reincarnated super-assassin from a world with declining Qi powers. This means that the cultivators of his original time had to get creative in how they powered themselves up. This gives him an initial advantage when he is inevitably reincarnated elsewhere.

This novel has one of the best pre-reincarnation prequels I have seen in a CN. It takes time to build the MC's character before the transition so... more>> you have a pretty good grasp of him and his abilities in the new world. IET also does a great job on the emotional depth in this part.

This is one of the more grounded IET novels (so far) in terms of abilities and power progression. So far the combat has had a very skills based wuxia/ martial arts feel rather than energy beams and elemental powers. This is a nice shift for IET. I guess he was trying something new. We also get to see the MC utilising his assassin skills, so those aren't forgotten.

The Tag says Romance but so far the 2/3 romantic interests mentioned or shown have fallen flat in terms of holding my interest. The second had a chance but plot progression interfered. Given how IET handles romance I'm not holding my breath for anything magnificent. However, outside romance, he is doing a better job with semi-important side characters. They have a lot more sustained characterisation so far. You feel how much the MC cares for his new family for example which in turn makes you care for them as well, this growing affection he has is especially important given his past.

All in all, if you like the initial periods of IET novels you'll probably like this one. Plus the MC uses a spear which is different, sword cultivators are a dime a dozen nowadays. <<less
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makenai89 rated it
March 9, 2016
Status: v2c28
I’ve previously read this till v2 ch28 when the translation was done by Wuxia Translation, but just now decided to write this review to celebrate the fact that Gravity picked it up ^^

Among the translated I Eat Tomatoes’ novels, personally I like The Nine Cauldrons the most. Its plot armor is relatively thin, and there are plenty background explored, so we are able to gain better understanding about the MC character and circumstances. The things that happened on the plot was narrated properly as if they occured naturally or for... more>> certain reasons, not coming out of the blue just to make the MC overpowered, for wish fulfillment, or such. The pace is also quite satisfying and balanced. All in all, worthy of 5 stars rating.

I’m not sure how the story beyond v2 ch28 will go, but it’s clear that there’s huge potentials. <<less
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alexelielchain rated it
July 4, 2016
Status: c179
IET is the best xianxia novel author for me. Same as his desolate era, stellar transformation, swallowed star, etc...

The nine cauldrons also have deep character build up. The romance, fight and interactions with MC is not written in a mindless plot just for killing villains. Unlike cheap MC harem seeking characters in other novel, IET always have mature and tranquil plot with his romance. The competitions and fight is really an exciting one. Can't help to read more chap!
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Centennial rated it
August 9, 2016
Status: c201
I enjoyed it at the beginning. I was like, yay!, a new genre of martial arts without op stuff. After chapter 120, it was feeling more like a chore because he is so amazing and awesome and no matter the troubles he'll get through them. But, again, plot armour strikes twice! Twice, I tell you, twice! Without warning, I fell off my seat in anger. Then, I hear rumors around 199 that something changed, after the armour earlier. I was like, is it gone? Am I safe? But NO! I... more>> was not ready! Chapter 201 strikes, and how did he do it! Plot Armour, the godly thing appears again! I can respect the power of Plot Armour, because it has saved EVERY SINGLE SIDE CHARACTER in the book! It had superpowers! I decide then and there that I do not want to have a heart attack at such a young age from the [Rebound] powers of Plot Armour, and I leave, never to be seen again on this thread.

On a side note, I enjoyed very much the prologue and the Power of the Rocks. Tm. That's why it gets two stars. Toodles. <<less
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KingCahir rated it
May 24, 2016
Status: c129
Oh wow where should I start........ First this is not a store for closed minded people and people who do not appreciate good store tell. First you do not start off in the new world right away and on Earth for the 1st book. This is very important because we get to know the MC in more depth and not over time when the store is going. We get to know his powers and why he does thing different in the new world and not goes along with the norm.... more>> If you have read any of IET work before then you know family is going to play a big role in to this and that the MC does thing is a more rational way and not on emotion. <<less
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craBebe rated it
May 17, 2016
Status: c117
If you've ever read anything by IET then you know what you're getting into. This is equivalent to his previous work and perhaps one of his more interesting reads given that his MC is a bit more complex than the typical "hard-working youth" of his previous books (CD, ST, DE).

A fun read so far and I have no doubt that IET will continue to deliver a fantastic read, the guy can really do no wrong in my eyes.
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Smooth Che
Smooth Che rated it
January 15, 2016
Status: --

Like "A step into the Past", the author decided to kill his waifus. I don't know if you can deal with this, but I don't enjoy seeing a lovely relationship slowly building up and then seeing her die tragically. Not only one love interest but two die this way, this definitely deserves a tragedy tag

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HesheFell rated it
February 12, 2016
Status: --

Only one love interest dies so I don't understand what the other reviewer is talking about. The second love interest doesn't die. Maybe he is talking about the fact that he MC had a wife who died before start of the story but that doesn't count as a love interest IN THE STORY.


I scraped through the MT of this book a couple of months ago and it was so good, I finished it. This is a huge feat in the world of horrendous MT but it is such an enjoyable read, I couldn't stop. 5* Though honestly, IET didn't have to end it where he did. It is a rare case of actually having more exploration possible at the end of a xianxia webnovel. Hope someone picks this up soon. I wanna read in English!
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Raine rated it
November 21, 2015
Status: --
After reading the whole novel, I must say its one of IET best work, the Journey is extremely satisfying. The only Downside is that cliffhanger ending, IET just decided to end the novel when the ending is actually the beginning, after the ending it just leaves you really empty and wanting for more. : ( ( ((, I sure hope he decides to do a sequel.
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TheDarkness rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: --
The entire first book is before he reincarnates,

However it contains heavy foreshadowing towards the path of cultivation the MC takes in his next life. As well as builds on the experiences of his previous life. It is essential a long prologue that is somewhat essential to the plot. Whilst I have not read the second book yet, I have read previous works from this author. And I have got to say, most people don't give him enough credit. IET works do leave certain things for the reader to connect... more>> the dots before the twist or event happens. It is nice how you can see somewhat where the story is going but at the same time not having it completely thrown in your face like you are a retard.

So for now I will give this work a solid 5/7



I will give an official rating (as I don't want to go back and change it.) when I am caught up. Now if you are reading this 3 years from now when this has like 7 or 8 books done and you see no edits assume that my opinion is still standing. <<less
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Sindaregion rated it
October 11, 2015
Status: --
This is a really good IET novel, probably one of my favorites. The defining factor that really sets this one apart is that it’s set in a place like ancient China (kinda like the Jianghu) and the martial arts are a very important part of this story, instead of just cultivation. It’s like a Xianxia that leans a bit more towards Wuxia. Cool, right?

Also, this story has the reincarnation trope, but done RIGHT! I mean it, the first volume is character building for the main character, but is exciting, and... more>> helps build an understanding of his techniques. <<less
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sleib rated it
August 14, 2016
Status: c190
One of the best currently translating action fantasy novels. MC's cultivation path in unique, world is interesting and the experiences of his previous life are shown really well in first book. He also uses his previous life knowledge very well and creates his own martial arts and new methods of using qi. Usually MC would find some book written by great masters but here even if he finds one he still sticks to his own style (way) and does not follow artial way of someone else. Even though it is... more>> wuxia and not xianxia, most xianxia readers will still love it. Plus unlike many wuxia novels this does not have naive MC who is too kind, like a freaking saint. <<less
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sal880612m rated it
June 8, 2016
Status: c137
This is a fairly typical IET story, if you like his other works there is a good chance you will like this one too.

The one thing I do have to say is more in reply to riida's review. CoCayn seems to share a similar sentiment with me, but the position of riida's review has moved since then.

The entire first book was not wasted, and the MC in no way betrayed himself after he reincarnated. The entire first book wasn't about how badass of an assassin the MC was, it... more>> was about how strongly he valued his family. Going so far as to die in obscurity to protect the only family he had left. <<less
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Llamia rated it
March 20, 2016
Status: --
The first book was so sad I cried. Just finished the 1st book and I had to review immediately. What I find different about this one is the amount of time the author spends on the before-reincarnation (a whole book 1 on it). At first, I was like “hurry up and freakin die man, ” but that was just my eagerness. I thoroughly enjoyed book one. It gave us a look into why he’s so powerful, who he is/was, and his personality. I’m moving on to book 2, and will... more>> update when I have time.

I also have to say to people who are discouraged to read this because of SC (2/5) rating. I have read all releases to date and it is an inaccurate review. I will explain in a spoiler.


The MC’s wife dies way before the beginning of book 1. Its not like we done spent time with the woman and got to know her. She died before the period where we start reading, so to me, it doesn’t qualify as killing off. Also, so far the MC doesn’t have another love interest. Though one girl did like him and pursued him, he only entertained her as a friend. This is all before reincarnation

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CaptainToast rated it
November 10, 2016
Status: c30
Honestly I really hated the intro to this novel. I really could care less about the first book. Nothing relevant to the story actually happens and every single f**king character is going to disappear.

Yes. We learn some about the character, but that's it. There are hundreds of better ways to tell us this information instead of this bullsh*t. Personally, I recommend skipping the entire first book. It's a waste of time to read and you won't miss anything. The second book is barely started and I can't form an opinion... more>> yet, but overall this is looking like the worst IET novel by FAR. Even worse than Swallowed Star. <<less
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DeathStroke96 rated it
May 18, 2016
Status: c118
I like the story overall, tbh I only read CD, ST & DE from IET and I liked all three but my favourite of the three is CD but that is not important. This is a very good novel and I can proudly say that I enjoy it. Like with most or at least with CD and DE the build of power takes a while for the MC and the story around it is quite nice, the only negative that I would say is that IET keeps reminding the readers... more>> that the MC was a grandmaster in his previous life and in this new one he is still this grandmaster because he achieved it in his past life, which at first didnt really get me to think much about these reminders but if you see this in almost every chapter since book 2 until the present it can get pretty annoying however other than that the different arcs and the slow power up with little knowledge regarding anything currently is what is keeping me to check back each day to see what else I can see from the story <<less
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Merogin rated it
January 1, 2017
Status: c238
This is probably the point where I'm not going to pick back up the story. Overall a decent story with interesting cultivation, although some of the plot arcs are meh. Essentially the author ticked me off and so I lost interest in continuing to read the remainder of this novel. I still very much enjoy his other works this one he just dropped the ball on.
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While author did drop hints about this I don't care for him just killing off and maiming people left and right. Especially when its the main characters love interest. I understand why he did it from a plot perspective as he needs to keep the MC driven to reach the top power level (or he'd have to stop the story here) but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when he's shown himself capable of writing stories without indiscriminate slaughter to get a knee jerk reaction out of people

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Zari rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: --
It was going great, that is, until I read chapter 238 today. I'm the type of person who absolutely loathes it when my OP MC is clearly meant to be a "dragon amongst men" but gets caught up in romance with a girl.. ESPECIALLY when he wasn't interested in her in the first place. ESPECIALLY when the hoe isn't even as OP as he is. She just stuck herself by his side. Other aspects of the story are cool though. I guess. Reincarnated person who had skills in his previous... more>> life is OP in present life because of said skills and more. MC is not the overbearing/arrogant/jerk type.

I normally love IET novels so the content of the story shouldn't really surprise me (female who forced herself into being mc's woman, easygoing but strong mc) but this time it's too much. Maybe I can't take it because by this point I've read so many CN and it's a recurring theme for the mc's woman to be useless and I'm tired of it.

If you have no problem with the aforementioned points that grind my gears then I encourage you to read it! This story isn't trash. I'm just an annoyed person who's ranting. <<less
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