The Path Toward Heaven

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I am the sword.
Killing a man amidst a thousand miles, no one dares take ten steps.
Killing a man amidst a thousand miles, no one can take ten steps.
Killing a man amidst a thousand miles, ten steps? Not possible!
I am the sword, the sword is me,
On the path towards heaven, each shall wield their own.

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PTH
大道朝天
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Emperor’s Domination (1)

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10/15/18 Qidian International c319
10/12/18 Qidian International c318
10/12/18 Qidian International c317
10/11/18 Qidian International c316
10/10/18 Qidian International c315
10/09/18 Qidian International c314
10/08/18 Qidian International c313
10/06/18 Qidian International c312
10/05/18 Qidian International c311
10/04/18 Qidian International c310
10/03/18 Qidian International c309
10/02/18 Qidian International c308
10/01/18 Qidian International c307
09/29/18 Qidian International c306
09/28/18 Qidian International c305
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ashycre
New ashycre rated it
October 2, 2018
Status: c267
A great read so far! Story is intriguing. It keeps building piece by piece. The world is very much alive. No lose-train-win cycle. It's quite enjoyable to see things from past chapters staying relevant and coming together.

MC doesn't do much fighting, which I think makes much sense considering his condition and philosophy. On the other hand, we get to enjoy the other characters grow as they interact with MC. Pretty much a lot of recurring characters deserve to be MC in their own story line.

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For example, one character is told pretty much like a typical wuxia novel MC who was just really lucky since he was born. Accidentally learning great cultivation scripture and kept stumbling upon great magical treasures. Others were born with great innate talents or met great teachers in quest for revenge.

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People keep saying that MC is lazy but he's actually not lazy just apathetic to things. The laziness is only from other people's perception since it was mentioned in the beginning that the way he cultivates is different this time around after reincarnation attributed to his current body. And if I recall correctly, he even mentioned that he didn't do things since eventually history repeats itself. The MC is already mature and not as gungho and idealistic as the younger practitioners, represented by Guo Nanshan's talented group.

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Class Heaven
New Class Heaven rated it
September 18, 2018
Status: c299
Feels like novel that have a mature thought process

I dont know about others but iam totally hooked up in this novel.

A refreshing novel, something expected From Mao Ni. Excellent characters, a little like Emperor's Domination MC but more handsome less active high laziness less arrogant. Great Plotlines to boot... Looking Forward to more
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Jed1
Jed1 rated it
November 17, 2017
Status: c178
Too many 1 star reviews already. Do they hate it because of Qidian or are they too lazy to even attempt to comprehend the greatness of this story and its lazy MC?

Mao Ni has done a great job already as usual of his works. He always takes a really slow approach with his stories, but I thoroughly enjoy it just as I do Ze Tian Ji. I prefer slower stories with a great plot and interesting well-developed characters over super fast action-packed stories with little to no plot with thousands... more>> of plot holes and very generic characters.

Mao Ni does a really good job at developing his characters even though it can take a lot of time as his stories are slow after all. There are characters that start out undesirable only to slowly over time become so much more interesting until they become one of the best characters in the story. This is one of the reasons Mao Ni is one of my favorite authors.

To really finish this review off I will say do not worry about things that you do not understand in the story. It is a slow story and we are not supposed to understand everything. Over time the overall plot will be revealed and things will slowly start to unravel. This author definitely likes it when his readers try to speculate what everything means. I find it fun to speculate in a story as it really, at least for me, shows how invested I am in a story.

So, should you read The Path Toward Heaven? Absolutely!

Even if you don't like slow stories you should at least give this one and Mao Ni's other novels a try. <<less
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Hitexh
Hitexh rated it
May 16, 2018
Status: c162
Have you read manga "Noblesse"? This is the cultivation version of it. Love it.

The protagonist is the exact same character like MC in Noblese. But at least this one can talk more.
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Marvoch
Marvoch rated it
February 1, 2018
Status: c110
Let's be clear: the translation is quite horrific in all its parts, it can't even claim a 5. I'm not a native speaker, but I can feel safe saying that it would be trashed by every English teacher: the grammar is all over the place and there are consistent incorrect spellings due to total lack of editing. I must admit that it is still readable enough to be understood, even if I can't say it's enjoyable by any means, I've seen worse. But then there is the true fallacy of... more>> the work of the team, and in this kind of novel, it's truly a huge problem: they don't stick to the inworld terminology they have chosen. In some cases, when it's minor stuff, it's not problematic, only annoying, but when we're dealing with toponyms, associations and cultivation terminology, all quite important in the novel, that really impede the ability of the reader to understand many details, sometimes even major ones, impoverishing the original work, that it's quite the hermetic one. I found it simply insulting to the author.

If you can deal with this, like many others do, the novel it's quite interesting. I found it intriguing even if it's not my cup of tea, so I can say for sure that's well written. The protagonist is quite unique: he stands on his own, but doesn't trample the others, he sees the world from above, for right reasons, but doesn't force himself on the others, he makes others influence his choices, but he's not dependant on them, he teaches others and learn from them. Besides this, he has his reason for his superiority, not dependent on some kind of lucky find, like in the 90% of the cases with xianxia. All over, a well-written character, quite interesting and quite lively, even in his lifelessness. The other important characters, three, for now, are also very well written and unique in their own way. The world building it's quite yet undeveloped, and I don't expect much expansion in this sense since the novel revolves around the sects' world (and this is why this kind of novel it's not my cup of tea). For the plot, I can't evaluate it for now, since the real events the author seems to wish to narrate have not yet been put in motion, and, for now, the protagonist is simply still immersed in his mysteriousness, so we don't much of him. I trust the author, so I aspect this to turn as a good novel, but for now it's still simply a well-devised work that lacks of its substance, and that survives thanks to the strength of the characters that animate it. <<less
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kaalv
kaalv rated it
November 26, 2017
Status: c44
This novel is unfortunately getting unfair ratings because it was picked up by QI and people cant let go of all the drama.

However, I don't think the novel deserves a high rating either. The novel is marred with poor editing and grammar. Mao Ni's other novel, Ze Tian Ji (ZTJ), has a translator that is much better at translating Mao Ni's flair into english. The pacing isn't as good as ZTJ, none of the characters introduced so far really mean anything to me. I'm not sure who the protagonists could... more>> be said to be between the female lead and one of the two male leads but either way it goes I don't care at this point because I don't understand their motivations, too much is left unsaid. ZTJ made you feel things for even the smallest side characters and so far this novel can't make me feel anything for anyone. I'm disappointed but I'll continue to read in the hopes that it gets better. <<less
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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
January 29, 2018
Status: c108
I gave the authors other work ZTJ 2/5 stars in a rather popular and negative review of the novel. I feel like the author somehow found my review, translated it to the chinese, then took many of my points and fixed them in this new novel.

The author seems to be focusing on a small number of side characters to develop and give interesting personalities. Additionally the main character is also relatively interesting for a xianxia novel while avoiding many of the cliches that overpowered old men protags encounter. The pacing... more>> has been greatly improved by reducing character bloat and increasing the action in the novel.

Hopefully the story will stay consistent, and not end up having dozens of side characters like ZTJ, which just led to bloating of the novel. <<less
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mikaelhg
mikaelhg rated it
April 30, 2018
Status: c168
Feels like a novel written by an adult, for adults. The characters seem much more human than the usual Xianxia cardboard cartoon characters. By c168, there haven't been any major plot holes, or those usual retarded moments where even a child would act less self-destructively than the average Xianxia MC. Pretty decent.
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Bena
Bena rated it
December 14, 2017
Status: c62
This is such a refreshing novel, just like MaoNi's other books. If you ever need to take a break from the typical xianxia novels, this is your book. It is confusing in the first few chapters but it will start to make sense later on due to the slow-pace (about same pace as western novels) and well-designed plot. Like MaoNi's other novels, there is mystery, which will keep you guessing constantly throughout the story. Also the characters are well designed!! Not your typical Mary Sue MC Vs. love... more>> rivals... you will literally fall in love with the characters as they are unique in their own way. <<less
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Raydark
Raydark
March 31, 2018
Status: c50
Well, I haven't read a lot, but it is promising just like ZTJ, but maybe a little faster... Not as insufferably disciplined and a goody-two shoes tho. But the main reason I want to write this comment is cuz I wanna ask Jed1 if he really was satisfied with ZTJ. Cuz I damn well wasn't! Do you really feel that ending was satisfactory? I'm now too scared to commit to anymore of his novels.
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sleib
sleib rated it
April 15, 2018
Status: c148
For now, this a gem! I love MC, he reminds me of MC from emperor's domination (but less op, less arrogant, lazier and more indifferent). While some ze tian ji fans (i love ze tian ji too) might be disappointed because this novel is simply different, it's undeniable that this is a very good novel. It has good action, interesting characters and world, great MC and some elements of mystery. Also unlike ze tian ji this one is not extremely slow paced, and that's a great pro for me.
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Timid
Timid rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: c290
It started off okay, but gets progressively worse as the story goes on. The lazy main character I actually liked, but he's hardly in the story later on. The main problem I have with this is the setting. It's in a cultivation world, but without any of the usual trappings. There are no secret realms to explore. No cultivation resources to fight for. No sect strength rankings to improve on, and in the 300 chapters I've read there was only a single fight that was somewhat satisfying.

It's a cultivation novel... more>> stripped of all the interesting bits you find in this genre. In the end, all that stuff is replaced by a lazy pace and LOTS of talking and scheming. From a huge cast of characters you're not going to remember outside of a selected handful of main ones. It's also missing any sort interesting antagonist, or situation to resolve so all those endless words end up feeling pointless.

I liked Way of Choices... didn't like this. <<less
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demon sealer
demon sealer rated it
September 16, 2018
Status: c296
MC is not lazy!

being lazy is just a gimmick author threw; he is more like an wise old man who has seen everything and becomes indifferent to events unlike your typical self righteous leads

only thing I honestly dislike is it feels quite similar to his previous work, ze tian ji

anyhow wish more people pay attention to this gem; you don't need fights every odd chapters, we have enough of those already
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CantBeBothered
CantBeBothered rated it
September 11, 2018
Status: c292
Just what you'd expect from a Mao Ni novel. Engaging plot, interesting characters, and beautiful narration. Out of Mao Ni's novels, I'd put this above Way of Choices and Joy of Life, while it's a tie with Nightfall (I haven't read The Outcast).

Rather than reviewing, I will address some of the criticisms raised by the others.

  1. The MC is too lazy
Not quite. This is a reincarnation story. Now, imagine you've completed an RPG, and then started another playthrough with a very similar character. Obviously, you would do a lot of side... more>> quests, and even on the main quests, you wouldn't pay attention to the dialogue (unless there's choice for multiple endings of course). You wouldn't scramble around for weapons and armor like you did on the first playthrough, coz you know better. And most of your boss fights end in very few moves because you're familiar with the mechanics. Well, that's exactly what the MC is like: too bored with side quests, too strong for low level boss fights, and smart enough to avoid the higher level bosses at lower levels.

2. The narration is too slow.

Duh! It's a Mao Ni novel.

3. The plot is confusing.

Perhaps. However, you don't have to know everything to connect to the story. The enshrouding mystery actually adds to the plot.

4. The MC has little screen time.

This, I think, is probably the best thing about this novel. You see, there are at least a dozen characters in the novel that could just as well be the MC if the author decides to swap MCs. In fact,

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there's about 20 chapters where the MC disappears, and I still enjoyed the novel. Maybe even a bit more than when the MC was around if I'm being honest.

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Seriously, ignore the actual MC. Read the story to be of several potential MCs and you'd have a much better time enjoying the novel. <<less
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Wakashii
Wakashii rated it
August 15, 2018
Status: c270
In the past, I though that Mao Ni novel's were simple: you love or you hate it. But with this novel I see that I was wrong.

If you don't know about Mao Ni, I will explain... He creates a world and we see everything with this world: every expert and scenary. All his novels are slow and every novel will explain all things with many details that you think he wants to use the max words possible to describe whatever he wants. (ZTJ)

This novel is not different, but the... more>> problem is that Mao Ni made this novel with the laziest MC ever. This might be cool, but It's not. Everything in the novel will be noted by others because MC is too lazy to explain. Schemes and fights are too tired things for MC, he will only act If he wants and is extremaly necessary, If not, he's going to make a scheme to others guys fight for him (but don't forget that he's too lazy for doing schemes, so imagine how hard is to this happen)

If you want to read, be prepared to see a novel without a MC present. You will see something like 10 chapters without talking about the MC, and I think that he fought something like 3 fights in 270 chapters, and they were very sh*t fights.

Oh, Mao Ni's novel always s*cks at cultivation realms, so, be prepared to suffer. <<less
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