The Sacred Ruins

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To rise from defeat; to revive amidst the dissipation.
As the vast oceans turn to dust and the thunder and lightning fade away,
That strand of spiritual mist once again approaches our great world.
With the shackles that bound our world now severed—
A whole new world of mystery and wonder awaits,
As we turn the corner…
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The Sacred Ruins
Is a story set in a post-apocalyptic world. A world that has recovered to a state that is roughly equal to our own world in terms of technology and culture, although its ancient history remains largely unknown. The story begins during the post-graduation trip of our protagonist, where he discovers some ancient ruins and witnesses “the great change”, an upheaval that changed everything. The changing earth not only brought about new, unexplored landscape but also sparked the evolution of all organisms. Plants and animals started gaining sentience and some humans obtained unimaginable powers. The legends, myths, and tales of old seemed to have suddenly come to life as the earth entered a new era where beasts and men formed factions, explored new lands and ultimately struggled for supremacy.
We follow the MC as he grows from being an eccentric young man into a badass expert warrior while meeting other funny characters and forming brotherly bonds. We watch as he falls into just as much hilarious situations as he does perilous ones, all the while wondering and slowly discovering the mysteries of this world. Just why was the world destroyed in the first place? Who or what had triggered this earth-shattering “change”? What profundities lie behind the process of evolution?
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Chen Dong is one of the top authors in the Chinese Qidian site and this particular novel has been number one on its monthly charts for several months straight. If you are looking for a funny and unique novel that is free from the cliches of reincarnation and cultivation, this might just be what you are looking for.
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The Sacred Ruins average rating 3.8/5 - 145 user ratings
Associated Names
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Holy Ruins
Shèng Xū
圣墟
Related Series
Shen Mu (Chinese Novel)
World of Immortals (Chinese Novel)
Perfect World (Chinese Novel)
Shrouding the Heavens (Chinese Novel)
Recommendations
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Forty Millenniums of Cultivation (1)
I Shall Seal the Heavens (1)
Perfect World (1)
Shrouding the Heavens (1)
The Desolate Era (1)

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asgard22
New asgard22 rated it
October 29, 2017
Status: --
first review, had to write something. usually I dont bother writing review because I'm....... lazy. That said, this novel is not too bad. has a bit of slice of life pacing in the beginning to set up the story and build the world. and then things start rolling later through the story.

Overall good novel. I didnt find it as comedic/wasnt laughing at all unlike other novels I read such as AWE, man that novel always brings a smirk to my face.

Now on to the bad. IF UR WONDERING WHY THIS... more>> NOVEL HAS A RATING OF 3.8 but is top ranked on China's qidian rankings, well it has nothing to do with the story for the most part. I imagine, most of the reviewers leaving low scores is because the translation/translator (mike??) and the editor (chrissy??) is...... literal donkey sh*t. Now god bless their souls that someone is willing to translate it to english so im not gonna get too critical on it but the translation is dog sh*t. Its literal sh*t/poop/feces thats been wrapped up all nicely with a ribbon, and then mike/chrissy went ahead and sprayed some febreeze on it to get rid of the sh*t smell, and then offered that final translation to the general public.

Unfortunately for them, no matter how much you try to make literal poop/sh*t/feces look pretty, at the end of the day its still sh*t and no sane people is going to enjoy reading through this sh*t translation.

Now I know I sound way too critical, but i'am holding myself back, I wished I could just unleash a torrent of whiny complaints but thats not my intention with this review. If you disregard everything I say, then at least look at the result/facts, theres a reason why this novel has a 3.8 rating on novelupdates and its not cuz of the story.

The review by the username "Trent" summarizes the way I feel about this novel's translation.
*coughTLDR* good novel but translation quality sucks big donkey..... that it takes away the enjoyment of reading this novel *cough* <<less
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Trent
Trent rated it
May 19, 2017
Status: --
Wtf. So grandiloquent. It's just like the summary, where the attempt at poetry replaces useful information and obscures the actual story. This web novel is the result of someone trying to do "high" literature but having a misconception about what that is. Whether it's the author or the translator showing off, or both, it's not appreciated; the word count is wasted on verbose and flowery description instead of reasonably paced plot progression, which the novel tries to make up for by skipping explanations about things that actually matter.

I can't even laugh, because lots of the word choices are poor or entirely wrong, so I guess the translator's just putting everything through a thesaurus without necessarily understanding words' definitions or connotations. It's the kind of thing that would-be intelligent readers praise, but it only hurts readability. At the same time, simple grammar's often messed up; how about studying the basics of English language first? Meanwhile, the author/translator cripples POV by constantly using passive voice and meandering third-person.

Who knows, maybe the story that's buried underneath all the ridiculous prose is good, but why should each reader have to pick apart every sentence and mentally substitute better terms to appreciate it? This thing's like an expired microwavable dinner that a cook showers with spices to dress up the taste, then places on china to try to convince its eaters that no, it's actually fancy, and if they dislike it then it's because they're not real gourmets, so they should shut up and pretend to enjoy it or everyone will think that they're hillbillies.
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strixflash
strixflash rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: c650
Upto date with raws! Now the waiting!

(I don't think I have ever read a novel more funnier than Sacred Ruins. The comedy is far better than A Will Eternal and others. The Slave Trading arc and Land of Reincarnation is the proof).

The novel has everything we love in Chinese novels: Great humor, epic face-smacking and great action along with superb world building. But the best part is that the novel has actual plot unlike many other novels!!

The comedy is gold. We have protagonist swindling others, funny... more>> blind dates, starring role in movies, animals trying to become technologically advanced while failing epically... The humor is also served with face-smacking. You would love the alien 'trafficking' part ;)

The story is set in modern world which is undergoing mutation. The novel retain its modern elements even though the world is turning into something archaic and desolate.

Chen Dong never disappoints when it comes to world building. The mysteries are well laid out. The adventures are both exciting and funny.

It's currently my favorite novel so I would definitely recommend it to you. <<less
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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
July 11, 2017
Status: c510
The Sacred Ruins read very closely like Chen Dong's other novels : there's a grand beginning (similar to Shrouding the Heavens), where the author provides a very visual description of how events started. Not a lot of action, but it is here that the author tries to provide an air of mystery as to the whole thing; also where most of the plot is built, foreshadowing is planted, etc.

After that veneer of a plot at the beginning though and an initial interesting concept, it eventually devolves to a very generic... more>> xianxia experience. There's little here that isn't your usual set of tropes - the audience that is almost always present and has nothing to do but claim that MC can't be able to do X because of Y, but eventually be amazed when MC pulls through; treasures and power-ups that just fall into the MCs grasp; the people he has to beat up just because of "face", etc. etc. The author also recycles a character trope he introduced in Perfect World - the MC cooks and eats his opponents because of the energy present in their bodies (this becomes a persistent running joke, replacing the one where he's a rascal to the women he encounters, because they are no longer on the same level as him)

People would say that, hey, that's what xianxia is. But again, there's more trope and repetition than story telling going on. Better xianxia works at least provide a better ratio of story vs cookie cutter stuff.

There's so little in the way of development here that I can say that the situation the MC is in here at ch510 where I am now is little different from where he was at ch 200 or earlier : there are a whole lot of people / beings in the same cultivation level or higher than him who wants to beat him up because of his arrogance or because he dares to defy their race / clan. Especially at these later chapters, it's just wave and wave of enemies that are after him...

Anyway, I can't say this work is awful : it's an ok representative of its genre. It's something you can happily (and mindlessly) binge read. But it doesn't provide its own voice and story enough for it to be more than average. <<less
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synaptic
synaptic rated it
March 11, 2017
Status: c30
This is a tentative review.

Currently I would give this 4.5/5, it's got a few things in particular going for it. The first and most important is the pervasive sense of strangeness that fills the story. It's very easy to feel how alien everything happening around the MC is. This has the highest potential of any cultivation story I've read including my personal favorites A Will Eternal and Five Way Heaven (though the latter is not very far in its translation). I hope the author does not let down the great... more>> work he's done setting the tone and building the sense of mystery and wonder present in what I've read so far. The second is that, as of yet, this does not seem to be a level up style character progression. I don't mind that sort of plot device at all; it can be an easy way for the reader to track where the MC stands relative to important figures in the story, and it is appropriate lore-wise for many stories. But it just wouldn't fit here without a major tone shift or a different way of presenting it than the ningmai/jindan or qi condensation/foundation establishment sh*t.

Dock half a point for the slow introduction, which is also very wordy, that takes too long to get you hyped up, as well as a personal pet peeve: when people have seen like the eighth f**king worldview smashing thing in a day, at least a good portion would realize that clearly things are different for good, and it's time to start thinking about how to deal with it rather than be constantly astonished/afraid/in denial. Really, at least some people would care more about surviving than being all "woe is me" about it. Thankfully the MC has an appropriate attitude.

Side note, I like the foreshadowing about the ex and her family, very interested to see that plot point brought up in the future. <<less
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raifan
raifan rated it
April 24, 2017
Status: c42
The start of the novel is boring. Doesn't grab your attention at all. What's worse, the author doesn't describe who the MC is or what he is doing. He seems to be running in the desert, so I expected him to be some type of cultivator or something, but much later it seems he was just a regular human. All you know about the MC is that he separated from some "goddess". The term was in quotes, so I wasn't even sure if the goddess was a female, statue or... more>> some spirit. Still, up to now, I am not really quite sure what his objective was in beginning. I saw some reviewers comparing the author to Er Gen, so I decided to continue.

Story gets better around chapter 6, it seems to have some direction. Still the author seems to forget what he/she wrote. More annoying is the current enemy is stupid and the dialogue between the 2 is childish. But we are to believe that she (current enemy) has the power to command 100s of people to move.

The good, is that there are some funny parts with the cow and the story is at a place where it has grabbed my attention and I want to know what happens next. So with that I'll give it 3 stars. <<less
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NaM
NaM rated it
March 24, 2017
Status: c28
A GREAT novel written by a GREAT author..

[Warning! This review was a review composed of Half Rant Half Review]

This novel was written by "Chen Dong" the same author of Perfect World, Shrouding the Heavens and World of Immortals. Which for me were great works.

his writing style was not much worse when compared with Er Gen. They are both great at character and world building (Er Gen with immortal Civilization feel while Chen Dong with Archaic Civilization feel). Thats why im a bit sadden seeing them overall rated as (PW=3.9... more>> STH=4 WOW= 3.4). It kinda frustrate me when some stupid c*nts instantly rate his novels with 1-2 stars just because their undeveloped brains can't bear the slow development and malfunction only at chapter 50 below

Are you perhaps from the Legendary Race of MUSCLE BRAINS?!

Anyway! Into the topic.

Story was set in a post-apocalyptic earth. The land was ravaged by countless wars till it finally turn into a wasteland. A wasteland filled with countless unexplored phenomenon and unknown mystery. And within this novel we have an MC with a personality (not someone who only has KILL! KILL! KILL!! In his brain or a SmartAss who can only notice the OBVIOUS) with all that fact (post apocalyptic world and mysterious mc) you can already discern that this novel will have a slow development and slow world building.. Things will gradually be revealed, Mysterys are slowly being unfold. We the readers were slowly being grabbed and unnoticely being engrossed (with my previous experience with his past works. They are honestly engrossing) while slowly being hugged by countless foreshadows and hopefully not some childish tricks but with genuine schemes.

Btw that yellow Ox is killing me hahaha

(With all that said. I think this novel has great potential and a novel that was not written "Half-heartedly".

I recommend this to those who had read chen dongs previous works and patient readers who were tired with the usual xianxia/xuanhuan stuff) <<less
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SinsI
SinsI
April 18, 2017
Status: --
The story completely lacks some basic required information about MC and the world he is supposed to be in.

Who is he? How does he look like? What does he do? Where is he from? How did he come to be in this desert? What is he doing there? Does he have food and water? It feels like it was ripped out of the middle of some other novel, losing all the necessary context, so it is very hard to get into it.

The author is also EXTREMELY fond of absolutely excessive... more>> visual descriptions of things - with barely any action happening. This makes it very hard to distinguish something that is actually important to the plot from some random unnecessarily phenomena, making the story advance at a snail pace at one time - and run like a cheetah at another. <<less
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AeonicI
AeonicI rated it
June 5, 2017
Status: --
The first part of the story is well-made. It is full of description that you actually have an idea of what is being talked about. It is rich and colourful yet it gives an air of mystery. It grabs your attention as it evokes curiousity.

It is impeccable. But, it devolves into a generic xianxia in the later chapters. Certain scenes are similar like a broken recorder. They are repeatedly used that it gets boring.

What is worse is the use of words, although sophisticated, does not flow well in a... more>> sentence. It feels as if the translator/editor copied from the thesaurus and pasted it.

The story is popular for a reason and I hope the translator and editor understand this. <<less
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Eternalnightking
Eternalnightking rated it
September 30, 2017
Status: c76
The story and setup is good. But the MC is an idiot. He says the world is getting stronger and he needs to get stronger and when he is given the opportunity he randomly gives it to other. The author says he is generous even a bloody idiot won't give them to anyone at least he will try one fruit but the MC didn't even take one. MC is an idiot who know what's going on but he won't take the chance given to him.
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bludvein
bludvein rated it
July 4, 2017
Status: --
This was an incredibly unique read among the increasing heap of predictable huanhuan/xian xia that we get nowadays. The translator really doesn't do it justice in carrying some of the humor over, but I'm not about to downrate it because QI can't get someone to do a good job.

Anyway, this story has a slow start but the MC is hilarious. He's basically a small rogue specialized in humiliating the arrogant young master archetype in interesting ways. He has none of the expected mannerisms of their martial culture, and instead of... more>> adapting to others he forces others to adapt to himself. <<less
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JetonS
JetonS rated it
April 23, 2017
Status: c41
The beginning was slow and unteresting, I almost dropped at the chapter 5, but now I'm glad I didn't. This Novel is a pure gem, it just gets better and better as the story drags on, you should at least read up to chapter 20 before you decide to drop or not. The author really knows how to write original stories, instead of a plain Xianxia where the MC is overpowered from the start and has uncountable females running behind him, in The Sacred Ruin, the MC is logical and... more>> uses his head, he is neither arrogant nor conceited. There are some scenes where you just can't help but leak a small grin. In short, this Novel is funny, exciting and the world building is intriguing, I totally recommend this one. <<less
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Siliarius
Siliarius rated it
September 13, 2017
Status: c500
This novel is not top 1 at qidian for nothing. Although this novel has a slow start, it slowly gets better as the novel progresses. It has its ups and downs, the cliche offending rich and powerful arrogant pricks then he has to hide and get stronger then when he levels up he does a reverse kill.
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Pros is the way he trolls his opponents, capturing and auctioning enemies off to their families. However I still give a 4 star because the power level gap is really exaggerated. He's at currently level 3-4 and people of level 8-9 want to directly kill him already and he has no op master and friends to help him.

Romance wise also is lacklustre, even those who had the most chances of being waifu no.1 and no.2 either left his current area or left forgotten. Hell even his first time got taken by an enemy lady.

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Night Ghost
Nighterfield rated it
April 22, 2017
Status: --
Another work from chen dong. As usual Chen dong loves putting some foreshadowing at the beginning, especially MC's background and his girlfriend. And I saw a review that complained about it. Guys it is part of foreshadowing. I understand many xianxia/xuanhuan where the author never explain mc's background. But we are talking about chen dong here. His other novels (divine grave/shen mu, world of immortal) also have the same foreshadowing.

Give this novel a try
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Trane
Trane
June 1, 2017
Status: --
Modern words and some old words, sounding very poetic.. Im guessing that it sounds much better in chinese and its second purpose is to expand the vocabulary as well as speaking (if the readers choose to read it out loud).

It's like a detective story set in the 17-19th century, somewhat dark and gray. Might come back and read it when I have the time to be immersed in the imagination that comes from the many words describing the world within this novel.
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