Thunder Martial


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It begins on the mountain.

With the glint of a knife, a flash of steel in the hands of a sworn brother. A betrayal.

Stabbed and pushed down the mountain, Zi Chen lied within the red-stained snow, left to die.

This is where it begins; he is given life by lightning,
baptized by thunder.

Those who had once betrayed him should all suffer in his cruel revenge.

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Ananya rated it
November 13, 2016
Status: c66
I know this is an early review but I'm writing this because somehow I feel this novel has a lot of potential and brings some new variations to the genre.

Sure its a regular xianxia containing all the elements of xianxia genre but the way it starts off feels like a western movie, cautious MC and his best friend are in search of a treasure, only MC knows the location, unbeknownst to MC his best friend has his own agendas, as soon as the treasure is found, MC is betrayed by... more>> his best friend (sneak attack), crippled and left to die (villains thought they killed him). It was a very solid prologue. Within 30 chapters it explores themes like brotherhood, betrayal, cynicism, vengeance, double standards of human nature, ambition, bullying, insecurity and many other themes.

Despite the MC getting a super inheritance, he struggles to get enough resources to fully make use of his inheritance.

The novel also raises questions like "Is talent alone enough?", "Is backing more important than talent?", etc

Give it a go, I'm sure its not bad at all. <<less
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June 2, 2018
Status: --
This novel is great! However lesyt were very selfish and plain up scamming people. They had a donation open and patron for the novel and they didnt update it for a entire year while people were still donating also the block some of the open chapters just to make them patron chapters when they were already free chapter 63-65 guess they thought no one was keeping tabs on them while guess what you were wrong I strongly advise no one donate to that website cause what they did is just... more>> plain up scamming and if anyone from novel updates is reading this you should look into it also cause they are doing it with other novels also. <<less
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NaM rated it
November 27, 2016
Status: --
Quite good..

Without being biased its already given for new translated novel to be quite generic given the fact that its already late translated and there are pretty much past novel similar to this before. But if this was translated earlier then I bet this novel can be said to be one of the good read here in NU...

"friendly reminder for new readers"

honestly readers shouldn't immediately judge the novel base on the reviews that a member who have read a lot of novel with he same genre before because they... more>> tend to be biased and forgot to think of the good side of the novel but instead their attention was in the clicheness and troupes..

Anyway as I said, this novel is quite a good read. plot wise, the betrayal start was a right spark to get this story going. The story has a potential. I believe if no repeatitive plots and this novel doesn't enter the endless revenge plot then I think this novel popularity will shine like the novel "King Of Gods". Honestly King Of Gods itself was a king of cliche in its own accord but because it has a fast translation, surpassed the 100 chapter, has the gravitytales backing and good translation.. it surpassed the other novels with the same clicheness.. if this novel was able to achieve the same achievements then I bet its popularity will be the same as the former..

If you like Martial Peak, Mystical Tyrant and novel as such them this novel is for you. <<less
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ChickenBakuba rated it
May 21, 2018
Status: c63
Tl;dr: I've had my fair share of cultivation novels, and my verdict? Read it.

"That's right. Brothers are meant to be betrayed when there's a benefit."

If not the best, it's definitely one of the better Xianxia/Wuxias out there. Pretty tentative review, but as far as I know, the various characters in the story are intriguing, and there aren't any dopey sidekicks or distasteful, boring cronies.

Like all other cultivation novels, it starts off slow. But as the story progresses, we get to see something beyond the tip of the iceberg. Every single character has a unique personality (granted, there are many characters and it takes effort to remember them all, especially since they have Chinese names) and there are no boring characters. Each of the characters turn out completely different from... more>> what you expect, and some random character whom's name you don't bother remembering can reappear as an important character in later parts of the story. Hell, a guy who appeared a paltry two times in the story ended up being the cause of a certain antagonist's downfall. As the translator, I had to compile a wikipedia for all the characters because of how often the story went the polar direction of what I expected.

The clichés are used well and in moderation, and I particularly like the various quirks of the mc's friends. One of his love interests has a particular sharp tongue, another friend was introduced as a boring, ordinary cultivator but as the story progresses, we realise there is something more to him that he lets on.

The fight scenes are exciting, enough to get your heart racing, like any other Xianxia novel. To be frank, the only reason why I picked up this novel was because I got blocked by a paywall during the climax of a fight scene.

It is a refreshing and terrific read. Give it a go. <<less
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jkmessah rated it
December 26, 2016
Status: c46
If it's xianxia you want, then it is xianxia you get. That sums up Thunder Martial for me.

Well, it definitely starts off as a typical backstabbing, miracle revival xianxia for me. Zi Chen's "gift" or "cheat" is quite OP, but at least the uses are strictly defined in the story. While his cheat is very good, it requires the user to be extremely, I mean, extremely diligent with an unwavering Dao heart. (Daym. That sentence though.)

The story itself is relatively simple atm and it is heavily sect based with... more>> a lot of inner chaos between different levels of disciples. Our MC is like a watered down Li Qiye (ED) for me in that I'm amazed at how quickly his arrogance leaves him crowded in enemies. Granted, if left alone, he is quite quiet and yet idiots would always look down on him.

My only critic would be Lin Xue (the female side char). She... is like those hot-headed, short-fused, narrow-minded anime girls. Some might find her endearing, I personally don't like her. I commend her loyalty to our MC but I can't seem to like her character. Her shijie, Su Mengyao is a lot better in my opinion as she is much more mature compared to Lin Xue. She needs to grow up soon!

The xianxia tropes are really heavy in this novel and it's as cliched as it gets without going overboard. If xianxia is what you are looking for with a confident, hard-working MC going against at this point, literally everyone he knows, then this is the novel for you. If you are new to xianxia, this might not be a bad start since it shows you pretty clearly what you can expect from a xianxia while still being an enjoyable read. <<less
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Cohran rated it
October 30, 2016
Status: c24
It is a pretty good novel. It has the typical plot tropes and xianxia elements with a pleasing feel to it. It shows an MC with the ever prevalent MC armor but also shows the MC going through cruel life lessons along with showing the darker side of the human heart. It seems to me that it has a great deal of potential as it is not a story where the MC gets life easy with super cultivation (though he gets a bit) and girls dropping like flies around him.

I... more>> am leaving the above in the review.

I am currently at chapter 41 and the story has gotten unbearably dull and foolish. The MC gets himself into trouble at the drop of the hat. I find him to be one of the most foolish characters I have seen in xianxia. The plot tropes are rolling out and frankly I have now lost hope for this series. <<less
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April 7, 2020
Status: --
"However, they had never expected that Chen Zi was actually Zi Chen."

This is the level of intelligence you can expect from the characters in this novel. They are too bipolar: every person the MC meets is either an insufferable scum with no redeeming traits or a loyal and selfless noob that needs protecting. There are way too many in the former category. As the MC scurries from one craphole to another, there is a neverending stream of jackasses jumping out and trying to kill him for the most petty reasons.

None... more>> of the characters, MC included, are interesting or memorable. The romance is equally bad because the heroines have 0 character development- they're just female names. I think the potato I ate for lunch might have more going on in the personality department. Overall the story is just lacking, even for online novel standards. <<less
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UsernameJ rated it
November 27, 2016
Status: c35
Chapter 35 so far. All I can really say is this definitely has potential. Potential sort of like TDG. Start is interesting, pacing is good. Conflicts so far are actually sort of believable in the "wow everyone is kind of a f*cking douchebag" way. Which does make sense, there's no grand techniques and flying swords and sects that f*cking flood their lands with pills. Disciples of the sect bit*h and scheme and steal for 1 or 2 pills, it's pretty low-key.

The pacing is good too, each chapter has enough to... more>> fill out the chapter and almost no annoying repetition. None of that "I'm clearly getting paid by how many words I write" repetition.

So far, I recommend it. <<less
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kingtape rated it
October 19, 2016
Status: c14
It doesn't depart from generic xianxia too much, but does give an intriguing enough of a premise to keep the reader interested. At least for the first 14 chapters or so. Generic xianxia is a solid foundation in novel cultivation, but in order to comprehend the true dao the author has to branch out. I'll update my review once the author (or translator) is further along the path of novel cultivation.
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bladestorm91 rated it
April 8, 2020
Status: c236
For anyone who's an avid reader of the xianxia/xuanhuan genre, do you know how every once in a while the protagonist in other novels are betrayed by someone in their sect or rat out by scum sitting in the sidelines trying to kiss ass and get benefits? This is literally all this novel is about.

The MC never EVER gets a break. He's always targeted by someone every damn moment, even when you think things have finally settled down, here comes along some random as*hole out of nowhere to ruin the... more>> MC's day.

It's like the author thought that arrogant young masters were not enough for his novel, so he made EVERYONE an arrogant young master. Yes, there's a small fraction of characters that are genuinely nice people, mortals specifically are almost all good, but everyone else is an as*hole to the extreme.

The more you read this, the more you'll desire for the MC to just purge the entire continent he's on of cultivators. You want a pay-off for all this bullsh*t that the MC is going through, but so far as of chapter 144, the frustration just keeps pilling on and no pay-off is in sight so far.

The biggest problem with this novel is that there's no calms before the storms, there's only storms. I'm going to continue reading this, checking to see when he's going to start purging sects. But so far, this novel deserves a 3 star.

Edit: Update, it does start getting better afterwords. His suffering is starting to pay-off around chapter 200 and onward. <<less
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Poireau rated it
January 5, 2020
Status: c48

If you have enjoyed PMG, then this novel is for you, else, walk away!

The MC is not as arrogant as the one in PMG and not every male is the enemy of the MC (still close to 95%), but the story, character developpement, armor plot and of course the classical face slapping are the same as in PMG.

The MC has no brain, no personnality, and his armor plot is one of the thickest i've ever seen: each time the MC is about to die because he randomely pissed of group... more>> of people, his stamina and strength go back to normal thanks to his cheat. The worst is that his friend also have the same issue: being suddently stronger (for example in speed) than enemies that are two or three cultivation level above...

The story is also bad: there is of course a tournament already in the early chapters, and where I stopped, the story was really at the bottom: at some point the MC dressed in black with his face masked to robb people of tokken points but is recognized because his tokken has his name written on it... what the hell?!

I have to say that I picked this novel because it was over 4 stars, but it is really way over rated!

Deffinitely a bad read and a waste of time! <<less
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hiro12a rated it
December 26, 2019
Status: c251
The novel is extremely boring to me at the start but afterwards, it got really interesting. I was really debating on dropping the novel because of how boring the first 10 chapters was but I'm glad I continued. The only thing that I don't like about this novel is that our MC basically has to run away alot
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frost rated it
January 16, 2018
Status: c466
My rating is 3.5/5. (No option for 3.5)

It's a generic novel. It started kind of nice, other than MC being dumb or probably the right word be "not smart". He shows his wealth even if he knows it will lead to conflict. Get into unnecessary fights and those fight will lead to more conflicts. The writer tried to make the story better with different settings and different martial techniques.

But that's all, what I liked in the novel. I don't know why writers try to include girls and make it... more>> a harem, the story was going downhill and making it harem made it worse. Fighting scenes are sort of good.

Well, it's an average novel and you can definitely try and see if it suits you. I had to stop at the end as nothing new was coming up. Just meaningless fights. <<less
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selweron rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: c35
It's a generic xianxia. At this point, for someone like me who basically read novels ever since spcnet forum, this is nothing new. It's not a bad read per se, but very predictable without many things to offer - plot moves while killing people who offend MC for no particular reason (they have no brain), and that's pretty much it. I'd rather recommend Soaring of Galaxia, Immortal Mortal, Plundering Heavens. Those are way better and one-of-a-kind xianxia/xuanhuan out of the translated ones.
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LoneDK rated it
February 18, 2020
Status: c81
This novel started off promising but ends up quite trash. The novel hits on everything I hate about xianxia:

  • 1 dimensional villains: They repeat the same sentences over and over. Their motivations are shallow and their sole purpose is to hate and want to kill the MC.
  • Brain dead ruthless MC. Literally goes around provoking people and then gets out of it due to plot armor. The funny part is that the author literally said he was a cunning person chapter 1 but soon dropped the facade because he doesn't know how to write a cunning MC.
  • Level zones: Surprising no one, the sect that the MC starts off is one of the weakest sects amongst the vassals of a larger sects (which wouldn't surprise me if the author decided that it would be another small fish in a large ocean). The elders of the sects are only at the level of disciples of the larger sects. Honestly it wouldn't surprise me if the story just goes from level to level.
Save yourself the trouble and read something else.
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scribbledoutname rated it
October 31, 2018
Status: c70
Ey dis pretty good! I wouldn't give it 5 stars yet since there's not enough stuff going on in the story (five star stories always juggle lots of interesting threads imo, and this story's plot is a bit more focused. There are naturally multiple characters but, as of now, not lots of things going on in the background. 70 is early days though so this may change later on). I like the MC. He's intelligent, good at getting revenge, and it's also quite satisfying seeing some of his verbal responses... more>> to shameless actions. <<less
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