Way of the Devil

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Demons, devils, ghosts and monsters

Plunge the mortals weak in horrors;

Arms of gods and blades of devils,

Shroud the world in untold evils.

Lu Sheng was an ordinary civil servant in the modern world. After waking from a drunken stupor one day, he found himself trapped in a dangerous world where demons, ghosts and supernatural monsters terrorize the land.

In this world, ordinary mortals live in dark fear and helplessness, without any means to fight against the supernatural.

As Lu Sheng struggles desperately for survival, he stumbles upon a game mod he had designed for a mobile phone app in his previous life. It unexpectedly becomes his special ability, which enables him to instantly level up any skill he learns, albeit at a cost.

Thus, Lu Sheng begins his journey, striving for power beyond the reach of a mortal as he treads the way of the Devil…

Associated Names
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Cực Đạo Thiên Ma
WoD
极道天魔
Related Series
The Wizard World (Same Franchise)
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A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (1)
Chaotic Lightning Cultivation (1)
Upgrade Specialist in Another World (1)

Latest Release

Date Group Release
08/12/18 Qidian International c247
08/11/18 Qidian International c246
08/09/18 Qidian International c245
08/08/18 Qidian International c244
08/06/18 Qidian International c243
08/03/18 Qidian International c242
08/01/18 Qidian International c241
07/31/18 Qidian International c240
07/31/18 Qidian International c239
07/26/18 Qidian International c238
07/19/18 Qidian International c237
07/18/18 Qidian International c236
07/16/18 Qidian International c235
07/15/18 Qidian International c234
07/12/18 Qidian International c233
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Mistelteinn
Mistelteinn rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: c5
Looks Interesting, MC isn't entirely brain dead, he's a young master but doesn't take it to extremes, is curious about the setting and so far no horrifically reckless acts of stupidity have been committed. Seems quite promising. Unique Selling Point is literally a cheating app, albeit very limited and restricted, an interesting turn compared to all those AI chips, Old Grandpas and Magical Plot Treasures.

Rating 5 star because someone gave it a 1 star when it's the very beginning.
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clowred
clowred rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c141
Surprisingly, a masterpiece that managed to rise from what seemed to be a relatively dull novel that incorporates both the wuxia and the xianxia. Lu Sheng may not be the best protagonist ever, as his change from a relatively normal human being to a monster capable of slaying even the most innocent if there was a reason to do so was done in a rushed manner forsaking the intermission where he would have pondered on his more than normal blood lust. Yet, fret not, for the story had only to... more>> gain from this.

A novel that managed to diverge so much from the usual cultivation ideas is rarely seen. There is a ladder, yet to rise on it the path is more mysterious and painstaking than in any other novel. There is no protagonist capable of overturning odds only through his sheer will and power, each and all of them need something special, and this one also had something of this kind to help him in his cultivation, something that seemed excessively strong at the beginning yet turned out to be a more down to earth advantage where the protagonist needed something in order to gain power.

Yet, the most impressive thing about this novel can be considered the fights. They all have a certain recipe where sometimes they end extremely fast or take a few chapters between a relatively normal enemy can be brought down. This created a better image of the protagonist and his progress through his path towards the peak of power.

Lastly, even though I read almost every xianxia that has been translated, I never encountered a bald protagonist that looked like some mountain gorilla. Still, it's fun to see how much his body fits his
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Enjoy the story, it has raw potential that slowly manages to get out to light. It deserves your attention dear NU readers. <<less
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Hitexh
Hitexh rated it
October 22, 2017
Status: c74
Way of the Devil? Nope. Its Cultivator Ghost Buster. The one and only, where cultivation novel tell about how they cultivate to fight ghost. The story behind every enemy has a horor background. Thumbs up for being different among others.
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RynDeeVuo
RynDeeVuo rated it
April 17, 2018
Status: c202
Way of the Devil. It's a novel not very well known and in fact had received some damage during the time QI set off. It has a relatively low rating on NU compared to what to me is its true value as well as its rating on the QI website itself.

I've never believed in those hidden gem myth that's been circling around on the forum but now I firmly do believe they exist, if nothing else than just for this novel itself. I've always thought that if a novel is... more>> good, then naturally it will get more and more popular, right?

Unfortunately for this novel, even disregarding the previous damage it took from all the hate towards QI in its early days, the novel's predominant genre in its early arcs is Horror, definitely Horror. It's not a genre most people would open up to. I remember constantly saying swear words while reading it. Do try to read it before going to sleep, it's quite the experience.

How exactly did I come to love this novel when it's that repulsive then? Well there's one thing the novel promised right from early on, and it's that the MC will be using martial arts to fight off all enemies. Not really interesting on its own when you think about it, but against ghosts? The thought very well intrigued me.

And that intrigue has served its purpose well. The payoff was very real in deed. It was more than just satisfying, it was exciting to see the MC beat the f**k out of the ghosts that f**king creeps the hell out of you.

Now of course, many chapters later, it's no longer like that. The novel has turned from fighting mysterious and creepy ghosts to PUNCHING THE HELL OUT OF THESE WEAKLINGS! And I'm quite satisfied with the direction the novel has taken. This novel has the best OP MC I've ever experienced during my time here.

So all in all, it's a novel definitely worth trying, and even worthy of being a favorite. You should definitely try it out, is what I'm saying basically. <<less
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Evanbond
Evanbond rated it
August 7, 2017
Status: c50
Update: c180___4 star

Damn it's awesome!

Upto c50____2 star

It's good. MC is not like those typical characters. One thing that I dislike very much about this novel is that MC is self-centered. He doesn't care about the family that he lives with and his half siblings. He doesn't show any concern about them. Author has repeatedly written that he is not the real owner of the main body so the new "person" will not have to sympathize with anyone. Well I am not against this type of behavior but the new "taken... more>> over" person eats food and spends the family's money to which he doesn't show appreciation which I think is the trademark characteristic of an immature teenager.

Another issue is that the MC can subconsciously feel that some stuffs happening around him are eery no matter where he goes yet he still casually goes around without enough protection or gets drunk from liquor. He's as if exuding "throw at me whatever you have and I will be able deal with anything despite I am weak as a child" vibe. I think he knows he has a plot armor somewhere lying around. The author hasn't shown any smartness in these areas.2 <<less
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keklel
keklel rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: c215
UPDATE 2 (c215) :

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I kept on reading after c69 and it turns out that the story doesn't fall off that hard. I'm reading c215 right now and the story is still pretty well-woven. I'm not seeing any fall off in consistency of storytelling here. The characterization is still decent and story itself is a good mix of action and intrigue - in particular the revelation that all Noble blood is based off of the Divine Weapons. Let's see how it plays out. 4 stars for now.

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UPDATED (c69) :
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I can't f**king believe the MC just up and killed a sect member for literally NO REASON other than her uncle not allowing the MC to have the lands which were originally assigned to her. This MC is one greedy motherf**ker! As soon as he doesn't get what he wants, he starts killing everyone in his way even though they've done nothing wrong!

This was completely out of character for him and has never happened before. Even the MC in Great Demon King was not this rash! This is like something straight out of a sh*tty 3rd rate xianxia trash.

I'm downgrading this novel to 3 stars because of it.

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OLD REVIEW:

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Firstly, ignore the 1 star ratings. This novel deserves no less than 4 stars. From the first 10 chapters alone, judging from how well the setting has been thought out, the level and depth of characterization, the realism and the knack for tension-building that the author has displayed, it's obvious that unless the author messes up really badly later on, this is a 5 star novel.

Now, finally a MC with some common sense!

"All the young masters were infatuated beyond reason, resulting in a massive melee, which resulted in quite a number of injured and even quite a few killed, " fatso said as he clicked his tongue.

"Even so, those who were seriously injured and handicapped remain devoted to this woman. But she's already forgotten them in the blink of an eye!"

Lu Sheng narrowed his eyes, a shiver in his heart. He had heard of these incidents, but never imagined that this woman was the cause of them all. For them to pine for her even after they were handicapped... this was not something that could be explained by her beauty.

In that moment, he labeled Duan Muwan as extremely dangerous in his mind. For her to be able to twist so many people around her little finger, she either had extremely high EQ or employed some unusual methods. It was best to stay as far away as possible from such characters.

This is clearly a MC who takes things seriously, does not underestimate others, and prefers staying away from unknown risk than going towards it.

The fact that the world is dangerous provides the main motivation for the MC to get stronger. Throughout the first 10 chapters, the dangerousness of the world has been demonstrated through "showing" rather than "telling". For example, the death of the entire Xu family for no apparent reason, the burning down of the restaurant, ghostly hallucinations that the MC experienced before the restaurant burned down. Everything comes together to build increasing tension, like each wave being followed by a bigger wave.

The way in which the MC regarded his first kill is worthy of note. In most run of the mill xianxia novels, the author would usually spend a few words justifying the killing, and most likely a few more sentences describing how awed the onlookers are by how amazing the MC's skills are. However, in this novel, the MC feels turmoil at killing for the first time, and immediately reflects on the consequences of his killing, namely that he exposed his martial arts skills, which he intended to keep hidden. This scenario was unavoidable, however, since his guards were incompetent and he would have been killed if he had not used his martial arts to defend himself. It is telling that his first thoughts after the killing were

'The good thing is, the Black Tiger Saber Technique moves are unique and distinctive. With a bit of investigation, they'll be able to clearly trace them back to Uncle Zhao. That's not such a big deal, but I've got to be careful in the future... '

All in all, a fantastically well thought out novel. The characters are not only realistic and thoughtful, but also the plot is exciting and the tension is expertly built throughout. I will update this review as I read more chapters.

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mrttao
mrttao rated it
March 10, 2018
Status: c124
Story starts off interesting, it seems like a subversion of your typical "transmigrated into xianxia" story, as the world building shows that it is a horror story. With the MC running away from spooky creepy stuff that human martial artists can't fight. And that MC was not born a cultivator, instead having to use lesser "martial arts" (which is basically cultivation, but a tier below with strict limits. Although still very superhuman, they are at a massive disadvantage against ghosts and above a certain level of spookiness are completely helpless)... more>>

MC's cheat is rather annoying and stupid. During his life on earth he programmed a cheat for an extremely hard xianxia style video game that lets you instantly master martial arts. So suddenly he has that cheat "in real life". At first it is constrained by draining his life and leaving him crippled for months (and only reason he recovers at all is due to consuming expensive medicine) as a backlash. But pretty soon he learns he can just kill ghosts to fuel it instead.

The horror vibe that made the story at first quickly goes away. Cultivators aka Nobles turn out to just be using a magic item that is fueled by human sacrifice. Ghosts turn out to have their own nobles and politic with the human nobles. Both sides are basically your typical xianxia sects. MC rapidly skyrockets in power, managing to finally breakthrough the limitation of a non cultivator but with his own power and Qi and as such not dependent on blood sacrifice to magic items, making him the most mary sue person in the setting. By c124 he can 1 hit kill a noble cultivator of level 3 or lower.

MC is a complete and total psychopath. Even for a chinese xianxia MC he is a psycho. Worse, he lacks the charisma to sell it to the reader, coming off as just an ass. And even worse than that, he is a huge hypocrite about it; constantly switching between massacring innocents and sacrificing them, exploiting people, patting himself on the back for being righteous, and swearing to exterminate all nobility because blood sacrifice is evil (never mind that it is necessary to prevent humanity from going extinct to ghosts). <<less
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sleib
sleib rated it
January 6, 2018
Status: c134
It has been a while since I've read such an entertaining novel. I read all translated chapters in one go. Novel has horror/mystery/supernatural elements perfectly mixed with xuanhuan. Action parts are well written and the world is interesting. Just read it already!
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kingtape
kingtape rated it
December 2, 2017
Status: c29
Wow.

This kid is reincarnated into another world never having killed someone before. 10 seconds later, if someone so much as glances at him wrong, he chops their head off.

He's a psycopath of an MC. When his employees try to flee for their lives because they are afraid to die, they are killed one by one. This isn't "cool, " if anything it's stupid. Senseless, pointless brutality.
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AvERaGeNP
AvERaGeNP rated it
January 20, 2018
Status: c190
If you're are not reading this then you're missing out. One of the different yet interesting novel. It has a certain vibe of secrecy of what will the world offer MC and where will he go after certain point and what will he do. I am a huge fan of Get Lost and this certainly is one of his masterpiece.
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davethwave
davethwave rated it
November 9, 2017
Status: c92
Though some may not like it as it's slow paced and was given a lot of 1 stars probably because of that, it has a good plot, entertaining to read, MC is not dumb, not lustful like 90% of the other mc's in novels like this one, has restraint, somewhat more... lets say, less op luck type kind of MC as well, and though he does have restraint he still acts his age rather than a logic machine void of emotion.
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VLeeAzn
VLeeAzn rated it
August 24, 2017
Status: c37
To be honest I started reading this novel because I found there were surprisingly a great amount of 1 star despite it only having a few chapters, also I only found positive review on the comment.

I kind of like how the novel is right now, I actually thought that his cheat will be overpowered but now I'm just thinking that this young master is actually pitifully weak despite having a cheat.

I also feel like the novel is kind of long. Maybe I just don't like the way chapters are named... more>> like (1) to (5).

So far nothing really major has happened so I don't know. I will leave now and wait till there are more chapters.

What I really like about this now is the MC has yet to be provoked by other young master of another family for whatever reason, it's like people in this world don't make life difficult for others (at least for now).

The romance part is okay, the MC surprisingly doesn't seem to be the type who thinks with his bottom part of the body. Also at c37 he seems to start fooling around awkwardly like normal teenager which made me very happy because that was how I was.

I will update more after there are more chapters, it was definitely an ok read. <<less
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Legalt
Legalt rated it
March 19, 2018
Status: c192
The tags and genres say a lot about this novel, as with the name. I've read A LOT of different Chinese Novels, so it's pretty rare for me to find one that makes me so in love with it, and Way of the Devil is one of them. I mention a bit more specific things in this review, mainly because I always appreciate reading a review like this one before I dive into a novel... I like to understand slightly more about what I'm investing my time into. If you... more>> like the tags and my review, even if you just skim through, stop wasting your time and start reading!!

These are the words from the author himself "Way of the Devil tells the story of an ordinary mortal fighting against the entire world. Only a path of extremes can lead him to defeat the malice and darkness of this whole world. To pursue a world that he believes in and to transform all that he wants to change–he will tread on the way which crushes all other ways!"

The premise and a lot about it is just really different compared to others, and what the author said also says a lot about this. The MC, Lu Sheng, has been one of the most satisfying ones I've ever seen when it comes to his growth, and DEFINITELY more unique when it comes to combat. He's not an idiot and a complete brute; he can think and plan things ahead of time very well. The below will be more about him and has slight spoilers, but I think it's a good way to alleviate confusion about this novel when you see the negative reviews.

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The MC starts off as a reincarnated weakling in a world that's more than what initially meets the eye. He also doesn't start off really young as he's nearly 20, which is an older start for a CN. After realizing the worlds peril, he starts to get strong pretty quickly and has a pretty big transformation, physically. I likened him to Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho, as I consider his body VERY similar to him. As a negative review mentioned, he becomes totally bald and gets increasingly muscular, but don't let that deter you (honestly, it made me more hype haha) as it doesn't last forever... Well, imagine all those other CNs where once you get strong enough, you can change your body. That's what happens, but that incredibly muscular form is more of his "true" form when it comes to combat... So, like Toguro haha.

His personality takes a bit of a hit as well. A genre tag is "horror", so you can expect the things he'll see and witness. He's not really evil, but the title "Way of the Devil" says a lot, personality wise AND physically. A lot of things end up being done mostly for his own benefit, as he can't afford to act otherwise.

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Anyway. The writing has been good and the translation quality is excellent. There's a lot of mystery involved, and though it starts using some common CN tropes, all of them do. Just look at Western Style fantasy/RPG stuff: Mana, HP, Elves, Magic... All common tropes if you think about it that way :D.

As of now, this doesn't seem like it'll head the harem route, but it's eventually possible. As of now though, I've quite liked the romance between the MC and his interest, even if there hasn't been a ton. The characters have been pretty good and the antagonists as well. No typical arrogant young master crap.

The tags don't say it for some reason, but I'd consider "sect development" and "loyal subordinates" as being added... I like those tags, especially "loyal subordinates" haha. "Weak to Strong seems apt, but his strength develops quickly. He's far from some weakling pushover, which I always love.

Anyway, don't miss out on this novel. Check it out and enjoy! <<less
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Brohatter
Brohatter rated it
April 13, 2018
Status: c200
Amazing story, a transmigrator that wanted to enjoy life discovers his happy time can all come to a screeching halt thanks to some creepy encounters with the supernatural, due to some luck he gets a handy tool that can help him grow, his motivation becomes surviving in a world where he finds out his plight in the lowest rung of the world, characters are well portrayed, the first chapters have an awesome scary vibe and the constant hidden dangers makes it suspenseful but not exaggerated.

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The premise of the story is quite good due to the existence of superior species and their treatment to the flowers and cattle known as humans, the despair felt by the race in general is quite satisfying, even our main character seems to deviate from the strongest humans and the more the story drags on the greater the changes to his character, hell he goes all testosterone bull and wild berserker on us a lot

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Putting aside the sad waiting for new chapters, it's a fun read. <<less
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Ixcez
Ixcez rated it
June 9, 2018
Status: c225
A very different take compared to the normal martial arts chinese novel.

In the case of this one it focus at first more on a world filled with demons and ghosts that the general population and martial artists for that matter are mostly unable to handle. While the goverment/police covers up the incidents from the general population.

So how does the MC go about solving this conundrum?

By going HULK SMASH! Can't kill the ghost? Then need more muscle! Problem with not staying dead? Then hit then some more! They are to fast... more>> for the eyes? Then strengthen your abs take a punch and grab em!

Basically the whole setting is that at least at first MC has no special powers so instead he focuses on strength, toughness and qi to battle the supernatural.

It is a very interesting concept and the author does a good job with the supernatural happenings up to the fights.

My biggest and almost only issue with the novel is the fights. Everything up to here is fine but once they start they are basically only the usual OP MC who swings his saber once or twice and the ghosts are split in two and dies. There is never really any suspense since the author will spend 2-10 chapters on the build up to the fight with the ghosts but then it quickly devolves into MC swing saber ghost dead. This is especially easy for the MC since all the ghosts only fights him in melee like any normal close combat martial artist.

The MC is also always completly unafraid and pretty much jumps at the ghosts while they try to run away, eventually the ghosts just devolves into the generic CN enemies that the MC insults and then pretty much kills instantly with no difficulty.

So what started as a very fresh take on this genre sadly turned into the generic genre after about 100-150 chapters.

While it is still one of the better one's in the genre it is sad to see it become generic so quickly and in my opinion lose it's identity in the masses. <<less
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omarct
omarct rated it
May 27, 2018
Status: c223
Amazing. This is the story of a tiger in sheep's clothing who is hiding not to eat the sheep, but the shepherds. The story starts out super unique with the horror story feel and making the MC seem insignificant, but quickly turns on its head and the hunted becomes the hunter. The fights although not common are very satisfying and the MC's aggressive and unstable mentality serve to create some bad-ass hair rising moments where you can feel the fear and oppression that the main character emits to his enemies.
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Hantosh
Hantosh rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c312
Plot:
MC transmigrates into the body of a playboy noble son in an ancient chinese world setting. Discovers the world is ruled by supernatural powers that regular martial arts cannot contend against, and embarks upon a path to survival for him and his family.

Great premise, average execution. To get a feel for the series, imagine if at the end of every X-Files episode, the MC hulks out and punches the monster of the week in the face to death.

MC's cheat power basically lacks depth, he instantly learns/merges any martial arts... more>> he comes across. This exponentially scales like Re:Monster and he basically turns into a demonic Hulk. MC's personality degrades from interesting to standard psychopath chinese WN MC pretty quick and never recovers. The unique horror-wuxia vibe is ruined when he leaves the starter country and it turns out, there ARE martial arts that can contend against the supernatural.

Recommendation:
The beginning arcs are somewhat fresh and new, worth a try. Too many Chinese WN cliches starting showing up later on (side characters don't matter, organization building doesn't matter, location change every arc in lieu of meaningful world building, etc). Leaving the starter country was the last straw. By that point the story "formula" had become apparent, removing any hope of change, so I dropped it. <<less
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KingLycan
KingLycan rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c141
I have been following this novel for quite some time now, and I have to say it has always exceeded my expectations.

MC and his growth is shown properly I have to thank both author and Translator for that.

MC knows when to stay low key and when he should show himself. He knows his flaws and isn't over smart or over confident.

There are some coincidences but mostly, there are for certain reasons and causes for those action. It has a certain flow to its story and isn't like few novel's where... more>> a single enemy death or greed brings a whole clan of enemy for MC.

I have to say this is one of the best work out there and I Personally strongly recommend this for you guys. It's getting more and more interesting as it is progressing. <<less
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Darkzeta
Darkzeta rated it
June 1, 2018
Status: c225
5 Star Fan Here.

why?

  • Cuz it's HULK vs Supernatural Horrors! RAWWRRR! Who doesn't like the idea of someone like the Incredible Hulk bashing down ghosts and monsters? That's pretty much what this is about.
  • World building is detailed enough to scare the bejeebus out of me if I had to visit that world. eeek!
  • MC is kind of OP, cuz he doesn't start off the bat super duper HULK. He builds up to it. And you can easily read and feel his fear as he strives to get stronger to face this horror filled world.
  • Support characters are not super detailed, but given enough 'life' that you recognize them.
  • Oh. Alot of people die to supernatural horrors.
  • Don't read this story series all by yourself in the middle of the night in a creaky weird and moaning house.... just DON'T.
  • Read this story series in the sun while you're outside enjoying a nice breeze.
Overall I liked it. Was superbly entertained by it. Easily binged it to 225. Remenber: It's HULK vs Supernatural Horrors! HULK.... uhhh... Lu Sheng is STRONGEST one there is!! RAWWWRRR!!!
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Jamaon
Jamaon rated it
June 10, 2018
Status: c227
It’s good but coming out to slow that you are starting to lose interest in this novel. Meanwhile you are waiting for it and read another novel and when you come back you already forgot some of the part and the excited feeling that you had before. It’s coming out like 3-4 pages per week and Sometimes maybe 2-3
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