Zhanxian

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Gripes have their origins and debts have their debtors. We haven’t crossed each other in days past or present, nor formed any grudges. I am but duty-bound to carry this out, so apologies in advance!

In his past life, Yang Chen was a gentle person who was oppressed for his whole life.

Now that he’s reborn, he chose to become an executioner and severs ties and grudges with his executioner’s blade, killing all that climb onto the Immortal Executioner’s Platform!

Heads will roll! Humans’ in the human realm, demons’ in the demon realm, devils’ in the devil realm and immortals’ in the immortal realm!

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Immortal Executioner
Slaying Immortals
ZX
斩仙
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Dao Seeker
Dao Seeker rated it
July 21, 2016
Status: c120
Although in this novel MC has yet to face any life or death moments, filled with many walk in the park scenerios, It is interesting in its own way because of narration. You won't hate this novel just because something isn't there, its an enjoyable read.
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sleib
sleib rated it
June 13, 2016
Status: c95
If you love xianxia, you will love this. This one is not some low level xianxia novel either, but definitely one of the high quality ones. Story is interesting, MC is interesting, world is interesting, cultivation path is interesting. The fictional world reminds me of Murdering Heaven Edge's. There is also some mention of Chinese mythological creatures and gods. Also chapters are much longer than normal and I personally like it.
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sayadewa
sayadewa rated it
April 7, 2016
Status: --
This story is very good. A smart MC is always welcome in any story. Unlike other generic xianxia, this one has MC that truly knows how to solve problems without using powers that come from last minute plot armor breakthrough, but only with pure tactic. Utilizing every single minor thing he can use and his environment to defeat enemies above his level.

He is also a smooth talker. Able to control his emotions and attack the weak point in their “Grand” speech instead, making them lose much face. Very different than... more>> other xianxia MCs who will be angry and manipulated by other’s speech and ultimately ending in a death battle, winning by using plot power. He also know when to hide and when to show his power and knowledge to get more allies and turn his enemy's plots into his advantage instead.

Sadly, the people around MC, whether its his allies or the peanut galleries, are twice more idiotic than other xianxias. The peanut galleries always support his enemy even after they saw the enemy is proven on the wrong side and his allies are so stupid they can’t even find one single culprit that always endangering MC even when said culprit come forward in front of the crowd and start spouting obvious bullsh*t that can make even a brain-dead person know that he is the one who did it.

Overall, MC 11/10, other things 2/10. I’ll just giving these 4 stars purely because of MC’s awesomeness. If only other things can reach standard xianxia I’ll give this 5 stars.. <<less
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hero
hero.storm rated it
March 7, 2016
Status: --
Giving this novel a 2/5 from a 3.5/5 and writing another review after reading ahead of the currently translated chapters. Keep in mind that the review I'll be writing within the SPOILER tag contains spoilers. Do not read it if you don't want to get spoiled.

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Spoiler

I really like this novel. Just read my first review below about me wishing another translator picked would pick this up / edit the chapters because it's was that good for me. However...

It. Gets. So. f*cking. Drawn. Out.

Everyone knows that the main enemy of the MC in this current "world" / level is the Greatest Heaven Sect (GHS). Guess what? I read the raws up to chapter 615 before dropping it and THERE STILL HASN'T BEEN A MAJOR BATTLE AGAINST THE f*ckING SECT. You read that right. There have been extremely small clashes (in which the MC always wins) but that's about it. They're small and GHS doesn't know that the MC is the one behind it.

What happens between the current chapters and the last chapter I read is pretty much...

1) MC decides to travel outside the sect.
1.2) MC gets ambushed by GHS.
2) MC goes into some special area / different world and gets treasures.
2.1) If it's a different world, MC uses his skill refining in order to get rich in said world and buy / get some goodies. (And sometimes recruits monsters he meet into the sect)
3) MC gets ambushed by GHS (if he wasn't ambushed before going into the special area / world.)
4) MC either goes to his wives / goes to his sect.
5) MC gives his wives some power ups / gives his sect some powers ups. (Items or pills)
6) Pills are sold /traded to his wives' sects before getting sold / traded to whoever else (more expensive to the others, especially for GHS).

That's pretty much it again and again. (3 times from what I remember) They're all pretty much repeated fillers just to prolong the actual fight against GHS. It's obvious that his reputation / influence will have a hand in dealing with GHS be it by creating alliances / asking the sects he's had business with to do something to GHS. Too bad I never reached the actual fight because of how drawn out it already was.

Another thing is that EVERY SINGLE SECT especially his own is completely INCOMPETENT.

Anyway, just thinking of it grinds my gears so let me finish this off quickly. Basically, I'm dropping this novel. I mean... usually I read the raws to decide to whether to drop a novel or not (if it's not completely terrible). For this novel I did read the raws but I couldn't even stick it out long enough to read the conclusion of the MC's first major opponent. That's how badly drawn out it was. All I can think of is "oh he finally got some power ups and returned to the sect. I'm sure he'll finally fight GHS. Nope, time for the MC to go on a journey again.

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Giving this novel a 3.5/5.
Honestly one of the most interesting beginnings among the novels I’ve recently read.

The major downside though is that it was only partially translated by Bagelson as a teaser and the new translator who decided to pick up the novel is leagues behind Bagelson in terms of translation quality. Lots of words missing, wrong grammar, constant switching from past tense to present tense, incorrect capitalization, etc. Feel free to read Ch.12 and compare it to Ch.13.

Also, after reading Ch.13 I decided to check the latest translated chapter (Ch.33) to see if the quality improved. The paragraph from that chapter I’m quoting below answers that question...

Spoiler

“... Yang Chen’s mind had already returned to his previous life and the memories of Gongsun Ling started appearing bit by bit.

cultiIn every sect, some genius disciples brimming with talent would appear and certainly Gongsun Ling was one of those genius disciples. The

And so in his previous life, Gongsun Ling... ”

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Not sure if the word “culti” is a part of a sentence talking about cultivation or if it was just misplaced. Similar to how I’m not sure if the “The” there is just misplaced or an entire sentence was omitted.

Those being said, I’m honestly hoping the new translator picks up an editor or ups his translation quality. If he doesn’t, I hope another translator would decide to pick this story up. Until one of those things happen, I’ll be putting this novel on hold as the translation quality really kills the beauty and mystery of the novel for me.

• Update 1 (11:42 PM 3/22/2016) •

Noticed the good amount of updates released recently so I decided to check if the chapters were already edited. I first checked the Ch.33 (mentioned above) and was happy to find out that it has been edited. I Immediately checked Ch.13 (mentioned above and where I paused reading the novel) and found that it was also edited. Seeing that, I decided to resume reading the story. Unfortunately, it was only edited up to Ch.14. Reading Ch.15 the errors found in the previously unedited chapters were apparent. Hopefully the translator / editors continue to edit the rest of the unedited chapters, especially since there are sentences / paragraphs which feel like they state contradicting ideas and sentences / paragraphs which don’t make sense because of missing words.

Looking forward to checking for changes in a few weeks. <<less
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TheRockyAvalon
TheRockyAvalon rated it
December 25, 2015
Status: --
I finished reading chapter 12 yesterday, only to find out that the 12 chapters released were merely a teaser. I am truly saddened as this novel is very promising and, on top of being well written, was very entertaining to scroll through. I thoroughly advise anyone reading this review to go ahead and read the 12 chapters posted as each chapter is rather long and carries on the story nicely. You won't be left on any big cliffhangers, at least not of the unbearable type. The story feels very similar... more>> to TDG and other types where the protagonist comes back in time, under-powered but completely over-potentiated and start kicking ass immediately. Again, this story has great potential and I would suggest anyone reading this review to go ahead and indulge in it. I hope it gets updated soon! <<less
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AutumnSnowz
AutumnSnowz rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: c315
Update:
Spoiler

So after 500 or so chapter the harem that I said was good became pure crap. Literally girls are force into his harem and he's to stupid to say no and they get injected into his harem with no big romance or story behind it beside the athour wanting him to have more lovers. It was suppose to be a gem in the harem pile of crap writing but turn out it just part of the pile of crap that shines a bit more than the rest of the crap. 3.5 out of 5 now.

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Old review: This is a great novel that I really enjoy. There is some filler and words count added to have more words but over all I think the novel still is a great novel. I love the harem in here since they all have personality and background. The romance is all build up in one way or another and they don't just fall in love for no reason.
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dragonray250
dragonray250 rated it
November 14, 2018
Status: Completed
Overall the story was very well done. Harem was well done and each female character was developed well. Ending was a bit rushed and had some contradictions in the end but overall a good experience. MC's scheming and planning was very fun to read and how he interacted with his enemies and his wife's sects were pretty interesting to read as well. The novel can basically be summed up to 3 arcs: mortal realm arc, spirit realm arc and the immortal realm arc. The mortal realm arc took up around... more>> 60% of the novel spirit realm 30% and immortal realm 10% which made it seem like the story was rushed. <<less
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h0b0onsn0w
h0b0onsn0w rated it
October 9, 2018
Status: --
Really strong start but like all other of it's genre, after the first arc or so 2/3 of almost every chapter following is exposition about info no one really care about. Nothing that pushes the story forward. Not even some kind of humorous filler. It's all infodump bs. If you like really really excessively detailed bs about cultivation/pill refining/artifact refining, this is for you. If you come for a story, well, Tales of demons and god's story progress is faster even though it's 1 chapter per month (I'm not talking... more>> translation speed, I'm talking story speed) <<less
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Ziri
Ziri rated it
April 18, 2018
Status: c98
Interesting novel its different from the rest.

He doesn't go looking for a fight.

Knows how to advantage of his abilities instead of hiding them. He kills most enemy of previous lives instead of killing a strnger with no relation to him.

He knows how to take benefits.
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sidneyvan94
sidneyvan94 rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: c1330
I've read the whole novel and what I can say about it is that its a good story for reading and passing the time and had a lot of potential for improvement but somehow the author got tired of writing and rushed the ending. Overall its an enjoyable story and like every other story you will always find some parts you like, some parts you don't and the authors mistakes.

if you ask me whether I recommend reading this or not I say yeah go for it.

here is what I liked... more>> and what I didn't like about this novel.

pros:

i liked how the protagonist's harem is there for the whole novel

cons

the story's title would make more sense if it had something to do with him being an alchemist

the plot wasn't well planned

so you find instances where the protagonists cultivation in the story is too fast and the cultivation realms aren't enough so the author tries to find excuses for reducing the cultivation speed like cultivating too fast is bad for your foundation, the protagonist has to reduce some cultivation levels so that his cultivation is more pure, the protagonist has to take ages to stabilize his foundation.

Spoiler

the worst mistake when it comes to cultivation in the story is like the author spent a lot of chapters describing the protagonists process of cultivation e.g how he stabilizes his foundation, how he enhances his cultivation's purity how he balances his elements respective cultivation. This happens like more than half the story which is past chapter 900 only to make the protagonist discard his cultivation and start from scratch. So this decision makes the first half of the story pointless because even though he recovers his cultivation to human immortal in like 50 chapters he doesn't go through the whole process he did in the first half of the story.

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the author breaks the rules of the story's world and it feels like he contradicts himself.

he describes how cultivation shouldn't go too fast, should make your cultivation pure, shouldn't use external objects like pills to increase cultivation, should stabilise foundation, increasing cultivation too fast consequences would be insuficient mood and yet at the end of the day all these only apply to the MC and his wives like no one else does this in the story or even doing so can be fixed easily.

mistakes like forgetting which cultivation realm the protagonist is in.

loose ends

some of the disciplines he was supposed to receive weren't even mentioned in the story in the end he only took like 3 discipines of which their character werent developed.

a lot of the chapters the protagonist spends training but the protagonist rarely fights.

bad character development

the roles of his wives and concubines are to be messenger's of the sects or just making tea or alcohol (being housewives) in the story despite how the author author used to describe how they were well known strong characters in the story.

the other concubines don't have character development its so bad to the point the group of cocubines from 5 elements sect are described with one word murong 5 sisters no individuality. the author tries to make the MC like a type of dark hand who manipulates things from the shadows which fails miserably because despite how the mc's plans are complicated nothing ever goes wrong which is very unrealistic because no matter how good someone is at making strategies not all plans ever go 100% right.

the story's quality drops at the final world in the story

the final world's chapters are less than 200

most of the people the MC meets at the final world are at the like the last stage of cultivation including servants so the author cant even describe how strong the top characters are by cultivation level. <<less
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Chachingmel
Chachingmel rated it
January 5, 2018
Status: v1c14
Honestly this story started of great but I didn't even get passed chapter 10 before I realised this story had a huge problem. It rambled. A LOT. Am I the only one who realises the author pretty much glossess over everything just to go into an unhealthy amount of depth when it comes to cultivating techniques? From what I read from other reviews these techniques can take up to several pages. From the little experience I have. I would completely believe them. With a story like this I only got... more>> to chapter 4 before calling it quits. This is obviously not for me. <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
November 13, 2017
Status: c197
I finally dropped this series after months of not being able to motivate myself to read the newest chapters.

Basically, an immortal is betrayed and killed, and he's reborn as his younger self in the past. Because he somehow remembers hundreds of tiny details about the future, he uses them to quickly gain an OP amount of killing intent, super weapons, storage space, secret garden, treasures, super skills, talents, etc etc etc.

This series is only interesting if you want to see how rich and powerful a guy who knows everything can... more>> get. Everything comes way too easily to him for hundreds of chapters, and there is zero suspense since he is never in any danger. Basically, he just used his cheat knowledge to level up endlessly without any challenges.

The writing isn't great. Lots of huge word/info-dumps and a veeery slow pace. The first 50 chapters are more interesting than anything that comes after. The other characters (whether they are friend or foe) are all super 1-dimensional. Typical arrogant villians, loyal beasts, easily-impressed girls. Their personalities don't develop unless the MC makes them develop.

The translation quality isn't too bad. Maybe 4 out of 5. <<less
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pomoli
pomoli rated it
October 31, 2017
Status: --
Pretty good for a xianxia WN.

Pro

  • MC makes sense, and while he isn't the best MC around, he's pretty good natured, staying low key when necessary, actually using his knowledge of the future instead of brute forcing everything. I especially liked how he resolved
    Spoiler

    the conflict in the desert, making two big sects at each others throats.

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  • The story is interesting overall.
  • Not all of the side characters are psychopaths.
  • The romance is not bad, though it could have been way better.
Con

  • Too much stupid arrogant antagonists.
  • Not enough development of side characters.
  • Too many repetitions everywhere. It is really tedious sometime to see the same thing repeated over and over in a chapter, just to make it artificially longer.
  • Too much techno-babble, with entire arcs around that.
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GDLiZy
GDLiZy rated it
September 19, 2017
Status: c98
Well, Dropped.

The beginning of the novel is very promising with a lot of potentials.

But it keeps letting me down with MC making stupid decisions when it comes to females, his master etc.

Pill concocting and cultivation is overly long with too many details like 10 chapters just for concocting a pill in the mortal world.

MC should be really wise or somewhat smart if he can survive to Golden Immortal but he keeps making weird and illogical excuse about many, many problems.
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Much Much mrm
Much Much mrm rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c34
This must be the stupidest MC known to Mankind.

He came from the future only to ignore minor matters and only focus on his goal, when he is clearly laying obstacles for himself and changing the future.

For example...

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Spoiler

He was to execute a girl but he knew she would be saved and join a specific sect. But by him being in the same city and drawing people in that shouldn't have come, he changed her future and his. Because that girl ended up in the wrong sect and the person that saved that girl was a famous female cultivator and that cultivator gave the MC a gift and with that gift the MC antagonised many males and the MC keeps on making enemies with this as the base without caring about the future. It will be a miracle if the timeline hasn't changed hugely

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I see this as the author having an excuse to keep this story going. <<less
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Oshino Shinobu
Oshino Shinobu rated it
August 25, 2017
Status: c208
Its a must read! If you like SOTR or ED etc this is for you. OP MC is very well done. Often the mc's future happiness feels one hair away from destruction.

Harem part is tiny so don't let that put you off.

You will regret not having read this sooner, trust me!
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oezsoyb
oezsoyb rated it
January 23, 2017
Status: c70
I do not understand why this novel has such good ranking. I would personally give it a 3 or 4 Stars. And here is the reason why: There are way too many explanations and descriptions of items/cultivations, this novel doesnt feel like a novel surrounding the MC, but more like an encyclopedia for cultivation. There is next to no dialougue at all, which makes it really tiring too read. I have to take a break every 5 chapters because of the mass of information.

Cultivation wise this novel is a huge... more>> 5/5, the descriptions and such are s bit confusing but still possible to grasp. Character, story and atmosphere wise this novel is a 1/5. Overall, If I wanted to read an educational book I could have went to the library, I dont need novels for that. <<less
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Nedrey
Nedrey rated it
September 16, 2016
Status: c147
Great start (5 stars back then), but I've scaled it down to 4 because of the lack of interactions and because the pacing really slowed down. Something else that bothers me: why hasn't he collected everything in his world yet after all the knowledge he picked up from his job (plot hole)
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cnicks032296
cnicks032296 rated it
September 10, 2016
Status: c142
This book is a fantastic read, unlike other xiaxian novels the MC and the antagonists aren't retards. It is similar to tdg but instead of focusing on his revenge and repeating his same mistakes, he takes advantage of his knowledge of the future to set himself up for the future. My favorite part is now at c142 he realized that he's getting cocky, he calms down and forces himself to improve on his weaknesses. In other xiaxia novels after they get reborn they start acting even more cocky and would... more>> die within 5 years if they didn't have plot armor, over all this is more like a fantastic book and has an extremely relatable MC that doesn't dwell on his mistakes too long and learns from his mistakes. <<less
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Invisalats
Invisalats rated it
August 19, 2016
Status: c134
This is a great novel so far.

I was leary about the premise of having an executioner as the MC but the author did a wonderful job of giving the reason for the MC becoming an executioner.

Also contrary to what might be said, there is a good reason for him gaining the abilities and treasures at a fairly fast pace. The MC is not just a walking plot armor in my opinion as we are given an explanation of how he acquired the knowledge, resources and abilities, and it is obvious... more>> that the mortal realm is just a required area of plot and not where the real story takes place.

The pacing is fine and the main character is intelligent but not infallible as at times his overconfidence can cause negligence. As for the side characters currently they don't have too much depth but it seems the author is focusing on getting the protagonist to where the real story starts and there are hints that some of the characters will become more active later with possibly more substance to their personalities.

I'll revisit this review after chapter 300. <<less
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