MIGHT MAKES RIGHT.
Wu Jian comes from a small clan eking out a living in the countryside. Despite being the clan heir, he is bullied for being cowardly and weak. In a world where the strength of a person's cultivation determines their lot in life, weakness is not allowed, and those who possess it are often stamped out.
But Wu Jian doesn't want to remain weak. He doesn't want to be a coward. He wants to be strong. Witness the rise of one young man who, with the help of his childhood friend, will face adversity, forge new bonds of love and friendship, and gain the strength needed to protect his loved ones and find meaning in his life.
It all begins here.
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This is some good sh*t.
It has all the tropes and the plot armour but it is so well written that it avoids most of the usual plot holes that plague xianxia and cultivation novels.
The female love interests have actual personality and they are written so well that they feel real, not the one dimensional characters that I got used to reading.
The MC is the usual in most novels. Good hearted, Talented, Hardworking, but the execution is well done. The character writing is leagues ahead of the usual Chinese character writing.
I've read a lot of Chinese novels specifically cultivation novels and my god, most them are just bad.
Gotta give credit where it is due, I'll be throwing money at you in the foreseeable future.
4.6 Stars [Round Up] (4 Stars, +.3 fresh bonus [Giving me something slightly new, from a genre that I'm very familiar with], +.3 potential bonus [Very Curious on how the story is going to develop])
(Made at Chapter 168)
I've read quiet a few cultivation stories.... Okay a lot, especially during the earlier periods of my time reading stories on the internet. I don't read too many anymore but I do keep an eye on open.
Severing Time & Space. The powerset of the MC and main cast of is also interesting enough. Nothing so out of the ordinary.
Powers and abilities:
MC gets simple space manipulation powers, which while not uncommon (in these type of stories) its used interesting enough. While the main female lead has time powers, which while time powers can be broken, confusion or just not work. They really well implemented in this story, being foresight.
It avoids some annoying common tropes of the genre. Not saying it doesn't use them all but it is a very interesting take on this type of story. Mc's initial drive for power isn't for some reason like for revenge or prove them wrong, just his girl friend going. (Hey, cultivation world, being strong kind of dictates things, so someone will try to steal me because of that) Which is one of the most valid reasons someone has had in cultivation story to start cultivating.
But overall I like the main cast, and I'm interested in how the story is going to develop.
So far; a competent xianxia story. Grammar and style are very good. The main characters have good personalities to them which make their interactions satisfying to read. The harem is handled quite well and doesn't grate on me as they often do, but I hope there's not going to be more love interests than the 3 we've seen. On the other hand, the antagonists have been very tropey and one dimensional - I hope the author has plans to break out of usual xianxia trappings and write something a bit different, as I've been able to predict more or less the whole plot thus far. The protagonist is quite different compared to a typical xianxia protagonist in that he's a bit more sensitive and thoughtful, so I hope the villains can be given better characterisation. Also, I hope the Cultivation system get fleshed out a bit more in time and made more bespoke.
Reccomended for any fans of xianxia. If you've not read any like stories this one wouldn't be a bad one to start with - it's fairly light on jargon or complicated cultivation systems and written in English natively. If you like litrpg or YA fantasy the xianxia genre would likely appeal to you.
This book has all the boxes checked! Action, martial arts, best friend/True Love, magic, adventure, rite of passage, and unexpected turn of events all in one!! You have got to check this out!