The Avalon of Five Elements

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The tens of thousands of universes have merged. The disintegration of spiritual force led to the momentous collapse of the great Cultivation World, a mighty era that had endured through millions of years of history. In the wake of the large-scale invasion of the Wilderness, the Avalon of Five Elements has become the practitioners’ last stand.

After a thousand years, a lowly youth, who hailed from the Old Territory, toiled as a laborer for three years in the depths of the Wilderness. He then became an exception and obtained the opportunity to enter the Avalon Of Five Elements for further studies.

Bearing beast-like fighting capabilities and driven by the desire to take control of his life, the youth strived for greater strength and power. Little did he know that he would set off a majestic upheaval.

Associated Names
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Five Way Heaven
Wuxingtian
五行天
Related Series
World of Cultivation (Prequel)
Undefeated God of War (Shared Universe)
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Great Demon King (2)
Legend of the Cultivation God (2)

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05/21/18 Qidian International c683
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Saiwei
Saiwei rated it
April 16, 2018
Status: c375
This novel had great potential. Sadly it did not meet up to it; too many flaws.

    1. (Money-Hungry) The MC originated from the slums. It is 'okay' to originate the MC, but the author overdoes the MC's personality on this. Because he is from the slum, he is a money-whore and has no stability to his mind when it comes to money. The personality is very over used to get out of situations and used for humor which I do not find funny at all.
    2. (MC is not a genius? Okay...) The author inputs the MC as 'not being a genius', but in a point of view of every single character, as well as comparing them, the MC is obviously a 'genius'. I do not know why the author says the MC is not a genius, but I guess it's fine. If the author does not know the character he creates, then so be it. The only thing that the MC is not 'considered a genius' is that he has poor latency/aptitude of training in elemental energy, but later in the novel, he has higher cultivation than his peers... The MC is considered unique because he uses a swordmanship but is considered weak because his level of cultivation is not high. But his strength level is as strong as [or stronger than] any other geniuses in the NL. I do not know why he's not a genius.
    3. (Can I laugh too?) In the beginning, the story had no plot, he basically created the characters and had no thought to it. The main character has no objective besides to get strong to get 'rich'. He just wants money, and basically everything he can do, can get him money. The author tries to make the story funny or humorous by putting him in a huge debt situation and a conflict with many characters which I thought wasn't funny at all. People say it's funny, but the humor is too raw. The humor is forced and he uses the same joke quite a bit of time. Out of all of the 'jokes/humor' the author input up to chapter 375, I only laughed once, from a recent chapter.
    4. (Terrible plot introduction) Because the NL had no real plot, the introduced plot was too abrupt and too conflicting. The NL was not developed enough to introduce a plot. To me how it seemed like was, the author ran out of 'slice-of-life story' in which he had to do something to continue the story. He threw in random characters to make the story flow into the 'plot-twist' (not really).
    5. (Too many characters and problems of plot execution) The author brings in too many characters and gives too many point of views, creating too many details to the plot. The plot should only signify its means to explain the reader the problem, not to explain every single detail to know the problem of the plot itself. The idea and problem of this book is too easy to predict because it just gives it to you immediately before the problem is executed. The author gives point of views of NEW characters but then throws them away or never uses them again. Like... why do we need to know every single name of a character that's going to be thrown away when they're not going to be used again.
    6. (Enemies too OP) So the enemies were introduced in the 'abrupt plot'. They're basically like zombies but different. At least they have a conscience. The enemies has the easiest concept of winning every single fight but, somehow it's not possible
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      Somehow enemies' blood cannot get onto the main characters (conspiracy *kappa*) / strong characters and the MC will know almost every single weakness of them. Supposedly this conflict has been going on for a while

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      It made me think 'why create this kind of plot' (enemy can wipe out the considered 'good side', but they do it a step-by-step). Also, somehow there is no cure for this 'zombie-state' occurrence.
    7. (Very in-dept explanation of training: Slow/Boring) The author writes out like a whole entire chapter over something I not want to know. He goes very specific into to learning to basis of power or cultivation. Every time the MC is cultivating, he gives out every single detail of his conscience which I find the story to bore every time this occurs. I don't mind the fact that the MC trains like 50% of the book, but the fact that he's explaining every single detail is really boring.
    8. (How's the action? Meh) This book is more slice-of-life than anything. The book goes more into relationships more than fighting. The action doesn't really stick out to me, but the slice-of-life does. The author conveys his means of actions terribly. While the MC is fighting, in the middle of the fight or before he 'loses' (results to winning), he gives the MC a random 'breakthrough' every single time. He does not give the MC a losing fight. If he does, he'll randomly have a breakthrough in strength or someone stronger will interrupt. In a general sense, the fight is okay, but it is the same thing over and over.
This novel for sure had great potential, except the author threw it away. I am still reading because it is at least interesting enough to make me read it. I wish the author was more organized and more consistent.

Got to read it to see the good parts.

Don't get me wrong. The novel does have good points... but just too many noticeable flaws.

  • Characters: 3/5
  • Plot: 2.5/5
    • introduction/execution: 1/5
  • Conflict: 2.5/5
  • Story (flow) : 2.5/5
  • Enjoyment: 3/5
  • Interest: 3.5/5
    • *Biased-Interest: 4/5*
Overall: 3/5
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RynDeeVuo
RynDeeVuo
October 23, 2017
Status: c210
Tbh, although ppl say the early parts were comparatively boring, I find them more enjoyable to read than the arc where I'm at. Back then, I pretty much put this novel on par on Ze Tian Ji, although I kinda take that back now. Both of them are slow paced, but at least in Ze Tian Ji, chapters were longer so it can get away with paragraphs of infodump. In here tho, specifically on recent chapters, battles are long winded and boring. It really can't be compared to ZTJ's heart... more>> stopping battles. The fact that author adds in fillers doesn't really help much in making it better, altho I have to say those fillers were more interesting than the actual battles. There were a lot of things I was disappointed, which I'll be going to list down some of them.

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What disappointed me the most was how the MC still ended up getting trapped in the deus ex machina powerups despite showing promise early on with him training the hard way and all. I thought he was going to get OP by using his ingenious training methods. Welp author goes screw that, Imma give the MC all these impossible things multiple times in a row. I'm to blame for getting my hopes up.

The rivalry part was pretty cool. There were lots of geniuses stronger than the MC. It was showing how the MC is not the strongest person in his age and that was really my jam. But then the author gives ridiculous powerups to the MC. He just somehow catches up to these geniuses in a matter of month. I guess I am to blame for getting my hopes up on this one too. I'm just tired of this MC is the strongest thing. I was kinda hoping for MC being very exceptional because of his experience while still being weaker in other areas.

The romance.... Well, I mean it's not bad but... That's that, it's just not bad. I mean I shouldn't be complaining, but the author spends so much time on her, but I'm just not interested in her. I find the embroidery seinor more attractive in aal honesty. I mean like, the girl is starting to like the MC because oh he's so strong and dependable and mysterious. Like, it's just not interesting. Idk, there might still be chance that she won't be the main heroine, but I doubt it.

It was highly, and I mean very highly, stressed out that it's very hard to revive swordsmanship because of reasons. But then the MC can do it because he has like what, a sword embryo? Like has no one seriously thought of that before? It's been thousands of years, but no one thought of it? It's kinda ridiculous. You can spout paragraphs of reasoning to refute my statement, but you can't say it's not ridiculous.

Plot convenience is way too strong. Any strong points of the MC can just be shrugged off as he's been to this Wilderness we've never seen before, it's starting to get on my nerves. Like, the author is making out the Wilderness as this very dangerous area to the point of questioning how the MC even survived in the first place, it's ridiculous. I've read the line "I've seen much worse in the Wilderness" so many times it's sickening. Wilderness bullsh*t out of the way, there are still a lot more plot convenience. He happens to help this very OP sand puppet with a master that just happens to be very old. You can guess what happens next. He needed money and this training hall just happens to be having a competition for the heroine (same girl above) who happened to be on that city that day and the she happens to be wearing those restraining stuff and gets beaten by MC and I forgot to mention it was awas blind battle so she couldn't see his face. Later on they magically meet each other on a noodle shop and some stuff happens and then sse asks for him to look for the guy that beat her, which was the MC. I mean, like, that's some multi-layered bullsh*t there, maybe they're fated for each other after all. He happens to receive this blood bandage something which was an OP item his mistress gave him. And then an apocalypse happens and blood fiends start appearing and it happens to be their outing. And then his bandage happens to counter these blood fiends. There's so much more, this novel can't progress without having coincidences every 10 chapter, which is mostly where something is happening. Nothing happens without coincidences.

The adults are way too irresponsible. It's like pokemon, they just let the kids be on their own. I can't be bothered to give an example tbh.

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Now after all that rant, you might think I'd say that you shouldn't read this novel. I won't. Because even though it has many flaws, it has its redeeming factors.

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Altho I made it ssound like it glaring flaws, you actually won't notice them if you don't think hard on it. I only noticed it now that I'm writing this really. The mood is sometimes comedic, so it can actually get away with the ridiculous plot convenience.

All of the characters are well fleshed out and relevant. They don't have just a one time appearance and then disappear. I like this bit about it.

I really appreciate the the fact that relevant people do die in this novel, and that the author portrays it really well.

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Probably a lot more things to say, but I'm kinda tired now. Conclusion is:

Is this novel perfect? No, not at all. Ze Tian Ji is definitely a better alternative to this novel. Don't expect this to be flawless.

Should you give it a try? Yes, you should give it a try. I know I complained about the part where the heroine meets the MC in a blind battle, but that's what actually got me interested in the novel. You should read it up till there first before deciding to continue or not. This was actually mm second attempt at reading because first time I tried, I got bored by the first 3 chapters. It picks up from there on. <<less
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nzz
nzz rated it
September 22, 2017
Status: c213
A short summary so far: In a relatively peaceful world, a young, battle-hardened protagonist enters an easygoing academy for cultivators. This leisurely life continues for only a short while until a catastrophe befalls the world and the academy becomes a place where everyone must struggle to survive.

This novel is very well written. It starts off like World of Cultivation but now is closer to Terror Infinity with well written thriller/horror aspects.
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Infinity Sword
Infinity Sword rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: c94
Amazing novel. The author make an amazing world building. The plot is good and so far not forced. The MC is very likable in my opinion and so far the side character also good. This really amazing and unique story!

Though I admit the first few chapters is kinda boring but if you continue to read this novel, I'm sure your opinion would change.
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Kom12
Kom12 rated it
September 1, 2017
Status: c152
A real gem, the beginning is very slow, but then we have an incredibly interesting and enthralling story. The author is a genius to create that feeling of despair that slowly reaches the neck of all
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reigndrops
reigndrops rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: c1
Read up to chapter 8 but god this MC is a pretty dumb pushover. He gladly allows his "friend", who is not at all sorry, steal all of his money with NO repercussions. Then, he proceeds to spend the next couple days weak from not being able to afford food and taking a sh*tty paying job to make money? Why did he allow his friend take all his money then? And why choose the lowest paying job that no one wanted? There was ZERO explanation, tons of huge jumps in... more>> logic, and a major lack in details... <<less
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Timid
Timid rated it
March 11, 2018
Status: c590
I have to rate this as... somewhat decent?

Not his best work, but readable enough.

There are so many negatives though.

    • Be prepared for way too many explanations on a myriad of stuff. There's the complicated five element system most people use. The Blood system that's introduced. MC has unique Sword Embryo System to start, before pinwheeling all over the place and redefining his cultivation system every 100+ chapters, all of which has to be explained in detail. Food has a rating system. Equipment has a rating system. So... many... explanations.
    • MC is basically Zuo Mo from World of Cultivation, only toned down and less interesting. No other real standout characters either. Get ready for a lot of constantly ongoing jokes with "Iron Lady" and "Elemental Cooking."
    • Not much has happened after 600 chapters, and the world feels small. There's been no exploration of ancient ruins or pocket dimensions. Nearly everything has happened in two small cities. Even sword upgrades happen from someone giving him a high tier sword, rather than having to work to find/steal one.
    • A lot of different perspectives that don't bring a lot to the story. Also a lot of drawn out fights that have no real point.
    • Also, this novel has hundreds of characters. Good luck keeping them straight. I made an effort to keep track of the 20-30 most used ones so I had some clue what was going on. Too often you'd find a chapter with one character you don't remember interacting with other randoms, and then have to try to figure out who it is.
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drollawake
drollawake rated it
February 6, 2018
Status: c551
Edit: This is more 3.5 stars than 4 stars. What I like most about the novel is the plot and world-building. The old cultivation world is gone, along with its system of cultivation. The current cultivation system gets challenged by other forces as the MC also tries to forge his own path. Like World of Cultivation, we get a good sense of how the evolution of the cultivation world is tied to competition for resources and discoveries of new cultivation and production methods.

My main beef with this novel is... more>> with its pacing and repeated depowering of the MC. After my initial review, the kind of filler I complained about was gone and the plot finally started... Except it led to a 150 chapter-long war--and the many battle scenes that go with it--ending with an unnecessary emotionally manipulative tragedy (and power down). The next arc has too much young master face-slapping filler and again, it ends with a power down. The current arc is another long war with too many battle scenes.

Original (c77) : As much as I love Fang Xiang's other novel World of Cultivation, this one doesn't hold up so far. The switching of scenes to the comedic side characters is reminiscent of face-slapping novels where a lot of chapters are wasted on characters who exist only to tell us how angry or impressed they are by the MC.

I also suspect it is an excuse to add padding and filler elsewhere. For example in chapters 64-66, the MC gets impressed while learning some technique, followed by 4 chapters about the pointless hijinks of a side character. When finally we get back to the MC, the first half of the chapter is just him repeating the same admiration he felt for how profound and profitable the technique is, as if the readers needed a recap. It even repeats the part about how he was lucky to have memorised it or he would have missed out on it.

Oh, and every new obstacle is an excuse to bring up filler sentences about what he experienced during his three whole years in the Wilderness! <<less
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Jass
Jass
January 25, 2018
Status: --
Like World Of Cultivation, Fang Xiang brings excellent character development and you can get attached to a whole cast of side characters (Sand golem is a good waif to MC). The world is interesting, and the story seems to be pretty good...

If you can handle the large amounts of ramble in the book.

A big flaw for me is how the author writes a little too much and delays the story with having to fill their quota of 2000 words per chapter to make more money. It gets a little boring... more>> because of this, in my opinion.

Nonetheless, if you can endure something that's a little slower paced compared to World of Cultivation, you'll probably like it. <<less
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AGremory
AGremory rated it
October 6, 2017
Status: c236
The story of a enthusiastic hardcore man that wishes to take control of his own life, others might call him money grubbing, I however just call him poor. The MC cultivates with a lack of talent, but has rich combat experience and a unique sword embryo that he cultivated, which allowed him to survive in the harsh environments that gave him combat experience. The only true complaints I have with this novel is that the author REPEATEDLY repeats the same thing over and over again and that the author spends... more>> a lot of time explaining through words not actions, as in he will literally explain to use with 9 paragraphs worth of text how embroidery is useful for combat, however at that time the MC isn't even nearby and it is being explained in the pov of a different character, meaning we learn this but the MC doesn't, yet he knows it already when he is back on the pov. It makes no sense and really detracts from the story. <<less
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Hitexh
Hitexh rated it
September 29, 2017
Status: C380
its a story where cultivation age end and replace into avalon age. A very polished story so far.

Chapter 1-100

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is the introduction peaceful life of how he made comrades and their comedic life.

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Chapter 100-200

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is the start of apocalypse, where some die, and true story begin which turn out to be a lead for the end of avalon age and goes back cultivation age. The story casting is very good, we have ai Hui, the son of A Gui and xia mo ge as naruto (But strong, smart, and money grubber), Bangwan as sasuke. Fatty as fatty in any other cultivation novel, Lou Lan as medic and scanner. The romance for noodle shop girl is good too, she has character and seems alive.

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I really recommend this to anyone who like cultivation and zombie apocalypse.

Chapter 200-300

Spoiler

the peak of battle and how it end unexpectaly good!

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Chapter -380

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The story is at the post apocalypse now is more about recovering and political struggle. Less fighting and more in depth about clans. Its very different from the first apocalypse stage, where its more about teamwork and survival. However its still very interesting to read. I can see how this arch will become the foundation and very reason for MC to build his own clan in the future.

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I can see there is something that World of Cultivation have can be related in this continuation series. Some thing from cultivation era still exist in here. Especially that slave flower technique which originate from black guard slave origin. This is the first time I read a continuation series that didnt require people to read the first series to understand but still can give a comprehension to whom had read too.

the most thing I like in WoC, there is spirit advisor pu yao, that make you laugh sometime with its superior personality. Which also makes MC smarter in politic rather than our current MC in Avalon with a yes man puppet lou lan. (The most everyone love in story, but the most lifeless of all). But, we have bangwan here in Avalon, the most competitive friendship I met so far. <<less
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Crimefridge
Crimefridge rated it
September 4, 2017
Status: c164
... Meant to click 3-and-a-half stars

Anyways, this novel is overrated, as per usual.

74% 5 Star reviews? HUH?

... more>> The characters are generic. The pace is incredibly slow. There is loads of exposition dumping. There is training montages, but "different".

It's your typical Wuxia. The protagonist is a hard-working lower class citizen that gets an opportunity at martial school late in age, but has no talent. Then, he gets some fortunate encounter that allows him to springboard up the levels, ruthless and cunning, etc etc etc.

It's slightly better written that some Wuxia, but I'm not going to go out of my way to say it's phenomenal or trendsetting.

Primary difference is that there is an impending crisis for the world, so it's less "MC protects village from bad clan" wuxia to "MC protects world from bad clan".

It's readable. If that's what you're looking for, that's probably a compliment. If you're looking for excellence, look elsewhere. <<less
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Clorox Is Cream
Clorox Is Cream rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: c92
No idea how it's only sitting at a 4.3 rn, IMO should be at least a 4.5.

Anyhow, this novel is probably the best Xuanhuan that I've read. Also, the author wrote World of Cultivation, and if you haven't read it I would highly recommend it (it gets worse later on but it's really good at the start). The characters are all very well-developed and the world building is, as usual, amazing.

Seeing the abnormal peak of 1-star ratings, I would assume that they are the Qidian haters. I use to hate... more>> Qidian as well, but hey, when they are releasing 20 chapters a week I can't really complain... Anyways, would recommend this novel to everyone since it has a great story, fleshed-out characters, and most importantly: 20 chapters a week!!! <<less
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omgitsaray
omgitsaray rated it
March 12, 2018
Status: c380
I really wanted to like this because of the author, but I couldn't. It's average at best. It was very interesting in the beginning with a modern cultivation system while the old cultivation era was gone, yet the main character trained in old era style etc. But then this novel turned into History's Strongest Senior Brother for me - it kept rambling and rambling to the point it felt like I was reading a wikipedia. I really don't need to know the history of every single speck of dust for... more>> 3/4 of a chapter.

It did feel like the author was trying to suppress the main character every time he grew strong so he would fit in with the other talents, and that's fine with me. But I had to take a break from incessant info drop or I think I'd go crazy. <<less
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lafiel11
lafiel11 rated it
August 14, 2017
Status: c102
After 100 chapters I find the story good, but I find the development to be very slow and uninteresting.

20-30 chapters in, I found the series great. But after that there is 80 chapters of build-up (training, encounters), but there is no suspense at all, including the "training" battles MC had

I expect this to change, I won't doubt Fang Xian (author of WoC), but some people might be turned away early by this.
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mrttao
mrttao rated it
August 27, 2016
Status: c34
This is a pretty humorous story that I have been finding quite funny. The world building is great, and the MC is very likeable.

MC is a badass normal survivor who is allowed into the magic academy by being in the 0.1% of luggage carriers who survive 3 years of working for mages on hunting expeditions (most get in for being noble born or very high natural talent without having to go through the above).

He gets PTSD flashbacks to the fighting and has to stop himself from accidentally killing his fellow... more>> students when that happens. Somehow the author actually makes the above humorous instead of awful.

Aside from that, it is in general a very funny story. And very pleasant. Although the way it ties in with world of cultivation makes me a bit sad <<less
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Mapless knight
Mapless knight rated it
July 16, 2016
Status: --
This I enjoyed, the MC is dense but funny his passe shape him witch I found intriguing. The comedy and action makes me grin. Sadley it update are slow. For new readers read 10 chapters to get feel for the MC, I found it to be a nice little gem.
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rhianirory
rhianirory rated it
April 12, 2018
Status: c646
i like the story but the mood whiplash from the abrupt changes in pace and setting might give you a bit of a headache. The author has forgotten how to transition from one arc to the next. He cuts off one arc right at the dramatic high point and instead of giving us a conclusion to the arc, the next chapter is a time skip. It's on to the next story arc with no warning, leaving the reader blinking their eyes and feeling unsatisfied.

i don't mind the MC, but these... more>> constant power downs are starting to get to me. He's already not stronger than the rest of them and yet every time he gets enlightened or has a power up then in the next few chapters something else happens and he loses it almost as soon as he gets it.

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he gets injured, poisoned, or the sword embryo he just got back is shattered again in the next chapter

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once or twice is fine but it happens over and over again and it's getting irritating. It's two steps forward then a meter back as far as his progress goes.

also, the multiple points of view are too much. When there are too many POV I can't get attached to (or relate to) any of them. They become nothing more than bloated filler. I tend to skip over the multiple POV because ultimately, I don't care about what everyone else is thinking or bad guys are plotting; I just want to follow the MC's story. It's not too bad in the first arc but once the second war starts it quickly becomes apparent that, sadly, the author really loves multiple POV's. There can be four or five chapters that go by before the MC gets a paragraph or two, then it's back to more POVs for another four or five chapters.

is the story worth reading? So far I'd say yes. It's a decent sequel to WoC and I'm hoping that the author gives us more with connecting the old and new as the story moves along. It loses one star because my neck hurts from the whiplash, the contrived power downs, and because it's annoying to have to skip over so many complete chapters because of POVs that don't matter. <<less
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LarviBoy
LarviBoy rated it
April 8, 2018
Status: c242
If you ask me, the novel is worth reading and interesting not like some other novels where the MC is cold and looks like he is not interested in anything but he see a girl and he becomes completely different person. The MC is pretty funny and the misunderstandings are hillarious after some time. But author always write thanks to the wilderness he can do this and that even when it can be skipped, it gets annoying. But the plot is good and the characters representation is pretty well... more>> done too. And it feels like the author completely forgot about that transformation and there is no talk about it.

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Burguul
Burguul rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: c610
This story doesn't read like the Typical Xianxia. It goes beyond the cliche I have found in many of them and that made me end up dropping them (like ATG, MGA, so on). It is much better than undefeated god of war, which I think that, although better than typical xianxia, is also kinda unpolished (it showns that it was an earlier work by this author). I actually find this even better than WoC since I like the side characters more and there are a greater amount of them. The... more>> novel start is quite slow though, so you have to bear through it.

I offer 4 reasons why it is my favorite current novel, the same reasons the prequel (World of Cultivation) is also among my Top 3.

1. The most atractive aspect is that although it has a main character, it shifts perspectives often enough (although it obviously happens more often when there are more characters introduced). This host of "friends" never get left behind like in other novels when the characters "transcend" or move to other "higher-ranked" place where they again are at the bottom. Also, scrap that last cliche either (next point).

2. There's just one world, not universes within universes within an island. Characters that have appeared hundreds of chapters before often make returns, They are not forgotten.

3. The story is complex, tragic, yet has a steady flow of light and comical moments. Yet it avoids several cliches and twists others in an amusing way.

4. Last, but not least: The main character is not OP in the way other Xianxia characters tend to be, and he hasn't the same mindset, he is truly more mature. His clever and quick-witted mind is often what truly distinguishes him from the crowd. Furthermore, the presence of 4 or 5 "friends" help both contrast and supply the traits each of us personally favours. Funnily enough, he also has sort of an obsessive moneylust just like Zuo Mo and Meng Hao (from WoC and ISSTH). <<less
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