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)
Recommendations
World of Cultivation (8)
Undefeated God of War (5)
Against the Gods (4)
Tempest of the Stellar War (3)
Great Demon King (2)
Legend of the Cultivation God (2)

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05/21/18 Qidian International c683
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TigerCub
New TigerCub
May 6, 2018
Status: c668
I must say, I absolutely love reading this novel.

For one, I love the MC cause he's just so indifferent but at when he's truly invested his emotions, it's amazing :D

Seriously, the MC just get's so OP (which is what I like best) and he's pretty much a pioneer in the path he's taking for cultivation.

Heads up, people there is actually a hint of romance in this, it just doesn't come in until way later.

Spoiler

Can't remember which chapter but it's around the later ones, maybe 600's or so?

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hiphopper
New hiphopper rated it
April 26, 2018
Status: c555
While the novel starts out fairly interesting with its premise, the faults soon keep on piling on.

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  • The first "arc" is very uninteresting and takes way too long (battle in the city)
  • MC strays from the "common" path of cultivation just like WoC (World of Cultivation)
  • Establishing of factions and warring them between
    • Just like WoC
    • Soon the entire novel revolves around these factions; plotting, friction etc
  • The MC gets less and less "screentime"
    • MCs faction (A-1, Central Pine Faction etc) is somehow filled with the best people
    • MC also get """injured""" as always in generic novels
    • Novel presents the actions of 20 different interesting to uninteresting characters
      • Chapters chopped into several parts with each characters actions, very boring (subjective)

As someone who painfully finished WoC, the novel Avalon of Five Elements soon feels like the same thing in a different package. We have warring factions and these plethora of different uninteresting characters actions presented, all while the MC is just doing "his thing" somewhere in the backline. MC will surely do something "BIG" when the time is right for maximum generic trope effect. The novel became all I disliked with WoC, hence my taste for this dropped rapidly aswell. Unsure if I will continue reading.

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If you enjoy MCs that have a different prespective and always come out on top in the end. Multiple perspectives and factions in a never ending confrontation, you might've found what you are looking for. <<less
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kalp456
kalp456 rated it
September 12, 2017
Status: c41
This novel is one of the most pretentious web novels I've read. The author has this strange theme of always choosing an underdog for an MC in his stories; an underdog that will fight all odds with his sweat and blood. Talent doesn't matter as long as you have a strong will and hardworking. Only, this is just an illusion to mask the excuses the author engineered such that the protagonist is actually lucky, has a somewhat convenient backdrop to excuse things that will happen in the future that will... more>> inevitably rise his level just because.

One might say, "Hey! That's just an aspect of the show. There are so many more novels that are worse than this. Why would you say that it is one of the most pretentious web novel?", or something close to that. Well, yeah. That's not the only reason why I said it is one of the most pretentious web novel I've read. There are actually two more reasons. The second one is that I have poor memory so I might have forgot other pretentious novels and has little to no novels to compare this novel's pretentiousness.

As for the last, it has something to do with how the author uses his characters. Most, if not all, of his characters are one dimensional. They lack real personality and only identified by some cliche characteristics. Furthermore, it feels rather annoying to me to use other characters for his comic relief and power-up of the MC. An example for the former is how he shows the MC having a good time while another character currently experiencing a bad time. It felt forced. It's like hearing the author say, "Hey, you should laugh in this scene." or something. An example for the latter, on the other hand, is in the recent scenes in recent chapters (I'm in c41) wherein the girl character was conveniently hungry, conveniently was not able to resist eating normal food even though she, according to the author, only eats elemental food all her life, conveniently ate at the same restaurant the MC went to, conveniently has no money with her, conveniently only has her very important bracelet with her to exchange things with, and so conveniently was linked to the MC in an earlier manner. But that's not the only convenience that we can see. We also have the MC to bring his sword to practice because the sand puppet conveniently asked a convenient question, and a convenient sword embryo, that will conveniently absorb the bracelet. And then we have the Duan guy that will conveniently show up, conveniently say some words that will conveniently anger the other two, that will conveniently make them attack him without mercy, and will conveniently be not physically fit to defend himself, that will conveniently awaken some sort of thing to the MC. So many conveniences. I know that shows can only be deemed interesting if conveniences to make interesting things happen appear. But with so many convenience? That's bad writing in my book.

Even though I say that they are convenient, it is still worth the praise for the author's part to engineer these things a few chapters in (the sword embryo thing). But that's the only worthy thing to be praised on his part since everything else is sh*t. Info dumps are quite plenty, especially when author tries to excuse the power-ups of MC, expecting the audience to believe that he's the only one who discovered such things in the span of more than a million years. Really stupid.

Excuse Scoring:

Writing Style: 5 (again, I'm a sucker at rating writing styles since I rarely read classic novels)
Story and Plot: 3 (no real story and plot at the moment. Just some "slice of life" for the mc)
Characters: 2 (most are depicted as 1-D characters to further author's agenda; not real enough for me)
Enjoyment: 5 (I skimmed through paragraphs to reduce my boredom and maximize my enjoyment)
Total: 3.75 = 3 = 1/5

(read my genius black belly miss for the explanation why it became 1/5) <<less
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nwms8
nwms8 rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: c32
I nearly did not read this series because of the artwork, so if you feel the same way then be assured and give this novel a try. This is a work by the author of "World of Cultivation." If you are familiar with that, then you would be familiar with the pacing and character development in this series and I would highly recommend it. If not, then read on.

The story's greatness lies in the pacing and character development. So many novels follow a generic formula:

1. MC is poor, MC is... more>> picked on by random village bully. MC trains to fight bully, finds a treasure and wins fight during a tournament. Bully's brother is then mad at MC, etc etc. Repeat sh*tty cycle of (insert random name) is randomly mad at MC and MC is then motivated to train forever.

In this novel, the characters have a background and a temperament fitting their background. There are side characters but they are fleshed out and are not random NPCs with a few lines never to be seen again. The humour is done really well and the world is slowly built as the MC explores it. The MC's body is a mystery and his cultivation techniques do not fit in the mold of the current era - so he has to find unconventional ways to improve himself. As of today, only 32 chapters have been translated but I highly recommend it. <<less
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Stark3
Stark3 rated it
March 31, 2016
Status: --
Currently at ch. 49 of the RAWs

VERY refreshing, nice pacing, great humor. The characters all have personality. Very much recommended.
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Random_Dude
Random_Dude rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: c250
It's really an amazing novel.

I am ahead of the current translations, so this is my review till where I've read.

Sure, there are a few slow parts in the beginning, but when sh*t finally goes down, boy do we have an epic story. One thing that's amazing is the mystery. His cultivation's a mystery, the reason for the disaster is a mystery, and the world, at present, is a mystery. And, as in all Fang Xiang's novels, the relationships between the characters are fleshed out, realistic, and well described.

The humour adds... more>> much to the story as well.

As another reviewer said, it's easily one of the best novels on this site. Everyone's got to read it. And this isn't even mentioning the fast release rate and really good quality by the translators. The only reason for that abnormal peak of one stars must be because of the QI haters.

Seriously, read it. You won't be disappointed. <<less
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obsoletefactor
obsoletefactor rated it
September 10, 2017
Status: c179
So i've been reading this story for a while now and seeing the unrealistically high ratings which will probably fool a lot of people (like I was). I think it's time for me to review this.

Having read non-wuxia/xianxia on RoyalRoad with amazing world building, almost 0 editing mistakes and interesting and very unique characters with actual character progression. (Everybody loves large chest, The Gam3, arcane emperor, and iron teeth are some I would recommend) I've been having a hard time getting back into the chinese novel scene because of the... more>> same flaws and errors most of their authors make.

Review starts here:

There is nothing even remotely original or 'good' about this story: The pacing is incredibly slow, and filled with regurgitated information dumps, and unnecessary monologues. There has been basically no character progression besides rising in power lvls, there are no relateable or interesting personalities, the world building is suboptimal, but to give it a plus, the author DOES try to atleast make a different cultivation system.

Tl:dr - The story suffers from the same flaws as most chinese webnovels: low quality writing/editing, unoriginality, unnecessary monologues and info dumps. Unrelateable 'cold and calculating' underdog MC, the same character tropes like in A LOT of other stories fx: The fat 'funny' friend, and the beautiful and strong (possible) love interest just to name a few. The story also suffers from 'dragging on the story to meet word count'-syndrome.

I would only give this a chance if you enjoy reading xianxia with poor quality, just to get your fix of the day. Or if you're like me and need a filler you don't have to invest too much into knowing you're gonna drop it at some point. <<less
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pjrc8899
pjrc8899 rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
[Read until chap 25.]:

lol.

It is really at the level of ‘World of Cultivation’, the other work of the author.

Great humor and great quality.

Although, at the beginning, the story is kind of slow and and the world-building confusing. Now it is getting to be a very enjoying read.
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Novelupdatesaccount1
Novelupdatesaccount1 rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: c322
Poor. More Undefeated God of War than World of Cultivation.

I've read both this author's previous works and found that WoC was amazing, while UGoW was complete sh*t. I had hoped that this novel was of a similar quality to WoC but 300 chapters in it looks like that isn't the case.

Issues:

... more>> Imprecise power levels, (MC is super OP one minute, but then almost dies in every single fight)

underdeveloped power system,

author is unsure of where he wants to go with the story,

FIGHTS FIGHTS FIGHTS (The story begins with a 40-60ch introduction followed by 250+ ch of back to back fights),

author keeps having to weaken the MC (so he stays completely average. He's too OP so he loses a cheat, He's growing too quickly so he gets a curse, etc...)

There's too much to go into depth on, but essentially the story starts out as a cultivation novel but deviates into a fighting only novel a short while in, before deviating again into a random political story. <<less
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hangry
hangry rated it
December 29, 2016
Status: c38
FREAKING AMAZING. IF World of Cultivation and A Will Eternal had a baby, then this would be the result. Humorous misunderstandings and money grubber MC = highly enjoyable read. This novel is insanely good, highly recommended. Unfortunately, this is a SIDE project of Alyschu and will only be updated when she has free time (which is a rare occurrence since she has ATG, Spirit Realm, and various other projects). This is BY FAR my favorite out of all of Alyschu's projects. I am trying really hard to not read the... more>> machine translation because it will be great injustice to this brilliant novel. <<less
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SayMrrp
SayMrrp rated it
January 21, 2017
Status: c42
(My first review, whoo! I've finally made an account...)

I was sorta unsure whether I would want to continue reading it in the first few chapters, but it quickly caught my interest. It's been a while since I've found something as interesting as this. The author has a lot of other novels that I enjoyed too.

I'm sure other people have said this, but the characters feel real. Their interactions are also well-written. One of the mc's friends is different from what I feel is common in other novels.... more>>

Spoiler

It's Loulan, a Sand Golem, that I feel is super awesome. His interactions with the MC are awesome. Their first battle together... uwu I dunno, but I feel that he'll eventually die or something... it's just a feeling.

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The irony in the story is funny. The fight scenes are detailed. More importantly, the setting is different from most cultivation novels. FWH is labeled as a sequel for WOC (brilliant novel, btw), and you can really understand why it is. Spiritual power went POOF, but they still have elemental power~~~ MC is also untalented, but he's innovative (the tag haha).

Spoiler

I could've sworn there was a reference to WOC too... Was it Wei Sheng who was briefly mentioned? Eh.

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ArgosYesu
ArgosYesu rated it
March 9, 2016
Status: --
Eh, reading this was quite interesting. Only 10 chapters in at the moment yet my interest was peaked. Like World of Cultivation (another story by the same author), Five Way Heaven is about a person who seems to have a hand in every little thing. Five Way Heavens seems to be the most recent Fang Xiang story at the moment with less than 200 chapters and constant releases.

The focus of the world’s cultivation arts is in Five Elements which is different from the past. Since spiritual energy has dissipated, the... more>> old style of swords and other cultivation methods fell while the Five Elements method began their rise. Our MC has some knowledge of Sword Cultivation but understands it’s useless due to the current state of the world and is now hoping to increase his understanding of the Five Elements.

Other than that, you have maybe 3 areas. Old Earth which I assume is the dregs and mortal areas of the world. The Savage Territories which, even in the past, had ferocious beasts, savage tribes, and very low spiritual energy. And the Five Way Heaven which is the high-tiered cultivation world and a place everyone in Old Earth wishes to go. Our MC was a person of Old Earth and spent 3 years in the Savage Territories as a high-risk, high-reward slave-servant. Making use of the money and the opportunity provided by the excursion, he moves to the Induction Ground to learn and increase his standing in life.

While there may be some parts where you see a bit of Zuo Mo’s desire for money, the story’s focus doesn’t seem to be greed.

And for people wondering why I made this and WoC as a “shared universe”...

Spoiler

In the distant cultivation era, that was when the ten thousand cultivation worlds had not yet merged. In a little sect called the Voidless Sword Clan, there was sword cultivating disciple named Wei Sheng. He had mediocre talent but his final achievements were very high, and he looked down on his competitors.

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If you didn’t know, the Wu Kong Sword Clan was basically Voidless or close to that... <<less
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SteelzCloud
SteelzCloud rated it
November 22, 2017
Status: c328
This is one of the best novels out there if I were to be completely honest. Unlike what most low rated reviews say about this novel having tons of tropes is not necessarily true. Heck it even goes off the conventional path of story writting and brings up its plot amazingly. The characters actually have personality and doesn't go along with majority of the tropes.

But I want to address the fact that most of the low rated reviews here have absolute bullsh*t reasons as to why they rated this novel... more>> so low. I can understand the info dumps which I agree with and also the fact that a lot of people don't tend to get along with novels with slow pacing but otherwise the infuriating reasoning these guys bring up just makes me want to smash my head into the screen.

Some guy said that this novel is full of tropes and referred to rrl novels such as Arcane Emperor and Everybody Loves Large Chest which rely on their friggin harem and fanservice to keep on the top charted with innumerable amount of tropes I can't even list. Heck, might as well say MGA is amazing in plot writting and should deserve no. 1 spot in vfdkr.spb.ru. <<less
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Rufim
Rufim rated it
February 6, 2018
Status: c271
What I not like at most when I read novels?

Two main things

  1. First and most important is - when MC strength drop and up by will of author and slow down or even rollback MC leveling progress or even roll back it. In most cases reason of this creative impotence of author. To impress readers he throw bone for them fast level up MC. BUT because leveling on location is limited and he too lazy to create new max levels and new locations author just nerf MC. I always fell like I was cheated when author do such things.
  2. Pathetic drama. There is not many words to say. Pathetic drama is pathetic drama. Illogical stupid and created for its just existence or cover story black holes
And end of first act is illustration of both principles. So 1/5.
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05rsales
05rsales rated it
August 10, 2017
Status: --
There isn't really any long term objective. It seems more of a slice of life than anything else. I barely see any real comedy, you may see some attempts but nothing special. I really don't get how people can give this 5 and that's why I had expectation for this but it's nothing great as what people are saying it out to be. MC joins a school..... yeh that's it really and how he lives his life day to day. No real enemies, no revenge plot. Just school life and... more>> how he cultivates. The school is the name of the title so most probably won't be an adventure <<less
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UsernameJ
UsernameJ rated it
June 8, 2017
Status: c50
Amazing. Good pacing, world makes sense, characters are humourous. Never heard of this story before, read it all in one sitting. Easily in the top 10 stories on this site, maybe even top 5 but it would be crowded. Read this story, there is no excuse. It's not overly serious, it's not overly comical. It's not overly ATG-like (if that makes sense). Reminds me a lot of God of Thunder and Instant Kill, those two are also really good.

This needs to be picked up again, it's so good.
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Ryuuto-san
Ryuuto-san rated it
December 15, 2017
Status: c358
Okay, so this is a novel which for me changed my view of so many things as an aspiring writer.

  1. First of all, let's kill some wrong ratings that were pretty much based on 40/50 chapters: The MC is absolutely not OP. What people has to understand is that as a person that's been through many life and dead experiences, he's rather calm when facing hard situations compared to all the other "kids" and some adults since all these people are used to live in comfortable places with high social statuses.
  2. The beginning of the story is really good. I was extremely bored at first, because it was pretty much a slice of life, he slowly overcomes normal "cultivation" and is described as a genius, he comes up with "new" methods, which aren't new at all, they're just hard to use and that's why people avoid them, but since he's poor and all by himself he can't help but use those methods. Once the first "arc" is developed, the real plot surfaces and everything does a 180° change. All you've read on the first 100 chapters (more or less) goes down the drain, that world that was so magnificiently built simply dissapears and a new one starts. Thing is, despite all this, it's not "useless" writting or a lot of unnecessary info, because it helps later on to understand certain actions.
  3. ALL characters have different depths, and that usually used young master vs poor guy
    Spoiler

    Yeah, it is included but they end up being rivals and respecting each other (well, Ai Hui doesn't respect him at all since he rarely respects someone, but he recognizes him as a friend and a partner)

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    doesn't develop as usual. All characters are mentioned again, and again, and again, and not only that, they are also given more depth and shape with time.
    Spoiler

    Even after the time skip they are mentioned again, and some re-appear, slowly being integrated into the new Arcs

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  4. The World is amazing, there are so many irrelevant but interesting things that might make the novel slow paced but doesn't make your interest in reading it fade away. In case you find that boring, you should not read this novel, since sometimes a whole chapter can have an explanation about a place, power, plant, animal or whatever that will be mentioned for 2 or 3 more chapters and dissapear. While this can sound like a lot of dump fillers, I feel that it makes you enter the world in a smoother way, I personally like to imagine what I read, and with a more detailed picture of it, things become more real.
In total, this is an amazing novel, and I feel like it's one of the best written ones I've read in my life.

Translation: 5/5 I enjoy a lot reading it, it has a good translator and editor as well. Of course, we're all humans but this work is hard and more in this novel and because of that I feel it deserves a solid 5.

World building: 5

Plot: 5

Plot armor: 2/5: This novel has a plot armor, every single novel has one but the problems our MC faces, are more focused towards his already existing problems. I gave it 2 points, because right now I've only come to see the plot armor saving him twice that I remember.

Character building: 5/5

Fighting: 5/5
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Flores520
Flores520 rated it
December 13, 2017
Status: c250
4.5

Its good, every arc is different but enjoyable. The book is driven by plot and its world building is simply too impressive. The cultivation systems is also quite unique. My only problem is the third arc as well as the author's transition to it.
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Ginko
Ginko rated it
November 12, 2017
Status: c336
Pros: Starts off with real promise and fresh ideas. The author also does a decent job with character depth.

Cons: The author constantly writes long pointless narrations and descriptions (after c70) . He'll write a few paragraphs about a city or character in a chapter, just to never mention or kill off what he wrote two chapters down. Additionally, his ultra long descriptions of world mechanics will drive you crazy making you have to skip half the chapter. -Annoying! Move the plot!

Later as you read, the fights become incomprehensible and... more>> uninteresting. <<less
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nateo
nateo rated it
August 11, 2017
Status: c93
Good character development, motivations and pacing, rare traits in novels these days. The MC's OPness is well restrained and believable enough in the context of the story, no nonsensical superpowers that came out of nowhere just to make him the best at everything, he has to actually work for it and the end result isn't excessive. Characters also have personalities and lives, they don't feel like one dimensional faceless fodder, although there are many cliche moments, its still bearable.

Not entirely flawless, but there aren't many better novels.

Hopefully this doesn't go... more>> the way of the author's previous work, world of cultivation, and turn into a horrible mess in the later chapters. This has started out even better than WoD, so I'm holding out hope. <<less
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Hisagi
Hisagi rated it
July 30, 2017
Status: c44
It bothers me that the elemental cultivation, which has a 10000-years-old foundation, is surpassed by the martial musings of a teenager, supposedly untalented. Sword embryo, such a cliche...

Just how on earth did people survive for so long with such an inefficient method of cultivation?

Well, as far as xianxia goes, this one is awesome.
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crazykat
crazykat rated it
January 8, 2017
Status: c38
Amazing novel, it felt a bit slow for the first 10 ch or so, but then it started to pick up and became something amazing. It has alot of potential and overall really well written. The translator Has done a great job of tralslating and the story flows really well, had no problems reading it at all.

Only big problem I see is that the novel isnt being given enough attention by the translator and is being translated at a snails pace. Dont get me wrong the translator does an amazing... more>> job at translating but it takes a month for each chapter to come out.

Edit: At "ch 42" The translation has finally picked up, which is really nice to see. As long as it doesnt go the harem route or slows down its going to be a great novel for me at least.

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