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
One entry per line
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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sleib
sleib rated it
December 12, 2017
Status: c160
Honestly, too much talk and too little action. I'll change score if this improves. Also, the weird supposedly killing move of hitting an opponent with your back is really dumb.

UPDATE

Another problem, cultivation is explained too vaguely. MC jumped from 2palace to 4 in one go and it's not even described how strong he became or what part of him became more powerful (more powerful body? Just energy? Just strength? Just speed?). Path of cultivation here is boring (at least for now) so if you expect profoundness of dao... more>> like in ER-GEN or IET novels, you will be disappointed. <<less
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Molenir
Molenir rated it
April 7, 2018
Status: c138
I gave this story 2 stars, for the beginning. It was initially entertaining. Slow to develop, slice-of-life, with a lot of world building. Then, it all came crashing down. Apparently the author realized his audience wanted fighting, death, and destruction. Certainly none of what was in the first part of the story. So, the author refocused, and it became simply a war novel. If thats what you're interested in, then you'll love it. If however you are looking for a more light, entertaining read, this is absolutely not... more>> for you. To be honest, after about chapter 180, if you skip to chapter 600, you won't really have missed much. That should tell you all you need to know about the story. <<less
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whscorbin
whscorbin rated it
March 19, 2018
Status: c544
I have really been enjoying this novel but it almost certainly has a lot of flaws. Part of the reason I am giving it a 4/5 star rating though is that the negative points are either not too serious or actually contribute to the novel being enjoyable.

Summary:

The MC is entering the cultivation world from the equivalent of poverty/third-world country after surviving in the equivalent of a warzone. With the primary goal of making life better for himself he ends up being pulled into the center of almost every major event.... more>> The MC gathers a group of people around him while trying to collect enough power to protect himself and ends up becoming a major player in a war between nations.

Pros:

  • Amazing Side Characters: One of the best parts of this novel is that the side characters are fun and interesting, while there are plenty of monolithic or boring characters who show up only a single time, the majority of characters are shown to have interests, motives and also grow along with the story. It makes it so that you want to know more about almost everyone who comes along.
  • World building: The author puts a lot of detail into the novel, explaining a lot of stuff and addressing anything which may be inconsistent. Many of the extra details help to fully flush the world out.
  • Logical power scaling: One of my major problems with cultivation novels is that they seem to have more and more powerful individuals show up even though they should have been around since the beginning, this however is explained and makes sense in this novel. For example in the beginning he is in a town devoted to training newbies, which logically explains why the strongest people are the teachers or officials. When he ends up leaving this area he encounters more powerful individuals all the time and most of them are more powerful than he himself.
  • Interesting Pacing: The pacing of the story is both good and bad. Some chapters are boring and it seems like nothing important is happening. When the pace is high and things are happening though it shines, the fights seem chaotic at times when they are supposed to be and the life and death struggles don’t lose anything even though they take place over several chapters. When the subject is more about intellectual or inventive ideas the pace slows down accordingly which is nice.
Cons:

  • Too many side characters: Even though you have a lot of interesting and amazing characters many of them get confusing or you end up forgetting them after a little while or getting them mixed up with one another. There are too many diamonds that they make one another seem plain.
  • Unneeded or conflicting world building: A lot of the details don’t matter, several times something is explained which can be easily ignored without any impact on the novel. There are also several times when the author seems to change the way the world works, this happens the most in the beginning of each “arc”.
  • Direction is lacking: It often seems as though the author changes his mind about how he wants the story to go, requiring him to change details or information which had previously been imagined.
  • Lacking MC: this is something I have begun to expect from the author of World of Cultivation and Undefeated God of War. While a major improvement over the MC’s of these other novels, the MC of Avalon is hard to relate to or understand most of the time. He is the standard money-grubbing and power hungry individual. The main difference however is this character loses or has set-backs rather than just being all powerful all the time. He also is more interesting and seems to have growth, at the same time it still seems very lacking. While he has the ability to do the majority of things (Swordsmanship, leading and forging) there is an explanation for why he can do those things and it is quickly established he isn’t the best in any category.
  • Cultivation System: The cultivation system is not very interesting and seems less like an integral part of the story rather than just a way to get everyone to do cool things.
Final Notes: The story is enjoyable and entertaining though some chapters are slow and the pacing is horrible. If you enjoyed World of Cultivation you will probably enjoy this novel. The author (Fang Xiang) has the same flaws in this novel as others but there at least seems to be an improvement. <<less
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