Wei Wuxian was once one of the most powerful men of his generation, a talented and clever young cultivator who harnessed martial arts and spirituality into powerful abilities. But when the horrors of war led him to seek more power through demonic cultivation, the world’s respect for his abilities turned to fear, and his death was celebrated throughout the land. Years later, he awakens in the body of an aggrieved young man who sacrifices his soul so that Wei Wuxian can exact revenge on his behalf. Though granted a second life, Wei Wuxian is not free from his first, nor the mysteries that appear before him now. Yet this time, he’ll face it all with the righteous and esteemed Lan Wangji at his side, another powerful cultivator whose unwavering dedication and shared memories of their past will help shine a light on the dark truths that surround them.
Source: Seven Seas
Let me start off by saying I'm a fairly avid reader, and I've read a wide variety of genres and types of writing styles. The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation is by far one of the best books I have ever read. It has a beautiful story that's both captivating and surprising. It never gets boring, the pacing is great, and the world is so complete and real it is bordering on Tolkien levels of detail and audience understanding. Its story is also very human, you can understand why all the characters due what they do, and each character-even the ones only there for two or three chapters-are fleshed out, they have personalities, ideals, flaws, and lives both before and after the story ends. The story itself follows a bright and powerful cultivator by the name of Wie-Ying, who wants nothing more than to live his life carefree and keep his family and loved ones safe. But as life often does, nothing goes according to plan and Wie-Ying ends up the greatest evil the world has ever known. Overall I can't recommend this book enough, and even if you just like a good fiction story this is one of the best, and nothing I can say will do the actual book justice. If you are having trouble finding the novel the amazing people over at Exiled Rebels did an amazing job translating and posting it in a format accessible by everyone. https://exiledrebelsscanlations.com/novels/grandmaster-of-demonic-cultivation/ (Edit: they have even translated the side stories now!)https://exiledrebelsscanlations.com/gdc-chapter-114/
I lost my Chinese novel virginity to Mo Dao Zu Shi. A choice I 100% will never regret. I started this journey with the Donghua, and I loved that too. However, I was left wanting more, and immediately delved into this novel. MDZS’s writing, story, and characters were all amazing, from beginning to finish. I was completely absorbed by this world of clan rivalries and magical cultivation. A theme I found to be captivating was the balance between righteousness and villainy, and the gray area that lies between... If you love misunderstood/persecuted characters, then Wei Wuxian is for you!Wei Wuxian and Lan Wanji are dynamic and complex. I was so very impressed by this author, and how all the characters were brought to life. Especially Wei Wuxian, with his sense of ethics and his snarky flamboyancy. I love him so much! Wary of the romantic aspects? In my opinion, MDZS’s romance was one of the best I have ever seen/read, regardless of gender. (To be fair, I should say that I enjoy romances that are more of a slow burn.) However, this story and its characters stand by themselves. Without the romance, this work would still be brilliant. (As can be seen from other versions of this tale that have had the BL censored). I laughed, I cried (from happiness and fury!), and now... since finishing MDZS has left a void in my life... I shall continue this journey with the live action (The Untamed), and the manhua. Happy Travels.
I absoletly loved this novel and whole heartdly recommand it to anyone looking for a good cultivation based world. The story isn't heavily romantic at the beginning, in fact its very subtle. But as the story goes on it builds. Slow burn romance indeed! But even without the romance, the story itself is wonderful. The world created, the fights, the history created and the conflict so well made and described that you can almost picture it as if it were history rather fiction. There is many scenes that will tug at your heartstrings, moments that you wished never happened after knowing the characters and their background. Likewise there are sweet and soft moments that may tug at memories that remind you of your own experience with friends or family. Best part, is that there is a happy ending of the founder of diabolism, the ending is the one that if you continue to read is the one we all end up hoping for. Depending on which version you read (from my understanding) theres some things that are edited. The version I read, has many steamy moments once peace has settled in the storyline. Likewise there are several moments that also made me laugh. This novel will forever hold a special place in my heart.
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