Xie Lian is a kind, gentle deity who just can't seem to catch a break. The crown prince of a long-destroyed kingdom, he's endured centuries of plagues, violence, poverty, and multiple demotions that have gotten him kicked out of heaven. Now a god with no followers, he's reduced to collecting scrap in the mortal realm. When his banishment is finally lifted and he is allowed to ascend to heaven for a third time, his rotten luck holds true when his ascension causes the destruction of a heavenly palace; sending the long-suffering immortal right back to the mortal realm to make up for his misdeed by exorcising ghosts. Xie Lian soon meets a mysterious man in red who is clearly more than he seems, and the two grow ever closer as they begin to uncover dark secrets the heavenly realm would have much preferred to keep hidden...
I'm hopping on the "praise the god-tiered art" bandwagon because it really deserves all the gushing. It's so gorgeous hun it fucking blinds me, I found myself admiring the art rather than focusing on the plot coz it's that DAMN distracting (in a good way). That aside, I'm only 45 chapters in atm so I couldn't really say much about the plot, didn't read the novel either so I could only understand based on what I can gather in this manhua. So far the setting is not strictly Chinese cultivation-oriented, there's a goddamn Sahara-esque location integrated into the fiction and it's bout to get exciting... But the main elements in this fantasy world are still about gods, their ranks, ghosts and all that shit. Xie Lian has gone through a painful amount promotion & demotion in terms of his godhood status, much sympathies to the poor guy (LITERALLY). This dude is quite impoverished currently and he's also lacking worshippers so in other words he shares similar background with Yato just a much tamer, BL version. As for Hua Cheng, I can only say he's a jack of all trades for now who's a total gentleman to Xie Lian. That's all. Lol.
I'm trying so hard to find a flaw in this book, but there seems to be none! MXTX's books are always a delight to read because of the riche sub plots and deep complex characters. Heaven Official's Blessing is my favorite so far. The author represented ancient China in a incredibly accurate way that puts most novels in that genre to shame. About the manhwa, they did justice to the novel! They didn't mess up too much and the art is beautiful, you can clearly tell the artist is quite skilled. The colors, the contrast... it makes the mood and the story many times better. The characters are perfectly detailed and have interesting desires in them, I won't go too deep into this because I want this review to be spoiler-free. Even background characters are a meaningfull past and aren't tossed around as 'extras'. In conclusion, READ THIS NOW OR YOU'LL REGRET NOT KNOWING THIS MASTERPIECE!!
Its the probably the most elaborate and beautiful maga there ever is. The art work is beyong amazing. Its beautiful and each panel is intricately done and it wont stop wowing you. If you have read the novel, then you would know that there is no story out there more heartbreaking that Heaven's Official Blessing.It's a gripping storyline, tinted with action , humour and angst. It will seem boring in the beginning but do read it till it ends. I hope Volume 3 releases soon.
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