Needle in the HaystackNormally finding a decent English translated Wuxia novel is a bit of a struggle Oftentimes I feel ike it comes down to whether you are okay with grammatical errors or poorly written stories This has none of those problems and many of the positives The character is practical and doesn t benefit from some magical ring or item that makes him super talented Instead he is a grinder from the owest rung of society who works his way up to stand on par with people who had every advantage of wealth or genetics The world has enough magic to be interesting but not so much that things feel ridiculous I ike the simplified and dare I say realistic presentation of martial arts I ove the ess philosophical focus of the character on the great truths of the universe and of the very real dangers of his present I can t wait to see where this goes I wavered between 2 and
3 stars It was okay but it was excruciatingly well intentioned with delightful stars It was okay "but it was excruciatingly well intentioned with delightful The actual storytelling "it was excruciatingly well intentioned with delightful The actual storytelling strained the character development Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood limited and the wordsmithing weak but I did kind ofike it so Goodreads three stars I Imagine That! liked itGood hearted farm bumpkin with a heritage of a mysterious family sword tradition is drafted into war and then offered the opportunity to join a cultivating sect Politics abound but he finds a core of friends and manages to vanuish the irrational entitledord s son from his villageSo it s tropelicious but pleasant I got out of Elena's Conquest learning about cultivation novel tropes from reading this than I derived enjoyment from the actual story So if you treat it as a reference book than a novel it works aittle betterAnd did I mention the footnotes That s what pushed it fully into the three star I Sister of My Heart liked it for me Okay so first for those who don t know me I am as I believe the author of this work to be an Asian American despite my European American name My Asian ancestors came from a different part of Asia than Mr Wong s but just as he describes in his post scriptum I grew up watching Samurai movies and Hong Kong wire fu adventure tales in my case doubly because I enjoyed the action and because I was desperate to see facesike my own to figure out who I was supposed to be how I was supposed to act I have in the past read some really poor attempts at xanxia You may imagine my grateful surprise that this This is not one of those This is no story of the god touched the martial genius the one facing down all enemies with a sneer and winning almost without effort No this is the story of the Farm Boy Hero the one who perseveres and trains and reflects This is a young man of morals who follows the principles of Confucius Buddha and Lao tzu which are built into the society in which he was raised rather than King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies letting his elevation and success turn him arrogantIn short I found this an excellent book for those who watched moviesike Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or Hero or even House of Flying Daggers and wanted to enter completely into that world There are seven types of conflict in iterature man v man man v nature etc Cultivating books are set up to be man v self except here Here the author pretty much ignores that in favor of a man v society approach The MC is a commoner who makes it into a cultivation sect at the same time as a young noble from his hometown For some reason this noble takes this as an affront and seeks to do the MC harm Never "MIND THAT IF THE NOBLE SUCCEEDS IN HARMING THE " that if the noble succeeds in harming the the noble risks being kicked out of the sect in disgrace ruining his own ife In other words the major flaw of this book is aughably one dimensional villains Take the young noble he risks everything for nothing At one point the MC even wonders at why the young noble hates him and can t figure it out That is as good as the author admitting he has failed to give Long Wu Ying never expected to join a Sect or become a real cultivator His days were spent studying planting rice on the family farm and spending time with his friends Fate however has different plans for Wu Ying and when the army arrives at his village he and many other members of the village are con. Is main antagonist motivation for his actions And where are the big city nobles that Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story look down on country nobles soacking in honor as to ower themselves to fighting with commoners The author can t even be bothered with cliches to
give his main antagonist that slight bit depth This is so prevalent throughout the book that I his main antagonist that slight bit depth This is so prevalent throughout the book that I just say that the author s world building is shallow For example the MC upon arriving at the sect is put to work "LATER HE FINDS OUT THAT HE "he finds out that he suppose register his work with a sect department The punctilious and petty jerk in charge of registration department who is also a noble gives the MC an assignment ikely to kill him as punishment for failing to register Never mind the fact that there was no way for the MC know about the department sooner or that this happens with enough freuency that the elder that put the MC to work had a bet with himself about how ong it would take the MC to realize he had to register his work assignment Again the nobles are bizarrely uniformly petty but united Where s the underling that hopes to move up and so reports the registrar s inappropriate behavior to the registrar s enemies Such a ridiculously petty and vindictive individual would have made plenty of enemies at the sect but the author can t be bothered to put thought into anyone s actions but the MCsIn spite of the foregoing I enjoyed 34ths of this book since most of it focuses on the MC s journey The problem is the poorly written antagonists are key to the story and virtually the entire focus of the final chapters Which eads me to this book s next problem a weak resolutionThe book has a small culmination with the MC accomplishing something fairly impressive However he does this by greatly antagonizing all the nobles since they are completely uniform in their actions and thoughts The nobles were already risking everything to just bully the MC so this book essentially ends with the start of a serious class war This of course significantly undermines any sense of story resolution So this author appears to be yet another in a ong ine that attempts to get readers to come back for the rest of the story rather than because they are actually good writersBottom Moonrise line Largely an okay read but not particularly inspired with truly poorly written antagonists NotesIt took a bit for me to get into the story but once I did I had fond flashbacks to Black Belt Theater other old school martial films Good fun I will try to read the next book but who knows when Il get to it or finish it without audio P A wuxia for those not familiar with the genre Most of the time wuxia novels have this weird way of writing that often would got Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi lost in translation This novel is written in the ways western readers of epic fantasies could easily enjoy both in form and structure while staying true to the motifs and themes of wuxia stories This is a great way to introduce the genre with a relatable main character and conflicts that is very common in the genre This is one of the books I read for SPFBO 2019I have to say this book is uite different to aot of the others in the batch It s a story which focuses primarily on martial arts with a strong influence from ChineseAsian cultures There is a magic called Cultivation where you infuse your body with healing magic and Chi and you can channel through the meridians The practice is almost ike a meditation techniue but also something which you can enhance with time and determinationWe follow Wu Ying a young peasant who is from a poor family but striving to do better and join the inner sect He s not rich or ualified in the same way many of his competitors are but he has determination and desire and is willing to push on through the challenges and obstaclesWhat I ike about this title is the emphasis on the martial arts. Scripted Given the opportunity to join the Verdant Green Waters Sect Wu Ying must decide between his pedestrian common ife and the exciting blood soaked ife of a cultivator Join Wu Ying as he takes his first step on his Thousand Li journey to become an immortal cultivator The First Step is the first.
Tao Wong ´ 7 charactersTechniues and the culture There is a good story there but the basis in reality and inspiration was clear to see and to enjoy whilst consuming the story I found some small spellinggrammar issues but most were minor and did not pull me too far out of the storyline Overall it s a start to what could become a fun story I think it s a bit sprawling and it certainly has a few directions that the narrative is trying to go but once you get to know the character and his personality you can t help but to enjoy his ualities although sometimes I think he did escape some situations a ittle too easily and unscathed I gave it a 35s in the end as it was certainly different enough to be memorable and one that I think entertained me too Definitely a good start point with Wuxia novels too Rating 40 stars Somewhat of a typical cultivation story with chineseasian society This society is set up into sects and then further separated with the nobles and the peasant scommoners Every person is this society is taught how to cultivate at east a ittle This is a process of purging the bodies of toxins and opening up meridians to allow greater growth and power This will give everyone at east a ittle strength to help with daily iving Also there is a war that has been going on for what seems ike forever between the sects and having even the peasants be able to cultivate a ittle will help them when they are conscripted to the military This is what happens to our main character Wu Ying He is conscripted to the military At one point he comes to the attention of an elder and is offered a position as a cultivator This is not something that he ever thought would happen While
Everyone Learns To Cultivate Alearns to cultivate a he never thought he would have the opportunity to do this for a iving A true cultivator that progresses far enough can ive for a very Alexandra, Gone long time Yes theife is filled with dangers but the rewards are so great He finds out that just progressing in his cultivation isn t the only fight he needs to win He is a commoner surrounded by nobles Most nobles feel that commoners are so far beneath them that they automatically should win regardless of actual ability They are all A Year in 120 Recipes learning how to fight but whenever Wu Yingands a blow on a noble there is an uproar about how he dared to strike a noble The martial arts
and cultivating were very detailed and was interesting I didn t ike the overall feel of thecultivating were very detailed and was interesting I didn t ike the overall feel of the though Wu Ying chose to try and become a cultivator and yet even though he is progressing I don t see him actually ending up happy surrounded by people that hate him Why would he want to stay with these people It was a The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents little too over the top for myiking He is in a no win situation If he succeeds he will have even enemies than before AwesomeI ve been seeing a couple authors try their hands at this genre and I ve got to say that this is the author that seems to have done it besteven above some of my beloved and most favored of authors The author has managed to get all the beats all the culture
All The Character Notesthe character notes d expect for this genre and uplift themits ike seeing a Cultivation stories seem to be the new trend for a ot of gamelit and itrpg authors Readers should do themselves a favor and read this book by Tao Wong to get an idea of what a good cultivation book ooks ike Personally I think this book sets the barI m not too into cultivation stories I prefer gamelit and itrpg instead However the progressive nature of a good cultivation story will give me a similar sense of satisfaction Fans of the Two Week Curse series will Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience likely find aot to enjoy here not the east of which will be the fact that the prose is well writtenWhile I eagerly await of Tao Wong s System Apocalypse series I am enjoying this one as well and ooking forward to future installments. Novel in A Thousand Li series a book on cultivation immortals wondrous martial art styles and spirit beasts and will be oved by wuxia and xanxia fans The First Step is written by Tao Wong the bestselling scifi and fantasy LitRPG author of the System Apocalypse Adventures on Brad and the Hidden Wishe. .