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A Thousand Li: the First Step: Book 1 Of A Xianxia Cultivation Series Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07PKGSDDQ
- Publisher : Starlit Publishing (April 2, 2019)
- Publication date : April 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2492 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1989458025
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,041 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this cultivation story. And for anyone not familiar, a cultivation story is a story where the main character is focusing on personal growth and power in order to achieve goals - typically through hard work and effort - versus being awarded it for no reason. This is an example of that kind of story - a wonderful main character who is thrown into new situations and has to adapt to the world or die.
I like that the story explains itself as it goes, some cultivation stories just make assumptions that the readers understand their "magic system" and that isn't an issue in this book. I also liked how it sets the tone for the rest of the series. This isn't necessarily an "overpowered" main character, this is a person from the world trying to go further than the people around him.
Go ahead and give it a try! You'll enjoy it.
Important events are detailed well, and training time is allowed to pass, without inordinate detail.
Author doesn't seem to depend on reader having significant background in xianxia stories - cultivation basics introduced well throughout the story, without dense infodumps.
The MC here is no Mary Sue. He is barely above average. His cultivation method is the same given to every peasant, and he works hard and breaks through to new levels usually after his friends do. They are wuxia geniuses compared to him.
However, he is young, eager, and charismatic. He likes to mission for his sect mostly by finding and collecting herbs for them, and practicing his family sword techniques as well as some unarmed stuff he picked up to close his weaknesses.
After reading the entirety of "painting the mists" "king of Gods" "rise of humanity" and the Silver Fox/Western Hero series, I thought this was a bit too westernized for me to like. Yet, a few chapters in I started to get hooked, and really liked the series.
Easy to relate to the MC, and he's a nice guy. Like a very good natured teen. Super world building, and everything seems to "realistic" *cough cough* for a fantasy world anyhow. Get them, they're great.
a low born protagonist
a lifelong noble antagonist
a school setting
and, of course, advancement
The author takes care to add enough action and adventure to keep the story moving and adds the beginnings of a supporting cast. I expect more will be revealed as the books continue.
The fight scenes are well-described and provide tension. The moments of growth the main character experiences during fights are particularly well-done and fit the genre.
Wu Ying is a likeable protagonist. His naivity, lack of knowledge and curiousity make sense even it borders stupidity at times. The fact that the difference between ordinary and talent is not overly big, means that hard work and a bit of luck can overcome it. No weird gifts. No extreme lethalness, life is cheap, but not as extreme as in most cultivation novels. Pacing is relatively fast as well.
As for the cons, there is no overall plot and the motivation of the protagonist is lacking. World building is a bit flat, mainly because the mc knows little, but it is similar to most cultivation novels. Side characters are flat as well.
Still, I enjoyed reading it, especially for a cultivation novel. Looking forward to the next part.
Tao manages to avoid that here, with a most unlikely of aspirants. Unfortunately there was a bit of a problem there with his hero entirely too cognizant about the peasant/noble divide and in truth all of the characters seeming interest in keeping the peasant in his place. it was a bit of a hard push to the tale.
But the rest was exciting with the hero getting some good adventures and entertaining moments.
Review of second in series coming soon. :)
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The world is paper thin, with at best passing reference to something you may of read in a better cultivar story to fill it out, like that one time a building he was in had a array in it, nothing actually fleashed out and placed.
Descriptions of actions are mostly just the names of moves, it allows the reader to fill it in in imagination, but it leaves it with no feeling.
The actual big ending time just starts skipping because nothing gets put down.
I did like the take action feel it flowed into. But the foundation was non existent.
The character is as formless as some slime compared to the story's this lifted from.
Has grammar I guess