( [BOOK] The First Step A Thousand Li #1 ) Author Tao Wong – dedelicate.com
TionWe follow Wu Ying a young easant who is from a oor family but 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 easant scommoners Every erson is this society is taught how to cultivate at least a little This is a rocess of Mama Ds pasta pizza purging the bodies of toxins and opening up meridians to allow greater growth andower This will give everyone at least a little strength to help with daily living Also there is a war that has been going on for what seems like forever between the sects and having even the The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, peasants be able to cultivate a little 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 oneoint he comes to the attention of an elder and is offered a Betty Fedora Issue One position as a cultivator This is not something that he ever thought would happen While everyone learns to cultivate a little he never thought he would have the opportunity to do this for a living A true cultivator thatrogresses far enough can live for a very long time Yes the life is filled with dangers but the rewards are so great He finds out that just Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work 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 learning how to fight but whenever Wu Ying lands 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 like the overall feel of the book though Wu Ying chose to try and become a cultivator and yet even though he isrogressing I don t see him actually ending up happy surrounded by Jazz Ukulele people that hate him Why would he want to stay with theseeople It was a little too over the top for my liking 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 notes you d expect for this genre and uplift themits like seeing a gourmet chef make a 5 star version of captain crunch or Off 13 pizza rolls5 star comfort snacksand I have to say as much as I get down on this author forutting both the reader and his characters through the ringer its works like these that really showcase how talented he is Cultivation stories seem to be the new trend for a lot of gamelit and litrpg authors Readers should do themselves a favor and read this book by Tao Wong to get an idea of what a good cultivation book looks like Personally I think this book sets the barI m not too into cultivation stories I Amata Means Beloved prefer gamelit and litrpg instead However therogressive nature of a good cultivation story will give me a similar sense of satisfaction Fans of the Two Week Curse series will likely find a lot to enjoy here not the least of which will be the fact that the rose is well writtenWhile I eagerly await of Tao Wong s System Apocalypse series I am enjoying this one as well and looking forward to future installment. Novel in A Thousand Li series a book on cultivation immortals wondrous martial art styles and spirit beasts and will be loved 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.
Ountry nobles so lacking in honor as to lower 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 revalent throughout the book that I could just say that the author s world building is shallow For example the MC upon arriving at the sect is Juice put to work Later he finds out that he was suppose register his work with a sect department Theunctilious and etty jerk in charge of registration department who is also a noble gives the MC an assignment likely to kill him as unishment 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 Gudrun put the MC to work had a bet with himself about how long it would take the MC to realize he had to register his work assignment Again the nobles are bizarrely uniformlyetty 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 Mob Mistress petty and vindictive individual would have madelenty of enemies at the sect but the author can t be bothered to Stud in the Stacks 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 Theroblem is the Choosing to Survive poorly written antagonists are key to the story and virtually the entire focus of the final chapters Which leads me to this book s nextroblem 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 long line that attempts to get readers to come back for the rest of the story rather than because they are actually good writersBottom line Largely an okay read but not Robin Hood particularly inspired with trulyoorly 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 I ll 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 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 a lot of the others in the batch It s a story which focuses Felipa 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 Theractice is almost like a meditation techniue but also something which you can enhance with time and determina. Scripted Given the opportunity to join the Verdant Green Waters Sect Wu Ying must decide between his edestrian common life and the exciting blood soaked life 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.
Needle in the HaystackNormally finding a decent English translated Wuxia novel is a bit of a struggle Oftentimes I feel like it comes down to whether you are okay with grammatical errors or oorly written stories This has none of those The Blueprint (English Edition) problems and many of theositives The character is Crisis of the Strauss Divided practical and doesn t benefit from some magical ring or item that makes him super talented Instead he is a grinder from the lowest rung of society who works his way up to stand onar with eople 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 like the simplified and dare I say realistic resentation of martial arts I love the less VARSITY ABDL (Age Play, Forced Regression, Enema, Domestic Discipline, Spanking Romance) philosophical focus of the character on the great truths of the universe and of the very real dangers of hisresent 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 footnotes The actual storytelling was strained the character development limited and the wordsmithing weak but I did kind of like it so Goodreads three stars I liked itGood hearted farm bumpkin with a heritage of a mysterious fami 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 Road House - The Novel part of Asia than Mr Wong s but just as he describes in hisost 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 faces like my own to figure out who I was supposed to be how I was supposed to act I have in the Gnosis past read some reallyoor 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 Left to Die-a First Hand Account of Life in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina perseveres and trains and reflects This is a young man of morals who follows therinciples of Confucius Buddha and Lao tzu which are built into the society in which he was raised rather than letting his elevation and success turn him arrogantIn short I found this an excellent book for those who watched movies like 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 literature man v man man v nature etc Cultivating books are set up to be man v self except here Here the author Dolphin Diaries Bind-Up 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 MC the noble risks being kicked out of the sect in disgrace ruining his own life In other words the major flaw of this book is laughably one dimensional villains Take the young noble he risks everything for nothing At oneoint 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 his main antagonist motivation for his actions And where are the big city nobles that look down on Long Wu Ying never expected to join a Sect or become a real cultivator His days were spent studying The Wingman Chronicles planting rice on the family farm and spending time with his friends Fate however has differentlans for Wu Ying and when the army arrives at his village he and many other members of the village are con.
( BOOK The First Step A Thousand Li #1 ) Author Tao Wong – dedelicate.com
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Tao Wong grew up in Malaysia did his degrees in the UK and then after a years working in SEA moved to Vancouver BC Canada Afterwards he ended up in Whitehorse the Yukon where he resides most days with his wife and child working and writing the stories that build in his headA lifelong gamer and reader he's managed to find a niche where he can write about areas to his content PS You can s