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Linley is a young noble of a declining, once-powerful clan which once dominated the world. He has large aspirations and wants to save his clan. Linley's journey begins with an accident when he discovers a ring. He took a liking to this ring, which had a dragon carved coiling around it. Upon being injured during a battle between two powerful fighters he discovers that his ring is not what he thought it was and possesses powers beyond his imagination.


Original Manhua


Related Series
Desolate Era (Sequel)
Panlong (Novel) (Adapted From)
Xingchen Bian (Sequel)

Associated Names
Coiling Dragon
Crouching Dragon

Groups Scanlating
Demonic Scanlations
Desperate Scanners
Hatigarm Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.169-170 (end) by Hatigarm Scans 4 days ago
c.168 by Hatigarm Scans 30 days ago
c.167 by Hatigarm Scans about 1 month ago
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Status in Country of Origin
170 Chapters (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 5.7 / 10.0 (175 votes)
Bayesian Average: 5.85 / 10.0
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 28% (49 votes)

Last Updated
February 12th 2019, 7:18pm PST



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Monthly Pos #507 increased(+281)
3 Month Pos #791 decreased(-10)
6 Month Pos #686 increased(+13)
Year Pos #689 decreased(-182)

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Ignore the negative comments and give it a try.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Ethan12FTW
November 3rd, 2017, 1:38am
Ignore the bad ratings and people mad about how different it is from the novel. It was pretty enjoyable to me and I hope it gets updated more, but it all depends on everyone's preferences. People may complain about its plot, how similar it is to a lot of others, but I enjoy these types not matter how generic it is. The main character keeps getting stronger throughout the chapter, but he isn't completely op as if he could beat anyone he meets in their first battle, he is able to struggle in fights.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
August 31st, 2017, 9:48am
A generic plot with not one ingredient you haven't read before or even a new perspective or a new interesting shuffle, and it's even poorly executed. To top it off it has bad characters that are shallow and boring to read, main char gets from 0 to powerful in a heartbeat both in chapters and story time, so he accomplishes in 1 and a half what others in 10 years at best if they are talented; even worse, since it usually takes others that time for one type of magic or warrior style, Linley? he levels as as a double mage and as a warrior... simultaneously.... oh and I forgot master sculptor.... and all because he's "Linley Baruk" (which he tirelessly says as just saying his name was explanation enough, might rather say "because I'm the MC!", it would be the same), he's just an Uchiha Sasuke lame-clone. Same applies to the relationships the MC friends act more like slaves or underlings than friends an he doesn't treat them much better than that either.
The only good things are BeiBei, cute, furious and funny and the maid comic releves, but that's it, not even the comedy is that funny. I guess the art is decent too but its flow is not, it's often confusing to follow the fighting sequences.

If unlike me you don't have much free time then skip this one. The longer you read the more it becomes even more of a mess, mish-mashing many cliches all together, you feel the author apparent obsession with game permeating all over it, this manhua reeks of a crappy RPG story and setting, I find this quite annoying most of the time since it's usually badly executed, like in this one.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mikolokoy
March 28th, 2017, 7:37am
I skipped into the later chapters which were (i think) pivotal to the changes in the MC's life. Here's my verdict:

1. If you are going to read this without having read the novel, continue reading. The art is good although i don't have any idea about the story since i skipped it, but still, i'm assuming the story is still good. Though the comments below says it's bad coz of the changes, it's an adaptation so it may have some changes or differences.

2. If you have finished the manhua, I think it's okay to read this. Although it may give some bad aftertaste since you might compare this with the novel.

3. If you are still reading the novel, don't read this. This will really mess your brain. I was in the middle of the novel when i read this manhua and it didn't do justice for the scenes that i imagined.

I'd give this 7/10 for the art. I'm gonna read this after the novel so the rating might change later.

... Last updated on March 28th, 2017, 8:01am
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Butt Hurt fans   
Rating: N/A
by Kaiotheman
March 9th, 2016, 5:20pm
I have read the Novel first and when I found it had Manhua, I jump at the sight of it. A few chapters in, I realised there were alot of differences between this and the novel, but I enjoyed it it was like falling in love with the same characters just through a different story. So to all the people who are complaining about how its different than the novel. Just dont read it. Simple
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People are morons.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hrolfur23
December 26th, 2015, 7:39am
People are giving it bad ratings because it aint following the novel to the letter and just ignore the whole thing. I personally like it really much and if you like doupo cangqiong and such things then I can recommend this smile
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On Adaptation   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by VWombat
December 9th, 2015, 2:50am
Reviews seem to be divided in comparing this manhua with the LN or treating it as a standalone, and neither standpoint is correct. While it is an adaptation, manhua and LN are fundamentally different mediums and if an adaptation tries to stay entirely true to the LN, it would be far worse than if it takes some liberties. On the other hand, it's equally incorrect to say the manhua can be treated as an entirely separate work. The process of adaptation is a balance of originality and the original work.

Ironically, many of the manhua's flaws are a result of the LN. Like many other adaptations, it suffers from excessively fast pacing and the assumption that readers will have already read the LN. It doesn't take the time to build the world or characters. With the wind instructor's explanation of abilities: in the LN, his passion for wind magic was almost visible, whereas in the manhua, he skimmed over them basically saying, "[insert ability name] is the best!" Certainly this can be considered a minor bit of information, but it plays a role in Linley's motivations. More importantly, it fails to create deep characters. The rivalry with Rand is boiled down to Rand being a simultaneously arrogant and jealous prick. Then the author spontaneously decided to make him calmer when he loses to Linley, and by spontaneous, I mean he was a hateful prick one second then the moment he loses he turns into a noble and prideful rival with no previous indication of those traits. In addition, it skims over the introduction to Linley's friends, who play a vital role in chapters to come.

With regard to my experiences with the LN, I've read up to Book 18 of it, and though its quality has dropped, some of the earlier chapters made a deep impression on me. That was probably about a year ago. I tried to balance comparisons with the LN though that's difficult when it really was an excellent work. As someone who read the LN, I can only describe this manhua as disappointing, but as someone who tried to distance himself from the LN, I can only describe this manhua as mediocre.
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Boring and infuriating.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by gwapi201
October 6th, 2015, 1:46am
The gender swap was okay for me at least.
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Linlei fateful meeting with bebe was full of bullsh*t, It wasn't heartwarming as it did in the NOVEL where he feed him everyday until he was leaving to enter the magic school.

BEBE is a GODEATER rat for f*cking sake. The foundation of their relationship here isn't worth mentioning here in the adaptation.

Linlei vs rand battle was infuriating to the point i need to comment. Rand wasn't even mentioned after their battle since it was one-sided, linlei even spared his life during their battle. But here he only f*cking tied?

WTF how will he be a PARAGON? When he can't beat a freaking lame ass character and only tied.

Beirut should find a another person rather than linlei in this STORY FULL OF CR*P.

and drop it for real, won't be reading this cr*p anymore.

... Last updated on October 6th, 2015, 3:33am
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Evaluate the manhua and LN as two unrelated works   
Rating: N/A
by doucha
September 22nd, 2015, 3:31pm
It is infuriating to read comments which consider a comparison of an adaptation to the original a valid review. It is not, it is only an optional section and has to be put properly in context.
The adaptation is always its own product, that is even the case when the new work attempts to follow the original to the letter, for example, like the Hunter x Hunter 2014 series which has animated the manga.

The Panlong manhua doesn't follow the original story line, basically it is a separate work. The author restructured the narrative thread and combined it with his own ideas, resulting in a much lighter ( less complicated, less dark, less momentous), shorter, action-oriented and comedic story. Most likely that all is because the comic is aimed at a younger audience. It is also obvious that the author attempted to make the style more similar to the BTTH manhua.

Personally, I discovered the manhua first and I enjoyed it, otherwise I wouldn't have become impatient and would have moved on to the novel. However, since my ratings are rather strict I would give it only something between 4-6.
Then, I read the novel and enjoyed the much more sophisticated tale a lot more. As a result I can't appreciate the comic as before so I won't review it. It's that simple.

The general rule is always to read/watch the adaption before the original, especially if the latter is in a more descriptive form ( e.g., novel instead of manhua). You can use that rule here, too. If you want to enjoy both the comic and the novel, you'll finish the former first. If you don't want to wait, you might need to sacrifice one as the difference between the two is large.

... Last updated on September 23rd, 2015, 3:47am
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read as separated story from LN   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by reivatin
September 3rd, 2015, 1:07pm
if you ever read the LN you will know there are many differences like plot, char or whatever
but keep it in mind like doulu dalu, which LN is more darker but manga is more comedical

i dunno which way this manga will bring the story like, cheerful like doulu dalu or more comedical like BTTH...

it's fun to see the manga like different entity like LN, since well more of it will bring you down if you compare it...

as for now, it quite good despite the difference
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I hate it when the LN readers downvote the adaptations simply because they didn't meet their expectations...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Gradonil_Ral
July 28th, 2015, 11:52am
[July 28th, 2015, 11:52am]
Are you guys really so incapable of giving impartial judgement?

While I agree that the series isn't top-notch, it definitely doesn't deserve all these 1s...
I really don't understand why you'd all (well most of you) go out of your way to ruin its rating simply because you think the LN is much better...
Wouldn't it be simpler to think of it as a separate series altogether? Would you really rate it so drastically if that were the case?

Anyway, I'll see about commenting on the actual story when there's a bit more of it translated.

*UPDATE* [December 19th, 2015, 9:32pm]
Alright. I've read 64 chapters of the manhwa. It's quite interesting. It's not great, but it's a fun read. The art style is very pleasant to look at, which is one of the reasons I can still enjoy it even though the story itself is way too rushed...
However, since I started reading the LN too, it nicely fills out all the plot holes for me.
The LN story is by far superior to the adaptation, but I have no problem reading and enjoying both.
Perhaps it's because I've waited till ~chapter 50 of the manhwa to pick up the LN, but then again... who knows?

I'm rating the manhwa as 7.5-8. My comment will show 8.5, but that's because I sort my reading list based on series ratings and I usually put series that get frequent releases slightly higher than the rest.

... Last updated on December 19th, 2015, 1:32pm
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