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Zetianji (Novel)  
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To pick is to choose. This is a story about choices. Three thousand world full of gods and demons, with a scroll in hand you are able to control the entire universe…

At the beginning of time, a mystical meteor came crashing down from outer space and scattered all over the world. A piece of it landed in the Eastern Continent.

There were mysterious totems carved upon the meteor, and people gathered around it wanting to discover its usage. They discovered the Way, and established The Tradition.

Several thousand years later, the fourteen years old orphan Chen Chang Shang left his master to cure his illness and change his fate. He brought a piece of marriage vow with him to the capital, thus began the journey of a rising hero.

Original Chinese Web Novel


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Associated Names
择天记 (Novel)
Trạch Thiên Ký
Way of Choices (Novel)
Ze Tian Ji (Novel)

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1146 Chapters (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (133 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.05 / 10.0
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February 9th 2017, 10:15am PST



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Breath of fresh air   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rhin33
January 28th, 2016, 4:08pm
MC is so cool!!! For one he is exactly what I imagine when thinking of upright and honest person. I didn`t know that the Chinese authors can actually pull off something different than the arrogant homicide maniac but here it is!
I enjoy reading it. It is slow and not much action but it has logic and build up that is rare for xianxia. It is well paced and interesting smile
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Not for everyone   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by L3zl13
January 20th, 2016, 1:07pm
Based on 129 chapters: Very slow paced. Very little fighting and also that is not done by the MC.
Very little cultivation and power ups.
What it has instead is a very unique MC, some very funny characters and funny dialogues, political intrigue, believable opponents/enemies.
Sometimes it feels more like a western fantasy novel than xianxia.
I expect these will change after the examination/trial will start with more fighting and more cultivation related stuff. I hope it will become a bit faster paced but won't become a generic Xianxia.

If someone is only interested in constant senseless fighting and random powerups with an arrogant a**hole as protagonist, well there is a lot of series around from that type. This series is not for you.
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High potential   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by sufod01
January 14th, 2016, 8:58am
Good story and so far in chapter 123 the MC is still weak like a adventurer lvl 1. No really a MC who become suddenly OP from the beginning in short and that why it's good.
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Very well written   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by saacool
January 4th, 2016, 1:09am
Its extremely interesting but theres a striking issue in that the pace of the overarcing plot line is disgustingly slow.

About 50 chapters or so in this alleveates moderately but the progress of the protagonist is so painstalkingly slow that you might as well skip the latter 50 chapters so far just because of the lack of plot development
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If only...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by highjackpro
December 5th, 2015, 10:40pm
This is a good read. Good story, good dialogue, decent characters...
If only the plot will move a bit faster from mc's perspective. I am yet to see any character development on mc's part.
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The absolute slowest   
Rating: 4.4 / 10.0
by buttplug
November 18th, 2015, 5:33pm
While I like properly paced character-growth driven stories like Hunter X Hunter, I don't think it is possible for this novel to be paced any slower. 100+ chapters until anything noteworthy happens, the best stories don't wait that long to reveal their strengths.

... Last updated on January 7th, 2016, 4:12pm
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The absolute greatest   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Katsono
October 26th, 2015, 6:26pm
This Xianxia novel is really refreshing, something new and yet unseen among all the other translated novels. First of all, we have here something that's really pleasant to read and not just bland. The writing style is simple without being too short, and rich enough to be real light literature thanks to the detailed writings. This comes with a slow pacing and rich story telling with an excellent world building, which I can only say are welcome as they make the novel's quality.

The novel starts, unlike many other, with a really weak protagonist. But although he has no power, he's got a brain and, for once, a personality. Childish at times, smart at other, we see here a really detailed and complex character of fourteen years old evolving into a hostile world which might as well have been ours, as he's just a human being, a realistic one at that, and neither a twenty something transported to another world or the reincarnation of a mysterious elder. Not only is he great, but every other character around him is either likeable, be it his friends or his enemies, instead of being one-dimensional like many other novels, and this is what makes it really a worthy read.

The background is rich in details and tells of many stories, which later turn out to actually be part of the plot, or add deepness to already existing / new characters who are kept evolving alongside our main character. The plot is great, interesting and original, full of actions although not of combats, which are pretty rare but important and greatly detailed, often lasting through several chapters of fully explained although sometimes hard to comprehend battles.

Zetianji is, unlike many Xianxia novels, a work full of richness that's worthy of being a real book, and simply does not compare to his fellow fight grinding compatriots. It doesn't focus on fighting and cultivation but instead builds a world with its own issues, mysteries and characters which each have different goals and evolve along each other. Chen Chang Sheng is among if not the greast Xianxia protagonist and his evolution is certainly the most interesting, being a frail human with actual difficulties in cultivation instead of a lucky go happy finding treasures at every corner of a street.

... Last updated on August 4th, 2016, 7:59pm
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So far   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Sircus
September 1st, 2015, 7:33am
Read up to ch 89.

Its pretty good, but there are some small things worth noticing.

The pacing of the story is very slow.
The English translation is a bit of mixed quality sometime.
Has massive info dumping about uninteresting things.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2015, 7:36am
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MC is NOT a genocidal maniac...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by pomoli
August 16th, 2015, 8:22pm
... and that's awesome!
I was getting tired of reading only about brainless psychopaths in xianxia/wuxia, but this one is polite, not full of himself, and actually seems to be fairly knowledgeable, although nerdy.
Nothing much to say, apart from that, for now.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2015, 10:01am
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Chinese Sheldon Cooper   
Rating: N/A
by Jaeger
August 14th, 2015, 5:04am
If you're a Big Bang Theory fan for sure you will like the MC. The MC's lack of knowledge regarding social interaction, OCD, and his encyclopediatic brain reminds me of Sheldon Cooper of BBT. Still reading the starting chapters of this story and I'm now hooked.

P.S. Ifs only there are trains. Wut wut.

... Last updated on August 14th, 2015, 5:07am
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