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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


Related Series
Ze Tian Ji (Spin-Off)

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

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Latest Release(s)
c.8-9 by Gravity Translations about 1 year ago
c.584 by Gravity Translations about 1 year ago
c.7 by Gravity Translations about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1183 Chapters (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (147 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 5th 2018, 12:43pm PST



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Beautifully written novel   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by shiroux
April 26th, 2017, 10:27pm
What else need to be said about this gem that haven't already been said? Not many. But some points are worth repeating. Yes, such as:

This novel is beautifully written.
This novel is well-thought-out.
This novel is slower-paced.
This novel has many literary references.
This novel has many clever word plays.
The narrative is detail and poetic.
The characters feel real and complex.
The main character is calm and well-studied.
The author also feels calm and well-studied.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2017, 10:58pm
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Well-written and heartfelt xianxia with some pacing issues; still the best xianxia I've read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by naeddyr
March 3rd, 2017, 9:59am
Though I haven't read too much xianxia, Ze Tian Ji flies right to the top on my list of the genre, which I didn't expect a straight-laced example of it would do so easily.

As far as I can tell, Ze tian ji is atypical for xianxia, and breaks a lot of the norms and conventions; the setting is inherently rooted in the political, in empires and sects that exist in a system where normal people actually exist, while usually xianxia ignores normal people. The cultivation aspects of the story are less mechanical than in others, more mystical and religious with a very strong Taoist or Zen Buddhist koans-and-tea flavor. The main characters are not murderhoboes traveling the world and fighting every Tom, Dick and Zhen they encounter for loot, but young teens attending school or the politicians and other adults looking over them.

Our MC, Chen Changshang, is a very calm and very, very, very collected young boy who leaves his master and the small temple they lived in the countryside to go to the capital for two things: to return and break an engagement arranged between him and the supremely talented young lady cultivator of a noble clan, and to attend school in order to gain access to the mystical pillars of enlightenment that fell from the heavens in ages past to bring the Tao to the world... And to find a way to break his fate that threatens to lead to his death before he is twenty years old.

Obviously, this all leads to misunderstanding, hijinx and Overcoming Great Adversity as our straight-faced protagonist gains the ire of everyone he meets, as they believe him to be an evil schemer, fake, or fool. All the while our MC stays a good guy and gathers companions on his journey of Not Dying.

The writing is professional, the translations are all very, very good with very few untranslated terms, but there is a problem with verbosity and pacing. There is not necessarily too much verbatim repetition, but there is quite a lot of filler, quite a lot of rephrasing things and quite a lot things happening that could have stayed unhappened without any issue, BUT these issues happen only at set periods: during the climactic mini-arcs of larger arcs, at the apex of a battle. All other times the pacing and events flow well, though not necessarily quickly, but when things REALLY start to happen things tend to bog down and there's a lot of fluff. I have read up to chapter 370, and this has happened twice (during the tournament arc's last battle and the 'chase sequence' and last battles of the 'treasure hunting' arc), but please also take note that although I say '370' chapters, that is a lot more text than usual, with longer chapters than usual: it's taken me a solid week of reading to get here, and I'm not a slow reader; easily 60-70 hours. A quick napking calculation indicates that the translated text is nearing 700-800 thousand words already; but crucially, it was worth it for me, and I was able to get through the slow bits, and the payoffs are worth it.

... Last updated on March 3rd, 2017, 10:07am
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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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