The Dao of Magic

by alkaliho

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Comedy Fantasy Magic Male Lead Martial Arts Reincarnation Slice of Life Strong Lead Wuxia
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Sexual Content

Here I am, sitting on a mountain so far away from civilisation it might as well be the godforsaken arse of the world, about to ascend. Can't wait to leave this crapfest of a planet... Turns out that the higher ups decided that an unaffiliated rogue like me is too big of a risk to let run around free.

Seems like this entire cultivation world is a late stage capitalist money making machine for the powers that be in the higher realms, and me stealing the good loot in front of their descendants and sect disciples noses finally pissed them off enough to take action.

First, they sent all the sect masters and hidden dao protectors to off me - which failed, obviously. Heh, afterwards they simply bitch slapped me out of their universe though.

That is interesting and all, but I just woke up in a valley watching some critters murder each other while trying not to freak out about how bad it smells here.

Soo… where the fuck am I? Why is that deer fighting a feathery squirrel? Why am I teaching this baby rabbit saved from a cannibalistic mother how to kick beings in the face with the power of qi?



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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
01 - Ascension ago
02 - Valley ago
03 - Mana ago
04 - Camp ago
05 - Circle ago
06 - Moving ago
07 - Core ago
08 - Walk ago
09 - City ago
10 - Language ago
11 - Tunnels ago
12 - Crawl ago
13 - Creep ago
14 - Ecosystem ago
15 - Horn ago
16 - Tree ago
17 - Ground ago
18 - Snatch ago
19 - Drill ago
20 - Beat ago
21 - Soar ago
22 - Crack ago
23 - Fall ago
24 - Double ago
25 - Lure ago
26 - Association ago
27 - Topics ago
28 - Force ago
29 - Slice ago
30 - Bird ago
31 - Hunt ago
32 - Bait ago
33 - Shopping ago
34 - Converge ago
35 - Reprove ago
36 - Control ago
37 - Action ago
38 - Non-essential ago
39 - Solutions ago
40 - Talk ago
41 - Augur ago
42 - Leisure ago
43 - Blitz ago
44 - Struggle ago
45 - Storm ago
46 - Processing ago
47 - Mounts ago
48 - Avoidance ago
49 - Details ago
50 - Diversion ago
51 - Exploitation ago
52 - Frame ago
53 - Instigate ago
54 - Brawl ago
55 - Initiative ago
56 - Sell ago
57 - Acquisition ago
58 - Appropriation ago
59 - Nurture ago
60 - Commence ago
60.5 - Glossary ago
61 - Tests ago
62 - Irritation ago
63 - Probe ago
64 - Interrogation ago
65 - Retreat ago
66 - Fishin ago
67 - Pressure ago
68 - Encounter ago
69 - Abandon ago
70 - Unanticipated ago
71 - Unfeeling ago
72 - Bare ago
73 - ████████ (18+) ago
74 - Verve ago
75 - Converse ago
76 - Examinations ago
77 - Assault ago
78 - Autonomy ago
79 - Ambitions ago
80 - Ruminations ago
81 - Cycles ago
82 - Heat ago
83 - Reunion ago
84 - Discourse ago
85 - Lesson ago
86 - Intent ago
87 - Absence ago
88 - Convert ago
89 - Escapades ago
90 - Disclosures ago
91 - Venting ago
92 - Abstraction ago
93 - Summit ago
94 - Impetuous ago
95 - Rapport ago
96 - Promiscuity ago
97 - Staring ago
98 - Ministration ago
99 - Shrubs ago
100 - Intuition ago
101 - Over-analyzation ago
102 - Squabbles ago
103 - Progress ago
104 - Step ago
SideStory - Gifts ago
105 - Space ago
106 - Reconstruct ago
107 - Wave ago
108 - Ligna ago
109 - Launch ago
110 - Instruction ago
111 - Patterns ago
112 - Underway ago
113 - Doorway ago
114 - Interests ago
115 - Hordes ago
116 - Devising ago
117 - Secession ago
118 - Dissimilitudes ago
119 - Contention ago
120 - Assuage ago
121 - Rationale ago
122 - Osseous ago
123 - Anticipation ago
124 - Beastnapping ago
125 - Cessation ago
126 - Immortality (April Fools) ago
126 - Theorising ago
127 - Initiation ago
128 - Drafting ago
129 - Strata ago
One year anniversary and Q&A. ago
130 - Etiquette ago
131 - Expectation ago
132 - Clash ago
133 - Excitement ago
134 - Agency ago
135 - Reaching ago
136 - Shocks ago
137 - Severance ago
138 - Incoherent ago
139 - Awareness ago
140 - Cooling ago
141 - Manufactoring ago
142 - Emissions ago
143 - Sparring ago
144 - Invasion ago
145 - Developing ago
146 - Brief ago
147 - Modify ago
148 - Dominance ago
149 - Coasting ago
150 - Fragmentation ago
151 - Conversation ago
152 - Scoring ago
153 - Variegation ago
154 - Surveying ago
155 - Lattice ago
156 - Toiling ago
157 - Summation ago
158 - Hostility ago
159 - Viewpoints ago
160 - Digest ago
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JsD
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A unique take on cultivating that is interesting and fun to read.

Originally found this story while looking for others. The title drew me in, but the unique approach to cultivating versus traditional cultivator stories. It takes modern day ideas and concepts, such as computing, and applies it to culvitating producing an original story not found elsewhere.

 

The characters are not dull, and all seem to have their own unique characters.

 

No clue where the story is going, but that just makes reading it more fun.

Jazehiah
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Synopsis - A genius cultivator is sent to another world and has to start from scratch.

Style - The story is in first person limited, but later has third person limited for view changes. The world building is done a bit at a time as the Cultivator (MC) seeks out, discovers, and processes information.

Story - There are some overdone tropes here and there, but they're usually lampshaded or have enough of a twist to still be interesting. We've had reincarnation, a dungeon crawl, talking to trees, and now a master/student arc.

Characters - The Cultivator (does he have a name? I can't remember) is a bit of a lazy cynical jerk, but at least he tries to take responsibility for his actions. His thought process goes something like: "Did I just save a baby bunny form her own mother? Oops. Might as well teach her to cultivate."

Spelling and Grammar - Only a few small typos per chapter. Grammar is of similarly high quality.

CandyAddict
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Spoiler-Free Review (as of ch. 29)

The greatest strength of this novel is in the way the author is able to quickly combine storytelling with worldbuilding and provide an enjoyable info-dump free read (or at least 'info-dumps' don't feel like one). It helps that while the world and mechanics are solidly laid out, the protagonist learns about both alongside the reader using a systematic sceintific (somewhat) approach. No real issues with the grammar.

Some issues:

Some of the (probably important) side characters lack development, and the POV changes aren't very smooth. Also, while the characters themselves have distinct enough characteristics, the snippets in some POV's don't seem to reflect them very well.

 

Futhark the Elder
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Having read the first 27 chapters, I feel reasonably confident I have a good sense of the story. It's excellent.

Update: After 90 chapters, I confirm my initial positive assessment.

The main character has a wry sense of humour, the Qi cultivation system is fascinating, the plot has unpredictable turns, and the writing is competent with fewer syntactic solecisms than one has become accustomed to encountering. That ticks all my boxes.

My compliments to the author. You are not merely a sentence-farmer, you are a story-teller!

Morkail
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Thousand year old cultivater is about to breakthrough to the immortal plane instead some one bitch slaps him to a world man and he has to start all over as of chapter 9 he just found a dungeon  we don't know much yet.    But it has one thing no other cultivation story has.             BUNNIE CULTIVATIER. That's right a pet bunny that could knock a mortal head clean off(?please do this author?) .   Too soon to know how the story will go but I like what I see so far. Also bunny.....

Aapjuh
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(Read till 104) Decent till midway.. but then..

~half of a full score for half of a decent story~

Overall/story:
Its a pretty decent story until somewhere midway when its start trying too hard to be funny, but instaid becomes childish and chaotic.
The story starts making less sense and becomes more of a comedy sketch with no plot, and the humor isn't even that great and just starts to be an annoying mess.
Somewhere midway he proclaims the need to start seriously teaching his disciples but instaid it turns childish instaid and his 'teaching' becomes a library-jade with all the answers of life the disciples need.

Characters:
The MC was great in the beginning, with a semi serious mindset trying to find something to do in his new life, takes on disciples and starts teaching them about his power and energy use.
The disciples, a well varied bunch of youngsters with a mutlitude of personalities and backgrounds, some of which get a little bit of story time explaining their background but is mostly glossed over.
The love interest, she was interesting at the start but then turned into a clone of the MC with a slightly different personality.

Grammar:
Like most stories, theres a few mistakes no big deal you can auto-read over it mostly.

AaronoraA
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If this were a rating with accuracy, this story would be given a rating somewhere between 3.5/5 and 4/5. Some parts even call for 4.5/5. But seeing as writings are considered mangled dumpster trash if they get below a 4.7, I'm giving this one a 5. It's not really unwarranted.

This is obviously a story that has some planning behind it, and it's definitely welcomed in a genre rife with unplanned additions and last minute ideas that get retconned 500 chapters later. It definitely feels as though Alkaliho has put in some love into this story, and it shows. I can tell when Mr Alkaliho was sad, angry, and bored when writing this, and these emotions are gathered well into the stories characters, giving life to the story that some lack.

The world building that has been shown so far is the only thing that is lacking so far, but again, in a genre of garbled nonsense where scope is far off in the distance, Alkaliho still manages to clutch a B- while some tales don't event warrant a place on the scale table. This score also has a very good chance of improving as I believe this will change as the author continues.

My only thoughts so far are that the author needs to hurry the hell up, because I need more to read.

Thanks for the good read, and much love.

P.S. Dont rush, rushing leads to bad.

Ayashi
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Wuxia world + western storytelling= best of two worlds

No mangled writting: 1 point

Decently believable characters: 1 point

Working background system (magic&cultivation): 1 point

Good balance between story, slice of life and action: 1 point

Nice chap release rate: 1 point

5/5

mythloving99
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As for as I can tell from the 19 pages currently posted, it is a promising start to a great and unique cultivation story. It so far has gone in a direction different than other cultivation novels, and could lead to a promising future. The quality of writing is superb, allowing the reader to be drawn into the world the author paints.

DDclash
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I like this story, mc, side characters, the way author describe battles, everything.

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