“Just as Chu Feng thought he became a genius, change happened within his body. Because of that change, it made it so his cultivation stopped and did not move forward, and he was labeled to have the most horrible talent of a lifetime.” (Martial God Asura, Chapter Two)
“Chu Feng suddenly opened his eyes, and there were traces of lightning in them! An indescribable expression hung on his face. ‘I succeeded. After five years, I finally succeeded.’ Chu Feng was incomparably joyful. He jumped down from the bed, and as he walked around, he sized up his body.” (Martial God Asura, Chapter Two)
When he is struck by lightning, Chu Feng thinks he has hit the jackpot. The lightning is absorbed into his dantian and makes him able to rapidly improve his cultivation, quicker than should be possible. However, his hidden strength suddenly stopped, bringing him to a standstill right at the precipice of a huge breakthrough that would have established him as one of the greatest in his time. Fortunately for him, a medicinal piece of grass helps him regain the lightning that he once had, making him break through two levels at once.
Now blessed with unimaginable power, Chu Feng is prepared to take the world by storm. At the same time, he has kept his power hidden, so he can use it as a trump card when necessary. Chu Feng dreams of making to the top and becoming a godlike figure that can defeat any enemy, but whether he makes it there or not will depend on his decisions and determination.
At first, I thought the plot of this novel was slightly different than other stories in the cultivation genre. Of course, there were still similarities, as there is a male lead, and the main character’s motivation is to reach a higher level in his practice, but there was no elaborate backstory as to why the main character was given this power. In the first chapter, the readers learn that Chu Feng went to the Azure Dragon School for a month and was mysteriously hit by a stroke of Divine Lightning that gave him impressive capabilities. Normally, there is an act of reincarnation or some form of extra experience that the main character has before they gain all of their power, yet in this novel, it appears at first that Chu Feng is simply lucky.
I had high hopes that following this pattern, other aspects of this novel would also differ from a more traditional cultivation web novel, but that was not the case. As I read more of Martial God Asura, I was disappointed to find that while the story may have seemed unique at the start, it was so repetitive that this uniqueness virtually disappears. I can imagine that by the end of Martial God Asura’s 4,000 chapters, any reader would be exhausted by the recurring events. However, during the first arc, when the events are still fresh to readers, the story is exciting and engaging
The language used in this book can be hard to read. While the sentences grammatically make sense, there are instances of missed punctuation and strange verb tenses that would make a fluent English speaker scratch their head. Once or twice, I had to stop and reread a section to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding. Generally, this novel is still fairly easy to read, but the use of phrases like “soonly” and “he used a severe gaze” would cause me to stop for a second, disrupting the flow of the chapter. There were also some redundant sentences, like “The Azure Dragon Founder was the founder of the Azure Dragon School,” that seemed obvious enough without any explanation—these sentences might as well not have been included (Martial God Asura, Chapter Two). Though these may seem like simple errors, enough of them were combined to create a story that is hard to engage with.
One thing that I found confusing were the switches between past and present tense in the story. With no warning, events of the past are described, but almost like a flashback, as the events are described in past tense just like the rest of the story is. This makes it hard to tell what is a description of the past and what is actually happening in the novel, as there is no clear distinction between the two. Most readers will be able to figure out when the author intended to describe a flashback, but that creates more work for the reader and makes Martial God Asura harder to get through
As the main character, Chu Feng has almost no growth. Since he has already gained the power that he originally strove for, there seems to be no further reason for him to mature, so he doesn’t. I found this a bit frustrating, as he retains nearly the exact same attitude for thousands of chapters. In fact, if there is any character development, it is in the wrong direction. Chu Feng actually begins to act like the very tyrant that he would have killed at the beginning of the story. This still makes for an interesting dynamic, but it does not show the heroic main character that I would have expected.
This novel has over 4,000 chapters and is still in progress. Readers may balk after seeing so many chapters listed, but in reality, the story is only a couple hundred chapters long considering the plot repeats itself in continuous cycles. I would recommend the first hundred chapters or so to fans of the cultivation genre, but it seems the quality of the plot drops after the first story arc.
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