A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (凡人修仙传) Web Novel Review

A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (凡人修仙传) Cover

Web Novel Details

Novel Title : A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality
Associated Names : Fan Ren Xiu Xian Chuan, Phàm Nhân Tu Tiên, RMJI, 凡人修仙传
Type : Web Novel
Language : Chinese
Translated Language : English             
Genre : Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, Seinen, Xianxia
Year : 2008
Translated Chapters So Far : 2451/2451 Chapters  (Completed)


A poor and ordinary boy from a village joins a minor sect in Jiang Hu and becomes an Unofficial Disciple by chance. How will Han Li, a commoner by birth, establish a foothold for himself in his sect? With his mediocre aptitude, how will he successfully traverse the path of cultivation and become immortal?.

This is a story of an ordinary mortal who, against all odds, clashes with devilish demons and the ancient celestials in order to find his own path to immortality. This is definitely my favorite novel, and the reason it's simple: this novel is unique. Not some unique idea, world, or cultivation, but a unique feeling it passes to you, the best way to describe is by reading the title: A journey to immortality.


I read many xianxia novels, good ones, but none could get me so into the story like this one. You feel the struggle, the dangers, and most importantly, the achievements. This novel is probably the closest to 'real' which a xianxia can get! Why? Many factors, one of those, the pace. Cultivation takes time, or it probably should as many authors say, but don't show it, but not here. 

In RMJI each level of cultivation means a lot, and so little. A lot because it shows how powerful one gets, how desired it's just one more level. A little because it often shows that those levels don't mean everything, and if one is careless he may lose his life like it should be on a so-called 'dangerous cultivation world'.

A Record of a Mortal’s Journey to Immortality (凡人修仙传) Cover

Another important thing to this is for sure the MC, is likable, which seems to be rare on CN, and maybe most important, relatable. This is due to the fact that he uses his brain, he is calm, he feels human, and we accompany him since his childhood and naivety. How Han Li (MC) grows is fantastic, and you understand his actions e understand him, sometimes you know what he would do in certain circumstances, something rare in any literature.

Other than the currently relatively slow translation speed, this is the best out of the 20+ xianxia works I’m currently reading for one very important reason: Arc 1’s Villain. Never in a Chinese novel have I read a more insidious, plotting, sith-like antagonist than in Mortal’s Journey, and when the sh*t hits the fan and the first fight of the MC happens: It’s EPIC.

All of the character’s plots one way or another are revealed to counter each other to see whether the new cultivator can beat a justifiably unbeatable foe, and while the bigger twists can be seen a mile away, the devilish details are what make the fight great. The more important aspect of the villain is his longevity and presence in the story. He is almost always on the wings or on stage, always establishing more of his character and interacting with the MC, more so than any Xianxia currently found partially in English, as usually villains are throwaway cliches which are used up in a few chapters. (Exception may be to ISSTH’s Mr. Turtle: that was a very satisfying burglary).

Yes, it’s a Xianxia (therefore plot armor), yes, the skeleton of the plot could only be more cliche if the MC was reincarnated, but the details of the characters so far and their motivations are the best written I’ve seen so far from the genre and it definitely deserves your time.

I really recommend this to anyone to read. Some say that is dull, I can't see that way, it may be slow sometimes but I can only see as necessary. Read this if you want to do experience an adventure. Read this if you want to see what a real journey is.


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