Coiling Dragon (盘龙) Web Novel Review

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Web Novel Details

Novel Title : Coiling Dragon
Associated Names : Bàn Long, CD, Pan Long, 盘龙
Type : Web Novel
Language : Chinese
Translated Language : English             
Genre : Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Xuanhuan, 
Year : 2008
Translated Chapters So Far : 806/806 Chapters  (Completed)


Empires rise and fall on the Yulan Continent. Saints, immortal beings of unimaginable power, battle using spells and swords, leaving swathes of destruction in their wake.

Magical beasts rule the mountains, where the brave – or the foolish – go to test their strength. Even the mighty can fall, feasted on by those stronger. The strong live like royalty; the weak strive to survive another day.

This is the world which Linley is born into. Raised in the small town of Wushan, Linley is a scion of the Baruch clan, the clan of the once-legendary Dragonblood Warriors. Their fame once shook the world, but the clan is now so decrepit that even the heirlooms of the clan have been sold off. Tasked with reclaiming the lost glory of his clan, Linley will go through countless trials and tribulations, making powerful friends but also deadly enemies.

Come witness a new legend in the making. The legend of Linley Baruch!, and of course with his lovely pet Bebe.

That was the general synopsis of this incredible novel. Panlong (盘龙) aka Coiling Dragon was a novel by I Eat Tomatoes (我吃西红柿 - Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi). It was 21 Volumes / 806 Chapters, a Complete novel of course. Pardon the translated title on picts which I realize was a mistaken translation, still, the right one is Coiling Dragon, not Crouching Dragon, tehee (^0^) .

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The coiling dragon was my first chance to discover Xianxia novels, a world that at that time was quite strange and didn't impress me. Little did I know that after reading the first few volumes I would be so hooked on Xianxia novels that I couldn't start reading anything besides it. For me dude, Panlong is and will always be a lucky encounter that changed my life. This is an amazing piece for your best startup reading if you're new to Xianxia.  At the time of this review, I finished reading it the seventh time, so I can say one thing. Its flaws will never be able to make this story less awesome.

Like many others, I could start debating about the characters and the events. But in the end, as long as you have not read it and you are not easily influenced by other people's opinions, give it a try. You might not regret this. Because of this, I will only mention a few of its good traits, and only a bad one:

First, we have Linley. Our protagonist can be considered unique when comparing it to other novels, but the same when comparing it to the rest of IET (I Eat Tomatoes) novels. Even so, if it's your first time, the first volume will make your blood boil with expectations as you how Linley slowly progresses towards his dream.

Second, world-building, the difference between IET and many others is that the world depicted by IET is astonishingly huge. From the mortal continent and countries to the divine one, they are described in great detail.

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Third, conflicts. The conflicts are not always spectacular and also they are rarely good enough to be remembered. What is surprising is that these conflicts don't follow the same pattern each time. Even though some conflicts are linked to each other, the story will not progress only by inciting secondary conflicts because the protagonist started killing left and right.
Oh yeah - Lifebrown

Fourth, the power system. The cultivation base resembles the other novels, but the understanding of the laws is something that went astray from the norm but gave me at least a very nice surprise. These few things are not that impressive, but they are certainly something that for someone that has barely started reading xianxia novels will become a priceless memory.

Lastly... the bad thing.. which becomes very clear if you read it again from the beginning, is.... romance. Sincerely, IET couldn't understand why rushing the romance since its starting volumes could end badly. This is the only bad thing.

This is still one of the best-written novels out there, and I can't recommend it enough.


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