Light-novel Review : I Shall Seal the Heavens

By Luy Kim

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Synopsis :

“What I want, the Heavens shall not lack! ”

“What I don’t want, had better not exist in the Heavens!”

This is a story which originates between the Eighth and Ninth Mountains, the world in which the strong prey upon the weak.

“My Name is Meng Hao! The Ninth Generation Demon Sealer, I shall seal the Heavens!“

 

I Shall Seal the Heavens, otherwise known as Wo Yu Feng Tian, is a Xianxia novel written by Er Gen.

The story revolves around Meng Hao, who starts off as a failing scholar and ends up as an omnipotent. In my opinion, this guy is the best main character I’ve seen so far. This comes from his character development and unique personality, which is antithesis to those of typical novels.

Absolutely shameless down to his marrows, a bashful killer, and a ruthless con artist, Meng Hao truly exhibits the behaviors people’d expect out of villains. He rips off money from people by hurting them, treating their wounds that he caused, and asking for treatment money. What’s more surprising is that this is all done in the daylight, when people are watching. However, shamelessness (which I thought would last until the end) eventually came to an end after Meng Hao going to tens of thousands of years of life – But, honestly, it’d be weird if he still ripped people off of their money as one of the oldest people in the universe.

The process of his change in personality was quite long, but it was quite evident throughout the entire novel. There were many factors that contributed to this change, but I won’t name any of them except one : becoming strong. When Meng Hao was young, he was abandoned and he was a failing scholar, so of course he had to be ruthless and shameless to survive off of the little money he had; but, as he took another route in life and turned to cultivating and gaining power, his mindset slowly began to change. He no longer view people as organisms which he can rip money off from and began to look at them as an old, wise sage would.

That’s enough about the MC, now about the plot :

The plot in the beginning is very, very vague in the beginning, it’s almost as if this is just about the journey of Meng Hao. But, as various events take places, you’ll begin to notice something strange about what was going on with him little by little, until you reach a certain point when you are suddenly hit with a huge plot twist. (This twist, let me tell you, isn’t one of the cliche ones you’ll see from the typical American novels. Trust me)

This story isn’t the typical “weak to strong” type of story, but rather “main character literally defying the heavens.” If you want to start reading light-novels, I’d recommend you start off with this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

 

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2 Responses to “Light-novel Review : I Shall Seal the Heavens”

  1. Kevin Ryang on February 9th, 2018 11:18 am

    The novel’s pretty good. The beginning is extremely comedic and light hearted, which gave me a good idea of the writer’s own personality. It’s well paced and the is interesting enough to binge read it.

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  2. Fred on February 9th, 2018 11:35 am

    Detailed and specific in progression, your review offers insight upon the values you hold in your personal hobbies, albeit questionable to extents. The novel seems nice.

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