Light Novel Review: Stellar Transformation

Justin Kim

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Stellar Transformation, is a wonderful book, that dove into the depth of Chinese culture and heritage. With its deeply embedded roots of mythology and Chinese legends, it explores the complex ideology of Dao, martial arts, and chi. While the book exaggerates the human achievement and limits, does it in no way take away the pure enjoyment and adrenaline you get while reading the novel. Many consider this book as a successful sequel to its spiritual predecessor, Coiling Dragon, which was one of the highest grossing novels in Qidian (the Chinese version of Google).

The novel starts of with a young boy, Qin Yu, who is unable to cultivate inner chi, as his meridians were broken from birth. Scrutinized and abandoned, he fought against the stigma from his own family and peers, to achieve breakthroughs people previously have thought impossible. Rather than cultivating inner chi, he decided to cultivate his external chi, which was both slow and expensive to do. Thought to be useless by society, Qin Yu stumbles upon a ancient treasure that utilizes this chi, and realizes its true power. Slowly gathering resources, he climbs his way to the top of powerful cultivators, and cultivates his Dao in the hopes of becoming an immortal. A Dao could be understood as a path one follows till its mastery. The peaceful Dao of Painting is a possibility, or it could be the destructive Dao of Thunder. Qin Yu studies and cultivates the Dao of Stellar, which is the energy of universal events like Quasars and Black Holes.

Reaching the peak of what the ancient treasure can provide, he starts to cultivates a new path, and becomes the single most powerful being in the entire world. He should have created the entire world anew, with its previous belittlement of him when he was weak. Yet along the way, he meets new friends and his eventual beloved, that taught him the love and friendship he had never thought to experience. Showing kindness that his own friends taught him, he spared the world and the novel ended with Qin Yu and his wife holding their baby while all their friends surrounded their precious child. The symbolism of the child being a divine presence almost like it was Jesus. I wholly recommend this book to everyone, to appreciate its full contents, rather than reading the summary of its 1609 chapter content (Yes, it’s that long).

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