LCD The Sword Dynasty 剑王朝

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  1. 101that

    101that Well-Known Member

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    https://www.novelupdates.com/series/the-sword-dynasty/

    https://dreamsofjianghu.ca/2019/07/20/sd-01-001/#more-8917

    I love the 28 chapters translated to-date and notice that there is no LCD thread for this gem yet. I think I may as well start a LCD and at the same time, introduce this undiscovered gem to other readers.

    Reading this novel gives me the feeling that is closer to wuxia with an emphasis on qi-cultivation rather than xuanhuan or cookie-cutter xianxia. In the first 28 chapters alone, a main plot and various sub-plots are introduced. Author has also started to flesh out various interesting characters besides MC. Somehow, reading this evokes a sense of Mao Ni's style of writing (but thankfully, not as ...ephemeral?) and Zhu Xian's characterization. Translation quality is excellent! Novel "only" consists of 939 chapters and hopefully, quality-degrading fillers will not pop up in the rest of the novel.
     
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    now i see your review i will check it soon
     
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    Wu Jizun Well-Known Member

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    That is because 无罪's xianxias are written as traditional xianxia, not the new-school xianxia so popularly translated at the moment.
     
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    Would give it a shot but the historical genre puts me off.
     
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    Apparently, this novel has been adapted as a TV series with filming wrapped up in Apr 2019. The main actor and actress are Li Xian 李现 and Li YiTong 李一桐 respectively. Director is supposed to have bagged several awards for his big-screen films in China. He also provided the gravelly voice-over for the trailer that can be found at this link:


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    Ushiyama Tatsuma Devilish Judoka • Bloody Professor ☆

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    Looks like something @Wujigege would enjoy, Due to the adaptation.
     
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    " Usually, when a disciple joined the sect, the sect would teach them based on their potential and attributes, give suggestions and help them pick a suitable cultivation method and swordsmanship method."

    Hmm ... I wonder if Ding Ning knows of any swordsmanship. Previously, he killed the peak Realm Three cultivator using his Silkworm cultivation method and there's no mention of him practicing swords to-date.

    I like the intelligence and logic behind Ding Ning's explanation to Nangong Chaishu regarding his late attempt to join a sect - all truths that can be verified with only some crucial bits of concealment. The same can be said of the reasons for his request to stay off-campus with his aunt.

    The writing so far, strikes a balance between the bewilderment that often arises in the readers' minds when reading Mao Ni's writing and the brain-turned-off when reading other typical xian-xia writing. One needs to think when reading Sword Dynasty but not over-work the 1.4kg organ (brain).
     
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    “Do you know who are the most terrifying people in the world? Not the ones who do not fear death, but those that are soon to die, and do not worry if they would die or not. I am too old, almost dead, but before the end, I need to remind people of this.”

    Nice! :)
     
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    Premiers end of this month on iQiYi, it seems.
     
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    Mystifying thoughtsLheart Well-Known Member

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    Surprised @101that, after watching your thread,
    is this old adaptation of sword dynasty?? or the novel translated from drama?? Can you give me spoilers of this novel.
    Can you give me some spoilers.
     
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    101that Well-Known Member

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    I don't quite catch what you mean. Web-novel came out in 2017, story was adapted into an animation series later that year, filming started last year, and translation by Dreams of Jianghu began July 2019.
     
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    Mystifying thoughtsLheart Well-Known Member

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    I thought the novel is the adapted version of movie/drama. It's my wrong assumption.

    I'm interested in this novel. Dreams of jianghu looks very proficient with their in-depth translation. Historical genre is practically hard to translate.
     
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    I wonder who was "that person" from Ba Mountain Sword Field. He keeps getting mentioned in the story but his name is never given. The author draws inspiration from history for setting and characters, so could he be inspired by a historical figure?

    Could it be Lu Buwei? I'm not familiar with the history, but there are a couple similarities. Lu Buwei was incredibly powerful and Qin Shihuang's greatest supporter but he was later deposed by Qin Shihuang.
     
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    Quite possible ...but it is generally believed that Lu Buwei out-lived Qin ShiHuang.

    Here's a version of Qin ShiHuang that may be an interesting read for you -
    https://historycollection.co/10-fas...-first-emperor-that-will-leave-you-speechless

    Much of the account on China's ancient history is based on Sima Qian's seminal work during the early Han dynasty. Sima Qian's records date back 2,500 years before his time (i.e. almost 5,000 years ago) and the veracity of his compilation is sometimes questioned the further back the compilation goes. Fortunately, Qin dynasty is only 100+ year before Sima Qian's time so I guess his records of Qin dynasty should be less controversial.
     
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    I'm not sure how much of that is actual fact. I always thought that Qin ShuHuang being the son of Lu Buwei was just an ungrounded rumor that was passed around due to how unpopular he was. At any rate, there's no actual proof of it being true...

    I started watching the live action drama for this series. Around episode 10 (which is about the middle of volume 2) it seems like the story completely diverges. Of course, that's just based off what I've read of the translations; maybe the divergence is only a couple of episodes.

    Also, I have no idea what they were thinking giving the actor for Ding Ning such a dopey hairstyle.
     
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    nobody today will ever know if that rumour is true or not

    it could have been some drunk story teller in a tavern who started talking rubbish years after the qin empire fell for all we know but the fact is that this rumour never gained any traction or foothold during the warring states and the qin dynasty

    QSH parents will always and forever be king Zhuangxiang unless someone can go back in time and get them to do DNA testing
     
  17. Wujigege

    Wujigege *Christian*Generous Penny-Pincher*Comedian

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    I enjoyed the drama.
    I am not one who wants adaptations to copy and paste from the source material.
    Towards the end, it was a little too fast paced but still fun.

    Ye Zhen stole the show. Yao Di who played her is such a wonderful actress.

    I am considering watching Way of Choices drama adaptation just because she is also in it. I dropped it the first time