Chinese light novels are gaining fans in Brazil, conquering the anime and manga audience, already in love with Asian aesthetics.
Light novels are slightly denser and more “unfiltered” stories than their Japanese cousins. Initially published in newspapers and serials, now widely disseminated on the internet, the novels began to be translated into English and Portuguese, with themes such as romance, action, fantasy and adventure, and are already a phenomenon among the most attuned.
Here we've made a list of the 10 Chinese light novels that you can't help but read, to also fall in love and get addicted to this type of production.
10 - Demon's Diary (Mo Tian Ji)
Demon's Diary is an ongoing Chinese Web Novel and already has 7 volumes and 1552 chapters.
The story is about a wild prison on an island, which sinks for mysterious reasons, with only a few people surviving. Liu Ming, a master who was in prison from a young age, is one of the survivors, who are now being persecuted by the government.
There is a parallel with two practitioners who were supposed to protect a master, but the master died. A story not so popular, but full of mystery and action, worth reading.
9 – Infinity Terror
A surprising novel, horror, with a twist, why not, from Black Mirror, Terror Infinity is not so popular, perhaps because of the scary theme, but it deserves to be on the list for fans of this line to feel contemplated and also for those who don't like it, get to know.
Imagine people bored and disappointed with life, for them a pop up appears on the computer asking: Do you want to know what the meaning of living is? Do you want to… live a real life?
If the person answers Yes, he is transported to the God dimension, where he must survive horror and war movies.
You can fight them all to survive alone or fight together with friends and try to survive as a group. The important thing is to try to survive the horror scenes.
A very interesting topic, worth reading. The novel has already ended in China and now has sequels in the works and a spin off called Dath is but the Beginning.
8 – Martial God Space (Wu Shen Kong Jian)
God of Martial Arts, this is a recurring theme in Chinese novels. Martial God is an ongoing Chinese novel and features a classic overcoming hero.
A young man who was an ordinary boy on Earth is transported to another world, where there are legendary warriors, strong enough to destroy mountain. In this world, the young man receives the mysterious Special Space, a place where he can learn any martial art much faster than anyone else, thus becoming the space god of martial arts.
Lots of action and bravery in this novel to get you hooked, so you can't miss it.
7 – The King's Avatar (Quan Zhi Gao Shou)
The King's Avatar is a finished novel with 1728 chapters and set in a mmorpg (multplayer online rolling playing game), a very popular online game style in China.
The protagonist Ye Xiu is a top-notch professional player in the Online Multiplayer Glory game. However, for parallel reasons, he is expelled from the team he was part of, abandoning the player's life. Because of this, he ends up becoming the manager of a Cyber Café.
The game Glory launches a new server, and Ye Xiu decides to get back to active, with the experience he has to try again to be the king of the game.
With a fun and current theme, The King's Avatar is well worth reading. There is still the anime version, called Quanzhi Gaoshou.
6 – Coiling Dragon (Panlong)
Coiling Dragon is a novel still in progress, also full of magic, action and adventure.
In a magical continent, where immortal beings battle for power, humiliating and crushing the weakest, a young man, descendant of a legendary clan in decay, wants to regain the glory of his clan, facing great challenges on his way.
5 – Cult of the Sacred Runes (Shén Wén Dào)
Cult of the Sacred Runes is a novel by the author Mad Snail, the same author of the famous Tales of Demons and Gods, and brings a story all based on oriental mythology.
The ancient world was dominated by demons that subjugated the human race. A magical mountain from the kingdom of heaven descends to the world to intervene, this moment being known as "The Great Descent". This caused 3 great sages to go in search of learning to master magic to help humanity face the demons. This quest gave rise to the Mystic Cults and 81 Holy Sanctuaries, which must be protected for humanity to thrive.
With a lot of magic, heroism, legends and adventure, Cult of the Sacred Rune deserves to enter the list of novels that cannot be missed.
4 – Shall Seal the Heavens (Wo Yu Feng Tian)
I shall seal the heavens is a finished novel, had 10 volumes released and was written by a popular author named Er Gen. This novel is one of the most popular in China.
The story is about a young failed student who is recruited into a sect of immortal cultivators in a violent world where strength always wins. However, Meng Hao grew up studying ideals that value thought and reason, and with that he will try to fulfill his destiny in this cultivation world, which is to “seal the heavens like a demon!”.
With a dash of drama and comedy, I shall seal the Heavens is worth a read.
3 – Martial God Asura
Martial God Asura (Xiu Luo Wu Shen) is not suitable for children under 18. With a troubled history, it has content with violence and sexual references and a controversial and anti-hero protagonist, which makes this novel heavier, but also a success.
The story tells how Chu Feng, a disciple of the Azura Dragon School, awakens a mysterious beast and begins a journey of cultivation and knowledge of its limits.
All the controversy and, of course, the emphasis on martial arts, make this novel a good choice for those who have the stomach to endure heavy stories filled with uncomfortable surprises.
2 – Tales of Demons and Gods
One of readers' favorite novels, Tales of Demons and Gods has Action, Adventure, Fantasy and Martial Arts. Started in 2015 and still in progress, this story has a manhua version (a kind of Chinese comics) and a more recent manga version. It still has a spin-off, about the story before the start of TDG.
The story tells the adventure of Nie Li, a spiritualist master of martial arts, who is defeated and killed by a wise emperor, but his death takes him back in time to the time he was 13 years old. With this second chance, Nie Li will try to save his city and everyone who was attacked by the Sage Emperor, but he has to deal with the difficulties he had at this age, despite bringing all the baggage and experience of what he lived.
It is an ideal work for those who want to start in the universe of novels, it explains a series of concepts that are common to all of them and is a quick read, although detailed. In addition to the manga and manhua version, the story has an "anime" version.
1 – Against the Gods (Ni Tian Xie Shen)
Against the Gods is the most popular novel around here. With a story that mixes fantasy and action, this novel is really captivating. It began to be written in 2014 and is still published, to the delight of the fans.
In the story, the protagonist lives in a world dominated by magic and carries a secret treasure, to try to save his treasure he ends up falling off the cliff at the End of the World, where many died. He, however, falls into another dimension, with another life, but still with his secret treasure and the challenges of the afterlife.
Mandatory reading for anyone who likes novels or wants to know this universe.
WHAT IS THE BEST CHINESE LIGHT NOVEL?
Have you ever read one of the works mentioned above? Which is your favorite? Think 10 Chinese Light Novels are too few? Let's end the article with a list of 20 popular Chinese Light Novels. Their names are in English, making it easy to find information and the book to read online.
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- The Eternal Will
- Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator
- Martial World
- The Human Emperor
- Emperor's Domination
- Sovereign of the Three Realms
- Against the Gods
- Hail the King
- The Good for Nothing Seventh Young Lady
- Returning from the Immortal World
- Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World
- Martial God Asura
- city of sin
- Talisman Emperor
- Great Demon King
- Spirit Realm
- Nine Star Hegemon BodyArt
- The Charm of Soul Pets
- Upgrade Specialist in Another World
- Who Touched My Tail!
- Chaotic Sword God
- Dragon-Marked War God
- World of Cultivation
- Side Character Transmigrations: The Final Boss is No Joke
- The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage
- Divine Doctor: Daughter of the First Wife
- The Legendary Master's Wife
- Immortal Renegade
- Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss
- NEET Receives a Dating Sim Game Leveling System
- Monarch of Evernight
- Tempest of the Stellar War
- Traxending Vision
- The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System
- The Great Ruler
- Martial Peak
- The Legend of the Dragon King
- The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir
- Princess Medical Doctor
- My Wife is a Beautiful CEO
- The King of Hell's Genius Pampered Wife
- I Refuse to be a Supporting Character
- Quick Transmigration Cannon Fodder's Record of Counterattacks
- Peerless Martial God
- Ancient Strengthening Technique
- Holding On to My Man
- Godly Stay-Home Dad
- Perfect World
- Game Loading