Soul Land 2: The Unrivaled Tang Sect

Soul Land 2: The Unrivaled Tang Sect

74 Reviews
Tang Jia San Shao (唐家三少)
The legend of the continent, the battle that brought fame; the Sacred Phoenix Lady, the Windfire Meteor Godrealm saber-art; the pair that ascend and fuse, the golden sun and the blue moon, the fury of the crashing thunder. There is no magic, no battle qi, nor any martial arts in this land. However, there are martial spirits. Ten thousand years have passed since the founding of the Tang Sect on the Douluo continent, and it has declined. A new, proud generation of heaven’s chosen has been born. Can the new generation of Shrek’s Seven Devils rally the Tang Sect and once more compose the song of the Unrivaled Tang Sect?
A million-year-old spirit beast, a sacred deathgod that holds the sun, the moon, and the stars in his hands, and a brand new spirit tool system which caused the fall of the Tang sect. One miracle shall occur after another.Can the Tang Sect’s hidden weapons rally the winds, and can the glory of the Tang Sect ascend once more? All of this will be continued in the second installment of Douluo Dalu—The Unrivaled Tang Sect!
Disclaimer: there are no major spoilers. However, the exception to this is the prologue. If you don’t want any spoilers, you don’t need to read the prologue, as it doesn’t really affect the plot much.
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4 years ago
Not recommended
I will state now that this is a passionate review, because I truly do enjoy the series it's a part of and want it to be the best it can be. If I was to rate only about the beginning third of the novel, I would give this a stellar review.

However, there seemed to be a sudden drop off in quality that kept snowballing around that time. It's like the author completely lost motivation. Because of that, the bad far overshadows the good, leading to an overall negative experience. I found myself finishing the latter half solely for closure and to be prepared for Douluo Dalu 3 since I heard it returns to form (edit: whoever said that way back at time of this review is a huuuge liar. I read all this for nothing, bleh). If this was a one off novel not connected to Douluo Dalu, I would have dropped it regardless of my favorable feelings towards the author, but even those took a hit with this book. While at the time of writing this novel is shown as "Mostly Recommended," that is actually one of the lowest ratings for completed novels on this site if you compare. And considering the epic series it's branded with likely helping to raise these review scores based on proximity alone, that should tell you more about the state of this novel than I can.

Minor spoilers below as I list a few of my many reasons for disliking this.

Characters with promising starts are left behind, more than the average xianxia even. Out of the new 7 monsters, only a couple are relevant for more than half the book, and by the end it's only the protagonist and partner doing things.

The plot became repetitive with our protagonist repeating cycles of power up > confident a plan will go well > plan goes awry > forced to power up > repeat. There are several more repetitive things going on as well, but that is one of the most noticeable. Ps. Hope you like coma and amnesia plot devices.

The romance is... not very fit for the western audience. It's extremely forced, and there are a lot of polarizing happenings even when compared to the typical harem novel. Good chance you'll be frustrated by how situations are handled.

Protagonist himself is a hypocrite. Not to get too far into spoiler territory, but he'll ruthlessly kill one group and then spare another because they were pretty, despite that group obviously killing people on his side in later battles. The decisions he make more often than not work out in the end, but that's solely due to plot armor and the outcomes are not realistic and often break the immersion. They are absolutely terrible decisions that would never end well in reality.

The ending is not enjoyable at all. Almost nothing you want to see happen, happens.

Last big flaw I'll mention is that a beloved character in Douluo Dalu 1 becomes very, very twisted and irritating. Be wary of that if you read it.

Unrelated but important to note - beware of the comments. People spoil things left and right like they'll unlock extra chapters that way. And I don't just mean with this book but sequels. So if you're reading in order of release be very careful when reading comment section.

It's really too bad that the quality dipped so much. This was looking to be extremely promising as it had a strong author at the helm and a solid prequel to build on. It's unfortunate that I can only see this being enjoyed by people who are new to the genre. I wish it was enjoyable for everyone.

4 years ago
Not recommended
The Unrivaled Tang Sect is the sequel of Soul Land (aka Douluo Dalu). If you have read the original series and loved it, you'll enjoy this novel as well!

The Unrivaled Tang Sect shows you the developments of the douluo world after the original series and showcases different possibilities of utilising soul power and soul beasts!

Do also check out the other novels by Tang Jia San Shao, as quite afew of these novels all connect to the Douluo Dalu Universe. (Hint: Child of Light and Magic Chef of Ice and Fire is connected directly with this novel, see if you can find the link!)

4 years ago
Not recommended
I finished the novel and I initially planned on buying it but chose against it at the end.

Yes I loved the author's comedic sense, creativity, and battle scenes. There are some very touching family moments and I'm a sucker for overpowered main characters with a few random power ups. Overall, I did find myself craving to finish the book but for more than one reason.

Initially I was really invested into the characters and loved their interactions; the world building, training, and tournament arcs were a joy to read. Regardless, there were issues that slowly kept piling up. There were key facts/abilities that the author glosses over (not sure if intentional) in order to force the story in specific directions. The main romantic relationship is repeatedly severed with the aim of deepening their relationship. Although this was fine the first time, it got really dry and unreasonable the more it was used. Further into the story, the drama feels forced and the amount of pity you feel for the main protagonist lessens along with interest in the relationship. Also, if you're planning on binge reading, the large amount of flashbacks/recaps might be annoying to you.

I'm not sure if there was a chapter limit/deadline the author had to finish the story but everything felt rushed near the end. The characters other than a few main protagonists were left underdeveloped. The resolution for the war felt incomplete because the main protagonists were powerful enough to truly pursue it further. I gradually found myself rushing through chapters to get to the end because while I was invested enough to satisfy my curiosity, it wasn't enough to make me read full length chapters anymore.

In conclusion, while the story had its fun and memorable moments, the negatives that grew at the later half left a bitter aftertaste that made me wish the author could've fleshed out the story more. The novel was satisfactory but not to the degree that I would recommend this to others unless they're major fans of the Douluo Dalu world and the author's style.

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