** This review is a bit long because the book is just too good **
The King’s Avatar, also known as Quan Zhi Gao Shou (全职高手) is a Chinese novel written by 蝴蝶蓝; Hu Die Lan also known as Butterfly Blue. This novel is very popular to the point that it even has it’s own anime and drama series.
I am a bit excited to write this review that I took days to complete this and publish it. After I finished reading the English translated one in webnovel (FINALLY! it is complete), I had to re-read some parts because I wanted to showcase how clever the author wrote this novel through the characters especially through the protagonist, Ye xiu.
After I read the authors note at the end, I found out that the author took three years and two months writing this novel (from February 28, 2011 – April 28, 2014). And it is truly a masterpiece if I say so myself.
I started reading this novel June 3 2018 (according to the timestamp on webnovel – there is one, you have to check. LOL) and it took me 1 year, 4 months, 18 days to finish it while simultaneously waiting for the translations to come out. It really tests your patience to wait for the translated chapters (patience which I don’t have a lot of btw. HAHA) but I am really thankful to the translators for the effort to update each and every chapter. I did try to read the raws several times using google translate, but I got headaches trying to figure out which character they were talking about. (Try it, you could get an overall picture of what’s happening, but not that clear.)
TKA is the first ever Chinese novel I have ever read. My brother was the one who recommended it. He first gave me the anime which I was hesitant to check out at first but the plot just got to me. A pro-player forced to retire and wants to comeback to face-slap people along the way? Count me in! The anime also had very good graphics and they stayed true to the story which is very important. Then when I got frustrated because the anime was just too short, he told me it was a novel which I immediately delved into. And so that was the start of me reading Chinese novels…
To my surprise, it was really good. To the point I was binge reading over a hundred chapters a day, sometimes even with no sleep. LOL And until I got to the latest translated chapter, I re-read it again. Several times over. Again, it was just too good, superb, outstanding, terrific! :’)
The TKA novel revolves around an online competitive game called Glory. Ye xiu, is a pro-player in his mid twenties to which others view as old and in his “twilight years” in the pro league. Which is why at the start of the novel, he got stripped of his position and account card and was forced to retire from the game he gave years of his life for.
“If you like it, then treat this all as glory, and not as boasting.”
What follows after that are his struggles and hardship (if you can call it that) in starting over from scratch in hopes of making a comeback. Practically the whole novel is about it, but you have to read it all to witness the ingenious and brilliant ways he came up with to reach his goals.
I wanted to go into detail for the characters, but there are too many. I’ll just stick with our protagonist, Ye Xiu.
Ye Xiu/ Ye Qiu. A top tier pro-player, known to many as textbook of Glory and known as one of the Four Master Tacticians. His most proficient class is a Battle mage, but he can play any class.
I never thought I would get to love a shameless character until I read this novel. He isn’t really proud or arrogant, he is just too good at what he does that it can make others speechless (even Huang Shaotian. HAHA). He also makes a lot of people angry because he is too straightforward and sarcastic which make up several funny chapters in the novel.
“We don’t need a Cleric.” Ye Xiu said.
This was an instant kill!
A five word instant kill!
The previously lively Endless night went speechless.
Endless Night just stood there like a statue and saw the party go into the dungeon.
He has also face-slapped several people without doing it deliberately. He just really plays his game too good and even in the most frustrating times, he remains calm and patient.
Ye Xiu is also the only one who can call several captains their nicknames because of his seniority over most of them. Also a moderator in the pro-player chat group which is a must read chapter. One of my favorites. LOL
“Did they hear that correctly? He didn’t say he wasn’t able to, he only said he’d have trouble.”
One thing I really liked about Ye Xiu is that he never says something is impossible. In his mind, he probably would have several ways to counter something or to do something. And even if it seems impossible to some, he would give his two cents and try.
From starting over, to leveling up, to collecting materials and stealing bosses, he would have several amazing ideas. Then from playing one on one to leading 5-players, 10-players, 20-players to a hundred players dungeon, he would have several tactics in play, really eye-opening and brilliant ways that would leave you in awe.
This novel has 1728 chapters in total. And all chapters are a must read. you wouldn’t want to miss anything, and I really mean any ingenious play he has hidden in his sleeves.
And if you are dismayed of the 1728 chapters, please don’t. I promise you that you will love it. The novel is fun to read and very entertaining. It will make you laugh, cheer on the teams, and make you cry too.
This novel is perfect for those who like fantasy, action, and comedy. Even more if you like gaming and e-sports.
Let me share some of my favorite parts of the novel below.
One of my favorite parts in the novel is when he tells people he is Ye Qiu, which they didn’t believe.
“Brother, you’re not kind! Did you trick us by using a guide?”
I wouldn’t. I wrote that guide.” Ye |Xiu said.
“Who wrote that guide?” (Endless Night asks his guildmate)
“One Autumn Leaf”
“What are you boasting for. That guide was written by the God Ye Qiu.”
“Right, that’s me!”
The greatest BOSS in all of Glory.
“After dinner, there’ll be one more practice.” Wang Jiexi announced to the entire team.
“Kill a BOSS.” Wang jiexi said.
“BOSS? What BOSS?”
“The greatest BOSS in the history of Glory.” Wang Jiexi said.
“Our target, the player Lord Grim. Everyone, don’t be careless. It’s very likely that this player is the retired Ye Qiu.” Wang Jiexi announced the purpose of their added practice.
“You’re not afraid these children are going to be mentally traumatized?” Ye Xiu said.
And there are a lot more of moments like these. Just pick up the novel, I assure you that you won’t regret it. 🙂
A Million Glory-fied, amazing, brilliant, fantastic, ingenious STARS
This is truly a masterpiece of a novel. My hats off to the author.
*Currently, the anime is set to have a season 2, and the movie is also set to realease this November in several South East Asia theaters. The Chinese drama is available to watch on Netflix, I am not sure though if they will continue? For the novel, the main novel is complete in webnovel. The translators are currently uploading the prequel side stories to this novel. Hopefully the author can also continue the novel cause I really want to see that China team play. 😀 *.
And as a reader, I would like to thank the several translators who worked together to finish the translations, cause without them, I would have died of blood-loss from all the nosebleeds in reading through google translate. LOL And to note, the translators started to translate and publish it at webnovel April 18 2017 until October 21, 2019. That is 2 years, 6 months, 3 days excluding the end date. My hats off to all of you.
You can read the novel here: WEBNOVEL