Danmei review and recommendation; Sha po lang, Faraway wanderer, Heaven official blessing

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I’m such a lazy blogger, even tho I only do simple review and recommendation which dont really take much effort it seems like I’m losing the ability to write, I use to write much more stuff back in college 😦 so i’m really sorry for not doing the stories justice with my half assed review cause these are in my opinion a very very good stories, do check out the review section in novelupdates for more opinion about this stories

anyway i would like to recommend 3 bl novel that i really enjoy actually i have 2 more but since the genre is different lets divide with 2 post, in this post I shall introduce some of my new favorite which are more plot-heavy, rather than the romance side the action and wits battle takes a lot of portion of the storytelling, but it doesnt make the relationship become less important it is still very much the core of the story

1st recommendation are Sha Po Lang by my current obsession Priest, oh i’m so in loveeee with this author since Guardian (Zenhun) he/she makes a really awesome well-written story

Description
In the age of the Great Liang Dynasty, the lives of the people were made convenient with steam-powered machines that run on a fuel named Violet stream Gold. Chang Geng, who lived in a small countryside village, shared a distant relationship with his mother while his stepfather was away most of the year round, and the only people he was close to were two little kids, the village teacher, and his yi fu – adoptive father. But his life was flipped upside down one day following the barbaric Man tribes’ invasion, and it turned out that his entire identity had been an illusion – not only was Chang Geng himself not the country boy he thought he was, but also his mother, his teacher, and even his beloved yi fu…

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So the protagonist /mc of this story is Chan Geng and his love interest is his foster father (yì fù / 义父 ) Gu Yun, the age gap is a turn off for some people also considering their background as ‘foster’ father and son. But for me this is a really really good background to flesh out the character their reasoning and action, it’s not just put there to add more taboo in the story without any point but it will be the foundation to drive the story forward

The most interesting part about this novel is the world building of steampunk era in fantastical ancient china. a reader at novelupdates compare it with anime: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, but this one doesn’t have zombie like the aforementioned anime

The protagonist troops, as well as some of their enemies, can operate a mech like combat armor, the plot revolves conflict surrounding Zhujilun (violet stream gold) the fuel source of this machine (just like how black gold (petroleum) incites war in modern era)

Steampunk
Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.

Mech
A large, mobile suit of tank-like armor. A pilot is inside of the Mech, or Mecha in some cases. Heavily armed, with weapons such as blaster, photon cannons, LRM’s, SRM’s, and Railguns.

*in sha po lang the mech is not a gigantic robot but a Powered armor/Powered exoskeleton like for comparison Iron Man
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PoweredArmor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_exoskeleton

Another novel also from priest that i’m currently following is
Faraway Wanderers

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A tale about the former leader of a special organization served under royalty, now leaving his past life behind and unintentionally getting involved with the martial world.

https://www.novelupdates.com/series/faraway-wanderers/

you know i love this kind of angsty premise, the mc was pretty much prepared to die with no regret i’m sure it torments him greatly when he finds someone who makes him wish to live more now than he ever had, I haven’t research further about the plot (spoiler) from what i gather its going to be very sad especially for the side character part but don’t worry the info said its happy ending.

(btw i havent figured out how to properly write the summary for this one let me add/edit more later)

The next novel is from Mxtx the author of modaozushi, and this novel is the newest and the next most popular one after modaozushi

Heavenly official blessing

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Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the Crown Prince of the Xian Le kingdom; one who was beloved by his citizens and the darling of the world. Unsurprisingly, he ascended to the Heavens at a very young age. Now, eight hundred years later, Xie Lian ascends to the Heavens for the third time as the laughing stock of all three realms. On his first task as a god, he meets a mysterious demon who rules the ghosts and terrifies the Heavens……yet unbeknownst to Xie Lian, this demon king has been paying attention to him for a very, very long time.

https://www.novelupdates.com/series/heaven-officials-blessing/

btw the character design of this story is beautiful!!! the author describes it really well in the novel and make it easy for talented fans to produce cool fanart out of them

Xie Lan this adorable mc is probably the most pure-hearted/kind mc from a danmei novel i’ve ever read but not a marry sue either at least not that shallow. he is mostly struggling, helpless, and pitiful as his previous life spiraling down out of control but he is not weak, in the first few chapters he was described rather comical and subjected to ridicule but gradually you found him endearing and capable to solve his mission as a heavenly official. The ML HuaCheng is a misterious demon king, who is really devoted, always there and protecting the mc from the shadow despite the MC doesn’t really recognize him from his previous life. The background story was conveyed in flashback like in Mo Dao Zu Shi but in this story the hint of HuaCheng strong devotion and longing is even more fragmented then that of Lan Wang Ji (Modaozushi) and the reader need to pick it up pieces by pieces, also considering that this story is longer than modaozushi.

however the setback for these novel are that we the english reader need to be patient upon waiting for translation update, i dont blame the translator cause i think the better the story the more its takes to translate and deliver the story like it deserves in this sense i think the translator done a good job so far i just hope they keep going and dont gave up on the story

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