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Cultivating Chaos

VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos, Book 1
Written by: William D. Arand
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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Ash led a very normal life by his own standards. It had its ups and downs, much like anyone else’s. Being a talented martial artist had definitely been an up, while high school as a whole was a down. His own father was not a great role model, and his uncle was everything he wanted to be.  

To Ash, it felt like a very normal life. Right up until he was literally pulled into a portal that spat him out into another world. One that was full of martial arts. And martial artists who could use magic. To set the very air on fire with a punch or to turn their skin hard as diamonds. To fly through the air, if they had enough power. A world where the strong ruled and the weak died.  

Three years of living his life as one of the citizens, those without power, and Ash has figured out how to survive with his adoptive family and a lot of persistence. His goals in life have become to give back to those who gave to him. And he’d do whatever he had to to do that.  

Except Ash is about to get his life turned around again. Turned around and altered completely. He’s about to discover a treasure from a time long lost. Forgotten. A treasure that is going to change his destiny and give him another direction to go. If he wants it.  

A cultivator.  

This is a VeilVerse novel. Warning and minor spoiler: This novel contains graphic violence, undefined relationships/harem, unconventional opinions/beliefs, and a hero who is tactful as a dog at a cat show. Listen at your own risk.

©2018 William D. Arand (P)2018 William D. Arand

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writing seems very juvenile at times

good story considering that the mc is incredibly Overpowered i just wish the author had spent more time on charracter and environmental development its hard picturing a story when u cant understand why a group of people could suddenly be so close knit...i felt like part of the book was simply missing.

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  • Leif
  • 2018-12-08

I love this book

A bit much of only girls in my party and they are all mine vibe, but other then that I loved it.
A bit more of a deep dive in to making and building stuff and less looking at girls and it would have been a clean 5/5

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  • Alan Odonnell
  • 2019-01-08

Entertaining listen but The MC is a Gary Stu

Non spoiler review is its entertaining but the MC get the item of Godly gifts and I do what I want.

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  • jeremie
  • 2018-12-12

like most Korean cultivating manha

the book is a nice and fresh take on the cultivating but missis the mark. the authour give the mc a unique treasure with a world of possibilities but the mc dosent take advantage of it. he could learn any trade of skill and instead just kinda trundles along not taking advantage of. the main character says he dosent want to be a cultivator but he's sort forced along the story to become one it's a little annoying. when he has the ability to become any kind of craftsman. another small problem is the tiny time slips used though out the book. I did enjoy the characters and the little harem that's being built buy the mc ane his approach to them. they use a few references in this book i enjoyed if you've heard the authors other books

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-12-21

MC is WAY too overpowered.

it's well written, Andrea's performance is great, the story is pretty good, and the supporting cast is..... okay. The MC though? I've got 3 hours left in the book and I'm bored to tears. Outside of a brief struggle in the beginning of the book he seems to face no challenge whatsoever. If he faces a trial at the end of the book I'll never know because I cant stand to finish it.

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  • Jeremiah W.
  • 2018-12-30

junk antagonist for future books.

The book was enjoyable but the antagonist that is introduced in the eleventh hour was just bad story telling and completely unneeded as the VeilVerse is full of potential enemies.

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  • David Riemer
  • 2018-12-17

I bing read this in three days it's good.

The only reason I didn't give this five stars is that the story should have been longer but cut dialogue acenes that I at least really wanted to hear. Other than that issue I would say this is a solid story that I am excited to see the next book drop.

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  • Andreas
  • 2018-12-19

A good book in it self, but as a wuxia? meh..

As someone who really loves his other works and someone that reads tons of Wuxia/lightnovels I am sorry to say that this one for me was the worst one he's written.

Advantages:
Andrea Parsneau our lovely narrator as good as ever.

If you have never read a Wuxia then this one might be way more interesting for you than for others

If you like Litrpg (system that will teach you skills) then you will like it since the story will revolve around it.

Good world building, I haven't seen this type of world in any other book/wuxia and there is a main story in there.

If you have read his other works you might relate to somethings.

Disadvantages:
Then again if you have never read a Wuxia the terms used such as cultivation,meridians,dantian and many others will make you confused since they wont be explained in a proper manner in this book.

When the story's pace starts to slow down or were the boring part come's into effect he simply time skips it and all info from point A-C is lost. now are they important? perhaps not but might have been interesting to actually know what went down.
A minor spoiler here : He enters a tournament he is supposed to get a reward from his placement but the author skipped this part entirely and we will never know what he got. There are other similar things that get forgotten.

The main char claims to know Martial arts but he never mentions any particular style. he says some phrase "be empty like water" and just hits stuff better than others.

The author tries to take in the culture of Wuxia were majority perhaps all are of Asian decent and the way people behave in a Wuxia, it works and the people act the part well at-least in the beginning, the only one that comes to mind that actually acts like someone from a Wuxia world is the "fire lady" the others act more like they are from earth.

the main character is not memorable at all, he is passive aggressive pretty much (if you don't bother me I wont bother you kinda guy), it seems the author tries to make him into the "clueless type" like some other Wuxia characters but.. it comes to the point that it feels like his has the mind of a 5 year old the way people have to explain things to him that are way to obvious. All in all the main character is basically a copy of Felix from Super Sales on Super Heroes but someone who know martial arts to simplify it.

His supposed "harem" grows a bit big for a first books and it feels a bit rushed the way these girls were just thrown it.

He has a sentient litrpg game type system that calls him the "Chosen one" yet he never once ask why, he never ask any important questions at all...

He has no real end goal he keeps repeating the same line, "I want to live a peaceful life perhaps find myself a wife" etc, instead of perhaps trying to find his way home..


It is PG rated, Never make a Wuxia pg rated. P E R I O D.


I honestly do not think the author but his heart into this one there are to much of nothing and to little of everything.

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  • Alex
  • 2019-03-11

Wow this is a great book

The beginning to the end you won't be disappointed this is one of the greatest books I've heard I'm hopeful that they will make a second it's just that good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-05

I enjoy your work and the not-so-subtle references

My review fit in the title bar, stop reading this.
Seriously, stop.
what the fuck are you still doing in this review?


Fine, I loved the book.
are you happy now?

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  • Conner
  • 2019-03-05

The Convenience of Overpowered Mary Stu’s

Listen, I’m not going to berate this story. This review is an observation across this authors works. I’ve bought a majority of this authors books; so understand that I am a fan of him and his alter ego Randi Darren.
What I am here to say is for those like me who walk into these stories with the expectation of a good story.
Truth be told, it’s hard to find- and that’s because I started with Fostering Faust (my favorite of his works). I hadn’t noticed the themes and plot devices that the author(s) is apparently addicted to. But as I read through each book: meritocracies (this does not apply to this story), inter harem politics, a seemingly endless amount of resources gained through luck and convenient plot devices, in essence, the author prefers power characters with a lot of women. The typical male fantasy.
SPOILERS: No character truly dies. Permanent tragedy does not exist to the protagonists inner circle as observed by Super Sales on Super Heroes and the Wild Wastes.
SPOILER ENDS.
But why do I keep reading despite the predictable plot elements?
It’s the interpersonal relationships. Every character has their own subplot that IS different, that IS unique to them.
That’s the only reason. I like the subplots more than the main plots. And that’s a shame. I should care. I just can’t. The same overarching plot is this:
SPOILERS
1. Protagonist receives mysterious powers that give him more power through the women he sleeps with, owns, or is in group with.
2. Somehow becomes impossibly rich using said power or outside influences, conveniently.
3. Meritocracy with a worshipping populace. (Fostering Faust and this story are exempt of this though Cultivating Chaos is on its way to this point).
4. Protagonist outwits the enemy with said resources and devoted harem.
Wild Wastes and Super Sales get a pass on (4), somewhat, as something different DOES happen.
The End.