Honestly? I didn’t really like this when I read the first chapter for the first time. It was just an overview, a tl;dr of Xie Lian’s background. But I thought that maybe, I was too tired and at the same time, occupied by other novels.
Heaven Official’s Blessing
Summary from Sakhyulations:
For you, I’ll become invincible!
“Have you heard? The rubbish Heaven Official is having an affair with the ghost realm’s number one bigshot!”
I loved this summary! It sounded like a gossip from a tabloid. It made it seem like the novel was pure fun, humor, laughter to no end…
…pfft. As if.
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.
Might contain spoilers so proceed with caution!
I gave this another try after I finished Mo Dao Zu Shi and instantly loved it. Chapter 1 was interesting and not boring at all. I didn’t know why I thought it wasn’t at first but that chapter raised a lot of questions. While the story started lighthearted, as if Xie Lian’s existence was really a big joke, it also gave off a feeling that the story would turn to angst real soon.
When Xie Lian was introduced, I instantly loved him too. He’s too chill and carefree. Like nothing could bother him and you’d have to be really annoying to irritate him. But sometimes his personality was just tad indifferent which made me sad for him since the world might have shattered his ideals hundreds of years before. So as not to be disappointed anymore, he set a lower expectation and a higher tolerance on things. Like he’d seen so much and known so much that nothing affects him any longer. After all, 800 years was long — long enough to accumulate heaps of regrets and guilt.
Hua Cheng though. Tsk tsk. So smooth. If Luo Binghe was the sticky, crybaby, but OP top and Lan WangJi was the kuudere yet beast in the bed top, Hua Cheng was smooth, like a real Casanova. His charm lay on being a caring gentleman yet oh so elusive and mysterious. Their first meeting was still one of my favorite moments. I’ve seen fanarts of the scene and it was eerie yet so beautiful. It was a sight to see, though it would have been really creepy with the bloody rain lol.
Hua Cheng has a lot of (ambiguous) quotable quotes! Like he appeared as someone saying his opinions on a topic but also felt like he experienced those himself. I should have started taking notes of them. Here’s the latest one that I’ve encountered:
“But for some people, someone who exists in this world is hope in itself.”
Thanks to a certain video cover, I somehow got the idea that maybe, just maybe, Xie Lian met Hua Cheng wayyyyy before. Maybe even before his first ascension. And if that was the case, then all the flirty and playful actions and words HC do were actually really sad and painful. He’s just passing it as something trivial. Maybe to not scare off XL? XL seemed a little emotionally scarred so he’ll be a little terrified if pushed at the wrong moment.
I love all of their talks. I know the plot’s kinda stagnant at that part, but I love it still because these two are just so easy together. Maybe compared to the other MXTX couples (LBHxSQQ = misunderstanding galore, LWJxWWX = unless they’re drunk, but a lot is unsaid because well LWJ is very reserved), HC x XL talk things out. Their views on things, trivial or not, their worlds, their pasts.
Since this was also a child of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, it was impossible not to compare. While I loved the characters of Mo Dao Zu Shi, I had a problem with the storytelling. The continuous back and forth between the past and the present disrupted the momentum of each arc. I think to address that, MXTX separated this story into 5 parts. They clearly mentioned on the site that volumes 1, 3, and 5 were in the present timeline. Meanwhile, volumes 2 and 4 were in the past. With this, you’ll clearly know when the arc started and ended. At least now, the flashback wouldn’t appear randomly.
When I started reading CNovels, one of my problems was the number of names and terms that I have to memorize. I thought I’m getting used to it after reading a few. But I assumed too early. Heaven Official’s Blessings have way more names, titles, nicknames, pet names, and whatnots than my brain cells could ever handle. Thank goodness Yume-chan created this list and this post saved me from pulling my hair out of frustration.
I’m done reading the first volume of the novel. I heard volume 2 is heartbreaking so… wish me luck.