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Cultivating Chaos

VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)
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Summary

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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Simply Brilliant

Great Arch and story wonderfully read, eagerly await part 2 ,well recommended to all book worms

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excellent book!

excellent book I am really looking forward to the next one!! the characters are all engaging and the story line compelling.

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thoroughly enjoyable!

i had a great time with this book, the magic is interesting the characters are well thought out and easily liked and the story keeps you wanting more!

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Absolutely love this new series, Andreau ftw!

Loved it, and eagerly awaiting the sequel. sincerely wish blaise corvin other veilverse was available on audible.

my first wuxia litrpg fantasy. very clever characters, riveting plot and excellent narration.

my only gripe was Yui voice was anime-ishly high pitched and squeally everytime, and i noticed it every time she spoke, even during her more emotionally heavy moments.

Overall, Andrea Parsneau smashed it, as she normally does and William has created another the sky is the limit power/abilities system, rooted it in very strong world building, and left open tons of mysterious and lore to explore.

this sequel when announce is headed straight to my wishlist.

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Ahh Typical William D Arand(but that’s a good thing)

It starts slowly but then it really pulls you in. The main character is a quite funny guy who fortunately doesn’t act like a unaware of anything little boy, he even says so himself which I found quite funny. I can’t wait to see what will happens in the next book as knowing William he will do another trilogy.

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hard to put down

loved this book, the story really captures my imagination and I want to hear more,

the only problem was that there seemed to be places that were missed and not included in the story and then picked back up again the next day or hours later and I feel it would have been more engaging to include these parts.

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slow

I found this book very slow to get going and in the beginning it was my perception that it didn't establish the story or main character that well against the backdrop of the summary ... once into the book though the concepts were interesting if not quite stereotypical.

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  • Leif
  • 08-12-18

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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  • jeremie
  • 12-12-18

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
  • 21-12-18

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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  • Alan Odonnell
  • 08-01-19

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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  • Jeremiah W.
  • 30-12-18

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
  • 17-12-18

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
  • 19-12-18

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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  • Logan79
  • 16-02-19

Nice Hot rabbit warrior

A great world has been discovered and written about. What a cool book! Greatly anticipating book two.

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  • The Anime Adict
  • 16-02-19

Arand finally starts a new series

So there's real;y not much to say here. This is a more Korean/Chinese type fantasy setting which is a nice change of pace from the typical European. setting. There are of course monster girls, and a harem. Once more i like that the book takes into the account how people from other worlds are treated. There's typically strong character development, no one is a limp noodle so to speak, severing only to take up space. I can't say any of the characters are terribly deep, but they are developing and show a lot of promise of becoming so. which for a 1st book in a series is good enough for me. Once more each of the harem have their own personalities without relying to heavily on the typical tropes or personality types, add to this each character has a history and a good reasonable reason to like protag boy and vice versa.

Now the weak points, no the protag does not really struggle. This is not to say there weren't a few points of tension for those around him. Yes there are holes in where he can become a god so to speak. But well I came for fun popcorn lit with quality and that's what this is. If you want the next Hemingway keep looking. If you just want a nice enjoyable male focused listen this is could be it and to me at least is worth a credit for the escapism.

Also i should add the narrator did a splendid job and given I listened to this months and a dozen or so books ago says a lot.

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  • Jake Thompson
  • 15-02-19

so so good the perfectly linked story !

both writers in veil verse were wonderful. I love how the stories are linked and in line. narrator was great abs pulled me completely into the story separating the characters perfectly. cheers all around. can't wait for next in the series. SO SUPERBLY EXECUTED ALL AROUND.