Mo Dao Zu Shi
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi
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Mo Dao Zu Shi

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Synonyms: MDZS, The Master of Diabolism, The Founder of Diabolism
Japanese: 魔道祖师
English: Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi
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Type: Novel
Volumes: 4
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 8, 2016
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Boys Love Boys Love, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Historical Historical
Serialization: None
Authors: Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (Story)


Score: 8.521 (scored by 15311,531 users)
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Ranked: #1242
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Popularity: #5170
Members: 3,344
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Plaguing every corner, rumors of the deceased Wei Wuxian never end. Able to control the dead, Wei Wuxian left an epochal dent in the cultivation world, still both feared and revered 13 years later. But when he awakens in the body of a bullied young man who sacrificed his soul to take revenge on his cruel family, Wei Wuxian is faced with trouble once more.

However, Wei Wuxian was a mischievous yet brilliant cultivator, and he is not one to be constrained. Using his dark skills, Wei Wuxian interrupts a ritual to capture a powerful cursed arm handled by Lan Sect—a prominent cultivation sect of Gusu, the home of his former acquaintance, the esteemed and poised Lan Wangji.

Despite wishing to hide his past life, Wei Wuxian inevitably gets entangled in the sinister web of the ruling cultivation sects' deepest secrets. With Lan Wangji, he attempts to solve the mystery of the demonic arm, but it is soon apparent that they are only scratching the surface—and the truth may just hold the key to his once disgraceful downfall.

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Mo Dao Zu Shi is a web novel released on Jinjiang Wenxue Cheng (晋江文学城) from October 31, 2015 to March 1, 2016; and published in print in Taiwan by Pinsin Studio (平心工作室) on December 8, 2016. The series has been published in English as Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi by Seven Seas Entertainment under the Seven Seas Danmei imprint since December 14, 2021. As of May 2022, the novel has been officially translated into 10 languages.

The series was awarded the Rising Star Award (뉴‎ 스타상) by the South Korean e-book platform Ridibooks in February 2020. The novel ranked first in the Best Novel category of NextFComics' BL guidebook Kono BL Ga Yabai! in December 2021. During the same time, the English release of the first volume placed ninth on The New York Times Best Seller List for Paperback Trade Fiction. The series ranked second in the Best Novel category of BL website Chill Chill's 13th annual BL Awards in 2022.

Mo Dao Zu Shi was adapted into a live-action web series titled Chen Qing Ling (陈情令); produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures and New Style Media, it aired in China on Tencent Video from June 27, 2019 to August 20, 2019. A mobile game based on the series is slated to be globally released in 2022.

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