In short, xianxia is Chinese fantasy fiction with themes of Daoism, Buddhism, martial arts, magic and Chinese mythology. This is the third major book written by Er Gen, and it does have connections to his other two popular novels, although it’s not necessary to read those novels to enjoy this one. However, please be aware that he takes for granted that his audience is familiar with xianxia, and often gives little to no information regarding certain specialized terminology.
I Shall Seal the Heavens is one of the most popular xianxia stories in China. It tells the tale of a failed young scholar named Meng Hao who is forcibly recruited into a Sect of Immortal cultivators. In the cultivation world, the strong prey on the weak, and the law of the jungle prevails. Meng Hao must adapt to survive. What does it mean to “Seal the Heavens?” Who are the Demon Sealers? What happened to Meng Hao’s parents? Uncover the answers to these mysteries along with Meng Hao!