Today, I’d like to write about one of my highlights: The novel „Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil„. I already stumbled upon it last year but had completely wrong expectations regarding the content and thus, only started reading this week.
Zhou Yun Sheng was the world’s best hacker until his consciousness was kidnapped and thrown into different worlds by a being called „Lord god“. His task: He has to play the part of the antagonist disregarding his own opinion.
Zhou Yun Sheng has to comply until he finds a chance to strike back: He codes a program that’ll help him wrest the energy he gets from visiting the next world from the Lord god and using it himself. If he saves up enough energy, he’ll be able to return to his own world.
For the first time, Zhou Yun Sheng takes revenge for the roles he gets and soon enough he pursues his own, personal goal, too.
As I’ve said: I was completely wrong with what I was expecting from this novel. The official summary somehow sounds like transmigration which I associated with xianxia since I had only read transmigration to a xianxia-setting until then. In that case: What the hell is a hacker doing in an ancient world?
But as soon as I started reading the first chapter I noticed just how wrong I had been! Nope, Zhou Yun Sheng doesn’t get lost in a xianxia-world. At least, not only there 😁 In the 15 chapters (or rather arcs) of the novel he visits 15 different worlds that span everything you can imagine: From a relatively normal world that could even be hours to a futuristic ABO-universe to (the expected 😜) xianxia-world to a fantasy continent and even to a historical royal court. Even the zombie apocalypsis hasn’t been left out. The settings are so diverse that there is always something new.
It’s the same with the characters which was something I actually didn’t like at the beginning. The arcs are pretty long but still shorter than a novel itself. Especially after the first chapter I had problems getting used to the way this novel works. I mean, I had just gotten to know those characters and then everything was over! Zhou Yun Sheng just went to the next world and everything started over! *sniff* How mean!
Thank god the novel was once again not what I eexpected and I got over that pretty fast. I won’t tell you why, though, in case you still haven’t read it (Seriously? How the hell did you miss out on FOD for this long? Go and read it now!) since I don’t want to spoiler anything. This book is definitely worth being discovered on your own. 😉
The nice thing about the changing settings and characters is that all of them are a great story in themselves that also propel the main plot forward slowly but surely. There is much variety but you don’t have to completely do without at least some familiar things. And: If you like one of the chapters especially (Chapter 10, anyone? 😍) then they’re long enough to have a lot of fun with them but still short enough to not despair if you don’t like a setting.
Speaking of dislike: I binge-read all of the currently translated 14 chapters and some of the settings like the ABO one or the apocalypse were something I had never encountered before. I was a little skeptical if I’d like it but thanks to the well fleshed-out characters and the intersting plots I grew to like the chapters pretty fast.
Well, another advantage is probably that I just like the author’s voice. 😉 It’s just so easy and comfortable to read. I’d like to see more of that!
Since I love the novel so much, let me say a bit more about the plots: I wrote in the beginning of the summary that Zhou Yun Sheng tries to wrest the energy from God, wants to take revenge for the roles he gets, and searches for his own luck along the way. All of that is interconnected and develops progressively.
At first, you may have the feeling that Zhou Yun Sheng doesn’t really advance with his goal of thwarting the Lord god’s plan since that can take a back seat in the respective arcs. But the stories in themselves are good, too, so I guess I would have even read them if they were stand-alone novels 😁
Zhou Yun Sheng is that one character that really stands out from the masses of transmigrated protagonists I read about until now. Maybe that is because it’s not just the typical xianxia-setting but I just found his plans (with one exception) too intelligent and believable to not get totally excited about it every single time. Zhou Yun Sheng gives a mature impression, thinks things through and might even look three or four steps ahead without giving the impression that this is some kind of paranormal ability. He doesn’t need help (as in someone who does everything for him without him having to even lift a finger) which is a refreshing change, too.
All in all: „Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil“ is a Danmei-novel with lots of different settings and characters that are all well fleshed-out. The changes from common tropes, the extraordinary main character, the exciting sub-plots and naturally, the romance 😏, make this an irresistible composition for me that made me lose sleep for an entire week. 😁
So: This is a definite recommendation from me! You’d be losing out if you didn’t at least give this a try!