Monday 14 November 2022

Book Review: The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System Vol. 1 by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù (Danmei (BL) Fantasy)

Title: The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System Vol. 1
Author: Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Genre: Danmei (BL) Fantasy
Source: Bought Copy

Half-demon Luo Binghe rose from humble beginnings and a tortured past to become unrivaled in strength and beauty. With his harem of over three hundred wives, and dominion over both the human and demonic realms, he is truly the most powerful protagonist—in a trashy web novel series!

At least, that's what Shen Yuan, online alias "Peerless Cucumber," believes as he finishes reading the final chapter in Proud Immortal Demon Way. But when a combination of rage and a poor meal choice leads to his death, Shen Yuan finds himself reborn into the world of the web novel, in the body of Shen Qingqiu—the beautiful but cruel teacher to a young Luo Binghe. Although as Shen Qingqiu, he now has incredible power and abilities as a cultivator, he’s destined to be horrifically punished for crimes against the protagonist, so this new Shen Qingqiu has only one course of action: get into Luo Binghe’s good graces before the young man’s rise to power. That’s the only way he’ll escape the awful fate of a true scum villain!


I came to The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System off the back of The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation and Heaven Official's Blessing but had no idea what to expect from this story. From the start I found it fun as our hero was transported into the life of one of the characters in the web-novel he'd just finished reading, and the premise of him then trying to get into the good graces of the book's protagonist to avoid meeting the ghastly end he knows is in store was entertaining. The writing may only be average, but the stories and characters by this author are always amusing, and, as with other danmei releases by Seven Seas, the books are beautifully presented with lovely accompanying illustrations. The end of this volume left me keen to read on to book two to find out what will happen next. It gets a solid 4 stars from me.

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