Monday 26 June 2023

Book Review: Remnants of Filth Vol. 1 by Rou Bao Bu Chi Rou (Fantasy BL)

Title: Remnants of Filth Vol. 1
Author: Rou Bao Bu Chi Rou
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Publication Date: 25 April 2023
Pages: 427
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy BL
Source: Bought Copy

In the empire of Chonghua, two young generals rose to prominence side by side. The reserved Mo Xi was known for his commanding air and ruthless temperament. His best friend and comrade, Gu Mang, was the complete opposite: charming and clever, beloved by all…until he shocked the empire by turning traitor to serve an enemy nation. Years later, a feral Gu Mang has returned, his mind broken. The public demands his death, and no one is assumed more hungry for vengeance against him than Mo Xi. But when Mo Xi stays his hand, the question must be asked—what is the true relationship between the pair? And what past secrets hide beneath Mo Xi’s icy exterior and Gu Mang’s tortured psyche?


I didn't know anything about Remnants of Filth before starting this first volume, so I had no expectations. It is a slower opening than The Husky and His White Cat Shizun by the same author, but by the midway point I had become invested in the story and the characters. By the end of this first volume, too, more supernatural elements began to seep into the tale, whereas at the start it had read more like a plain military/ cultivation tale, which didn't interest me as much as the other danmei I've read with stronger fantasy bents. All up, I don't see this becoming one of my favourite danmei reads, but I liked it enough to want to continue reading when volume two releases towards the end of the year. I am giving this first book four stars. I perhaps wouldn't recommend it for a first read in the danmei genre, but if you are already a fan of similar works it is worth checking out.

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