21 Best Web Novels of All Time: Especially Worth Reading

September 4


Web novels have been popular all over the world, whether it is Chinese or Korean web novels.

Especially fantasy, romance, adventure type novels. And many have been adapted into manga/manhua, anime/donghua, drama.

Specifically, what are the best web novels?

1. Nightfall

best web novels Nightfall

When it comes to the top 10 web novels to read, then "Nightfall" has to be mentioned. This is a Chinese fantasy web novel, with OP MC, the author is Mao Ni.


The first half of the book tells the story of the protagonist breaking through the difficulties of cultivation, improving his own cultivation, and avenging his family.

In the second half of the story, the characters and the environment around the protagonist have changed dramatically. When the national fortune was in danger, everyone tried their best to reverse the situation and save the crisis.

In the later stage of the protagonist's ability, there is no situation of "No. 1 in the world and invincible" in other cultivation novels, so the plot is more tortuous.

Nightfall drama vs manhua

Nightfall drama vs manhua


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts 

best web novels Coiling Dragon

"Coiling Dragon" is arguably one of the best web novels of all time, with OP MC. The author is I Eat Tomatoes.

Reasons for recommendation: the author has built a magical and magnificent Panlong world for us in the novel. There are all kinds of splendid forbidden magic and fighting spirit, as well as fantastic and novel holy beasts. It's captivating and the plot is cleverly constructed.


The "Dragon Blood Warrior", one of the legendary four ultimate warriors on the mainland, has not appeared again for thousands of years.

And the only clan with the blood of the Dragon Blood Warriors has gradually declined.

And the protagonist Linley accidentally picked up a magical ring from his ancestral home, and then embarked on a legendary journey.

Coiling Dragon manhua manga

Coiling Dragon manga


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Xuanhuan

Last update on 2023-08-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

3. Battle Through The Heavens

best web novels Battle Through The Heavens

"Battle Through The Heavens" is one of the best completed web novels by Tian Can Tu Dou, with OP MC. And it was adapted into manhua, anime, drama.

Reasons for recommendation: the story was full of twists and turns, and the plot was ups and downs, but it was wonderful to see the protagonists upgrade all the way.


The talented young Xiao Yan suddenly became a cripple after creating an unprecedented cultivation record in the family, and all kinds of blows followed one after another.

Just as he was about to be desperate, a strand of soul emerged from the ring in his hand. A new door opened in front of him. After arduous cultivation, he finally achieved glory.

Battle Through The Heavens anime

Battle Through The Heavens anime


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Xuanhuan

4. Shen Mu

best web novels Shen Mu

"Shen Mu" is a top web novel, with OP MC, and also the famous work of author Chen Dong.

Reasons for recommendation: The novel is well-written and the battle scenes are grand. What is important is a little discussion of elements of human nature, society, life, etc. After reading it, it is not only moved and inspired, but also keeps thinking back.


The novel was based on the clues that the protagonist, Chen Nan, was looking for his lover, Yu Xin, ten thousand years ago, and exploring the secrets of the destruction of the gods and demons.

Thus, the vast six godly ways and the heaven earth chessboard were drawn out.

Deduce a bloody, heroic, poignant legend, and tell the legends of countless heroes and beauties.

Shen Mu anime

Shen Mu anime


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Xuanhuan 

5. The Ethereal Journey

best web novels The Ethereal Journey

"The Ethereal Journey" is one of the top online novels in the category of Xianxia cultivation, with OP MC. The author is Xiao Qian, who is respected by the industry as "the originator of the immortal novel world".

Reasons for recommendation: The plot and writing of the novel are top-notch. It has created a complete system of cultivating immortals, which is the first work of the cultivating novel genre. It was once regarded as the first of the four major online novels.


Li Qiang, a successful businessman with over 10 million assets, was betrayed by his girlfriend and friend, and he was angry and hurt.

Just when he was desperate, the mysterious man, Fu Shan, transformed Li Qiang into a tall and handsome young man with Zhen Qi and led him to travel through the starry sky, from the Earth to Mars.

When they entered the ancient transmission array and were about to go to the "Feng Yuan Star", Li Qiang was sent to an unknown planet alone because of the disturbance of Hua Meiniang. He was on a journey of astonishment and unknown.


Status: Completed

Genre: Cultivation, Xianxia, Fantasy, Xuanhuan

6. Soul Land

best web novels Soul Land

"Soul Land" is one of the most popular web novels written by Tang Jia San Shao, with OP MC.

Reasons for recommendation: The novel is very successful in shaping the characters, the plot is compact, and it is worth reading.


Tang San, an external disciple of the Tang clan, is not allowed by the Tang clan because he steals to learn the unique skills of the internal clan.

When jumping off a cliff, he found that he did not die, but came to another world with another identity.

There is no magic, no fighting spirit, no martial arts, but there is a magical martial soul. This world is Douluo Continent.

Soul Land anime

Soul Land anime


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

7. Zhu Que Ji

best web novel Zhu Que Ji

"Zhu Que Ji" is also one of the good online novels, the author is Mao Ni, with OP MC.

Reasons for recommendation: This is a fantasy story that continues "Journey to the West" in a contemporary way. It takes the real world as a template, and then reconstructs it to fit life. It is worth reading.


Yi Tianxing, a young man who picks up rubbish outside a small town in the mountains, has supernatural abilities since he was a child.

From the original "junk king", he gradually transformed into a college student, a gang leader, a monster playing with fire, and the protector of Buddhism...


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Xuanhuan

8. The Snowy Path of the Heroic Blade

The Snowy Path of the Heroic Blade web novels

"The Snowy Path of the Heroic Blade" is one of the best Chinese web novels worth reading, written by Feng Huo Xi Zhu Hou.


He has a white fox face and wants to be the number one in the world.

At the bottom of the lake, there was an old man with grey hair who liked eating meat.

The old servant with a broken tooth carried the sword box on his back.

A young man riding a green ox didn't dare to go down the mountain.

There is a girl killer who rides a panda and carries sunflowers.

The protagonist, on the other hand, was free and unrestrained, bringing a blade to pierce through the world of Jianghu.

The Snowy Path of the Heroic Blade drama

The Snowy Path of the Heroic Blade drama


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Xuanhuan

9. Shrouding the Heavens

best web novels Shrouding the Heavens

"Shrouding the Heavens" can be said to be one of the top web novels, with OP MC, the author is Chen Dong.

Highlight: The novel has a grand background and a compact storyline, which is intense and exciting. Everyone is a story.


In the depths of the cold and dark universe, nine huge dragon corpses pulled a bronze antique coffin and existed forever.

This is an extremely shocking picture captured by a space probe in the dead universe.

Did the Nine Dragons pull the coffin back to the ancient times or to the other shore of the starry sky?

A vast world of immortals, bizarre and mysterious. Blood boils like a volcano, passion is like a raging sea, desire is endless like an abyss...


Status: Completed

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Xianxia, Xuanhuan

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Forty Millenniums of Cultivation

"Forty Thousand Years of Cultivation" is one of the best web novels to read, the author is The Enlightened Master Crouching Cow.

Reasons for recommendation: Cultivation in the new era perfectly combines technology and cultivation. What's more impressive is the reflection on life. Cultivation is not just for oneself, but for protecting the common people. It's an addictive, and the more you read, the more wonderful a cultivating fairy!


In "Forty Thousand Years of Cultivation", hundreds of millions of ordinary people have created endless material wealth. Powerful cultivators are obliged to protect them, rather than enslaving and squeezing ordinary people like in the ancient times.

Cultivators and ordinary people do their part and contribute their strengths in different positions to make the world a better place.

This is simply a landmark, allowing us to see another possibility for fantasy web novels.

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation manhua

Forty Millenniums of Cultivation manhua


Status: Ongoing

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Xuanhuan, Martial Arts, Mecha, School Life, Sci-fi, Xianxia

11. He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo

best web novels romance He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo

"He Yi Sheng Xiao Mo" is one of the best romantic Chinese web novels by Gu Man.

Reasons for recommendation: The writing style is fresh, the language is humorous and lively, and it is deeply loved by young female readers.


Zhao Mosheng, a brilliant student in the University, fell in love with He Yichen, a great scholar in the law department at first sight.

Cheerful and straightforward, she took the initiative to pursue He Yichen, and finally made the talented him slowly accept Zhao Mosheng.

However, he was not good at expressing and finally made her go away in a sad way...

12. Jiang Shan Wei Pin

best web novels romance Jiang Shan Wei Pin

"Jiang Shan Wei Pin" is also one of the best romance web novels to read, historical type, the author is Xingyanyan.

Reasons for recommendation: The love line of the male and female protagonists is buried behind the machinations of the monarch and ministers, majestic and lingering. The description of love is glamorous, and it is definitely the best work in the same kind of romance web novels!

The heroine fell in love with the hero at first sight, and the hero fell in love with the heroine over time, and the emotional part was very sweet.


Meng Tinghui was the first extraordinary woman in the history of the Daping Dynasty to enter the Imperial Academy as a woman.

Ten years ago, she was rescued from the pile of dead people by him, disheveled, dirty and inarticulate.

Ten years later, she was full of learning, and entered the palace as a woman to shine, becoming the most eye-catching female official in the court for more than 20 years.

At the same time, she also watched him gradually become the most powerful emperor in the history of the Daping Dynasty.

13. A Slight Smile is Very Charming

best web novels romance A Slight Smile is Very Charming

Looking for the best web novels romance, then "A Slight Smile is Very Charming" is certainly one of the novels worth reading.


If you were "tragically" abandoned, and suddenly a very strong, aggressive, and insufferable man proposed to you, how would you react?

That man was born in a noble family, who was capable of doing all kinds of sports. He looked elegant, calm in manner and arrogant...

This man like this... suddenly came to the door...

"Bei Weiwei", a beautiful girl in the computer department of a famous university, responded: "Great God...have you been hacked?"

14. Bu Bu Jing Xin

best web novels romance Bu Bu Jing Xin

This is a romantic web novel in which the heroine travels from modern times to ancient times. The author is Tong Hua.


A girl with one foot empty, traveled through a thousand years of time and space, from the prosperous city of Shenzhen to the turbulent palace.

The princes who are in the race for the throne, after the affectionate eyes, are filled with exploration, temptation and a bit of true and false heartache.

She tried her best to avoid the torrent of history, but those dark and deep eyes would hold her back...

15. Trash of the Count’s Family

best web novels Trash of the Count’s Family

"Trash of the Count's Family" is one of the best Korean web novels, especially the manhwa adaptation, which is very popular right now.


An aristocratic bastard who goes offline within 5 seconds of playing, a heroic hero who is cold and domineering.

What should he do if he transmigrate into the former and are about to be beaten up by the high-cold male protagonist?

Hehe, as a handsome waste, of course, he can only rely on saucy operations to grab opportunities, and strive to survive in this continent full of magic, dragons, and wolves!

best web novels The Second Coming of Gluttony

This is definitely the best web novel ever, and the novel describes the growth of the protagonist very well.

The male protagonist is a man of bad character and bad temper at the beginning: a gambler who has deserted his family.

But in fact, he really wanted to change this state of his life.

With the development of the plot of the novel, the character and life of the male protagonist have indeed undergone completely different changes.

Gula's Chosen: Book 1 of The Second Coming of Gluttony
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Ro, Yujin (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 649 Pages - 04/08/2021 (Publication Date) - Wuxiaworld Publishing USA Ltd (Publisher)

Last update on 2023-08-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

web novel Overgeared

"Overgeared" is also a recommended fantasy web novel with a theme related to virtual reality games.

It mainly tells the story of Shin Youngwoo, who is embarrassed in real life, and after entering a VR game, various lucky things also follow.

18. Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint

Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint

Kim Dokja, male, 28 years old, 176 cm, black hair, birthday is February 15.

He is an intern game reviewer for game company Minosoft. His hobby is reading, and he is the only fan of the online novel "Three Ways to Survive the Apocalypse".

When the novel is about to end, the perishing world in the novel suddenly becomes a reality, and he uses his knowledge of the plot to quickly grasp the situation.

Solo Leveling web novel

Ten years ago, the "Door" connecting the world with other dimensions was opened. Various monsters kept appearing, so Demon Hunters with different abilities also appeared.

Sung Jin-Woo, the weakest E-rank Hunter, encountered a terrifying hidden challenge during a challenge mission.

At the time of life and death, he actually obtained an upgrade system! With the use of the system, can he become the strongest Hunter?

Solo Leveling Vol. 2
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Chugong (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 306 Pages - 07/20/2021 (Publication Date) - Yen Press (Publisher)

Last update on 2023-08-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

20. Lucia

novel Lucia

This is a fantasy romance web novel, the protagonist is Lucia.


The sixteenth-ranked princess of the kingdom, Lucia, had an accident that made her foresee her future through a dream.

Knowing that she could become a victim at any time and be sold, Lucia decides to propose a contract marriage with the black-bellied and domineering duke.

21. SSS-Class Suicide Hunter

SSS-Class Suicide Hunter web novel

Kim Gong-Ja of the F-rank bottom hunter has always envied the one who ranked first. One day, he actually obtained S+ level skills.

But happiness is short-lived, why is this skill weird?

Being able to copy one of the opponent's skills is fine so far...

"What? Can it be activated until I'm dead?!"

SSS-Class Suicide Hunter manhwa

These fantasy, romance web novels above are all worth reading.

What do you think is the best web novel?

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