I Shall Seal the Heavens

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I Shall Seal the Heavens
Abbreviation ISSTH
Chinese 我欲封天
Pinyin ----
Transcription Wo Yu Feng Tian
Author Ergen (耳根)
Chapter Count 1614 Chapters + 3 Side Stories
Volume Count 10 Volumes
Writing Status Webnovel: Complete
Original Publication Status Webnovel: Complete
Translation Team Deathblade's Translation Team
Translation Status Complete (01/07/17)
English Publication Status TBD
Chinese Publisher Qidian
English Publisher Wuxiaworld

I Shall Seal the Heavens (ISSTH) is a webnovel by popular Chinese xianxia writer Ergen (耳根). In Chinese, the title is 我欲封天 (Wǒ Yù Fēng Tiān)

Introduction to the Story

I Shall Seal the Heavens is currently one of the most popular xianxia stories in China. It is about a failed young scholar named Meng Hao who gets 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. And yet, he never forgets the Confucian and Daoist ideals that he grew up studying. This, coupled with his stubborn nature, set him on the path of a true hero. What does it mean to “Seal the Heavens?” This is a secret that you will have to uncover along with Meng Hao!

You can start reading here!

Translation Team

  • Translator: Deathblade
  • Contributors: Madam Deathblade, anonpuffs
  • Proofreaders: Lingson, Yascob, TheNo1fan, Courtrecords
  • Memes: leoloo
  • Meme Archives: joeljbright
  • Former teammembers: Laoren (proofreader), Li Huazhi (Contributing Editor) John Rogers (Contributing Editor), MeeBoo (proofreader, memes)
  • Baby Deathblade

Characterization Cultivation World General Info


Divine Abilities and Techniques
Magical Items
Medicinal Pills
Three Clasic Scriptures
Other Resources

Idioms & Expressions
Translation Notes



Main Characters

Recurring Characters

Other Characters

Information about Cultivation Stages

Magical Techniques and Divine Abilities

Magical Items

Medicinal Pills

Three Classic Scriptures

Other Resources



Other information

  • Karma
  • Dao

Reader Reactions and Reviews

  • “It starts off a bit slow, but it is very interesting. Good fights, and most of the time you see the MC struggle throughout his battle because he does not have enough power. You don’t see him just suddenly find something rare and immediately power up. It takes time in this novel, and it takes training. He endures it and build upon what he got. This MC [has] morals and logical thoughts. He is aggressive when need to be, and knows when to back down. Smart and capable. He doesn’t get those attributes just because he’s the “MC,” but through decisions he [makes] in life and through hardship, he learns from it… It is my favorite xianxia novel atm, and Deathblade always finish what he started, so I highly recommend this novel to you!” -hitabox
  • “ISSTH really is different from other Xianxia as it doesn’t seem to repeat itself as much … and it actually has much more comedy than most… I DMR officially give ‘I Shall Seal the Heavens’ the ‘Funniest Xianxia’ Award!!!” – DMR
  • “Apart from the story’s plot, what I like most is the literary expression in this web novel. The translator does a very good job to convey it very well. Very much appreciated.” – kamolh
  • “I love Meng Hao. He doesn’t shout, he doesn’t cry. He just stays silent and lets the fury burn inside him as he plans his revenge.” – Kazekid
  • “Meng Hao is the best, I like his growth and the way the characters are portrayed also I like how his luck is not completely unbelievable and he gets success from well thought out plans and not just stupidly large luck in surviving an all out frontal assault. His reactions are very human as well.” – Augustus63
  • “Damn, I’m not exaggerating, the story becomes epic. The MC gradually suffers great changes of character and the plot starts making sense; lots of major events take place and a many important changes occur. The MC eventually is forced to run like a dog in front o a pack of wolves – his struggle to survive, him gradually killing his humanity and changing his views of life… I was very surprised by how philosophical some chapters were and how Meng Hao meditated about his life…it was quite deep. There are also some chapters that would probably make you laugh and some scenes where the characters’ pride and stupidity will surely make you unable to keep a straight face.” – orario
  • “ISSTH starts off kinda slow as contrasted to other mainstream stories where the promise of greatness is the whole premise. Those quick fix stories served as a mean to satiate the masses desire of reading some MC’s OP. ISSTH starts off with a humble foundation and that can get tedious at first because the momentum just isn’t there. It is with shame that, I too, was on the same band wagon and didn’t really get into ISSTH until Meng Hao’s snow monologue. Now I just click the refresh button like a lab rat on methamphetamine till I see a new chapter. Then it’s just pure euphoria follow by withdrawal. It’s a very satisfying vicious cycle.” – ConanTavi
  • “I don’t know if it’s because of the quality of translation or because of the novel itself, but the more I read it, the more I feel like every other xianxia novel sucks. Maybe it’s related to the speed of releasing, but I feel like Er Gen is simply a better writer than most.” – madstack
  • “Meng Hao please… I’ve read the tons of novels. But this was hands down the most epic thing I have read in a while. I literally re-read the chapter before opening my door, rushed to the bathroom and dowsed myself in freezing water in the shower. Cuz. Shit. Meng Hao has reached a new level of badassery. I overheated. I’m a legit Meng Hao fangirl now.” – tellestarle
  • “Once I read a better novel than this. Then I woke up and realized it was a mere dream. If I was about to die and was given the choice of any last meal, that last meal would be to feast my eyes on the latest chapter of ISSTH.” – Deathblade
  • "If this novel claimed to be the second best Xianxia in the world, then many others would claim to be first. But it remains first in my heart. 10/10 IGN" - Random scrub anon


  • Youtube teaser trailer. This is actually an advertisement for the ISSTH web game, with “adjusted” subtitles by Deathblade to tease the story. Contains some minor spoilers, but nothing relevant to the storyline.
  • Youtube video interview of author Er Gen with English subtitles (contains minor spoilers in subtitles regarding the personalities of the main characters of Er Gen’s three web novels. It also contains major spoilers in Chinese [left out of subtitles], so be careful if you understand Chinese!)
  • Original Youku interview of Er Gen with no English subtitles (contains major spoilers in the Chinese. Be careful! Basically, the ending of Beseech the Devil is explained in detail. If you ever plan to read the translation of Beseech the Devil, skip this interview!)