Wuxia and xianxia stories have been all the rage in China for a while and now many English speakers can find translations of these web novels on a variety of websites to read for free.

Wuxia and xianxia types of novels differ in one major way. Wuxia focuses mainly on martial arts and is normally set in a more mortal realm. Xianxia, on the other hand, leans heavily into the fantasy side of the genre, often chronicling an individual’s journey from common man to deity. Think of it as wuxia mixed with Taoist beliefs.