The empress got her second chance, and she is going to out manuver those who tried to plot her. The plots are sometime over simplified, tangled but not very much so. Still, i'll rate the tactics 4...
Slow romance with both sides prodding each other before the male lead fall in love first and decided to conquer her. The protag, as a jilted empress, innocent and dense in the way of love is so cute to watch. In short, cute romance but once again overly... illogical on someway so i'll rate it 4 again.
The whole story, thought feature revenge and second chance as main theme, is not as poisonous as Princess Wei Yang. So, for people with less... affection to cruelty, this novel is a good first step to introduce in to the genre. The entire plot line and character growth, i'll rate it 5.
Just like Princess Wei Yang, the ending left us with warm and fulfilled feeling. This certainly deserve another 5.
Also, the main antagonist (male love rival) is very strong, and psychotic. The author did not make the male MC to be the only one alpha male
savage, merciless husband who keep a dungeon wherr he torture his enemy