Chu Wang Fei


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She, the prime minister’s daughter, was timid and cowardly. Because her engagement fell through, and her reputation was ruined, she was pressured to spill her own blood in the palace hall! Once again opening her eyes, the cowardice had vanished, replaced by coldness, causing others to be intimidated at first glance. Yet no one realized, she was not her.

He, the current dynasty’s Chu Wang, served the country and brought peace and stability. Peerless and magnificent, all the girls under the Heavens eagerly pursued him! He helped her break off her engagement in the palace hall, but she avoided him at a great distance. He set his mind to pursue her, but she didn’t intend to love him.

At home, the turbulent currents of government affairs surged violently, disputes from every country continued to spring up everywhere. The stunning her who had been reborn, and how she didn’t bat an eyelid to resolve that terrifying carnage; her name had shaken the whole world!

When the dust had settled, and the song and dance had ceased, who could hold hands with her and look upon this thousand-year golden age, this flourishing ten thousand miles? Nowadays in this land under the Heavens, everyone spoke of how Chu Wang was cunning and two-faced, he desired the whole world, and was someone they seriously could not provoke. Yet the one they could not provoke even more was his Wang Fei – Yun Qian Meng! Anyone who provoked Chu Wang Fei, must surely be prepared to lose their necks!

A breathtaking rebirth, a thrilling marriage, in the blink of an eye the once weak woman had become the honorable Chu Wang Fei!

Wang Fei: In the palace chambers, between the feasts, smiles are hiding daggers, with layers and layers of plots and machinations; those who hurt my flesh and blood will have to pay the price.

Chu Wang: In these troubled times, carrying the fire beacon, over thousands of miles of fortresses and mountains, I have traveled to the distance to these border stations; if you dare to hurt my wife I will take your life.

Wang Fei: In another country, in a foreign land, will his thoughts stay pure? The princess of another nation is gracefull and beautiful, will “a pair of people for one life” change?

Chu Wang: Returning home, difficult problems arise. As green hills extend into the distance, beautiful flowers and tender feelings grow deeply; dealing with the ruler and his ministers is harder than rising into Heaven.

That night, all the monarchs struggled for power, smoke rising all around; that night, the husband and wife were separated, neither humble nor haughty; that night, the land was in great disorder, lying corpses filled the plains; that night, whose heart was confused, whose family was broken, whose country was lost?

In the chaos of war, during their separation, separated by thousands of miles of unmoving mountains and rivers, the gentleman’s heart and the wife’s heart never changed. In the lonely city without aid, hand in hand as before, they advanced together while chatting lightly about this West Chu country.

(WN Synopsis from 12superlatives)

Yun Fu’s young mistress is weak and cowardly. After having her engagement broken off within the Jin Luan Dian, she kills herself by hitting her head upon a pillar.

When she wakes up, she is no longer feeble and is now cold and aloof making people terrified of her upon sight. She walks unhurriedly into the bloody hall and her chilly voice slowly resounds, “Then we can comply to Chen Wang’s wishes.”

Everybody knows that the young mistress’s personality has taken a drastic turn after the events within the palace but none of them could ever guess that her spirit has been replaced.

A foreign environment where everybody has sinister and ulterior motives, where plots and schemes plague the families, where disputes permeate government affairs; she who has been raised in a boudoir seems harmless enough.

What happens if she is no longer soft and timid? What if, in between a single smile, she can raise forth wind and rain reeking of blood and terror?

Chu Wang Fei average rating 4.5/5 - 270 user ratings
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Talyn rated it
March 29, 2016
Status: --
An absolutely wonderful read! The female lead is very smart and independent but not arrogant. Although the romance started a bit slowly, the title gave away who the main male lead would be – the handsome and enigmatic Chu Wang, Chu Fei Yang (who was actually still a Chancellor/Left Prime Minister at the start of the novel).

I love “Chu Wang Fei” like I love “To Be A Virtuous Wife” in that the female leads don’t dwell too much on their ‘past lives’ and tried their best to live a happy... more>> fulfilled life in the new environment. Both stories are great in their own way!

“TBAVW” focuses more on the responsibilities and challenges faced by an unfavored daughter who married into royalty, and only briefly mentions the political machinations her husband may be involved with. In “CWF”, the husband is not royalty (thank goodness) and female lead is more actively involved with her husband’s plans in various ways…

Although the translations are updated at a good pace I couldn’t wait and decided to brave the Chinese version >.< I'm not sure how much I misunderstood here and there but I finished it and plan to order the physical book online just for the sake of having it on my shelf! XD <<less
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Reincarnated investigator (i guess) who get a body of legitimate daughter of prime minister. But she got bullied badly because her mother is already dead, and the one who control the household her father's concubine.

From the title, we already know that she will end up as Chu Wang Fei (or the oficial wife of Chu Wang/ King Chu). Watch our MC as she make way through the mud and storm into becoming Chu Wang Fei. She is your typical reincarnation template, as she overpowered in EQ and IQ. Smart,... more>> charming, intelligent woman which you never can hope to found in era where woman is a possession not a human being.

For you guys who want to read it but feel overwhelmed with the bunch of unorganized chapter, please refer here! our wonderful translator who fill the gap (so the original translator only do the first few chapter, the make summary in the middle before translate again what she think more interesting).

Definitely recommended as one of the top smart female protagonist genre! <<less
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Mikleo rated it
May 28, 2016
Status: --
At first, I didn't want to read this novel since the summary didn't interest me. But what the hell, I'm so glad I tried it out (I kept seeing this being recommended).

Three words: I Love It

For those who are hesitating (like me when I first read the summary), Do Not Waste Your Time. Just plunge in and try reading the first 10 chapters. I've got to say though, just the first chapter got me hooked. I stayed up all night just reading this novel.

Basically, a police woman transmigrated to the... more>> body of a quite pitiful girl. There's the usual Evil stepmother (concubine of the father), Evil stepsister, and Negligent Father going on here. So to say, there's always drama going on.

Actually, A Lot of Drama.

But not in that boring soap opera kind of way. The others just kept on trying to frame the MC, but of course, the MC outwits them.

That's one hell of a birthday party though, it's kinda hilarious. You'll get what I mean when you're already up to the birthday party of the Gu Furen.

Anyways, I don't want to spoil it anymore when you can just go ahead and read it. But ok, just one more spoiler since this is practically what most readers want to know.

Yes, this is a Happy Ending. <<less
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KKristen rated it
October 21, 2016
Status: c82 part2
I really like this one. Probably the most realistic and believable reincarnation LN I've read so far.

Read this:
If you want a well-written story about a smart heroine and political intrigue in a traditional Chinese court, read Chu Wang Fei.

Don't read this:
If you want exciting action, bloody fights, heart-rending romance, and OP characters, you will be disappointed.

The quality is pretty good (I'd say 4/5), but the series goes through 3 translators with slight inconsistencies. There is a LOT of Chinese vocabulary to remember. The translators do... more>> a good job of defining the words in the notes, but it definitely makes this a harder read. New chapters are released pretty slowly.

Main character:
One of my favorite main characters so far, but not in the usual way. She's not of my favorites because of her personality (cold, intelligent, well-spoken, ladylike).
I like her because she is one most believable characters I've seen. She only has her intelligence and wits to survive. She doesn't have any really over-powered fighting skills, medical skills, extensive knowledge from another life, or secret powers. She doesn't do unbelievable things to stand out like most female MCs (e.g. killing tons of people, taking over the army, yelling at people, etc) that would normally get them killed in reality. She just acts like a very well-behaved Chinese noblewoman who happens to be very good with words.

This is very much about political intrigue, family power struggles, and ancient Chinese manners. We see a police woman who in reincarnated in the body of a rejected young miss. All by herself, she has to find people she can trust, gain security, and outsmart the people who bully her. She slowly gets involved with the court and several male love interests.

The romance develops VERY slowly and the pace of the story is slow but steady. The events and twists are well-paced and not too predictable, though they are on the small scale (like family drama, not big battles). I wasn't bored and finished all 80+ chapters in a few days. But some more impatient readers might get bored quickly if they aren't in the mood for a more intellectual read.

I give this story a 4.5/5 for now because of how well it's written and how realistic the setting and characters are. Even though I wouldn't say it's one of the most fast-paced/exciting stories out there, the realism makes it excellent. <<less
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izznis rated it
August 17, 2016
Status: c75 part1
This novel is one of the rare novels that actually depicted a life of a fiercely intelligent woman from the future (one who actually think before they act and know the consequences) and reincarnated into the past as a first daughter of a noble but with a tainted name.

Every description of the feelings, environments and plots are on point and not overly exaggerate like certain novels. Although it is in a historical setting, this novel is realistic and every of its character has a role to play including the villains.

The... more>> main character, Yun Qian Meng, is a favourite character of mine. She is not perfect but she is intelligent and knows when to hide her strengths and weaknesses and when to use them. She is like an intelligent war general who knew whom she should trust and whom she shouldn't, what to do during emergencies and very calculative. However, instead of facing a place full of brave warriors, enemies and weapons, her battlefield is a place full of conceited women, calculative concubines, vile family members and backstabbers. She had to face false accusations and frauds while at the same time maintaining her elegant reputation as a first xiaojie of a noble family.

And what I love the most about her is that she is not overly OP. So far, she doesn't have any special powers - only some simple self-defense movements she got from her past life. She is also never arrogant and faced her opponents sensibly.

The author also had made good settings of the Chu Wang Fei by making different plot every time. As the story goes on, the plot and characters level up steadily at a decent pace. New characters appear but no old characters are pushed aside abruptly. The author also knows how to play with the readers feelings and keep us intrigued. To the point, this novel is making me wanting to learn Chinese in order to read Chu Wang Fei in its pure form.

Be warn though, since the genre is historical and time setting is on ancient china, the language and its culture may give some people a headache while reading. <<less
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ICDevil rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c74 part1
I just adore these types of light novels, and recommend it to anyone who loves having a smart and entertaining MC. It is a great read that ranks together to me with To Be A Virtuous Wife, Mei Gongqing, and Demonic King Chases, so if you have read any of these stories I recommend this series for you.
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chocholate rated it
August 18, 2016
Status: --
"I have falling in love with this story!"

This story is MAGICAL story (lol, there is no real magic in here)

the reason why this is magical story:

1. Maybe some of you doesn't too into to political struggles [kinds of the environment where you need curry favor or kiss.... to keep your place save] (actually me too, i dislike politic), but you will not find yourself boring with this story as the author can lead you well enough so you will not get lose, instead you will find it fun to read... more>> and you will realize you have already read more than 20 chapter-ish!! how magical!

2. As for now (ch 75), I can say this story have approximately 10% LOVE [between MCs) and 90% others. (actually i really love romance novels, i am always love fluffy love stories, with 85 or more percentages fluffiness in there) but, again! the author blow my view! i can feel '90% others' is like candy tastes (sometimes mint, sour, and sweet) and when we got '10% Love'... BOOM... really got me to be acute diabetes!!

3. I am not too into to serious stories! But here, i can not say anything... so magically in love!

Everything is so magical, don't doubt just read! give this story a chance!

I am teary when this story will be continuing again... thank you <<less
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August 14, 2016
Status: --
Our MC is brilliant. I love her. She is calm and collected and reasonable. Of course the ML is completely likable. Ugh, I can't wait until this is finished.
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scriptor rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: c73
Very, very nice romance novel. It starts out EXTREMELY slow since Yun Qian Meng (the female MC) has a lot of politicking to do so she doesn't end up as horrendously bullied as her body's original occupant. You don't really see a hint of romance until much later. But Chu Wang is a pretty great male MC (and love interest) and worth the wait -- YQM's interactions with him and his grandpa are so funny and cute! I love a good power couple and YQM and CW are definitely among... more>> my favorites. *makes a big thumbs-up* <<less
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Kazia0002 rated it
August 24, 2016
Status: c76
The story is interesting; I like the MC and I think it is nice how the romance is slowly introduced.
What I would like to heavily praise is the very high quality of the translation. It makes reading it a pleasure and I sincerely wish more translators took such care with their work.
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crimsoniv0j rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: --
One of the best reincarnation novel type. The MC is so great and amazing, her enemies always leaves speechless. The male lead story still hast unfold but I'm expecting another great back up story about him. I totally recommend this. I just hope they will continue translating this.
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kari rated it
May 15, 2016
Status: c58
Good story but confusing to read... the names are confusing enough! But in the previous chapters a lot of words which were for tiltes & such were left in chinese with the meaning written at the top of the chapter... It was so so confusing :/

Now I think the TL's have made it easier to read... names are still confusing AF!
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rdawv rated it
March 15, 2016
Status: --
Review as of Ch. 70.

Like previous reviewers, I agree that the pace is very slow. There are multiple connected chapters where the events described therein only consist of a single day (eg: the birthday banquet). However, this also means there is much plot dialogue and character intrigue to move the story along.

The story description and the title Chu Wang Fei are huge spoilers: we are told that the MC is basically going to be the future wife of someone awe inspiring but the slow paced nature of the story meant... more>> we have to wade through the motions of political machinations and jealous rivals for a long time before we get there. Indeed, 70 chapters in and the two main characters had barely met a handful of times.

Take the sharp tongued and cunning protagonist from “To Be A Virtuous Wife” and put her in a bleak and powerless setting of “Mei Gongqing” and you get Chu Wang Fei: a transmigrated woman taking over the body of a young lady who was unable to navigate the treacherous waters of a society where every action and spoken word can destroy one’s reputation.

The translation is good, though a new reader unfamiliar with this sort of setting and the associated speech mannerisms might be daunted by the number of terms which are left as is in the text and the explanations are in footers/headers. Some translators try to alleviate the problem by making a few short summaries to recap, as well as shortening the names into abbreviations which can either be helpful or an irritant, depending on the reader.

The new Yun Qian Meng, the titular Chu Wang Fei; is a very likable character in a world filled with people with very ugly characteristics: the greedy, the lewd, the ambitious, the jealous, the vicious. Already beautiful but now clever as well as strong willed, she surprised the people who knew the original; including the royalty who had snubbed her engagement at the start of the story. It can be quite familiar as the usual tropes appear: the distant father, the evil stepmother and stepsister, the biased and greedy elder… the usual love interests: the popular one, the gruff one and the unsociable one. An assortment of helpers: the sympathetic cousins and powerful relatives helpless to intervene in favor of the previous host body and so on. It is the dialogue, word play and the writing holding everything together that brings the best out of the cast of usual suspects.

The fantastical aspect of transmigration is pretty much a throwaway and not elaborated much upon, a fact which I find irritating in many such stories as these modern backgrounds only serve as a plot device to give the MCs mystical explanations for their new-found knowledge or sensibilities and little else.


My eyes rolled when the phrase "the world mixed martial arts champion" was suddenly thrown out there.


For a story like Chu Wang Fei it did not seem necessary at all, the original host could have simply woken up as a more bitter/cynical person (eg: Mei Gongqing).

But don’t let that detract from the rest of the story. Chu Wang Fei is a very well written palace drama-type story, the sort of drama where we read about the trials and tribulations of a bullied character catching the eyes of the most eligible bachelors of the land, thus drawing the enmity of those who sought such affections for themselves.

Except of course, the bullied character is no longer easily bullied, and therein lies the excitement in reading about how she overturns the odds against her time and again. <<less
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svyatoslav rated it
January 2, 2017
Status: c87
It was mildly entertaining for the first 70+ chapters though the story is a bit tedious and slow at times. There are inconsistencies that increasingly creep in that take away from the story more and more as it proceeds. Still it was a fun read until the plot that was crawling at a snail's pace suddenly goes into overdrive. All of a sudden we go from the casual vicious conflicts among the different houses and wives to this obvious poorly written and executed rushed national level conspiracy. The author should... more>> stick to writing about the petty squabbles among the womenfolk as they fail when it comes to writing about actual political intrigue.

Another huge flaw in the story is the main male love interest. The guy can fart and it'll create a gale of gold dust blowing all his enemies away in the process. He is the very definition of Deus ex Machina. While I am on that subject, what was the point of the 3rd love interest? He is utterly pointless in the story, a wasted character.

Overall, I'm surprised by the high ratings of the novel as the author starts insulting our intelligence after chapter 76 where the story abruptly takes a nosedive. <<less
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khristoff rated it
December 17, 2016
Status: c86 part2
The story may be slow at times but it's so interesting that it doesn't feel tedious. The machinations and wars of words are so well-written they leave me breathless! Things don't appear out of nowhere; they are properly hinted or foreshadowed. Nothing feels like bullshit or plot armour. The sense of how nothing seems (or sounds) like what they are on the surface and timely inserts of what other characters think really gives the story depth. It's also very nice that while more enemies are revealed over time, she also... more>> gains allies, and that they play parts in her life and in the story.

Also really amazed at the fabulous translators' efforts for this series. Many of the terms and expressions don't exactly have English equivalents but they really did very well to make it comprehensible. Respect!! <<less
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SilverBullet888 rated it
August 21, 2016
Status: c73
This is an amazing read. The characters and plot are interesting, and the suspense when reading each devious plan by those who hate the mc is exciting. There is a good balance between characters who hate her and are really annoying, and characters who love her and are really sweet, which is a combo that seems to be hard to pull off, seeing as other novels tend to overdose on the annoying side characters. The mc is portrayed as smart, but that doesn't make everyone else stupid, which is a... more>> refreshing change. Although it is slightly confusing with all the similar names and the order of the chapters here, many will enjoy this intriguing novel. <<less
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Mibuokami rated it
July 16, 2016
Status: Completed
Ok this is less a review a more a rant:
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This story was marvelous up until it stopped being about Yun Qian Meng (Chu Wang Fei) and become literally about everyone else that I didn't give a crap about.

I give it a 4.5/5 up until Chu Fei Yang and Yun Quan Meng gets married and a little bit after...

When the plots advances to them visiting the neighboring country it went off the rail completely. There were chapters after chapters where Yun Quan Meng barely gets a mention, so much so that anyone that just started reading the story from that point onward would certainly not find it hard to believe that Yun Quan Meng was nothing more than a supporting character. Extremely extremely disappointing to see such a wondering story fall flat on its face.

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chirisu rated it
May 27, 2016
Status: c148

Goodness, I absolutely love this series. Such a shame the English translation isn't as far as the Vietnamese translation (ch148), so after ch73, had to read the Vietnamese translation. Also the sneak peak (ch 101 or something) IT WAS SUCH A TEASE. PFF. I love the main character, she's awesome.

The name (house names and prefixes) are kinda confusing as I had no idea who is talking to who and what clan they belong to. The summary, to be honest, kinda suck as it literally spoiled it.

If anyone is planning (or able) to read the vietnamese translation, google up SỞ VƯƠNG PHI by Ninh Nhi. Also beware that the names, ALL THE NAMES CHANGED. If you're trying to pick up where you left off... it uhh might be a bit difficult (I struggled with this). But once you get use to the name changed then it's super easy to know who is who. You need to be really proficient in vietnamese as some of the terms are archaic terms translated from chinese nobilities titles

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Llamia rated it
March 20, 2016
Status: --
The MC is very smart and not easy to influence. I love the idea of her and Chu Wang. I don’t know how long this story will be, but I’ll follow it. It seems like it’ll be very long considering the point in the story and everything the first summary alludes to.

The Princess Wei led me to read this.
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February 1, 2016
Status: --
A story about political intrigue and the dastardly plots a woman must face to survive in the dangerous world that is feudal China. And sometimes

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how the two most sought-after men bicker and fight over a single woman.

I’d like to say that most of the characters in this novel are very relatable, their motivations, concerns, and actions are easy to understand, and almost nobody is completely straight-laced; everyone has their own motives and reasons for acting the way they do.

Many times, as the heroine almost falls for the next dastardly trap laid by her enemies, I can’t help but feel anxious to see if (or more correctly, how) she would escape from the danger. Of course the best parts are the moments when she turns the tables on them, and let us see their punishments!

I might be biased in thinking that this novel is amazing (since I am translating part of it), but I recommend anyone to give it a try. Hopefully, you’ll like it too.

P.S: I have not rated the novel <<less
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