Eight Treasures Trousseau


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Everyone in the City of Jing thinks that bestowment of marriage between Xian Junwang and the di daughter of the Yi’an Marquis House is to insert a fresh flower into manure.

Xian Junwang was that fresh flower and the di daughter of Yi’an Marquis House was that manure that was not liked.

It is said that what is heard is false, seeing is believing. Who knows what the truth really is?

Eight Treasures Trousseau average rating 4.7/5 - 230 user ratings
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New Bkgksan rated it
October 17, 2017
Status: c77
This novel is really good. It is similar to 'To be a virtuous wife'. I have been reading quite a few transmigration stories, but none of them are done being translated. So not sure how it ends. One thing I really like about this book and TBVW is that the FL is really strong. She doesn't fall in love with the ML immediately. Even when she does fall in love, she does it with wariness and a big dose of realism. I love the story so far and think that... more>> I will love it as much as I did the TBVW.

It is a fact of life that we all have to make decisions using our brains instead of our heart. While it is true that the era in the book is where the world was controlled by men and women are just pawns. It is also true that values remain same for women even today. You are virtuous if you are feminine and conform to societal norms set by men and you are a whore if you as for more. The author talks about this double standard between men and women a lot!

The translator has done a great job! <<less
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New rheaaa rated it
October 9, 2017
Status: c62
Love love love this novel so much. I've been reading countless stereotyped settings of women becoming Wang Fei, beautiful, cunning, rose above the top, but the author of this novel purposefully set out two main characters who are so unique and un-stereotyped (the female lead is lazy, just like me, prefers to avoid drama and hassle whenever she can). Not only that, the supporting characters are all likeable -- no matter whether they're the enemy or not. Everyone has their own reasons for what they've done: I love how the... more>> author gives perspectives outside of the main characters' thoughts. Great characters, including supporting ones as they're grey characters, and are not entirely black nor white. Above all, like some have mentioned, this is a feminist novel -- it is, above all (yes, even above the romance), a story about how women were struggling to survive amidst a very patriarchal society. Do not be deceived by the Romance tag and setting, just like the main characters, you have to really read between the lines to see what is the true central theme of the story -- the story of strong and intelligent women and their struggles in ancient China.

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willwiz rated it
October 22, 2016
Status: Completed
The similarity between this novel and "To be a virtuous wife" is stunning. Anyone who enjoys TBAVW would absolutely enjoy this one.

Contrary to the translator, despite reading TBAVW first, I actually like this novel a bit more hehe.

As a side note, I don't think the English title for the novel is quite correct. 八宝妆 Isn't referring to a trousseau. This really supposed to be something like "The eight treasure dowry".

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This isn't up in the story until the second last chapter, when she presents it to the male lead. It has a specific meaning within the story for the protagonist and represents the central theme of the story. However, you are not told of it until you finish reading the story basically. This is no impact on the story itself.


For those who are not familiar with TBAVW. This novel is a Chinese historical political drama with royalties contending for the crown. The plots and schemes within this story tenders to be more realistic than some of it's novel counterparts. Readers are expected to enjoy the characters and their roles in a particular troubled and contentious time within the universe, rather than be in awe at the greatness and brilliance of the protagonists and their abilities.


The Transmigration (more so reincarnation) in this story is mainly used to explain the protagonist's personality and ideals which doesn't not conform to the moral and ethics within the novel universe, while playing no other roles.

The protagonist in this story is one of the more unique one that I've read. She's basically my hero, with her attitude and choice of lifestyle. Definitely the best part of the novel itself. Being able to live the lifestyle that she wants, while showing occasional brilliance when needed to stay safe and protect the ones she cares about.


The story is very very well written, with great pacing, foreshadowing, descriptive language, and a great cast of characters with interesting personality.

This is one of the very few novels that I would expect almost all readers to enjoy. Absolutely give this a shot if you have the time.

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Xing rated it
October 22, 2016
Status: c3
As far as I know Dream of Jianghu always pick good quality novel n for this novel...

She pick a good one again ToT *all hail wyhcwe I luuubbhh uuu

The story written well and the pace just right--It's not draggy nor it's too fast.

The male lead is similar to "To Be a Virtuous Wife" male lead who respect his wang feI but... it's not revealed that much yet n the cliff atm (c3) really killing me 😭😭😭
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Ruyi rated it
November 8, 2016
Status: c6
I like this story, and I'm surprised by how calm the elements play out. I expected intrigue and backstabbing and plots, which seems typical of tales in this genre, but there's something very relaxing about this story and its MC so far. You get a sense that she and her husband are capable, calm people with common sense who are equipped to face any troubles befalling them in the future. It's almost... comforting, and a refreshing change from the constant Drama - Tension - Shock - Tension - DRAMA you... more>> see everywhere else. To be honest, I've yet to finish TBAVW so I can't speak on their similarities, but I like the refreshing twist on atmosphere in this one. Looking forward to future chapters! <<less
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MisheruBookish rated it
January 30, 2017
Status: c108
This is my favorite novel after To be a Virtuous wife.

Dreams of Jianghu really knows how to pick treasures among those numerous novels.

I read novels with almost/ the same genre and I still find the two novels (ETT, TBAVW) highly favorable with its stable flow of story and high quality of characters, plot and theme.

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I really love that HXW is an intelligent woman whom one should not underestimate albeit that she always does not care about anything but eating and sleeping. She is from a loving family and does not have to fight concubines which is in contrast of TBAVW. Though It seems to be bit lacking with the ending (atleast for me), the story is still worth reading for.

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dysry rated it
November 1, 2016
Status: c20
Written by the same author as TBAVW, it's easy to get your hopes up for ETT. And if you liked TBAVW, you'll like this - only not as much.

Generally speaking, ETT is a dumbed down, in your face version of TBAVW, with maybe half the charm. The female lead is beautiful and whimsical, while the male lead is cunning but devoted to his wife, and the two navigate through the political landscape with ease. In terms of background, the female lead has it a lot easier (so it was... more>> a little forced to give her the exact same views and doubts as Qu Qing Ju), but her husband's position is less stable, allowing for more cloak and daggers.

Overall, the author has decided to play it safe and stick with what she knows, so ETT doesn't really bring anything new to the table - to the point that barely anyone can review this without mentioning TBAVW. Hopefully it will develop into a story in it's own right, but right now it's exactly what it's described as - TBAVW 2. 0.

In terms of translations, it's easier to follow since I've already read TBAVW, but for someone just starting out, it'll be very confusing and take a lot of patience. 3. 5/5 <<less
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KKristen rated it
February 23, 2017
Status: c21
As most people have said, this story has some similarities to To Be A Virtuous Wife:
- The premise is similar: a woman from the modern entertainment industry is reincarnated in the body of a new wife in a country similar to Ancient China.
- The tone and pacing are similar since it is the same author and translators.

However, there are some noticeable differences so far:
- The main character's personality is far more casual and laid-back than in TBAVW. She's lazy, less firey, and also is an... more>> extremely rare "calamitous beauty. "
- This story is already beginning to be darker and bloodier than the previous one. Nothing too extreme yet, but I can predict it coming...

I'll post a more full review later, but for now here's what you really need to know:
- You can enjoy this series without reading TBAVW first. However, I would recommend starting with that, since it's already complete and this one has just started.
- The translation quality of Dreams of Jianghu is great as usual. However, as usual, there's a lot of Chinese vocabulary to used in the beginning that can make it a challenging read for readers new to this sort of Chinese light novel.
- Overall, this series looks promising and isn't a clone of TBAVW (yet). Give it a try if you like stories focused on female main characters in the fu and imperial court. <<less
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Littledragonlady rated it
October 11, 2016
Status: c108
Review after completely reading this novel.

Despite what the TL said about how this novel is heavier, more sinister, bloodier than TBAVW, don't let it hinder yourself from reading 8TT. It is indeed bloodier, but at the same time, feels more realistic as battles for throne shud be.

Pst. 8TT is still much milder than the vicious political battle in Princess WeI Yang.

MC is a somewhat gentler, more forgiveful than her ... more>>

savage, merciless husband who keep a dungeon wherr he torture his enemy

and somehow, these contrasting characteristic blends very well, presenting us with sweet, lovey dovey scene.

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ljin75651 rated it
June 20, 2017
Status: c40
I really liked reading this so far, but probably not for the reasons I expected to. Usually when I read novels with transmigration and these types of court intrigue, I expect a really outgoing and determined lead. Definitely not what I got so far. Actually, the author seems to enjoy pointing out how lazy the MC is.

This story is so full of little details that you need to pay attention to, to understand the overarching events. In many cases, many of the starting appearances of affection that the ML... more>> has for the MC are pretty unclear. They can actually be identified as carefully calculated moves on the ML's part if the reader so chooses, rather than real affection. He is definitely a very good actor, ambitious and hiding a darker personality. So as someone who enjoys questioning and taking note of these little details, I had fun puzzling out the meanings for actions between the characters.

But as for those who gave lower ratings, I do also understand some of their POV. The MC is so easy-going and lazy that the story seems to drag on for those who came looking for the more generic ancient transmigration stories with bloody fights between princes and vicious women fighting over men. But in this case, the MC is well-protected and doesn't seem to be faced with any troubles that cannot be quickly overcome...

So my recommendation is to read this with an open mind, because it goes on more of an unexpected route than most other transmigration stories. <<less
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Fathom rated it
May 31, 2017
Status: Completed
A bit on the dry side. Not so much for the plot, but because of the romance. There's plenty of political conspiracies, and social backstabbing play, but the romance was a bit lacking.

Female lead is a transmigrated soul who used to be an actor of all things in modern times. After transmigration, basically all she does is sleep and eat. Of course, she is so beautiful that it doesn't really matter that she has a sloth like personality. Throughout it all, the female lead is not only super smart,... more>> but she has uber martial skills. Most of which is barely used at all, as she prefers to just sleep and eat all day. It's a different change in pace from the usual OP female leads in other novels. However, her lazy personality makes the story drag because she has absolutely no interest in any of the events around or what her husband is doing. Not only that, she basically doesn't even show much emotion towards her own husband.

Perhaps, the story would have benefited with another narrator, but the lack of interest in the machinations of politics causes me as reader to also feel ambivalent about the story plot or any other character as well.

It isn't until maybe around the last chapters that the female starts to believe in love, but really it was just practically in a summary at the end.

If you like "To be a Virtuous Wife" you may like this, but TBAVW is far much better because there is more emotional input and more in-depth conspiracy play.

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jkmessah rated it
October 19, 2016
Status: c3
When the wonderful translators at Dreams of Jianghu said TBAVW 2. 0, it really got me excited.

The vibes that just the three chapters bring is quite impressive. It is definitely on par with TBAVW for now and the scenes are easily imagined. Once you're familiar with the terms, it's not that hard to get into.

As another reviewer has mentioned, there has yet to be typical tropes common in historical, royalty romance such as scheming relatives, and horrible parents. Quite refreshing for now. I can't say too much within... more>> these 3 chapters but it's looking to be a fantastic read.

Translation is most definitely top notch and won't be a hindrance to reading and understanding the nuances.

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Nah3sa rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: c59
Here I go for my first review.

I am really fond of this novel : no foolish harem plot, the MC still has her mother and a loving and strong family. So, we escape from the stereotype of "poor heroine, who is all alone, but who is so smart and talented (and cruel) that she can seize the power in her household and attract the typically arrogant and powerful male lead".

In this case, the MC is smart but doesn't try to fight to gain power or prestige or whatever.... more>> Just to gain the upperhand when needed, and act according her status. The story has such a good flow, that almost everything seems really natural and the plot doesn't seem forced.

It's nice to read and interesting, mixing bits of romance and political intrigues. I really recommand it.

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meiberry rated it
May 28, 2017
Status: c34
Ahhh I LOVE Dream of Jianghu's translations. They are such high quality, and they pick such good stuff, too.

I absolutely adored TBAVW, and Eight Treasures Trousseau is similar in that one, they're quiet transmigrations where the dynamic between the female lead and the male lead feel similar. The female leads are REALLY similar, which I enjoy since I rarely get to see such cool as a cucumber female leads who are so dang smart and yet stay in their lane in literally every aspect. If you liked TBAVW, I... more>> think you would like ETT even more. Number one reason is that there isn't already a fully formed houyuan to screw with the female lead. Number two reason is that the female lead comes from a nice family... uwwuuhhuuuhuhu never knew how much I longed for the female lead in these stories to have a bearable family that actually likes her, after coming from Chu Wang FeI and Rebirth of a Malicious Empress of Military Lineage (both highly recommended by the way)...

The male lead in this one, however, I think is what makes Eight Treasures Trousseau different from TBAVW. Unlike TBAVW, where He Heng is sort of mysterious and yet basically not really, I think the author actually made a bigger effort to shroud Xian Junwang in more mystery. Still not sure what all is happening, but you can kind of get the idea.

Can't wait till everything is translated, this looks like a great story. <<less
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Mikleo rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: --
Normally, I'm pretty lenient when giving out ratings and reviews.

However, I just find this novel to be pretty Boring. Yes, Boring.

It seems that majority of the reviewers here gave out reviews and ratings because this is a 'TBAVW 2. 0' as they like to say, but really, with the current pace, I had a hard time liking this novel.

I read plenty of novels, whether it be Chinese, Korean, Japanese and others. I also don't categorize the word 'Boring' because of this novel's lack of action. I find... more>> it Boring because hell, there is mostly nothing happening in the 'Dialogue' department. The Author just like to explain things and write 'This Happened', 'That Happened', and then the Dialogues were even cut short. Another thing was, there is almost No Hype at all.

I guess I would've liked this novel if I didn't read novels like Chu Wang Fei, or maybe even Demon Wang's Golden Favorite Fei. But ultimately, even though I love Lazy Main Characters (aka The Lazy King), I am quite disappointed that the story became dragging in the end.

There is Almost No Chemistry with the Female MC and the Male Lead. It's like, ok, they kissed, and yeah, they had s*x. But there is often a dead air when those two get together.

I don't know if it's the Translator's fault that the 'original' feeling that the Author wanted to portray to readers was Dampened severely... or this was just the way the Author intentionally wrote it. <<less
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ rated it
November 27, 2016
Status: c8
Little cliche, but a good kind of cliche. Because translator has been translating a ancient Chinese novel before this, they can use it as foundation and make the story flow extremely well. Learning from the many Chinese word that used on novel, translator try their best to convey it in English word.

MC has a noble parentage, not many detail has been shown to the reader about how the original owner of the body died, there's no broken engagement nor revenge to be done either. MC's family is alive, well,... more>> and very loving to MC. Male lead is kinda shady, but not many has been revealed yet except when he decided to give power (to make decision on wangfu, before it's on head butler's hand) to MC after seeing how beautiful she was.

One thing that make me unsatisfied is the frequency of the release, which is one chapter per week. I really hope they will churn up more chapter.

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panisa365 rated it
October 9, 2017
Status: c77
This is, by far, my favorite ancient-era Chinese novel.

What I love the most about this is the female lead or the main character. Her character is so unique that I don't think I can find another similar. It can be summed up in two words - lazy and gluttonous. Her favorite things to do are eating and sleeping. Unconventional, yeah, particularly for the era the book is set in where talents and virtues are everything for girls, but the MC always gets away with it due to her beauty... more>> and brain.

Her character makes the whole situation so damn funny. And I might add that her family, and later her husband, also spoils her a lot which makes her laziness incurable.

Besides the MC, other characters are all very well-developed. Each has their own back-story and logic for what they do. None is just out to be the bad guy. They all have reasons for horrible things they do, no matter how terrible their reasons are. One could even say this is a feminist story with all different types of female characters it featured.

And the author didn't judge. - This is very important. The author let the readers make their own decision without being in our face that we should like or dislike a particular character.

I also love the male lead. He's shady af but that's what makes the story so enjoyable. He also makes for a good partner with the MC. The imperial family is also interesting as you will learn as the story progresses.

I highly recommend this story to everyone. Also if you enjoy To Be A Virtuous Wife by the same author, you will like this one even more.

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Abhieghail rated it
October 1, 2017
Status: c79
this is my most favorite transmigration C-novel!

it lacks the irritating elements a cliche transmigration novel normally have. The MC and ML are toooo cute and lovablee!! Full of sweetness! Ah! Everytime there's a funny and flirty moment between the two I always end up squealing! Yaaaaa!
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missycin rated it
September 27, 2017
Status: Completed
I really adore this story, the only sore point is that it's just too short.

A reincarnation story, but the MC starts younger and she is truly loved by the ML. With the Emperor conspiring against his nephews, it was only the rumors of how ugly and sickly the MC is that made the Emperor marry her into the Imperial Family - what a huge mistake.

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Nobody's over-powered, but everybody's just moving and positioning themselves and manipulating (or trying to) events and people since the throne is at stake.

Who gets the Best Acting Award - the Imperial Family - that includes the relatives, some of who just want to be left in their indolent and literatI lives, except the Crown Prince is infertile and the Emperor is a rapist, and etc etc etc.

The ML and MC start with just acting a role, a devoted and so in love husband and wife. The ML truly falls in love with the MC while MC, we are not really sure but she is behind her husband 110%. As a matter of fact, her decisive actions (really just small personal decisions, nothing major like the Malicious Empress) helped secure the throne for her hubby.


It's an enjoyable read, with bits of luck, torture, political machinations, and intrigue. Again, I just wished it was a bit longer.

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Babykanga rated it
September 26, 2017
Status: c74
I really like this novel and the translation is good!

The Female MC is not those dumb dumb naive child, but someone who is lazy but smart (which is sooo my kind of ppl). She has a good family support and her husband is a hidden evil but treats her very well~ so even if he is not "in love" with her, at least he only have her as his one and only wife~

plus, she is a good actress who deserves an oscar~ :D
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Alina Moktan rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: c60
this is cool with similar author tbvw. I kinda like this more than to be virtue wife. I like MC she is cool strong kind she has great family and strong personally when she was angry no one can stop her. I love her lazy personally and also like ml

I recommend this worth to read.

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alexfilia rated it
August 9, 2017
Status: c54
If you have read to be a virtues wife then this novel of the same author is quite similar

It deals with the every day life of the women (and men) of the imperial family

The MC is a person of high status and has her family's love but she couldnt escape her fate of being married because of a roumor... The ML on the other hand is a capable stratigist and quite ruthless to people

You may get confussed over the hidden meanings of what many people say or do in this... more>> novel since they dont get explained much (unless you read the coments :D) <<less
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