I knew a lot of people shipped the Xiao Yao with Xiang Liu, but he wasn't for me. XL was too mean to XY. He didn't appreciate her. Didn't treat her well. I liked Jing the best, and I thought that he was the best suited for her. And till the very end I still think that this is the case. In those circumstances, in that time, he was the best choice for Xiao Yao. However, this does not lessen my heartbreak for XL. To be honest, for most of the novel, I still clung to Jing as my favourite ML. There was one time when he had thoroughly disappointing me (when he fell for someone's scheme and got his evil fiance pregnant), however, it was proven that he stayed true to XY and didn't actually betray her. BUT towards the end of the novel is where I really noticed XL's love and devotion. His love is the type that does not act for the sake of recieving anything in return. In fact, he goes through extra lengths to ensure that XY and other people don't realise that he did anything. He did not do it for the recognition. He simply did it because he loves her and wants her to live, and live happily at that. The epilogue gutted me. The MC and ML got their HE, but I was not happy. XL was selfless in his actions towards XY, however, he chose to remain true to his promise and fight with the rebel army to the very end, despite the hopelessness of the situation. If he had given that up, I believe he would have been able to be with XY. But he couldn't. But that didn't mean that he didn't love and help XY. There was one line that really killed me in the epilogue. When they first met, XY said that she didn't know how to protect herself, didn't have anyone to depend on, and didn't have anywhere to go. And XL thinks to himself:
After several decades of archery, you have the ability to protect yourself; in a desperate situation you no longer need to use your body to shield the person you want to protect. An adoring lover, you already have a person to depend on, you no longer need to be by yourself. The sky and ocean are so large, you have a place to stay and will no longer be chased by people with no place to stay.
Xiao Yao, from today on, I can no longer protect you. You have to take care of yourself well, I wish you an eternity of peace and happiness!
And the killer is that, ultimately, he made all these things possible for her. He personally taught her archery to protect herself, even if he disguised his motives to her. He saved Jing by sending out mer-people to look and rescue him from certain death. He is the reason XY and Jing can reunite to love happily ever after. He have XY his blood so she feels as comfortable in the ocean as she does on land, opening up a world of opportunities for her. He did all this, and it kills me inside that he didn't get his happily ever after. Someone in the comments on Sushengbar said that this really spoiled her worldview, because the belief is that if there are soulmates, then the two will naturally find each other and be together. However, this novel did not do that. When Jing (fake) died, I thought to myself, I will be satisfied if the ending of this novel was similar to the ending of Hamlet: wherein everyone of importance dies. And after real ending, I think I still would have preferred everyone to die, because the character who never made his feelings known, but acted his love out in secret, died, while everyone else still is alive. And that just hurts because he deserved such a better ending. I wasn't a fan of XL in the beginning. To harsh and bullies XY like she's a servant. However, by the time the novel ended, I really wish he was the one she choose to give her heart to. But it could never be. And now I'm depressed.
There is this one incident that really had me bashing my head against the wall. So the previous owner of the body was horrible, as stated before. Throwing people in jail and having them tortured for very petty reasons. But the new MC has taken it onto herself to rectify this and make it better, which I admit is a very admirable attitude. HOWEVER, what I do not agree with is her helping them personally. Mainly because the cause of their suffering and torment (aka her) appearing before them will not only freak the f*ck out of them, it will might even tempt them to take revenge. But NO, she, in her stupid stubbornness, decides that she must help them. And when someone tries to kill her (she had his wife killed because he annoyed her), she stubbornly refuses to have him executed even though it would set a dangerous precedent and put her in more danger, and her naive reason is that "there is a life st stake." !?!?!?!?!? Her naive and stupidly simple optimistic outlook is displayed in her thought that "she needed to get him to be positive somehow." Really? REALLY!? YOU KILL HIS WIFE AND YOU EXPECT HIM TO BE HAPPY DANDY ONCE HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL!? WHAT KIND OF WEIRD MUSHROOM JUICE HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING?!?!
Also, the MC wanting to disperse the harem at the end, while is sounds cute, it's just not that realistic. I know no one's here for the realism, but come on. The laws of the novel universe still have to be taken into account. If the emperor is smart (and we're made to believe that the ML is basically omniscient), why did he disperse the harem just because the MC wanted him for himself?
Also I'm going to just say that I'm 99% sure the ML is the crown prince, but so far he doesn't seem that attractive to me. But then neither is MC.
Also, her OP cheat with the hourglass that can turn back time... was that really necessary? 1 chapter into finding out is usage and she has began to physically torment her sister and then reversing the time. Which really serves no purpose except probably using up more of her life force and momentary satisfaction in abusing her sister. Her villain goals are very low.
Chap 1 part 2, as I began reading I thought there might have been an error and I was sent to another novel since it started with a random person having sex. But I kept reading and it turns out it was part of the novel, which still doesn't make any sense to me. No plot, no character development, characters very one dimensional. For some reason, the MC annoyed me. He was too polite with everyone. All the time. Also, I'm not sure if his weird mana-extraction technique should be publicised since there seems to be that awkward side effect of making the person org*sm as the mana is being extracted... Neither the MC nor his servants (who volunteered as guinea pigs) seem to think that orgasming in front of their master is weird either.