I have never met a more infuriating and annoying villain (and side characters since everybody in this novel seems to be doing a spectacular job of pissing me off). I'll give the author props for giving the baddies more than the usual cannon fodder characteristics. However, it's been almost 400 chapters, can we please move onto a different stage of this terribly-created romantic tragedy? (I cringe at even mentioning romance since the actual romance parts are sparse and few) Seriously, a lot of these troubles are completely unnecessary and occur due to repeated bad decisions made by our heroine and male lead (inserted exasperated facepalm). Like, a divorce will be so close that you could almost touch it and then, "Wait, I'm actually in love with you and not your sister! Let's not get divorced after all and stay married!". This whole thing will happen in FRONT of the male lead who will be doing absolutely nothing because he's kind of powerless and useless. Oh, he's cute and adorable but still kind of useless.
Honestly, I'm starting to pray for the deaths of literally everyone at this point. One character has gone completely off their rocker and decided to do the whole yandere "locking up my love" thing (Okay, so maybe it was completely expected...) and it's making me wonder about whether to even bother with continuing this novel. I can say, with complete honesty, that I am currently much more invested in the royal aunt's love story than the main plot (which is a huge pity because her love story lasted about three paragraphs only and was already a million times more interesting).
So, final verdict? Read if immensely bored and feeling super good about humanity (trust me, it'll either bring you down from optimism to straight pessimism or you'll just hate humans for a few long hours). Other than that, male leads (minus a-hole husband—he belongs in a very special trash pile) are super adorable so at least there's some cute scenes?
Since the female lead has the ability to talk to animals, there are a lot of animal side characters and her interactions with them are hilarious (especially the fat black cat: Big Black Boss or otherwise lovingly nicknamed as Black Fatty *the translator might translate these names differently). The animals all have their own personalities and they cooperate with the female lead by giving her information on her enemies so the conflicts are usually resolved within a few chapters. It's really light and unstressful, good for people that are sick of intricate scheming that sometimes go nowhere.
The main couple's interactions with each other are utterly adorable due to the differing social values between the male lead and the female lead. The author illustrates this difference super early when the male lead and the female lead have a one-night stand together. (I thought it was funny how the male lead was all "must take responsibility" while the female lead was all "whatever, people do this all the time back in my world".) Since the female lead's common sense is completely different from the historical common sense, it makes for hilarious situations where she completely disregards the rules and just does whatever she wants. My favorite example is when the Empress Dowager tries to keep her out of her courtyard by shutting the doors and the female lead just decides to force-open the doors with brute strength. These scenes would make for a great comedy if this novel ever became a drama.
The sudden inclusion of a wish-fulfilling, blood-sucking plant and a second transported villain was kind of weird. The plant had a deus ex machina feel to it but I'm overlooking it because the author did a great job blending different cliches together to make a interesting original blend. I only wish the author had explored the whole transportation thing more seriously since it would've been nice to let the heroine return home and clean up her situation back there. It's a bit sad that her body might be in an indefinite coma and her family/friends will never find out that she's fine in the other world. It was strange how her heart seems to stop beating in ancient times but not in modern times. That or time passes differently.
This novel is a happy ending. There really isn't much of a reverse harem since almost all of the secondary characters get their own adorable husband/wife. The author wrote side stories for two of the side couples (they're adorable) and it's pretty definite that everyone is in love/monogamous. Finally, a word to readers that might be scared of boarding the wrong ship: don't worry, the author literally builds the ship around you so, by the time the ship sails, you're already on the official ship.
One thing I really hated was how he kept on talking about the heroine's appearance (dem eyes tho). It was really shallow character development and caused me to feel as if he didn't truly love the heroine. The rape scene didn't help either. This novel would've been so much better if the author had allowed the main couple's feelings to develop more before breaking the curse because now it feels like the guy's loving the girl mainly for her appearance (it doesn't feel like love either, more like, "she's my possession").
Well, the author tried to make it romantic near the end and it works simply because Mr. I-rape-the-female-lead-cause-I-love-her looks so much better when you compare him to his brothers, the emperor and this other prince dude. Now, they were really disgusting, in the whole entitled-asshole way. I swear there's some primitive rape-all-the-pretty-girls thing floating in the royal family water because every single royal asshole is a royal rapist that believes they are entitled to screw any girl they want and the girls better like it.
Several chapters were dedicated to the side couple but they're skippable if people want to focus only on the main couple. You don't really miss much since the evil cousin and the main couple don't play a super major role (They still show up though!). The side couple consists of people you already know of from earlier chapters: the runaway male cousin of the male lead (who eloped with some tavern girl, I think) and his abandoned wife. I love how the author drew parallels between the two couples.
The male lead so far has been a welcome change from the typical overbearing and forceful Chinese male leads (I love how he respects the female lead's feelings and decisions!) but we'll see how long his good behavior lasts. Also, I feel like the way the author wrote their relationship was a bit sudden. It kind of felt like she couldn't decide on an effective background story about the purple eyes so she decided to roll with the whole disciple sibling thing without a firm foundation.
Sidenote: The male lead seems a bit different from the image I got in the summary (Maybe he turns overbearing when he's angry?) so I might be getting red herring-ed by the author—which would not be completely impossible because she does throw some red herrings at you regarding the male lead. Readers, good luck not getting tricked the first time.
Essentially, evil stepmother tried to use the whole "she got raped/ruined reputation" plan but fails. Male lead sent four of his personal bodyguards (They have a group name of Twelve Feng or something like that) to save the female lead except she kind of didn't need the saving. Female lead actually had another plan she needed to enact but Feng 3 (Each Feng goes by his number) pressed her acupuncture point and almost ruined her plan. As punishment, she decided to force Feng 3 to crossdress as a female and send him to his master (the male lead) while having him say "Master, aren't I pretty?" Needless to say, the male lead's reaction was pretty hilarious. Feng 1, 2, and 4 were pretty disgusted too, hurting Feng 3's feelings so he became an actual crossdresser for reals to annoy them as revenge.
Best scene ever.
The stone actually shattered itself when it jumped up to block an arrow from killing her. Also, she realizes that stone=emperor before she even steps one foot inside the palace (like in the streets, right before she enters the palace). The emperor is completely in love with her at that point too so there's none of that harsh and indifferent treatment. The author probably wrote the summary early on and forgot to change it.
Also, for all the talk about how he avoids and punishes his harem, WHEN THE HECK DID HE SUDDENLY HAVE A DAUGHTER!?!? I felt so lied to. I thought this novel was about a cold emperor's first love or something but instead we learn that he had previously liked someone else before! Author tries to excuse him by saying that his feeling then is nothing like what he feels for the female lead now but I'm calling out this BS. The whole daughter thing made me feel like I was reading about a single dad hitting on a teenage girl. *Shudders*
My only problem with the characters is the lack of "good" female side characters. Literally any time a female character shows up, they're automatically a bad guy. Almost all the "good" side characters are male. For people that like reverse harems, give up. Most of the male side characters have their own love interest (who could've shown up as "good" female side characters but the author ignores almost all but one side girl).
Since the plot does move along, the main couple's relationship develops and it makes for fun situations since they both have low EQ. The male lead (sort of) falls in love first but it's the female lead that realizes her love first (which leads to a hilarious situation where she tries to woo the male lead with a book called "106 Ways to Get a Wife"). While the male lead is super powerful and dominating, the female lead is also pretty smart and strong so their relationship dynamic is a lot more balanced than other novels (one of my favorite scenes is when the female lead has a strategic brain battle with the male lead where she manages to successfully escape from the male lead for a few chapters; she gets caught later but the fact that she managed to dodge him, get out of the school, travel to another city, and fulfill her goal before he finds her again counts as a big win in my book). In addition, the male lead gets an actual personality. He will get upset, jealous, happy, and surprised (Happy and surprise don't happen that often sadly but they do happen, rest assure!). The author spends a huge arc on developing him so look forward to it!
Also, the latter half of the novel feels like a different story since it went from a "typical transmigration revenge" story to a "supernatural ghost-busting" story. The author transitions the story really well so don't worry about being abruptly interrupted.
Honestly, the story would have been a lot better if they had focused on the original owner of the uke body. The uke does nothing but causes trouble and thinks with the mentality of a little kid. The author probably intended for the seme to fall in love with the uke's innocence but she could have totally achieved the same purpose by giving the original owner amnesia. The whole coin and "changing body" thing doesn't even play a role because the uke loses the coin at the very beginning. So far, he keeps on saying that he's going to look for it but the amount of effort I see him doing is an all-time zero.
The only worthwhile character seems to be the seme who's stuck cleaning up after the uke while going through the whole inner conflict about falling in love with his enemy and "brother".
This novel is probably my second favorite historical fantasy transmigration c-novel. (First place going to Unruly Phoenix Xiaoyao only because that one's complete and this one isn't.) The author did a really good job with this novel so far: excellent female lead, adorable male lead, hilarious couple interaction, memorable side characters, and reasonable plot pacing. Almost all of the characters have an actual personality besides the usual "arrogant cannon fodder". Even more amazing? Some minor characters will grow up, change their stances, and apologize! In other words, no 500 chapter-long stupid revenge arc just because "my pride is wrecked".
There are some usual cannon fodder characters but they don't really impact the story too much after their job is done since the female lead will usually kill them. Thank goodness this female lead has a brain and doesn't let annoying stupid people live for 100 chapters despite knowing that they're trying to kill her. It might seem like it takes a while for the female lead to take action but, once she starts, she finishes everything up really fast.
For me, what really made this novel enjoyable to read was the interactions between the main couple. The author doesn't include a lot of romantic scenes but the few rare moments are totally worth it.
One of my favorite scenes is when the female lead stripped and pushed the male lead down while saying she was examining him for wounds. We get to see the male lead's thoughts and it's hilarious how he panics from the close contact while the female lead is ready to eat him up. Of course, he takes charge later but the female lead's reaction was pretty realistic: no "I'm a powerful ___ but I've never seen a guy naked before and now I'm going to blush and act like a regular clueless ancient-era girl". I never understood why all those transmigrated girls kept on blushing when looking at handsome naked men. I mean, I could swear modern folks would be used to seeing naked people by now. Bless the author for not making the female lead's personality inconsistent.
The plot is action-focused and the author doesn't drag much. There's no 1000-chapter long cultivation phase (thank goodness) so the plot moves along quickly. The author also does a great job of tying seamlessly unrelated topics together while slowly revealing the secrets of the world. For example, the Destruction Armor system is a bit like Madoka Magica so I feel like the author might bring up a huge tragedy and kill off some vital minor characters. (Live on, Idiot Trio! I still want to see you three show up again in the novel. #RedTeamForever; readers will get this reference around chapter 384)
This novel was really average. The pros were that it has a hilarious female lead and the author does a really good job of tying up all the mysteries and loose ends such as the female lead's body's true identity and how her pregnancy happened. I like how the minor male characters all had something to do with the female lead's true identity. The author did a good job with foreshadowing and twisting in little puzzles and possible red herrings.
In addition to the first 220 chapters, the author also wrote a 125 chapter-long sequel involving the main couple's son and his attempt to marry his childhood sweetheart. It was a nice parallel to his parent's love story (in which we discovered that the son has better game than the dad but still inherited the dad's "getting cockblocked" syndrome). Both stories resemble a R18 shoujo story so, for readers that can't stand innocent or crybaby female leads, you should probably check out a different novel.
The reverse gender dynamics lead to a lot of weird/hilarious situations such as a girl trying to become the male lead's concubine because she's in love with the female lead and all the male lead's concubines ditching the male lead to fawn over the female lead because she spoils them with beautiful clothing and jewelry.
One nice thing though was that, for once, we don't have a dead mother or a bastard father in a Chinese transmigration novel. The parents seem pretty good so far (minus the whole "mom about to die because of a serious poisoning" situation aside). The stepmother-concubine is unknown so far but she told her daughter off for bothering the female lead so she might be a friendly enemy.
There are some scenes bordering on beastiality since the male lead teases the female lead while in his wolf form. I remember specifically one scene where he licks her underneath her skirt as a wolf. If that's not your thing, you can probably skim the scenes. There's no actual beastiality so rest assure.
As a result, I actually really like the bad ending. To me, I sort of saw it as the female lead becoming "free" from her chains (him) and moving on with her (next) life (which I really really hope is happier because she deserves it).