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Unruly Phoenix Xiaoyao
February 23, 2018
Status: c139
I can't continue reading this. At each step, the male lead usurps the female lead's authority, and she's constantly looking to him for cues. Even her personal guards disregard her commands and listen only when the male lead orders them. It's even observed by the characters at several points. The final straw for me though was when the male lead bargains for a prisoner's freedom in return for some acts to be carried out, pressures the prisoner using the emperor's name, and then after he lets the events unfold, causing... more>> even a death, he lies to the female lead and tries to get her to agree to freeing the prisoner after he's already gone and done it. He fails to disclose the gruesome details that resulted from his actions and yet he tells her that there would be no harsh consequences. This is pure manipulation, and in no way is this a healthy relationship. I realize this makes it possible for character development and growth, so once I calm down, perhaps I'll come back to the series. But I doubt it as much as I doubt that there will be character growth. <<less
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Caught in My Own Trap
March 30, 2018
Status: epilogue 3 part33
This relationship was not healthy in any way. I had hoped to see it mended along the way, but it just magically fixes all superficial problems in one chapter, and suddenly they're good again. They may not fight anymore, but realistically, we all know the deep-seated issues between the two that were in chapter 1 remained in chapter 30 (the last chapter before the epilogue chapters begin).
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Radiant Era
April 5, 2017
Status: c41
Even though I'm only on chapter 41, it's a good series so far. The setting's based on some sort of pseudo-European world, but it also mentions "the East" every now and then. For now, I'm mainly reading for the characters. Lin Qi and his family are one of the most interesting, despicable (in a lovable way of course), and fully fleshed out characters I've seen in a series for a long time now, and the translation's been bumped up to two chapters a week, so that's nice. TLDR: European setting,... more>> awesome/dishonorable protagonist, steady translation. <<less
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