In this first part, there are many, many noble children and families introduced until I couldn't keep track of all their names, relationships and ranks.
There are many, many descriptions about how beautiful and exquisite the heroine is, how she takes care of her hair, nails and skin with her skincare and makeup concoctions, and many details about the clothing, furniture, accessories, jewelry, and hairstyles. Her main hobby is making herself more beautiful with skincare, nail care, etc.
abusive husbands/gang rape/anal/incestuous rape to death/suicide, as if because they are so evil, they deserve severe domestic violence/s*xual torture. Several girls have brains crazed by hate and jealousy, and they end up gang/incestuous/anal raped by crazy Imperial men/bandits, and it was just unnecessary and graphic.
fake-incest relationships in the middle of the story. Fake, because although one brother didn't actually touch his sister, he was insane and used substitutes. Another couple found out that they might be siblings (but they weren't). One brother found out his sister was someone else pretending with a face mask, so he... while the mask was on. And there was an adoptive brother who developed insane possessive feelings towards his adoptive sister.
the world's number 1 doctor, fashion designer, jewelry designer, poison master, martial artist female
is in love, but Qing is unambitious and doesn't want any trouble so the Emperor has to chase him. Finally, the Emperor sends Qing away to figure out what he really wants in his time away from the Emperor. It's a happy ending.
The Emperor's parents are alive and well and his dad retired from the throne. The Emperor's brothers all get along with him - one of his brothers is also deeply in love with his Chief Eunuch. A neighbouring King wants one of the Emperor's brothers to be his male Queen. I guess in an Yaoi story, there are several similar romances? The Emperor's wives all live together harmoniously and raise their children safely.
Her sisters have plotted against her, resulting in her pregnancy from a one-night stand. She leaves and gives birth to a fox. 5 years later, the Female Lead returns to get her revenge against her family. Along the way, she has developed major over the top supernatural powers, has a mysterious and powerful background, and become super beautiful. The father of her child shows up and he's also super handsome, from a mysterious and powerful background, and he wants her and his son back, except that he's usually out of the storyline.
the head of the Flower Brothel. On this note alone, I don't see the point of it. Other problems with the whole Flower Brothel concept: On the one hand, brothels are full of low paid s*x workers who are looked down upon, but on the other hand, we are told repeatedly that the Flower Brothel is on the same level as the Royal Families of the land. Also, on the one hand, the author reassures the reader that only willing women work at the Flower Brothel and even sign a paper agreeing to it, but on the other hand, several villianesses are dragged off there to be forcibly prostituted out as punishment. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.
Heavenly Second Prince, who is a reborn Phoenix. He brings her to heaven, and she is his servant Book Boy for a century. At some point, the Heavenly First Prince, a Dragon, also falls for her. There are all sorts of hilarious hijinks. Jin Mi's secret identity, the plots of other immortals, and how she gets her revenge and loves and loses and finds her love again, are all written. The story spans thousands of years and travels from the Heavens to the mortal realm to the Demon realm.
go to the northernmost state, Heaven's Court, to ask a special deity/wise person to get something unspecified done. Meanwhile, on her journey through the land, she manages to break through several of her cultivation levels and increase her martial ability.
In the drama, Fuyao and the Crown Prince appear to die and then go to a happy afterlife, or maybe I could optimistically pretend that they had a happy ever after in real life - but in the novel, at the end, she travels back to see her mother, then returns to the Crown Prince's side, as far as I can tell from a crude machine translation. Fuyao in the novel really goes on some wild, epic adventures that are omitted from the drama.
a few cultivation pellets to increase her health and beauty, cure poison
To the astonishment of the onlookers, the prestigious Emperor Emeritus Donghua Dijuan, Starlord SiMing, and the Third Prince of the Heavens, Lian Song accompany the wedding procession. And that's when Donghua Dijuan remembers first meeting our heroine, Bai Fengjui of the Fox Clan, as she rises from the lake while Siming is gossiping about her.
(when she keeps on running into him in the heavenly palace while she stays with the newlywed Bai Qian for a short visit), and when he chases after her for the rest of the book.
falling in love for Fengjui and chasing her all over the place.
Fan Yin Valley.
happy ending, eventually. You have to read past the final chapter to the included and online epilogues to see their happy ever after.
Lower Realm (first 1468 chapters) : Qi Country, Qing Yun Clan, Phoenix Academy, Zephyr Academy, Fire Country, Thousand Beast Country, back to Qi Country, Dark Emperor's Tomb, the entire Lower Realm against the Poison Men Army; - Middle Realm (1468 chapters onwards (I'm only up to chapter 1969 so far)) : Cloud Brook Academy, Pure Grace Palace, Shadow Moon Palace, Spirit World....I'm guessing that there should be visits to the Dark Region and the Upper Realm before the story ends....
overthrows the Emperor of Qi Country, installs her own allies, rearranges countries, etc.
Dark Emperor, whom she rescues in the first few chapters. He has his own plots to deal with, so he is often absent from her side. In spite of his famed power, he has been presumed dead for ages and is hiding low.
prison gang rape, and two, possibly three, characters who suffered child s*xual abuse
remain alive, and the heroine works to help them level up in strength too.
they spend a year in the Dark Emperor's tomb and emerge powerful fighters. They spend a year fighting wars to eradicate the Poison Men. She spends half a year at the Shadow Moon Palace, and another half a year cultivating in the Spirit World forest.
almost all her loved ones from the Lower Realm come to the Middle Realm at her call. So awesome.
(the biggest one for me is that if she loves her grandfather that much, maybe she should visit him once in a while stealthily since he is so old, rather than pursuing power far away in order to protect him and not visiting him at all?),
transmigrated from our world as a highly talented student, into the body of a baby.
The first long story arc involves Ning Que leaving the frontier and going to the capital of Chang'an and trying to get into the Academy. The second long story arc involves Ning Que going to the Wilderness. There is a short interlude back in Chang'an where he plans for the future with Sang Sang. From about Chapter 500+, there is a third long story arc involving the Child of Hades/Yama.
it's really the two of them against the world, and they can endure and survive as long as they have each other.
although there is there is blood, war and betrayal by others, the hero lives and becomes the king of another country, she marries him, they take over the world and live happily ever after.
Emperor starts to admire, and eventually fall in love with Ye Zhen Zhen. The Emperor can see through all the backstabbing harem schemes, and eventually he realizes that the women in his harem look weak and gentle, but are cruel and vicious, whereas the Empress looks cunning but is actually kind.
poison the Emperor and take over outright.
enter and tell her about the secret torture chambers of her enemies.
healing people hurt by her enemies or her father.
civil war, and the military men around the Emperor start killing large numbers of people mercilessly. It gets to be a bit much. In the earlier parts of the novel, they spend chapters trying to inconvenience their enemies. Once the civil war erupts, all the gloves come off and there is wholesale slaughter all over the place.
Around this time, the OTP separates. When the male lead is supposed to race back to the capital to save the female lead, he hesitates because of his men and teacher, knowing that she'll be safe herself but possibly lose the throne that she never wanted (and can't stay on long term b/c she's female), and this is his chance go get the country under control, and his hesitation breaks their relationship. He was only concerned about whether she lived or died, and knew that no matter what, she'd survive, so he went the conquering mode. But he sacrificed the common people to do so... After some heartache and maturing, and about a year of suffering, and tying up empty plot threads (like the male lead's surviving brother, his sick nephew, her identity, even Black Boss' female cat) it's a happy ending.
she is alive, when Elder Li realizes she is alive, when her animal friends in the capital realize she is alive, how she explains her resemblance as the Fourth Miss Ning to the deceased Emperor, and Miss Ji's baby.
falls apart near the end
The heroine An Yi was raised as a valiant General's son and companion to the child Crown Prince. When the heroine chases young nobleman Yan Ping, he rejects her ruthlessly because he thinks they're both male. When the neighbouring Crown Prince Feng Zhao Wen visits their country when the heroine is 14, Crown Prince FZW discovers that she is a girl and sneakily falls in love with her.
3 years later, the 2 kingdoms are at war. Our heroine is now a war General and falls in battle from a head wound. She is captured and recuperates for 6 months in the enemy camp of Crown Prince FZW, except that she's lost her memory and thinks he's her boss! He has a lot of fun ordering her around and making her stick as close as possible to his side. However, eventually she regains her memory. Nobleman Yan Ping's father helped betray the country and enemy Crown Prince FZW has won the war. Our heroine flees and escapes into obscurity with the deposed child Emperor.
After 3 years of extreme poverty, nobleman Yan Ping captures our heroine An Yi and the deposed child Emperor in the very first chapter and sends them to the new Emperor FZW. When nobleman Yan Ping later discovers that An Yi is a girl, he bitterly, bitterly regrets his actions. The deposed child Emperor escapes and our heroine is sent to the dragon bed. THIS IS CHAPTER ONE in a nutshell. Total hijinks ensue for the rest of the book.
What really resonated was An Yi's character. She is totally zany. She has lost so much - her father, her kingdom, her crush, everything - she has struggled and worked for 3 years to feed the deposed child Emperor through crushing poverty - by the time she is captured in the first chapter, she just wants to survive and eat well. She has no shame anymore, and is quick to embarrass/scheme her way to freedom/food. Other reviewers have described her as muddleheaded, but I thought she reminded me of someone who has been through trauma - depressed, can't feel pain, forgotten things that make her hurt, just wants to survive day by day - her EQ was never the best (like chasing Yan Ping for so many years) - and that made her zany actions so realistic because she just wanted to live and eat. She doesn't care for riches, status, handsome men, she just wants to survive and eat meat. When she meets Emperor FZW again in the first chapter, all the way to the last chapter, you can see her heal and recover from her trauma and learn to love and live again.
there is a chapter from the Emperor's Chief Eunuch (including his remembrance of how Crown Prince FZW fell in love with her the first night he met her and everything FZW did for her), a chapter from XH (remembering why he stuck so closely to An Yi in that cold palace and his current life now), and a chapter from Yan Ping (fervently regretting that he ever pushed her away, when he realized that he loved her too late). Total happy ending!
marry a daughter of the Chu family. Prince Xian is known to be cruel, evil, disfigured, etc. He wears a big silver mask. The Chu family doesn't want to send any of their precious daughters to him, so they bring back Chu Qing-Yan's parents and her and send her instead.
As a result, little cute Chu Qing-Yan, age 10, is sent to live in Prince Xian's residence until their marriage. She is careful to appear like a child. Prince Xian is actually a decent guy who has a horribly cold family, and once his EQ rises a bit from his interactions with her, he learns how to take better care of her. He treats her like a cute child for now. She's 20 inside, but he's so intimidating at first that she easily acts like a kid in front of him. Their age difference is 8 years. Another reviewer mentioned that it's not until chapter 700 that they get married, when she is 15.
"Being husband and wife with Long Feiye in name only, where the well water didn't touch the river water, wasn't so bad either. Once she'd stabilized her position in the Duke of Qin's household, she should find something to do. Otherwise, where else would she go to get silver?... He can keep walking on his broad and sunny road while I traverse my single-plank bridge. Well water won't touch river water!"
"He didn't expect His Highness Duke of Qin to have found Qin Wangfei already. He really wanted to meet Qin Wangfei and see what kind of woman she was, to drive the Duke of Qin so crazy that he stuck up bounty posters all over the world. "
3 years into their marriage, they are in love, and they are scheming their way through the continent as everything breaks up on and off into war...
taboo on his body that prevents him from getting hot and steamy
heals the people hurt by the 8th Princess before, tames the debauched and evil 1st Princess, and enjoys drinking from her male concubine. She even ends up involved with some beautiful men who are also demons fallen to the mortal realm