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Chu Wang Fei
January 2, 2017
Status: c87
It was mildly entertaining for the first 70+ chapters though the story is a bit tedious and slow at times. There are inconsistencies that increasingly creep in that take away from the story more and more as it proceeds. Still it was a fun read until the plot that was crawling at a snail's pace suddenly goes into overdrive. All of a sudden we go from the casual vicious conflicts among the different houses and wives to this obvious poorly written and executed rushed national level conspiracy. The author should... more>> stick to writing about the petty squabbles among the womenfolk as they fail when it comes to writing about actual political intrigue. Another huge flaw in the story is the main male love interest. The guy can fart and it'll create a gale of gold dust blowing all his enemies away in the process. He is the very definition of Deus ex Machina. While I am on that subject, what was the point of the 3rd love interest? He is utterly pointless in the story, a wasted character.

Overall, I'm surprised by the high ratings of the novel as the author starts insulting our intelligence after chapter 76 where the story abruptly takes a nosedive. <<less
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svyatoslav
I have to say, in its genre this light novel is one of the best I have read. A hidden gem. It is a bit of a satire however it still retains a serious side which is exactly how I like my satires. The story is not fast paced but neither does it get boring. It does have a slice-of-life feel to it yet there is still a vague main goal. Translation is high quality as well. If you going to try it, I would recommend to at least read... more>> through the 2nd arc (2nd town/city) before making a judgement. <<less
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To Be A Virtuous Wife
January 21, 2017
Status: Completed
From start to finish, one of the most enjoyable novels I've read that you'd find on this site. If I were to describe it in one sentence it'd be: a realistic take on the unrealistic concept of true love. The premise is ironic and self-contradictory but the execution is near flawless so it works. Actually, not just the main premise but the whole nature of the novel is very self-contradictory yet somehow seemingly realistic. For example, there is an easy-going feeling to the novel where the female lead mainly wants... more>> a comfortable life and thus never really actively seeks revenge, yet all the characters who have acted against her and didn't repent end up more miserable than the villains of most revenge novels. It is not like the MC is cruel and lacks compassion, quite the opposite, however, she knows that sometimes you have to be firm. It is very refreshing as usually you get either one extreme or the other in these types of novels. Another strength of the novel is that both main leads are not perfect and each have their flaws. In fact they are aware of their limitations and stick to their strengths. In general you have a good range of characters whose actions stay true to themselves throughout the novel (another refreshing quality). The level of the work is at a steadily high level throughout. Political intrigue is not overly complex (since it is not the main idea of the novel) and yet doesn't insult your intelligence, a very good balance.
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If I had to find one flaw of the work, it is that the relationship of the 2 main leads never really encounters any truly difficult challenges which would require some sort of sacrifice on the part of either one. It gives it a bit of a fairy tale feel though I understand that the author never meant for this novel to be anything overly serious.

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For example, she gives birth to a healthy male heir right off the bat. Imagine the pressure He Heng would have to face to have children with other wives if she is not able to produce an heir for even a few years! I doubt he would be able to stay completely faithful to her in such a case.

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Anyway, I think of myself as one who is highly critical so to get 5 stars for an entire completed work is quite the feat. <<less
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