The power structure is common, but the way that power structure is explored is completely unique. Furthermore, I have to say the hero's love interest in this novel is adorable! She's a little princess alright. Cruel. Cunning. Vicious. And all too willing to share. No really, not a typo!
The protagonist is average, as average can be. Which isn't a good thing in Asian literature at all, as that usually requires an absurd amount of compensation. Which authors happily heap unto the protagonist. In this case, it's the entire theme of 'foreknowledge'. Which is all great since he can plan for milestone events to spectacularly advance his own standings. So the problem? There's no loss, no suspense, there's no emotions, or anything. The characters are under three predominant modes; A. Little Sister B. Humble Commoner C. Arrogant All Others. And that's about all, there's no other deviance at all.
And, seriously, after crushing bandits, the protagonist recovers 38 or so women, and children... the author would like us to believe that the women were treated harshly, like slaves, but nothing untoward was done to them. Right. Right.
Only decent story ever written by IET. The protagonist in this story isn't one dimensional. He adapts, acclimates, and grows.
The adventures are amusing to read about, fairly entertaining as well, but there's Just nothing unique about this story. Not truly. It's all Just expected. The same old moral righteousness. The only difference is there's more to this story than accumulating a harem of twelve members. There's only one love interest in this story, and she becomes his wife early on. Her death actually functions as a major catalyst to Ning's quest for power (he seeks to resurrect her).
A read recommended when wishing to consume for consumption's sake alone.