Chu Wang Fei

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She, the prime minister’s daughter, was timid and cowardly. Because her engagement fell through, and her reputation was ruined, she was pressured to spill her own blood in the palace hall! Once again opening her eyes, the cowardice had vanished, replaced by coldness, causing others to be intimidated at first glance. Yet no one realized, she was not her.

He, the current dynasty’s Chu Wang, served the country and brought peace and stability. Peerless and magnificent, all the girls under the Heavens eagerly pursued him! He helped her break off her engagement in the palace hall, but she avoided him at a great distance. He set his mind to pursue her, but she didn’t intend to love him.

At home, the turbulent currents of government affairs surged violently, disputes from every country continued to spring up everywhere. The stunning her who had been reborn, and how she didn’t bat an eyelid to resolve that terrifying carnage; her name had shaken the whole world!

When the dust had settled, and the song and dance had ceased, who could hold hands with her and look upon this thousand-year golden age, this flourishing ten thousand miles? Nowadays in this land under the Heavens, everyone spoke of how Chu Wang was cunning and two-faced, he desired the whole world, and was someone they seriously could not provoke. Yet the one they could not provoke even more was his Wang Fei – Yun Qian Meng! Anyone who provoked Chu Wang Fei, must surely be prepared to lose their necks!

A breathtaking rebirth, a thrilling marriage, in the blink of an eye the once weak woman had become the honorable Chu Wang Fei!

Wang Fei: In the palace chambers, between the feasts, smiles are hiding daggers, with layers and layers of plots and machinations; those who hurt my flesh and blood will have to pay the price.

Chu Wang: In these troubled times, carrying the fire beacon, over thousands of miles of fortresses and mountains, I have traveled to the distance to these border stations; if you dare to hurt my wife I will take your life.

Wang Fei: In another country, in a foreign land, will his thoughts stay pure? The princess of another nation is graceful and beautiful, will “a pair of people for one life” change?

Chu Wang: Returning home, difficult problems arise. As green hills extend into the distance, beautiful flowers and tender feelings grow deeply; dealing with the ruler and his ministers is harder than rising into Heaven.

That night, all the monarchs struggled for power, smoke rising all around; that night, the husband and wife were separated, neither humble nor haughty; that night, the land was in great disorder, lying corpses filled the plains; that night, whose heart was confused, whose family was broken, whose country was lost?

In the chaos of war, during their separation, separated by thousands of miles of unmoving mountains and rivers, the gentleman’s heart and the wife’s heart never changed. In the lonely city without aid, hand in hand as before, they advanced together while chatting lightly about this West Chu country.

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eirinllrin
New eirinllrin rated it
June 14, 2019
Status: c76
Overall Plot: 4/5 : Intricate plot, with more of a focus on the inner court intrigues than romance (it took aages for the male lead to even show up). Rather than intense drama and passion this work has a more refined, graceful air. Single plot events that are usually adressed w high emotion in these type of novels here play a secondary role to overall plot movement.

Characters: 4.5/5 : In most transmigration stories, the female lead has an extremely exaggerated 21st century character, or pulls off a variety of ridiculous... more>> stunts - which, don't get me wrong, can be hilarious, however Meng'er is brilliantly clever but also supremely refined, staying perfectly within the lines of the high society yet managing to beat all her rivals at their own game w absolute elegance at every point. Probably one of my fav heroines to date.

The rest of the cast are utter cliches - the self important father, the greedy grandmother, the evil stepmother and sister, the handsome but mysterious male lead, etc, however, the author does a really good job exploring the nuances of these cliches in every individual, creating depth in each. Even the 'mysterious' male lead w hardly a few lines to him in all the 76chp I read so far, still gives an impression of well crafted layers. Of particular note is the secondary male lead who has a 'tragic' backstory (alienation due to a condition he's afflicted with), and the way in which the story only has minimal scenes w him yet lets you see exactly how his feelings for the fem lead develop behind the scenes is beautifully done.

Translations, etc : 3/5 : i really like each of the individual translators of this series coz they take pains to add a lot of cultural flavor to their work; however, it's a bit all over the place and you have to jump between sites, searching painstakingly for the right chapter. Even the chapter index here is a mess, so be prepared for a bit of tediousness re: this.

Another issue is the slow updates - once a month at the moment, means by the time the series updates you've pretty much forgotten the story :/ <<less
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Mopeah
Mopeah rated it
February 16, 2018
Status: c133
The first 100 chapter or so were great in my opinion. The main character meticulously planning her revenge against her father's concubine and using her sharp wit to get out of bad situations. She thought on her toes and didn't need the male lead to help her. She took care of herself and the antagonists weren't one dimensional. The author made me hate them and the suspense kept me reading.

The romance isn't great by any means. There's really no reason they fell in love and Chu Wang acted like creep... more>> and sneaked into her room soon after they met. But I forgave it.

THEN the story lost its appeal and pissed me off.

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The story started to fall apart after Concubine Su died. When the father was arrested and the whole fu was thrown in jail, I liked how the main character stood up and kept composure in the beginning. I thought this arc would take advantage of the moment and show off her wit and intuition. I thought she would get out of such a disadvantageous situation by herself but nooooo. She's basically a puppet and doesn't do anything to help her situation. She just pisses people off and doesn't think.

Chen Wang acted out of character by stopping Su Qing from abusing her and taking care of her and making her feel cushy in prison. He went full blown crazy and tried to force her to marry him and lie to his family about who she was, saying she's a girl from another town. This tsundere wouldn't leap into insanity like this so fast.

The Empress acts out of character. When her mother and brother ask her to help she says she's helped enough and her son died as an infant. I have no idea how her dead son relates to this and it feels like the author's pulling this out of her ass. What does her dead son have to do with this??? I'm so confused.

After the charges are cleared, YQM does the most disgusting thing that pissed me off to no end. I f**king hate her for this. She's a modern woman with modern ethics and standards. After Concubine Su died, her son is sent to his grandmother who abuses him. YQM could have done something to fix this. She has enough power. She could have suggested he be given to another concubine or something. She knew this woman hated the boy and turned a blind eye. After they were thrown in prison, everyone forgot the boy. The infant died of starvation. THE. INFANT. DIED. OF. STARVATION. YQM's response to her little brother being forgotten (she also forgot him) and dying is simply quirking up her eyebrow and blaming her father and Concubine Su, saying he had no chance. HE HAD NO CHANCE??? He had a chance and YQM could have done anything. F**kING ANYTHING and he could have survived. She's from the modern world so she should know that the child shouldn't suffer the parent's crime and stop him from being abused. She shouldn't blame her father, she should also blame herself. She left him to die. She refused to help him. She knew what would happen. SHE DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE INFANT DYING OF STARVATION. F**k YOU YUN QIAN MENG.

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Talyn
Talyn rated it
March 29, 2016
Status: --
An absolutely wonderful read! The female lead is very smart and independent but not arrogant. Although the romance started a bit slowly, the title gave away who the main male lead would be – the handsome and enigmatic Chu Wang, Chu Fei Yang (who was actually still a Chancellor/Left Prime Minister at the start of the novel).

I love “Chu Wang Fei” like I love “To Be A Virtuous Wife” in that the female leads don’t dwell too much on their ‘past lives’ and tried their best to live a happy... more>> fulfilled life in the new environment. Both stories are great in their own way!

“TBAVW” focuses more on the responsibilities and challenges faced by an unfavored daughter who married into royalty, and only briefly mentions the political machinations her husband may be involved with. In “CWF”, the husband is not royalty (thank goodness) and female lead is more actively involved with her husband’s plans in various ways...

Although the translations are updated at a good pace I couldn’t wait and decided to brave the Chinese version >.< I'm not sure how much I misunderstood here and there but I finished it and plan to order the physical book online just for the sake of having it on my shelf! XD <<less
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Ritu
Ritu rated it
May 13, 2017
Status: c110
I'm very disappointed after the 120+ chapters. I'm telling why and it contains spoilers. The uncontolable hypocrisy and the sheer lack of morals in the new chapters shocked me. The author went too far. I don't know what they were thinking. How is it a 13 year old child getting married to her own rapist is okay? I loved the MC before this incident. But after the 110+ chapters, I feel like she has lost all humanity that she had in mordern world. She is now no better that the... more>> people she is trying to defeat. Her husband ordered her 13 yr old cousin to get married to her own rapist. She didn't speak up even though she knew that her cousin was going to go through hell. Her thoughts ? " You shouldn't have angered my husband". Later on, her half sister got raped by beggers due to the plotting of another person trying to frame her. In this instance, she acts all shocked and thinks that although she wants to destroy her half sister, she would have never wanted to destroy her chastity as it is important in the ancient world. They are both women after all and she was a police officer before, she would not want to see someone get raped.... She is more offended that someone tried to frame her.

look at this hypocrite. This very words make me realize that she no longer is what she used to be. For her it's okay if a woman gets raped if it's her husband ordering it. It seems love made her stupid. She is no longer the strong woman with a good sense of morality that I used to love. it seems after getting married, she just stopped being the strong woman she was.....

The ML MLis nothing new newto Chinese novels, the same old super intelligent, handsome, OP and "I like to s*xually assult the woman I love". The villians are stupid with little to some character development.

I know MC doesn't always have to be an angel on earth and the ML doesn't have to be the sweet guy but after 120+ chaps the plot just.... It's not something I can handle.

I am surprised by the response of the readers. They are trying to defend the ML and MC. They say all the women who got raped in this novel, they deserved it. They are okay with a 13 yr old child getting raped. I'm disgusted by the " it's the fault of the victim " mindset.

Anyway it was an entertaining read for me the 110+ chapters or so even though it was a slow plot development. It is well translated. I would recommend to read till chap 110 or so (if you hate the same things as me) <<less
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nascentechuva
nascentechuva rated it
August 11, 2017
Status: c125
Ignore the rating, if I could change it to 0 stars, I would. This novel disappointed me so much in the latest chapter. I never understood the need to have such a gory revenge for a child, and this is coming from a person with very little political correctness. Does the author not realize how the act of a gruesome violation of a kid defeats the purpose of having an MC and ML that are levelheaded yet ruthless to those who truthfully deserve it.

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Yun Yi Yi is 13 years old and accused Chu Fei Yang of ruining her because she's completely impulsive, as most 13 year olds are psychologically (*insert over used excuse that people in the past age differently* No, there's no proof of that. There never has been.). Yun Yi Yi was clearly marked as a spoiled girl from the start, of course she would do this kind of thing! As revenge, Chu Fei Yang has her marry her rapist, and her rapist takes full advantage of it. Chu Fei isn't a saint, I understand that, but the thing that made him believable was his levelheadedness. He knew who the real targets were.

The argument that could have been made was that to get revenge on Yun Yi Yi's father, he had to sacrifice Yun Yi Yi. But the author makes it clear that YYY's father doesn't care for anything other than his reputation. They both could have easily have been exiled.

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I understood that YQM (female lead) was a cold person from the start, and CFY (male lead) more so, but the two of them knew who were the real evil: those with ruthless political aspirations. Not to mention that YQM worked for the law in her previous life, but like in most transmigration stories, the past goes flying out the window.

Some may argue that this story is based off of how unforgiving the era Yun Qian Meng lives in is. To that I say, this is a story about transmigration and outwitting your opponents, and realism in novels doesn't always mean 100% accuracy. We often suspend our disbelief when reading anyway, partly because a story can bend the "truth" (I use this lightly because this is a tale about transmigration and starting a new life) and be a good story. <<less
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eksentrysyti
eksentrysyti rated it
March 2, 2017
Status: c85
I had high hopes for this novel based on the other reviews, but while I find it mostly interesting, there are several flaws that make the novel rage inducing at times.

This is your standard transmigration backstory: a supposedly brilliant narcotics police expert is transmigrated into a medieval Chinese setting where treacherous politics fly everywhere due to family power struggles rule over everything (because men can't stop taking concubines). Problem is, soon after the start of the story, the reader realizes there no reason to even set up the transmigration backstory.... more>> There is no modern knowledge, techniques, or concepts that are carried over. The MC ends up simply being an intelligent girl that is able to talk her way through difficulties. Why bother with the transmigration backstory?

The summary and the premise is that the MC becomes the Chu Wang Fei (mistress of the Chu family). By the time we're at Ch. 85, the courtship between the MC and the future male lead hasn't even started. The title is really a spoiler, since the title character technically still doesn't exist even 1/4 of the way through the novel.

The MC is truly powerless to control her fate. Villains come at her one after another and she talks her way out of situations, but she never manages to conquer anyone. She brilliantly defeats enemies one after another in battles of wits, but she is never able to decisively win, only escape. 1/4 of the novel in, and a grand total of zero enemies have been humiliated, discredited, disowned, executed, destroyed. Nada. They go free, only to come back to have another attempt at literally, her life. Best example is the assassin that the "title" couple capture, who turns out to be an assassin prince from an enemy kingdom. Rather than turn him in, they take him to a brothel, dress him up like a transvestite, and then let him go. Surprise! Few chapters later, he comes back to try to murder the MC. The MC and her allies are constantly being framed by political enemies, but once those enemies are caught red-handed, the author promptly forgets about them and moves on to the villain.

There are a ton of illogical relationships and inconsistencies in the character settings. The MC's aunt is the Empress Dowager (widow of the late-Emperor). The MC is 15, the Dowager can be estimated to be no more than 40 (since the Dowager's mother is known to be 60). Ok, but the Dowager's step-son and current Emperor (son of the late-Emperor's concubine) should not be older than about 20-22. Then the story goes on to say that the Chen Wang (half-brother of the prince) was too young to compete for the throne, then Chen Wang should be no more than maybe 18. Yet in the established story, Chen Wang is already the second most powerful man in the nation due to his achievements.

Ok, so the next in line Prince is a 18 year old schemer with tons of supposed achievements and the 19 year old MC's love interest is one of two Prime Ministers of the country. Timelines don't add up anywhere.

Each chapter is extremely dense to read. The fact that none of the titles are translated means that for readers with little prior knowledge of Chinese will spend a HUGE amount of time memorizing all the terms. Even for those who understand Chinese would require some time to get used to the terms. I would say a solid 30% of the word count is simply names of people, places, or titles.

If you like a story where a clever girl outsmarts people so they don't kill her, you'll be fine reading this. If you like a story where clever girl brilliantly obliterates opponents and earns respect and grabs glory, pass on this. <<less
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Matpatpat
Matpatpat rated it
November 18, 2017
Status: c101
This had a strong start but gradually goes downhill dramatically when you realize everyone who opposes the MC is a moron. She's only a "genius" because the stars align in the most Deus Ex Machina way for everything to work out or her villains and enemies (regardless of if they were shown or described to be intelligent and cunning prior) suddenly hold the biggest idiot ball imaginable and walk right into her traps and wordplay.

Also the MC comes off as a huge hypocrite and just and all around antagonistic individual.... more>> She treats people like sh*t and her justification is that they have ulterior motives or aren't 100% behind her. It's like she doesn't know what looking into a mirror is. There people need to look out for themselves, why wouldn't someone put themselves first? People can actually work together with mutual benefit and not just simpering to the MC who also doesn't give a sh*t about other people (regardless of her inner monologues).

It was particularly annoying to read her interaction with her cousin (WHO IS 11) when she first arrived to the city. Oh! A little girl raised in the country side really likes jewelry and has ambition!? What a bitch I'm gonna ruin her. Instead of being a good example and leading her through the minefield of family and society machinations, her immediate thought is to destroy her because her family (mom, dad and grandma) told her to watch herself and curry favor *rolls eyes*.

RAPE RAPE RAPE. Seriously, everyone gets raped, s*xually assaulted or harassed and the "good guys" facilitate it of exacerbate it while patting themselves on the back from within their glass house. A lot of people justifying this poor story telling need to take a step back and realize these characters are not even 20 when this sh*t happens (one character is 13 and forced to MARRY her rapist by the wonderful ML). Is it accurate to that time? Well not really becuase this is a highly exaggerated story. But even if it was, MC is from the modern era (and this is only brought up to justify some Mary Sue power or to laud her modern moral sensibilities) and should not be A. OK! Especially since she was a POLICE OFFICER *eye roll*.

Timelines and age make no sense. Don't think about it.

Story is slow paced, romance poorly developed and the plot is not coherent or believable. <<less
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Eristol
Eristol rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: c127
Was one of my favorite stories, until I read till chapter 122. I daresay the MC was amazing and very much to my liking as she displays such domineering aura and shows her competence in deflecting her enemies and regain the things her stupid family stole away from her. Considering she has a bastard of a father who is totally a sucker for his concubine and ignored her mum's death, I admire how the MC was able to thwart that slut with that degree of partiality going on.

But..... there is... more>> always a but! Here comes my complains. The MC and the plotline was splendid. But the mc's past life background was presented in a very lame way! The second point, the villains are a stigma to the name of villain. All of them I've read about so far, literally all of them are those sh*tty, arrogant, overly shameless, egotistic, self-entitled, idiotic bastards who can only speak rubbish every given chance they are given and try pinning everything on MC while cursing her even though they are the ones at fault!! I get enraged everytime these guys appear and have hard time making sure I don't break the screen of my device! And finally, I hate the male lead!! Well, I liked him fine just before.... until their wedding that is. Afterwards, he seemed to plaster himself to her and goes rabu rabu 24/7 as if there is no tomorrow! Although this was supposed to be fluffy and cute, honestly it's just plain disgusting.....I literally skipped more than half of the chapter as more than 50% of them are filled with this guy kissing her like crazy be it home or in the carriage! It really grosses me out. A little is cute but too much is gross. Also if I might add, their words which apparently have double meanings all the time are very poorly executed as most of the time unless the author mentions the double meaning in next line, no sane person will go that far to poke out those kind of 'sinister' meaning out of it. Bluntly saying, the author is really bad at words with 9 curves and 18 turns thus makes a random hidden meaning out of every normal sentences said, check yourself if you don't believe me.

Spoiler

"Yi Yi has been brought up closely since she was small, of course she can't compare to a xiaojie from an influential family in the capital, in addition to her current young age, when talking about sophisticated thinking, please do not blame her, cousin." The usually silent Yun Yi Heng suddenly said.

The intended meaning in his words was very clear. Firstly, he pointed out that Yun Qian Meng's thinking was overly sophisticated, which set off against the unsophisticated, good, and honest nature of Yun Yi Yi; Secondly, he pointed out that Yun Qian Meng had lost her mother since young, compared to Yun Yi Yi who grew up under attentive care, Yun Qian Meng was more insidious and cunning.

Okay...... so just how is the meaning very clear? Even if I were smarter I probably wouldn't get this kind of impression from what he said.

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Okay now I hate this novel even more! As for why then it's as nascentechuva and Ritu says. The Mc's hypocritical mindset and the irrational ML whose unhealthy obsession with MC has caused both of their rationality to evaporate.....I just changed my rating from 3 to 1. <<less
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Reincarnated investigator (i guess) who get a body of legitimate daughter of prime minister. But she got bullied badly because her mother is already dead, and the one who control the household her father's concubine. From the title, we already know that she will end up as Chu Wang Fei (or the oficial wife of Chu Wang/ King Chu). Watch our MC as she make way through the mud and storm into becoming Chu Wang Fei. She is your typical reincarnation template, as she overpowered in EQ and IQ. Smart,... more>> charming, intelligent woman which you never can hope to found in era where woman is a possession not a human being. For you guys who want to read it but feel overwhelmed with the bunch of unorganized chapter, please refer here! Https://willfulcasual. Wordpress. Com/chu-wang-fei-by-ning-er/index/ our wonderful translator who fill the gap (so the original translator only do the first few chapter, the make summary in the middle before translate again what she think more interesting).

Definitely recommended as one of the top smart female protagonist genre! <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
October 21, 2016
Status: c114
I really like this one. Probably the most realistic and believable reincarnation LN I've read so far.

Read this:
If you want a well-written story about a smart heroine and political intrigue in a traditional Chinese court, read Chu Wang Fei.

Don't read this:
If you want exciting action, bloody fights, heart-rending romance, and OP characters, you will be disappointed.

Translation:
The quality is pretty good (I'd say 4/5), but the series goes through 3 translators with slight inconsistencies. There is a LOT of Chinese vocabulary to remember. The translators do... more>> a good job of defining the words in the notes, but it definitely makes this a harder read. New chapters are released pretty slowly.

Main character:
One of my favorite main characters so far, but not in the usual way. She's not of my favorites because of her personality (cold, intelligent, well-spoken, ladylike).
I like her because she is one most believable characters I've seen. She only has her intelligence and wits to survive. She doesn't have any really over-powered fighting skills, medical skills, extensive knowledge from another life, or secret powers. She doesn't do unbelievable things to stand out like most female MCs (e.g. killing tons of people, taking over the army, yelling at people, etc) that would normally get them killed in reality. She just acts like a very well-behaved Chinese noblewoman who happens to be very good with words.

Story:
This is very much about political intrigue, family power struggles, and ancient Chinese manners. We see a police woman who in reincarnated in the body of a rejected young miss. All by herself, she has to find people she can trust, gain security, and outsmart the people who bully her. She slowly gets involved with the court and several male love interests.

The romance develops VERY slowly and the pace of the story is slow but steady. The events and twists are well-paced and not too predictable, though they are on the small scale (like family drama, not big battles). I wasn't bored and finished all 80+ chapters in a few days. But some more impatient readers might get bored quickly if they aren't in the mood for a more intellectual read.

Overall:
I give this story a 4.5/5 for now because of how well it's written and how realistic the setting and characters are. Even though I wouldn't say it's one of the most fast-paced/exciting stories out there, the realism makes it excellent.

UPDATE as of Ch.114:

New chapters are released very slowly, and the plot also moves relatively slowly, so after I wrote the review above at Chapter 83, I waited until a lot of new chapters had been released so I could binge them all at once. I'm happy to say that the story is still going strong, the character development is steady, and it's still a very satisfying read. I'm sad to wait again... I really have the urge to read more! <<less
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svyatoslav
svyatoslav rated it
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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Anonymousse
Anonymousse rated it
July 20, 2017
Status: c50
A potrait of ancient chinese culture.

The story of an official family in the kingdom where MC is the legitimate daughter in it.

This novel makes me conclude that:

  1. Harem isnt always good. Theres war for the husbands affection all day and night.
  2. When theres no smartphone, tv, or internet. Everyone so idle to the point of just focus on how to scheming and plotting each other with daggers on their hands. So, thank god we have internet, tv, and smartphone now.
  3. Man shouldnt take alot of wives if they are stupid. Since they can easily be manipulated by their wives.
  4. s*x probably the best weapon for women in ancient chinese. As no matter how insidious and cruelest the antagonist act, the husband seems to takes no mind of it and wants to curry favor to her. Even to the point of allowing the antagonist to kill his legitimate wife (MC`s mother).
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Mibuokami
Mibuokami rated it
July 16, 2016
Status: Completed
Ok this is less a review a more a rant:
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This story was marvelous up until it stopped being about Yun Qian Meng (Chu Wang Fei) and become literally about everyone else that I didn't give a crap about.

I give it a 4.5/5 up until Chu Fei Yang and Yun Quan Meng gets married and a little bit after...

When the plots advances to them visiting the neighboring country it went off the rail completely. There were chapters after chapters where Yun Quan Meng barely gets a mention, so much so that anyone that just started reading the story from that point onward would certainly not find it hard to believe that Yun Quan Meng was nothing more than a supporting character. Extremely extremely disappointing to see such a wondering story fall flat on its face.

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Mikleo
Mikleo rated it
May 28, 2016
Status: --
At first, I didn't want to read this novel since the summary didn't interest me. But what the hell, I'm so glad I tried it out (I kept seeing this being recommended).

Three words: I Love It

For those who are hesitating (like me when I first read the summary), Do Not Waste Your Time. Just plunge in and try reading the first 10 chapters. I've got to say though, just the first chapter got me hooked. I stayed up all night just reading this novel.

Basically, a police woman transmigrated to the... more>> body of a quite pitiful girl. There's the usual Evil stepmother (concubine of the father), Evil stepsister, and Negligent Father going on here. So to say, there's always drama going on.

Actually, A Lot of Drama.

But not in that boring soap opera kind of way. The others just kept on trying to frame the MC, but of course, the MC outwits them.

That's one hell of a birthday party though, it's kinda hilarious. You'll get what I mean when you're already up to the birthday party of the Gu Furen.

Anyways, I don't want to spoil it anymore when you can just go ahead and read it. But ok, just one more spoiler since this is practically what most readers want to know.

Yes, this is a Happy Ending. <<less
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tanzmoon
tanzmoon rated it
February 13, 2018
Status: c135 part2
Initially I enjoyed it. But afterwards it just doesn't seem witty anymore and actually started to seem quite silly and stupid 😑

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Chapter 136 part 1

"This was merely just a major event in my own life, how could I trouble Wang Ye to have to personally attend it? Moreover, this time Chen Wang only marries Ce Fei, the position of Ce Fei had two slots, in the future if Chen Wang was to marry again, don't you need to attend again, Hai Wang Ye? Furthermore, aside from Ce Fei, there's Zheng Fei, based on these, if Hai Wang Ye was to only attend to congratulate, he will then have to visit Chen Wang Ye for at least three times. Wang Ye isn't your body not feeling well? How can you afford be rushing around? If you got tired, your son-in-law the Crown Prince will be very likely to feel distressed. If Crown Prince is in a bad mood, he might attack Western Chu again, then wouldn't Wang Ye become the criminal of Western Chu? So that was why Chen Wang didn't inform Hai Wang, this is also for the best of Wang Ye and the common people of Western Chu!" For the fear of not putting the world in chaos, Chu Fei Yang not only criticized Chen Wang, he also involved Qi Jing Yuan, moreover he also threatened Hai Wang, with these words, he had involved all those people in power, no one will ever escape from his plan."

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Seriously how stupid was that speech sigh. But until about chapter 130 I still enjoyed it. <<less
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LordSkye
LordSkye rated it
July 21, 2017
Status: --
Honestly this story just bored me. The main character is the typical mary sue that can do no wrong even though she doesn't have any experience in this sort of life she can flawlessly adapt and be perfect. And the backstory of her being a police captain in charge of a drug department and a mixed martial arts world champion just made me laugh. The love interest is the typical so handsome that everyone loves while being so talented he can do anything, but for some reason is interested in... more>> the MC even though they never interacted before. The enemies are the usual stupid people who try to ruin the MC but always fail nothing really interesting about it. Overall a very average story with nothing that makes it stand out. <<less
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blazikens
blazikens rated it
May 6, 2019
Status: --
This was one of the first CNovels I ever read in this transmigration into Ancient China genre. Since it was so fresh to me, I read it really fast, even enjoying learning all the pinyin terms because I always found stuff like that fun and interesting - altho I do admit that there was too much used, especially in the beginning.

But now reading back, I can see how shallow and flimsy the whole thing is. Really, the whole conflicts in the story were the MC speaking very long monologues at... more>> her enemies with every thing her enemies said having some type of double meaning -.- It gets tiring very, very fast and there's barely any real scheming that's worthy of noting - then again, this isn't a revenge story, but still.

However, the reason I rated this with one star is for how hypocritical the MC is. She puts on this mask of being a police officer in her past life so she acts as if she's so high and lofty and above it all - even tho she's just as scheming and judgmental as the rest. Also the fact that she literally allows her husband to marry a 13 yr old to her rapist is so disgusting I have nothing else to say, which also shows how disgusting the husband is lol.

The villains are also so stupid, it's like there's nothing for the MC to go against, so it's no wonder if she seems super intelligent in comparison tbh.

And honestly.... the romance is so boring and with no sense, I really have no idea why she fell in love. The ML falls in love w/ the typical reason that the MC is not like the rest of the aristocratic young ladies *rolls eyes* but I feel like the MC fell in love b/c there was nothing else for her to do. The marriage to the ML was already decreed by the emperor, what else could she do? And when they finally get together.... it's so cringeworthy tbh, and kind of icky b/c the ML can't seem to stop kissing her and the ML's grandpa keeps trying to get in between them, it's so strange and stops being funny.

So yeah, I would definitely not recommend this story, even if it's your first one. There's muchhhhh better ones out there, I assure you. <<less
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MyWeirdoEyes
MyWeirdoEyes
May 18, 2018
Status: c104
I really wanted this one to work out but I'm going to be honest, if I'm reading a story where I already know who the main character is going to end up with, I need them to get together immediately and for there to be no other possible love interests. I don't need there to be another dude who I absolutely wish would get the main only to know it's never going to happen. Because let's be honest people, Rong Yun He was like a cinnamon roll send down from... more>> heaven. I would have been utterly satisfied if he'd been the male lead.

Chu Wang is a good male lead (not going to argue there, he's awesome) but compared to the utter sweetness that is Rong Yun He he doesn't quite compare. But I'm getting distracted, my point is that whole thing is dragged out. Even where it really doesn't need to be. Which is most of the time. I think the main characters only have their betrothal 90 chapters in? They're not even in love at this point, the only time we see the male lead is when the main (suddenly, magically, out of f**kING nowhere) becomes incapable of taking care of herself even though the whole story except those rare moments is basically about how capable is. The chapters while not long aren't quite as short as those of most web novels either so this basically after about two days of reading. So I'm dropping this. I tried it and gave it a chance but the pace of the romance and revenge is simply too slow and the rest of the story is basically the same thing on repeat (how capable the main is). <<less
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izznis
izznis rated it
August 17, 2016
Status: c75 part1
This novel is one of the rare novels that actually depicted a life of a fiercely intelligent woman from the future (one who actually think before they act and know the consequences) and reincarnated into the past as a first daughter of a noble but with a tainted name.

Every description of the feelings, environments and plots are on point and not overly exaggerate like certain novels. Although it is in a historical setting, this novel is realistic and every of its character has a role to play including the villains.

The... more>> main character, Yun Qian Meng, is a favourite character of mine. She is not perfect but she is intelligent and knows when to hide her strengths and weaknesses and when to use them. She is like an intelligent war general who knew whom she should trust and whom she shouldn't, what to do during emergencies and very calculative. However, instead of facing a place full of brave warriors, enemies and weapons, her battlefield is a place full of conceited women, calculative concubines, vile family members and backstabbers. She had to face false accusations and frauds while at the same time maintaining her elegant reputation as a first xiaojie of a noble family.

And what I love the most about her is that she is not overly OP. So far, she doesn't have any special powers - only some simple self-defense movements she got from her past life. She is also never arrogant and faced her opponents sensibly.

The author also had made good settings of the Chu Wang Fei by making different plot every time. As the story goes on, the plot and characters level up steadily at a decent pace. New characters appear but no old characters are pushed aside abruptly. The author also knows how to play with the readers feelings and keep us intrigued. To the point, this novel is making me wanting to learn Chinese in order to read Chu Wang Fei in its pure form.

Be warn though, since the genre is historical and time setting is on ancient china, the language and its culture may give some people a headache while reading. <<less
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ICDevil
ICDevil rated it
August 6, 2016
Status: c74 part1
I just adore these types of light novels, and recommend it to anyone who loves having a smart and entertaining MC. It is a great read that ranks together to me with To Be A Virtuous Wife, Mei Gongqing, and Demonic King Chases, so if you have read any of these stories I recommend this series for you.
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dysry
dysry rated it
March 12, 2016
Status: --
Plot
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The MC Yun Qian Meng reincarnates into the body of a weak girl disdained by her family and abandoned by her fiance. With no foothold, the MC needs to establish her reputation and position so she won’t be looked down on or continue to suffer the injustices the original owner experienced. And in doing so, she catches the eye of Chu Fei Yang, the distinguished male lead that all the female characters want.

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Chu Wang Fei is a slow series, with the title declaring the MC as the wife of a man she’s barely interacted with. As the MC has no distinct goals, she spends her time clashing with and sneering at various characters trying to ruin her reputation, before they continue on their various paths.

Characters
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The current MC is mentally strong, and her every action is calculated and restrained to appear graceful and dignified. However the MC is actually very haughty, secretly criticizing any character that rubs her the wrong way. As a former police woman, it's weird that she doesn't even show a hint of a modern woman.

Given her wits it’s unlikely that the MC will be disadvantaged, however despite her pettiness, she isn’t particularly ruthless so most of her confrontations are verbal and with the same opponents and the plot hasn’t really moved. While her opponents are more ruthless and the stakes between the MC and her opponents have a huge disparity.

From the few appearances of the male lead, it’s hinted that he has a similar character to the MC. However since he seems to feel comfortable around her (at some point when they were trading smiles) he’s able to act unrestrained, secretly wooing her by creepily and abruptly appearing in her room at night and such... Not the healthiest start to their relationship. Though if he didn’t do these things, it’d be hard to interact given social protocol.

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Aspects of CWF overlaps with To Be A Virtuous Wife as each character follows their various destinies and women clamour over husbands, however it lacks the playful charm and elegance of the latter. Instead CWF presents the readers with an extremely suffocating and stiff atmosphere, where each little action is being watched, analyzed, and criticized. Consequently, the texts and interactions can also be a little tedious with each barbed comment given a lengthy explanation over its hidden intent and implied meaning.

The series currently deserves a 5/10, however it might improve if it develops various romantic and political aspects aside from bitchy women and rapey men.

tl;dr version: The characters in this story are like bonsai trees waiting to be sold, then cruelly trimmed down by fate, with each little action and gesture carefully controlled and analyzed since their value will be ruined over the tiniest thing. The MC is a particularly refined plant which sits there calculating and sneering at each little imperfection of its peers, but not really retaliating as they try to uproot her. <<less
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