Deposed Empress General


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You are the ruler, I am a subject, you want loyalty, I’ll give you loyalty. You are the ruler, I am the subject, you want my sacrifice, I will sacrifice for you. This lifetime, we’ll only be ruler and subject…… cannot become the one who accompanies you to experience everything.

A deposed empress, a failure of a substitute. Charging into battle, he was the emperor, and she, his general. But within the intimacy of their military tent, he was her husband, and she, his wife.

But everything was star-crossed. For the one he loved the most, he would push her into hell again and again.

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RabiezMonkey rated it
February 10, 2019
Status: Completed

I tried to mini-translated this LN. It's one of kind tragic and complicated story I've ever read so far (actually I don't like reading tragedy, but dunno why I decided to give this one a try...)

I'm positive that all female readers here will hate the emperor Murong Yan so much that they want to slap his face, kick his butt until his flower burst, throw him with rotten egg and veggies and tomatoes (or... a brick ?! I dont want it to be too gory tho...) But here I thought, mostly people dunno how to cherish other people around them. At the time they realize it, everything have been too late. Murong Yan is this kind of man. He thought that he love a girl but he didnt realize that his heart had longing for another since long ago... But what to do, he is the emperor after all. People said that someone who stand above 10.000 will never be trully in love. Murong Yan is also like this. Highly ambitious and full of schemes. The woman (and pawn) he personally nurtured and loves has too much power in the end under her, he cant accept that. Everything that have potential to endanger his throne, he will never let it grow. So he had to cut her wings...

Our MC, what should I say, I dun understand her tho... She said that she love the emperor, but she didnt want to stay by his side either... Her life wasnt all tragic, because she actually had lots friends who care about her. The best thing was the little third prince under her wings would be the only one who laugh in the end. #banzai

Overall, in my point of view, this story is very tragic for the emperor, but NOT too tragic for our MC. The man was dead in remorse, thinking about her even before his death, but our MC in the end regained her freedom...

5 stars!!!

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Chibiterasu22 rated it
April 21, 2019
Status: c112
Okay, so I never write reviews.

But I had to for this novel.

First of all, the translator. Holy crap, the consistency is insane. Even if they miss a day, they will make up for it. They are keeping up with their schedule of one release a day. These aren't short chapters either, chapters are filled with complexity and depth that the translator is properly able to convey. So I just wanted to give a giant shout out and heartfelt thanks to the amazing translator.

Second. I've read my fair share of political... more>> intrigue and tragedy novels and this novel is up there for me. I love the character growth and progression within this novel. Each character is fleshed out and you truly become immersed in the setting, making the novel all the more poignant. I don't have the words to describe how much this novel makes me feel.

I have no clue why this novel has such a low rating. Please give it a shot. This is not some generic political novel with pacing issues that has an OP MC. This story takes its time to build up tension and to deliver gut-wrenching blows. Give this novel a few chapters, while it has a slower start, the journey is worth it.

This novel gets a solid five stars from me. <<less
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tanzmoon rated it
January 5, 2019
Status: c6
The description is certainly interesting. The quality of the translation is okay, it’d be great if the translator got an editor as it has lots of grammatical errors.

But I really appreciate the translator’s hard work.

I left a 5 star as there are too many 1 stars. We’ve yet to see how this novel will progress so, rating will change depending on that.

I hope the translator won’t give up halfway. Keep up the good work 🙂👍🏻
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dhiladahlan rated it
January 29, 2019
Status: c29
I first get to know this novel from a recommendation from other site.

Although the translated lines can be a bit confusing sometimes, but it is still a decent read.

I love the characters (our Miss Leng especially) and the plot so far. Thank you to the translator for picking this up. I'm ready to cry all night after I finished with 'unrepentant'. Well, all and all this novel might suit those who love story with a lot of angst
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January 25, 2019
Status: --
i heard about this novel from another site. And I read the reviews online via MTL. Everybody who's read it have boiling blood reading about this emperor (not sure if he's one or not. Really can't understand the MTL.) anyway, he deposed this girl because he really disliked her. He liked the other girl better. But the scene that really angered everyone and showed this guy's utter depravity and cruelty is that he allowed his lover to torture this girl. How? By forcing girl to swallow snakes. Yup, snakes were... more>> forced down girl's throat which caused her death later on. I don't know what happened after this cruel act since as I said the MTL was horrendous but believe me, everybody was screaming to have this guy's balls cut off in the cruelest way possible. Que horror, right? <<less
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Reira16 rated it
January 13, 2019
Status: c14

Really interesting, the story is deep. Although we can already see it's going to be with lots of heartache. But what I'm wondering is, will he not love her, but instead that other girl (his fiance from childhood) ? May contain some

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Riiz rated it
May 25, 2019
Status: c132

I went in knowing that it was not going to end happily and almost definitely expected the FL to die. But apparently there are two versions of the story - the original having a much worse ending i.e FL dies so the one I read was an extended version where the ML was rewritten in a slightly better light. In saying that though, the FL was still written as a wonderfully smart, loyal and pure person as she dedicated her whole life to the scared, twisted ML character who by the end created his own demise by spiraling into evil and dark actions due to his paranoia and inability to show his vulnerability and trust.

I'm so glad - even though it happened wayy too late in my opinion - that FL was wise enough to see the clarity of the situation and the destruction ML was causing to those around him to play the same kind of facade ML does to fight for what she believes is right. Honestly she deserves so much better and even though her life suffered the loss of all the ones she cared about around her, you KNOW that she was cared for, respected and appreciated in many ways.

In the end, I can only feel pity for ML because despite truly having feelings for FL, he is never able to/not willing to acknowledge the powerlessness and fear which love brings and considering he puts on the facade of an unbreakable iron exterior that's the true reason why he'll always be empty and lonely.

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Michelicious11 rated it
May 17, 2019
Status: c132
Wow. What a journey. This novel was a surreal experience but what amazed me most was the consistency and competency of the translator. I also like how he took a risk and translated something that was bound to be unpopular and that didn't follow the common tropes. Thank you for the variety contributed to NU. And for sharing your opinions! It's nice when thoughts from someone this close to a project are shared! I have rarely been this impressed and am looking forward to his next installments! Now to the... more>> review itself.

I think you don't just rate a story, but also its translator, so this was bound to be high-rated by me considering the first paragraph lol.

The MC is someone I had a lot of compassion for. I truly was rooting for her throughout the whole story and wanted her success and happiness. She has had it rough, yet didn't let it turn her into a monster.

Talking about monsters, there are quite a few in human skins in this novel! ML is probably the most hated character, but I don't think he deserves that title. There are much more hateful characters in there. I think the hatred directed towards him is mainly inspired by the MC's pain which he was a big contributor to, but ultimately he also saved her and cared for her no matter the motives (and that care was mostly genuine) while some people just hurt her out of pettiness.

I really liked the common commentary of the TL as mentioned, and one L/N from him stood out. One where he tries to see things from the ML's pov. I will never condone his wrongdoings, actually he froze my blood and heart on a regular basis, but he was a product of his environment and overly competent. And I was rooting for him to turn over a new leaf, to escape his wickedness aided by MC's love and dedication.

I could go on and on, and that's exactly a factor to why this story is so good. The psychology of the characters is complex and need constant analysis. Most of them are clever, and the schemes so abundant. You never have a dull moment. I appreciate how this story wasn't needlessly dragged on.

And the political landscape... Aaaaah don't get me started. It was brilliant! So much attention to details and authenticity to the ancient times. The horror of the Harem and the fight for the throne along with the many international strained relationships. The constant back-and-forth between visiting and experiencing the civil arts and martial ones which ML was very versed in (give him that). I adored it all. This story is unbelievably witty and among the bitterness and heart break, subtle humor was weaved in. It always came out of nowhere haha, actually managing to get a few chuckles out of me.

Anyway, I don't think I've spoiled anything. I could still go on. It is because this novel is so thought-provoking and heartfelt that is it so great. There is subtle analysis and commentary on the customs of ancient times. To what point are they all accountable for their actions? Being born in this kind of era, does it excuse some of their deeds? I, ultimately, believe that it does. In a few centuries, I'm sure we'll be all judged on our wastefulness and materialism lol. It's hard to look at this story objectively, not tainted by modern and western mentality. It is a very difficult exercise actually, but I liked it.

Finally, I'll end this by exposing my naivety and sentimentality... I truly wished...


that eventually, in their older years or even before that they would manage to truly understand each other when it came to the other person AND themselves.

They knew each other like the back of their hands and were so close, yet so far. ML, I am sure, loved MC but never owned up to it while MC never wanted to see ML for what he was and went ahead blindly rushing into obsession. Although ML has chosen power over love, didn't MC love the idea of him more than the man himself? She chose a dream before reality in my opinion. They never truly connected and never could as they both were untrue to themselves and disillusioned about the other.

I was sad that neither got closure. ML dies alone and lonely and MC exiles herself having lost almost everything and leaving the rest behind. What kind of life can she hope to achieve? I wanted to have the ML acknowledge his wrongs to her. Her, to see the humanity he rarely exposed. I wanted to hurl when he didn't even let their child off. And with her friends' deaths, there was no going back *sigh

However, I am certain he ached over most of the things he did to her despite still going through with them. And he did create an entire personality just for her. I find it romantic for him. He faked it for her more than for his childhood friend and that means a lot.

And in the end, MC didn't give him her everything as she promised, and even became as guarded of him that he was of her. Reasonably, but to me they both fail each other.

Why did I wish for a somewhat happy ending despite the tags and red flags. I cherished their moments together though and the glimpses of true love that couldn't be contained.

This story is bittersweet but also very romantic. My opinion.


Can't wait for the TL next project! <<less
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January 20, 2019
Status: --
You know when you read a chapter and you instantly know it's a good novel? Yeah, this novel fit the bill. While the title is similar to other common, standard face slapping novel, the content inside is actually a rarely seen novel with good character builing. The story might not be everyone's favorite, but I believe it deserve higher score.

Our heroine was a normal girl who, after her father died, been choosen as sacrifice to the mountain god. Almost died on the mountain, she was picked up by second prince's... more>> faction and entered competition with other orphan to stay alive.

Like the summary suggest, she would be the second prince's most trusted attendants, but being the general-much less empress, is still far away from the current chapter. The author didn't take the lazy way here. We started from the bottom and then follow her as she grew up.

I am a sucker for characters that have their own mind and agenda, so this one is a 5 for me. <<less
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Wiuwiu rated it
June 11, 2019
Status: Completed
Five stars!

This is my favorite angst novel so far I read ancient background novel. Damn, I really love the author pictures the flow, character growth, multiple layers that unveiled through the story. Especially the strong character FL. Give it try reading this, it does worth high rating.


even though my ship ZC and DQ didn't sail, but the end was satisfying


Thanks a lot for the translator bringing up this novel
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Lamyea rated it
May 8, 2019
Status: c132
I started reading this novel after a review on another translating website. All I knew before coming to this novel was that there was a lot of angst.

My god was this beautiful, the characters were intricately made and their development was amazing. I fell in love with this novel from the first chapter, especially the MC. She was strong, courageous and the ending was (for me) perfect.

I know that a lot of the readers don't like Murong Yan, I in a weird way kind of pity him. There were parts... more>> in this novel that I felt like he was being unreasonable, or just plain paranoid. But as some parts of the chapters revealed why he was so distrusting, it made me understand him a bit. The novel reveals how many layers he wears in this mask and his childhood, so I didn't really hate him in the end. However, the things he did to the MC and her child, his distrust and his acting made me want to punch him, scream to him that the MC was loyal to him and that by doing this he was pushing her away. I feel like Murong Yan was ultimately the most fleshed out character and the ending was perfect for him because the thing he wanted the most, he couldn't have because he was the one who reject it first.

I actually heard that this specific novel is different from the original material. In the original, the MC started off as the empress and I heard the ending is also different. This novel (in my opinion) is better because the ending was satisfying. The MC didn't start of as the empress but in the end, she was so much more powerful than any other characters in this novel.

Actually, what I really loved and admired about this novel was the loyalty that some characters held. It was exactly this loyalty that made the plot more angst.

Also, I want to thank the translator for picking up this novel, as it really made my day. The consistent posting and translations was unbelievable. It's thanks to you that this story can be shared. <<less
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Gules rated it
May 3, 2019
Status: --
Might rate this better If I knew what is going on "looking at this "big black dog" that she had no idea where it had come from" Me too lady, me too.

"Patterned green cranium" is also a worrisome foe, but the translation makes me mightily afeared of this work.

Also the whole first chapter bombards you with unnecessary info: Kid has a dead dad, villagers+her mom sacrifice her and another kid to the gods: She immediately thinks her mom killed her off so she can remarry, excuse me but what? How... more>> do you even arrive to that conclusion? <<less
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