Di Wang Gong Lue

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As part of the imperial family, every move by Chu Yuan in this game of chess is made with apprehension, fearing that with a moment of inattentiveness, the whole match will be lost in a single move.

Ascending to the throne at eighteen, not half a year passes before civil strife erupts in Yun Nan. Though the thoughts of the old guard at the imperial court are not exactly identical, they are all waiting to see how the new emperor will put an end to this.

Unexpectedly, before this side could make a move, a few thousand miles away, the King of Xi Nan, Duan Bai Yue, had already personally commanded troops to attack in all directions; not half a year had passed when peace was restored.

Sparse moonlight shines into the palace; Chu Yuan stamped the wax seal himself, and had a secret letter sent urgently to Yun Nan 800 miles away — this time, what must we(1) give in exchange?

Brush marks passed through the back of the paper; it almost can be seen, when writing this line, how angry the young emperor was.

Duan Bai Yue spread out a piece of paper unhurriedly, replying with only one word.

You.

(1): Chu Yuan is using the royal ‘we’ here.

Note on the story: This is a character focused story, please don’t expect too much court intrigue.

It’s a slow burn story about two people in love and the things they are willing to do for each other.
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The Emperor’s Strategy is the fourth book in Yu Xiao Lan Shan’s Jianghu/Strategy series. Each book is standalone, but there are character cameos and mentions that don’t disrupt the flow of the main story of each book.

Associated Names
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DWGL
Dìwáng gōnglüè
The Emperor's Strategy
เล่ห์กลจักรพรรดิ
帝王攻略
白月照楚渊
Related Series
Everywhere in Jianghu is Wonderful (Same Franchise)
The Bandit’s Strategy (Shared Universe)
Return Together (Shared Universe)
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solowars
solowars rated it
May 7, 2018
Status: Completed
Note that this book is actually the last of a series of 4 interconnected novels, starting with "Everywhere in Jianghu is Wonderful". The main characters in the other novels do appear in this one, but it is NOT necessary to have read the previous ones to understand this one, although you'll know a little more about the side characters if you have read the previous books.

This story is POV-switching, so it took me a little while to get used to it - I'm really glad the author chose to do... more>> this, as all the side characters and their interactions with each other (and the mains) are very interesting. The plot doesn't move very quickly, and in fact the entire novel spans quite a few years. However, I really love the development in the relationship between our MC (Chu Yuan) and ML (Duan Bai Yue), which takes a few twists and turns before the end. Story-wise, I felt that it was kinda slow near the end, but the characters were so engaging that I couldn't ever give them up, and the humor is always on-point, so even slow parts weren't boring.

Quite an easy read despite the wuxia/palace tag, no complicated political plots, and the cast of characters is easy to follow. I kinda hoped for more about the past interactions of our MC and ML, because when the story starts they already knew each other for a long time. However, it's just a minor thing, and overall I'd happily recommend this story to anyone who likes BL in the ancient chinese context. <<less
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Efu-sama
Efu-sama rated it
November 14, 2019
Status: Completed
watch the anime/donghua first, then read this novel! That'd be the best arrangement! Because why, after you watch the anime you'll be able to imagine the characters and places here more vividly when reading the novel. Other than that, you'll gain more understanding of the story cause the anime got many scenes cut off from the original plot here. So, you'll love it even more!
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rakuu-en
rakuu-en rated it
December 30, 2018
Status: Completed
Everything the review above mine has touched on is spot on, so I shan't belabour the point. This is not an wuxia novel with a touch of romance to spice things up- this is quite clearly a Romance novel that happens to have an Wuxia setting! There's no Game-of-Thrones-esque political shenanigans to be found here- whatever politics depicted in the book is honestly very simple, easy to follow, and plainly meant to be a crutch to emphasise certain milestones in the development of the relationship between the two mains. If... more>> you came into this novel primarily wanting an Wuxia novel complete with political manuevering, treachery, betrayal, yada yada.... you're probably going to be disappointed.

On the other hand, this novel excels on the romantic front. The development of the relationship between the two mains is wholesome, organic, and just plain beautiful to read. I confess to shedding tears along the way at some points, but all's well that ends well, if that is a concern to some. Not to mention that this novel is bitingly funny, and overall paced excellently barring say maybe the last 10 chapters or so- agree with the above that it got a bit draggy, but perhaps that was telling of the author's reluctance to pen an ending for these beloved characters. I can relate- I only just finished off the last chapter mere minutes ago, and I am already reluctant to bid these familiar characters goodbye.

On a whole, would highly, highly recommend. Not sure why this novel hasn't gained as much traction as it should have seeing as it is well written and even has a manhwa and animation out. Hopefully it gains the status it deserves soon. <<less
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RabiezMonkey
RabiezMonkey rated it
February 26, 2019
Status: Completed
This novel is good, my fellow readers... You should really give it a try. You'll encounter some comedic scenes that making your tummy ache due to too much laughing. LOL

But there are only 2 reviews here, so I will add one, using the most basic and simple way to describe this story.

The relationship between the emperor and Xi Nan King isnt at all complex after all. Sometimes you should said that it is funny (LMAO).

I kinda expect deeper political schemes but too bad, ML had done his role too... more>> awesomely, soo I was quite disapointed.

Sometimes I dont like it if the ML is too much a doting lover. Since our MC is an emperor, then why dont let him do much moreee...

But still I love our emperor so muchhh :3 he is funny

BTW, our ML's younger brother is very mischievous. His appearance makes many hilarious scenes.

But overall, the romance in this novel is something really sweet. Really really enjoyable <<less
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sunnyeggsy
sunnyeggsy rated it
September 13, 2020
Status: c56
Came here to read the novel after watching the anime and all I can say is... be prepared for a toothache. The main couple are just the sweetest pairing ever and it was quite funny to see how their close buddies are rooting for them. The pacing in the anime is much faster and there are many enjoyable sections / investigations omitted, but like a review stated above, you can probably get a clearer understanding of the characters' past from there before you read the novel.

It is also very enjoyable... more>> to see when the MC shows their temper with the ML and to see their relationship progression throughout the story. In all, a really good read for ancient china / comedic / slight mystery novel lovers. <<less
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PainedSouL
PainedSouL rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: c21
I am still in chapter 21 but I can't help praising how good this novel is. The political strategies are really well written and something even more amazing than the top notch romance is the humour!!!! The side characters are so funny, literally everyone, from the emperor's eunuch to the Xi Nan king's subordinate, everyone ships the emperor and the xi nan king??The xi manor's young master is rlly lovable and their teacher only exists to make the readers laugh and of course give love advice to our ML. Really... more>> a must read!!! <<less
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jiche
jiche rated it
November 21, 2021
Status: c86
It is one of the few danmei titles that i've gotten a physical copy of. Love the narration, story and relationship between the cp. Even side characters are awesome. The translation is done very well that makes reading it so smooth.

This is a super under rated danmei, tbh. There are lots of reason to read this:

- plot itself is well thought out

... more>> - budding relationship between Duan Bai Yue and Chu Yuan

- angst oh yes there is angst

- side characters aren't the typical fill ins that u see most of the time

- awesome translation but you do have to wait a little, I'm sure we'll get to the end soon :')

- there are manhua, Audio drama and donghua adaptations. Audio drama is free on Missevan and S1 is actually fully translated by another kind soul.

- beautiful arts of the CP

- comedic undertones (which I love)

- hot didi to simp over (Duan Yao hello)

The only thing stopping me to rec this everywhere and everyday is that I get "oh it isn't fully translated yet, I'll wait". So here I am, fully recommending everyone to join in this ancient Vassal King X Emperor ancient setting novel (but without all the court politics headaches)

ugh I'm sorry to have accidentally rated this a 4. It's a 4.5 star ⭐️ <<less
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drusilia
drusilia
September 9, 2021
Status: c77
It is really a good novel, the characters and romance are really engaging, it made me cry at points. You really want to keep reading...

However I cannot seem to find a good english translation anywhere in order to read beyond this chapter. And I am really anxious to continue the book! Any suggestions?
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Chinatsu
Chinatsu rated it
January 23, 2021
Status: --
I love, I love this novel, it is my favorite of the four interconnected novels. It is really not necessary to read the other books, but as I had already read the first three in the sequence, although there is no mention of ML in the second book... it was better for me to understand the strange relationship between the emperor and the king of the southwest. The author surprised me with the adjustment of the timeline in some points of this novel, but it failed in others, especially in... more>> 'The Bandit's Strategy' where the timeline is the same, but MC seems to hate ML in one and looks extremely in love with ML in DWGL... in this case it is better to forget the other books and make a new story without forgetting to include some important parts and in that the author did very well and for this reason the romance between the two is the main point in this novel. I think the side characters I fit very well here, and other new characters are very interesting. I really liked the MC in this novel, even though he is the emperor, his love for ML is so deep and loyal. Duan Baiyue had already done a lot for Chu Yuan, this time it's time to see what the MC is capable of doing for ML, so I was very pleased with the ending. Anyway I love this couple and this adorable novel. <<less
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hannah009
hannah009 rated it
October 22, 2021
Status: Completed
I like this novel

Four stars

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Cloudy_hills
Cloudy_hills rated it
June 18, 2021
Status: --
This book isn't fully translated, and so I had to leave it at chapter 75. (But even then, please read this beautiful gem because it might just land on your fav list). And yet, it always called me back and so I read it again. But I could not bear the anxious separation with their story any longer, and went ahead to read it on MTL. I am glad because yes, reading MTL isn't easy but I could get through it. Why? Because that is how beautiful this book... more>> is. And yes, I will read it again for the umpteenth time in the future. I will never forget this story. <<less
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Dhetz
Dhetz
March 7, 2021
Status: c74
Good translation, Good story. I was getting bored cause I was expecting romance and not much politics according to reviews but the next thing I know I'm bawling my eyes out. Curious.. Might continue reading this after it's completed.

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Spoiler

note to self so I don't have to re-read later.

The emperor wife, a vassal king husband. With cute brother who likes insects and poison with a crazy master. Current issue is this island with gold, missed getting a mythical cure for a gu poison m, ended up doing a bad cultivation technique that turned his blood to poison and face monstrous? Cannot go out during the day? Oh they were childhood friends and just finally acknowledged relationship when this happened so the husband is avoiding the wife and then there's an assassination attempt from a royal brother turned commoner and the Husband is marching his army to remove the threat while the wife is on his way back to the palace capital after being injured and denied to see his lover but said he will wait.

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