Eastern Palace


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She is the much loved and spoilt ninth princess of Xi Liang country. She embarked on the road to Central Plains (Zhongyuan) for an arranged marriage. He is the almighty and powerful crown prince. Because of a political marriage, he is forced to marry a foreign princess. He has his own beloved concubine, Zhao Liang Di. She has her own life, escaping from the palace to ride horse, disguising as a young man, chasing thieves, sending lost children home and drinking wine. Initially, their lives are like two parallel lines, never intersecting. However, the fight for power and position in the eastern palace, endless gossip, and hidden murderous intentions lead her to get involved step-by-step.

After surviving a near death experience, she suddenly recalled what happened three years ago:

His blind date with her ​​in the desert,

He beheaded the white-eyed wolf king in Tian Gen mountain for her sake.

They held a grand wedding on the prairie.

However, he also brought her disaster, a bloody genocide …

River of Forgetfulness, to forget a love.

When her memory returned, how should she choose?

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Deola A.
New Deola A. rated it
April 20, 2021
Status: Completed
I until the very end, still wished for some sort of happy ending. Despite the evidence in every line, I still, I still waited with baited breathe for redemption, salvation and sweet tears.

My heart is going to be in pain for a while.
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milkandbiscuits rated it
September 10, 2017
Status: Completed
I read the raws some time ago and my heart still feels sad when I think about this story. Li Chengyin and Xiaofeng, a pair of star-crossed lovers. When they first met, their love blossomed just like any other couple's. There was happiness, there was sadness, they quarreled and they fought but they were in love. Then the truth was revealed and everything turned to ashes.

Nothing in this story is as it seems. All the minor details and plot and politics that you see in the beginning are actually pieces... more>> of the puzzle. Li Chengyin is not as simple as he seems. Xiaofeng appears naive, but once she remembers all that she forgets, the heaviness that weighs upon her makes you wish for her to return to her days of naivety and innocence, when she was just a carefree person.

So many tears were shed at the ending, but I understand why it had to happen the way it did. We have to live with the consequences of our decisions, and Li Chengyin and Xiaofeng's story was never meant to have a happy ending... <<less
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willwiz rated it
October 13, 2016
Status: Completed
This is a top tier tragedy novel in my opinion.

Personally I am really glad to have finished this novel.

If you are looking for a tearjerker, this is a good choice.

With that being said, and some what unfortunately, all of the payoff is at the end of the novel, literally the last 2-5 chapter + epilogue or so.

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The entire novel to structured to setup the ending. In fact most of the novel isn't all that great by itself, it's pretty bland actually. Definitely not worth reading if you are not willing to stick it to the end.

The novel can pretty much be divided into 3 part, the present, the past and the conclusion. The first part is relatively lighthearted and calm, with no major conflicts. The second part more serious and emotional. These two part actually seems like 2 different novels, and to be honest, at the time of reading, pretty random.

However, all of these end up setting up the conclusion really well if you could believe. I definitely couldn't help but cry as the novel was reaching the end. It's remembering everything that happen in the novel, no matter how random and meaningless they were at the time, and the epiphany when you realized how each of those events meant for the characters that really delivered for the story.

Personally this kind of progression for a tragedy novel is not a bad choice. Although the early parts of the novel really doesn't deliver very much from an emotion stand point, there nothing like that sudden unexpected punch in the gut.

In summary, read it if you like tragedy and can stick through a reasonably long novel. Else if you are expecting a satisfying experience throughout, this is not worth it.

Also, there is only ever one MC. This much is pretty clear fairly obvious after the initial meeting, and the story doesn't attempt to hide this.

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yango rated it
April 27, 2018
Status: --
The story tags should just be tragedy, angst and heart wrenching. This novel starts out slow but it builds up for the climax, which honestly is when the tears come. Watching XF love a man so deeply not just once but twice as an innocent woman who just wants to find her true love to finding the dark secrets of her past breaks my heart. Their love was never meant to be and I'm glad the ending turned out the way it did. No matter his reasons, he did not... more>> deserve her love and affections. <<less
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rdawv rated it
March 28, 2016
Status: --
Impressions as of Ch. 9. Rated 3.5, rounded down to 3.

When the story opens, the MC is already married and became the crown princess. It was a political marriage, she was given as tribute from a defeated country. Her husband the crown prince did not want the marriage as well, as he already had a favored concubine. The MC did not mind this, as it meant she had free time to sneak out with her trusty female bodyguard to disguise as commoners and to gallivant.

Being from a foreign, 'barbarian' country,... more>> the MC and her bodyguard were perplexed at the behavior of people in their new home. A reader might find their naivety interesting or exasperating, as they take everything at face value. Fans of palace dramas seeking to find an intelligent MC rebuffing the words and schemes of others will be disappointed here, at least initially; as the MC simply assumed every spoken word and action as true. This is amply demonstrated in the drowning episode.

Other than the palace intrigue and loveless marriage, there is also a mystery as a powerful wuxia character claims to have exchanged vows with the MC, of which the MC had no memory of. It may be a case of mistaken identity.

It has to be noted that the first translator (Suteki da ne) collaborated with another translator on the first four chapters but dropped the series. The translating collaborator was mentioned to be indifferent to the male characters and I have to say only one seemed suitable as a male lead, that being the general. The others seemed deeply flawed: the crown prince being childish and the wuxia man seemed possessive and not really listening to what the MC says. Of course, there might be others introduced or their personality change, but readers should bear in mind the story is only 42 chapters long with an epilogue according to the new translator. <<less
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shngml rated it
February 20, 2019
Status: --
I personally did not finish this novel, but know enough to cry about it. The writer sets it up well for a heart breaking ending.

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Even though they both forgot each other due to the fall in the river of forgetfulness, they come to love each other again after 3 years of marriage. Little scenes, where the author writes about their interactions as a marriend couple makes one think that hey, maybe it wont end so bad after all, but I was so wrong. From their first kiss during their marriage, the scene made the novel to be so light. The ending, however, was just so tradgic. She dies by stabbing herself, thus renduring her to forget him forever, which she's always wanted.

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Jac Don
Jac Don rated it
April 20, 2019
Status: Completed
This is so sad when you remember what they were like in the past, young and carefree.

All the war with the drama within the royal palace changed them so much that they no longer trust each other.

Overall this is a beautiful tragic story between the two lovers who were never meant to have a happy ending.

Prepare for the Onion chopping ninjas!!
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nathacalista rated it
February 21, 2019
Status: c25
I already finished it. It's ended beautifully. Sad maybe, but beautiful. I like it.
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xiaoxi_airi rated it
April 1, 2021
Status: --
Hmmm I think there is a drama based off this its called "Goodbye my Princess" and is found on youtube. It's pretty good and quite sad... ngl not really my tea because it doesn't really have such a happy ending : (
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pimni rated it
February 26, 2021
Status: ss 5
Be ready with a box of tissue when you read the book or watch the series (Goodbye my Princess). I watched the series first and then read the book and it didn't take away the joy of reading the book. The book is better in a way because the story unfolds in front of you while in the series you see it in the linear narration. In a way, it is like Eternal Love where the theme (the protagonist losing memory) is quite the same and both the book and... more>> the series follow the same pattern. The books start in the middle in a way while the series starts from the beginning.

As for the story, it is one of the saddest I have read. Don't know how much I have cried (the children were sort of alarmed seeing me cry) when I read or watch certain episodes. As for the characters, the MC is the most genuine person in the book while the ML is ruthless and power-hungry. The series sort of gives an indication of why he did what he did in regards to the royal family, but the book does not do so and hence the ML comes out to be more ruthless. So I am happy in a way that he doesn't get to reconcile with the MC because he doesn't deserve her. And so is the SML he also doesn't deserve her. Though he dies for her at that time the death is as pointless as pushing someone in a well and then dying while trying to pull her out!


It is fitting the way she dies in the book, with her best friend because she was the only person who was always faithful and by her side. Another person who truly loved the MC is the head maid and others just used her all her life.

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oopsaloo rated it
June 27, 2020
Status: Completed
Omg this novel... I cried and cried and cried through the second half. At first I was confused who the ML was, but I guess the summary also kind of spoils it. This is a superbly written and translated story, with deep characters who are complex. Especially the ML. The ending is kind of fitting, though I wish ... more>>

ML jumped with her again the second time, to prove how deep his love is for MC. To me that would have been the best ending for star-crossed lovers who are full of remorse. And it would be even better if one of the side stories gave the hint of a reincarnation where maybe they meet again, like a lot of other CN novels. Idk that would at least end the tragedy on a more upbeat note.

Regardless this is a great novel; highly recommend reading! Just keep a box of tissues handy for when the onion ninjas come... <<less
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Pmona rated it
July 22, 2020
Status: --
Such a touching story, it got me so sad so mad but I enjoyed it, I really wanted the MC to be free I didn’t want her to end in such a tragedy, in the first chapters I was confused then everything started to reveal thank you for your efforts.
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SuThwe rated it
January 12, 2021
Status: --
I cry everytime I read this novel. The translation, The settings and characters everything is perfect, The Best of the author, FWSC's novel for me.
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