Fei Pin Ying Qiang

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The journey of a generation’s male empress started because of four words.

“Send a dowry escort.”

During the 19th year of the Yuanqing Era, Qi Yunruo boarded a carriage and entered through a corner door of the second prince’s estate. Then, across the watery corridor, he gazed at the prince from afar.

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The promotional record of a young teen married off as part of his legitimate sister’s dowry.

From two people who never met before to two people who could understand each other’s thoughts by just a glance.

There’s a type of happiness sparked when the most suitable people meet in the most suitable place.

Notes:
In order for aristocratic women in imperial China to marry into a family part of the upper nobility, they must be of the legitimate line and must also have a dowry escort that married into that family. That escort would be a “ying” (媵) and could be considered a concubine.

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The Promotional Record of a Male Consort
妃嫔媵嬙
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Rainess09
Rainess09 rated it
November 7, 2019
Status: v1c24
Haven't read much of the MTL but I am starting to read it. From what I can tell, their relationship (MC and ML's) is of dubious consent. It's the MC just basically accepting his fate. As this is an ancient era, it isn't really anything to frown upon. Everyone is basically forced to act a certain part based not on their capabilities but their position/rank at birth. Apart for the upper echelons or the highest/ noblest of birth, basically everyone performs their part of the dance. The concubine fights for their position, the courtiers performs for merit, s*aves, well they do what s*aves do until death or until redemption. The prince themselves have their part to perform.
For the lowly MC being a son from a low-born and a highborn, which is highly frowned upon by the current society, he can only accept his fate whatever that is given to him. He didn't seem smart nor dumb. He was, for me, ordinary. Ordinary in the context of being part of the under-privileged. He wasn't 'maltreated', beaten, starved or taken advantaged of sexually or anything threatening his life in his birth home when he was young. He wasn't specifically maligned or anything. He was just not privileged. The worst treatment I think that he received was that he was ignored.
Although I said that, I felt, while reading the already translated chaps, that it was a far worst feeling for the MC. At least with being beaten, starved, criticized, or sexually harassed, he'd have a definite reason to spite, to feel sad or have vengeful ideas. But from the lines in between, it felt like he was suffering an unimaginable loneliness that he himself could not explain. There were sentences in which his heart suddenly feels sullen, out of the blue. Moments where he just looks at the sky in a daze. To not be recognized as someone who exists, to not have a place where you belong, to not being able to say you're own name with pride... I know and have first hand experience on such. Which I think is why I feel it hurts more for MC.
Anyway, with regards to ML and MC's relationship, seeing as MC has been ignored since young and have not even a little bit of comfort/doting before ML, I felt it's only natural that MC's heart has softened for ML. It was only ML who has taken notice of MC. Only ML pampered and protected him. Even if MC was not comfortable with having relations with men, it was the only line he can hold on to for self protection. But I feel, given MC's character as depicted, if he was set free by ML from the beginning, then he would've proceeded with whatever interested him with no preference. Maybe married a woman of low-born along the way.
All and all I think this is a good read. I like how the story was being relayed. I also like the fact that the MC doesn't speak much and treasures his words. Although I wouldn't call him smart, at least he has a good enough head. A bit naive, but only because he hasn't experienced much. I like how the ML didn't like bang*fireworks* fall head-over-heels-turned-yandere all of a sudden upon contact with MC.
I like to think most of the relationship between people happen based on circumstances rather than fate. Close contact does produce good feelings.
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teagsho
teagsho
June 27, 2020
Status: --
I feel weird, ML is..... sleeping with the concubines, even makes them pregnant, well, this happen before ML and MC has feeling for each other.

But still....... when I know Concubine Wei is pregnant, I feel uncomfortable since when this happen ML and MC relationship starting to soften, but in the end ML still sleeping with others....
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Piggychan
Piggychan rated it
September 19, 2019
Status: v1c14
I heard that 'To be A Virtuous Wife' author also wrote danmei. If they did, I imagine the story/writing style would be similar to this.

The ML was the true depiction of an ancient Chinese man with his harem (you can't get more ancient Chinese than impregnating 2/3 women at the same time lol), but the way the author described it makes me kind of cool about it. Can't wait to read more.
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applejelly
applejelly rated it
June 28, 2019
Status: v1c15
This is one of the few danmei that's got me reading ahead in the raws. I personally find it sweet, although there's some points where it's kind of... angsty? I'm not sure if that's the right word for it. But it does make me want to beat up whoever's bullying the MC. But I don't find the MC weak either... it's hard to explain

Anyway, author does a good job in making up sympathize with the MC. Now I'm off to binge the rest of the chapters
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AbsoluteMeowster
AbsoluteMeowster rated it
August 30, 2020
Status: Completed
4/5

Knocking down a star due to the ML still impregnating others while beginning his relationship with the MC (understandable given the historical context and the ML's prince position, but still unpleasant to read about). Also the fact that he considers reconciling with his wife (the wicked sister, who is the arch-nemesis of our MC) while in a serious relationship with the MC (also understandable given his status, but again, unpleasant. He knows that the MC can't have kids or a wife, yet the ML has the freedom and choice to... more>> do so... it really puts an unpleasant taste in my mouth over this extreme power imbalance in the relationship).

Elucidating more on the power balance, it's really tilted on the side of the ML, uncomfortably so. The MC is definitely no damsel-in-distress (he's extremely adaptable and smart, and though he can't fight, he uses his brain for all those court intrigues) , yet he has basically no freedom or choice beyond what the ML grants him. The MC stays with ML, but I do not know if it's actually of his own choosing, or that staying with the ML is the best choice the MC has to survive (or even worse, Stockholm Syndrome, because the ML basically raised the MC since he was a teen). He was given the chance to leave the Prince ML, but he stayed with the ML and basically sacrificed his entire life and future for the ML, while the ML is able to have children and concubines and his true wife (who absolutely hates our MC's guts). It's just difficult to read how the ML has so many children and wives and is, though not affectionate with them, is considerate to them, and even holds them sometimes in higher regard than the MC
Spoiler

In Chapter 63, the ML admits that if the true wife hadn't attempted to poison him that day, he would still respect her and even hold her in higher regard than the MC, who freaking went to war and sacrificed himself multiple times for the ML and even figures out some court intrigue for the benefit of the ML. And this is right after the true wife slapped the MC so hard his face puffed up, even after the MC attempted to save the true wife from the ML's beating. Honestly, this made my opinion go down the drain for the ML.

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. However, the MC has no one in his corner, only himself. This extreme power imbalance, where the MC is just like a toy the ML can play with, makes me depressed reading this.

The writing and translation is superb however, and the plot keeps you on your toes (if you ignore the distressing parts of the MC +ML relationship). The MC really grows throughout the novel into someone strong and willing to stand up for himself. The ML is... well, he doesn't really develop as a character, because he starts off as 'perfect', but I guess him feeling love is development???

Honestly, most of the 4 stars is for our adorable MC. I really do love his character, it's just unfortunate his circumstances. I really do feel that if he had a family to support him, he wouldn't even look at the ML in a romantic light because our MC is just... he deserves so much more. I'm an intense BL lover, and I wouldn't even mind if he paired up with a girl to get an adorable baby (the MC really loves kids, which sucks because he can never have his own, but
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ends up adopting the ML's kids

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dramamonster
dramamonster rated it
May 25, 2020
Status: c48 part1
Qi Yunruo is the downtrodden and unloved illegitimate son of the powerful Qi family. He is also Prince Chun's person after entering Prince's estate as a dowry escort for his sister, Princess Consort Chun. Like any historical novel, powerful men have harems, money and soldiers; their women strive to bear children to maintain their own status; and young men go to battle to earn martial merits or study for examinations to become officials and make their mark in the world.

Because of his personal history, Qi Yunruo's family has ruthlessly neglected... more>> and confined him so that he cannot pursue any of these achievements. He doesn't want to be cast away by his family to be a bed warmer, but once he enters Prince Chun's estate, he belongs to Prince Chun for the rest of his life (like any other young girl who enters a harem, except he's male). When he enters Prince Chun's estate, he is unassuming and bland to avoid trouble, and has no ambitions beyond staying alive. However, Prince Chun, who is gay (but being a royal, he still does his royal duty and has biological children), notices him right away.

The story begins with Prince Chun's estate and its harem politics and feels more like a slice of life novel such as To Be A Virtuous Life. There are moments when you can see Qi Yunruo hating what his life is, but tamping it down in order to survive. His honesty, caution and pure heart eventually wins him allies.

Later, Qi Yunruo accompanies Prince Chun to the battlefield and has many adventures that help him mature and display his bravery and intelligence.

If you like historical chinese slice of life novels, and BL novels, this is an interesting read. There are a lot of people in the harem/estate, and in the battlefield arc, so the names may get confusing. The translation is great. There is no smut, just fade-to-black scenes. I hope the rest of the novel is this good. <<less
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Macca
Macca rated it
December 24, 2020
Status: --
I like how ML is realistic enough, and I love the development of their relationship. The end is very sweet (mtl). This is the best chinese royalty novel I've read. Its really, truly satisfying. For peole who said ML scum, did you really read it well? ML is doing his duty properly, he knows his position, and what he did is REALISTIC. He protect MC as best and as subtle as he can, and MC protect ML with all his might!! From the war arc to the end.

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I love the struggle ML had to overcome to make Little Qi his empress. I got bored with 'I'm the emperor, so you can just be my empress', with no regard to tradition etc.

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And what I love the most is Little Qi is a fighter! He is not just a hopeless MC who asked ML to solve his every problem. He helped ML so much in the end, and he is very decisive. It's truly, truly sweet.

Translator, you did a great job! Thankyou ♡ <<less
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Melange
Melange rated it
October 27, 2020
Status: Completed
The beginning of this novel is not 1:1. There is a lot of harem politics, and ML has multiple children with multiple women.

Please keep in mind that this is a more realistic depiction of the feudal era, so there is no OP ML going "you're the only one for me." Both ML and MC are beholden to the times and restrained by their social status/class, so if you are uncomfortable with this dynamic, don't read this novel because there is untold suffering for MC for more than half of the... more>> novel.

That being said, this is not really a light read. It's more angsty and sad, though this gets better near the end. It's well written, but not everyone will appreciate this type of novel. This deserves a higher rating for its literary value, but I know I certainly didn't enjoy it.

Part of me almost wanted some random deus ex machina to happen where random lightning smote all the antagonists, so MC could have something good going for him. Poor MC, you really deserved better. <<less
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dona
dona rated it
July 13, 2019
Status: c27
There´s not much to say so far. But what put me off first of all is MC. Don´t have a clue about his personality. So far it seems like he´s just a clueless, helpless child being pushed around by scheming adults. I don´t really look forward to his scenes or dialogues since he doesn´t really do or say anything meaningful.

Secondly, I don´t really mind ML having multiple wives but there are seriously way too many characters. I can´t keep track of all names. And this novel is somewhat unusual because... more>> the females get to have a lot of appearance. It almost makes me forget I´m reading BL and instead it feels like a Chinese historical novel about the inner struggle between the women in the royal palace.

We´ll see where it goes.

update: I decided to drop this. It´s honestly a good read for those who enjoy a slow but sweet story but I got bored. I really don´t like MC´s character who live like a small white sheep with his fate already handed to him. <<less
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Sarah_Jae18
Sarah_Jae18 rated it
June 25, 2020
Status: Completed
Sweet romance story?

in the begining I assume the prince like Qi YunRuo but not to much (bc he still go to others) and I'm a bit disappointed but later on they're love become stronger? Yes, it's a slow romance with a lot of political problems and household problems.

but overall this is a sweet love story that is worth to read! ??? *I read the rest untranslated chapters on mtl? So I hope to read the finished translated version by the translator group?
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Silangan
Silangan rated it
December 28, 2019
Status: c30
A well written story about Ancient China politics and the ML’s harem.

The romantic build up is meh. I mean it aint bad, the same level as all the danmei - very little build up and just fluff galore (and angst everywhere)

What I don’t like about it is that the MC is pretty useless. Its understandable how he is that way, but he doesnt have the drive to be better - because his family snuffed it out of him.

What I love about it is the translator. They really work hard... more>> on it, and I really like their notes and comments explaining whats an action or phrase means in regard to the whole story. <<less
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Honefuusen
Honefuusen rated it
December 12, 2020
Status: --
Piece of sh*t ML. Helplessly weak MC.

Like the worst ever scum out there ML. Scummiest of all scum man. He should reincarnate into a pig for at least 3 lifetimes. Like, seriously. It's the greatest misfortune of any man or woman to meet this ML brand's of romantic partner.

The only good thing is how high the quality of the translation is. I don't know the motive of the translator for picking up this story but I feel like this story wasted the skill of the translator.
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Moongodess76
Moongodess76
November 11, 2020
Status: c26
I must say that this novel made my heart really uncomfortable. Like all the other reviewers had already said, the ML has a harem and children around him since the beginning, and I was trying reeeeaaaaly hard to continue reading despite this (the translator was cheering the readers up all the time, telling how nice will be later on so that made me endure), then

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the ML spent the night with the MC and right the next night he was with the legal wife!!

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but that's it, I gave up. First of all, the ML is not gay, but bi because he still can do it with so many women despite liking the same sex.

Second, strongly dislike harem stories (a trauma of mine), my super tender sensitive heart can't deal with angst, so I try to avoid it.

But if you really like to read it, go ahead, is just the sensible me that have to drop it.

Cheers to the translator, her attitude is great! <<less
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nothing of the sort
nothing of the sort rated it
June 11, 2020
Status: c50
One word to describe this book ; predictable. Everyone's personality feels like a tool for the story to proceed. Not a bit of originality in nearly any of the characters : (I would love to hear more about characters personal wishes like consort wei once said she would rather marry an ordinary man.. And I get it there will be competition between the harem members but is it really necessary to revolve the book around their schemes? They're no even that good.. Classic, predictable schemes..
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Indelible Faith
Indelible Faith rated it
January 29, 2020
Status: v2c34
Honestly, the romance is secondary right now, there's progress but not much. But ooh am I really intrigued about all the mysterious pasts of the characters! Looking forward to that!
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rambling.d
rambling.d rated it
January 29, 2020
Status: Completed
This was truly a lovely book. I especially loved the romance development. I wouldn't have minded if there were a few more chapters!
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Ritu
Ritu rated it
October 31, 2019
Status: c21
Really beautifully written novel tbh. The characters slowly reveal their depths and history. The MC is like a blooming flower. Quiet and closed off in the starting. You'll hardly know about his thoughts but the author slowly unravels his character and you start to adore him.

There's a kind of beauty in the authors storytelling. It's set in ancient China and there are concubine and old thinking style but the author doesn't let any bit of modern sentimentality seep into it and you manage to appreciate the story properly.

1p/10
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sadjam20
sadjam20 rated it
July 22, 2019
Status: v2c36
Really liking the story.

MC starts to grow in the second volume. He broadens his horizons and isn't as easy to push around anymore. I'm glad, since it shows depth in the MC's character. He doesn't stagnate, but is actually dynamic. It's hard to tell in the first few chapters that are translated.

Spoiler

In the second volume, Li Chen brings Qi Yunruo to the northwest border with him. We also learn some things about his mother.

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Sun_day
Sun_day rated it
December 22, 2020
Status: Completed
My rating: 4.5

This is the first story that compelled me to write a review, and the first to get me mtl through the rest of the chap because I was just so curious.

The plot is solid and consistent, mainly it revolve around the intrigue surrounding MC and ML be it from the inner court (harem) or the fore court and battlefield, it isn't really complicated or full of scheme ala romance of three kingdom style, but it isn't light either, the weight is still there, if u know what I... more>> mean, there's no comedic undertone at all, and many angst mainly because I pity the MC situation :' (

ML is the eldest legitimate child of emperor and empress, thus he has many enemies, ML want to be emperor, he's smart and ambitious, very clear headed and have a calm temperament. MC technically is ML concubine because his legitimate mother made him accompany his half-sister as dowry escort, his sister marry ML as main wife and are very awful toward him (MC), I think MC gradually fall in love (?) with ML because ML is the first to give him affection, and dedicated himself to serve and always be by ML side.

I also love that the antagonist (mainly ML enemies and brothers) are not there to serve as foil, the princes especially prince Jing are really smart, they feel like real threats instead of stereotypical villain use to elevate Main characters.

There's a bitter feeling in my heart and feeling sad for MC regarding ML still impregnating other women in spite of liking MC, but I think it realistic given the ancient setting and ML is ambitious to become emperor so he needs to have sons, if it's any consolation after chapter 20 ML doesn't sleep with any other consorts again.

I don't remember clearly about the details, but the first 20 chapter are set in the harem, and we get to see the consorts idiotic attempts at scheming, I must say that I have an aneurysm while reading this section, the consort fully believe they're smart and can fool the ML when actually the ML are merely tolerating their bullsh*t because he still need the consorts family support and reputation and so he can't outright offend them, the harem are just full of hate and the MC always get involve directly or indirectly and get hurt in the end.

The consorts:
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The consorts are like any other consorts in this type of story, always fighting to the death to get the prince attention and strive to have sons, consort Ji is arrogant and domineering, consort Wei is introvert but she's the smartest of the bunch, I always think she's a bit of hypocrite, she say she rather marry ordinary man, but gets really happy when ML visit her courtyard, I think she also has a hand regarding the eunuch incident at the first 20 chp that resulting in MC getting hurt, tertiary consort Li I think is just a simple minded person, opportunistic but not malicious.

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Though the one I hate the most is MC sister qi niqun and her mother, they are the typical clowns that blame others for disadvantageous situation that results because of THEIR OWN DOING, qi niqun is perhaps the most vicious yet the most idiotic female antagonist that I have ever encounter, she isn't smart, nor is she charismatic, she doesn't has any plus point beside being the princess consort. MC father are also horrible, coward and cold blooded, you will understand in chapter 57-ish

MC sister fate:
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In the end she died because of her own doing, she give birth to 2 daughters, after that, she drinks many medicine from 'doctors' that 'supposedly' can conceive a son, the ML at that point already hate her because she doesn't assign proper care for ML eldest daughter, the one he has with tertiary consirt Li, qi niqun depict immense hate to children from illegitimate line you see, so she attempt to drug ML with aphrodisiac to make ML sleep with her, ML resist and kick her away, MC also come to save him, since then ML never touch her again, some months or years (?) later the medicines effect accumulate and counteract against each other making her seriously ill, the doctor called by MC were a bit late because he was obstruct by ML enemies on the way (ML was frame by his brothers and his brothers army surround ML estate), in her death bed she never repent nor does she realize her situation was because of her own greed, she just lament to ML why she doesn't give birth to a son while consort Ji and consort Wei have a son on their first try, geez 😒

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Last but not least I like that the characters personality are shown by their actions rather than a long dozen paragraph, the authors also doesn't emphasize much in appearance either, the physical attribute are describe along with the character introduction and never mention again, I think it's more impactful and memorable that way. Li Chen is also a rare ML in this kind of setting, he isn't domineering, arrogant, or obsessive, he's just polite, treating others courteously according to their status and position, and cautious, I think he's the perfect and can't afford any weakness type, that also makes sense considering many people want him dead.

The translation are superb, I like that almost all of the imperial titles are convert to english, it doesn't subtract the conservative feeling of ancient china strict social hierarchy, I think it rather enhance it, sometimes I don't like when there's too much wang, fei, qie, guifei, niang, zhen etc terms thrown all over the place, makes it quite difficult to concentrate on the plot.

whew, sorry if it's a bit long, all in all this is a good story and worth to read for those who want a serious but not to heavy plot and a good balance of angst and fluff, ending is 1v1, and don't worry it's HE. If the author plan to write another story I would surely look forward to it <<less
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karien_91
karien_91 rated it
July 24, 2020
Status: --
I really like the characters from MC. He is very mysterious. Although their love journey is very slow, but this novel really shows the reality of life.
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