Golden Stage

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The notorious imperial court lackey and the meritorious military general were well-known for their mutual dislike, a pair of arch-enemies set in stone. Who could have foreseen the unexpected change in the winds of heaven: the general injured on the battlefield, both legs disabled, and even forced by the emperor to marry his nemesis.  

With one marriage edict, two people with mutual hostility are forced to marry and live under the same roof. Yet after these long days together, they come to the realization that this fellow is not truly devoid of any saving grace/unattainable and high out of reach.

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Huáng Jīn Tái
黄金台
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Lighthouse Snail
New Lighthouse Snail rated it
February 11, 2021
Status: Completed
Reading this novel feels like someone is pouring sugar on my mouth continuosly. Every single moment between the main couple means a new round of hearbeats and sweetness crawling all the way up to the heart. It's hard to even describe how much I loved the romance in the story. The couple has the most respectful relationship I've seen until now. They never force each other to do anything and never take advantage of one's moment of weakness. When facing difficulties they both do their best to stand by each... more>> other's side, not pushing their own beliefs into one another's mind and forcing them to adhere, but communicating and opening their hearts to understand what the other has to say. The development of their relationship is something really adorable to see, getting more and more pleasing to the eyes. 10/10.

Main Plot

I'm not the type of person who is fond of breaking my mind trying to understand stories with political stuff and conspiracy issues, but the main plot in Golden Stage was quite good to read and I got myself immersed in all the events, even those that are not directly related to romance. It's was not difficult to process what was actually going on, unlike some other stories with the same theme, and we are able to see some nice ideas about the way a governance treats it's own domain and it's own people, as well as a scenrio that perfectly fits the phrase: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Spoiler

Zeng Guang statement, which was the main inspiration for Fu Shen's ideas of how the structure of a government should be, is something not to be overlooked: “The world is a world of its denizens, not the private property of one family. A land’s destabilized governance does not reside in the rise and fall of one surname, but in the sorrow and happiness of all its citizens.” That was very well written.

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It was the first time I read a novel with antagonists who are not smartasses, but rather some useless dumbasses (yeah, I'm talking about you, Emperor Yuntai and your s*upid sons). The author didn't throw in the plot some machiavelic conflicts, but just political plays that are likely to happen in real life (as it surely has happened somewhere in human history). The characters feel real and human, and their angst is also very not-out-of this world.

In conclusion, I loved everything about this novel. The translation was also amazing and pleasing to read! Thanks to Chichilations, who did a great and admirable job in translating every term and writing some interesting side notes.
I hope to read more novels like this one in the future. <<less
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Cindamoon
Cindamoon
December 2, 2019
Status: Completed
This is the novel I was searching for all along~!

It starts with an assassination attempt on Fu Shen, the MC, who is a famed general coming from a family of famous military leaders. Unfortunately, it leaves him crippled. This serves two purposes: one is to show the background and give a sense of the ambivalent views surrounding the MC, revealing the unspoken side of the current political situation. While also serving as a factor to investigate into later (I don't think that's a spoiler since it happens in the first... more>> few paragraphs).

The emperor takes advantage of this, and as a way to limit and control the power the MC has, he forces a marriage edict upon Fu Shen and Yan Xiaohan, an infamous court lackey who is of the "Flying Dragon Guard" (I know the emperor did this without good intentions, but thank you emperor, you a real living god for us shippers!), since everyone thinks that the main leads are on bad terms with each other.

Spoiler

However, this is not true, and it is revealed that the MC and ML were quite close to each other in their teenage years, and even started developing mutual feelings for each other. By then, they had gone through all sorts of adventures together, and established a firm bond. However due to misunderstandings that were never explained, they had a falling out, and then the MC left for the war. Which continues to the present day, and they never bothered to remedy it. The MC is not mad at the ml, he's just... disappointed. He has long since accepted that the ML has different priorities in this life, but still believes that the ML can be better than this. But on the other hand, the ML thinks his lowly and scheming self is not worthy of the righteous and conscientious MC. Seriously kids, communication is the best prevention for drama. But don't worry, it all works out in the end.

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Luckily, they gradually warm up to each other, and tensions are smoothed out in the day-to-day interactions between the two while ML is taking care of the MC. It's too sweet, and funny, especially that poem in one of the earlier chapters! I'm always grinning like there's no tomorrow.

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The way they met is literally straight out of a drama

Spoiler

An appreciating person chucks a flower at our MC at a parade procession, who dodges, but ends up on the lapel of... who else??? Our flippin' ML of course! Who then returns the flower to the MC, in what can only be described as, with a touch of flirtatiousness. And mc's reaction is hilarious when he realizes the type of flower he "threw".

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Spoiler

On that misunderstanding that was not explained: By around chapter 17 the MC meets a woman, and in flashbacks, what drove that initial rift between them is revealed. The emperor was chasing after the wife (you guessed it! It's the same woman as the one the mc's currently talking to in the present) and child of a suspected traitor. While on the run, they bump into MC, who along with a group of friends decides to shield them, and the MC hides and takes care of them in secret. However, the ml, unbeknownst of the MC, had followed him to the hideout, and then puts the woman under custody. When the MC discovers, he feels immensely devastated and betrayed (kind of an understatement). He had originally planned to gift the ML with a jade pendant, but upon the betrayal, he shatters it, an action that symbolizes breaking off all ties between them. With that, he leaves for war. But, hear me out, it's later revealed that the ML had helped the mother-son pair by smuggling them out, and he had kept and treasured that broken jade all this time.

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It's reminiscent of sha po lang (maybe it's the politics, or the power couple dynamic, the very clever and resourceful main leads, the overall vibe, or a combination of all of the aforementioned), and often times, I feel like the times we get to see Fu Shen and Yan Xiaohan showing their rare gentle sides towards each other, just casts this soft golden glow in my chest, like mellow and honeyed candlelight, creating this mood that's nostalgic of an all-encompassing warmth. Unspoken thoughts are conveyed in a gaze, if only you care to seek them out. These moments of calm paint the quiet scenes with serenity and comfort, like a being enveloped in a familiar embrace (descriptions not too shabby, eh?), and it has all the things I look for in a novel. The protagonists are on equal footing with each other, no overbearing and dominating characters here.

The mc's disability does not make him inferior to the ml.

There is court intrigue, but not in stifling amounts. And that's good, since plot-driven novels appeal to me.

The translator is also the absolute greatest! They update very efficiently and always make sure to add lots of definitions of the various phrases used and cultural tidbits at the end, I just love it when translators take the time to do that! 加油 mx. translator!

What's more, 黄金台 has an audio drama adaptation! Only one episode has been released so far on 猫耳FM, but it's close to an hour long. The ending song is also really soothing. I cannot recommend this enough!

Oh my gosh, I literally shrieked and flailed like a fish out of water when I saw how many updates there were since I've been gone! Forgoing punctuation, like who needs it when your favorite series has updated??? <<less
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Chichi
Chichi rated it
November 4, 2020
Status: Completed
I just realized I never left a review of Golden Stage, despite translating the damn thing. (No comment on my own quality, but I'm glad people like it.)

First of all, this is predominantly a romance novel, and an icky-sticky, sickeningly sweet one, too. That is a Very Good Thing, in my opinion, because finding couples that actually communicate, have distinct personalities, are balanced in power, and don't have dogblood drama between them is horrifically rare. The plot isn't tacked onto the story, either; to say that the romance aspect... more>> overpowers the plot aspect would be a lie, as both are intertwined too heavily for one to happen without the other.

If I absolutely had to find a complaint, the side-characters weren't as developed as the main characters, though that's also why the novel is mercifully short as opposed to the 200+ chapters that a lot of other novels are, so... eh. It's fine, to me.

In terms of translating this, it was a slight pain in the butt, because the language is very complex. All the poem verses and complicated terms used were absolutely not exaggerated, trust me. And, now that I'm translating and reading things that are less complicated, it's really glaringly obvious how college-grad level this is in terms of writing. I chose a hell of a novel for an intermediate translator, hoo boy. That speaks volumes for how good of a prose writer CWBB is, at least. <<less
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yuukine
yuukine rated it
July 5, 2020
Status: Completed
Rating: 6/5

Who would've ever thought that pair of foes from way back when, who made a godawful racket in the Court hall and couldn't wait to use their hu tablets to beat the other on his dog head, would today be cooing sweet nothings as they snuggled up in front of a fire within a damaged temple? Clearly, the ways of the world were truly difficult to anticipate. Live long enough and one would see all sorts of miracles.

One word: masterpiece. To be honest, I read so many books... more>> that I consider few masterpieces, but this one is among them. This is one of the rare stories where you don't have to over analyze why characters did this and that, what they feel in certain scenes and what they think. It's all done by author so you can just relax and enjoy the ride.

You don't have to retaliate, but you must never forget who's hurt you in the past. One needs to know pain before they can live a bit longer."

Fu Shen is the general and marquis of Northen Yan, and a very loyal subject to the nation. But it all begins and ends when Fu Shen was escorting Tatar diplomatic envoy through Blue Sand pass, and an assassination attempt and a boulder crush his legs and leave him disabled.

The Yuantai era Emperor thus considered it lucky that Fu Shen suffered this injury as his family has been on the rise for many years, starting with his grandfather, father and uncle.

To completely cut his family line and leave Fu Shen's younger (useless) brother to inherit Duke of Ying title, and to literally make the Duke of Jing Ning Fu Shen become useless, the Emperor issued a decree: a marriage sanction between Fu Shen and his court blood hound Yan Xiaohan (Divine Martial Army General and Flying Dragon Guard Royal Inspector Envoy).

Except everyone knows that these two have been arguing back and forth on court and are enemies. But little do they know that before that, there was a friendship that ended with betrayal.

Yan XIaohan takes the opportunity to be married to Fu Shen for one reason - Emperor won't stop until he marries off Fu Shen, so it would be better for Fu Shen if it was someone he knew.

Fu Shen is very proud man who has been through wars for 5 years and this is all a defeat one after another. Forcing him to be useless, to be married, to cut his own family line, his legs... It all takes heavy toll on him. But that doesn't stop him from doing his utmost best to help others, stay as much positive as he can be and to get used to his new life.

It seemed that, in his impression, he'd never seen Yan Xiaohan get actually mad. The man was normally restrained and silently endured things, and when there was fire, it wouldn't be directed at him. Fu Shen had a flash of realization that he was always the one to be coaxed, believing himself to have nothing to be ashamed of in the world and in people's hearts, eternally waiting for others to admit their mistakes and apologize. After that, he would either forgive them for his own benefit, or ruthlessly cut ties with them. Even if he was doing the coaxing, he never lowered himself down, merely using honeyed words and bantered jokes to mediate things.

But when there came a day that the one accommodating would no longer accommodate, and the one indulging would no longer indulge, then he would know how it felt to be discarded.

Yan Xiaohan is relentless in perusing, he rose up to his position on his own effort but also because he's adopted son of favored palace Eunuch, so many look down on him and scorn him, thinking he rose in position via connection. Little do they know how ruthless, cunning, clever and bloodthirsty he can be. But for Fu Shen, he will be his everything.

These few months, he had never tried to exhort Fu Shen, didn't dare to prod at his scars, and frequently consoled himself: it was only that Fu Shen couldn't go off to battle again, or walk freely like a regular person again... he just had to pay with his legs, and that was much better than losing his life in Blue Sand Pass. But in this instant, his irrational response was finally acknowledged on his behalf, and all that unfettered optimism was a sham. He was actually upset about this on the inside, actually... very sorry for it.

Do I have to mention this book has the most beautiful marriage scene and amazing title drops where it's needed. The whole book is a beautiful combination of crying and laughing your heart out because it's just so wonderfully written you will attach yourself to these fools and will barely be able to let go.

"Call me that again, and I may just give up the darkness and turn towards the light for you."

(Times Fu Shen made Yan Xiaohan speechless (Yan Xiaohan: "..... " <- like that) = n times)

"However." Fu Shen smiled, using his fan to hold her away by the chest. "Compared to my dear wife, you fall a bit short."

The gods had come to write a new twist. Everyone turned their heads simultaneously to look towards the 'dear wife'.

Yan Xiaohan: "..... "|

Not to mention, this is really slow burn, nothing is forced, consent is important and they are adorable. The hugs, the cheek kisses, everything... they are so sweet and they give each other time (also they switch).

Daring to love, daring to hate, directly repaying both kindness and enmity; no one can tie you up aside from yourself.

And one of my fav quotes:

Spoiler

"When you went to battle, there was nothing I could do." Yan Xiaohan's tone was consolatory. "Fortunately, I became the Royal Inspector Envoy afterwards, and when the Emperor was sanctioning a marriage for you, the very first person he considered was me. You see, this is what's called 'if there's a will, there's a way to crack open even metal and stone'." "..... "

Fu Shen couldn't stop himself from being blunt. "What if he hadn't sanctioned it?"

Yan Xiaohan looked at him, then smiled. "I'm not a big-hearted gentleman like you, Marquis. Since I had done everything I could to take the Envoy position, even if the Emperor didn't allow it, I'd set about stealing you back. If the Court lackey isn't maiming the loyalist, how could I then be worthy of the gossiping masses of the world?"

and another one!

Yan Xiaohan swiftly grabbed him, lowering his voice. "Marquis, can you have your people step back a bit?"
"Hm? What are you doing?"
"I want to kiss you. Right now. I can't wait."
"... Open your eyes and look around. Would that be appropriate?"
"You said yourself that whatever I wanted, you would give. I want to kiss you, " Yan Xiaohan replied bluntly.

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Please read Golden stage, it's fun, it has wonderful main couple, lovely side characters, extremely good plot and roller coaster of emotions!

(also note, FANTASTIC TRANSLATION, THANK YOU CHICHI!)

OVERALL:

Main Characters: 6/5 - they are so wonderful, they are everything a couple needs to be, and everything I have been looking for in this kind of genre. Equality and respect!

Side characters: 4.5/5 - fantastic cast, many will make you laugh! (some will make you draw out knives to stab...)

Story: 6/5 flawless, extremely great work, no plot holes, linear, many years go pass.

Humor & Angst: 6/5 everything you ever wanted and never knew you needed until now! <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
July 29, 2020
Status: Completed
THE MAIN COUPLE IS A SWITCH!!!!!!!

This is akin to finding a gold nugget the size of your fist while cleaning up a ditch in your backyard dug by your dog--cough the annals of translated novels are missing a gem like this--

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I simply love it when novels don't pidgeonhole their characters into juvenile heteronormative top/bottom roles.

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That said, overall novel rating is a 4, but due to the excellent translation, upgrading this to 5.

This one is very similar to one of my top favorites [Sha Po Lang] (and pretty obvious that the author was "heavily" inspired by SPL), but with a lot more focus on the romance with less complex politics. This one's biggest flaw is also its strength: the romance/relationship development focus and super sweet husbandos.

Due to the romance focus, the side characters very much fell into the background and many times only appeared purely to progress the main plot. Nevertheless, it's a good book and highly recommended read.

Spoiler

There's plenty of straightforward confessions, dog-food-like, tooth-rotting fluff, grand gestures of romance, and so on. But I really would have liked to see more connection between the transitions and the different plotlines, as well as the MC's sister. I think the emotional moments would have been more meaningful if the ephiphanies were related to more than just the main leads' romance.

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I have to admit, I hesitated starting this because the preface seemed to be very dense and difficult to get into, but right past the first few chapters, the ball gets rolling, so don't put it off like I did!

The translation is one of the best I've ever read for ancient historical novels and I extremely appreciate the efforts the translator made to make a historical novel enjoyable in English without forcing readers to memorize 9000 cases of pinyin inserts.

On the translation alone, this gets 5 stars. <<less
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Adagio
Adagio rated it
January 3, 2020
Status: c26
This is a precious hidden gem among the historical themed BL novels.

As the synopsis already says, it's about a general who survived an ambush and is forced to marry his 'enemy' per royal decree. Despite him being crippled, he tries to maintain his independence as best as possible.

The story is intriguing without trying to flaunt its dramatic moments, and both the pacing and writing style are very natural. You will not find the typical comic/anime-ish writing of most Chinese BL writers, but rather a work that takes its themes seriously.... more>> There's no petty revenge p*rn involved; instead, we have elements of mystery, well-rounded characters, and fitting amounts of exposition.

The MC is righteous and popular and prefers life on the battlefield while the ML is a cunning, opportunistic official (and leader of a specialized military group) who works for the emperor. Naturally, they clash and disagree on topics of morality and honor. And yet, the author chose a very interesting dynamic we rarely see in Ancient China BL novels: there's no power play involved between them. Both are equal in intelligence, skill, and self-confidence, and they get to keep those throughout the story. I always look forward to their conversations and the direction they will take each time.

The romance is authentic, beautifully written, and neither too fast nor unnecessarily dragged on. We are given just the right amount of it, and every warm interaction between the MC and ML feels incredibly rewarding.

Lastly, the translations are high-quality as well. Please give this one a try! <<less
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Anuska
Anuska rated it
June 23, 2020
Status: c79
I've never hated a emperor as much as I hate Yuantai emperor.

Even more than emperor from Sha Po Lang (╯°Д °) ╯╧╧

Their s*upidity is appalling!!
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errantknight
errantknight rated it
February 6, 2020
Status: c32
This is a really excellent novel, one of the best Asian novels that I've read. The plot is interesting, the characters are well rounded and intelligent, and while the romance is front and center, the plot, setting and history are really well drawn and engaging. This isn't a sloppy plot that's just there as background for the romance.

The novel has so far avoided all the annoying tropes of both BL and straight romance novels. There's no lack of consent or r*pey behavior. Bullying is not treated as flirtation. No one... more>> gets treated as a pet or possession. No one is a harmful stereotype. The main couple have a believable history and their relationship makes sense. They treat each other with respect, especially once misunderstandings of the past are cleared up. No one gets bullied into changing sexual preference (one of the tropes that annoys me most besides lack of consent, considering the obscenity of conversion 'therapy').

Its just so refreshing! Fingers crossed that it stays this good as it continues, but given the way the characters are portrayed, I'll be surprised if it changes.

There's only one thing that baffles me, and that's the people who gave this a 1 or a 2. That's inexplicable to me. The three who voted 3, I'm chalking up to not liking politics and such. There's a lot of politics and forensic investigation, which I personally find really interesting, but get that not everyone does. it's necessary, though. These are important people with real lives in this world, with all that entails.

The 1 and 2's though... So far off the mark. Its sure not the translation, which is excellent. The only thing I can think of is that this isn't explicit to date, although it will probably get more so. If you're looking for p*rn without plot or a r*pey ML pinning down a character who looks and acts like a boy, this isn't the book for you. <<less
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compass96
compass96 rated it
May 20, 2020
Status: c67
This is really really good. Theu are equal, mature and really sweet to each other. No r*pe here no dismissal here. They not only love each other but respect each other and this shows. There's no such thing as gong or shou here because they are reversible. It's just love all through. The plot is great too.
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dee_ism
dee_ism rated it
June 30, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is such a gem!
The story is heavy with politics but very engaging with mystery here and there. Have a bit similar vibe with Sha Po Lang.
At first, it might confusing, but it get much better, you will hooked up with the story and can't leave it behind.

Our couple is an 'enemy' who actually has a deep bitter-sweet back story. Their marriage decree originally was to limit the influence of those two, but they actually become a power couple who support each other.
It's very endearing how... more>> they open up as a couple, it almost a slow burn with sweetness all over there.
You will found that their affection come so naturally.
They compromise, they talk, they banter, taking care of each other, have equal footing as a couple and in their professional field
It's one of pairing in whole danmei world who really shoulder to shoulder. THEY ACTUALLY SEKE! SUCH A RARE GEM!
And their banter always so hilarious, hahahaaa.

Yan Xiaohan way of love is tender. Fu Shen way of love is fierce. I LOVE THEM! <<less
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lighterxx
lighterxx rated it
March 1, 2020
Status: c38
It is... God so gorgeous. Characters are fleshed out perfectly, author writes everything with detail, while refraining from clichés, translator is amazing and explains everything you might be curious about in detail in footnotes...

Im in awe about how this novel is not more popular. Truly brilliant one, I hope translator does not drop it, because I already managed to love everything from the first chapter.
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Destiny11397
Destiny11397 rated it
May 15, 2019
Status: c26
The chemistry between MC and ML is really good. Not forceful at all. MC is a general whose legs got injured (almost unable to walk). ML is actually in love with MC long before but as his position as the emperor's right-hand lackey, he think it's ignoble compared to MC so he kept his feeling to himself. The emperor want to control MC's army so he force the two main characters (male/male) to get married (and also to make sure MC has no heir).

ML is a caring and devoting husband.... more>> He took care of MC most of the time and during the time they spent together, MC started to develop feeling (or maybe deepen) for ML as they have great interaction during their teenagers but misunderstanding happened so MC and ML always parted in bad terms and that's how other people saw it too.
There's no freaking drama about their relationship after they get together, only sweet and supporting stories.
Highly recommend! <<less
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ylial
ylial rated it
June 12, 2020
Status: Completed
One of the best historical BL novel. As everyone said, MC and ML expressed their love equally; there is no shou or gong here. I enjoy reading stories in which the love development of main chara's are built on respect not on flesh.

The story is quite tragic but the author didn't detail much of those. Rather, she focused more on MC and ML interactions. Hence, The plot tension also is not really great to become a headache.
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Royalsoukoku
Royalsoukoku rated it
May 17, 2020
Status: c66
This novel is just amazing, in the current bl climate where the relationships are almost always unbalanced this couple shine with how mature they are. They communicate with each other, they have patience with each other and actually show what it means to be in love with someone. I absolutely adore their dynamic. The plot itself is pretty interesting, it doesn't drag on and every chapter leaves you wanting for more. Kudos to the translators for doing such a wonderful job.
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Roseon
Roseon rated it
July 14, 2020
Status: Completed
What should I say, this story was really a rollercoaster ride full of emotions !

The plot was really good and easy to understand, not many complicated war scenarios or as such. Our couple - Fu Shen and Yan Xiohan were THE best, I loved thier relationship so much from being enemies to inseparable lovers who had an equal footing and respect for each other. Everytime I read about them my heart just melted away, their interactions were so lovely, especially when they showed their jealousy was really funny.

My heart going... more>> jelly with this lines like this:

“He’s mine. Take your country back; I won’t trade him.”

They're my ultimate power couple. ✧◝ (⁰▿⁰) ◜✧. I woul really like to thank the translator Chichi for doing a commendable job. The translation was top notch and had great flow and rythm, everything was just perfect (ᵔᴥᵔ). And the translator after notes were fun to read too.

Overall ratings:

Plot-5/5

Main couple-10/5 (◍•ᴗ•◍)

Side characters-4.5/5

Romance-10/5 (ꈍᴗꈍ)

Translation-10/5

An amazing read ! One should definitely read it. <<less
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Weiexol
Weiexol rated it
June 15, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't have enough words to describe this... this masterpiece... Honestly I may be biased cuz it's one of the earliest novel i've read, but it's really amazing... ಥ_ಥ It made me scream idk how many times for the cute scene between MC Fu Shen and ML Yan Xiaohan and their non-explicit love scene (even if the author don't described it, you can still feel the sexual tension hoho)

They even switched (i screamed so much when I understood that Fu Shen topped Yan Xiaohan like..??????????? But yeah it's Fu... more>> Shen who's mostly being papapa by his so called "wife")

Btw I would recommend EVERYONE to read this. The first two chapters may be a bit heavy and hard to understand, but please don't give up and keep reading! Things will become better and better! MC and ML are both very strong, clever and their communication is GREAT. Their relationship basically went like Friends—->"Enemies"——> Lovers AND I LOVE THIS.
I feel sad that this novel has just 79 chapters...i want more... ಥ_ಥ

Also... I honestly wanted to know more about the other characters... I'm the only one who noticed that the little innocent Tang Guo had some interest in Shen Yi'ce???

"Tang Guo's eyes shone when he heard the words 'Doctor Shen', but after learning nothing had happened to him, he nodded expressionlessly."

I thought that there will be scenes between these two but nope. They disappeared xD kinda sad tbh, they could've been such a cute second couple : (Thumbs up for Xiao Xun and Yu Qiaoting too, they had chemistry but nothing happened xD Xiao Xun disappeared too at some point xD

Ps: I'm listening to all Golden Stage audio drama!! I love those voice actors who decided to give their voices to Fu Shen and Yan Xiaohan TwT <<less
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Sarah_Jae18
Sarah_Jae18 rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: Completed
beautifully made couple...?

you are gonna satisfy with fluffy flirting conditions between them, well sometime I shed tear for them bc world sometime injustice?, but they are just Beautiful being together, both of them like to flirt to each other to smother the cruel world to entertain themselves ? love the sweetness and fluffiness ??
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Voleak26
Voleak26 rated it
November 6, 2020
Status: c1
This is now my Top 10 novel!

I love rational, intelligent, and strong MC and ML who won't let others bully them for shit!

The politics plot are great! I love how the author doesn't drag out unnecessary problems and storyline. The Pace of the story is also perfect as well!

I found this gem after reading Qiang Jiu Jin (Which is also super amazing! Pls check it out also if you like politics and intelligent, and strong MC and ML tho there's a lot more angst huhuh)
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Arenaphrodite
Arenaphrodite rated it
October 16, 2020
Status: Completed
5/5 but If I could I would've given more.

Hands down to one of the best historical novel I've read in a longgggg time. Every damn thing was so perfect that I was feeling it in my gut. Seriously, the plot, the characters especially the plot twists were mind blowing. I literally had goosebumps all over me while reading the last few chapters. The translation is top notch. And the dog food delivered by Fu Shen & Yan Xiaohan gave me diabetics.

So what are you delaying for? Quickly give a read... more>> to this amazing novel. Definately recommended! <<less
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CrunchyAsphalt
CrunchyAsphalt rated it
July 28, 2020
Status: Completed
I'll tell it honestly, this book has a lot of history dumps, but it's really good. I have nothing bad to say about it at all.

READ TO THE THIRD CHAPTER, THE FIRST TWO ARE NOT WHAT THE BOOK REALLY CONTAINS!!!

The disability addition was really lovely as well. Coming from someone in a wheelchair themselves, this made my little heart feel warm and cozy.

... more>> The book is very plot heavy which I love cause I love palace politics in my historical drama/novels.

The romance is excellent as well, and since it's shounen-ai don't be leaving comments saying "There wasn't enough romance" cause there was actually a lot of it, and it was very enjoyable. Plus both ML's being strong and capable made it that much better, rather than one being weak and pathetic for the sake of the other character appearing strong.

Being honest, the ending did feel a little rushed, but after reading over it more than once I don't find any faults with it.

It obviously won't be for everyone, but give it a go if you love strong ML's, and actual romance with substance, that contains understanding and genuine love. <<less
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BillionJellyfish
BillionJellyfish rated it
July 15, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a beautifully written historical bl story!

MC: a famed and loyal general coming from a family of generals and military achievements

ML: a famed court lackey and schemer that is favored by the Emperor

... more>> Summary:

This is an unusual story between a general and a court official living in tumultuous times. From court intrigue to warring lands, the general and the court official struggle to bring peace and stability to a country on the brink of collapse. Not to mention, the general and the court official have different beliefs and values they abide by. The general is a loyalist down to his very bones while the court official is a schemer that plays by ear. This story depicts the journey of this unlikely pair finding love amidst major upheavals.

Overall:

This is one of the first historical bl novels that I've read and I am very satisfied with the characters and plot developments of the story. Both the MC and ML are mature characters with their own thoughts and considerations. Most importantly, they know how to properly communicate with each other! The author balances both romantic aspects and the court intrigue/schemes very well, building suspense throughout the story. <<less
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