How the Sidekick Prince Lives Again

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“I ask with all my heart. Please marry me.”

After his tragic death, the sidekick Prince Renato regressed to the past. He approached the Khan Kingdom’s diplomatic ambassador, grand prince Khalid, who helped him in his life before regression, to change the future.

Renato offered a contractual marriage with good conditions, and Khalid finally agreed to the marriage after much deliberation, but……

“I hate complicated things like a contract or a deal. So please let me ask you just one question.”

Renato’s answer at this moment would change everything. Khalid fixed his gaze on Renato and opened his mouth with a more serious expression than usual.

“Do you need my help?”

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Sidekick Prince
곁다리 황자가 다시 사는 법
곁다법
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EvelynAinsworth
EvelynAinsworth rated it
December 24, 2022
Status: Completed
Hello, the tl is here to join the fun! Since I noticed a new influx of readers to the site recently, just in case some are putting this one as a to-read or still pondering whether to read or not, I'll put a bit of an introduction and my personal impression about this novel here.

Honestly, no novel works for everyone, especially in a vast world such as KR BL. This book might NOT be suitable for you if you're specifically searching for:

    • Extremely story-driven books with intricate political intrigue and/or satisfying action scenes with potentially badass MCs and slow-burn romance (I'd recommend 'IDWTR' or 'Turning' for that)
    • Relationship drama of KR style with misunderstanding/miscommunication and drastic changes in the characters' dynamics compared to the beginning of the novel (I'd recommend 'Define the Relationship' or 'Necromancer Survival' for that)
If you're not specifically searching for these criteria above? Sure, Sidekick Prince might not be a bad read for you. KR novels' keywords don't function the same way as NU tags so... in the original KR site, some of the material/atmosphere keywords listed for this book are 'Salvation' and 'Calm'. Which means this novel won't have many conflicts during the course of the story, as it mainly focuses on the MC (Renato) 's growth and healing journey, as well as the couple's romantic development.

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The MC's journey isn't exactly smooth, but he doesn't have that many obstacles in the current life after regression either. Befitting the 'Calm' keyword, the drama never lasts long in this novel, and the ML and the MC resolve a lot of things with words. Their conversations and interactions are heartwarming to read too, so if you are not fond of the typical misunderstanding trope of KR BL (no I'm not saying it's bad okay? I'm just saying it might not be everyone's taste), you should give this one a try. There are no toxic developments either, as both the MC and ML are reasonable and very considerate of each other.

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My friend commented that the earlier chapters sounded traumatizing, and I also noticed some readers saying the angst hurt. Uhm... actually, angst is absolutely not a major part of this novel. The angst mainly happens in the recollections of the pre-regression life and in the characters' monologue, so if we're just considering the main plot of the novel, this work is very emotion-oriented rather than action/development-oriented, but it's not a very angsty work at all. It'll certainly give you feels, sure, and the flashbacks narrated through Renato's POV are very touching. But nothing bad happens at all, alright? Nothing tragic, either.

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Feb 22, 2023 edit: The side stories just completed today and lasted a total of 70 chapters, so there is a lot unraveled in these chapters. Rather than side stories I'd call it an after story of sorts? The steamy smut scenes are here for anyone seeking, and we also got the details of the political aftermath, a lot of honeymoon couple moments, and also the children. In my opinion, the side stories are just as equally important since it fills the plot points that the main story couldn't fill, so if you are okay with adult content, I'd recommend you to follow the side stories as well.

+ About the Mpreg elements (since this might be a landmine to many) , there will be only about 19 last chapters of the side stories (from chapter 52 to chapter 70) detailing them, so you can proceed until chapter 51 of side stories if you're uncomfortable with pregnancy content.
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Anhye
Anhye rated it
February 9, 2023
Status: c157
A novel that is probably unsuitable for people who prefer 'OP, strong' to the point of being absurd and one-dimensional protagonists; people who jump into Psychological and Drama tags despite disliking mental struggles; people who prefer protagonists who, somehow, despite being mu*dered brutally in the past life, came back full of strength and confidence right away after the regression; and people who like to judge stories after reading 10 chapters.

Other than that I guess you're safe. I'm actually enjoying the story for the reasons above - the MC is real... more>> and genuine; he is someone who regressed with PTSD and he started out exactly like that. And he didn't even take that much time to improve and grow - I've read novels where the MCs take like half of the novels just to walk out of their PTSD, and they are by no means bad. In this novel Renato didn't even take much time to heal - we just need to read roughly like 15 to 20 chapters to see how determined and smart he actually is, despite being a long-time victim of abuse, discrimination and misfortunes.

I quite like the story for unraveling the memories and flashbacks of the life before regression too. In a lot of regression novels this aspect is just blurred and we don't even get to know what really happened before regression, but this novel details that part quite a bit. It makes me feel that the characters are really alive, both before and after regression, that they actually lived through such circumstances and had such a life.

The ML is a plus point too. He's kind and gentle but isn't simply that alone; we also get to see his own troubles and struggles. So I can see the story going into the direction of growing and healing for both the MC and ML.

I'll update and add review notes after finishing the story too, for now I'll leave the review like this. <<less
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HatsukoIzuna
HatsukoIzuna rated it
January 25, 2023
Status: c81
One of my favorite novels ever 😭. I cant express how much I love this novel. The best part about this is definitely the ML. I have never witnessed a greener flag ML than Khalid. This single man is making me fall for him over and over again. How he is SO gentle with Renato and the affection and care he shows him. Not to mention how supportive he is of Renato and doesnt stop him in his action. I love love love him.

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Not to mention, IN BOTH LIVES, he loves Renato. That sht brought tears to my eyes.

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I also love how author portrayed trauma bcz in other novels protags easily overcome it but we can Renato struggling and getting treatment for it. I am loving his character development. Also Trudy baby! My cutest little bun. I will update my review again when I have finished the novel. This is a must read BL novel in my eyes. <<less
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fleurosa
fleurosa rated it
January 10, 2023
Status: Completed
THIS IS A HIDDEN GEM! Ive read & recommended this since it serialized but no-one pick this, it's nice u guys picked it.

The romance is slow burn, and the story shows how the MC tried to heal from his trauma of his past life. They are honest! And there are no misunderstanding! (I hate misunderstanding). THEY COOMUNICATE! That's the most important thing in relationship! Even if MC tried to hide his past, but are honest with their feeling!.
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Torta_de_limao
Torta_de_limao rated it
March 3, 2023
Status: c105
The quality of this novel is INSANE!

Please be aware of all the warning other people pointed out in the comments. This novel requires specific taste to be able to enjoy.

I think it's pretty realistic within the setting. From the portrayal of PTSD, construction of the slow burn, not mixing atraction with love... It's really mature on everything it shows. There is an embedded knowledge of emotional development ant maturity that few people have and knows how to work with.

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Spoiler

I am against hypnotherapy tho, bc most types and uses are a SCAM!!!

BUT I am happy that the portrayal is not exaclity hypnosis as most people know it, but the specific method some psychoanalists use it. Therefore, I am not mad. The fact the the body was stuck and our baby Renato wasn't able to form full sentences is exactly as it happens on this type of method.

I screamed when EMDR was sugest. But it's fairly new and hard to describe in a novel. So I understand the author's choice of method.

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It's a breathtaking job.

BUT WHY SHOUKD YOU MAKE ME CRY SO MUCH AUTHOR-NIM???? My own PTSD could never.

Story: 1000000000/10

Translation: immaculate. <<less
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dawna_aiko
dawna_aiko rated it
December 22, 2022
Status: c38
I will be honest, I didn't expect the story to have so much depth to it. I was expecting the typical contract marriage fall in love troupe with all the typical cliches but this book exceeded my expectations. To summarise as of c38:

Spoiler

The world is omegaverse, so your second identity matters more than your gender. Hence, same s*x marriages can be done and aren't seen as taboo. However, same s*x with a beta can bear no children. MC reincarnates with the help of the Fairy Kind to go back to 6 years ago, the last day of the funeral held for his godmother. Due to being ridiculed and filled with fear for his whole life, he didn't do anything to protect his loved ones. All of them died one by one, and in the end, a duke's son who doesn't have royal blood succeed the throne and tried to get his blood and kill him. For the second life, although he is still very timid and also traumatised by all the events, he is filled with determination to save his loved ones. MC is a beta while ML is an alpha. In the previous life, ML proposed to him for a contract marriage, this life MC did it first.

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Spoiler

The book has a lot of depth to it because MC's trauma is very well portrayed. He clearly suffers from trauma due to seeing his loved ones die, and also suffering a fatal stab to his abdomen, so when he sees the sight of blood, he will want to faint. When he meets the duke's son who was partly the cause for his doom and the reason for his suffering, he almost gets into a panic attack. When he regresses and sees his loved ones alive, his first reaction was to cry at them being alive and questioning how they came back. All his emotions being portrayed shows him being human and feels real. He is traumatised and is quite emotional due to having to rush for time, and it's all reasonable. It makes sense for him to do all this because he suffered.

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MC is actually smart, but because he lived his life in fear, he never tried to do anything outside of the box that he was kept in. Hence it's quite touching to see him trying his best to come out of his shell, cause he isn't doing it for himself, he is doing it for his loved ones. The angst is honestly a bit real in this book, but I personally don't think it's enough to make you cry. Your heart will ache for sure. MC and ML asks the right questions, and both know when to apologize when they have crossed the line. It's so refreshing to see both characters being self aware and actually taking action on it.

ML:

Spoiler

Similar to MC, instead of being a Beta from a royal family, he is the illegitimate child of the royal family. As both have similar circumstances, they have pity for one another and hence seek comfort from eachother (kinda) ML treasures his step older sister as she was the one who gave him all her support and raised him together with his step mother, hence he was sad to hear that he had to leave the kingdom on his sister's orders as their dipsh*t father wielded him against her to seek discord.

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The book is really a hidden gem, I'm quite glad I found this. The story is interesting, and I really look forward to how the novel will continue. It's worth investing your time to read this.
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ChristinaAugust
ChristinaAugust rated it
February 12, 2023
Status: c90
I've been stacking chapters for a while and only started reading just now. As the translator said, the plot is pretty uneventful so if you're reading for heavy political conflicts or battle/fight themes, this is probably not for you.

What I like, though, is that those things aren't ignored— they're just in the background and not going into details. You know those conflicts happen and you know how the MC deals with them, so the story logic is still maintained even when the story is supposed to be 'calm, romance-focused with... more>> little conflict'. I appreciate that because despite having information about the future and all, there is no way one can just pave their way through every obstacle. So we can see the MC actually making plans and pondering about the political structure— even when it's not to the extreme details.

The translation quality also belongs to the top and the releases are very consistent so I have hope for this series. <<less
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ryun_
ryun_ rated it
January 30, 2023
Status: c84
I love this novel so much!

The relationship between the MC and ML is really sweet and heartwarming. The past live was too tragic for both of them so reading how things changed for them now is a big reward for the readers.

The translator does an amazing job transmitting the emotions and it feels like nothing gets lost in translation.

I hope I can read it to its end because this novel is the reason I register to NU 😅
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Kika1396
Kika1396 rated it
March 19, 2023
Status: c50
This story is so well developed and cute! Really like Renato and Khalid! Hope they keep translating it. Plus the translation is top notch!! Well done and thanks for the hard work!
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XOXO_
XOXO_ rated it
January 20, 2023
Status: c69
I love it. This novel really got me giggling and kicking my feet underneath the blankets. In my opinion, ITS SO GOOD. The love between the MC and the ML is so there. Like, I get all giddy when they interact. MC is touch/ affection starved and ML is definitely “feeding” him what he’s missing. Also, why does the ML have so much rizz, like omg. I had to take small breaks from reading because of him. He’s so scrumpdiliumtious, I need a man like that in my life fr.

Anyways,... more>> it’s a 10/10 for me. I 100% recommend reading it. I can’t wait for more chapters hehehehehe. <<less
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Bear.reader
Bear.reader rated it
March 8, 2023
Status: c19
I think I just found another beautiful treasure 😭 this novel is just so nice and beautiful. Am in love with the way the MC is so determined to get in travk and alligning his little schemes with the meet up with his past life lover, the ML. I absolutely adore to how Khalid keeps questioning and at the same time loving the MC so much even at their first meeting.

Will update on more once I get deeper into the novell
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Crystal_2410
Crystal_2410 rated it
December 25, 2022
Status: c35
I am looking forward to next chapters and thank you for the translations.

I've been eyeing this for a long time waiting for the new chapters.
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Hruaisangi
Hruaisangi
December 22, 2022
Status: prologue
This story is soo good as far as I read and I hope the team keep translating this story because I will be really sad to unable of continuing to read (sorry if my grammar is incorrect)
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leleix
leleix rated it
November 15, 2023
Status: c182
Both the main characters are so well-developed, with fleshed-out backstories, personalities, and motivations. There are a lot of plot points and characters that seem cliche at a glance, but are given a depth that makes them anything but. The regression actually feels integral to the plot and not just thrown in as an excuse for MC to be wildly OP like it so often is. MC was definitely weak in his first life, and he regrets it, but he is not suddenly in a different position or an entirely different... more>> person--he has even more trauma from remembering his death (because who the hell wouldn't?) Struggling to take small steps to change both himself and the past is way more realistic, so I find myself rooting for him more.

I feel like everyone was trying to adjust expectations with their reviews and warning that it's slow paced, but I personally feel like it's super exciting so far, so I don't know why? I'm really invested in what happens!

Also translations for this are absolutely wonderful, EvelynAinsworth/Blessed Empyrean is an excellent writer! <<less
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pjbotes
pjbotes rated it
February 8, 2023
Status: c10
The MC is so weak! Its so frustrating, if you want dog blood and angsty drama this is definitely not for you- its like he's a damsel in distress
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Kitten998877
Kitten998877 rated it
November 11, 2023
Status: c176
If you are a person looking for a healing book with a healthy relationship that takes it time to build, then this is your kind of book.

Renato is a survivor! He takes the time he deserves to heal and stand up for himself and his loved ones.

The Translator has done an amazing job. Thank you!
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ValriaIness
ValriaIness rated it
February 3, 2024
Status: c56
Will update again when I finish the story.

Yes, I wrote this early on in the story.

Yes, this ain't angst.

... more>> But the angst in the early on...! Just beware if you are weak to sad stuff because the past is sad.

Below is just my opinion, overall so far;

Why read:

+ Green flag ML!!

+ Character development

+ Well thought out background and character settings

+ COMMUNICATION! We all value this a lot :D

Stop reading if you dislike:

- weak MC (not OP, his wisdom comes from a price he paid dearly)

- Not story driven plot. (It's MC's road to healing.)

- Angst. I need to remember this is not an angst storyline but the pain early in the story... It's something you need to endure if you dislike angst.

Why the angst:

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Renato's past is just filled with trauma and sadness. He is just lonely and weak, after losing everyone (but ML) he is filled with guilt and loneliness. It hurts whenever his PTSD triggers, and I just wanna give him a hug (⁠´⁠ ⁠.⁠ ⁠.̫⁠ ⁠.⁠ ⁠`⁠). He gets better as the story goes on but the pain early in the story is too real.

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So far so good. The story may be predictable for a novel junkie like me, it's not something new but it's still a good read, so give it a try when you have time. (Why can't you change rating... When I accidentally pressed 4 stars instead of 5... (⁠ノ⁠ಠ⁠益⁠ಠ⁠) ⁠ノ) <<less
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