How to Live as the Enemy Prince


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I could hear the hum of life in my ears. It was hard to breathe….

… I raised my gaze and stared into the distance.

However, my blurred vision could not see anything.

The light began to fade.

That was my last memory.

When I opened my eyes once again, it was 10 years before that last memory took place.

And of all the things I could have become, it was from the enemy country that drove Secretia to ruin – I became Kyris’ third prince Calian.


Bern was the proud Crown Prince of Secretia who fought and died in the war against Kyris.

But he woke up 10 years into the past – as the timid Third Prince of Kyris, Calian.

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35 Reviews

Jun 09, 2020
Status: c535
It's with a heavy heart I write this and it's to say that the author of this novel has left our sides, they had lost the final battle against a chronic illness. They will forever be remembered.
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May 28, 2019
Status: c13
I'm gonna give this novel a 5star because I could see a great potential in the story plot of this one.

This is definitely a good one! I'm actually surprised on why this novel's not making enough noise in the forum. Might be because of the crappy title--I personally think that the title is not catchy enough and is quite confusing ? (Stop judging me people, I'm a simple man??) and also because of few chaps, slow update, and their unnecessary effort on breaking each chapters into several parts.

Anyways, I've... more>> already red until chap 13 part 2. I will spoil few parts to stir your interest.


This story's about Bern, aka sword of the King of Secretia, who was killed by the commander of the Caillis (or Kailis, the enemy kingdom) magic division. Ironically, after dying, he woke up 10 years in the past in the body of Calian, the third prince of the Kailis kingdom--yup, the same kingdom which destroyed his past kingdom (Secretia) and the brother of first prince Franz (who in the future will be the mad king that causes the fall of Secretia!). Anyways, Calian is a weak timid boy, no power nor influence, but he is unique because he owned red eyes and black eyes (which resembled Sispanian). Calian is supposed to be assasinated soon but will be reported as 'suicide'. But now that Bern is in this weak body, he will try to change the body's fate and survive like other transmigration novels.


I really like reading this novel. It's interesting and the plot is my cup of tea. The MC's character is really cool, noble, and smart. He quite reminds of Cale Henituse in tr*sh of the Count's with his sneaky planning and smile ?. The author is also full of surprises in his revelation in the few first parts of the story. I want to keep reading despite of its flaws to know how the story will flow.

I'd recommend this to the fans of transmigration and weak to strong type of novel (don't misunderstand, the MC is not superweak and all, he is just restrained due to some reason--read if you want to know!). Is this political? Hmm. Not sure yet, but since they are princes, the fight for throne is a big possibility kek, and I'm pretty sure MC won't let first prince get the throne ???.

Anyways, this is just based on the first 13 chapters of the story. Really looking forward to this. <<less
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May 01, 2019
Status: c9.2
This is a hidden gem

Im surprised that this doesn't get more exposure.

I can't say anything more because lack of chapters but I can feel that this novel will be a hit.

I like the style and I hope that this novel get more exposure.
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May 04, 2021
Status: --
First of all, rest in peace author Cha Seo Hyeon. He passed on 8th June 2020 (according to some site I dig up).

Other than that, I remember reading this maybe around two-three years ago? There was too little chapter to read during that time and I like the initial premise of the plot back then. At that time, I want to mtl this book but gives up and decide from that day onwards to not mtl any Korean novels because it's hard to read.

Now I was just checking this thinking... more>> that maybe there's a lot of chapters already but was shocked to find out the author actually passed away. I hope the translation will continue since I like the plot. <<less
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Jun 08, 2020
Status: c93
I think most of the problems of the other reviewers/readers here who rated this low is the simplistic writing, which I'm really not very clear if it's due to translation or the Author's writing style itself. The translation could have been better, but there was effort, and it made the story somewhat understandable.

All I can say is that this story has one of the most decent worldbuilding I've seen in a while. It doesn't give you a whole block of text explaining about the world, using flowery words and all... more>> that other unnecessary details just so the word count would increase; No, it explains the world to you in snippets, and you get to build it up by yourself and you'd remember it much better because you've understood it and not bypassed it because you found it lengthy.

It's filled with politics, kind of like Game of Thrones level, and it shows that you don't have to be physically powerful to be declared a force to reckon with. Influence, backing, and station can mean power. Just because he's the King doesn't mean that he can make a move carelessly without expecting a rebellion breaking out; Just because she's a queen and a woman (whom by all rights should be under the King's rule), doesn't mean that she doesn't have enough influence and backing to remove anyone she dislikes. It's like playing a chess game, and even the pawn can turn the tide upside down.

The characterizations are spectacular too. Every relevant character, even the antagonist, is a shade of gray, not just pure white and pitch black, even though they weren't given a sob backstory to make the readers emphatize with them. MC uses his knowledge in his past life and the few he has during his merge with the original owner of the body to rise above the ranks; the people who'd turn to serve him have personalities, likes, dislikes and relationships of their own; antagonists can be seen to actually have a breakdown when pushed to a point, some of them can be redeemed, and others far too gone.


The Queen reminds me of Cersei from GoT. She uses all the cards she has, however underhanded, just to be successful. It actually took Bern's reincarnation as Carlian, her father, her husband and her own son, whom she played like a puppet, just to finally defeat her. It was indirectly because of her why Carlian's last life became so messed up.

Then there's Franz, who at first seemed shallow and deadbeat. Everyone would hate him and think him arrogant, except he's actually depressed and suicidal. He's trapped in a position he doesn't want due to an overly ambitious mother, but despite his mother being evil, he can't help but love her still. When his mom finally snapped and ran towards MC with a knife, despite knowing that MC is encased with a sturdy invisible shield and the knife wouldn't have touched a hair of MC, Franz still moved to shield MC and took the fatal plunge of the knife, in hopes that he would die too.

In the last life, his younger brother (Carlian) was dead, his older brother (Randall) ran away to another country, his father was also dead and Franz ascended the throne in name while his mom reigned over the land unhindered. Of course, he went crazy. So, he turned back the time, hoping that everything would turn out for the better. It had been a right choice for him because Bern became Carlian, but turning back the time asks for a heavy price (his existence being erased, much like how Bern didn't exist anymore because Bern was the one who turned back time first before Franz did. If somebody else turns back the time again, Franz will no longer exist too. It's a domino effect, and Carlian is working to get all the time fragments and destroy them so nobody can turn back time anymore).


At any rate, the plot turns more deeper as the story goes, and the character growths (especially the supporting roles) had been my greatest pleasure when reading this. MC learns to forgive but not forget, and seeks to reform a better future that wouldn't end in tragedy like it did before. <<less
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Mar 29, 2021
Status: c58
I can tell this is going to be a good long journey with the way the background and characters are developing slowly but well... I tried MTL-ing but it’s too bad I couldn’t understand it~~

Rest in peace to the author, Cha Sei Hyeon.

Even if this book will never be completed, I wish it could be translated in English...
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Jul 28, 2019
Status: c24
It's... very... slow...

Not that it's bad, but if you are expecting adventure/action fast paced novel, you'll be disappointed. The Shounen genre is misleading, there are no angry teens screaming magic names at each other and having 5 transformations/power ups in name of friendship.

What this has, though, it's court politics, which was surprisingly well done and interesting. The characters are also well done and not random mustache twirling villains and there are well written plots and reasoning.

The worldbuilding is the only poor aspect. It's too medieval England, and the magical... more>> aspects are not reflected into this world, which looks plain.

But overall, if you like court politics, you should definately read it! Just ignore all the Genre Tags before going in! <<less
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May 02, 2019
Status: --
This is actually good. The latest chapters is very unique and strew together quiet well. Now we will wait if the story becomes cliche along way and loses its uniqueness or become a very good read with awesome mc's and political intrigue.

I really hope there is more chapters.

It's difficult to judge it now when it's only a few chapters.
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Aug 15, 2019
Status: c14
Boring garbage, pretentious and full of itself.

Author spends most of the words on explaining the minute details of everyone's clothes or describing the mundane details of the setting, all of which have literally zero relevance to the plot or story going forward. Characters are one dimensional and even then still boring. We're given no reason to give a damn about any of them, not even the MC, who apparently is afflicted with some disease once transmigrating into the body, yet he spends zero time thinking about it and just plain... more>> ignores it while going about random uninteresting meetings.

TL;DR decent premise at the start, too much boring fluff that goes nowhere afterwards. Read if you like hearing someone describe what a picture looks like. <<less
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May 03, 2019
Status: --
A novel with good potential due to its unique setting. I cant say much right now as the novel is still in its early phase but im quite hoping the novel to retain its uniqueness and be able to distinguish itself from its peers. Giving it a 5 since the potential is there and adjustments will be made after reading more of this hidden gem.

There are hidden mysteries regarding the people in the series. You can see that the characters have their own goals and reasons. That is nice to... more>> see. People whom the MC interacted are also not just blind followers but have their own thoughts. Some relationships are also complicated which makes it even better since human relationships are never as simple as we make it out to be. The only downside for this novel for me is that it no longer updates. If you are looking for a good story where development might seem slow, but the plot is solid then you should read this. Maybe if more people read it then maybe translator-san might pick it back up again. <<less
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Feb 19, 2021
Status: c400
I don't normally leave reviews and stuff since I'm not too good at them but this story is a classic and because I've read a lot of the raws as well, I wanted to say some things.

Yes this story is slow-paced, it has a somewhat slice-of-life feel to it but I think that's pretty self-explanatory from the title - it's 'How to Live as the Enemy Prince' so of course it's going to show how becoming the prince of an enemy nation impacts his daily life.

But yeah, I can see... more>> where people might think it's a bit slow - each chapter is actually split into 3-6 parts and the writing style is very simplistic - this is not because the translations are bad, but because the original author's writing style is very simplistic - there's not much to do about that, that's just how the original author wrote the story.

As for the translation, I think the newest set of translations 'Tani's Translations' is the best one - it's more accurate to the nuance of the story so I'm really glad this story was picked up by them. Wordexcerpt did an okay job but they miss entire sentences of context out sometimes and I can tell that it was clearly machine-translated - at least as a base. I've tested this by copying and pasting some of the raws into google translate and yep, it was a perfect match. Hopefully, this translator sticks around and doesn't drop it.

My fav is absolutely the relationship between Calian and Franz - I don't know if you can tell in the early chapters but their relationship develops into something that is a delight to read. I love Franz honestly, he's an amazingly well-written character.

The main character, Calian, isn't as well written in my opinion - that doesn't mean he isn't fun to read about, it's just that there is a limit to the development, especially considering he's an adult in a boy's body - we see him in humourous moments but mostly he has an established personality and is a well-rounded person from the beginning (which makes sense with reincarnation and all) but that means we don't see as much change and development with him.

Anyway, this story is definitely worth an in-depth read and I would absolutely recommend sticking with it - hopefully the later chapters will be translated too <3 <<less
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Jan 21, 2020
Status: c24
are there really no translator that will pick this novel? Do I have to wait for a year?

this novel is slow building, and the way he fix the event occur in the future is so smooth, like he doesnt want to be involved right away, but he will use other person to fix the problem, but not in the annoying way. And when the story started to evolved, the translator abandon the novel. This novel has a good reputation in korea, I think. I always found a fan art about... more>> the main character and his brother, frank. Has a good element of BL for those who interested. <<less
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Jan 24, 2021
Status: --
i'll keep it short coz im not good at doing reviews, lawl.

The novel is good as heck. It was kinda confusing at the first half coz the translation often switches on using Bern and Calian, but I can bear with it. I can also smell sumn promising plots and storyline in here tho. It said that it has 535 chapters so I hope someone would pick this hidden gem up. Either that or I should start learning korean, lol. Btw, greatest condolences to the author-nim, may you rest in peace.
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Dec 02, 2019
Status: --
Really good.

Some people say that it's too slow, but I think that the peace that the story progresses in is just right - not too fast and not too slow. The details are not omitted, but there are not too many of them either (not so many that the story would become boring). If you think that this is slow, try reading a few chinese novels, the contrast can be quite drastic.

The story is interesting and with great potential, the lack of chapters is a real pity, I hope to... more>> see more of this. <<less
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Sep 25, 2019
Status: c24 part2
Pretty interesting premise.

The MC dies but gets reincarnated back in time and, as the title says, as a Prince of the Enemy Nation he fought against before and died in battle in. But unfortunately for him, he is a Prince who "mysteriously" died a lot earlier in time in his previous life since he was assassinated by his competing Brother for the Crown Prince "seat".

So the MC's first goal as of now is to survive the assassination attempts from his Brother and his mother (they have different mothers).
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Jul 21, 2021
Status: c58
For those of you who have read more than chapter 58, can I know where you read it??😭

I really liked this novel. The writing is ordinary, but I like the idea of ​​the story. Even though the author is passed away, at least I want to read his work until the mystery that I am most curious about is revealed. Like, what is the reason Kailis or rather Franz wants to get the time axis in the past. So I beg of you guys, tell me where to read the... more>> translation of the other chapters. I'm really curious about this story.

Also, Rest in Peace Author-nim, Cha Seo Hyeon😢 <<less
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Mar 15, 2020
Status: c24 part 2
This is one of the interesting story i've read! I'm tired of romance so it was a gamble for me to read this. It's been a really long time since I read an action novel whose main character is a male that leave such a strong impressive. Still waiting for the update!
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Dec 28, 2019
Status: --
The pace and how the MC accept his fate, kinda remind of tr*sh of Count’s Family.
For me the pace still ok even its slow, because I binge read it.

There is many mystery that need to solve, even he use the 10 years future event he knew but since MC reincarnation, some story change. Its really too sad, that MC back life but not to his body. Also his real identity lost from the world like his past existence never born.

Too bad the translator drop it tho, its really worth... more>> 5star. I continue read the raw with google translator ?. I wish someone will take it again. <<less
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Jul 12, 2019
Status: --
Just started the novel, and it is as if there wasn't any introduction. So I'm really confused right now.

Update :

Okay.. In my opinion, this novel is too slow-paced. It's not bad.. But, it's just too casual for me to read.

... more>> I fell asleep twice while reading this at different times. At first I thought I was just too tired, so I tried to read again another day. Finally, I just got too bored and fell asleep again.

For me it's just the story of a prince who's trying to prove himself. He was previously the prince and heir of another Kingdom before going into the past and becoming another prince from an enemy kingdom that he is now.

We're never really introduced as to what kind of person he was before. I deduces that he's the kind of guy that wouldn't suspect anything or anyone since he doesn't find all of this strange.

He knows he'll die, so he knows there are enemies around him.

I wouldn't mind it if he had countermeasures in place, but he doesn't. And most of it is that as a previously grand character (ex heir, ex "one of the most powerful swordsman", etc.) he doesn't have any etiquette.


Not my cup of tea. I fell asleep. That means this novel wasn't entertaining enough for me.

Too slow, the "back into the past" isn't needed since it's never used in the plot (besides giving info). <<less
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Jan 27, 2020
Status: c30
As of writing this review, this WN has 430+ chapters. Sadly, the translator has stopped translating after ch24.

I don't know why they stopped the tl, but I've read the mtls until ch30, and so far it was good. I would not say anything final though as everything is just getting started right at this point.

So far, so good. MC has a good head on his shoulders and let me just say that the author loves being figurative. Sometimes it passes, sometimes it's forced, but I would not hold that against... more>> the author. For all I know, perhaps his figuratives do make sense in Korean but not in English (in which case I would feel awfully sorry for the translators since translating figuratives are DIFFICULT++). But yeah, I'd say author is also big on foreshadowing and has an interesting way of narrating.


NOTE: If you've read this spoiler before you've read the reveal then the magic will never work on you. It's in a spoiler tag for a reason.

MC knew his current body was going to be assasinated so he was being vigilant, but what he didn't know (or rather, neglected to notice) was that his body was already poisoned when he took over.

Props to the author as he was good in hiding it--the telltale signs were blatantly obvious, but the narration was skillfully biased towards the MC's confusion that even the readers were misled just like the MC until at a later scene when we see the queen question her brother why the MC's body has not yet succumbed to the poison.

I really loved how the author handled this one.


Narration is 3rd-party, character-biased. And I think it works well with the author's style of being figurative. Again, the figuratives are a hit-and-miss as some intances the words just become awkward, but that's cultural barrier for you.

I cannot comment on anything plot-wise or with regards to character depth as everything is just getting started at ch30, but yes, it has great potential. Premise is unique and interesting, and at ch30, I now see a hint of the story's direction, and it's promising.

I will continue reading the mtls and I may or may not decide to polish the mtls for the rest of the fanbase to read. (It all depends on my work schedule; and, well, I'm a jap translator... not a korean translator... so there's that too.)

I don't know why wordexcerpt dropped it but well, translating is never an easy job. I'm just thankful they translated this far. <<less
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