Joyful Reunion

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His name was Duan Ling. He used to be nothing more than an illegitimate child with humble beginnings. As a child he had his fill of neglect and torment until a mysterious man named Lang Junxia took him away from the Duans. Lang Junxia fed him, put him in school, and made him a new home. Lang Junxia told him that when the peach trees blossom his dad would come get him.

Then his dad really did come. He was far more impressive than Duan Ling imagined, far more dashing, far more omnipotent. It turned out that Duan Ling wasn’t a bastard whose paternal lineage was in question after all. In his veins flowed the most noble Han imperial blood, and the empire was supposed to belong to him.

But in troubled times, with the beacons of war lit in all four corners of the world, his dad said everyone had a destiny that befit them, and their destiny was the way of benevolent rule, that was why they could never remain content with their little corner of the world. They were destined … to carry the enmity of an invaded empire, to bear the pain of losing their homeland; to live as the self required.

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Xiang Jian Huan
XJH
ราชันคืนบัลลังก์
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09/23/22 foxghost v5c47 part1
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08/12/22 foxghost v5c44 part3
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oosydneyoo
oosydneyoo rated it
April 16, 2021
Status: --
Serious novel ahead. This novel includes heart wrenching moments and anxiety despite it's peaceful cover. If you want a good novel to get lost in this can do the trick. Now if you want harem packed, golden fingers, happy go lucky, fast pace all the time, look somewhere else, this ain't for you or maybe not for the mood you're in currently. Older audiences are probably more the market for this novel.

This was a good kinda serious. The affections of the characters are well and truly earned through the hard... more>> lives that they lead and these affections are even betrayed. It's a real struggle to know who to invest in and just like the main character you'll find it hard not to fully trust those you've grown very fond of. You'll grow attached to characters and than have to say goodbye to them too. Example of one?
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daddy dearest

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Spoiler, for those of you who hate getting attached to dieing characters like me, above (not that that tainted the novel for me, it's just that good).

When you get to the point that some of us novelupdate users get to, where you've treaded through countless novels and so much of it is tr*sh, you'll find a novel like this that you want to raise into the air for all to see and yell "this is the new king"... Yes, you have a Lion King moment... That's what this novel was for me. Look at this well written novel, especially when you've seen countless others on this site, and let it cleanse you. <<less
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TheDecayingFlower555
TheDecayingFlower555 rated it
December 1, 2020
Status: c59
This novel is so good!

I like how the author focuses on building up the setting and the characters first before the romance. Shit, I even forgot this was a Yaoi in the first place.

Currently, I am up to the war scenes and HOLY SHIIT, it's mad interesting.

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I can't believe Li JianHong died. I wasn't expecting it. I was hoping he would live to the end with his son. The fact that Duan Ling still believes his father is alive breaks my heart every time I see him thinking of it.

I wonder where everything will go from here.

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It's not that bad and I like that Duan Ling is growing as a person. But man, that cute scene in C59 and the ending...

Also, I'm glad Duan Ling knows the truth about Li Jianhong.

But seriously wtf is Cai Yan playing. You who are not even the true prince want the throne? That's some huge balls right there. Why the f*ck is Lang Junxia helping him? Does he really think he can be saved when he lied about something so major?

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Cocole
Cocole rated it
January 6, 2021
Status: c22
I’m so loving this and so very grateful to the translator for his kindness sharing this with us. DUAN LING is a beautiful person - courageous and lovable. His time with his dad is memorable and refreshing. Their views on life is extraordinarily contagious. I am really grateful to able to enjoy and relish this journey together with them. I’m also Looking forward to get to know more about Lang Junxia too.
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SmilingEyes
SmilingEyes rated it
March 31, 2021
Status: c60
At first this novel did not really seem interesting to me, but oh how good it turned out to be.

This is one of the most interesting novels I've read so far. I like how even though the romance has been a bit lacking up to now (I'm sure it's coming) it is perfectly fine, because there is enough happening to keep your mind busy and entertained.
At some point it felt like I went on a life changing journey myself. This is the type of novel that will move you.
I definitely recommend reading this!
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wetheril
wetheril rated it
May 12, 2022
Status: Completed
Months later after finishing this novel, this is still the book that evoked the most memorable emotional response from me, and I'm hard-pressed to find anything that can unseat its place in my heart. It's an underrated masterpiece, and one of my top 3 favorite novels (all of which are by the same author, Feitian).

Joyful Reunion is part of Feitian's Starverse universe (shares the same world as Yingnu, Let Go of That Shou, and the untranslated San You Mu Xi which is also a masterpiece), and features an extremely well-constructed... more>> historical world and setting. Readers of LSWW and Feitian's historical-heavy works will enjoy his depiction of wartime, politics, conflict, and cultural differences between different ethnic groups.

Joyful Reunion is much more than just your typical BL romance novel that focuses solely on the emotional development of the couple (although it does this very well later on in the novel). It's a story about the smart, capable, and resilient MC, Duan Ling, and his various relationships with the other characters in the book and how they change and shape him throughout his difficult childhood as well as his struggles to reclaim his birthright. It's both a tear-jerking and heartwarming novel, delving into various emotional flavors of friendship, brotherhood, childhood crushes, parental figures, loss, betrayal, loyalty, and love. It's a complex, nuanced emotional c*cktail, and readers who are looking for a more mature novel with strong emotional beats outside of romantic angst in that aspect will enjoy this so much.

Also, contrary to a common initial assumption that Lang Junxia is the ML:
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He is not. Although he is a very important character in the novel, and will forever leave an impression upon Duan Ling, as well as the readers.

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As is common in some of Feitian's novels (Seizing Dreams, for example), the ML is not apparent right away, and only plays a significant role from volume 2 onward. Despite the age gap of about 7-8 years between Duan Ling and ML, by the time the romance starts to develop, Duan Ling is already older and very mature for his age due to the hardships he's had to overcome. Part of why I love this couple so much is because the relationship development is incredibly sweet and loving; both Duan Ling and ML are two lonely souls who find each at the lowest point in their lives and they bring out the best in each other as their love develops and deepens.

No other BL novel seems to achieve this sort of perfection in terms of plot, setting, character development and deliver the wonderful feeling of enjoying every step of MC's journey. It's about more than just wanted to know what happens at the end. If you want to read a novel that delivers a lovely romance but so much more outside of that, read this novel, you will not be disappointed. <<less
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hndmng
hndmng rated it
January 5, 2022
Status: c140
One word: Amazing.

If you like Qiang Jin jiu and To Rule in a Turbulent World, I’m sure you will enjoy this one as well. I’m a hardcore QJJ fan but I’m now wondering if this one is actually better. Poor Duan Ling has for sure suffered more than Shen Zechuan.

The only downside is, you won’t be able to put it down once you start reading it, so plan a three day break in your life.
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Bluepersona
Bluepersona rated it
December 24, 2021
Status: --
Honestly, I can't really write a review for this... cause if I do start, I'll end up writing a long essay... it's just that good.. hence I'll just leave the below sentences hoping to urge you all to read this gem.

''Expect the unexpected and be ready to fall madly in love with this 'unexpected', cry a lot over it, smile and feel warm and crazy emotions along the way''

PS1: (Assasins X Royals, Friends X Enemies)

PS2: Feitian gege (author) is an amazing writer who will take you through a long... more>> adventurous journey making sure your heart is safe along with all the ups and downs... Sometimes I really feel like he might be a traverser from the ancient ages- one of my absolute favorite author

PS3: I must also thank the translator a lot... such beautiful translations. It's not easy translating historic novels like these. <<less
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tonarinoneko
tonarinoneko rated it
February 19, 2022
Status: Completed
This novel is literary a gem: it's amazingly written and beautifully translated (it's one of the best translations that I saw on this site - both deep and poetic, with sensual and beautiful erot*c scenes). The plot is intriguing, but at the same time quite plausible, you literally can't stop reading and its' twists keep surprising you. But the most precious of all are the characters: they all are the living and breathing human beings and you laugh and cry together with them.

But everyone who decides to read this novel... more>> must be warned that even though it's the HE, it's still a very sad story full of longing and the pain of losing loved ones. I cried rivers somewhere in the middle of the novel and the latest chapter left me heartbroken. It doesn't have the "tragedy" tag, but you still should prepare your heart, for at times it's going to hurt. <<less
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Belalang Sembah
Belalang Sembah rated it
February 7, 2022
Status: --
First of all, I am very grateful to the translator for this novel... OHHHHH GOD THIS IS TOO GOOD SIX When reading this novel I was always excited, MC's journey was very challenging, especially every relationship that exists and how the MC can always overcome it. From this novel I got a lot of lessons that I can relate to my life Ah, I think those who haven't read this novel really lack one extra material from life. the original writer is also very talented actually created a world for... more>> the characters of this novel, he really understands the principles of life as well as human feelings bottom line I'm very grateful to be able to get and read this novel. very, very grateful to Foxghost translator, you are very kind for sharing this with us. May you always be healthy and always protected by our God. ^^ Cheers to your world too Foxghost. ps. I always wait for your updates with a thump :') <<less
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sleep_deprived_homosapien
sleep_deprived_homosapien rated it
July 1, 2022
Status: v4
THE BEST. LIKE SERIOUSLY THE BEST

This book is better than any book I've ever read. And I've read all the popular books here.

It's has my favourite MC of all time.

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The father son relationship had me bowling my eyes out

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All the other characters too are distinct and so loveable. Not a single one of them is boring. I don't want to write names of my favourites here. Just the MC Duan Ling is f*cking everything. I just want to pull him out these pages and hug him tight. Also the most wholesome healthy relationships ever in any bl book I've ever read. I'm not gonna reveal who the couple is lol. This book is full of surprises.

I'm still waiting for the remaining 10-15 chapters to be translated. The mystery of a certain someone is driving me crazy. I don't knw but I can't help myself rooting for him despite everything.

Also can I just say this book's cover art is my favourite. After reading a better half of this book that cover art is making my heartache sm.

I want to thank the translator too for the amazing job they are doing. I want a eng translated version of this on my bookshelf so f*cking bad and I'm yet to even read the ending. <<less
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PeonyDancer
PeonyDancer rated it
March 26, 2022
Status: --
The best novel I've read by Feitian thus far! Honestly, I was crying cuz at the start I thought
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Lang Junxia was gonna be the ML

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and practically screamed in delight when I realised that in fact
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the ML was Wu Du!

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Love how the romance was introduced late, allowing time to set the scene and develop characters. Heartbroken over
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some of the lost relationships here, but also happy over the new ones forged <3

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BRILLIANT book - will keep you wanting more!!!
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Sonofasun
Sonofasun rated it
December 7, 2021
Status: c111
MC has the best father I've ever read of in all of Chinese novels... not that there's much competition from all the orphan and abused MCs we got flying around.

Great novel but not for the faint-hearted. Be prepared for anything.
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Silver leaves
Silver leaves rated it
December 3, 2020
Status: c1
The story is pretty interesting. I say, everything is very well balance. The tears, the anticipation are worth it.

a little spoiled

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I remember reading it at 20 chapters first, and I dropped it for a while because the early plot seems boring, add to it that I usually seen a story that reveals MC and ML at early stage; the confusion make my blood turn cold for some reasons. Then I start rereading it again, and it's madly good. The emotion in here on the story is very well put. It feels as if you're there.

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Evesneon
Evesneon
January 18, 2022
Status: c24
I came here for some romance. But stayed because the growth of our dear MC, Duan Ling. With karma looping one round, it makes hope for a better reunion with friends and family.

Not a simple novel but a coming-of-age masterpiece
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LiliLeverdi
LiliLeverdi rated it
October 5, 2021
Status: c113
I am very in love with this novel. I'm not normally interested in novels that are not yet fully translated, but for this wonderful novel I make an exception and invite everyone to give a chance to fall in love with this masterpiece by Fei Tian Ye Xiang as well.
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enzogabriel
enzogabriel rated it
April 13, 2022
Status: c127
Almost perfect for me. The only reason why I lowered this rating is the CP.

Don't get me wrong, they're cute and stuff, and I really like their characters alone! But the age gap really makes me weird reading, I feel like Duan Ling is too young?? ;A;
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Christine947
Christine947 rated it
July 20, 2022
Status: c104
In my honest opinion, this is a teenager’s fantasy book written for teenagers. It’s full of lovey dovey scenes and relationships. The MC just falls from one embrace to another and easily and readily falls in love with that person. 🤦‍♀️ It’s unreal. None of the characters are true to their nature. The assassins? 🤦‍♀️. I really don’t think the author knows what an assassin is. In this book, assassins can walk around in broad daylight, play their flutes in public whenever the MC is feeling down, and the... more>> public can openly praise the assassins for their skills and looks. 🤦‍♀️ I gave it three stars because the book “assassinated” my boredom while I waited for the MLB All Star Game to start. Yay Shohei Ohtani!!! Let’s go! Let’s go, Angels!!!!! <<less
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