Lantern Against the Wind


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Gareth is a mercenary who carries the scent of blood wherever he goes. There was no need for family; he lived a life where death awaits him at any moment, but yet he took Elena to his estate.

Elena is the eldest daughter of the Townsend family. Nevermind her desolate estate, her family was on the brink of poverty, so she decides to be Gareth’s wife.

To Gareth, Elena was like a lantern that shone silently in the dark, and he was the turbulent wind trying to light out her lantern.

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ahvii rated it
April 26, 2022
Status: c42
Beautifully written/translated, and love the storytelling. The FL's a bad b*tch. Would recommend for people to read if they're really into historical, tragic, medieval novels. Hard for me to call it smut bc there's no such thing as consent (as of yet)... smh.... Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into - I didn't look it up before reading and once I started I couldn't stop!

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tldr; im ranting bc the ml's a butthole >: (





I'm just really really really really hoping for some bomb character development because the guy's an ass. like really - he gets so emotional that he can't help but be an abusive dick. or idk he has some kind of f*cked up trauma but its honestly not an excuse. he r*pes the poor girl and thinks nothing of it. he can be so f*cking hypocritical sometimes and it's so dang f*cked up. I feel so sorry for the girl and the fact that she has to live with that. I really hope this doesnt turn into some novel where the FL has to "fix" while being treated like tr*sh. the ML bc he doesnt deserve it from her (imo) - he doesnt even respect her. my blood pressure tho.......

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November 28, 2022
Status: --
I don't know why this recieved even 3.8 rating.

There's RAPE.

I can't continue reading this. The male MC has no respect for the Female MC or women in general. I personally hate such personality where men in such novels use women for nothing but satisfying their needs.

I feel traumatized reading this. It doesn't deserve any rating unless people like to read toxic and traumatic romance.

I wouldn't even say anything was romantic in this.
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Lounatic_Zoldyck rated it
March 8, 2022
Status: c145

wow just wow😍😍

This is officially my favorite novel! It had a promising start and I assure you it does not disappoint at all!! If you like a mature romance novel in a historical setting do not hesitate to start!!!!!! It's a story about Elena, a count'e daughter, who decides to marry a mercenary called Gareth in order to protect her family and territory. You will get to read about their relationship, the hardships that Elena faces in her new harsh environment, and how she pushes through... more>> it to her max. You will witness the love growing between the couple which leads to a healthier relationship.
And the best of all is that the ending is satisfying!!

However, I repeat that this is not a fluffy romance story, in some parts you'll get angry, depressed, and frustrated, and the smut scenes at the beginning are quite disturbing because the ML was a compete brute. So just keep in mind that this story is set in a historical era. As for the character development, it's completely satisfying
Our FL Elena is amazing from the start!!! She's strong smart independent woman, she's the hero of the story!! I love her so much!! This story hits you in the feels majorly because you share her feelings in her dark times☹️ You get to see her growing by learning to open up and lean on the persons she trusts. You see Gareth growing from a brute into a person who tries to improve for his loved one. I think it's an actual realistic development because the male lead does not become a perfect human being or a perfect husband to Elena but he grows considerably. Taking into consideration the traumas that he had and the scars that didn't heal, I think that the author did a good job in trying to improve Gareth's character without making it seem like beast turning into beauty development😆. I got used to reading a chapter a day so I'm kind of sad that it ended🥹

All in all I highly recommended reading this novel!

REVIEW AT chap 45

Nice story!

The characters are really well done, the FL is strong and smart and you look foward to the character development of the ml.
it doesn't start with love and roses which makes it even more interesting!

can't wait for more updates 😊 <<less
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LuxyPurr rated it
July 11, 2022
Status: c98
I came for the smut but stayed for the story. If physical, verbal and emotional abuse are triggers for you then I wouldn't recommend this novel.

The FL, while she has flaws, strives to be strong and independent at a time when women were regarded as inferior to men.

ML has been through traumatic experiences and has his own demons. He's borderline narcissistic IMO but I'm excited for his character development.

Echoing the others in saying this story is realistic. I love fluffy stories and loveable MLs but I also love stories where... more>> the characters learn through the hardships and lessons life throws at them and come out stronger than ever. <<less
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natanickii rated it
March 1, 2022
Status: c46
This novel is very interesting. The ML is a c*nt and the FL is very strong spirited. The characters are both very well written and do feel real.

The plot is stirring, but I can't imagine that it gets any thicker. Nevertheless, it is a romance so that's to be expected.

I am really excited for the development of the relationship. Story has a lot of potential.

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Edit: ok ML is just some mental man. This story is suited for people who LIKE DERANGED, MORALLY BANKRUPT MLs. It's suited for me so my rating is still 4 stars but proceed with caution! <<less
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Jhessky rated it
March 21, 2022
Status: c33
A story that has so much potential. It's too realistic and as expected from the characters. They all felt alive and has real personality as if it is really happening and not because of the author's plot. But anyways, the romance is really subtle right now. The ML is currently confused and is numb to emotions. FL is really pitiful tho. I would like for their love to bloom soon, I hate seeing her always crying and ML being cruel to her.
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November 25, 2022
Status: c85
Do you like being depressed? R*pe? More r*pe? Some domestic violence and then some more r*pe? Then this is the novel for you.

Not the kind where the girl is so drowned by pleasure that she secretly enjoys it but says no, but the sort where the person is treated like utter garbage and threatened, beaten and mistreated throughout the novel. Oh and the person doing it is the Male lead. Its probably one of the most bleak novels I have read here, and I was getting the feeling that

the author... more>> was trying to humanize an utterly repellent piece of garbage, but it just doesn't work for me. Unless this ends with the male lead getting castrated and spending his life in misery, it could never be a satisfying ending. Either way, I gave up after two thirds of the way because it just left a bad taste reading it. <<less
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earlgreyt rated it
September 6, 2022
Status: Completed
It's pretty good if you know what you're getting into.

These kinds of stories follow a classic angst/drama where the MC has to go through a lot of misunderstandings and suffering before getting their happy ending.

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It's pretty standard MC-whump/torture where there's a misunderstood ML who intentionally or unintentionally (thinking that "it's better in the long run" because of XYZ reasons) hurts the MC deeply, and the MC is shown super strong in the beginning before breaking and running away (separation/amnesia/whatever have you) and ML grovels to get MC back.

And yes, the ML does grovel (enough for me at least) so the ending is pretty fluffy?


Furthermore, the author acknowledges the problematic background of the story and doesn't seek to romanticize it (which is already a step up from most WN).

So what we have is a medieval-style angst/drama novel in a highly oppressive and patriarchal society. The MC is really interesting in that she doesn't topple the social systems in the novel, but does do what she can with her own strength (but ultimately falls victim to those systems).

So yeah, if you expect a lot of sweet sweet angst, you will enjoy this novel.

To be honest I'm not sure about the smut tag because


I don't think the s*x was very sexy and 90% of it was forced/r*pe. Give the author kudos for making the r*pe parts pretty awful and not eroticized like other novels?


It's very clear early on that the relationship has additional complexity because it will never be between equals.


It's definitely a mature read where the world itself is unfair and there is no way the MC can even conceive the possibilities of standing on her own compared to the ML or truly obtain anything belonging to herself (sadly, this isn't Game of Thrones) because she is a product of the same world.

So what we've got is a relationship that is the best MC can make of in that setting.


Anyway I probably didn't describe it very well.

TL;DR the relationship is more complex than you think, the author has a mature viewpoint, and the story has problematic elements but unlike other WN, those elements not excused by the author. <<less
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OctopusOnTheRun rated it
July 18, 2022
Status: --
I like darker romance, but this is too much for me. The logic of the characters and how everything unfolds just doesn't feel cohesive. Like why they do the things they do just doesn't make sense. Gareth comes off as just ridiculously s*upid, and we constantly hear how the FL is so strong and not like other girls but she's turning into a doormat pretty fast. This reminds me of light and shadow, another novel that seems to romanticize r*pe and abusive relationships without really exploring the true effects of... more>> it on the FL. The writing is ok though I guess. <<less
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August 1, 2022
Status: --
Wow, the story line is great and the FL, I liked her character, she's understanding and she knows how to use her kindness to control the Domineering ML.

Such an amazing Plot, I missed great plots.
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August 20, 2023
Status: c1
It’s beautiful story it’s very different from the others, it’s like real you won’t feel that you reading just a story, I’m glad that I read it, and thanks to those who shared their experiences with this beautiful story which’s encourage me to read it💕💕
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xelixette rated it
August 8, 2023
Status: Completed
This story had potential, but it was all thrown away.

Reasons for two stars:

  • Nicely written and translated, the characters' emotions can be felt.
  • The worldbuilding is pretty good, it's a highly-oppressive patriarchal society.
  • It is a psychological dark adult romance, I've read more than a few and I know what to expect, but the male lead just never gets better in my opinion.
  • Is there a solo ending option?
  • The smut parts just leaves a lump in my throat, and whatever sweetness just seems bitter.
Maybe I've read too many similar stories to go through the... more>> same old song and dance again, or maybe this is too heavy for the current me. <<less
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Vividimole rated it
October 31, 2022
Status: Completed
Wow, I cried so much while reading this. The end was really rewarding, but omg what an emotional roller-coaster
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Hareku-chan rated it
October 16, 2022
Status: c145
When you finished a novel it feels so short...

Character development of ML is so damn good.

This is the first Korean novel with more than 100 chapters completed that I read continuesly. Drama was fine, it's so irritating but not that annoying. The smut was good too.

... more>> I kinda like the villainess here since this is multiple povs so I know what's running in her b*tchy mind.

How worth it? I spent my weekend's off just to read and finish this that I should be preparing for my documents that should be submitted on Monday. <<less
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kohaichi rated it
July 8, 2022
Status: c94
The emotions this novel evokes in me makes me can't help but be immersed in the story thus increasing my curiosity as to what will happen next!

I like angst and not at the same time. But in this novel, it provides just the right amount of angst and compensates those with sweetness, right after!

I feel satisfied reading this novel...
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