Legend of Fu Yao


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The archaeologist “red-haired witch” made too big of a disturbance while excavating tombs, gloriously becoming a martyr in the midst of the grave chamber’s collapse. Seventeen years later, she had transmigrated into the Five Regions Continent. The delinquent Meng Fuyao who struggled to survive in the lowest rungs of society, cast aside her boyfriend who was about to marry another person with a slice of his five fingers.

“Believe me, she will be an absolutely perfect wife. With her by your side, you will be like an aristocrat and her luxury poodle – no matter where you go, your status will increase by a hundred-fold and complement each other perfectly.”

Forsaken love, abandoned like dog shit. From then on it was a boundless sky and open sea, a trek of ten thousand li. To obtain the Seven States seals, fight against the world first. For the hope of return in her heart, brazenly collide with the Machiavellian royalty of the seven states, uniting the outstanding and talented under the heavens through fortuitous meetings.

And so, will this road of chanced affection go through the peak of heavenly mountains and the warmth of bonfires; the glint of sword shadows and the coldness of the glance backwards; the autumn sun’s golden wind and the flying sweep of the robe sleeve; or that chilly moonlit forest and that sprint like an arrow’s? Once love and that chosen, narrow path cross each other, which will prevail?

She said, I can dedicate myself to you, but if you do not want my body of hot blood, then I must draw your blood. She said, the efforts of my entire life have run in the opposite direction of true love, so are the heavens laughing at me? Then I guess I can only laugh at the heavens.

Three chi of torn silk, one zhang of spilt blood. A thousand li of expanded territory, ten thousand fallen corpses. One day the Luan and Phoenix will soar up with the winds, and Fuyao will rise straight up, ninety thousand li.

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Empress Fuyao
Phù diêu hoàng hậu
The Rising Empress
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11thAgent rated it
August 15, 2017
Status: Completed
I read this novel quite a few years ago. At first, it starts out slow, but once it gets going, it really runs. I've read many novels, and this one left a permanent mark in my memory and heart. The novel is really worth the read and is much better than many that are out there right now.
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insteadofdeath rated it
August 31, 2017
Status: v1c33
One of my current favorites.

First of all, the translation is exquisite. The original Chinese must be absolutely beautiful if the exquisite descriptions in English represent even 10% of the original language. The sentences flow smoothly; the imagery is vivid; the action jumps right off the page. This is probably the only novel on NU I would recommend for the prose alone.

Second. The story. The story! On its surface this is a story built out of cliches: A woman transmigrates. She meets hot men. There are shenanigans, scheming white lotus females,... more>> and plenty of politics and intrigues. Yet the author manages to take all these cliches and turn them into something amazing. The protagonist, Meng Fuyao, manages to fall into a string of ridiculous situations, each more hilarious than the last like a comedy of errors. She jumps out of the frying pan, into the fire, and then right under the butcher's knife. Each escape is narrow, unexpected, and probably funny as hell.

She is surrounded by a cast of refreshingly distinct, unique characters, each of which have their own personality and motivations. The plot starts out slow, but once it gets rolling, it just keeps going and going and going. It took me some re-reading to keep track of the cast and plot, but I mean that in a good way: The story manages to be straightforward and complex somehow at the same time. You don't need to re-read in order to appreciate its depth, but you will absolutely be rewarded if you do.

Overall, I highly, highly recommend this novel. It's an absolute gem. <<less
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August 10, 2017
Status: v1c12
I've taken a liking to this one. Why are there no reviews yet?

It's a good novel with the MC pretending to be weak and ugly though we knew from the start that she's beautiful because she was talking with her lover who knows her true face. She's actually beautiful and strong, however, she had to hide this fact because her martial arts is actually a legendary technique and there would be people after her if they knew it. MC also made a promise to her shifu to not reveal it.... more>> This caused people to not pay attention to her (it's not shown whether she got bullied or not) and...


her lover to break up with her. Saying that she would have been perfect if not for her lack of martial talent. He went to marry another woman who is of noble blood and his partner in martial arts. Of course, it's all well and good because she would meet with a much better male lead later anyway.


It's not exactly unique, but it's decent in writing. Cliche is only bad if used wrongly, but this one used it straightforwardly and not awkward or sickening like some other novels. The MC is op, but it's not that evident considering that there are also others stronger than her (well, she's only level 3 in cultivation for 10 years) and she can get caught in traps, scheming, and such. She also had to run away when a female rival was ready to fight with her to the death (but not before giving a satisfying wound as revenge).

Overall, it's a good novel to read. I haven't picked it up earlier because there are no reviews, so I'm putting one for the others wanting to find out what this novel is like. <<less
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dramamonster rated it
June 16, 2018
Status: v2c19
Note: This review is for the older free online translation by Legend of Fuyao, not the current locked/payment translation at webnovel. Com

I can't wait for Legend of Fuyao (tv drama with Yang Mi) to come out, so I started reading the partial translation of the novel. I've read up to Volume 2, Chapter 16, Part A of the English translation. The English translation is excellent and the story is fun. There are many fight scenes described in detail, which took some getting used to as I usually don't read wuxia/xianxia.... more>> In the novel's preface, Meng Fu Yao is a modern day archeologist. During an excavation in a creepy cave, she transmigrates into the world of the Five Regions, Seven States, where she enters the body of 5-year-old Fu Yao. She is put through 10 years of hardship by her martial arts teacher to learn the "Breaking Nine Heavens" technique. (This is a very martial world, where might is right, so powerful families marry and scheme to get martial arts techniques to rule the world. There are rumours that the "Breaking Nine Heavens" technique exists, but it's considered a top-level secret or long-lost technique.) While she is learning level 3 (of 9) of the Breaking Nine Heavens technique, her martial arts teacher sends her into the world to experience regular life, in order to cultivate herself to achieve the other levels. Chapter 1 begins 17 years after her transmigration. In the Five Region, Seven States world, Meng Fu Yao disguises her beautiful appearance and martial arts and has joined the Profound Origin Sect as one of their lowliest disciples. She is dumped by her boyfriend/martial arts senior brother and eventually leaves the Sect to wander around the world. She meets many interesting characters and gets accidentally caught up with the powerful, gorgeous princes/martial arts experts of the era. Because of the warring relationships between the 7 states, a special seal is needed to enter and leave each state. Fu Yao's goal is to collect a seal from each of the 7 states so that she can

go to the northernmost state, Heaven's Court, to ask a special deity/wise person to get something unspecified done. Meanwhile, on her journey through the land, she manages to break through several of her cultivation levels and increase her martial ability.

Anyway, that's as far as I could read with the English translation. Can't wait to read more, or watch the tv drama! Update: I couldn't wait to read a few years to read the rest of the novel, (the current translation is at Book 2, Chapter 19, and there are 7 Books in total), so I read the rest of the chinese raws with google translate. It was very difficult to read a crude machine translation, but it was enough to get a general idea of the rest of the plot.

Just FYI, there are some fairly graphic depictions of violence in the novel at key points of the story.
The story is still great, and I will continue following the current excellent translation at https://trackest. Blog.

I am loving the very different but still enjoyable Legend of Fuyao tv drama with Yang Mi, currently at episode 40. My understanding is that there are very high standards for historical dramas aired on Chinese TV, such as no time travel, no overly powerful heroines, not too many male love interests, etc. So, like Princess Agents, Princess Weiyoung, and other webnovels, Empress Fuyao was also altered quite a bit in order to air on Chinese television. (Other dramas that haven't meet the standards are pulled off air, and/or distributed as web dramas). Both the novel and the drama are very good and worth watching, but their plots are different.


In the drama, Fuyao and the Crown Prince appear to die and then go to a happy afterlife, or maybe I could optimistically pretend that they had a happy ever after in real life - but in the novel, at the end, she travels back to see her mother, then returns to the Crown Prince's side, as far as I can tell from a crude machine translation. Fuyao in the novel really goes on some wild, epic adventures that are omitted from the drama.


Update: The first translator completed the first 64 chapters. It appears that webnovel. Com is now translating the novel again from the first chapter. <<less
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Lilpriestess rated it
January 26, 2018
Status: v2c8
This story and writing and translation are all LOVE!!! From all the Swoon worthy possible ML’s. All just top notch. I can’t even begin to describe how much I’m enjoying the “exquisitely” translated writing, another reviewer already stated. I definitely wish I could read in chinese so that I could fully immerse myself in the wondrously wonderful writing that I’m sure it is in the original text

female lead- awesome kick a** but not so OP - still room to grow and oh so humorous!!! Love her

ML - if I think... more>> I’m right— super dreamy!! Like all ML’s should be— giving the FL opportunities to shine and yet still be supportive (no block of ice super mean treatment- although I do like our ice men too)

story— love the transmigration aspect and how the skills she has in her old life translate well in her new life— well crafted storyline — the end point of the story is given— now we get to enjoy the adventures and how she achieves her goals so far, will update when finished.

Crossing my fingers that the translations for this will finish because I will definitely be saddened that I won’t be able to read the rest of Fu Yao’s story

I know it’s going to be adapted into a drama but I always love the novels more <<less
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darkclouds rated it
December 30, 2017
Status: v2c6

The description above is lengthy, unremarkable and stale. Ignore it.

If you're wavering, stop, and begin reading this novel at once; this is a well-written story. It's been a while since I've read it so I cannot recall much of the plot and the finer details. The plot is quite complex, even though it is not apparent at the start. The characters are intriguing, the dialogue is entertaining. The political machinations seem to flow easily enough.

Read this novel, or fear retribution from Master Yuanbao.

The adorable, revengeful pet in the story.


I plan to read from the start again, when there are more updates. I'll add a more comprehensive review then.

The drama adaptation is being processed with Yang Mi as Fu Yao. I hope this encourages more people to give this a try.
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haruhi91 rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: v1c39
This novel surprised me, I started it with low expectations, but I have to admit it is good and I keep waiting for new chapters. I really like the protagonist: she is strong, shameless and quite unlucky in a sense. She keeps encountering people that drags her unwillingly into a series of unfortunate and challenging situations. It is quite funny as she comes out with crazy ideas to escape difficult events, it almost seems as the more she tries to run away from danger, the more she becomes unavoidably entangled.

Altough... more>> we have the usual stereotypes of chinese novels such as jealous females, arrogant and cold warriors, aloof male lead and so on, they are well portrayed with interesting interactions with Meng Fuyao.

The main drawback that may keep away readers is probably the "everyone love me" syndrome as every beautiful guy falls easily for her, which I don't mind as long as it is funny.

The only detrimental point for me, is how often the writer enriches action scenes with pointless, over-wordly cheesy description. I took two examples from two random chapters:

The breath of the man behind her was warm and enthralling, as if it was a beautiful dream that would make one lose themselves; or as if a fresh breeze drifting from the state of Xuanyuan where the four seasons were like spring; or as if a pool of rippling fragrant jade water in Tai Yuan’s most beautiful lotus pond, soft, enchanting, ever-present.

Her eyes were clear like the moonlight above the Nine Heavens that had not yet been hidden by the fogged clouds; his eyes were deep like the vast rivers in between the eight wastelands, that tumbled and flowed without rest.

So, should you read it? I'd say yes, if you want a charismatic and amusing female lead dealing with adventures and politics in unexpected ways. <<less
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Ecirteab rated it
August 9, 2018
Status: v2c19
Very well written and translated novel. An extremely descriptive novel that knows when to show an intense focus of the scene, to show the unrestrained violence and cruelty but also to show the beauty of feelings, it knows when to zoom out, to show a broader picture after the first intensity and show the effects of the actions. The balance between comedy and genuine seriousness is delicate but well done

Fuyao is an extremely likable heroine who can be a little brash and a little hot tempered but also knows when... more>> to get serious and has genuine compassion for lives. She takes a while to grow on you but when she does, you'll really feel for her. Her compassion may be a weakness at times but she knows when killing is necessary and doesn't hold back. At the end of the day, she has a good heart and surprisingly complex issues it seems she repressed

The male lead is straightforward in his affection for her, in all his actions and plans, he truly cares for her. He's mysterious and basically omniscient but never too aloof and his interactions with fuyao and yuanbao make him far more human than god. As one of the main mysteries so far, He's done well.

The other men in the 'reverse harem (although fuyao obviously only has the male lead in her eyes) are also done well with distinct characterisation.

the prince/general is my least favorite due to his personality and I actually like the two more restrained males (The doctor and swordsman) who're clearly filled with emotion. With the doctor being more prominent in the later chapters, there's a sense of longing but never able to attain it

in the end, they're distinct people sliding in and out of fuyao's life.

Thanks to the translator for an amazing translation that encapsulates the emotions. I highly recommend the novel. <<less
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gottafly rated it
January 20, 2019
Status: c65
hmm.... what can I say as I've tried to read as much as I can endure till chapter 65?

It's an ok story. If anything, it's more of a chic-flick story than anything.

There are many skipped/confusing parts that were either unexplained, skipped, ignored, and/or forgotten.

... more>> The author tends to over-reiterate/over-describe things. Ok we get it-she was pretty-that was a nice scenery--no need to beat a dead horse over it again and again.

I can understand romance stories and the such but some stuff in here are like a bit forced. I guess its typical chinese s*xual assault/molestation of virgin writers or something of the sort.

Besides some of the negative stuff-there plenty of twists-plots-conspiracy that was quite intriguing. Though it did get ruin when cultivation crap just got thrown in to make things overpowering and too convenient. The start of the story was the most confusing of all as things were just switching all over the place. It was like poor execution of staging the story into sequence. The translation is also like a C in spelling/grammar.

There are also many force jokes to make it comical. I wouldn't recommend letting your kids under 16 read this. So many vulgar/cussing and s*xual (*assault*) takes place in here. Is like a teaching your kids into bad society to become a rapist or bully. <<less
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