Light and Shadow


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It’s a rude insult when lowly and headstrong servant Edna comes to marry Duke Eli, instead of the noble daughter he expected. But the ambitious maid hides an even bigger secret behind her obvious ruse – one that could change the kingdom’s very history. Can the two find freedom, redemption – and love – without drawing their swords on each other?

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Related Series
Return of the Female Knight (3)
Lucia (3)
Why Are You Doing This, Duke? (2)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
01/21/21 wordexcerpt c5
01/21/21 wordexcerpt c4
01/21/21 wordexcerpt c3
01/21/21 wordexcerpt c2
01/21/21 wordexcerpt c1
03/21/19 Rainy Translations v1c3
03/19/19 Rainy Translations v1c2
03/13/19 Rainy Translations v1c1
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shoujoenima rated it
March 21, 2019
Status: --
As a reader of the webcomic, I expect the story to be also great! Both leads are indeed amazing, no unnecessary drama and great development. Thanks you so much for picking this novel, dear translator. I wish you well!
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March 13, 2019
Status: v1c1
Despite it being early, I do enjoy the webcomic and really look forward to future chapters!

Both the leads have developed stories, and I like how they have their own strengths and how they eventually accept each other.
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ancientmagus rated it
February 4, 2022
Status: Completed
Hm, so we're just gonna ignore that the ML is a rapist, huh? It's all fine and good because they 'fall in love' at the end, but he assaulted her right at the start and continues to make untoward advances on her throughout the story. Something we're just supposed to be okay with. Which, by the way, is so strange that the FL is depicted as being this strong and powerful woman, raised as a man and all that, but now she has to lie down and take this kind... more>> of mistreatment? What's the point of being strong if you can't even earn that tiny bit of respect for yourself?

Also, the FL, Edna, is boring; full stop. Yes, she's strong and capable, but what else is there? She kicks the bad guy's butts, manages to be strong and skilled with a sword....... and that's it. There's literally nothing else of value or substance to her character, but the over correction into Girl Boss heroine makes authors think so long as they make their FL's physically strong, then they can just forgo any other amount of characterization. And based on the other reviews on this novel, that halfassed writing is apparently enough to entertain people, which is a shame. We should honestly be pushing for better character writing than this.

Being strong =/= Being a well developed character.

It's such a huge bummer because when you look at her back story, there's so much character value there, so many opportunities to further flesh her out as a living person existing in her world, but the author took no chances there. They just tossed a sword in her hand and was like, 'meh, good enough'.

Disappointing. <<less
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cosmicpeach rated it
January 26, 2020
Status: Completed


Anyone who loves "LUCIA" will love this novel too, just like me.

... more>> If the MC of Lucia is like a "Real Lady" then our MC in Light and Shadow is "A Lady with a Crown-Prince's Capability". She can do swordmanship and politics but she is still our Princess and Lady. I just love her character very much!

The story is a mixed of romance, a bit of fantasy, and action (yes our MC is the best).

This novel deserves more love!! As much as people appreciating Lucia, I hope more people will read this novel! Great novel for a happy read! <<less
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aienmoon rated it
June 21, 2019
Status: c3
Hope someone pick this up. Although the translator did a great job on the first chapters, I understand that s/he might not have the time for this. : ( This has such a great story it's short and based on the manhwa a bit fast paced but not too much wherein you didnt know five years has passed like some chinese manhwas ive read. Reading the novel, I think its better as I think the description gives more details on what is happening and what the characters are feeling.

Based on the... more>> manhwa, it doesnt really have that big conflicts or deep politics. The story centers more on the rebuild of the town under the duke's reign and a little conflict with another territory near them. Romance is cute but not too fluffy. Just a fun light read. <<less
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pokeito rated it
May 20, 2019
Status: --

The characters are built nicely, and the story is going in a steady pace (realtively a fast paced story compared to most).

The main leads trust each other although the FL does keep secrets about her true identity but the ML waits until she's ready to tell him because he's so in love with her lmao. The FL is also badass and smart.

Although the story is unexpectedly quite light and have comedy (in terms of character interactions), I do have to warn... more>> about the *dark and disturbing undertones* of the novel, mostly in the backstory/history of the characters. And it's heavier in the novel than in the webtoon, so far I've seen. <<less
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ValSkye rated it
April 4, 2019
Status: c90
What's with the low rating? I read the webcomic for this novel and let me tell you, the MC for this novel, Edna is strong, smart and talented in sword fighting. She is one of the best MC in any novel that I've read so far, because she is not a damsel in distress, just waiting to be saved by her knight in shining armour. She saw a problem and solved it in her own way. And I love the fact that ML is not shy in showing his love... more>> for the MC, unlike other asian novels where the ML is a always cold and having a bit of trouble to express his feeling towards MC. The only thing that I kind of hate is the first meeting between the MC and ML.

where the ML forced MC to be with him the first time they met, regardless of the fact that they are going to be wedded the next day.


Apart from that, the novel itself is sweet, heart-wrenching and the plot doesn't drag for too long. <<less
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favOriTe_12 rated it
June 27, 2020
Status: Completed
This deserves a rating higher than 4.5 imo

Leads are very likeable and although I felt sad at how fast the pace was sometimes, I really really really loved it!
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