Love in Another Life: My Gentle Tyrant

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He is Xi Liang’s legendary emperor: a decisive and ruthless king; a man of supreme wisdom; a cunning strategist.

According to legend, he once conferred the love meant for the three thousand concubines in his harem onto one woman, while the world watched in envy.

According to legend, he once executed a hundred people for her, turning the palace into a purgatory overnight.

According to legend, he ultimately sentenced that same woman to death by execution…

A conspiracy that swept through the country resulted in her tragic end. This lifetime seems to be a repeat of her past life. Can she escape the clutches of fate to attain true love in this life? In both lives, she was the Emperor’s wife, but is that ruthless man really her true love mandated by Heaven?

Did she really die, just like that?

In the end, beyond the veil of lies and mysteries, who exactly was she? Was she a woman that he truly loved, or was she merely a chess piece to be used in his political machinations?

The stories passed onto later generations remain fraught with conflicting opinions.

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zai sheng yuan: wo de wen rou bao jun
再生缘: 我的温柔暴君
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JudyTso
New JudyTso rated it
February 11, 2021
Status: Completed
This was an emotional rollercoaster ride for me, but I loved it! I’m usually a quiet reader so this is the first review I’m writing and it’s super long, which shows how much I enjoyed it! I definitely recommend this story to those looking for angsty romance and a plot with substance. The story primarily focuses on their second life time which was a result of the first life time as gods.

The story is long, so I’m very thankful to the hard works of the translators. I had to MTL... more>> the rest of the story which was readable and understandable but some background stories were a bit unclear. I would reread the book again when translations are out just to be able to fully immerse in such a wonderful story. The writing style of the author is very interesting, descriptive and vivid. The author sometimes transition between past, present and future, and from different perspectives. I felt that it was well done and I enjoyed the writing style, especially the glimpses of their past and the perspective of other characters (either side characters or other totally irrelevant characters).

There are many characters and too many to describe so I’ll review the two mains:

MC is a strong-willed and head-first kind of person who has her own principles and values and would stubbornly and persistently act and stick to those beliefs. This personality is what gets her into trouble most of the time in an ancient and hierarchal setting. Although I found her unyielding character somewhat annoying, this was a virtue I grew to admire, along with the many friends and suitors (many male characters do fall for her) she made along the way. She is ridiculously loyal and protective to the point of self-harm. She is self-sacrificing and I can’t begin to count the number of times she almost died. Unlike other MCs from other novels who would scheme and get revenge by not lifting a finger, our MC always dives in first and fight for her people and beliefs (sometimes with or without a plan). Some may say that she’s naive and s*upid but from my perspective she is just unable to sit back and watch those she loves suffer. She is not entirely s*upid, in fact, she is clever and witty in her own way. She got a good grasp on the different power plays, harem schemes, and royal politics (but she can never really guess what the ML is thinking and planning, trust me, nobody really can). She grows to adapt to the environment but she refuses to hurt and kill others because that’s not who she is which causes her inconsiderable loss. There is a point in the story where she cries to the ML asking if she should change but of course she doesn’t, that just wouldn’t be her. In spite of her unruly character and behavior, she is not unreasonable and is instead very understanding. As long as it doesn’t go against her beliefs and hurt her people, she will not interfere. She has a lively, and genuine personality with a sense of justice which is what makes many fall for her. She is like the voice of reason in the story. On the down side, despite being quite independent with her own mind, she relies heavily on the protection of the ML and others which is unavoidable due to her position and zero-fighting powers.

ML is almost the exact opposite of the MC. Ascending to the throne at a young age, he is a master schemer with deep thoughts. He is rational and decisive and can be ruthless and cruel to those he don’t care about. He only cares for a small group of people but he never factored in the MC who suddenly barged into his cold world. She was a variable that made him lose rationale and control for the first time. The ML has aspirations to clean the royal court up and, ultimately, make his land and people prosper. The original body of the MC was his pawn to eventually incite war among the different powers in court. He goes through a lot of inner turmoil due to his responsibilities, obligations, and goals which conflicts with his true feelings for the MC. His initial self-denial led to many contradicting behaviors towards the MC, constantly alternating from hot to cold; one moment he seems to be protecting her, but next he pushes her away with harsh words. The MC suffers a lot but eventually the ML realizes that he doesn’t want her dead. At first his bottom-line was just keeping her alive but it grew to something more, indulging in her more, ultimately, giving her the sole love and heart of the monarch.

Their love story is very rocky, riddled with obstacles and misunderstandings. Some may feel that the love was unbalanced in the beginning, with the MC suffering so much and sacrificing so much for the ML.

Spoiler

her body is literally riddled with scars after knowing him for 3 months

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In fact, even I wanted to call it quits for the MC. However, as the story progressed and we understand more of the perspective of the ML: his dilemmas, his indulgence to the MC, his possessiveness, and his every little deliberations in protecting her, we can see that he truly loves her. While she loves him straightforwardly, he cannot do the same due to politics and protecting her. Once again, there are many misunderstandings but their love grows stronger after every obstacle.

Some spoilers below:

(Some may be found in the forum for spoilers, but I detailed some them below)

What happened when she died at the beginning of the story:

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The MC dies after 3yrs (which is how the story started and gets caught up near middle-end of story) and there will be a time skip of another 3yrs in which she returns in a different body.

After she died, the ML was devastated and immediately departed to Xian Yantai to revive her. He was told that she will return once her soul has recovered. During the 3yrs, the ML preserved her body (which was in a sleeping state) and she was conferred the empress.

In exchange for returning to his side, she made an agreement with Buddha that within a few months’ time she will make him realize who she is. Which starts the second half of their story in their second life.

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In case you guys are wondering why she died at the beginning:

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The ML misunderstood her to have an affair with the general. The general was always a deep rooted demon in him due to the special relationship the MC has with the general. When they got together, he chose to believe, trust and wait for her to be ready to tell him everything about herself (her modern status, and why she seems to know so much about the general). However, when she was found to be pregnant, hs reason, anger and emotions broke him. There was so much evidence pointing to her affair and her attitude in protecting the General and refusal in saying the truth, altogether, led him to exert to extreme measures. Even when he imprisoned and shackled her, he never wanted to sentence her to death, he just wanted to expel his anger but he chose the wrong method and his anger blinded him from trusting her and believing the person that she is. He never expected his eunuch Xu Xi to not give her medications despite his instructions leading to her death of blood loss and miscarriage. (To those who wants the spoiler to her pregnancy and why she isn’t telling the truth, you can go to the forum for spoilers for the book)

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milkandbiscuits
milkandbiscuits rated it
September 10, 2017
Status: Completed
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I marathoned and read the raws because I couldn't wait and now I'm trying to calm myself down from all the feels. This is a very intense story. From c1 we're introduced to the female lead's execution and there are so many questions unanswered, driving me crazy. So many hidden emotions, and now when I re-read these chapters after knowing all the answers, everything seems so much more tragic.


Then we dive into a long flashback from when the main characters first met, to when they fell in love. This part was so beautifully written, a roller-coaster ride of emotions. So much sadness and happiness and anger and despair and sadness and then happiness again, because of everything that happens between them. Why is their love so difficult?
The main characters are so human and relatable, because they're so flawed. None of the 'I'm so clumsy haha' kind of flaws, but real, human flaws. We see how the male lead slowly falls for the female lead, from when he is unconscious of it, to when he finally realises of his feelings, to when he makes the decision to prioritize her above his own life and everyone else, to when his world starts to revolve around her. In a way it makes everything in the beginning and middle worthwhile, because of how steadfast the male lead is to the female lead AFTER he truly falls for her.
To have such a man love you - maybe this is why some people will love the male lead, despite his coldness and cruelty during the time when he had not fallen in love with her yet.
I'm having severe withdrawal symptoms now and I can't think about anything else other than the two of them. Going to give the author's other story a try.
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blushingpandas
blushingpandas rated it
October 21, 2017
Status: c269
This novel makes me so mad, s*upid female lead and as*hole male lead. I get that this supposed to be angst novel but I just had enough, how many times the female lead almost died and injured until he "wakes up and realized his love". How do you suppose to care when the female lead doesn't even have dignity and male lead who's a heartless bastard but then I guess they matched, a sad*st and masochist.

The author is so not consistent. If both of them doesn't remember their past life... more>> so the male lead loves the female lead slowly like a snail, why the female lead falls in love at the first sight when male lead treats her so bad from the start and keeps torturing her physically and mentally. It doesn't make sense. On top of that, the author makes the second male lead so good to her and love her. But female lead just like to be tortured so of course, she chose the male lead. Orz.

It's like repeating their situation from past incarnation so what's the point when the male lead is the one supposed to make amends and regretting that he treated her badly in the past incarnation and then do the same thing. I know it's said it will end happily but the journey is not worth it <<less
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NoonaFangirl
NoonaFangirl
April 18, 2017
Status: v3
Writing a review to encourage more readers to read! (I'll update once more chapters are up.)

The ANGST IS REAL in this one. If you're up for some pain and suffering but with a happy ending, start reading this. The translations are good! Here is the Translator's note that explains the theme of the story better than I do:

"This is not a story about a strong, overpowered female lead who time-travels and kicks the asses of everyone in ancient China. It is not a story about revenge. This is a... more>> story about two people who, in their second lives, go through a lot of sh*t to finally get together. ? This book is considered quite 经典 (a classic) in China, but it’s also famous for its angst from beginning to the end. The ending, however, is very sweet and satisfying, so the entire journey is very cathartic. ❤ Generally, if you like your romance to be very intense and will make you cry as much as it’ll make you laugh, you’ll probably enjoy this novel. <<less
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Mahou-nii-sama
Mahou-nii-sama
November 30, 2017
Status: c23
They say love comes in different shapes and sizes...

You get shamed, tortured, r*ped, emotionally manipulated, die but hey it's ok, 'cause that' s how the Emperor shows his love.

Who am I kidding? f*ck this novel. ML is the scum of the earth if you ask me. If one or two things which was done to the FL were done to me, you'll never ever redeem yourself again, ever. Not in this lifetime, nor even in the next life or the life after that.

I don't even understand why she f*cking... more>> likes ML. Or even how they'll fall in love. They say it's a happy ending, but how can I be happy when the ending's with a scum?

Maybe ML really isn't a scum, but you cannot deny the things he had done. What you do is what makes you. He does scum shit, he is scum.

But all the fault does not entirely lie on the ML. MC is s*upid. They call it naivete, or she just isn't suited to the palace and shit, but I call it s*upidity. If you have an ounce of thinking you would know and understand that Emperors or royalty were beyond reproach in those times, yet MC, walked the f*ck out of a banquet in the presence of royalty, went to pick a fight with a favored concubine, even putting herself in place of the servants. Now tell me, if that isn't s*upid. She is courting death.

Well, I gotta at least give it to the book for being a meta, the book knows she is s*upid and it's a fact. <<less
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DOHere
DOHere rated it
September 9, 2017
Status: c23
Don't think I'll ever like the male lead
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When he didn't believe in her and thought she had a child with another, he tortured her until her legs became a bloody mess. He physically and emotionally hurt her a lot of times, tho other will say he was forced to because of the circumstances and him being an emperor and so on. But the fact remains that she was hurt and tossed back and forth throughout the years, whereas he remained high and aloof without a speck of dust. He'd never her go in peace, but keep her by his side, even if she has to suffer for him.

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Alina Moktan
Alina Moktan rated it
September 9, 2017
Status: --
This is worst anger hatred novel. I hate ML and MC. ML is such aashole bastard heartless useless he tortured MC again again. What kind of MC love tortured when he tortured her she still protected him and love. Such b*tch. Not worth to read don't wasted time to read such anger torture novel. I warn you
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maiha-sama
maiha-sama
May 31, 2017
Status: c16
This book rips my heart to shreds but I just cant stop reading!!! The writing is lovely, completely draws you in from the get go. Helps that the translator is doing a great job.

Initially, there were events where the ML acts ruthlessly towards the MC and I hated him with a vengeance. But as you read on, you see his behavior is a farce and he truly does care for her. Unfortunately he is not in a position to show it. Many books talk about compromises a sovereign has to... more>> make to keep their position. However, this is truly the first time I felt that even a mighty Emperor may be put in situations where he is completely hopeless, where he cannot snatch his happiness, having to put on an act to save the one he loves.

I know we're only 16-odd chapters in but I have a feeling I'm in this for the long haul. It gives me the same intense feeling I felt when reading Hua Xu Yin, which is one of my favorite tragedy-ish novels. This one is a HE though, so I'm really looking forward to it.

4 Stars at the moment. Will re-rate once the novel is complete. <<less
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joyfan
joyfan rated it
October 15, 2019
Status: c40
Translator did an amazing job. Even with the summarized version. I do enjoy the politic and plotting. Things are often complex and multi webbed. I do sympathize with the characters in the earlier part of the story but as you learnt more about them.. I cant help but feel vexed.

Also, MC never learnt from her mistake.. At times its so laughably s*upid. At multiple occasions she admitted that she had been exposed to drama and novel about ancient time.. YET SHE NEVER LEARNT FROM THEM? Did the only thing she... more>> learnt from pop culture is to be as foolish as the cannon fodders? Without the plot armor.. I am sure the author will need tonnes of phoenix down to inject her with to complete the story. At the end of 40 chapters, I even believed MC must be a closet M with how much she kept inviting trouble to herself. In newer QT novels, she would be the hateful FL that got crushed for being too s*upid.

ML is PTSD ice cold psychopath/sociopath. I am not sure whether to call him smart or s*upid.. I think he kinda expected too much from MC IQ, he often does not explain to her his reasoning or even jump to conclusion for her words and action.. Not considering the reasoning behind it. Perhaps its trust issue too, from lack of communication. Anyway he often employed unnecessary violence.. He reminded me of those emo kids that are having puberty just with more political power and martial art skill.

With these two pairings.. Eh welcome to ancient SM club. Where the author is trying to make you vomit blood from being angered. <<less
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goyangi
goyangi rated it
June 30, 2020
Status: --
Two years ago I found this novel and fell in love with the plot, the characters and the angst. Sadly it was dropped and I was so sad. I see it's picked up again, so I wanted to leave A comment to give you moral support. PLEASE...I BEG YOU DO NOT DROP THIS NOVEL!!!!

THANKS for your hard work!
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graphit3
graphit3 rated it
September 11, 2017
Status: c23
Different from other reincarnation and timetravel novels. The book starts with the end of the MC's second life when she is sentenced to die. The story is fast paced and I have so many questions! Not much revenge here, mostly romance. One moment I'm crying and the next moment I'm happy because of the ML.
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Miumiu
Miumiu
June 30, 2017
Status: --
A time travel novel with a twist. The heroine is not kicking ass as one of the reviewers mentioned. No amazing skills to her. Just an ordinary girl who is nevertheless strong and determined, in love with the emperor. In the beginning the emperor is quite cruel to her and I stopped reading. But the language us beautiful, the translation gorgeous (one of the best I have ever read) and that draws you in. Abd the angst... there is so much angst. Of lovers who love each other but... more>> are destined to hurt each other because of circumstances. Fortunately this is an HE, so there is hope at the end <<less
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sharlnina
sharlnina rated it
June 18, 2017
Status: chapter 18
So far, so good. Even if this was unusually started in reverse it's still suprisingly awesome. This has too much angst and a little bit fluffiness. But still ? Thanks for the author, of course, and to the wonderful translation of the translator of this novel. Looking forward to the future chapters. :)
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snowple
snowple rated it
January 15, 2018
Status: c40
I really love this story, I keep on repeating every chapters because its very well translated and this story is very hard to let go I am looking forward for the next update because the story is getting more exciting. This story breaks my heart but it warms it up at the same time, because of this story I am having confused feelings, I dont know what to feel sometimes I hate the ML but I cant help loving him and the idea of the ML and MC being finally... more>> together. <<less
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klaxir
klaxir rated it
May 13, 2017
Status: c14
This genre is not really what I usually read but I gave this a try because the summary sounded interesting. All I want to say is, my heart has been broken from chapter 1 until now. I wasted too many boxes of tissues, and this is only the beginning. Even though the male lead seems very cruel, from the little glimpses we get from his pov, we can see that he does love the female lead, maybe a bit too much actually.
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Lazil
Lazil rated it
February 18, 2020
Status: c45
This is a classic with all emotions and characters multidimensional!! Tried to MTL after it was dropped but that only spoiled the essence of this novel and thus wishing for someone to pick it again..

Cheers and thanks for picking this @Lissuland... your transalstion is ?
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m__a
m__a rated it
November 9, 2020
Status: c35
I couldn't stop myself from posting a review. I'm actually mad that there are bad reviews.

I have to say it, people don't read the tags! Guys it's a tragedy novel with r*pe and whatever else idc.

Give this incredible novel a try and don't look at those horrible reviews, I'm telling you this is really ti make you cry, and is as angsty as it could be. It's a pity there's people who don't know how to appreciate it.
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Catcat
Catcat rated it
May 22, 2018
Status: c12
What a masterpiece. This novel makes me cry a river but I can't stop reading it. Hope to read another work of this author. The translation is great btw.
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nevelvir
nevelvir rated it
October 2, 2020
Status: c54
I got to say, this novel is well translated.

Yet, I still decided to drop this because it angered me so much I feel suffocated everytime I read.

Just like some reviewer had said, I think that the MC is just too st*pid and ML is a scum. I can't handle it anymore.

Maybe this kind of masochistic relationship is just not my cup of tea. So, sayonara.
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Aurora123
Aurora123
January 7, 2018
Status: --
I dont know what to say I dont hate it but the ML so breaks my heart and im the kind that doesn't want the herione to humiliate herself but be strong so this was a bit too much for me so I stopped for awhile and now wanted to come back after my feelings have calmed down but just dont dare too I like this novel and it was so interesting in the beginning but it just was too much heart break that u feel like im the one... more>> that all of that had happend to the translation is so good that it attracts your attention even if u dont want and u know im the kind who wants the ML to fall in love first because I fear these kinds of pain even though I kinda hate the ML I still kinda like the novel so I'll try it once more and seriously every time I read this I end up screaming "which chapter is it that he falls in love with her!!!!" hahaha <<less
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litfiles101
litfiles101 rated it
February 2, 2020
Status: c40
The angst in this one is real!

I have been looking all over for really heartbreaking stories and this one has hit its mark (The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir is a close second). I am sooo glad someone has continued with the translation.
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