Nirvana In Fire


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The East River Alliance is the world’s biggest clan. Its chief, Mei Changsu, arrived at the royal capital Jinling under the alias of Su Zhe. He brought with him storms of disturbances and fogs of mysteries.

A noble young master with dual identities, a Crown Prince and Prince Yu battling for the crown, the empire’s greatest warrior with the Royal Guards in his grasp, a beautiful princess who commands over the border’s cavalry…

Amongst these distinguished and powerful people, how did the inconspicuous Su Zhe become the heart of everything?

Could the hand behind the scenes of the whirlwind be the remnants of a previous storm?

Is he the young general who pursues enemies in snowy nights, or the shadowy tactician with a sickly body who won’t see old age?

He returns to the old place and reunites with old friends. He plots and schemes. What is he trying to achieve?

This is a story of dark conspiracies and brotherly bonds. Before this story reaches its end, perhaps you can change its course…

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Lang Gia bảng
Lang Ya Bang
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Keimichi rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: --
Oh god this is probably one of my all-time favorites.

I gotta say, I became fan because of the drama (which is absolutely stunning). The drama version has been a phenomenon in China, even earning many fans in other Asian countries and overseas as well. So I'm really surprised this hasn't received more attention from people on NU. It hasn't made into an acclaimed TV series for nothing (for those interested, there's a complete subtitled version on Youtube if you search for the novel's name)

We've got an actual strategist MC.... more>> And by intelligent, I do mean he is intelligent. Not the genre that's smart only because others a re d um, but because he outsmarts others. The overall plot is rather straightforward imo, however the MC uses really great strategies to accomplish his goal. The plot does not bend over just to support him; in fact he is the one controlling the flow of everything.

The strong point is in the foreshadowing; all along the author keep leaving information that you think are trivial, however they are actually hints on what actually happened and are crucial to the story. Everything is well wrapped up, and you can tell that the author put a lot of thoughts into it, rather than have a never ending filler like so many CN have. The series gave me the feels so many times; I can't remember the last time I felt so strongly about any series or fandom and trust me when I say I have seen my fair share of series.


The end was also a rather satisfying end. I won't spoil anything but you have my guarantee that it is a n end that suits the atmosphere and personality of the MC so well.


I think what got to me was the character interactions. You get so attached to all of them. Even the minor characters. They shine so much, and are all characters with their little quirks and their own character development. They are also important to the plot because sometimes the smallest of character can make or break an event. My only issue is that the MC is probably a bit of a Gary Stu, but I don't think anyone really cares that he is at this point haha.

I do hope to see a translator re-pick this up someday, as I believe it would really be a shame to ignore such a gem. <<less
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Clorox Is Cream rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c174
If you enjoyed this novel I highly recommend watching the drama as this novel is complete crap compared to it. However, if you can read Chinese (why are you on this site), read the novel because it is one of the best CN novels out there. The thing about the English version is that many of the poetic phrases that make this work what it is are lost in the translation. (Btw the show is great just watch it already)

TL;DR 10/10 novel, but the prose doesn't translate well, making... more>> the English version lackluster <<less
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jiaowoge rated it
March 27, 2018
Status: --
Nirvana In Fire aka Lang Ya Bang is one of the best or not the best historical, strategist sort of novel I have read/watched. (I watched and read both the drama and novel.) Watched the drama last year and just had the time to start reading novel a few days ago and finished reading this masterpiece.

It tells the story of our MC Mei Changsu aka Su Zhe. This novel is one of revenge and justice, a revenge that our MC seeks so that justice is sought for his people. But... more>> apart from revenge and justice, it is also one of doing whats right.

What truly make this novel sparkle is that... amidst the revenge, our MC is not blinded by revenge. Even when he was on his conquest for revenge, even after all he had been through, he did not forget about who he was, who he was from, and did not trample on the innocents and spill the blood of innocents just so that he can get his revenge. This could be seen especially in the end part...I wont spoil it, it is better to read it for yourself. (Truly put a tear in my eyes)

For the other parts like character interaction etc, do read Keimichi's review, his review is really good and expresses what I want to say.

Although the novel/drama is much better if you understand Chinese, as quite a lot of translation will most likely be lost in the translation, but I still highly recommend everyone to read this master piece of a novel. At the same time, go and watch the drama too. (There is eng sub for the drama)

I give this novel a full 5/5. <<less
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jkmessah rated it
September 21, 2016
Status: c13
Read the first 13 chapters, got so into it that I jump straight for the drama. So far, it's really good.

The previous summary for this had some spoilers but it's nothing major as it's revealed pretty early. A story about a man whose family got betrayed and killed, but he survived and after assuming a new identity, he comes back for sweet revenge. The characters are unique (Fei Liu is so cute) and the story is comprehensive despite being rather straightforward. If the machinations and schemes of the novel are... more>> the same as the drama then I must give it a thumbs up!

The story is engaging and the new translator is doing a wonderful job. Check it out! <<less
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llltiagolll rated it
September 12, 2017
Status: 40
Truly a masterpiece tragic drama about brotherhood, justice and revenge. Unfortunately I gave up on it because, at least for me, its depressing and hurtful to read as I place myself in the MC place.
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hejikkk rated it
December 2, 2020
Status: c173
Yk a series is good when its one that makes you want to change genres. Like, no shade to the random romance and comedy stuff I read before for fun but... in comparison, this an absolute masterpiece.

FYI I didn't watch the drama before reading this. Personally, although I'm sure the original Chinese version was superior, I felt that the translation wasn't terrible either and I wouldn't stop anyone from reading this just because of it.

The plot is incredibly thought out, and all of the schemes and plans are actually really... more>> clever. Tbh, even the enemies are very smart... it's just that the MC is too smart lol. I wouldn't say all the characters are super likeable, but they're definitely very thorough, in a way that they seem like real people. Not too sure where it comes from but the entire series also gives you a sense of nostalgia and calmness (but in a sad way) when you read it. It's very beautiful. <<less
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Shaiole rated it
July 29, 2020
Status: --
I watched the drama first so I might be a little biased. But this is great!

The story and characters touched my heart.

Love it. Wouldnt mide rereading/rewatching these multiple times
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cnd rated it
December 28, 2020
Status: --
This reads like The Count of Monte Cristo set in Feudal Chinese times. An excellent revenge novel about a strategist who comes to the imperial court to pit two dueling princes against each other while he slowly seizes control of the imperial capital. It has all the hallmarks of what makes revenge plots great: that feeling of glee when the antagonists try their hardest to beat down other antagonists.

I would highly recommend everyone give this novel a try, for at least ~50 chapters (the first 2 plots), if you're looking... more>> for something more than MC powers up -> beats next obstacles -> powers up again -> repeat ad infinitum. <<less
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sulili rated it
November 12, 2020
Status: c128
I love plot above all and the plot of this novel is really quite superior. Everything is foreshadowed well and the MC is intelligent without being overbearing. The relationship between all the characters is very well depicted, especially between MC and Prince Jingyan.

The drama is also good, but the book is more detailed and the translation is high quality. Hope the author will write more in the future.
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Xyzzz rated it
September 5, 2017
Status: c51
I was so excited to find these translations and they're all pretty high quality translations too. I started off with the drama which is an absolute must watch! It was hard to get into because it seems slow at first. But things really build up and especially on rewatch you see all the little things that come together to make an amazing plot (i've watched it at least five times now and it gets better every time). A lot of people have compared it to Monte Cristo. And it does... more>> have that sort of flair with a stronger emphasis on brotherhood and justice. <<less
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yellauraya rated it
October 9, 2023
Status: Completed
➺ 5/5 🌟

i just literally finished the last chapter and here I am, writing this review without waiting for my emotions to settle down. My feelings are still fresh, my emotions are still raw, my eyes are still swollen, my heart is still aching.

i've started watching the chinese drama adaptation of this novel a few years ago and I clearly remember how much I loved it, but life got in the way and I didn't manage to finish it. Just a few days ago, I was looking for a novel... more>> with court intrigues and I suddenly remember this. Without hesitation, I picked this up right away.

reading this novel is painful. Undoubtedly a masterpiece, but a painful masterpiece. This is not just a story about fighting for the throne, revenge, betrayals, scheming, plotting and court politics that will make your blood boil, but also a story of a poignant reunion, a strong and deep friendship and loyalty and the sacrifices that will make you feel the warmth and the heartbreak at the same time.

I'm always attracted to clever characters, no matter what genre I read, and I especially look forward to seeing them in this setting. And mei changsu as the main character is what I'm looking for. He's now definitely one of my most favorite 'sexy brain' characters that i've ever come across in my life. He's very smart and he backs it up in 1001 different ways. Mei changsu isn't described as a prodigy just for the charisma factor, and then do the most idiotic things very uncharacteristically in the most simple situation, or because emotions got in the way. He's legitimately and consistently rational, shrewd and calculating while still being realistic. He always has a plan and ten more backup plans whenever he attacks. He's not called a strategist for nothing and I wholeheartedly loved his character so much.

the way this story just hit right in the feels is not something I remember from the episode that I started. Reading the novel is quite different, more elaborate I think. Reading how much unspoken words of grief, sorrow and heartache the characters have in their minds that weren't fully captured in the drama, this novel impacted me so much more.

the ending can be considered as bittersweet but I would like to categorize it more as sad and heartbreaking. The amount of tears i've spent in this novel is unreal. I didn't just shed a tear, I literally sob a couple of times. I actually don't want to go through the pain again but I think I would start watching the drama again and finish it this time. <<less
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February 7, 2021
Status: Completed
Absolutely incredible novel. Really well plotted and compelling characters.
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Queen_of_Chaos000 rated it
October 25, 2023
Status: Completed
Magnificence brought to real. This will be one of my all-time favorites forever.

Loyalty, righteousness, brotherhood, benevolence, and greed, filth, disloyalty, power-hunger.

Absolutely fantastic.
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June 22, 2022
Status: Completed
Fantastic, super intimate and detailed revenge story. Makes Code Geass look like the cartoon it is. This book takes you into the nitty gritty details of a long term political revenge plot. I didn't expect to want to binge the whole damn thing. A gem.
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