North x Northwest

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‘Lil Schweiz’, a famous pirate in the southern seas.

While on a smooth voyage, shocking news fell upon her.

“The Admiral is coming.”

Despite the hot weather, chills ran down her spine. Lil took her eyes off her hands and looked up at Alain, the boatswain.

Not that she didn’t hear him, but she wanted to check again.

“Who?”

“The Admiral of the Peninsula! That madman! Admiral Retiro!”

That infamous admiral, known for skinning the heads of pirates he captured and throwing their limbs as food for the cannibal fish, the one with an eccentric and bizarre reputation will come to the South.

“It will be for the best to not cross his path. We should get out of here before he arrives!”

But there’s one thing that Lil doesn’t know…

[I, Lil, are notifying you, Ed, that you’ve been punished respectfully according to the Sesbron etiquette.] …It’s a setup!

“I’m glad I have a role in this interesting play.”

He briefly looked up at the sunlight passing through the huge veil. The sky above his head soon became covered in several ivory lights.

“It’s a good one, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

A marine romance fantasy between a pirate captain and the admiral!

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‘Forbidden romance on the high seas!

It was all smooth sailing for Lil Schweiz, a famous pirate captain, until some shocking news almost threw her overboard. The notorious Admiral Retiro, known for scalping and feeding his pirate captives to flesh-eating fish, is on his way… And he’s coming for one thing only.’

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CaptainSalty
CaptainSalty rated it
April 12, 2022
Status: v1c30
Ngl, this story deserves to be read. Got hooked immediately and binged!

I have also read the webtoon and the novel version has more details that are important to the story. It's also surprising to read these small details, they helped me understand the characters and dynamics of their pirate life more, especially those that were quite vague or only shallowly mentioned in the manhwa.

There were also explanations in the novel that gave more sense to specific story events. I also noticed that while the webtoon has more comedic relief in... more>> it, the novel has a more angsty tone at times, although there are very hilarious parts as well which I enjoyed a lot... For the ML and FL, I'm really liking the FL and ML dynamic so far and it's the enemies to lovers trope I'm into. Looking forward to see how the rest of the volumes are translated! <<less
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sithkazar
sithkazar rated it
July 14, 2022
Status: c56
Its pretty good. The author really captures the feel of an adventurous pirate story. There are some small plot holes, but nothing too bad. There is hardly a second to focus on it as there is always one disaster after another that they have to work their way out of. I'm enjoying it immensely.

Slight spoiler below concerning the romance.

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What's really unique is the MC is already in a loving relationship (including sleeping together) at the beginning of the story. Its odd to find that in a novel. She is with a great guy that seems to support and love her, though there might have been some subtle hints that she does not love him as much as he loves her (though she definitely still cares for him a lot).

I don't know how the author plans to move forward with the romance. I will be very upset if they end up killing off the current significant other. He is in every way equal to or better then the Admiral. I am hoping the author does not take an easy way out like that.

Edit (chapter 168) : The author is amazing and this is possibly the most realistic portrayal of romantic relationships I have ever read in a novel.

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patient
patient rated it
August 5, 2022
Status: c62
The author has done a good research on pirates and ships. Whenever action is happening on the ship, relevant parts of the ship are mentioned, things like navigation, battle tactics, guns, crew positions and pirate customs are covered too.

The magic in this novel so far seems very minimal, it's more of a guns and swords story (and swords are at a point where they are going out of fashion).

The MC may seem like a typical tomboy, but she is a pretty complex character in my opinion. The two love interests... more>> are distinct and quite interesting in their own ways. The romance in this novel is not a straightforward venture. These three characters feel very differently about their relationships with each other. <<less
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nightoye
nightoye rated it
October 7, 2023
Status: c154
English is not my first language, but I loved this story so much that I wanted to write something about it.

This story is not that popular, I think the reason is the writing technique. The plot moves very slowly in the first volume (although the author does show us some set pieces), and the three main characters don't have their "save the cat" moment. I had no idea what the story was about at first, and, based on my stereotypes of Korean novels, I was worried that the story would... more>> devolve into "a control freak ML searches for his runaway lover" kind of plot.

I don't want to criticize the artists of Manhwa, but the adapted version omits so much. For example, I don't have a clear idea of ​​what the relationship between Ed and Cesar is, let alone what the driving force of the story is (I don't really like to look at every story from a Hollywood screenwriter's perspective, but the beginning of this story is indeed dull)

But since I have always been interested in pirate stories (I live in a former colonial seaside city, Hong Kong), while reading the first volume, I realized that the author was very knowledgeable about historical colonialism and the Age of Discovery. The background of the story is very delicately described and I was slowly immersed in the story described by the author. Gradually, I was drawn in by the tension between the three main characters and their humanity. Lil was different from the protagonists in the novels I've read in the past; she was special and her character had a lot of depth. Ed seems to have malicious intentions when he first appears, but I soon realize that this is because of Lil's unreliable narrative perspective. Cesar seems like a ML in a traditional romance novel, so I didn't like him much at first, but I gradually began to understand his character as the story progressed.

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It's very interesting that in many works there is always the s*upid FL and the toxic ML, and the ML "loves" the FL in the same way that
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Cesar loves Lil in the story: affectionate and devoted, but self-righteous and toxic. He doesn't care what she wants and tries to control her in his own way. As an Asian in a Confucian cultural circle, I am deeply repulsed by this kind of "love." I cringe whenever I see East Asian novels trying to tout this kind of "love". The NxNW novel handles this in an extremely mature way, allowing Lil to finally break free of Cesar's love -

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so I became more deeply involved in the story whenever the author furthered the plot mentally and emotionally. In the end, all I can say is: this was so cool! Thankfully, my interest in maritime history kept me from missing out on such a great work lol.

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I've seen a lot of Manhwa readers criticizing Ed for looking like a villain, which makes me feel the need to explain a little more: the reason Ed looks like a villain is because from Lil's point of view, he looks suspicious, but the truth is that he's never done anything bad. The supposed bad things are basically unreliable rumors. In addition, the manhwa pretty much omits the inner workings of the characters. The first time I read the manhwa, I gave up on
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Ed and Cesar at their first meeting

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because I didn't think any of the main character's behavior made sense. It wasn't until I read the novel that I really understood what was going on and the motivations for their behavior.

I really liked Ed as a character. If Lil can compete with heroines like Melissa and Medea for my favorite FL position, Ed has yet to meet his match for the best ML position. Cesar is actually good, just as good as ML in other romance novels, Ed is just better in a different form.

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Also, due to the conservative nature of East Asia, I often read opinions like "I hope the main characters are all virg*ns" on Chinese forums, which makes me unhappy. I'm glad to see that
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both Liloa and Ed had their own romantic interests before they met each other.

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What makes a relationship great isn't that you're the only one for the other person or that you have all the intimacy of the other person. Love is not the same as possession.

Finally, I don't speak Korean, so I should tip my hat to the translators of this novel, who have done a great job so far! <<less
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Unerring
Unerring rated it
May 4, 2023
Status: c160
I came into this with little expectations. The heroine has a goofy name, it’s a pirate novel and its a “gender-bender”... But let me tell you, none of it mattered. This novel is a VERY good romance. Also, the slow revealing of the backstory that set the current event stage is phenomenal. This novel made me cry then proceeded to make me giggle like a little girl. Also, the translators are doing a wonderful job! The quality is good and the rate of translation is impressive! This will be one... more>> of the few novels I will stick with to the end. (Or so I hope) <<less
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Sealis
Sealis rated it
December 10, 2023
Status: v7c253
Truly a golden novel to pass by on. This was more on the raw side of things if I were to describe it among all the other kr novels I've read, and it's exactly that that made this a golden read. The TL team behind it is phenomenal so you can expect the messages of the author to be sent really well.

The story is insane and made me read the entirety till the latest for an entire day. The drama, progression, the relationship between the two was great. And if... more>> that wasn't enough, the story revolving the ideologies of the characters was phenomenal. It was a rare instance for me to meet one that tackled characters like this but it was great. I absolutely adored how the characters had, well, character that stuck to them throughout the story and how said character interacted with others.

All in all, just from what I've read, this is a phenomenal read. Was rather confusing at first really, but everything just slammed in place all of a sudden which made it all the more enticing to read <<less
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anonymousmoth
anonymousmoth rated it
November 29, 2023
Status: v7c248
I LOVE THIS NOVEL SO MUCH.

Firstly, the premise is very unique to the usual web-novels. You have a gender-bending FMC, who is a notorious pirate captain wanted by the empire and an eccentric and intelligent admiral as the ML, with most of the novel set on the open ocean.

The characters and the relationships between them are brilliantly developed. All of the main characters feel like real people. They have their own dreams and motivations and you can see how this effects their interactions with each other. The character development is... more>> slow yet satisfying, with a carefully thought out plot line that allows the reader to see the gradual change in the characters' mindsets.

As an added bonus, it's somewhat of an enemies to lovers situation, and the angsty slowburn is sooo worth it.

Also the translation is great. It's clear that the translators have meticulously considered all their translation choices and go above and beyond what's expected to explain the nautical references in the novel to help the readers! <<less
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Meche rated it
October 12, 2023
Status: c235
I love this novel! I find the translation so good, and the material so engaging that I binged it and wait anxiously for each update! Totally recommended novel! The story is very interesting and the characters I think are nicely layed out. I also think it touches on very relevant social issues, which makes it a really nice read. Thanks to Bell Rock Translations for their excellent work!
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