Rebirth of a Star General

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The ancient saying goes: Most generals come from Guan Xi, while ministers come from Guan Dong.

He Yan was born to be a Star General.

She was merely a stepping stone for her family, and was used as her brother’s substitute. She had fought on the battlefields for years, bringing peace to Xi Qiang, stopping the barbarians… When her brother recovered, she gave up her position with great laurels brought to her name. Without further ado, she was married off.

During her married life, she was forsaken by her husband and even suffered from a strange illness, thereby losing her eyesight…

The young and pretty concubine stood in front of her, speaking softly: “The decoction you drank that made you blind was instructed by the elders of your family. As you know, the dead tell no tales. If you lived, you would be your family’s greatest threat!”

A great general of her time, the heroine of the country, died pitifully in the hands of those shameless women, who only knew to fight for a man’s favor… How absurd!

When she opened her eyes again, she had become the drill fields officer’s daughter, who was weak and arrogant, innocent and naive.

They had stolen her glory, taken her life, lead her army and betrayed her feelings! She had crawled back from the depths of hell and would take back everything she had lost, one by one.

Bring the world under her feet and with her beauty and nobility, overwhelm the nine prefectures!

But would she get out easily once she entered the barracks?

Hardly did she begin her adventures when He Yan met her arch-enemy of the previous lifetime, that young hunk whose “enemies would retreat as soon as he attacked”.

The chic and cool female general versus the handsome and ravenous young man. Two efficient generals team up to conquer the world!

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重生之女将星
Related Series
The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage (Shared Universe)
The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort (Shared Universe)
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Marriage of the Di Daughter (1)
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Picking Up a General to Plow the Fields (1)
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ApolloAresZues
New ApolloAresZues rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: --
A case of "it's not you, its me".

Its actually really well written, the MCs struggles are heartwrenching and you cant help but support her. The series of events all make sense. I didnt really like the ML as I found him kind of... bare minimum? I feel like they could've added a little something to him to make me more invested, but imo they didnt and so I was less invested in the romance. Also this is the first slow burn in a while that frustrated me. I do in... more>> fact feel like it could've happened sooner and that made me frustrated (I hate feeling frustrated at books btw I drop books for this same reason). The revenge and villains irritated me as well. In general, I think either the pacing was messing with me or I wasn't in a patient mood when I read this.

I, however, did not complete this book, I read up to about 100 and then skipped through the rest until the end, so maybe it gets alot better. I dont hate this book, it's just one of those that weren't for me which I'm sad about because I like this author's other works. And the plot sounded like my taste too so I got comfortable to read it over several days, but alas. <<less
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hobbes
New hobbes rated it
April 21, 2021
Status: Completed
Another amazing work by the author. Loved the FL, she is the perfect combination of everything. Unlike other Chinese novels where the looks of the FL are praised endlessly, this is a refreshing novel where a FL is recognized for what she is and not what she looks like. ML fits her perfectly in his own way. Although the romance starts late, it was at the perfect time.

All the side characters are good. I loved the interactions between the FL and her brother.

Every time I read a Chinese novel with... more>> ancient theme, I cant help but feel really glad for the life we all have now. <<less
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wookraeth
wookraeth rated it
July 12, 2020
Status: Completed
[1st Edit. Ch 250.
2nd Edit. Finished.]
I just finished it and it's beautiful. It's emotional and we can definitely see how the author has improved a lot with this one novel.

I've read all other works by starting with The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress, followed up by The Ill Fated Consort and The Marriage of the Di Daughter (had to read the last two with google translate.) and I must say this is my favorite now.

Just like the other 1981093812380 reviewers stated. Rebirth of the Star General is a bit different from the other titles. Where as those focus on courts and vengeful female leads face-slapping the opponents ruthlessly, this one focuses on friendship, familial love, and war strategies (It's not too much, don't worry, I... more>> know most of us are here for the romance coughs). So if you think the past works characters are way too evil, this one, my friends, is for you guys.

He Yan, the main female lead, isn't cold, ruthless or apathetic as the female leads from the rest of the titles. She's a big kid at heart. She's a bit naive at times, sweet, lacking a bit of common sense because of her past and that makes her interaction with the main lead fresh. She's just adorkable.

Xiao Jue, the main lead, at the beginning was described just like the main leads from the other titles. Lazy. Cold. But, he grows on me later on (fan screaming here). Now they're my most favorite couple. ///

The romance is the best written in this title imo compared to the works before, and there are lots of them! There are lots of emotional scenes as well and I couldn't help shedding a tear or two even with google translate.

That's all!
Thanking the translator team for bringing up this novel as their first work. I wouldn't have found this treasure without you guys.

JUST READ THIS NOVEL CAUSE IT'S GOOD. IT'S SO GOOD I'M CRYING WHILE WAITING FOR THE AUTHOR'S NEXT WORK.
AND PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ENGLISH TRANSLATOR TEAM. THEY'RE DOING AWESOME WORK.

"Is this your first time carrying a woman?"

".... Are you a woman?"

"Am I not a woman? Then... Do you like men?" <<less
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sailormoonserenity99
sailormoonserenity99 rated it
July 3, 2020
Status: Completed
I read this novel in original Chinese, so can't say much for the translation.

This MC is quite different to MC in the author's other works, I read' Malicious Empress' and 'ill-fated consort' before this and loved both, so I started with high hopes - this novel exceeded all my expectations.

The major difference in the rebirth is that MC doesn't get reincarnated into her own body, but 'wakes up' in the body of another girl who happened to bear the same name as her - yeah huge coincidence. there's also no... more>> time travel, so MC wakes up to find her family and husband putting up a great show grieving her tragic death - which they covered up of course.

There's also less focus on revenge - oh don't worry the bastards get what they deserve, but MC doesn't spend the whole story plotting it. Instead, she focuses on reestablishing her own military achievements, and this time, under HER name - but of course she has to keep her female identity a secret at first.

Reading her struggles to regrow her physical strength and prove her worth really endeared this character to me. She makes friends along the way - soldiers who shared her tent and even some rivals who tried to challenge her. It's not all an easy smooth journey where MC smiles and everyone likes her, she used the skills in her past life - the physical fighting skills, mental planning skills, altogether she eventually goes from the weakest of the recruits to the 'no.1', but that's just what she calls herself haha.

MC's personality is also quite different. She just wants to receive the recognition for her own hard work - which is truly a very realistic ambition. There's less political and courtyard scheming, and mc's talents are all focused on military strategies
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having knowledge about terrain and tactics in her past life really helped

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(It becomes bit of a joke how she's so unskilled at the traditional talents expected of women lol) MC also maintains an amazingly optimistic spirit despite the backstabbing she experienced, this creates a very enjoyable narration with many amusing moments.

ML is like all of this author's other MLs, EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL. That aside, I think that the relationship development between this MC and ML was one of the best I've read. His intelligence and honest respect for MC really make him stand out from all the other typical 'beautiful/handsome/amazing' MLs in c-novels. I've read other 'female general' novels but even there the ML still treats the FL as someone to be protected. Meanwhile, Xiao Jue gives He Yan his own sword cos he knows that she can handle it. Throughout the story, ML also pursues his quest for justice as he investigates suspicious circumstances surrounding his father's final battle, this adds some spice to the few bits of political intrigue in the novel.

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In mc's previous life, when she was still using her cousin's identity, she attended classes and ML was her classmate. Their acquaintance started there, and throughout the story, there are various flashbacks to that time. Although he discovered He Yan's identity as a girl around chapter 100, he doesn't find out about this identity secret until around chapter 200. The rebirth and identity switch secrets took longer to break. In the finale, they're sent to lead troops at the same time but to different places. and the trust between MC and ML as they separate without certainty that the other would return really showed the strength of their relationship

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There's a second male lead.
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but I don't feel that his relationship with MC ever went to such an extent to call it a 'love triangle.' there were a few occasions where ML got jealous, and the second ML did confess to MC, but his feelings didn't really get anywhere.

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The long cast of supporting characters also brought so much life to the story. One particular pair of side characters might make some people think the story became too lengthy, but it was beautiful to read, although heartbreaking. Another pair of side characters... SERIOUSLY MAJOR SPOILER:
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The death of Yan He and side story of his widow Xia Chengxiu's life in the years after his death brought a depth to the story which contrasted really well with He Yan and Xiao Jue's happily ever after ending. but aha why did such a sad chapter have to be the last chapter I finished this novel two days ago and I'm still depressed...

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TLDR: HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you wanna read about a strong, confident, physically skilled MC that kicks ass. Throw in some identity secrets, military strategy, humorous supporting characters, and it's impossible to put down (in my opinion of course) ❤ <<less
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dreamcatchergyu
dreamcatchergyu rated it
July 31, 2020
Status: Completed
Read the raws for this.

I love this novel as much as I love Malicious Empress, though for different reasons. As for the content, all the previous reviewers have given some sort of spoilers, so I would not dwell on that.

One difference between malicious empress and this is how the male lead found out about the female lead's past. For all those who've read malicious empress, you'd know that SM explained to XJX about her past as a dream/ vision, because in this lifetime (after rebirth), everything that had happened were... more>> wiped out; SM's rebirth provided her a clean slate to live her life again. In star general, it's different because she was reborn into someone else's body and the timeline continues from where she had died; He Yan's past exists in this timeline. Because of this, Xiao Jue was able to gather clues, connect them and deduce He Yan's previous identity. This is what I love the most about this novel - the details, the intricacies woven into the story, and the grand reveal.

Malicious Empress was heartbreaking, but Star General was tear-jerking. I felt like I cried throughout the second half of the novel (for some weird reason). Both He Yan and Xiao Jue had a tougher backstory compared to Shen Miao and Xie Jing Xing - SM had a loving family, He Yan did not; Xiao Jue carried the guilt of having "played a part" in his parents' death, XJX did not.

On He Yan's character in the novel:

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Another thing I really love in this story is He Yan this character, I think it's well written. There are multiple times throughout the novel where Xiao Jue will call her a liar, and my heart hurts every time I see it. Xiao Jue thinks she is consciously lying to him, but to He Yan, this persona that she portrays is already so deeply ingrained in her that even she doesn't know that this image isn't the real her. Truthfully I too, thought that what we see/ read is the real He Yan, but there was once where Xiao Jue said "Liar, I'm afraid you've fallen too deeply into the act, so I want to remind you." and for the first time, I came to realise there are many layers to He Yan's character. In my personal opinion, He Yan also gradually came to realise and/ or acknowledge that there is a real her hidden deep beneath all these facade; further down the story after the above incident, she once told Xiao Jue that "Sometimes, it is inevitable that one will forget who one is after being someone else's substitute for a long time." and wanted Xiao Jue to remember who she is.

What is saddening is how Xiao Jue thinks she is consciously, purposely lying to him, and only in the later part of the novel, when he saw how contradictory her character was, did he realise that that wasn't the case. 'The highest tier/ realm in being a liar, is probably when one speaks the truth, [she] still needs to hide beneath what seems to be an unintentional lie.' What Xiao Jue thought was a purposeful lie, had actually been the truth all along.

In the end when people found out that the real Fei Hong General wasn't a male but a female, everyone was in disbelief. It wasn't that no one couldn't find out that she was a female, it was because she was too good at being a male. To me, it really showed that she had reached god-tier; she had truly, wholly, disregarded and abandoned her original self.

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One of my all-time favourite, 100% would recommend.

Edit: (27/08/2020)

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I did not see anyone mentioning this and felt that I had to; Yan He and Cheng Xiu CP is truly unforgettable (in chinese words, truly 意难平). No matter how much time has passed after I've read this novel, I will never be reconciled with the fact that Yan He died, that he left Cheng Xiu widowed, and Mu Xia fatherless. Cha Cha's last epilogue is also on this CP and so even though the main CP had a happily ever after, as a reader, I'm left feeling melancholic and torn. From time to time when I think about this CP, I'll always end up choked with tears. Only God knows, how much tears I've sacrificed for this CP.

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Edit: (03/09/2020)

I translated a Chinese review of this novel, check it out. Https://forum (dot) novelupdates (dot) com/posts/5815460/ <<less
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haruhi91
haruhi91 rated it
July 12, 2020
Status: Completed
This is my favourite novel from this author for several reasons. The main reason is how much likeable and relatable the MC is. She seems like a real person, she is guided by her ambition, she doesn't want revenge just for the sake of it, she mostly feels responsible for her brother's actions who puts in jeopardy the life of his soldiers and kills to protect the secret of the identity of the real general. She is very determined, focused in her training and little by little she rebuilds her... more>> strenght and joins the army with the aim of unmask the fake general who replaced her. I appreciate a lot the fact that there is a real and logical reason behind the villains' actions which doesn't revolve around petty jealousy or hate for the mere existence of the protagonist. What better way to keep a secret than kill the main witness?

Is it believable that a woman can hide her gender for years living and training among other soldiers? No.
Do I care? No. I just love Mulan-like stories where a woman shows how she can be on the same level of a man.
Is it believable that a woman, even after hard work and training can win against several man in hand-to-hand combat and still be as pretty as a flower when she wears female clothes? Hardly and still I don't care.

I also love slow burn romance stories where the romance isn't the focus but takes a back seat, so be aware if you are looking for a fluffy romance. Though, in the middle of the novel there are several chapters with scenes from a typical romantic comedy like pretend relationship or silly misunderstandings that can't help make you smile.

The male lead is the typical aloof and perfect man and still I grew to love him. He grows to respect and admire the MC treating her as an equal, revealing his feelings only when he is sure that she feels the same. There are many emotional scenes that made me tear up a bit and the most powerful one is definetely when he realizes that the best scammer is the one who mixes truth with lies.

On a side note, I was a bit sorry for the second male lead's ending.

The flowery language from other novels is toned down a lot and I have never felt bored reading it. <<less
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kasamats
kasamats rated it
January 10, 2021
Status: Completed
This is undoubtedly my favorite novel from this author. Why? Because it has a sense of humanity that the other novels don't touch upon.

The main themes are friendship, loyalty, and kindness.

The story itself diverges from the typical reincarnation/transmigration because the FL continues the timeline instead of going back in time. Since lots of reviewers have already noted this, I'll just say why I really like this change.

    1. I love the continuation of the timeline as I feel it makes much more sense for all the revenge and actions of the characters. There aren't any random 12 year olds plotted against, all the people who have bad endings fully deserve them in this life. Furthermore, the continuation of the timeline allows us to see the impact that He Yan had in her original life and helps to build this beautiful relationship with Xiao Jue.
    2. The impact it has on the emotional aspect of the novel. Allowing the audience to be privy to the consequences of her life, we get to really see He Yan's selflessness and never-ending naivete. It really pulls us into the emotions of the characters by giving us small moments that are heart-breakingly tender.
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For example, the scenes with Liu Buwang. It's so heartbreaking that there are only so many people who treat He Yan wholeheartedly and know who she is in both lives. Their interaction really really tugged on my heartstrings. The timeline allows us to retain these moments and feel affection for these characters which would have been impossible if this was a total rebirth.

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WHY do I love this novel so much? THE CHARACTERS!!!

    1. He Yan - she is my favorite character EVER. She is kind, loyal, and so so so precious. Despite facing so many harsh things in life, she continues to care for others and protect the people she loves. She isn't some ruthless schemer or planner. She just wants to protect her soldiers, her country, and her people. I love that she's vulnerable. Despite being the "strongest, " she has such a pure heart and I just want her to have all the best things in life.
    1. Xiao Jue (Huaijin) aka our ML. He doesn't try to overly protect HY and instead lets her shine through. He appreciates and supports HY in everything. Most of all, he gives her the safe haven and love that she was never allowed to have in her first life. He is probably my favorite ML ever.
The novel has so many sentimental moments and is incredibly touching as HY's character is unraveled and she gets to finally live a life full of people who actually care about her. The story-telling, as always, is top-notch. HY's life both past and present are intertwined BEAUTIFULLY. This is such a satisfying novel and I love love love these characters so much.

Also... my favorite quotes of this novel are from (1) He Yan's POV and then (2) Xiao Jue's:

He Yan (Early on) : "I like the moon. The moon does not know"

Xiao Jue (Epilogue) :

"She did not know that the moon also had its own secret.

She is the moon's heart, the moon's lover, the beginning of his heart, and the end of it.

This is the secret of the moon."
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NiQuinn
NiQuinn rated it
August 10, 2020
Status: Completed
This was a gem. It's been a while since I've read and I honestly don't remember a lot about it. What I do remember is that I liked it enough to finish the whole novel. When I found out this one had the same author, I jumped at the chance and tried a few chapters. I couldn't put it down. Admittedly, the author can be wordy. So much so that I felt my interest petering out a lot of times but I hung on coz I liked the MC so... more>> much. Also, I liked the premise that this wasn't a rewind where she gets to come back to her younger days. I felt so much more invested in the story since those who wronged her before felt they were free from worries and were living life in luxury.

I'm not good with reviews so I'll just jot down the stuff I liked about this novel:

    • She trains hard to regain back her skills. MC has the know-how but her body can't keep up so she trains. And trains. And trains. She was already a veteran before she died. MC knew how to train properly and is able to fight quite early on.
    • Slow burn. ML doesn't fall head over heels for MC at first sight. Thankfully. It's a slow going romance. I appreciated the pacing. Because of that, his realization that she was the past general he knew was quite rewarding.
    • Character development. One review mentioned how ML called her out for being a liar. It stings but you see her realize just how much being called a liar hurts more when she realizes that she's basically lived a life that was a complete lie. And yet, she was still living the same way. It's slow but her perspective changes and I love her push to become herself.
    • ML. He keeps his pain to himself. I don't like characters that hurt themselves with their own pain but you get to see why he isolates himself so much. That changes too and I'm happy that it does.
    • The side-characters. They come back! They stay relevant!
    • The deaths. Yup. They hurt. Hurt a lot and I'm still reeling from it. The reason why I like the deaths is coz it brings home how devastating war is. MC and ML are generals. They have to show strict discipline. Even in the face of grief.
    • The little joys MC has about life. MC's past life was so terrible that the little joys in this life just make her so damn happy. Sits on the roof, eats her favorite food, joke around with her friends... etc.
Those are the top stuff I remember liking about the novel. I would have rated it a 5 if not for that political upheaval part of the story. Characters were so poorly used that it didn't make sense to me. There was so much potential for conflict but it became a generic imperial political drama that the whole arc was a waste. <<less
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Kael97
Kael97 rated it
November 5, 2020
Status: Completed
One word. AMAZING!

It starts off slow, and shows our He Yan's struggle and adventure in regaining what was rightfully "hers". Througout the story, different characters will be introduced, and you'll definitely understand and like them more. He Yan is one of my fave MC! She's funny, adorable, helpful, genuinely kind, straightforward, etc lol. ML is also great - he's expressive and sweet in his own way. He might be caculative and cunning, but he's not one of those cold blooded irrational kind.
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he didnt fell inlove instantlyz too!

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The story flowed naturally - from beginning to end, it was really beautiful. There might be a part where you can say it was uneccessary especially before the end, but all of those were important. Most characters background were told, that's why the readers can still understand their perspective, why they did it and why those happened. But course, there are a few who were really shrewd.

There are character deaths which was heartbreaking because as I've stated earlier, you'll really get attached to them.

Romance was slow, but those tiny flashbacks will make it worth it.

Definitely RECOMMENED!
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lizbotnick
lizbotnick rated it
September 22, 2020
Status: Completed
A really wide ranging adventure of a story. There's genuine and clear character growth that you can root for, and a satisfying slow burn romance to enjoy. I think one of the biggest differences from the author's other works is in how well fleshed out the characters are, particularly the side characters and antagonists. No significant paper villains here. And the story doesn't forget those characters even when the plot moves past them, which is particularly enjoyable and moving. The story is overall fairly light, but not without it's serious... more>> and sad moments, the result is a good balance between smiles and tears. <<less
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whitespade
whitespade rated it
December 31, 2020
Status: c259
I read through mtl, its pretty hard but the general flow of the story is still understandable. More patient people should just wait 3-4 years for the translation to finish.

Both the ML and FL are great characters. They both have a lot of interaction even in FL first life thus you will feel like they are both destined together.

I like how even when FL is acting like a man, author is not trying to make her 'not like other girl' trope, but she genuinely wants to fight and contribute to... more>> the country. The author do not degenerate other women who don't do this but repeatedly acknowledge that other women also have their own kind of strength and given the chance they could also directly contribute to the nation.

The plot itself is great so I forgive some inconsistencies here and there. I don't finish this novel simply because I don't care what happen after they get together and the court is settled. <<less
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nevelvir
nevelvir rated it
November 15, 2020
Status: Completed
For me, this story is slow yet interesting. I like this book because it didn't stray out too far from it's title.

This is a story of a female general, who lived a miserable first life as a substitute. In her second life, she vowed to get everything back. Yet she got more than what she hoped for.

The romance is good. Most of the time, it was funny. And at times it was heart-wrenching. Not only the romance of our main pair, the side pair (s) are also good. It was... more>> a pity the other pairs don't have much story-time.

The main characters are really interesting, they're so humane. They have flaws, but I couldn't hate that flaws. On another side, the side characters are also funny and have their own stories.

I love that almost every part got their ends tied nicely. Overall, this is a good novel. I couldn't wait for the translation to complete. <<less
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ShiinaMH
ShiinaMH rated it
September 9, 2020
Status: Completed
First of all, it was really a long journey in reading this. But I really did read it till the end. It was kinda sad at first due to MC's experience but after that it was really fun and nice to read as she counterattack and take revenge to those people who deserve death. And I like how the progress of the MC's love story is. It was slow pace romance but at the same time, it was already started from the beginning hehe.

Though, at first, I was totally angry... more>> how ML bullies MC during her training and not knowing her true identity. But as when the ML realized he loves the MC, he now bullies the dogs attracted to MC's charm. It's really sweet. The fact that the ML truly loves the MC very much and time to time gets jealous for her. Sigh~ This kind of man who is so endearing is really hard to find or just didn't exist at all in reality.

However, when there is sweetness and happiness, there is also bitterness and sadness. The fact that the reality about war is truly a tragic thing.

It really hurts my heart how many people died. It leaves my heart in pain as if I was experiencing the people I love gone and leaving all alone grieving and reminiscing all those memories we experience together. Ahh~ I really don't want to experience such a thing. Just imagining it, I really don't know what to do. My heart still aches... Even characters in this story makes me sad. The realistic of this story, the fact that war stole life of someone dear and that we don't know who will die and who will live for another day.

Ahh~ I'm still dwelling on the characters who died.....😭😭

I don't want to read such tragic thing anymore huhuhuhu.... My heart aches..... Still it aches.....

I think this story will make me remember for my whole life even if I can't remember the title, I will still remember the story and how it goes, even if it's not everything that I remember. I will surely remember.... <<less
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silent hobby
silent hobby
July 29, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is a new fresh air for the fans of this author Qian Shan Cha Ke. The story line and the FL's character are taking another route, which is great.

The MC, our FL is diffrent from other novel's FL from the sam author. This Novel's FL, He Yan is bubbly, open minded, heroic, hard working and strong but she does not scheming and also not heavy minded.

I loved her shameless and humor, how she made the ML speechless many times.

Of course for ML, he is the most smart and... more>> beautiful man in the entire kingdom/dynasty ???. I suspected the author has deep obsession for this type of man (LOL).

This story mostly about military training and warfare. But don't worry, this is not boring at all with our shameless and proud He Yan, the Female General.

I laugh and cry when read this novel, it's refreshing and enjoyable reading journey.

Highly recommend this novel as one of the best reads. <<less
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Ainslee
Ainslee
July 18, 2020
Status: c17
MTL till chapter 143, it's actually readable ?

The plot is simple and interesting, FL and ML interaction in the past was revealed little by little in the current life.

Just like XJX in RMEML, ML also a beautiful general, full of mystery.

I'll continue MTL-ing this then re-read when the translation completed.
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jkitten
jkitten rated it
June 20, 2020
Status: Completed
My introduction to Qian Shan Cha Ke was reading The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage, and at the time I greatly enjoyed it despite its many flaws. Following that, I ended up reading Marriage of the Di Daughter (and completing it by machine translating it with DeepL) and The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort. The author excels at writing entertaining schemes and face slapping scenes, which is something I greatly enjoy and motivated me to read the author's other novels as well, despite getting annoyed by recycled... more>> plot points, excessive wordiness, dragged out irrelevant nonsense, and cringeworthy edgy r*pe and gore scenes.

I love revenge stories so despite getting annoyed by the aforementioned flaws in the author's previous novels, I started reading Rebirth of a Star General as soon as I saw it being translated. Being impatient and, in the end a fan of the author (despite my complaints!), I also machine translated the rest of the novel (almost the entire thing lol) with DeepL. What I discovered is that this novel is a pretty refreshing departure from some of these weaknesses in the author's previous novels. There's no r*pe, the gore is way less intense and the main character's personality is very different from her predecessors in the author's other novels. The male lead, however, is pretty similar to the other ones, and is completely OP in every single way, although thankfully he doesn't outshine the main character once she really gets going! Speaking of the male lead, the author's tendency to write huge blocks of text using weird purple prose to describe how beautiful he is over and over and over again is present in this novel as well, but not to the same extent as in Malicious Empress. I honestly can't imagine a person reading them and not rolling their eyes, but they don't really detract from the story since you can skip them without missing anything important. The romance is very slow, but the relationship between the MC and ML is wonderful both before and after they fall in love. There's also much less focus on scheming since the main character is more prone to using her superior combat abilities and knowledge of military strategy to achieve her goals, instead of setting up elaborate schemes. There's still plenty of satisfying face slapping, though! In contrast with the author's other main characters, this main character's personality is straightforward, positive and she actually values human life to some extent. However, as with the author's other MCs, given how insanely smart and talented she is, I have a hard time buying how she could possibly have made the mistakes she made in her previous life.

Seeing the author explore some slightly different territory than in their previous work was interesting, and I greatly enjoyed reading this novel overall. Despite this, I would say that it contained a higher amount of what, in my opinion, amounts to unnecessary filler and boring and overly wordy chapters where very little plot or character development occurs. In my view, it would be a much, much, much better reading experience if the length was trimmed by as much as 50%. In the end though, I would still recommend this to fans of the author's previous books or anyone who enjoys a good revenge story.

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This novel is just as wordy and overly long as the author's other works, but isn't as gory and the MC isn't as cruel and merciless. Rather than focusing on courtyard drama and scheming, the focus here is on military advancement, which is new ground for the author. The romance develops slowly, but not frustratingly so. <<less
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Flying Jade
Flying Jade rated it
April 16, 2021
Status: --
So many good reviews on this one I really want to ask, are you scamming people?

The setup for the FL is really questionable. She pops into a new body and starts acting radically but no one is suspicious. That aside, I find the blatant plot armour thrown the MC's way in every chapter irritating. I kept pausing and picking it up for a long time, hoping it will get better but it didn't.

Overall, if you're the type that pauses to rationalise even a tiny bit, it's hard to get immersed... more>> in this story. Too much bull crap. <<less
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Haruna89
Haruna89 rated it
April 5, 2021
Status: Completed
I re-read this novel several times already.

I like the story especially FL being female general which is quite rare.

ML is smart and nice to FL different from those other cold male leads who ignore FL all the time.

ALL IN ALL, RECOMMENDED!
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Aster Anemone
Aster Anemone rated it
February 6, 2021
Status: Completed
This is "The Best" gender bender.

There are lots of stories, some have fantastic beginnings and other have good happy endings. Now a days there are very few stories with stable pace and considerate author.

The pace and events never fell short on anything. I kept reading and dreading that I am going to read some type of blunder next, that the action might be rushed or characters might not be given light. But no. Every character was given its due shinning time with easy stable pace and logical sequence of the... more>> story.

It only made my reading experience fulfilling and I feel satiated.

A runaway youth entering the army, but the catch is that she is a girl. But the thing is she is more at ease being a man. And this whole story revolves around why she is at ease being a man.

The romantic angle was steady too, felt a bit routinely. A typical devoted and cold blooded ML who only has MC in his eyes. But the beauty is the balance. There is a balance in the power. Both are equally famous, equally powerful and equally in love and equally devoted.

I loved the war strategies and the way they were presented, I didn't felt it to be boring in the least. There was never a page where I felt that the story is dragging. It was feast to read it.

Before reading this my fav was " Its hard to be a man" transmigration story with gender bending MC. But in that MC was too over powered. And it only occurred to me after reading this one. That story has its own place, I still like that but now my number one is this one.

Worthy read. Don't hesitate to read it. Mtl is not hard to read as well. Read it. <<less
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xXLicorneXx
xXLicorneXx rated it
December 28, 2020
Status: c210
3 stars

... Well, this novel, in spite of being well-written, is just not my cup of tea. In retrospect, the title, the action-packed early exposition, the nail-biting backstory & the MC's great personnality... All those elements, in the first third of the novel, lead to high expectations on which the plotline didn't follow through for, later on, obvious reasons.

This isn't a revenge novel, it isn't an epic tale, or even the subversive & courageous adventure of a women hiding as a guy to pave her own way in a... more>> patriarchal society no, this, at its core, is simply a well-disguised romance novel (hence why I feel duped). It's only in the second half that I started realising it. This was actually a tale of the past and present interwining, to form a web of missed and fateful encounters between the MC & ML and everything else, more or less became the foil setting to their future love story. Despite knowng it was a romance novel that, for me, just became a crude and reductive cope-out and left me with a bad ater-taste.

And yes, I admit I'm clearly not the target audience here as I, more often that not, can't stand that genre on its own. When I do, it's because I found something tangible to keep me interested till the end whether it's personal growth, emotional depth, family drama, schemes, intriguing secondary characters (none here, not even the 2nd ML), politics, battles, adventures... And while the first third was entertaining & promising, the later half of the story was genuinely lacking in those aspects.

And let's not even delve into the multiple times where the author just decided to have the MC re-learn complex martial skills literally overnight (cos' apparently muscle memory can travel across time, space & body too). I'll just point out that there's a slight difference between having an OP character and plain lazy writing.

So kinda took the wind out of my sails as the romance is also a bit meh for me but still a decent novel. And a lot of people apparently liked it so if you're also in love with love, this might be right up your alley.

Edit: tried to push through later on but realised there just wasn't anything in the novel I was looking forward to at this point. <<less
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System2112
System2112
March 7, 2021
Status: Completed
It's so good. Recommended <3

A lot of things happened and I really want to rant about it but I'm also so lazy so I won't. Anyways, I loved the story which I didn't expect at first.

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The beginning was fairly good but it's only above average for me so it surprised me it's golden. Well maybe because it's only the introduction and not much happened yet. It only starts to be so good it's glittering maybe around the middle (?).

I love the MC <3

The MC was originally a simple girl and all her golden finger was earned from the hard work and obstacle she faced in her first life. So I kinda understand why she's not overly smart and sometimes seems naive because she's not really that good in the first place. She's not a scheming person so her plans and responses are straightforward (But she's so proficient in the art of war). And because she needed the ml's recognition to gain her way to revenge, she laid her skills open other than her sword skills (Since he might recognize her from her past life). Her only upper hand is she can lie straightfaced and disguise herself thoroughly. This is why the ML is very suspicious of her and doesn't know what her real thoughts are.

At the beginning, I lowkey don't like her. Maybe because the ML was too smart in contrast to the MC. It's only around the last half I wanna slap my past self (How dare you don't like her you jerk!!).

Like the ML said in the story, the MC was a very contradictory person. Another reason why he can't understand her thoroughly. The MC might boast with her chins up but in fact, she has very low esteem. To the point that the ML needs to lay out his feelings before the MC believes he likes her. Her skills are mediocre and even low and the reason why she's so good now is because of her hard work in her past life. Her morals and principles are so likable.

She's very proficient in disguise the ML always believes she's lying. For him, she's a scammer through and through. Well, she really was, but in fact, the ML is the person she lied to the least. So when the ML found out about the truth. He realized that the MC was not lying. It's so heartbreaking I cried buckets.

The confession part was *chef's kiss <3 it's so beautiful!

Overall, it's a treasure to share so read it people!

I still want to rant more about the side characters but they are so likable I'm too lazy to type. But I still want to say I love them.

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ricachuu
ricachuu rated it
March 2, 2021
Status: Completed
It's worth the 2 days binge read!!!!

This story was truly a gem. It wasn't overly fluffy or dramatic or angst. It had the right pacing and also accounted for the character development of a lot of characters. Everyone has their own background, motives and personality. Although the romance developed slowly, it was the kind of development that would make their romance grow on you. This story was able to portray realistic endings of several couples, whether it be bitter and sad or happy and eternal. Aside from the romance, the... more>> family relationship and friendships were also tackled. Albeit the villains were quite dumb and the ML and FL being a bit Gary Sue-ish and Mary Sue-ish (tho from hardwork), it was able to show some realistic scenarios like how people could die in a war
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even if they were an important supporting character/ally of the leads

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Anyway, I was here for some dose of romance and I was duly satiated.
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The male lead was the only one who actually cared about FL, even in her past/original body. He was there silently helping her out in the dark ever since they became classmates though it wasn't out of love, but because the FL reminded him of his younger years. FL truly lived a tragic past life in her original body. As during ancient times women didn't have much rights, even though she was a general, she still followed her family's orders. FL really also just wanted to be loved and appreciated by someone so she was very obedient to her family and got married into a wolves' den. ML was also there when she tried to commit suicide after being blind and he was the one who told her to live and be the best blind there is. I love how they were destined to be together in the end after missing out during her 'past' life.

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I also loooove how I couldn't predict and understand the ML's thoughts in the most part of the novel. I love how he supports the FL and protects her in his own way. There were quite a lot of times where the ML saved the FL but I like how the novel stated that the FL could indeed save herself but that would leave her to be injured. As much as independent FLs are awesome, strong and independent FLs that knows when to depend on their MLs are admirable. :) <<less
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