Refusing to Serve Me? Then Off With Your Head!

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Someone said: “My bed, it’s not your first time sleeping here. Why aren’t you coming over?”

Me: “Your majesty, this wanted fugitive is not a concubine in your palace. I’m not obligated to sleep with you!”

… Makes no sense the concubines are left idle, instead wanting a criminal awaiting execution like me to waste energy both mentally and physically.

Someone said: “Really? – – An Yi is surprisingly very righteous!”

Not lightly nor heavily, he lets out a decree: “If you don’t want to sleep with me, then off with your head!”

Refusing to Serve Me? Then Off With Your Head! average rating 4.1/5 - 211 user ratings
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Don’t Want To Sleep With Me? Off With Your Head!
Dám Kháng Chỉ! Chém
不侍寝?砍了!
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jumboLina
New jumboLina rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: Completed
A rare and raw novel you could find. This is not a novel that has too many chapters and cultivated-power OP characters. The life and struggles feel genuine. The MC takes her time to put pieces of her heart back together after it has been shattered into small pieces from betrayal and the death of her loved one. It is rewarding to watch her character grow and still keep a touch of her true self. The ML is not an ice block either. The ride we see until he won... more>> her heart was priceless.

Spoiler

The story started with the painful experience MC has to go through upon her father died. She was hurt so much emotionally by her father's death and her crush betrayal, she no longer felt pain. That lead her to act recklessly.

A few years later, she met with ML again as the fallen country general and the ML the new ruler. ML has spent lots of effort searching for her and finally putting her under his wing of protection. MC is not easily swayed by good treatment. She could no longer feel pain or trust anyone - her trust then has to be earned.

From many ups and downs, ML was badly injured and it was the time MC is sure about her love for him. She complained that he has worked so hard for her to accept him and now he wanted to leave her alone. After the incident, they are mutually in love. And the ENDIng is soooo satisfying.

Overall, her decision happens for a reason. There is no annoying second and third wheel cliche. The main focus is how a person climbs up from the pit of her emotional struggle then learn to trust and love again.

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I completed reading the story with a longing heart. I rated this 5/5 because I have not seen the novel of this kind before, the way they portray the scenario from the eyes of the MC is able to move you, and the translation is superb. Highly recommend to anyone who read this review of mine. You won't regret it and it has a satisfying ending. <<less
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darkclouds
New darkclouds rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: c63
Rating: 3.5

This was a journey of two lost souls that find solace in each other after a myriad of experiences. Only, the ML discovered the signboard first and slowly directs the MC towards it.

The female MC is unreliable and biased with her narration. She is also whimsical and quite amusing with her twisted logic. This is mostly a result of her years of hardship, betrayal and an after-effect of the war.

The ML has had his share of misery and despair but is more headstrong in his pursuit of happiness, which... more>> at times (or was it always?) is despotic. It would be unfair to characterise a person based on one aspect of their personality. Ultimately, it was his love and devotion that saved her.

Spoiler

I only pitied the second ML a little bit. Time and place have always played an important role in determining the progress of relationships. More importantly, it only works when the right time and place of two people intersect. It is only rarely that missed opportunities provide a second chance.

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I’m satisfied with the resolution and have been left with a smile on my face. The epilogues were also quite fun. Worth a read. <<less
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dysry
dysry rated it
April 25, 2016
Status: c64
READ FIRST: Summary of the first 5 chapters since the story is very confusing at first:
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Spoiler

The MC An Yi is the daughter of a general, disguised as a man for most of her life since her father had no sons. Her country was overthrown, and she flees with Xiao Huang, the previous dynasty's incompetent child emperor, living a life of poverty.

They’re arrested when XH steals a drumstick out of hunger, and her other childhood friend and the man she used to love (until he betrayed them to keep his position as a general for the current Emperor) Yan Ping, takes them to a cell. YP has hated AY since he thought she was a gay man, and denied his own feelings for her, but instantly changes when he realizes she’s female.

On the way to the executioner’s block, XH escapes, revealing that he’s actually smarter than he lets on and stayed by her side and had them arrested to force her to reveal inheritance – her grandfather’s army seal – which she doesn’t have anyway.

YP then delivers AY to the current Emperor, Feng Zhao Wen, whom she’s met on the battlefield and possibly had past relations with. FZW takes her into his palace, seems to treat her well and (insert synopsis here). She ends up climbing into his bed and treated as a concubine by his servants.

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Basically if you can read past the first chapter it starts making more sense and does get a lot better. But honestly, if you had the time you may as well read a better series. Unfortunately I had too much time so I read this one as well.

First 2-3 chapters aside, it’s not too bad a series – MC from a fallen country, betrayed by those closest to her, ends up in the imperial harem of the new emperor, who for some reason seems extremely fond of her. The female lead is pretty ambivalent and emotionally very slow, having lost most of her sensations and emotions due to the war and various betrayals so the male lead has his work cut out for him.

Story could’ve been written better, but I'll give it a 3/5 since it's decent after the first bit. <<less
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Dzabel
Dzabel rated it
May 9, 2017
Status: c23
Give this a chance. I mean it, its one of those rare novels where the MC has an actual personality, emotional issues with a cause and what's survival is. Her pain is real, her fool's act, although comic, is emotionally scaring. The way she looks down on her self, it seems like a protrayal of depression with a half baked will to live.

Dont compare this to any other novels out there, the theme and ideas used in this novel have a certain kind of depth. Her character is layered, deeply... more>> hurt and trying to live in the circumstances, where there is no one on her side.

The writing style is non lineared, like a cult indie movie. Beautifully narrated, but not easily understood. Don't get me wrong this isn't a very tragic or overbearing novel. But you need to give it time, even a few read overs. But this is by far the most interesting novel I have come across. And the translator is doing a fabulous job. <<less
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MitsukiKanou
MitsukiKanou
March 27, 2017
Status: c13
The events in the story are the stuff of tragedy. However, the protagonists makes it comedic. She's full of misunderstandings.

The FeMC's perspective is refreshing. Unlike the other C-novels with elaborate revenge plots, this one is a breath of fresh comedic air.

Give it a try. If the first 5 chapters are confusing, read dysry's review for a summary.
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Fantasy-Magician
Fantasy-Magician rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: c31
If the summary didn't clue you in, be warned before start reading this story because the start is very confusing. Simply because this story start from the 'middle' of timeline before backtracking half-way to the past to explain the start of MC's relationship with the male lead, the emperor.
That aside, the summary hints the female character is very unusual for a woman in ancient era due to two factor. One, she was raised as a boy and go through an interesting puberty period due to gender-bender confusion.
Two, she... more>> got brain damage sometime in the past and since this story is told from first person perspective you can see An Yi while pretty aware for someone with brain damage, we can't say she is completely sane.

So, while her character background will burst our tear duct, she is not bent on revenge or anything. Instead of the usual more competent avenger woman post-tragedy in web novel, we got a girl so burn-out from everything she couldn't even bring herself to care about people who wronged her.

In the other hand the male lead is also quite a damaged soul himself, and the author somehow manage to write a background that justify why the Emperor, Feng Zhao Wen is so possessive and obsessed with An Yi. Surprisingly, not because he is the emperor who did just because he could.

They make interesting dynamic and fresh characters we could love.

However, due to this story told in first person perspective of female lead with loose screw... while it makes the narrative very amusing, in the same time it makes some part of the story unclear especially when it concern other character. Some of them become very flat because An Yi's worldview is screwed. So she'd either gloss over them or has amusing bias about their character. <<less
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nixxara
nixxara rated it
May 28, 2016
Status: c7
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Even though the beginning was a little confusing, the later chapters kind of cleared some things up. :)


I don't mind the beginning chapters because I feel like those chapters are necessary for the future development in the novel.

Female MC has a really interesting personality. She is a little bit crazy but I like the fact that she isn't easily perturbed by difficult situations and manages to act silly in an intelligent manner.


5 stars for just the female mc's character
5+ stars for storyline

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Fathom
Fathom rated it
February 7, 2016
Status: --
Read up to CH 4. I can’t make head or tails of what I read. It’s hard to tell who the first person narrator is. Old guy, boy, or girl? Plot makes no sense. Characters make no sense. I don’t know if it’s because of the translation or the author who wrote a hot mess.
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Biah_belle rated it
January 23, 2017
Status: c9
As the MC, being the only child in her family, she was raised as a son by her father, leading to her having participated in the war, and this experience kind of leaves her emotionally numb, not in a depressed way, just in a way where she doesn't really care what goes on anymore. However given the options, she doesn't really want to quietly die either. This leads to her present situation of catering to the emperor's interests, as indicated by the title. It's kind of cute how desperately she... more>> clings to life. <<less
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Kyrina
Kyrina rated it
July 30, 2017
Status: c64
It might be not everyone cup of tea due to the author writing style but once you get hooked, you'll love it till the end. At least read until c35 before you decide to drop this.

The story beautifully portrays layers of human psychology. The female lead may look slow with her emotions but it's because she suppressed her pains deeply until she become numb physically and emotionally.

The male lead deserves happy ending seeing how patient and understanding he is toward the female lead during the darkest time in her... more>> life.

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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ rated it
February 28, 2016
Status: --
Read up to chapter 1 I really suspect that this series is a yaoi, so I glance to the tags section.. And it's really true! Fear not my friend, this series is a legitimate has a female protagonist.

After reading up to chapter 4, this series really has potential to be a great things!

Even though you (I mean me) will be confused at first, it'll gradually display its grandeur to you. So at least if you give it a try, just read until chapter 3. It's really entertaining and things is... more>> not really be what is portrayed in the first place. <<less
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monochrome04
monochrome04 rated it
September 7, 2017
Status: c39
Of all the stories I've read on this site, this would probably be the best one.

The story starts in the middle with numerous flashbacks that allow the reader to understand what just happened. The way the author paced and wrote this story is truly genius. However, for those who have a hard time understanding the first few chapters, you can check out the spoiler below summarizing what happened. Honestly though, if one takes the time to really read the first few chapters and endure, the story makes better sense.

First few... more>> chapters:

Spoiler

To put it simply, for the past 3 years, the MC has been taking care of Xiao Huang, the former emperor of Great Chen, which has now become part of Great Qi. Because of him, they get captured by guards and brought to the capital while Xiao Huang was able to escape with the help of bodyguards he apparently had. It is then that MC realizes that Xiao Huang has only been pretending to be stupid and foolish all this while and that the sole reason he stuck with her for the past 3 years was in order to get an official seal left to the MC by her father. She is then brought to the capital by her first love, Yan Ping. All this while, he thought that the MC was boy, however she finally reveals her true gender to him at this time, shocking him greatly. She is then brought to the king of Great Qi, Feng Zhao Wen, leading to the scene in the description.

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This is honestly a really great read. Reading this story guarantees you a mix of laughter and tears. MC is a rather shameless person, something she herself admits. However, you also have to admire her, considering all that she went through. Once you've reached the point in the story explaining her past and what exactly happened, you are able to understand her actions and thoughts more. The MC uses depreciating humor when talking about herself and the past and honestly, I cried a few times reading this story.

The author was able to paint a very realistic way of how one deals with grief and hardships. Subtle it may be, it was able to beautifully depict how circumstances shape and harden people, to the point that the MC was able to let go of her past feelings, and only focus on surviving.

I'm running out of words to describe how good this story is but all in all, it is one of the most beautifully written work I've read. <<less
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remy911
remy911 rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: --
Initially rated a 4, now 5.

The beginning is a bit confusing, but it seems to iron itself out around chapter 4.

Not sure where this story’s headed, but I like the heroine. She intelligent (but clearly not in the matters of romance...) and has an almost self-mocking sense of humor. The story’s surprisingly funny, even though I don’t think this is a comedy.
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Matpatpat
Matpatpat rated it
January 19, 2018
Status: Completed
The premise is good but the way the story is presented detracts from it. Events are told out of order and multiple points of view are presented that add new information and elements to the timeline/story. The story is intriguing but very very disjointed. This is exacerbated by the unreliable protagonist who’s perspective cannot at all be trusted.

Actually, besides the timeline, the characters and their motivations seem “all over the place”. This statement might be unfair because there’s a legitimate explanation for their actions, but their personalities are so set... more>> in the beginning of the story that it’s difficult to rectify it with information revealed later.

I actually feel extremely guilty for finding some earlier scenes funny because of how they’re later explained.

I actually found the MC to be annoying but exceptionally tragic. I would rank her on the lower scale of my preferred characters but she is actually very well written (think like that annoying friend who you only talk to in small doses but don’t cut off because she’s nice or occasionally fun). I really wish things turned out differently for her because throughout the entire story it felt like she never had agency or choice. It was always different men abusing their authority or the circumstances to dictate her life. The the things that happen to her, mentally and physically, prohibit her from properly consenting. I feel like, if she were physically and mentally well, her entire life would be different. It’s not like other stories where “cute girl gets manipulated by black bellies or kinda bullied” because this is a case of a legitimate mental illness. That’s NOT okay.

Because of these circumstances surrounding the MC, I cannot condone her relationship with the ML or any love interest presented. It just feels scummy on a whole new level.

If you don’t think that’d be an issue then yeah, give it a read because the story is legitimately interesting and, though I dislike the way it was presented, you might find the disjointed timeline Fresh and interesting. <<less
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chibiheaven
chibiheaven rated it
November 27, 2017
Status: --
Going in, I did not expect to bawl my eyes out. There's interesting twists to the story and I feel the author kept things simple and spared us any useless petty misunderstandings.

There's lighthearted humor and banter.

All in all an interesting read that isn't too long!
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Narutolvr
Narutolvr rated it
July 16, 2017
Status: c30
Reading this story, I find myself fighting the inexplicable urge to weep with every word and action of the MC, even while cracking up. The author does an amazing job with conveying just how empty our MC has become emotionally, even before mentioning what actually caused her to become so numb. As things stand right now, I can't claim I want her to end up with any of the male characters specifically, but I'd give a million dollars for her to pick Feng Zhao Wen over Yan Ling. I hate... more>> everything about him and, the more the story develops, the more I find myself recalling his actions in the earlier chapters and hating him all the more. More than anything, though, I just want the MC to heal; it's been a while since a light novel was able to draw out my emotions like this. I absolutely recommend this story if you're in any sort of mood as it manages to be both heart-rending and hilarious/lighthearted at the same time.

One caveat though, the first several chapters are a bit... vague. I didn't find them confusing, per se, as I could tell most of the things I didn't understand were events that would be explained eventually. But, the setting isn't too concrete when you first start so that will definitely be an obstacle in getting you hooked. I didn't find myself really falling into the story until chapter 6 or 7- prior to that, I'd kept reading mostly out of mild curiosity. So I'd recommend that, if you're going to read this, you force yourself to ignore anything else for the first 5-10 chapters to properly get the setting of the story. It's a great work, though! <<less
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maiha-sama
maiha-sama
May 23, 2017
Status: c35
Reading this just breaks my heart. Its a different way of storytelling for this genre.. peppering the present with the events of the past. Its actually very well done - very smooth so you don't feel it is awkward as you read in. The contrast in her past love-struck idiotic behavior and the present indifference - its just so jarring and so sad. The past-present narrative only accentuates the contrast. Throughout the story, whether intentionally or not, there's a thread of melancholy even in the seemingly light interactions. Many times... more>> she cruelly mocks herself and her past actions, its quite tragic to read. I've never read a character like her - I quite like it.

A carefree loving girl is forced to dress as a male and falls in love with her childhood friend. You can feel her complete diffidence when she interacts with Yan Ping and her fearlessness when dealing with anything else. A more-or-less simple girl, betrayed by ones she loved/trusted, forced to grow up into an indifferent woman who can now only worry about surviving.

Spoiler

Some of the lines in Chapter 11 show her helplessness: "I look up to the tall and lofty Feng Zhao Wen from the ground. I feel like I have hit rock bottom long ago. No matter how many people kicks and tramples over me, the one person who cares for me is no longer here. No matter how much I stumble and suffer, everything will bring no difference."

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I really felt bad for her at this point. There's obviously a lot of background story to be revealed since we're not even half way through. So ill hold off on the rating. At the moment, it's a solid 4*

As people have mentioned, the first few chapters are just "...." so I skipped the first two chapters and read dysry's summary instead. <<less
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willwiz
willwiz rated it
September 9, 2016
Status: c54
This is a pretty worthwhile light-hearted romance to read if you 'understands' it and tough it through.

At any point in the story from beginning to end, it will be confusing, non-sensible, just generally lacking in background information in someway.

In fact, the whole story (except ending and extras) is essentially about adding detail and background to the previous chapters to solve your questions, confusion, befuddlement about what is going on.

This style of writing is not very reader friendly for everyone and probably will make a bunch of people drop... more>> it straight away.

If reading the first few chapters just won't work for you, I advice you read dysry's first 5 chapter summary as a start, or wait for more chapters to read together. <<less
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astaterix
astaterix rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: c6
At the beginning, it quite confusing to understand the story, since this novel use first person POV. But starting from chapter 5, the plot is clearer and very interesting.

So be patient, and give it a try :D
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Bkgksan
Bkgksan rated it
November 12, 2017
Status: c50
Love this novel. Translation is good (has trouble loading and reloading lots of times on my iPad, but have to appreciate the good work).

The FL goes through so many hardships. But the love between FL and ML is certain and pure. He certainly doesn't wrong her. I like that. It has lots of fun bits, but there remains an underlying seriousness to the whole story. It is mostly the FL point of view, so sometimes it is not clear what others are thinking. She is a bit dense at times.
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Dyosa
Dyosa rated it
November 10, 2017
Status: c49
This is one of those stories that is really nice to read. You'll feel pain, sweetness, and other emotions (based on my experience lol). The female lead might be dense but she's not like those other MCs who will always lead other men. She's innocent enough that you'll feel bad for her. Yeah, she might be stupid sometimes but let us consider that her father wants her to be that way so she'll not experience that treacherous environment. Let also be happy since she'll experience a good ending.

Also, I really... more>> like the male lead. He is just my type. Lol He really cares for our lead to the point that he even cried. Yeah, really ny type.

There'll be a lot of grammatical errors in the translation but what's important is that you can still understand it. Thankful for the translator since I was able to read a gem.

Please finish this. 😁😁

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Elissiaro
Elissiaro rated it
October 16, 2017
Status: --
The beginning is a bit slow and confusing, but I really like this story, one of the later chapters actually made me cry.

The main character is kinda... Extremely dumb, but she's dumb in an endearing way (kinda like luffy in one piece). And the text doesn't go on about how smart she is while constantly showing her acting like an idiot. Like alot of the bad chinese novels do.

Also she has a pretty good excuse for at least some of the stupid.

The translation is good too. Just a few words... more>> that are wrong now and then, but like, just the wrong form of the correct word. <<less
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