Return of the Swallow

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“If it’s a barbarian you want, then it’s a barbarian you’ll get!”

Reclaimed by her noble family after being swapped at birth, Qin Yining is bestowed a hellish family instead. Just as she turns her situation around and gains acceptance, her country is plunged into danger instead.

Shades of gray color the world. No side is completely good, and no side is completely evil. Refusing to be a trophy won by men, Qin Yining carves her own path instead. In this absolutely riveting and spellbinding tale, what does our MC do when an entire dynasty is at stake?

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silent hobby
New silent hobby rated it
August 18, 2018
Status: c164
First of all, if you wanna try to read this story, prepare for roller coaster read. The translation is great and the story is also great.

You got everything in this novel:

  • Inner courtyard "fight"
  • Family's love and hate
  • Family crisis
  • Strong and smart MC
  • Arrogant, powerful and possessive ML
  • Politics and war
  • Scheming
  • etc...
You name it, this story almost has it all, except about transmigration, rebirth and cultivation world.

If you like to read something that made you always feel sitting on the edge with unpredictable plot and emotional journey, this is a perfect novel for you. I'd like... more>> to say this novel packed with quantity and quality. <<less
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pinkmagnolia
New pinkmagnolia rated it
July 26, 2018
Status: c141
I really liked ROS at the start, but I got annoyed by the MC and the ML in the end. I dislike MC because she insisted on defending her mom at all times even though her mom is clearly in the wrong. As for the ML, I got the impression that his feelings for the MC are... insta-love.

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he helped MC when MC was a kid, when he saw MC again after she grew up to be gorgeous he suddenly liked her. He already liked her even before they ever had any real conversation. Most of the times he just stalked her. Creepy...

I also dislike that he holds no grudges against MC's dad. After all, MC's dad deliberately caused his own dad's unjust death. I guess I like guys who don't let romance got in the way of loyalty to family

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Fantasy-Magician
Fantasy-Magician rated it
March 4, 2018
Status: --
It's one of best ancient Chinese ver of Cinderella I have read so far! You can tell that the author put a lot of thought in how the MC acted. She isn't a transmigator, but someone who knows how to conduct herself. While not as clueless as she should considering her background is a bit off, author manage to explain that being a real lady in her blood make her upbringing matters not so much on wild department.

What strike me the most is how MC know when being silent... more>> is more advantegous rather than blabbering cunning words like other female lead in novel. She also acted using her hand once when it's appropriate, and good at being docile but not taken advantage of. This alone make me as reader feel MC being a refined lady doesn't have to be written, you can tell she is. Which also make this MC safe from untrue character's glorifying praises plaguing most Chinese novel.

Kudos for some of her biological family members too, especially her grandma and father for not being biased blind idiots. This can be noted towards the fake lady that get switched with MC, they appear to have bias at first but they have enough brain to see what's good for them and the rest of their family.

This is a good read you won't br ashamed to admit a quality novel you enjoy. <<less
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nightdrgn
nightdrgn rated it
March 23, 2018
Status: c33
Early review. Very unique little story with nice detail all around. It's very clear that the author spent some effort into drawing up the background detail and intrigue and not just create some cardboard to have the MC blow over.

There are a few things aside from the nicely worded details that stand out,

  • there's no wasted words; the author is really good at conveying a lot with very little, and there isn't any pointless over description either. This makes the ebb and flow of the story very nice to read.
  • the villains have a lot of depth, and do more then just be villany; so far it's hard to tell if the mandatory bad step sister will get the stick or if she'll get redeemed. I have my doubts it will go the redeeming route but have to give it points for trying where others do not. And the mandatory sh*tty step sister is really the only one that's clearly chaotic, everyone else being a lot more ambiguous in which way they swing.
  • the MC is good good, not chaotic good, but still not a pushover either; the premise of her being an abandoned noble girl who grew up in the mountains and was found and dragged back home is one of the best I've seen! I think of isekai as a device so don't mind it either way, but this premise is really satisfying to read, it really holds the story up. I think the thing I like the most is that unlike other MCs who have a big dark secret (otherworldy ninja, assassin, superdoctor, whatever other nonsense) the MC's "power" here is very much an open secret (she's a god damn mountain girl and has even fought wolves before). Everyone knows, there's nothing particularly mystical about it, and yet everyone is too "stupid" to realize that "yes, she is that strong, duh!"
  • finally there's a good balance of positive input in the MCs life; arguably all stories have this, but not-so-great stories just dont get it right (too little, too whatever, etc). ROS really gets the balance right. Not all families are sh*t families, the MC isn't the only hero/heroine in the world, the good guys aren't just the super naive ones, etc etc
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slepnirson
slepnirson rated it
March 31, 2018
Status: c40
Far and away one of the most engrossing stories I've seen in a while, webnovel or other format. The characters have very well built out personalities, and the descriptions of the setting fall right in the zone of not too much description (filler), but just enough to give the characters a realistic stage to play out the story.

Additionally, ... more>>
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with the exception of the randomly stalkerish prince

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, the characters act in line with their established personalities. The MC is smart, but not omniscient, kind, but not a pushover, and the author reveals much of the story through the MC's inferences and deductions.

A little upset I didn't find it earlier, but also that I didn't wait longer so I had more to binge.

Also, none of the recommendations are all that similar. Try Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator <<less
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wolikethat
wolikethat rated it
June 20, 2018
Status: c124
I cannot recommend this novel enough.

Return of the Swallow is a serious breath of fresh air. Although you do still have a lot of the archetypes of the genre, they're FLESHED OUT archetypes and not just cardboard cutouts clearly meant for nothing other than adding drama and opportunities for the MC to show off how much smarter/stronger/better she is than everyone else. For example, there's the usual fair weather matriarch, but she isn't a complete idiot and can frequently see through the manipulations and schemes of the "villain", but tends... more>> to be easily blinded by her emotions in the heat of the moment.

I put villain in quotes because the main antagonist in the early chapters of the novel is the MC's foster sister who, up until her return, was always believed to be the actual daughter. It isn't until the MC's arrival that she and the rest of the family discover she was adopted to replace the baby (MC) that had been stolen away by the father's enemies. This gives the antagonist a very real and very understandable motivation different from just petty jealous or romantic rivalry. She's afraid that the MC will completely steal her place and she'll be throw away by the family who raised her. And given the way even the text itself emphasizes how blood trumps rearing, you can kind of see where she's coming from. It doesn't at all excuse her selfish, malicious, and immature actions, but in a world where even legitimately born girls can been tossed aside or killed at the drop of a hat, it's easy to see how fear and panic can drive a pampered girl who suddenly discovers she's an orphan with no blood ties to anyone to extremes.

Most importantly, I LOVE the MC. I'm a sucker for this genre of light novel and have devoured all the trashy black belly MC and face slap fest stories on NU, and although I do enjoy seeing a cool, ruthless, and infallible MC bulldoze her way through white lotuses and sleazy officials, it does quickly get boring and annoying and hard to relate to the MC after a while and I often end up dropping them. Not so here! The MC is definitely clever and does plenty of face slapping, but she also encounters consequences, set-backs, and difficult situations where there really is no right way out. For example, there was one incident where
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the MC was being punished by confinement to the family temple to copy scripts. During this time, one of her maids was framed for theft and in danger of being beaten to death. The MC heard about it and was going to leave the temple to go help her maid. She was stopped by one of the senior servants who warned her that if she left the temple before her punishment was complete she would lose what little foothold she had managed to gain in the family and even if she went there was still a strong possibility she wouldn't be able to save her maid causing her to look incompetent and foolish. The MC acknowledges that this is true, however she said that if she didn't try to save her maid just because doing nothing was better for her then that would be immoral: "Qin-mama, I would rather be someone incompetent than one lacking in morals."

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This is the kind of MC I really want to root for. On top of that, the relationship between the MC and her father is so good it made me cry on more than one occasion. The two of them develop not just affection but a shared respect and peership. Realizing her cleverness and intelligence, the father treats her like a son and internally thinks that if the kingdom were at peace how happy he'd be to let her go out and try things, test her cleverness, make mistakes and have her come to him to fix things if she gets into trouble. This is the best father-daughter relationship I've ever read in ANY novel, let alone a LN. The ML is equally fantastic. Honestly, I expected him to be another cold and heartless general-prince who doesn't care for anyone except the MC. I was WRONG you guys. Although he is incredible strong, feared, cool, etc like all LN dreamy MLs, he's also a genuinely good man. In one scene, he receives an order from the emperor to slaughter everyone in one of the enemy kingdom's cities, despite it being a civilian city with few troops.
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The ML refuses. Even when some of his subordinates (and later on the emperor) call him stupid and "soft as a woman" for doing so, the ML responds: "Soft as a woman? Maybe. The Yan government boasts that they have three hundred thousand troops defending Xihua. But in reality, they barely scrape thirty thousand, and only that if we count the kids just over ten. War is the business of men. What does it have to do with women, children, and the elderly? When chaos runs rampant under the heavens, it's the people who suffer! Those cries of ours when we raised our banner in rebellion, were they all false!? The hell is this order to slaughter helpless elders, women, and children?! Whoever the f*ck wants to be less than an animal can go do it! I'm not doing it!"

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Up until that point I was actually rooting for the MC to get together with another character that had been introduced, but this made me do a complete 180. MC & ML forever!! My new OTP!! Perfect match meant to be decreed by the heavens. Give them a marriage certificate and a kingdom ASAP! That being said, the ML's earnest and sincere love rival is pretty hard not to root for as well.

Really this novel is just full of well-rounded and unexpectedly complex characters. Not just the leads, but also the family and even the side characters. You understand why some of the relatives put up with the foster sister's scheming; she's the daughter they raised for fourteen years, they understand why she's acting out and she is still the person who grew up with them, so it's understandable that their love and attachment to her is stronger in comparison to the MC and so they are more tolerant of her bad behavior, even though the MC is also a victim. That being said, they all do have breaking points and their favoritism is never so extreme that their treatment of the MC is completely unreasonable. There is very little black and white in this story. There are so many characters you root for one minute and root against the next, with it all being a matter of context and circumstances. We also get glimpses into the plots and schemes of side characters that are at the periphery of the MC's activity, but ultimately have nothing to do with her except tangentially. The MC may be our protagonist, but she isn't the only protagonist of this world; other people are using their wits and cunning to do good and protected loved ones as well.

All in all, this novel deserves every star I can possible throw at it. <<less
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mjbaquiran25
mjbaquiran25 rated it
April 4, 2018
Status: c44
It's a unique one. A good find! The story hooks you up and you'll find urself craving for more. The MC's personality is great! Beauty and brains.
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iamthecoffee
iamthecoffee rated it
February 24, 2018
Status: c85
Return of the Swallow is full or descriptive language and it really brings the story to life, it is already full of schemes in the Prime Ministers house hold (reminds me of when I was still living with my sisters XD... ok, they are not that bad... my sisters that is), so I am looking forward to reading when it branches out into the rest of the city/empire/world.

I feel it is extremely well written and translated. I know that I have only read 10 chapters... but I know what a... more>> like... plus that is all that has been released so far! XD

So, I will admit that there is a fair bit of crying in the first few chapters... I felt like I was going to drown at one stage...

Time for an update!

So, I have really just fallen more and more in love with this novel! XD we have seen the pettiness in the family, and that her father is actually pretty awesome! And meeting the maternal family was awesome, and satisfying in many ways!

There are big events that have already happened in the story and it has been very interesting and entertaining to see how our MC, Qin Yining, has managed to skirt disaster and make her way through them! It is really great seeing an MC that users their brains rather then secret techniques to power their way through!

I really can't recommend this story enough! Go read it! You will love it! <<less
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Baturinsky
Baturinsky rated it
July 5, 2018
Status: c122
It started pretty well, with quite intelligent and sympathetic protagonist. But then author has just started sadistically screw her over again and again so hard that I just have no heart to suffer through this. It's too cruel even for already quite cruel genre. Can't recommend.
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Foexi
Foexi rated it
May 17, 2018
Status: c80
Although this book is still fairly new compared to the other novels on my reading list, it's already moved up the ranks to be one of my top favorites. It's just that amazing.

The story is a little unique among the XianXia novels I've read so far.

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The MC was born as the legitimate daughter of an important official but was switched at birth with another girl. While the MC grew up in harsh conditions in the countryside for most of her life, the girl who was switched with her lived as the eldest, official daughter of her household. But then the MC's father finally finds her and brings her back to the manor to reclaim her identity. Unfortunately for her, not all of the members of her family happily open their arms to her, especially the girl who had taken her place for the past fourteen years. But this is all just the beginning.

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There is no transmigration, reincarnation, or cultivation in this; no modern knowledge or magical cheats. The MC of this book got to where she is now all on her own with just her brain and survival reflexes. Her challenges are no less difficult than any other MC out there, but she deals with these challenges just as impressively, if not even more. She's no arrogant white lotus or Mary Sue, nor is she invincible and able to get out of every single situation unscathed. In fact, I admire her even more for this. She's pretty real in her thoughts and actions, and there is room for very good character development, too.

Every chapter of the story is interesting and has a very good pace. The family drama, arguments, and dialogue are not too hard to follow. Even the main antagonists are somewhat crafty and give a real challenge to the MC. I love watching to see what she will do to turn the situation around in her favor. One of the most recent arcs was a wild roller coaster of emotion to read and I almost cried real tears because I knew that the MC's female lead halo couldn't really help her completely salvage the situation. I have never felt this way for any other Chinese novel. It was both devastating and beautiful at the same time. The Male Lead is actually not what I expected at all. The author chose to take a different route than the whole cold-black-belly-who-fell-for-the-MC-at first-sight trope. There's a deeper story between the two and it's definitely refreshing after reading the same kind of romance over and over again in other xianxia novels.

This book is so well written and developed that it could almost be passed off as an official, published, hardcover novel. It's actually known to be one of the best Chinese web novels out there. Even people who aren't really into XianXia novels might enjoy this. <<less
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Mille Caye
Mille Caye rated it
March 25, 2018
Status: c33
I surely do not understand why there are those who rated this novel with one star. It is definitely worth more than five stars. The female lead does not have any transmigration cheat with her but only her wisdom from a series of unfortunate events that made her strength grow both physically and mentally.

I am someone who yearns for a strong female lead (not necessarily physical) and a supportive male lead. I admit I am a very picky reader and would only rely on that condition plus reviews. I wouldn't... more>> read or take time to appreciate novels that satisfy the genre that I like, good reviews, but characters failing to live up to expectations (bad fl, good ML and vice versa). But novels like Return of the Swallow truly leaves good impression in my mind due to the main character's wit and resolution. The ML hasn't even been completely introduced, and doesn't have to for me to get so hooked immediately. Her presence and skills alone are enough for me to keep praising this wonderful novel.

Volarenovels truly has a skill in finding such good stories. Most importantly, the emotions and lessons equipped in the story won't completely materialize and delivered effectively without the hard work of the translators it has. Their translations are truly professionally done. Thank you so much for your hard work. Good job. I am truly looking forward to the next chapters. <<less
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frostcrystal
frostcrystal rated it
March 25, 2018
Status: c33
This series doesn't have too many reviews right now so I'll add one. It's not far in yet, but so far I really like it! I'm not generally a fan of transmigrated poison assassin in ancient China novels, so this one really strikes a chord with me because the MC is just a plain old smart, strong young woman whose only superpower is being very world-wise. I also really enjoyed how there is a contrast between the inner court politics of her immediate family and the sincerity of her maternal... more>> side's.

The translation is excellent (as expected of the Volare family), so there's really not too much to criticize at this point. Looking forward to more chapters! <<less
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Lin Wyvern
Lin Wyvern rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: c92
I'll be honest. The first chapter was very off-putting to me because of the large amount of detail and the similarities in titles. You have to mentally keep track of who is who, and what their standing is in relation with one another. Of course, each novel gets its own 30 chapter benefit of the doubt. Almost as if slapping me in the face, this novel picks up in chapter two and the immense quality of details that I disliked in chapter one, actually served to accentuate the writing style.... more>> The story is not rushed, nor does it focus on quickly resolving conflicts. Rather than usual xanxia where power and growth is prioritized, this series follows Qin Yining as she illustrates incredible kindness and resourcefulness in adapting to any situation. Whether that situation is the survival of the fittest in the wilderness, despicable characters in the family, or the collapse of a country. Despite her constant struggles and hardships, her character that doesn't instantly kill off all who oppose her is a shining beacon in a world where entertainment stems from another individual's suffering. <<less
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LWolf
LWolf rated it
May 30, 2018
Status: c89
This one is a novel with quite a strong beginning, at first our MC returns to her birth family after she is swapped due to some nefarius scheme, early on, she realizes that what expects her is not a happy family, but a tough life of political scheming, mistreatment, and the fact that, as a woman, she is only perceived by her family as a tool for marriage.

Onto happier things, in spite of our MC living a hard life in the mountains, she is fortunately very clever and literate, and... more>> early on she realizes that sometimes, simply being quiet and lowering one's head does not solve your problems, so she asserts herself, physically, a life in the mountains (that includes things like lumberjacking and wrestling with wolves) - not to mention that she excercises daily, made her very strong, strong enough to not take crap from anyone, although to be fair what worries me is that the novel states her in the beginning as very strong, but she might end up turning out to be one of those "who might be strong, but as a woman, she cannot compare with men"; she is a girl who knows when to push, when to pull and when to make use of things.

What awes me the most is definitely the side characters, most of them are written in a way that you can see that they are not simply painted in a color or the other, but are instead a complex matrix of circumstances, you can see that there are layers to them, for example in a mere 80 chapters you can go from hating her paternal grandmother, liking her, and really disliking her again, others you will simply hate, like the disgusting emperor, or the other (enemy nation) disgusting emperor (yes, both emperors are so incredibly infuriating!), and the unbeliveably short-sighted, stupid, foster sister; other characters can be quite surprising, both in personality and bearing like the scholar uncle, or the priestess, characters that at first you don't really know what to expect and they turn out in ways that you couldn't expect.

As for the male lead, to me, that's what makes or break a romance novel, I simply cannot stomach one of those overbearing, almost rapist douchebags that the only thing they got going are their appearance and power (political or otherwise), fortunately, so far the ML is not like that, he is a man with a lot of baggage, described as ruthless and a butcher on the battlefield, he has however proved to be a respectful, kind, logical, and honourable... he is also a tsundere...

The way this novel is written is absolutely brilliant, the descriptions are vivid without being annoyingly poetical and the story often goes to the point without wasting time on senseless repetition (although there are a few slow episodes in-between the arcs or incidents). And let's not forget the fact that the story is written in such a way that it grabs you, refuses to let you go, and then takes you along in an emotional rollercoaster and you won't want to do anyhting else other than find out what comes next (as of chapter 89 I had to stop and wait to build a decent stockpile, the cliffhangers were killing me!), I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good romance with a good plot. <<less
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Dibbadri
Dibbadri rated it
June 4, 2018
Status: c81
Formal Evaluation: Return of the Swallow is a story written for its characters. Follow the cunning Qin Huining in her struggles against growing up, family relationships and foreign politics. This story is set in a a historical setting and it gives the readers an insight into the past - a curious contrast to life in present-day China - a time of kingdoms and dynasties, of generals and great armies.

A must recommend for fans of historical plots (and really, anyone with curiosity towards the imperial dynasties of China)

More Personally: Much of the novel is centered around person to person interactions: witty exchanges and veiled threats. The protagonist faces a variety of issues and engineers solutions to them equipped only with her own wits. The story no superpowers, no... more>> plot armour and certainly no coincidental event that saves the day! Much of the struggles are psychological, subtle and not immediately obvious.

This story is about the shift in mentality from someone struggling to make ends meet, to the life of a powerful government official. Our very likable protagonist comes to challenge conventional thinking towards women (in imperial china) and reinstates her thoughts and ideals from a passive voice to an active one. She realizes that a lot of times, inaction is also an action and staying out of trouble is not enough to be trouble free.

The male lead, on the other hand is someone who also challenges the face of the then typical power official - handsome face, mannered (but delicate), etc. Another important note is that the side characters are full of life - we go from hating them to liking them, and vice versa. Throughout the story, the readers gain insight into the thought process of both of our MCs, as we live through the same struggles and dilemmas and can appreciate better the cunning resolutions. <<less
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DontLookDown
DontLookDown rated it
June 2, 2018
Status: c95
This is not your average Ancient Chinese romance novel, but it does have a lot of those elements.

The protag is a really smart girl brought into the circle of higher society, which in and of itself is somewhat cliché. The difference here? The protagonist actually has morals. Not to say that other similar stories have characters without said morals, but they care a lot less about upholding them. For example,
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despite having a mother that is pretty much unanimously hated by the audience because of her stupidity, the MC doesn't push her away. (I'll be honest here and say that, while I also dislike the MC's mom, it's more forgivable. At least she's not suicidal-stupid. It's only overly emotion-based thinking stupid).

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As far as I've read, the ML (as far as I can tell) is also really likable. The initial image painted of him is a taciturn "general" figure, like other stories. He's really not. I probably can't accurately describe how incredibly cute their interactions are through just text, so I'll leave it up to you to read.
Which leads me to my next point, and why this story is so incredibly good. The characters >w< !!! With the exception of a few characters, almost every single character, main and supporting, is so complex. It makes you fall in love with them so much!
If I were to point out the biggest flaw, it would probably be the constant flip-flop the characters seem to use to justify the behavior of the MC. They go from, "Ahh! It's because her father's smart!" to "She's a barbarian because she grew up in the country!" back to "Wow, she's just like her father!". It's not a glaring flaw, and it does make sense in context, but it does feel a tiny bit forced. I can't rate this 4.7/5 so I'll just rate it a 5.
Overall, this is a really good story for anyone into the historical romance genre. You can definitely have too much romance, but this one is delightfully filling.
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Wow! No rebirth, no evil empress, no super medical doctor, no cultivation. This is about a displaced girl returning to her original family, entering a web of conflict, involving deep plots, and creating serious drama. There's no fighting here... well, just a few scuffles. Most of the conflict takes place inside the Qin Household, then elsewhere later in the story.

The first few chapters were so confusing because there were about 10 names being thrown around. Everybody was Qin this, Qin that, I forgot who the MC was. So, just a... more>> reminder when you start the story:

Qin Yining = MC;

Qin Huining = Antagonist;

The story is a bowl in which water drips, slowly. Starting at chapter 1, each drop of water increases the tension, higher and higher, wider and wider, until the bowl is filled to the brim. Realistic. Dramatic. The story is thick, chock-full of details, from the war in the background, to the motivations of characters. The characters themselves aren't cookie cutter bad guy/ good guy, but are rather complex in their creation.

A good example would be madame Dowager, who runs the household. I won't spoil things too much, but she is a good character that - despite her personal relationship with Qin Huining - remained clearheaded when dealing with Qin Yining.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. I don't read drama (tho, I do watch Supernatural), but this has me hooked like a fish on drugs, reeling me in, and slapping me on the counter until I black out, then thrown in the freezer to preserve my freshness, then thawed out, de-scaled, and finally grilled on charcoal with salt and pepper. Yum. 5/5. <<less
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Snowwhitefox
Snowwhitefox rated it
March 14, 2018
Status: c25
Enjoying it so far! The building of characters through each chapter is wonderful, esp the MC. Her grace and intelligence is surely innate as her background and hardships hardly allows one to develop the way she does. She is surely a great tactician! Thus far, ML has only made a very brief appearance and I look forward to seeing them meet and how they interact.
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LiliOfTheValley
LiliOfTheValley rated it
June 9, 2018
Status: c101
Return of the Swallow is an exceptionally good novel. The main character, Qin Yining is smart and kind-hearted girl. Although her foster sister, Qin Huining often causes her pain, she is not petty and does not plot revenge, since she finds it below herself. There are no transmigrations nor unexplained and surprisingly convenient superpowers.

The villains are not cardboard cutouts, they are many-sided and complex. Some mean well but cause harm due to their idiocy, some thirst for power, and others are not completely what they seem.

As the novel progresses, it... more>> reveals many twists and turns that are unexpected yet make so much sense and are woven into the story so well that one can't help but think the author to be genius.

Translations are updated every day, and every chapter is well edited and understandable even though Chinese grammar and terms make it difficult for the translator. I recommend this story to everyone! <<less
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Lenva
Lenva rated it
June 5, 2018
Status: c99
This story is exceptionally good! It feels like reading the female version of Grandmaster Strategist, a masterpiece and one of my personal favorites. Such an enchanting piece, I read all 99 chapters available just in 3 days and craving for more. And, two thumbs up for etvolare for her excellent translation quality.
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Ayustat
Ayustat rated it
May 24, 2018
Status: c86
Its a interesting story of drama and intrigue in an old civilization. Nice to see something more than just fighting and cultivation happening at such times. Also refreshing to have an MC who ain't reincarnated but through life just became that hardminded.

Good story with both good and bad moments but not too cheesy or obvious "it's here cause I need it to move to the next stage". Instead there's a nice flow to it with all events lining up to match the lore. Also intriguing setup with the ... more>>
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"evil" prince who was responsible for the switch up and now loves her which could become very interesting if the author makes use of all the potential that he has created with that story line.

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In general it's a good refreshing read with a female MC for once who can fight and be just as good as the guys which is rare to find. <<less
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Kairos604
Kairos604
May 23, 2018
Status: c85
** five stars**

ROS is a very different kind of novel for me, its not fantasy or wuxia. There arent superpowers or OP martial techniques. However, its still very addicting, surprisingly. The novel is fast-paced, in the sense that there is always something happening. I haven't seen any fillers yet, nor any chapters that feel excessively drawn-out.

In most CN, MC's will have an endless supply of items or techniques to respond to all kinds of situations. In this case, Qin Yining doesn't have an endless supply of trump cards, just... more>> a few tiny bits here and there, but she knows how to make the best of them in order to get the best outcome.

The plot is very realistic, as opposed to traditional wuxia or xanxia... It is set in ancient china and more focused on politics and surviving as a girl in a world ruled by men.

Qin Yining is very witty and refined. Her upbringing is uncommon, to say the least. But it gives her an edge a noble lady doesn't have otherwise.

I feel like this novel is a female version of The Grandmaster Strategist in a sense. <<less
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