Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang


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This is a story that follows the courtship between a stone from Hell and a god from Heaven that begins in the underworld and spans for three lifetimes in the mortal realm.

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SanSheng, Death Exists Not at the River of Oblivion
Tam sinh, vong xuyên bất tử
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New spicyeggroll rated it
December 2, 2021
Status: Completed
***4.5 Stars***

Wow, for a novel that was release in 2011, this aged sooo well.

Sansheng, Wangchuan Wu Shang is short, sweet, and lovely. Although there's a tragedy tag, the overall story is rather upbeat and the stakes aren't too high as readers, who follow the first person narrative of Sansheng, are aware that the main characters' death don't really mean permanent death. Each lifetime has 5 chapters and, with a couple of bonus chapters and an epilogue, brings the whole novel to 19 chapters that's readable in a couple of hours.... more>> You best believe I was getting emotional at 3 AM.


Great translation with really well-written flow and sentence structure. It honestly didn't feel like a translated novel at all, at times. Thank you translator!


Honestly, cuteness overload. SS's a stone from the Underworld that manages to manifest a spirit. The ML Moxi is the God of War from the Heavenly Realm. Her directness at first meeting gets his attention and he bestows 3 lifetimes for her to try to "seduce" him (LMAO I'm telling you, the antics of this heroine are too good). At the same time, he's about to reincarnate 3 times as his trials/tribulations. Their story thus begins.

The elements of this story felt like an Easternized version of Hades & Persephone (one of my faves) with crossed roles. Instead of the goddess of spring, the FL is an Underworld stone spirit. Instead of the God of the Underworld, the ML is the heavenly God of War. It's a great twist though, with fun recurring characters like demons/imps of the Underworld and Lord Yama (the actual God of Death). Although the supporting characters don't have a lot of page time, their quips and dialogue were really endearing as you could tell they all supported the FL.

Also, reading from the FL's perspective elevated the whole experience. She's brash and blunt and direct. As a stone spirit, she's cultivated some pretty strong powers too so you don't have to worry about her being bullied around. Also as a stone spirit, she's stubborn, determined, and patient. While SS doesn't have a good grasp on what things are like outside the Underworld, she's not dumb and can figure things out. We stan a resilient and adaptable FL that says what she means and means what she says!


Time is pretty ambiguous when the main characters are both thousands and maybe millions of years old... so I had to put aside my misgivings when the FL ended up finding the ML reborn as a baby in a couple of lifetimes. (Lol! She basically doesn't age at all while the ML grows until an appropriate age and reciprocates her feelings romantically. I had to remind myself: they're both actually thousands of years old. And he'll regain all his memories. So it's okay.)

One thing about this couple is that they're very devoted to each other throughout the storyline. Although sometimes the ML spends his lifetime without the FL, he remains faithful to her. Some of his actions were heart-breaking, and some of them were heart-touching (*cough* 2nd lifetime rip *cough*). But despite the heartbreak (and my tears, lol), the story doesn't get too heavy/cumbersome, and remains one where you can see that the happily ever after is worth the angst.


This was a really lovely and enjoyable read. I'm not a huge fan of multiple lifetime stories (literally dropped soo many Cdramas by the second lifetime or so because I get so impatient), but the pacing and length of this novel was perfect. I really recommend it for a xianxia romance that'll touch your heart.

Trigger Warnings: war and mild violence; other than that the story is pretty tame

TL;DR Read this if you're into:

  • A strong and simple FL who has a hilarious inner dialogue
  • A caring and tsundere ML that's devoted from beginning to end
  • A couple that goes through trials and tribulations due to their love for each other
  • Something short and sweet that will really tug your heartstrings, and
  • A happily ever after!
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Christina Gordon
A big thank you to all the people who have read the book and reviewed it. I am very eager to start reading it today. I am a Chinese but illiterate in Chinese so I am extremely grateful to those kind souls who did the translation and therefore, share the beauty of Chinese story telling. I am more than half a century old and only started to read Chinese novels a few weeks ago. Haha, I guess it is never too late to start anything. Cheers!
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arashi-chan12 rated it
February 29, 2016
Status: --
This story.


Honestly, folks. If you're into romance and you haven't read this yet, you're missing out. On a lot.

... more>> Although a little bit simple, this story is beautifully written and translated. Much, much thanks to the hard work of the people who made this and the translations possible. Throughout all of these lives, it's clear that Moxi and Sansheng really, really love each other. They're just so dear and sweet and OTP ya know?

The cincher for me though, is that even though I'm not much into those tragic romances and dramas, and even though I barely get emotional for fictional works like anime and these novels, this seriously got me to tear up and get my throat all painful and clenchy. Really though, it's a good and lovely read, and it's short so it won't take up too much of your time (ALTHOUGH I ACTUALLY WISH IT WAS LONGER SOBSOBSOBSOB) so you've got nothing to lose. What are you waiting for?! <<less
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Awesome Sauce rated it
September 19, 2016
Status: Completed
Seeing the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I had to see for myself if this novel indeed deserves the much-coveted 4.9 rating. And after reading it, I actually had to reconsider if I should change some of the 5-star ratings I've given in the past because compared to this masterpiece, some of the novels I've read are just dim in comparison. So this is your average reader reporting that the praises sung about Wangchuan Wu Shang are not unwarranted.

But don't take my word for it. Read it yourself. (5/5)
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MangoGuy rated it
July 19, 2017
Status: bonus story 3
This is Mango approved.

I think that whenever someone reads this series, the first thing that comes to their mind is: This is better than 'Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes, All Thanks to a Single Moment of Impulse', which is a series with a similar theme. Except, it has seven lifetimes as opposed to the three lifetimes of this one. Why do I feel so?

Because we have only 3 lifetimes (and 18 chapters), we are always hooked on to this one. There is never a dull moment that will make you feel that... more>> this one is not worth it. It is natural, considering the length. However, the 18 chapters themselves make you very teared up~

Their romance is really good, with a healthy dose of both comedy and feels. Here, the female lead almost always stays an 'immortal' throughout her mortal reincarnations, and thus gets termed a demon. This adds a really good amount of conflict into the story-A conflict with no real antagonist. And this lack of antagonist helps this series-There is no lacklustre antagonist. Because frankly having an antagonist would be bad. And the writer did well.

This story, even though it has its mature moments, mainly stays in the cute category. Read it. You will not be disappointed...I mean, it is kinda small~~

Also, the side characters who actually don't get too much screen time are also very lovable. we have enough understanding of their characters to appreciate them. And the ending of the story is really well done- It is not an end. It shows that their further life will also most likely contain hardships, but they will have to support each other to glide through the difficulties. <<less
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Nommy4679 rated it
August 17, 2016
Status: bonus story 3
At first, the sypnosis hadn't really appealed to me. Though after several minutes of contemplation and persuasions from the review section, I decided to give this awesome love story a read. No words can describe how touched I was/am with this story. For three memorable lifetimes, our quirky and bubbly female lead acts as an adorable 'seducer' for our male lead, Moxi. You won't be disappointed with the interactions between the two main protagonists. It was comedic at first, but then again, laced with touches of sensitive emotions. Such as:... more>> bliss in the little things and melancholy, from various trials. I dare assume you'd often forget the pair can't actually 'die'. Yet the charm lingers; their mortal love, trespasses even through immortality. Don't think too much. Just feel. <<less
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Kerbasi rated it
February 21, 2016
Status: --
I love this novel to the point where I could not help but think of this novel over and over again for the next days! I wish there were more novels about living different lives, I would totally read them all! Unfortunately the only novel I know with a similar plot of 7 lifetimes, and I love that to death as well! Uwaaa, both the female and male lead are so cute and perfect together! It was short, but I love it! I want more uwaaa
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Snowbluejewels rated it
January 27, 2017
Status: Completed
This is the first time I'm writing a review and I'm proud to say that it is for this story. The flow of the story is extremely good as Sasheng (main female character) and Moxi (main male character) go through various trials in their three mortal lives in order to be together. This story has moments of tragedy, comedy, and sweet romance that tugs at the heart of the reader. I am guilty of being skeptical of this story and how well it is but I am glad I gave... more>> it a try. This was seriously one of the best decisions I have made in my life and believe me if I say I have not made many good ones in my life. <<less
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Pomelo rated it
January 3, 2021
Status: bonus story 3
First, I'm going to address the tragedy tag. Right, FYI, I'm the kind of person who doesn't actually like tragedy or excessive angst in my fiction. I've buried enough family members in my life, even if they're all from the older generation, it doesn't mean it hurt any less when they're cut down in the prime of life. If I wanted to feel pathos, I can just visit any of their graves any time and wallow.

This story? It's excellent. Even if it's short, it still manages to touch the various... more>> challenges and difficulties of human life. I don't think it's excessively tragic. Why? Because from the beginning we know that Moxi, the Celestial Realm's God of War, went to the underworld to be reborn. Here, he is about to experience trials and tribulations for three mortal lifetimes in order to ascend to a higher level. This is where he met the MC and our heroine, Sansheng, the spirit of a large-ish stone of the Wang Chuan River (River of Oblivion, the Chinese mythology counterpart to the River Lethe).

Just from the title of what he's there for already gives us an inkling that none of his lives are going to be easy. That's part and parcel of the test of his mettle and moral fortitude. That's also the approach Sansheng took most of the time (until the last life, where she's really feeling it/getting carried away), because with her memories and abilities intact, she doesn't really feel the suffering as permanent. That's why I can read the three lifetimes they went through together with a certain calmness; to quote Gandalf, I can be sure that 'this, too, shall pass'.

With that in mind, the hardships and challenges of the three lifetimes are instead an excellent opportunity to see Sansheng's earnestness to accompany him, support him in his trials while she also does her best to seduce him. It's also touching to see him start to make space in his life for her, and how deep she'd managed to burrow inside his heart. The main characters are great in their own right too; I do think of them fondly as their own people. In the end, his heart was touched by her love and he reciprocated her feelings.

I'd certainly reread this story when I'm in the mood in the future. But for any readers worrying about what they're going to get in this story--have no fear, there's a happy ending at the very end ;). <<less
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Devon rated it
June 17, 2017
Status: bonus story 3
I was called crazy for laughing and crying on my own in short time by my brother because of this. Totally love this story and recommended it for some short moment full of love read.
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Eve rated it
July 16, 2017
Status: bonus story 3
Sansheng, Death not Exist in the River of Oblivion.
It's like I found the perfect novel I'm always looking for.
>moe gap (or more like: Heavenly relationship gap!)
>straightforward mc/s (singleminded / focused to a goal)
>reincarnation or (and) transmigration
>satisfactory ending (its does not feel rushed. Its a book that when I stop reading I get a feeling that I closed a book with a slight sigh and ready to start doing something actually productive for a while.)
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JoAnna rated it
January 28, 2017
Status: Completed
Beautiful, light-hearted cute love story. It was very relaxing. The couple was adorable. Bittersweet ending.
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forgotusername rated it
November 26, 2016
Status: bonus story 3
I don't know what abomination I have just read, like just wow. There is 15 chapters in the main story, making up 3 arc. Every arc would try to make you shed tear at least once. This thing has made me cry once in my lecture and the other time on the bus (once in first 2 arc), it's pretty embarrassing.... I mean I didn't cry for quite a long time already... even better this comes with nose block :) That aside, it flows nicely, I am unsure of others,... more>> but I felt very touch for what the girl did for the guy. There are also moment that you think it's sweet, depressing & sad and happy. It gives reader quite a larger spectrum of emotion.

The side story are great, I am grateful to have those. At the end of the day, this is a very good manga, but since I have read about something disturbing at side story 3, I won't give it a full score and instead a 9 out of 5.

A must read for female protag D:

PS: Arc 3 made me cry twice :) be careful where you read this and have some tissue prepared. o/ <<less
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Sae rated it
October 23, 2016
Status: Completed
When I read stories that included the word "fate" in them, I'd analyze the story and then think "nah not really". This novel though, the word "fate" is definitely the only word for their meeting. There is barely discernible romance development, because there is only the fated meeting, and then unconditional love from MC. The plot of the couple's trials was built beautifully around this fate. It was very well done.

Probably due to both leads being originally immortal and the MC's carefree and patient nature (she only ever focused on... more>> the male lead), I couldn't take the tragedies seriously. After finishing the story, all I can feel is the cuteness, fluffiness, warmheartedness and stubbornness of their love, albeit a dash of grief for what happened during their three lifetimes. <<less
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Poor_Hero rated it
March 25, 2016
Status: --
sansheng is cute, definitely cute, surely cute, this story is cute as well as the female lead. The male lead can be pushy sometimes, but sansheng could be more stubborn with her pure way of thinking and it makes things awkward for people around her. The story can be seen as tragedy as well. The author is pretty good at making the reader swallows the bitter and sweet experience from reading the novel. Recommended if you are looking for cute and sad novel at the same time.
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New Moon rated it
December 8, 2017
Status: Completed
One of best novel that make your day happy. It's very good unique novel. I like MC she is straightforward and honest girl. I like her and ml. They are perfect couple.

i like this novel very much. It's worth to read. I recommend you guys to read this good novel.
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YssaLai rated it
July 13, 2017
Status: --
This novel make me laugh, cry, laugh, cry, laugh, cry and cry and happy until the end. Honestly speaking I cried 3 times for three lifetime. I read it straight in one day even I am in my job place working. You'll never regret reading this.
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Senethari rated it
January 4, 2017
Status: bonus story 3
A beautiful love story that's light without feeling incomplete or too sugary. I love the characterization. The MC who is stubborn, naive, and straightforward as the reader should expect from a stone that has gained a soul after existing for so long, and the male lead goes through many facets in his incarnations that don't feel false or contrived. Reincarnation is supposed to be about growth through trials, and the story handles those themes well in addition to the larger plot of the mismatched couple's love. I can't... more>> squee about this enough. Well-translated, and short enough to read in a night. <<less
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whitespade rated it
September 11, 2016
Status: bonus story 3
This little story is a gem for anyone who love interesting female lead, hilarious prose and heart wrenching partings. This can be read in less than one hour but you may need more time to quell your tears in between the separation between the leads.

Pick this short novel to experience a roller coaster of expression from laughing to crying on the antics of the characters.
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Lovise rated it
March 8, 2016
Status: --
Lovable novel... just that it is short... totally recommended ^-^
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chande rated it
November 3, 2021
Status: Completed
Glad for reading this story in the end because it was simply a beautiful story. The tragedy tag wasn't a misleading though because MC and ML will meet misfortune after misfortune almost throughout the story because:

... more>>

ML, the god of war, had to undergo 3 tribulations in lower realm that consists of: to part though he is in love, to meet though there is enmity, and to seek what he cannot have. He accidentally met MC, who was a stone spirit in underworld, before he went to lower realm. MC, who fell in love with ML at the first sight, decided to follow ML to lower realm and helped him with his tribulations. In those 3 lifetimes, MC and ML always separated from each other in different cruel ways. So yeah, that's pretty much a tragedy.


But don't worry, although the story was filled with tragedy, it still has a happy ending so don't avoid reading it just because of the tragedy tag. <<less
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