Sha Po Lang


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In the age of the Great Liang Dynasty, the lives of the people were made convenient with steam-powered machines that run on a fuel named Violetstream Gold. Chang Geng, who lived in a small countryside village, shared a distant relationship with his mother while his stepfather was away most of the year round, and the only people he was close to were two little kids, the village teacher, and his yi fu – adoptive father. But his life was flipped upside down one day following the barbaric Man tribes’ invasion, and it turned out that his entire identity had been an illusion – not only was Chang Geng himself not the country boy he thought he was, but also his mother, his teacher, and even his beloved yi fu…

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New bluecookie rated it
January 25, 2020
Status: Completed
  • Extremely good plot
  • Likeable characters
  • Well-balanced romance
I won't say anything else you should just try reading this because why? Changgu is life!!
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New Redle
January 25, 2020
Status: Completed
It's a very plot-driven novel, the main focus during the story is the fall and rising of the nation, the ideas of progress, all the scheming and planning behind it. Priest was very meticulous with the details so eventually, the pieces would fall into place. It was an interesting plotline with consistent development. I really liked the world-building, the mix of steampunk and more realistic elements, entangled with all the sociopolitical and economic aspects, it all enriched the story a lot.

The MC and ML are smart and strong, each with... more>> a very distinct personality and important role, I especially like how witty the ML is. Romance is not the main focus of the novel but their love is still relevant in the story, though at some points it can get buried under the political elements.

The reason I gave it four stars is because all the complex external circumstances occasionally overshadow the characters' development and their inner transformations; there are also moments when there isn't much focus on the development of relationships among characters. Sometimes we get a throughout explanation of an event but there's not much about the characters' feelings or emotions.

Overall, I think the story is interesting and refreshing, I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a complex and rich plot with a nice romance. <<less
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meridianna rated it
October 26, 2018
Status: c82
welp, still struggling through the mass amount of distorted English. will add more comments after finished all. and I plan to do it fast :))
but I can really tell this is very great.

the shou is shameless, looks weak and unreliable but still able to kill, best at it even. (kinda remind you of certain patriach). the gong is......... A GOOD, VERY GOOD CHILD. kind, selfless but detached. his only wish is to protect his yifu (foster father, the shou). what a kind soul, sobs. he really needs hug.... more>> and pats on head, ofc. eh, there'll be time skip, so it's not shotacon, you all can be assured.

the plot is very intriguing. but rather heavy on politic, so I think some people can't really stand it.


the gong and shou have some chronic diseases respectively. Gu Yun (shou) is half deaf-half blind becoz he was poisoned when he was a child. that's the truth. with some medicine he can see and hear rather well, but not without nasty side effects, like... shortened lifespan and severe headache. and this medicine was losing effectiveness by time to time. he still looks nonchalant about this. damn. Chang Geng (gong) was poisoned by his supposedly-mother in early chapters. well she was not his real mother, she was his aunt actually, she tried to kill him several times till he always gets nightmares every night. by this bad bad aunt, Chang Geng was cursed to be a madman, killing everyone in fit of madness, have unstable mind. Chang Geng is a smart child, he tried to suppress it and find a way to cure this. so, he looks calm and stable, but when his yifu is involved, the calmness was crushed. as far I read, this poison is only affecting the mind. but eh, I may be wrong.


looks a bit incest tbh, so I guess some people don't like it. however, I really dig on older shou younger gong these days, so I am very very okay with this.

edit: okay... I wonder why this one hasn't got any adaptation other than audio drama. the setting and conflicts are actually great. the characters too. I wanna see those black armors in motion! also the archery on top of a flying ship!! is it becoz it looks incest? welp. fyi Gu Yun in audio drama has same VA as Yiling Laozu donghua version. boii.. he even sang the SPL's ED ost. can't help to loop the song for many times.


now now i've read about CG's curse and how he got it. GDI XIU NIANG. W-WHAT KIND OF GRIEVANCE YOU HAD TILL YOU DID THAT TO A CHILD WHO MAY BE YOUR OWN OR YOUR SISTER'S ?!! the detail is too grotesque. can't write it here orz


tbh, this novel really pierces to my heart. Gu Yun to Chang Geng is a deterrent, limiter to his own curse. and Chang Geng to Gu Yun is a change of hard-like-stone heart. reading how Gu Yun finally learns to treasure his life because of Chang Geng is really heart-wrenching..

really, I think it's one of most famous from priest. donghua pls... <<less
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baibaicai rated it
August 13, 2018
Status: c21

Why is the rating so bad... anyway this is quite a hard read for non native speaker bc the vocabulary is difficult QAQ

The MC is the seme (gong) so i'll refer to them as gong and shou instead.

THUNDER ALERT!!! up to the chapter I'm reading the gong is still 14 years old so please be aware. he's going to get older tho *wink wink*

The story:

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it's a forsaken child ascending to throne kind of story. the shou will be the one to help the gong become king. the world setting is a steam punk china with ziliujin (violetstream gold) powering machines, armors, and weapons. think of it like vibranium. china is constantly in battles with neighboring tribes for land.


The gong:


a bratty child, currently. but he's ardent in his martial art training and cares a lot about his yifu (shou). one time he thought his yifu has fallen into the water and jumped to save him even though he always acted nonchalant towards his yifu. a righteous person, would save his friend even when it endangers his life.


The shou:


GOSH I LOVE HIM. shameless ukes always burns my fire. he's beautiful and he's not ashamed to admit it. very lazy tho, would delegate all house chores to shen yi. even though he's sick he's not weak. although the desc said he's deaf-blind he still can see and hear from close distance. a general of an army division, he has won countless border wars. he thinks of the gong as his actual son. would the gong be son-zoned???

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whitespade rated it
January 10, 2019
Status: v1c36
A BL novel that mostly focused on plot than 'plot'. Heck if this is not specifically labelled as BL and get rid of some of the protagonist's spring thoughts this will be an excellent 'road to kingdom' novel.

But the thoughts are still there and its delicious hehe. The characters are fleshed out and their actions are understandable, the inter-country fights are interesting though maybe too complicated/heavy for some people, the mechas are novel but not fully explained.

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ShiraAichan rated it
August 1, 2019
Status: v4c95
Probably the best danmei BL I ever read, haven't found anything that could top this

Plot driven, slowburn romance, exciting in every way
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orhrzya rated it
January 3, 2020
Status: c119
When I first knew that the setting is steampunk ancient China I was automatically sold. I was not disappointed when I started reading because the worldbuilding in this novel is solid.

It is very heavy in politics, economics and war stuffs so I had to use a lot of braincells for this one lol. However, I personally enjoyed rereading the chapters to understand the war situations and characters' scheming better because I'm a sucker for those. Some situations in the novel also mirror the conflicts and issues from today like the... more>> conflicts around resources (ziliujin), corruption, poverty, incompetence of gov't officials etc. I gotta love Priest for writing those.

Of course amidst all these conflicts is the romance between the MC (prince) and ML (general). god I love ChangGu so much 😭 The MC is a good boy, calm and quite serious. I wanna adopt him so bad lol if u hurt him u shall perish. ML is very cool and shameless but sometimes I wanna shake him because he's so emotionally awkward. Their character development throughout the novel is great and well-written. I love how they found from each other reasons to continue living.

I really love Chang geng's development. E.g. when he felt lacking and undeserving bc of the gap between him and Gu Yun despite their closeness vs. Chang geng managing the Grand Council and providing solutions to economic problems in the country

or when it was shown how he hates himself because of his childhood trauma + bone of impurity vs. when he realized all the misfortunes he suffered was to save luck in order to meet gu yun

As for Gu Yun, despite seeming carefree, he's actually quite distant and never lets his feelings and weaknesses show, making others deal with Chang geng in place of him. But in the latter chapters he opens up to Chang geng ("If something really happened to you this time... what am I supposed to do?... I truly have no strength left to... place someone else in my heart anymore") and even trusts him to command the Jiangbei camp in place of him during a foreign attack bc of his injuries. wow.

They both suffered a lot so I just want them to live in peace after everything gets resolved.


The side characters weren't given that much focus since the novel is more plot-driven but I find them quite likeable as well. I especially love the mute monk and his life advices to the MC :> (he needs to shower tho) Also ML's interactions with his bestfriend is hilarious hshddhd I love their friendship. <<less
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TimeToEscape94 rated it
November 5, 2019
Status: v4c113
Rating: 4.3

This my first non-MXTX novel & I'm really enjoying it.

The story involves a lot of politics & wars. I had to use google sometimes to understand the plot (where they were for example). But it's quite simple to understand if you are well focused in your reading (really, don't read it when you're tired LMAO). Plus, the story and the sceneries are really well detailed, so you can easily visualize/imagine everything.

As the plot is quite consistent, the romance and the cute moments between the two characters are a little... more>> drowned in the actions related to the war, which can be a little frustrating. For example: we finally have a moment where the two characters are alone, the fluff is here, then suddenly BAM someone comes to warn them that something has just happened and the mood is ruined xD. However, that doesn't stop us from having a few cute/hot moments. BTW, yes they have sex, but there's not a lot of details about it; no smuuut (maybe in the end? T_T)

I love the interactions between the main characters (not only the MC/ML), which are also often very funny. Gu Yun (ML) is a shameless king OMG haha. Despite being half-deaf, half-blind, he's no week at all. He's also smart and very dedicated -sometimes too much- to his work ;

being the leader of the Black Iron Camp

. The MC is also very intelligent, strong and calm (when he's not horny about Gu Yun haha). Despite the different and long separations they have, their story is beautiful and I really like their relationship dynamics. I can't wait to see how it ends!

Since I really like very developed plotlines, I'll probably read more novels of this author!

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joktzer rated it
February 9, 2019
Status: c50
this is not even a good review so just skip over my comment~

im priest trash what can I say, every novel of hers I will rate 5 stars~~

anyway, the world building is intense, the way she writes is beautiful, her characters are so riveting, shes just great okay. And so is Sha Po Lang <3 there's reason why it's so intensely loved in the cfan community
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August 11, 2019
Status: Completed
It is indeed a slow-burning romance that others have mentioned with mature sentiments from MC and ML. The story is well developed. It wouldn't be exaggerated to use all the most beautiful words to describe the novel.

And by the way, the plot is not anything extraordinary so don't expect a big plot twist from those who need it.


When the author wanted to tell a situation, she literally tells everything that happened,... more>> everything except for the human feelings of people in there, the relations.

That's why even when the novel is long and meaningful, it doesn't leave anything much in me. The novel is like could become an all shiny diamond, but instead it is a poor pearl that only reflects beautifully the love between the main characters. <<less
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MagicalAnacardo rated it
December 14, 2019
Status: v4c118
This story is extremely well researched. There's a lot of focus on strategy, politics and economy in a nation dealing with war and crisis, and in the middle of that, bittersweet romance. The secondary characters are deep and lovable, which is something I really miss while reading other novels. Both main characters are imperfect, and so the author can clearly show their growth thorought the narrative until you love them to death. There's a lot of tragic and violent scenes and backgrounds, but they go hand in hand with really... more>> ridiculous and shameless scenes that have made me spit my coffee all over my laptop more than once. I'm so grateful for this translation... It's really good that the translator keeps including notes about the language and the different meanings of some words! <<less
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Raintree rated it
October 20, 2019
Status: v4c110
Welp, this novel is very addicting.

I had never read the novel that contains many death flag everywhere, everymoment except this one.

Still, once you read this you will never stop.
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Bitter rated it
November 2, 2019
Status: c93
I made an account specifically just to give this a 5 star, I haven't caught up to the latest, but man am I in love with it. If I didn't have my exams I would have sat down and finish this within 2 days by now.

A very long post praising the novel below, nothing that will spoil the story though.

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Firstly, I would like to say that I am not a very good judge when it comes to plot. I have never been the type to care for it, so I'd usually skim through the text just to look at the relationship parts. In this however, I properly sat myself and read all of it. The plot was so well crafted that it had left me wondering how much care Priest must have put into writing something like this.

Almost every character is memorable, no matter if you love them or hate them. This is especially true for the main characters. MC and ML both have very distinct personalities, I can easily remember the funniest and the most ridiculous things they've done with each other or individually that brings a smile to my face. Side characters didn't feel like some extra mob puppets that adds nothing to the story or are just there to aid the main characters. I even got worried at one point for a side character that hadn't appear for a long time. (I'm looking at you, Shen Yi!)

Bless Priest, bless Yi Fu, bless Chang Geng, I'll be looking forward to more of Priest's works in the future!

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Redroses__ rated it
April 25, 2019
Status: c74
It was the kind of slow-burning romance that I loved. The story like all Priest's novel doesn't only revolves around the romance of the two main lead. It involves a lot of politics, war, death, and hope amidst the struggles of the characters. The MC was the serious type (probably because of his hidden disease). The ML and his best friend are the laughter-inducing characters. Seriously, I love Priest's shameless characters, they make reading so much fun :D
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