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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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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nazgul8126 rated it
June 11, 2020
Status: Completed
Overall: 5/5

This could stand as a published novel as is and if the BL elements were taken out. Guess I'll jump on the Priest train as well. Note: there are mild spoilers below for the early story?

Story: Great politics. The setting is imperial China but with mecha (steampunk?) and disputes over the resource that powers the mecha and is even more valuable than oil in real life. There's conflict both between China and its international enemies and within the imperial court (MC is a lost prince and ML... more>> is a Marquis/OP general). This novel was so well-written that it hooked someone like me who isn't typically interested in this genre (see the rest of my recommendations lol: mostly cultivation) 100% for the entire time. Great world building. Lots of action and politics/scheming.

MC: The gong. He is the half-blood 4th imperial prince who has to maneuver through the Imperial Court, save the country, and overcome a curse placed on him by his aunt. Very witty. Not afraid to get his hands dirty.

ML: The shou. Marquis and leader of the strongest military group in the country (honestly feels like the only group that's actually useful). Also witty. How he deals with his physical limits is a reflection of his strong character and also drives the story. I just wish he didn't get hurt all the time.

Relationship development: MC refreshingly realizes his feelings fairly early on, comes to accept them, makes ML aware, but doesn't push ML too much (at least early on). The first few attempts of ML rejecting MC are great to read, and the scene where ML becomes the shou instead of the gong during their first time together is even better (nothing explicit) !

Critiques: It's slightly unrealistic how easily/fast MC and ML are able to travel across China in certain events (plot armor? Deus ex machina?) but whatever, the story goes on! <<less
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ukiiukii rated it
April 8, 2020
Status: Completed
Wonderful novel!

The main characters are super likeable and fleshed out, they have great chemistry with each other and the romance is delightful, I was rooting for them from the start of the novel and I love the way everythign unfolds.

All of the side characters are great, the antagonists have complex motivations and the story and drama are super well done and compelling.

Overall one of the best danmei I've read. It's definitely dense on the war and politics so it might not be for everyone but personally I prefer plot heavy... more>> and Sha Po Lang mixes the character drama, romance and story wonderfully.

Highly recommend it! <<less
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CallMeJolea rated it
April 4, 2020
Status: Completed
I totally think that this one is similar and also better than MDZS, the plot is more complicated and the characters are very complex, there is a lot of political matters, you have to read careful other wise you won't get anything.

But also this novel is very unique, some of its elements we don't see often, deserve being read, the couple is adorable. I say go for it.
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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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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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yayoi rated it
April 16, 2020
Status: Completed
Love the plot!! The war and everything is so incredible. Totally worth to read.

The story so addicting I can't stop yourself from reading it.
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Sasanz rated it
April 11, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is beyond my expectation. The heavy 'war' plot helps us understands clearer the reasons behind all the 'events' and the character developments happening. But worry not, coz there are still cute and funny moments amidst the war/political fights.

Our couple ChangGu are not in 'fluffy & flowery' romance all the times. Some of the things they go through or struggles with, do gets to you emotionally at times. But that is what makes their moments together sweeter than anything! The side characters are also worth praises in their roles..... more>> Look out for 'Mama' Shen Yi 😜

So glad I picked up this great novel as my first novel by Priest! Looking forward to read other works by her. <<less
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Nagma rated it
March 12, 2020
Status: Completed
THIS IS SUCH A MASTERPIECE 👌why didnt I found it before aaahhhh

Ok so when I read the reviews about it being heavy on plot honestly I was hesitating 😅 if I should pick this one to read or not BUT thank god I did n I read it n im so in love w it😍😍 EVERYTHING about this novel is perfect a big thank u to Priest for her amazing writing n the translator 😘

Seriously recommend it pls give it a try !!!
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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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