Spring Trees and Sunset Clouds

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An average, normal university student transmigrates into the royal family in another world, where he becomes one of the successors of the throne. Life in the palace is inevitably difficult though, what with all the scheming enemies around him. This man’s only wish in this world is to be able to protect his “younger brother,” and for that, he’ll do anything–whether by hook or by crook–to ensure his brother’s safety and have him succeed the throne.

The man never once expected, though, that the person whom he swears to protect would be the one to stab him in the back. He got locked in a dungeon where he was tortured for three years. And when he was on the brink of death, his body was thrown away into the river.

When he wakes up, he finds himself in an eccentric and peaceful place, where everyone is suspiciously more than what they seem…

[This is a story about recovery from trauma and finding happiness.]
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春树暮云
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lazysoozan
New lazysoozan rated it
April 12, 2019
Status: c50
This is a very well-written story about healing and finding oneself after tragedy, pain, and betrayal. I loved reading about Nan Ge Er's healing process, the relationships he built within the community, and his growing romance with Mo Shu. The mystery behind the city adds another dimension to the whole story. In a genre dominated by cliches, revenge-driven characters, dog blood drama, and romanticized depictions of abusive relationships, this novel stands out and takes another approach to the "MC transmigration to another world" trope. I love everything about this!

Moreover, the... more>> translation is very good - easy to read with minimal issues in grammar, syntax, and diction.

10/10, would read again. <<less
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nekomemeow
New nekomemeow rated it
April 1, 2019
Status: --
If I am able to remember all the novels I've read and is asked to pick a favorite, I will not spare any seconds to say that this one right here placed top on my list because everything about this novel is what I truly love. The plot, character development, the love between MC and ML, the other characters that are so lovable and it's just so hard to find things I dislike in this (which is none btw lol) And not just that, the translation works are top notch... more>> as usual, many thanks to exiled rebel scanlations!!!!!! &Lt;3 <3 <3 <<less
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turelight
turelight rated it
October 22, 2017
Status: c35
For me, I really love this novel.

I don't know how to describe it in words, but it is kind of a 'rest your exhausted heart here, and immersed in warm light shining through tree branches in spring day' story.

Instead of showering you with cute, fluffy or sweet feeling, it warms your heart with silly yet deep interaction between the characters, and gives you various views of life (like Barakamon or Natsume Yuujinchou without Ayakashi).

... more>> "Seek for the place that you can belong. Not just exist, but live.

Learn to trust, to love, to accept and be yourself again."

- This is Spring Trees and Sunset Clouds from my point of view. <<less
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Legend
Legend rated it
July 28, 2018
Status: c38
So I found Spring Trees and Sunset Clouds to be a little different from the average romance/bl novel found on NU. For one thing, the novel is more on slice of life side, it doesn't have very much action or intrigue and isn't very fast pace. There is a little bit of mystery regarding the town, but that's resolved fairly quickly (and I wouldn't say that it's a real mystery seeing as the townsfolk don't really try to hide it). For another, although STSC comes off as a sweet and... more>> slow romance novel with lots of fluff, for me the true story here is about the slow road to recovery for a broken man, the people who didn't give up on him, and the man who loved him for who he is. The story is really heart warming, but it also doesn't just skip over the fact that the MC was traumatized because the mc's growth plays a very big role.

STSC begins with our MC washing up in a strange place even though, logically, he should have died. At this point in time he's already been living in this new world for quite some time, and what he's been through has already sort of broken him. The first half of the novel is very much about the MC integrating into his new life and slowly gaining back a little bit of that will to live that he originally lost. The MC and ML begin basically as employee and boss but their relationship quickly turns to friendship which slowly turns to love. There are a lot of sweet moments (and some funny ones too), and it's nice to see how gentle and patient the ML is.

All in all it's a great read and definitely worth a shot.

I've added an excerpt below that was taken from the translated work. Gives you a good idea about the MC and ml's relationship. Includes some light spoilers.

Spoiler

This is the MC (Nan Ge Er) 's thoughts. The person mentioned below is the ml.

He, from Bei Jun, drifted through the river. With his body filled with rounds and his heart packed with despair, he arrived at Guang Tian while nearing death. He initially thought the entire world had abandoned him, or that he was hated by everyone. However, unexpectedly, he met a world, completely different from what he knew, here with his own eyes.

A different life, scenery, and people. Bit by bit, his broken spirit was melted by the warmth. After that, it congealed into a new shape and colour gradually. It wasn’t intentional, nor was it unnatural. He was, truthfully, noisily, then gently, integrated here after starting afresh. And then, presently, a certain person said, it was worth it no matter how long it takes.

Regardless the substantial amount of time needed to heal those previous wounds, the person still thought it was worth it. The person stated, even if others threw him away like a used rag, he is still a treasure in the person’s eyes. Although he was an untrustworthy fellow and had problems with his personally, he still said that seriously.

Nan Ge Er just felt- joyful. yet, he felt like crying for a bit.

I don't know if I like him or not, but, I just felt delighted. There's a person who treasures me as such. He protects me, mindfully in places I'm unaware of, as he is fearful might suffer any bit of wound again. He treats me as though I'm a rare treasure, guarding me carefully since he doesn't have the heart to let me encounter any difficulties. And then, people around me look at such a cherishment innocently; they smile while considering it natural.

I... I don’t know

But, I think, maybe I will try to protect my body even harder, and live on.

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nixxara
nixxara rated it
December 15, 2017
Status: c9
I don't know how to describe this book and I also don't know what direction the story is going in since the MC doesn't need really have a goal. At first, I was a little bored but getting further into the story, I found that the story may seem simple but many deep thoughts are expressed through their actions.

The life of the MC after being washed shore to an unknown land is monotonous but he finds that there's more to the people living there than what meets the eye. The... more>> MC himself isn't ambitious due to all the bad things that happened to him after reincarnation. He just wants to live in this new place where everyone seems friendly and kind. It's a new environment for the him who's always lived in a toxic environment where it's kill or be killed after reincarnating. This new way of life reminds of him of his life before reincarnating. Everything is super peaceful, but there's always a feeling of some hidden danger... Like the people living there are hiding their strength/abilities in order to live a normal life.

This isn't really a spoiler but: A cool thing is that only those who have no where to go are allowed there. It's hard to have people with bad intentions enter (since there are hidden people regulating it in the dark) <<less
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puffiness123
puffiness123 rated it
July 10, 2018
Status: c31
This story is beautiful. It is a gentle love story.

Spoiler

MC's face was destroyed so he has become unattractive. ML loves him regardless. ML is also very patient and kind.

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itikky
itikky rated it
March 10, 2018
Status: c17
Slow romance, but it's a wholesome slice of life with a bit of mystery for the backgrounds of the townspeople! Refreshing that the MC isn't a pretty-boy! Although, he is still delicate...
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IceLight303
IceLight303 rated it
September 21, 2018
Status: c54
This is a story that is very fluffy. The summary is kind of misleading it has almost nothing with to do with his life in the royal palace. There is very little angst in this story. I found the story engaging and the ending was satisfactory. I a going to miss the characters in this story. I would definitely recommend this story to others and may reread it in the future.
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PotatoCakes
PotatoCakes rated it
January 15, 2019
Status: Completed
I generally enjoyed the story until it got a bit too ridiculous. Personally, I like to pretend the last 1/3 of the novel doesn't exist. It's a slow paced slice of life novel that delves into what it means to be happy & fulfilled. The premise of the story is interesting and a breath of fresh air. There's not much plot, but that's okay since the story is mostly about character progression. Too bad the characters are one-dimensional and the world building is abysmal. MC lives in a Chinese version... more>> of Stardew Valley. He spends most of his time farming, raising livestock, and interacting with townsfolk. He's escaping from his traumatic past and is trying to find a reason for living. Nothing he does is particularly noteworthy, but everyone loves him for no good reason.

The characters are a very typical for BL novels. MC is whiny, annoying, and constantly throws tantrums when the ML is around (think throwing rocks, salting his food, and other childish things). I can't imagine how anyone would think this is cute. ML is the typical perfect, powerful, and respected figure who is lord of this Chinese Stardew Valley with a dark side, which he holds back because of MC.
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The latter 1/3 of the story is utter bullsh*t. The whole entire backstory for Mo Shu is inconsistent. It's best summarized by "why did you save me when you kill all other outsiders indiscriminately?" "Dunno, just felt like it". It's lazy and inconsistent - a hallmark of a poorly written story.

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Overall, the story is short enough to be acceptable since the beginning 2/3 was okay. I would recommend reading on a rainy day when you have nothing better to do. <<less
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BillionJellyfish
BillionJellyfish rated it
March 1, 2019
Status: Completed
A hidden gem!

This novel is beautifully written! A mix of philosophy and surrealism perfectly blend together this bittersweet bl novel and present a different perspective of transmigration/revenge novels!

A more in-depth summary:

The MC, who used to be a university student, has already died twice. The first death was when he was burned alive in the modern world and transmigrated into an ancient world. The second death was when he was tortured and thrown into the ocean by his younger brother in the ancient world. Even though the MC technically drowned in... more>> the ocean, the MC was somehow saved and rescued by a godly doctor, which is where the story begins. After going through a series of death, torture, heartbreak, and betrayal, the MC ends up in a city full of OP MCs. Every person in the city can be considered to be an OP MC in their own right, a "chosen one of heaven" or a "born once every hundred year talent" cliché protagonist that is in every cultivation novel. Simply put, the MC landed in a peaceful city loaded with OP MCs that can dominate the world, but instead of choosing to showoff to the world, the OP MCs choose to live a peaceful retiree lifestyle in a city full of other OP MCs. In this way, the MC starts a process of healing his past traumas/wounds while living among powerful martial artists.

MC+ML Intro/Romance Plot:

MC: an average college student, a little tsundere, heavily traumatized by his past

ML: a powerful martial artist, lack common sense/morals, foolish at times, doting and loving towards the MC and kind towards the citizens of his city (city is called Guang Tian)

The romance is neither slow or fast even though the ML falls in love first. Instead of the usual romance clichés, the love built by the MC and ML is based on healing and understanding. Healing past traumas while understanding that love needs compromise and sincerity. The love between the MC and ML is natural and sweet.

Overall:

Instead of a block bluster novel full of adventure and actions, this story is more focused on the turmoil of an average person transmigrating, then meeting with betrayal and death. Unlike the novels where the protagonists can easily accept the fact they had transmigrated and easily start building up power or those protagonists that have a second chance at life for revenge, this novel present a realistic transmigrated protagonist that has lived two lifetimes and is tired of living. Some may say this novel is depressing/gloomy or has too many fillers with no plot, which is true to a certain extent since this novel is a slice of life genre. The only plot is the journey of the MC's spiritual healing, which provides a very therapeutic sensation. I highly recommend this novel to those who want a break from all those high-strung novels with swords and bullets flying everywhere. <<less
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vinzha
vinzha rated it
February 21, 2019
Status: c54
I finished this book in a day, just what I wanted and needed.

Much of this book hits my sweet spots. Concise but still with a bit of mystery surrounding the characters and places. It's focused, and in its shortness achieves much with little. Its exposition is a mix of show and tell, which while I prefer showing more, its not extremely detrimental to the story, and in fact can be considered a part of the theme itself: the past is like a story, another world that exists without you. What's... more>> more important is now, the present. Even though the beginning was a bit of an information dump without any actual exploring, it makes sense. The entire point was that it has passed, and is over. A new life in a new place with a new identity. Even if it haunts Nan Ge Er, he has to slowly accept it's not part of him anymore.

The Slice of Life genre is a (one of the many) soft spot of mine, especially if it has a twist, like, y'know, performing mundane tasks and daily activities in a strange unknown environment.

Spoiler

The fact the people of the town are all extraordinary is showed through hints and protagonist observations, with the ultimate secret being that the people are essentially chosen ones, special ones.

I consider that place to be literally Paradise for Nan Ge Er, as he died twice already. Paradise in the way that the place, as the last few lines of the book say, is untouched even as the rest of the world is in chaos. Paradise in how the people are chosen, and outsider mortals are considered beneath them, ants beneath Mo Shu's feet. Its a bit of a twisted paradise but the point stands, and its not like the book ever tried to convince you otherwise. From the beginning to the realization of Mo Shu's complete disregard of human life, and own trained inability to understand why he should care, brought up as a beast since birth, hidden behind a smile, Nan Ge Er notes how terrifying and unnatural it is, but accepts it eventually. Because he is finally in Paradise.

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In this place, he finds the will to continue living, and accepts the good and the bad equally. Lucky with how he washed up still barely alive, given the freedom of living in Guang Tian, and well deserved with how he desperately, without neither a clear goal nor concrete ambition, still desired to survive. I think overall, this story is a great example of showing what it wants to say in the most balanced way possible, with acknowledgement to the downfalls of life and treating oneself and one's loved ones above all else. A story of healing, if you may. Of forgetting and rebuilding. Now, that comes down to the characters. Who I'm regretful to say, didn't quite stick with me as much as other novels. The main character is fine, but not incredibly new or memorable, and I have personal morally ambiguous feelings about Mo Shu. The characters overall weren't my favorites, but I personally didn't find them painful either.

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I will say though, that the surrealist aspect is a bit of a double edged sword. It creates a weird environment for the main character to fufill basic slice of life activities in, which is a plus for me. But can be considered a bit dissonant with the overall theme of the story. I think that Mo Shu's backstory is almost satirical? The intentions of the author is a little unclear on that point, though I personally interpreted it as a sick twist and acknowledgement on selfishness of hapiness and being ignorant to a world that wouldn't be able to understand you either. A lot of moral ambiguities in this, and I'm not sure if it's done intentionally or not. But I still did enjoy the story overall.

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Slice of life or a slice of lung.

3.8/5.0 <<less
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oikawas
oikawas rated it
December 29, 2018
Status: Completed
Ah, really the best. Binge read it in two days and fell in love easily. I love everything about thisㅡ the peaceful life in Guang Tian was such a treat. I love stories with family-love feeling, and every people in the community was so lovable. Both the MC and the ML are really great characters. The MC is really adorable, very smart, so pure, deserving of love and just! someone! people! can't resist wanting to shower with love. The ML is probably the kindest ... more>>
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character I've ever seen. He's very generous, understanding and patience.
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The fact that he completely doesn't even feel bothered by Nan Ge Er's "ugly face" was just (clenches heart) so (chef finger kiss) f**king (sobs) good. I want more of this wholesome love. They're so gooddd aaaahhh it's killing meeee..

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Both of them suffered a lot, but both has each other, both loving the other so much and having complete trust...

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. I'm.. crying.. this story has given me the emotions I didn't have in this hell of a month. It just have the right amount of fluff and angst that makes me weak (and spice wink) ㅠ ㅁ ㅠ)))

Kudos to the translators too, they did such a great job. The way they conveyed the emotions of the characters was honestly sooo goood.
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Nan Ge Er's past was... God.. I can already feel tears in my eyes as I write this why am I so weak ㅠ ㅁ ㅠ))) Despite being a fictional character, I just can't help but cry whenever I try to imagine how hard it must be for him. During the scene where he completely let loose all of his pent up emotions after seeing Mo Shu's carefree way of killing lives, I.. just couldn't hold it in anymore and cried so much. He suffered a lot yet he's developed into such a mature character and honestly I just want to hug him so much.

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I recommend this to everyone looking to have a good read. It's both very relaxing but very emotional. Simple yet very deep. hsfhfbdjsjns I just love it so much. <<less
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RenTheWitch
RenTheWitch rated it
December 28, 2018
Status: c54
I binge read it in a day. A jewel about the bonds you form with people that care and want you to heal, tenderly picking up the pieces left of you that others threw away and carefully putting them together, stronger than before. The romance is sweet and caring, the comedy is well placed and it placates the drama behind very well. A must read!
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Kleep
Kleep rated it
September 21, 2018
Status: Completed
Thank you, Rikko, for your wonderful work on this novel. It truly is unique amongst a lot of the translated BL out there right now. It has a slow pace and a gentle feeling, but I never once felt bored reading it. The characters are so well fleshed out and the romance is so sweet. The language is also truly beautiful.

Despite that, it really explores some serious and deep subject matter. Fortunately, rather than aiming to shock with graphic and morbid details, it's really a journey of truly coming back... more>> to life despite the hardships.

I'm so thankful I got the opportunity to read this one. <<less
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RAGA
RAGA rated it
September 19, 2018
Status: c53
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Uuuhwa~ This story hits me right in the feels. The narrative of the MC's struggles to overcome his traumas (he experiences things like depression, severe PTSD, existential crises, suicidal tendencies) after being burned to death, reborn, betrayed, tortured, and left for dead is exceptionally well-crafted. I'm actually a bit surprised that I haven't come across any other stories that take a deeper look into the existential side of finding yourself alive again after death. The MC's despair over the value of existence after living two extremely different lives and the pain of living even after essentially dying twice really struck a cord with me over the contradiction of a person's coexisting fragility and strength.

Luckily, there's a lot of fluffy moments and some comedy to balance things out. The ML is so wonderfully loving and doting, to the point where I can see why the MC turns into a tsundere around him. All that sweetness being tossed around, someone needs to rein it in. The ML is sooo sappy, he was probably a tree in his last lifetime.

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The summary might be a bit misleading. If any new reader is expecting a grand scheme/fight for the throne, this really isn't that type of story. This is a story about a man's struggle in finding meaning to live. TRIGGER WARNING: emphasis on the Trauma tag. Discussed more under my Spoilers above.
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mirany
mirany rated it
March 18, 2019
Status: c54
Translation: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

The summary doesn’t give you much of an idea of what’s coming, which is nice, cause the story is a journey of fluff.

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Potential spoilers!!! MC is a transmigrator who gives his all to scheme his younger brother into kingship. The younger brother betrays MC, who is imprisoned and tortured for three years before being thrown off a cliff. Dramatic, but succinct. That’s not the story though. MC gets rescued and finds himself in a weird town of strangely skilled folk ruled by a flighty spendthrift, who is even more skilled and handsome to boot. Meet ML. It’s a long slow roll as you find out more about the mysterious town and it’s inhabitants, with most of the focus on MC settling into a simple, but happy and peaceful life. ML is also there to look nice and dote on MC. There’s some suspension of disbelief needed, but the plot is nicely done, with tragic bits as MC comes to terms with his past and learns of ML’s past, mixed with the two throwing dog food and learning to trust each other. There’s not much conflict, it’s just about acceptance and loving each other given the conditions you have. There’s tears, laughter, joy, sorrow, and love. Like MC said, ‘what a blessing’ this story is.

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YuiKana01
YuiKana01 rated it
March 9, 2019
Status: Completed
Cute, funny yet sad story about the MC finding himself and ML helping to pick up the pieces.

There is some mystery regarding MC's past and the place he now lives especially the residents that lives there. It's very funny. I can't count how many times I had sudden giggles on the train to work reading this. So cute! And at times really heart warming especially seeing how MC is healing and finding another reason to live.

The romance is really slow and not much action like fighting or anything but I... more>> really recommend reading this. It's really nice change of pace from reading other heavy novels. <<less
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earlgreyt
earlgreyt rated it
February 2, 2019
Status: Completed
This isn't a novel to be taken literally; it's more of a spiritual journey told through the magical realism genre. Things don't make too much sense, even when explained (in the later third of the story), but the crux of the story is not about finding answers to the mysteries surrounding the island.

It's about a person's journey towards healing after hardship, enduring, surviving through deep emotional hurts, and understanding what it means to be human. Told in a very surreal, yet humorous fashion, the overarching theme is subtly expressed through... more>> the still moments between the characters. The author is able to skillfully take such a heavy topic and turn it into something very natural and paced in-between moments of daily life.

Don't expect any strong action or complex plot; it's sweet and funny and very very fluffy. Overall, this is a very different breath of fresh air and something I would recommend to people who've also struggled with certain things in their life. <<less
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CultivatorBunnyLan
CultivatorBunnyLan rated it
January 8, 2019
Status: Completed
Finished it on one day! ♡

I want to thank the people who picked and translated this novel. You guys are awesome!

The tenderness and the peacefulness of this story made me feel satisfied. There was no angst or anything that would make me frustrated and then just go on a rampage. 😂 I really like the MC's way of thinking. The ML is very caring. 😂 (He does have some possessive tendencies but the MC understands it. I understand it.)

So glad I read this book. ♡ Super meng. ✨
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MissZer0q
MissZer0q
December 27, 2018
Status: Completed
One of the best stories that I have ever read my entire life... I can’t describe it in words but I am thankful for that person who recommended this story to me... really thank you very much ❤️
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BobChan
BobChan rated it
October 22, 2018
Status: c54
The beginning can be dark, but the rest of the story will make up for it. The amount of dog food and sweets that you’ll eat will send you to the hospital. I really adore this couple. They’re so cuteeee!!! I highly recommend 1, 000, 000/10.

To be honest... I wanted some revenge but... our beloved MC is truly magnanimous and benevolent. I also love our ML, he’s not the typical ML and the character development is quite interesting in how the author chose to display them. The dynamic of their... more>> relationship is something to envy... *sigh* I wish the story didn’t have to end... its so good! <<less
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aovel
aovel rated it
October 1, 2018
Status: c54
Now, that was new. The story had an interesting mix of fluff and some things in between that made it quite satisfactory. I agree that the description is a bit misleading. Just for reference, if you're looking for a story about power struggle and transmigration hero trying to make a change in the world this is not that type of story.

The angle of the plot is interesting, it's the first time I've encountered such setting. The pacing was good and the flow of events was well-timed. Although there wasn't much... more>> deep impact when it comes to character development, their path was pretty much straight and laid out cleanly, it doesn't leave the reader lacking or empty. Even if the climax was simple and uncomplicated I feel that, for this story, it was just right.",) <<less
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