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. Although it sounds nice, who would understand the hardships that come with it?

And thus, he should simply leave, conceal his identity, and disappear into the depth of this flourishing mortal world.

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New wistful rated it
January 16, 2019
Status: --
The story itself is average. A decent filler read, but nothing I would go out of my way to recommend.

I just have to say that the translation quality is... not great. There are sections that make me think they just gave up and ran it through Google translate. The editor definitely didn't do their job since there are frequent typos, and the tenses can jump around in one sentence. Also tons of "according to keikaku" style translations like "yamen", "daren", "xiansheng"... wtf. Just use "official", "lord", and "mister" like... more>> everyone else. Or weird word choices like using "police officers" instead of something more historically accurate like "guards". <<less
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New 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.

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.


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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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 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.


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 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 rated it
July 10, 2018
Status: c31
This story is beautiful. It is a gentle love story.


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 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 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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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 rated it
September 19, 2018
Status: c53

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.


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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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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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>>


character I've ever seen. He's very generous, understanding and patience.

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..



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

. 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.

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.


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 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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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 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 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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Chi rated it
September 21, 2018
Status: Completed
As a slice of life novel it is really good. It's unique on it's own way, differing from others reincarnation in another world in the aspect that MC doesn't want to use his past knowledge to strike rich but just to pass by (have enough money just for their necessity).

The characters have their own stories, personality, quirks, defects and traumas.

In general it's an enjoyable read, mostly light and funny.

H just a bit on the end..... nothing detailed though......
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tailor31415 rated it
September 20, 2018
Status: c54
This novel is such an amazing, satisfying read. It actually took me two tries to get into this novel - the first time I hadn't read many Chinese novels, but when I had more experience with the stories and characters, I fell in love with this one.

I cried, I laughed, I wished it would never end. There's something special about just going along on a journey with a character, following as he learns to feel, love, and live again.

The translation is also wonderfully done, with obvious care and dedication. I... more>> hope there's more out there by this author I can read in the future! <<less
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Alazycatwantstoread rated it
August 16, 2018
Status: c44
This is just so very unique and amazing. I wasn't sure about what to expect when I started but I fell in love with the characters and the story. I would definitely recommend it!
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Otwentyfirst rated it
June 12, 2018
Status: c11
Sweet and interesting, a very pleasant slice of life story. Good for when you want to take a break and just enjoy a nice read. A little like Yotsuba to! just replace the crazy adorable cuteness with a relaxing balm instead.
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January 12, 2019
Status: Completed
One of the best BL stories I've read. The romance is seriously sloow buuurn, but it was definitely worth it! The progress between MC and ML felt natural. It wasn't love at first sight and it wasn't just feelings of gratitude turning into love. It was the mutual affections of two individuals who just fit together.

The first third of the story might feel a bit sluggish, but it does a wonderful job of establishing the characters and the environment/settings. And it goes without saying that Mo Shu (ML) 's village... more>> is one of the best parts of this novel.

MC is physically weak, but his mental fortitude is notging you can scoff at. Definitely not a damsel in distress type.

ML is introduced as this enigmatic figure--MC finds him childish and sloppy, yet the town shows him grst respect. He's charming though not without hudden depths that will be revealed bit by bit in the latter chapters.

Their dynamic just worked so perfectly. Ughk. And even the side characters are great!!

While I deeply enjoyed the romance, what I love most about this isn't the romantic entanglement of MC and ML. In some way, even their romance isn't the focal point of the story. Instead, it's the recuperation of the MC.

Although not explicitly stated, how the author portrayed Nan Ge Er (MC) is somewhat an accurate depiction of depression--the state of apathy towards your own existence (heed the trauma tag). And it really struck a chord in me how his recovery was handled. It wasn't ML's love that "cured" him; first and foremost, it was Guan Tian. Little by little, Nan Ge Er was able to reconcile his with his past life and brother's betrayal and was able to let go of his grievances. He was able to remake his identity and enjoy his simple day by day. And I dare say that it is a "rebirth" the surpassed his transmigration.

Reading this felt like floating in the ocean. Quiet and calm, but with an undercurrent of danger. It is soft, so very very soft, but neverthless, there is something foul underneath all that fluff. But no worries!! It's HE! ❤ <<less
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whitespade rated it
November 19, 2018
Status: c54
Its sweet and fluffy, but there's certain darkness bellying it so just watch out for that. Still worthwhile if you want to smile stupidly. The smut is only on the second to last page so don't get your hope up too much.
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