The Beloved Imperial Consort


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The later generations immensely revered Great Wei’s Jianan Emperor. During the period of his reign, Great Wei entered its golden era.

Interestingly, all the records, that glorified his accomplishments unanimously agreed, that Jianan Emperor had only one flaw in his life: He favored only imperial noble consort!

Zhou Tong was very annoyed. She time-traveled out of blue, didn’t even have time to take a breath, and yet, already had to deal with troubles.

What? The original owner of her body was a walk-on cannon fodder*? She couldn’t even be regarded as a second female lead?

Zhou Tong is angry! Change, it must change! This plot needs a beautiful turn around in order to be worthy of sis’s coquettish personality!

This is a story of the unfortunate time-traveling lass, who possessed the body of reborn aboriginal maiden and became the Great Wei’s beloved imperial consort.

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Liri rated it
September 17, 2018
Status: c81
It is still early, but I like it. It has the slice-of-life, imperial harem plot just without the tragedy and tears.

The plot is based on the typical harem intrigue with transmigration plot twist. The original story follows a typical, innocent girl, who got schemed and died, wishing to take revenge. However, due to a plot twist, the soul of another travels into the original's young body.

Reasons why I like it:

  • Plot
    • Pace
    • Credibility/realistic plot
  • Pace
  • Doting/the fluff
However, the story offers a deviation from all those other transmigration novels. In terms of power, the MC... more>> is not too powerful or all-knowing. Instead, the novel concentrates on telling a story of a simple, modern girl trying to survive being a girl and later married concubine in Ancient China society and how she navigates in this kind of life. Therefore, it never gets too ridiculous or unbelievable. In this respect, it has a similar feeling to ChongFei Manual and the novel resembles the Virtuous Wife or Destined Marriage with Fragrance, with its slice-of-life atmosphere.

I also like how despite being a transmigrated soul, the MC is not allowed to do anything she wants. Instead, she has to follow certain rules and restrictions. These challenges give the story a bigger purpose, by not making everything too easy and again, it is also refreshing to see a different plot twist.

Also, what the plot does not reveal, and as well as for all the CFM fans, it has the same level of ML dotingness (albeit more smutty). Therefore, there is absolutely no fear of him being a cold jackass or intrigues, in which she is left alone to survive by herself.

It took him a while, though only a two chapters time, to realise that he is in love with her and so he treats her well even before they are even married.


The story is also quick-paced. It does not take 20 chapters to establish the origin story, instead, there are time jumps and long chapters, so the readers do not have to wait long for the story to evolve!

Lastly, I am really looking forward to the doting and fluff parts that the spoiler thread had promised!


Having read more chapters, I still really like the novel. It does not try to be too much, in comparison to all the genius woo- and waa- novels with stunning, OP novels. It's more levelheaded and sometimes funny. Again, I really like the more realistic touch it has, by focusing on her marriage and the husband-wife life and romance. <<less
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chaelisa25 rated it
September 4, 2018
Status: c5
This C-novel so far is very different to the other novels that I've read. For me the story is so refreshing and Im very curious on what will happen to the ML and FL. NO MORE REVIEWS FOR ME.

But I will tell you. The story is very worthy for youre time :) Though the chapters is so little and had to wait for the updates.
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dona rated it
September 4, 2019
Status: c20
All these reviews here are confusing me. Whether you like this novel or not, I guess it really depends on your tastes and what you´ve read before. I´ve read my fair share of historical C-novels and this on sadly falls short in comparison.

The plot is as unoriginal as it can be, characters one-dimentional, and dialogues almost non-existent. It´s just word vomit sometimes. Regarding FL and ML, the author didn´t give them much flavour in personality. They are just typical main characters in C-novel. They make me fall asleep.

And how ML... more>> fell in love with MC is so cringy it´s vomit-inducing. And the fact he is only 15 and MC is 10 something and yet they´re already kissing and hugging disgusts me. <<less
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dramamonster rated it
October 23, 2018
Status: c14
This is a mixed rebirth and transmigration story. Modern soul Zhou Tong wakes up in the body of 11 year old Mu Xi Yao. Originally, Mu Xi Yao was chosen in the imperial selection to enter the royal family as a concubine and suffers greatly there until her death many years later. Upon her death, a family treasure sends her back to be reborn in her 11 year old body. However, there is a mistake and modern woman Zhou Tong instead wakes up in her body.

Armed with Mu Xi Yao's... more>> memories of the future and her modern smarts, Zhou Tong has to right the karmas in this ancient lifetime and prepare for her future in the royal family.

The heroine has a few initial cheats -

a few cultivation pellets to increase her health and beauty, cure poison

- but relies mainly on her rebirth memories and modern smarts to protect herself. She is not very OP, so the story seems more realistic.

There are only 14 chapters so far (of 465), but the chapters are long and the story moves at a good pace. It's like a lighter version of The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage, one of my favourite novels. <<less
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jellybeanhater rated it
September 27, 2019
Status: Completed
Compared to its other counterparts in the 'Ancient China Romance' genre aimed at teens and young women, this novel is actually written quite well, with actual character development and emotional depth on the romance aspect of the story with a little bit of low level angst too (on behalf of the former pre-transmigrated MC as well as the other harem women).

As noted in other reviews, its very much a slice of life type romance novel with some political intrigue mixed into the background, without the same one dimensional character archetypes... more>> you find in so many other of these novels. The writing is quite vivid, descriptive and well paced enough that the plot never gets too stale (not to mention the titbits of occasional smut added in as well ;D).


The main character is a transmigrated soul, who basically robbed the original's body and rebirth by accident, through her casual schemes and playful personality, she gains the attention and affection of the ML almost immediately. You read about how his deeply ingrained mindset of polygamy changes as his feelings for her become more sincere, contrasting to the previous life's incarnation of the typical scummy emperor playing around with his concubines. Furthermore rather than the typical one sided demonization of other rival women, you read about their perspectives and you truly do empathise with them, those non MCs such as the abandoned wife and forgotten concubines whose livelihoods depend solely on this one man's favour, and are raised to believe their whole life's purpose is to be confined at home and birth sons.

Throughout the plot, the MC maintains a kind of mask, manipulating the ML and adjusting her personality accordingly to fit his tastes and there is some back and forth between them as he recognises that she is not in love with him, but towards the ending, she does reflect on her feelings and how without her noticing, the 'enchantress' fell in his trap. (Btw, its not like other stories in that she never reveals her transmigrator/rebirth origins to him)

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AlexiaMaria rated it
December 11, 2018
Status: c23
This couple is so fluffy and cute that you'll get cavities just from reading about them. I like that the novel is so fast paced and that it has a relaxing vibe to it.

The MC is so skilled in putting fake personalities and tricking others for her plans to work.

The ML is cold to others but with the MC he is so cute. He spoils her so much.
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ladyartemis rated it
October 16, 2018
Status: c13
Waaaa I like the flow of the story so far. Though I cant really make a comprehensive review due to the chapters being in its "early phase", I have to say I love the female MC's character as being feisty and two-faced. The ML is also amusing to look at (or read?). The setback for me, however, is that sometimes I do get bored with its narrative writing of events. I cannot feel the emotions that should be evoked at some parts. Overall, I am really enjoying this nonetheless. I... more>> hope for a stable release. Kudos to the author and translator! <<less
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Lola. rated it
September 8, 2019
Status: v462
One of the best transmigration story out there. I love transmigration story where the MC isnt overtly modern and the background story still have that ancient period feel.

MC is Mu Xi Yao a transmigrated soul who have been around since a kid in the story, she’s gorgeous, smart and cunning. No martial art profiency or magic here, unless you count her jade necklace that will alarm her when danger lurking.

ML is Zhong ZhengLin aka 6th prince. You might find him one dimensional chara at first, but toward the end you... more>> can see his growth and inner turmoil with all the political intrigue

Read if you :

- like smart heroine who isnt overly superior than the other characters

- like tsundere ML

- like stories that almost stay true with the setting, yes there’s harem but dont go yet, it’s an OTP kind of story

- like political and palace drama

- like smut, yeah it’s pretty explicit for a period novel

dont read if you:

- find harem in any kind annoying

- find any kind of aggresive sexual relationship annoying

bonus : the translator is amazing. Superb translation.


the way their relationship evolved from your usual tsundere kind into a co dependent faithful relationship is so beautiful. The fact that the ML stay faithful and indulging MC until her last breath is so heartbreaking, truly tear inducing

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Random.poet rated it
December 21, 2018
Status: c13
I dont know how I'm suppose to feel about this.

1. Dont expect much dialog or people talking for that matter. The first ten chapters of dialog could be counted with your fingers.

2. To me this feels like someone telling you a story they read and not reading it for ur self. I keep asking my self is the translator summerizing or is this the book?

3. You get random information and paragraphs that are more like authors comment on the scene rather than what is happening; while in the middle of... more>> a scene, so cant completely immerse your self in the story at times. (Exs: oh but you dont know our MC she... this and that... bla bla bla she is cunning an OP you will regret later <<< if that aint a dialog or an author comment, then I dont know what is. Its smack dab in the middle of a scene in a paragraph! For no reason but to comment. It isnt even an "authors note".)

Besides my own lil quirks on how the writing is... I gave it a 3 start cuz..

The translation is good.

The plot has potential. I guess the author just needs a better way of delivering it.

And the fluff depends on your taste in romance...

So yeah... I didnt think I would read it this far. <<less
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Justpassingthrough rated it
March 3, 2020
Status: c40
To be honest after reading all the great reviews I had hope for this novel. Unfortunately it fell flat. I never liked the whole magical jade with a space stuff cus it always ends up being too big of a golden finger to the point where I just feel that the author is being lazy. And thats the feeling I got throughout this novel so far.

It started out ok and then just went downhill. The prince fell in love with her before she could even plot anything, this would have... more>> been amusing and somewhat original if it wasn't for the fact that he falls in love with her for no apparent reason. He's a completely cardboard cut out type character.

The MC is getting really annoying because she doesn't even try to act according to the era most of the time. Once she realizes the prince is in love with her she just does and says anything she wants in ways that definitely would have gotten her in trouble, but of course she doesn't get in trouble cus the prince is in luuuve with her and therefore anything she does is ok. And also, I find the ages of the two really disturbing cus the prince is 16 and the MC is 12 or 13, and they're already having sex.

The translation is good but the writing is just plain lazy. So far nothing interesting has happened and the MC isn't coming off as charming, intelligent and lively like the author wanted but rather a reckless idiot with a little bit of cunning. She's always complaining about something even when everything is working out for her, which is just really annoying.

If you're looking for slice of life and harem intrigue its better to reread To Be A Virtuous Wife, Eight Treasures Trousseau or Legend of the concubines daughter Minglan. <<less
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Piggychan rated it
December 30, 2019
Status: c107
A satisfying read. The MC is my kind of ideal MC: she doesn't let romance to get into her head and ruins her goal. Funny as it seems, even if the ML has a harem full of beautiful woman, he's the one who have to 'fight' for the MC's love.
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splitdevotion rated it
August 4, 2019
Status: c73
First off, the translator is phenomenol. Minimal technical mistakes and not an onslaught of terms that the reader needs to scroll down to the glossary to understand. The story is charming, and I applaud the translator for being able to keep the spirit of the author.

Oh man, I've been on a C-Novel binge the past month with a preference for historical settings and this has to be among my top favorites. The MC is the perfect blend of lazy, intelligent (particularly socially and emotionally intelligent), yet bold to make the... more>> readers understand why the relationship between the MC and ML works after the weird first dozen chapters of us wondering why the ML is inexplicably attracted to the MC. Trust me, give the story until chapter 20ish to let the relationship and plot to take off, I didn't regret it.

The ML! He's capable, intelligent, and ambitious. I knew I found a character I was interested in when I wasn't plagued by the strong desire to roll my eyes. He's in love with the MC but it's oddly refreshing that both the reader and the ML know his feelings. There isn't any long confusion of the ML being in denial of his feelings.

I really love how their relationship is for a historical couple. The draw of it isn't the romance aspect of it, but the two of them knowingly and unknowingly making moves against each other. One of them is in love and wants that love returned, completely and honestly. The other knows respect and status will be what keeps her happy in the long run and isn't willing to lose her head over love but also isn't so unreasonable that love is completely off the table for her. It's just that she knows in the long run that she needs to look after herself first when her husband and master is a part of the imperial court.

FAIR WARNING: heed the r*pe tag.

There are instances of rough and harsh sexual contact between the ML and a concubine. The concubine basically roofies him and in retaliation the s*x is hate filled and disturbing. I wasn't too disturbed by it as I have a healthy dissociation between fiction and reality but I have no idea if there will be other instances further in the novel.


Ugh, only 73 chapters in and we've apparently haven't even gotten to the meat of the plot. I have high hopes for this one. <<less
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Tachi Works
August 1, 2019
Status: c1
Tried reading it bc someone said this is credible and realistic... ML j-ed off to the sight of her hand before he even saw her face... hand fetish??

She seems like a counterattacker that would cause a lot of grievance and require a second counter attacker to get rid of her.

Idk if it improves later but at chapter 17 it just feels like the only chemistry between the couple is forced author fate.
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Riona rated it
November 13, 2019
Status: c101
This was good. Until certain point.

The characters are all deceitful, treacherous, WHY I just don't get it. There must be someone who possess good moral!

and I deeply dislike ML.

... more>>

If he's really smart or smthg, he must realize that having LOTS of women and not touching them or chasing them out will bring him enormous problems. At least do something about it!


The MC. Oh... She's irks me af. she's so arrogant, selfish, and has no moral righteousness.


I didn't mean she should be a total heroine and save everyone and everything that breathing. I just think she should has more empathy. Especially toward peole who didn't treat her wrong. I can't see any difference of her character and the antagonist's. They all just sly, deceitful, boot lickers, jealous and heartless person with no moral principles.

They only show kindness and help people who they could use.

Does the MC truly love ML? She doesn't look like one. All she did is seduce, sleep and taking advantage from him. I HATE the way she cling at him- I hate that the women in this story have no independency, no will for further knowledge, no trust to their selves. All the do and they think is to curry favor from their owners and bearing a child! I want to scream of frustration.

Even the reborn one wasn't do any better. Everyone here are so vengeful. Don't the feel tired?or no one in this story could feel?


But the translator is good. Simple and easy to understand, though there are too much idioms. The web style is very comfortable as well. 2, 5 star is for her. The rest for author

If you like scheme, you will like this. But honestly it's just so tiring for me. There are more hate and jealousy than love here. Shouldn't be given romance tag if the MC didn't even love her husband aka ML

It's all about power (or money in other case). If anyone really living like this, or in a society like this, I genuinely feel sad and pity for him/her.

No one here feel like a real human <<less
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sad9595 rated it
March 16, 2019
Status: c41
Very good novel. Good plot and realistic female lead. Fantastic male lead who is not too much OP. 5 stars
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Uhoh_ rated it
February 4, 2019
Status: c33
It's an amazing novel! Just the right amount of snu snu (smut), romance and a multi faced MC. Though the first few chapters are a bit of a drag because there wasn't that many dialog early on.


My favorite chaper so far is the two leads' first date! It was so entertaining!

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Lishasharma rated it
December 8, 2018
Status: c22
This has to be one of the best novels ever. It's really good and the progress of the novel is pretty fast paced. Overall it's a really good novel and the MC is utter spoilt by the ML. It's cute and fluffy and amazing. Give it a try, it's really a breath of fresh air.
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addicted_novel rated it
May 10, 2020
Status: --

i hated the novel omydays but it was so addictive so I couldn't stop until I felt too sour and had to stop before punched my laptop from sheer bitter. I DO NOT GET HOW THIS NOVEL HAS SUCH HIGH RATINGS? THIS IS A REVIEW ON WHY YOU REALLY SHOULDNT READ IT BECUASE OF THE UTTER ANNOYANCE!

why was I so bitter?

THE MALE... more>> LEAD! THE HAREM TROPE! UGHHHHHH I HATE IT -light spoilers incoming and PLEASE read it to stop yourself from wasting time-


male lead is a f*cking dickhead, he rapes a concubine after she drugged him, and when I say 'rape' I mean r*pe not the usual romanticized rape, like he brutally purposely rapes her which disgusts me. the concubine of coarse still wants to earn his favor which pisses me off. I hate how the female lead has to share her husband but what did you expect? its harem. the male lead still wants her to devote herself to him and love him back and I'm SO GLAD she doesn't waver and fall for his charms (she prob will in the future). I know that the male lead is better when compared to his brothers but once again... I feel awful thinking about how he has to bed other women despite having the female lead even if it was a duty.

female lead was smart and witty, she was the only reason I kept reading on. I would have liked it if she didn't end up marrying into the palace but alas... its not like she had a choice.

the story itself was okay? nothing totally amazing but it wasn't utterly boring either... the whole novel just left a bitter taste in my mouth... the male lead got another woman pregnant when our female lead was pregnant and it will most likely repeat again. the fluff was nice but I couldn't get myself to enjoy it whole heartedly, especially since the female lead herself had no serious feelings and the male lead was not exactly the loyal man he was trying to act like.

i couldn't take it anymore when he had to get married to the legal wife and started to treat her nicely even if he were doing it because he had to follow traditions. I have to go read some ACTUAL good novel with a LOYAL and PURE male lead with a female lead who actually LOVES him. please don't read it if ur like me ughh I regret wasting my time on that shit. <<less
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meiloulou rated it
May 17, 2020
Status: --
One of my absolute favorite novels in this genre. The MC and ML are real. The romance is real. We watch along as the MC spins a web of lust for the ML. We watch as the ML is getting pulled under the MC's skirt, and watch him understand what love is. We are there every step of the way, without unreal expectations, without anyone upsurping the main wife. MC does not want to be a main wife: she wants to be a spoiled concubine, and that is what she... more>> becomes.

I loved it so much, that I MLT'ed it. Headachy, but worth it!


MC is a combination of rebirth and transmigration. The story starts when she is about ten years old.

Due to the rebirth and the transmigration, she combines ancient values and expectations with modern knowledge. She is smart, cute, and real. She does not expect her man to have only her, and does not stand out by making ridiculous amounts of money, or by collecting secondary male leads everywhere. She becomes a true backyard woman, raising her sons mostly in peace, in the presence of the ML.

When she transmigrates and is reborn, she knows she will be a concubine, and she knows her man will become the emperor. She prepares accordingly, for him and for herself. She changes herself to be what the ML wants in a woman, and does so flawlessly.

In the end, the ML willingly gives up on bedding other women, without her having to urge, expect or say anything. This is what a concubine should be like. She never expected to be the main wife or the queen, and never will be. The ML never drops the chain, and makes clear that she will forever be a concubine, no matter how favored, because of the rules. Despite that, he gives her anything and everything, within the possibility of the ancient palace rules. I love it!

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sleeplessnk45 rated it
May 31, 2019
Status: c57
It's still early but so far so good. It's a very calm read, sprinkled with little bits of romance, smut, intrigue, and shenanigans here and there. It's not a mind-blowing read but it hasn't failed yet.

MC is not too op, and not too annoying. She's able to mix her mischievous side with her unruliness without making it all about her and her face-slapping. In fact, her true focus is in living well and happily. I admire that.

ML is kind of hilarious and extremely stoic. Inside his heart, he is just... more>> a typical awkward, perverted, and doting man to the one he loves.

There aren't that many misunderstandings, but those that are there feel natural or justified.

Villains are actually human and not caricatures of evil incarnate. They're just pretty pitiful, if a little flat and cliched.

Hopefully the story would only get better and better. <<less
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