The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir


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“I can’t accept this! I can’t! Even as a ghost, I’m going to spend eternity cursing that your relationship will shatter like glass! Break apart like a pair of mandarin ducks that fly away from each other!” With such a persisting obsession, it would be difficult for the vengeful departed spirit to move on.

Ji Man had only read a light novel to pass the time, but she was unexpectedly pulled into a very strange dream. She had become the novel’s most vicious villainess.

The novel rewinds to the beginning. The villainess that had been ordered to commit suicide reappears onto the stage and begins to follow the plot as she walks toward the novel’s ending once again, to a courtyard deep inside a marquis’s residence. A female lead that’s like the Holy Mother. Countless cannon fodders. The imperial family’s favor…

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New dramamonster rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: Completed
The translation is excellent and complete. The second half of the novel (politics, business, lovey-dovey relationship) outshines the first half (bitter harem struggles). As a romance, the novel fails utterly, but as a political scheming novel with a happy ending, it's good.

On the surface of the story, Ji Man is a modern woman who transmigrates into the novel as the evil villainess cannon fodder (who is a crazy-in-love wife who's been demoted to a concubine) and she has to watch her husband Marquis Moyu bring in his new love/new wife/female... more>> lead of the original novel.

Marquis Moyu is the manager of the Six Ministries, whose power is on par with the Prime Minister. He is a very deep schemer and almost everything he does is politically motivated. All of the women on the estate are considered his, and while there is nothing graphic, he "favours" (sleeps with) many, many women in the story. In order to be connected to other Princes/politicians, he accepts concubines and brothel women into his harem (aka inner courtyard).

The first half of the story involves Ji Man trying to survive in the toxic harem of Marquis Moyu. The other women are all scheming, and secretly agents of various Princes vying for the throne. Marquis Moyu controls the women by controlling who gets favoured, who gets pregnant, who miscarries, and who gets to keep their children. So there are some very distasteful parts to the storyline. And the women in the harem are all out for each other. Ji Man has to learn fast how to keep her head down and survive. The harem even gets messier once there are pregnancies and babies in the harem. The women in the harem are all more than they seem.

The second half of the story is much more interesting. The Emperor passes away and there is a huge upheaval in Ji Man's life.

Her death is faked, she leaves Marquis Moyu, and lives independently as a man using her business skills.

Because there is so much political upheaval and deep spy backgrounds, most of the characters have a lot of character growth/change over the course of the story.

Polygamy is a big part of this novel. In the Extras, the other supporting males are shown having multiple women in their harems before settling down with one good female. Ning MingJie was initially the celestially handsome unattainable supporting male role, but somewhere he turned into

the most powerful battlefield General with consecutive wives...

So the Extras offer more backstory, but can be disillusioning. I also found it jarring that the three young men in the novel (Marquis Moyu, his cousin, Ji Man's brother) would be so influential in court over just a few years. Where's everyone else? It's a plot device, but still.

Ji Man has known all along that Marquis Moyu is a terrible male lead.

As Ji Man says with one of the later Emperors, "He's not good. He has a harem. He's merciless and vicious. I can't guess what he's thinking. He's even had children with other women. It's not even a question of what's good about him. He's simply utterly awful."

The corners of Ning Yuxuan's mouth twitched. He turned his head to the side to look at her.

"But, I like him." Ji Man lowered her eyes as she said, "There's nothing good about him, but I like him. I used to say that I wouldn't like disloyal men, who had other women. That I wanted someone who could repair light bulbs and knows how to fix computers. But, after meeting him, all of those conditions became obsolete. Your Majesty, do you understand this feeling?""

One thing I didn't like was that Ji Man didn't actively plot to hurt other women or children unless they tried to hurt her, but she also deliberately

starved the commoners in the capital into rebellion, causing many people to die. The novel really skips over that aspect very lightly and quickly, when it's actually really horrific.

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New LII_Vera rated it
November 24, 2019
Status: --
So, about this novel...

This is not how romance look like, no, not really.
As an intrigue-grim-realistic story about modern woman in a very toxic household with unloving, shrewd and cruel husbands, scheming concubines and so little joy in life it’s practically nonexistent, it’s good. Solid four stars or more. Give it a try if I you into this kind of stories.

There is always a possibility I didn’t like this novel just because I am a weak pathetic woman, who enjoys only fluffy light stories, one can’t be completely sure. But,... more>> if you are like me and prefer novels with more or less decent leads and genuine love with drama and suffering complimenting the story, not making one, stay away from “Dreamer”, preserve your hearts. <<less
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Fuyuneko rated it
June 13, 2018
Status: Completed
Caution: This review is just the parts that I liked the most about The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir. There's a lot more to this novel than what I mention below. At first, I like the novel because the premise was very similar to Doomed to be a Cannon Fodder ("DCF"). MC transmigrates into a novel's villainess. But, the execution of this story and MC and ML's personalities are very different. If the MC and ML from DCF is like a rabbit and a sheepdog wolf hybrid, respectively, then the... more>> MC and ML from Boudoir Dreams is like an independent cat and a sly fox.

Have you ever read a story with an amazing beginning, but then it goes downhill with recycled antagonists and the characters suddenly acting out-of-character in order to follow cliche plots? This novel suffers from the opposite problem. The novel's characters are initially introduced as shallow two-dimensional characters because the MC only views them as storybook characters. She believes that she knows the original novel characters really well because she's read the novel and knows the original actions they will choose. But, this is a mistaken belief! She doesn't actually understand the reasoning behind their actions. She's not completely wrong, but her view is very limited. At the beginning, she only sees them as two dimensional novel characters and as the story unfolds, she will realized they are three dimensional, multifaceted people.

Overall, I really enjoy reading about MC and her actions with the other people. I like that MC and ML's values gradually change because of their experiences. The side characters also change either from their interactions with other people in the story or time as they grow older and view things differently than when they were younger. They feel like real people who have their own hopes and motivations instead of supporting characters in MC and ML's love story.

Random things that I like about this story and thought it made it stand out from other novels.

- The knowledge that the MC remembers from the modern world isn't a ridiculous detailed amount that easily solves all of her problems. She doesn't have any magical powers or over-powered cheats.
-- Edited to add on 6/14: I didn't consider her future knowledge as an over-powered cheat because she only used it to increase a few people's favorable impression of her. These people already liked her to begin with or have ulterior reasons.

And there will be a consequence to using this knowledge


- A more realistic slow burn romance between a modern women and a man from ancient times. They act and think like adults who are aware of their feelings. I really enjoyed reading their different views about love and how those views change during the story.

To be clear, ML is attracted to MC relatively early on once they spend more time together, but I don't think he's truly in love with her until later in the story. And MC will not wholeheartedly love ML until he places her as his highest priority


- MC's transmigrated body isn't a child or teenager. The body she transmigrates into is 20 years old and by the end of the story, she's in her late 20's or earlier 30's. She behaves like an adult, including her interactions with the male lead. To be clear, there are plenty of cnovels that have female main characters, who are very competent. But, when they're face with the male lead, they act like infatuated preteens that don't call out the male lead's overbearing or jerky behavior. So, I love how this MC is different.

- ML has to be clever with his schemes. He's not a cold, powerful prince or general that can just order everyone into doing what he wants.

- I love that the author shows that there are negative consequences to tampering with the original novel's plot. Occasionally unpleasant things will happen to the people that MC cares about because MC changes the events in the original novel. This isn't like other stories where X will happen and MC will figure out a cunning strategy, suddenly develop a magical skill, or ML saves her at the last minute. It doesn't reset to rainbows and puppies by the end of each story arc. But, I don't want to give the wrong impression of this novel. The sad parts of the novel only makes up about 5% or less of the novel.

There's one major devastating event and two minor events that's all linked to one motive. I really like how MC's emotions goes through the five stages of grief before moving on and figuring out the next step she will take. But, the last story arc of the novel is super fluffy, especially the cotton candy sweet ending.


- MC has female friends/allies instead of only love interests.

- Not all villains are one-dimensional and some of the "villains" are swayed to MC's side. By villains, I mean characters that traditionally become cannon fodder in other cnovels.

- A cat-like creature will briefly appear in the story in the most ridiculous way possible.


- She will eventually leave the residence and travel on her own.

- After the second male lead marries someone, his wife is jealous about the attention he pays MC. Instead of acting like a typical c-novel villainess, she and MC have a calm discussion of how they'll stop his behavior.

- MC crossdresses later in the story for a short period of time and people start gossiping that ML is bisexual. It's very funny and I like that ML doesn't care about the gossip. It really shows how much he has changed since the beginning of the novel.


P.s. This doesn't doesn't bother me that much when I'm only a reading a novel, but as I'm translating this novel, I really appreciate that

1) Excluding the beginning chapters, the author uses the other POV's to create an interesting world that's full of diversity and complexity instead of using them to excessively praise or criticize the MC. The other characters focus on their own lives and offer the readers a different perspective or new information that the MC won't find out.

2) The author isn't constantly saying that MC's transmigrated body is an incomparably beautiful white jade-like beauty at every possible moment and how her every action is utter perfection because of her beauty. MC's first thought was that the transmigrated body resembles a fresh corpse. There's a few casual mention that she's beautiful in the early chapters when she dresses up, then not much is said about her appearance throughout the novel. <<less
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June 14, 2018
Status: Completed
Edit - I read the entire book in raw. This book, as per my personal opinion, is NOT romance. Though there is a MC and a ML who do fall in love and are together by the end of the book, this is a political intrigue novel. If you go in wanting to read a historical romance novel, then this book might be a tad disappointing coz ML is VERY TRUE to the time-line set.

I continued reading this book only for the political intrigue. Unlike most MLs in other books,... more>> this ML is not an all-powerful, all-knowing, even the king bows before him type. He is on his way to become one. So his schemes, sacrifices, ruthlessness and cunning was amazing. One of the most interesting political intrigue/mystery book I have ever read. So I suggest everyone to give this a try. Once you stop wanting romance or thinking of this as a romance story and start reading it for the dirty political intrigue that it is showing the progress of the ML and MC into becoming an OP character, you will definitely enjoy this! <<less
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autumnscarf rated it
August 18, 2018
Status: c113
I'm rating this a 4, but I'm not sure if that's the best way to rate it, because I'm not sure I want to keep reading the story. I'm a little less than halfway through, judging by the chapter numbers.

This is a good story, but it's extremely depressing. My understanding is that it gets less tragic, but I'm honestly too depressed to keep going from the point I'm at.

The MC is always on her back foot and can never quite catch her breath or get any real wins. She can't... more>> get ahead or stabilize her position because her family background is too dangerous, and she can't walk away due to the circumstances in the novel. Her only real 'out' is completing the task assigned by the former owner of her body (get the ML to fall in love with her) so she can go back to the modern era, but that task is honestly soul-crushing to read about.

This feels much more realistic than a lot of transmigration/rebirth into ancient era novels. But it's also extremely depressing because the original circumstances are just awful for the MC.


ML is a d*ck whose life embodies 'spoiling the concubine and destroying the wife', hence his inner courtyard being on fire 80% of the time. This seems to be a political calculation, but I honestly can't see how it gets him ahead in terms of the imperial court.

Pre-transmigrated FL was a bitch, but the story basically goes into how the ML slowly drove her insane/destroyed her life because he never valued her to begin with. No wonder she went nuts and took things out on the concubines. Pre-transmigrated FL was apparently an easily-manipulated moron who was head over heels for him, so if the ML had spent the slightest effort he probably could have controlled her and prevented the utter disaster that was his inner courtyard.

Pretty much the entire story, I've been going, 'MC... you may as well forget going back to the modern era and just take your money and run away with the supporting ML.' But honestly, that isn't a solution for her situation either. She's backed up against a corner and has no outs because her own family is tied up in the struggle for the throne.

The point I quit reading was after she went through a huge struggle just to carry a baby on behalf of the original owner of the body, just for the story to go into a hugely depressing spiral. It was a tragedy conga and I finally gave up because I couldn't see how the situation could be turned around in the MC's favor.

The final goal of 'get the ML to fall in love with the MC' is just... I just find it depressing. The ML set his own backyard on fire, but the only possible happy ending for the MC is for the ML to also get a happy ending.

Nesting a spoiler because this was what made me quit reading:

After the MC goes through some insane struggles just to actually have the baby, the ML ignores the birth of the baby (he has good reasons for doing so) and the actual birth turns into a trap that destroys the MC's reputation and also results in said baby being handed to an enemy who wants her and her family dead. The ML is the one who personally hands the baby over. Again, he has his reasons for doing so, but honestly...

You can see this trap coming from miles away. The pregnancy itself is depressing enough, but it's very obvious during the pregnancy that things aren't going to get better when the baby is out of the womb.

(That said, I admit I thought it would take slightly longer in-universe for something to actually happen to the baby. I thought the MC would at least get one happy moment with her kid before it all went to shit.)

You'd think super awesome ML would have picked up on clues like 'the enemy who wants the MC dead showed up to stab her with a knife while she was pregnant because it looked like her husband was favoring her too much' and took some extra care with the birth process, right? Nope!

This dude can't decide on what he wants and he can't protect his own family. He also can't steel himself enough to clean out his backyard and instead runs around getting everyone he can pregnant. This is probably politically calculated, and MC's pregnancy was an accident he purposely tried to prevent, and like... I get it. I get why the ML acts the way he does, but I really do not like the guy.

I would honestly like the ML better if he had just killed off the original MC. At least that would mean he could make some hard decisions. Instead he's this guy who has one foot in one camp and the other foot in another camp, and the people who suffer for it are not him but rather his mother, wife and concubines.

ML probably has good reasons for ending up in this situation. It's the nature of the fight for the throne. But he has so few redeeming qualities made obvious up front, it's really really difficult to like him or root for him to get together with the MC in the end. So, I'm stopping at the point I'm at. Maybe I will pick this story back up later, after I work up my mental fortitude.

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KKristen rated it
June 28, 2018
Status: c25
So far so good! Read this if you're looking for a transmigration story with a level-headed and understated female main character, with an unusual setup -- where both the main character, "female lead, " and several other concubines are already married to the male lead.


Ji Man was bored and reading an overly-dramatic novel about a kind-hearted common girl who marries a marquis. The margquis's official first wife, Nie Sangyu, was highly emotional, irrational, and overbearing, and after a series of obvious actions against the heroine, was put to death. "Wasn't... more>> it because the villainess was too stupid?" she scoffs before going to bed. She hears a voice saying, "I can't accept this..."

When Ji Man awakes, she finds that she is now stuck in the body of Nie Sangyu, and what's more, everyone already hates her. She's informed by the ghostly presence of the former host that she can't return until she helps her accomplish her dream. “Why is it any of my business if you can’t reincarnate?” Ji Man rolled her eyes.


I really like the main character in this story. I really enjoy how, unlike many other reincarnated heroines, Ji Man doesn't care about schemes, power, revenge, fame, or fortune. She just wants to improve her living situation, stay safe, get along with others, and return home. She doesn't have any super powers, and even when she chooses to use her modern knowledge to create, it is basic knowledge that many normal present-day women would have.

The pacing in this story is also very good, moving along and developing quickly, without feeling rushed.

I will update this review later after the story develops more.


Like Fuyuneko's other translation, Chongfei Manual, The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir was well-chosen and well-translated. The translation is smooth and error free, with chapters released daily. Fuyuneko includes notes, afterthoughts, and often participates in the chapter discussion comments. The website is very easy to navigate and the layout and font choices make this easy to read. Thank you for your hard work! <<less
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karwasama rated it
July 6, 2019
Status: c400
The reviews of this novel are pretty varied, so the first thing I want to say is that the rating really depends on what you're expecting from it. If you're looking for a novel like 'To be a Virtuous Wife' where the male lead is going to fall in love with the transmigrated main character almost immediately and the two of them will absolutely destroy their opponents from then on, the Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir is not going to be for you. However, if you're looking for a politically... more>> intriguing, gritty and realistic historical novel with the polygamy expected from the time period (at least for a while), this novel is going to be perfect. Another user already said this, but I want to repeat that it's better to read this not as a romance novel for like the first 300 chapters.

Basic overview of the plot: Ji Man (main character) reads a light novel about the love story between Wen Wan and Ning Yuxuan (male lead). in the light novel, Nie Sangyu is portrayed as an obsessive wife of Ning Yuxuan whom he hates, and Ji Man has the misfortune of transmigrating into her body. she has to fulfill Nie Sangyu's wish in order to return home, but Nie Sangyu doesn't tell her what exactly she wants so Ji Man assumes she wants Ning Yuxuan's love. The problem is, Ji Man transmigrates right when Ning Yuxuan marries Wen Wan, his supposed true love, and so the first thing she works on is restoring her reputation and gaining the respect from the other women in Ning Yuxuan's court. Then the rest of the novel builds upon the schemes of the other consorts and the tricks of the princes in the royal court as they all try to succeed the emperor.

What I like about the novel:

The translator is fantastic.

Seriously, Fuyu Neko has very good translation quality and uploads quite frequently (god bless!). They respond to comments quickly and thoughtfully, and they have interesting translator notes that either a) help you understand an implied segment of a chapter/a double meaning to a certain action or dialogue or b) get you thinking about whether or not a certain character is moral, immoral, or simply acting according to the time period. Really love them, and they deserve a shout out for their hard work!!

Everything that occurs is very (very) realistic.

This might just be a personal preference, but I personally can't stand when the male lead falls for a transmigrated character immediately. Like, you hated/ignored this woman forever and then you suddenly like her after one day because of her changed personality? That doesn't make any sense to me, so I enjoyed how Ji Man really had to work to regain Ning Yuxuan's trust and respect and vice versa (though that doesn't mean I think he necessarily deserved it but I'll get to that later). In the same vein I liked how Ning Yuxuan didn't fall out of love with Wen Wan immediately either, because even though there were (many) times where I felt Wen Wan deserved a good slap to the head, the original novel was built upon the romance between Ning Yuxuan and her, and it wouldn't have made sense for such budding love to have easily dissipated.

Also all the characters had pretty good reasons for their actions. No one was being an as*hole just to be unreasonable, and everything they (including Ji Man) did had a consequence, much like how things unfold in real life.

This might be a touchy subject for some readers (especially the ones that hate Ning Yuxuan to death) but I think the romance between him and Ji Man is very realistic as well. Again, I'll get more in depth as to why I and a majority of the readers dislike the ML later (but please don't let this dissuade you from reading this novel!!!) and I'm going to keep my reasoning as spoiler free as possible, but I'll put it in the spoiler bracket just in case.


Things are definitely tenuous at the beginning of the novel. There is no doubt that Ning Yixuan loathes the girl Ji Man transmigrated as, and even though there are actual reasons for his dislike (Nie Sangyu had originally forced their marriage upon him) this does not justify his cruel treatment toward her. However, as Ji Man slowly differentiates herself from the past Nie Sangyu and proves that she is smart and useful, Ning Yixuan begins to more or less respect her decisions/capabilities. He occasionally asks for her advice and actually tries to help her out in some sticky situations (for example he even saves her life from an attempted assassination). He doesn't actually 'love' her at this point, but it's a big step from the absolute hate he once harbored for her, and to go from loathing someone to loving them is a process that realistically requires many steps anyway. As the novel progresses, Ji Man continues to express her 'love' for Ning Yuxuan many times, demonstrating through her actions that she is willing to die for him (like when she took care of him while he had smallpox even though she was at risk of catching the illness herself) and that she cares (checking up on him and sending him food and what not). Of course, Ji Man is only acting like she loves him because she thinks she needs to gain his affections in order to return home, and Ning Yuxuan is well aware of this because Ji Man can't quite mask the indifference she actually feels toward him all the time (again this is realistic. Ji Man wasn't a professional actress when she transmigrated so it would be hard for her to perfectly act in love with someone), but he slowly begins to love her anyway. I personally think this development is sensible. Though this doesn't excuse his immorality, Ning Yuxuan is well aware that no one harbors any pure love for him, making it so that it is difficult for him to trust others. Even Wen Wan, who was supposedly his true love and destined wife, is easily reduced to scheming for favor at the risk of Ning Yuxuan's wants and needs. He is also in a position where he needs sensible people by his side, especially as a Marquis walking the fine line in between opposing royal factions. So when Ji Man shows how clever she is and demonstrates that she is willing to throw away for life for him, it's not unreasonable for Ning Yuxuan to fall in love, even if he knows it's likely not reciprocated. He may not show it well... but that's a whole other issue.

As for Ji Man, it is very realistic for her to remain apathetic throughout the majority of the novel. She doesn't get jealous when Ning Yuxuan sleeps with other women, doesn't really care that he doesn't love her, and most of the time she is just making fun of him in her head. In fact, she soon gains a lot of good reasons to actually hate Ning Yuxuan because, as mentioned earlier, he a questionable character who in turn does questionable and sometimes harmful things. So how does she fall in love with him at the end? Actually, the novel hasn't gotten to that point yet so I'll update once it finishes, but the way the winds are blowing show clear indication of how this romance is going to occur, and again I feel it's going down a pretty reasonable path.


No one is OP.

This is another pet peeve of mine. I hate OP male leads or main characters because the plot gets so boring and repetitive. Like, whenever conflict occurs, I know that the mere presence of an OP male lead is going to solve everything because his 'status is so high' and the opponents 'dare not offend him'. In this novel, the Ning Yuxuan is a marquis (though he has a lot of power, he still needs to appease the Royal Family) who has to walk a fine line in between opposing factions, and thus he doesn't have the freedom to act according to his whims. The knowledge from the future Ji Man uses to achieve her goals is minimal as well.

Main character might be black-bellied, but she has morals and sticks to them.

Okay, so I was hesitant to say this because there is an instance where she does something questionable, but in my opinion it was not as horrible compared to other novels so I still count it somewhat as a positive. What happened:


Ning Yuxuan gets drugged with an aphrodisiac (not by Ji Man) and she pushes him into her servant's room. There is very obvious dubious consent in this, but I just want to say that the servant was very willing to sleep with Ning Yuxuan. I can't say the same for him though.


Other than that, Ji Man is pretty ethical about her own schemes. She states early on that she will not involve innocent children and she doesn't, and while Ji Man isn't a particularly nice person all the time, she doesn't go out of her way to bully those who don't wrong her.

Main character doesn't fall in love with the male lead for a looooong time.

Not to be weird lol but my favorite part in any transmigrated novel like this one is the groveling that male lead has to do. It's such sweet retribution to watch as he falls in love with a woman who has 'fallen out of love' with him, which was 100% his doing. You should have treated her better, but what a shame you only realize that now. It's absolutely hilarious when Ji Man completely rejects or misinterprets all his romantic gestures, and there are a couple of reallly satisfying moments where she reminds him it's his fault she doesn't love him anymore. To be fair, the Ning Yuxuan takes this in stride and does admit it is his own doing that caused this, and in my eyes that redeems him slightly as it motivates him to try harder to win her affections.

What I didn't like about the novel:

The male lead kind of sucks.

As the other reviews do say, I have to agree that Ning Yuxuan is kind of the worst. I understand the reasoning behind his actions and personality, and I know he's supposed to be a black bellied male lead, but some of the things he does are really, terribly vile. I'm not talking about him sleeping with his consorts instead of Ji Man, because though I may not like it, he's simply acting according to the conduct of this setting. I'm talking about the other schemes, where he may have good intentions but his execution is so immoral that it makes you question whether or not it was worth it most of the time. For example:


Ning Yuxuan kills some of his unborn children through staged accidents for political reasons, which is obviously pretty horrible of him. Then, in order to 'protect' Ji Man, he keeps her separated from her child and tricks her to believing her child is another woman's, knowing all the while the amount of emotional pain he is putting her through (at one point she is borderline suicidal). Also, he lets Ji Man's entire family except her and her brother die in order to save her life. The list goes on.


I'm not really sure if I personally hate Ning Yuxuan or not, but I just want to note that I would have been perfectly fine if at the end Ji Man would have firmly rejected him and gotten together with someone else (like the second male lead).

All in all, I really like the novel so far. It's well paced and entertaining and you should definitely give it a chance. As of right now, I give it a 4.5/5 stars.

(This is just a personal side note but I don't think half the reviews are fair to the novel and author. If you read the tags, it clearly says 'late romance' and 'polygamy' and 'persistent love interests', which means you should have expected that Ning Yuxuan would sleep with the other consorts. And just because the male lead sucks doesn't mean the entire novel is horrible. A lot of reviews here already state that this isn't a picture perfect romance, so I don't know why you would go in expecting it to be so. I know you're allowed to have your opinion and I don't want to force you to like the novel if you didn't, but when I see the reasoning behind some of the low ratings it makes me a bit frustrated.) <<less
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Mezhanos rated it
June 13, 2018
Status: c9
Prepared to be frustrated and amazed at the ingenuity of this story as this doesn't start out how most stories of this genre does. You have the main lead Ji man who just transmigrated into the body of the previously main wife and now a concubine of a marquis. Pretty standard stuff, you have the tragic start with a cold aloof ML who clearly doesnt see the superiority of our MC. BUT thats where the story takes a wild turn and presents you with something a lot of novels conveniently... more>> forget and sweep under the rug. The past actions of the original host and their consequences. THEY MATTER ! Who woulda guessed !?

So from the start our MC has a body thats absolutely hated by nearly everyone and she cant really do anything to change that in the short term. At first the readers are not given a clear story on the things what the original host and at times it can be frustrating to read how the MC is treated by those around her. But bear with it cos it gets better and this story is gonna be one of the greats. <<less
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Lola. rated it
September 22, 2018
Status: Completed
Dont let the bad review of the ML fools you.. This novel is GOOD! The plot is at least believable and true to its ancient time. Yeah there’s a harem to it, but its setting is in faraway ancient china, do you really think its easy to find someone as committed as the other transmigration ML novel? They dont just miraculously become monogamous, I always find that plot repetitive and predictable.

the MC is smart and independent, not overly cold (aka not an assassin or military personel), no cheat (she only... more>> used her knowledge as a chemist major, unless you count the talking ghost who sometimes mislead her).

The villains are complex and have their own stories, they dont just do it because they are evil, sometimes people do evil stuff to survive

The romance is slow but sure, you can actually see the development from when ML pay special attention to the MC and when he realized that he might actually love her

back again to the ML, great character development, read until the end to understand him more, he’s powerful at the background, but still is vulnerable because in that era, the way to gain control is by offering harems. What I dont like is he’s kinda weak hearted to his harems, maybe he felt guilty, or still respecting their histories together, and you just wanna throw punches at him.

if you like Mistaken Marriage : imperial harem, you’d like this one. <<less
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aovel rated it
November 11, 2018
Status: c154
I have never read a male lead as hateful as the one from this story. By far this guy is the worst scum of the earth in my book. True there was one instance that I felt like he redeemed himself but after what happened after I feel like the author is crazy to keep him as the male lead. I mean there are better candidates!

I haven't finished the story and I will finish this not for anything but simple curiosity as to how the male lead will come out... more>> of this muck he's been wallowing into.

This story is interesting in a sense that it does follow a sort of real life development for the characters involved but it's frustrating when you're not thinking rationally and just want to read a good romance story. Another interesting point that I want to see is the future of the other soul. This story is weird to be honest. The good points are overshadowed by the bad but who knows I'm still 150+ in there might be some changes coming my way in the future chapters.",) <<less
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LeeEzekiel rated it
July 24, 2018
Status: c27
Deeper and more interesting than many other examples in the genre. Very interesting, and is shaping up to be an excellent novel that's full of intrigue and interwoven relationships.

PS: Make sure to skip the comments, lots of mad girls irrationally getting angry at a man for acting typical of his status during the time period. Read a shoujo manga if you want a monogamous, perfect prince.
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haruhi91 rated it
January 11, 2019
Status: c224
It is a great novel and a worderful read. Ji Man should be the archetype for any modern transmigrated female character: she wants to go back to her world, she knows ancient life is strict and unfair with women so she acts accordingly, she doesn't fall in love as soon as she looks into the eyes of a beautiful face as the ML. It is not a romance novel, so if you are looking for declarations of eternal love or sweet, romantic moments, you should look into something else.

Ji Man... more>> believes that in order to go back, she has to fulfill the body owner's wish to make fall in love the ML but he is a man of his time: he is arrogant, has a harem of women who are mainly tools for him and mostly he keeps hidden his intention/thoughts so it is difficult to understand him. It is not an easy task, even more as Ji Man sways between being a simple observer of the usual harem fights and trying to win over the ML by acting as a kind, devoted wife.

The author is proficient in creating a complex and realistic relationship. On one side we have Ji Man who doesn't care for the ML for a long list of reasons: she knows he has a hidden agenda so, he doesn't really love any of his women, each of them avails to a different aim; she knows she can't trust him so she keeps herself guarded and acts or fakes in front of him. Though, the main reason she couldn't care less about him is because she considers herself as a simple bystander, she has her goal clear in mind and willpower to keep going.

On the other side, the ML is biased against Ji Man as the original body owner wasn't a saint, she crazily loved him and acted unruly against his other women out of jealousy but he despised her from the beginning as he married her just for her political connections. In time, the ML becomes more interested in Ji Man, but it is difficult to say, we see the story from Ji Man's point of view so we don't have access to his thoughts. One thing is clear, Ji Man is not the capable actress she believes she is, he knows she is acting so he is often annoyed with her.

I really wish that in the end Ji Main could return to the modern world, an impossible wish.

Other characters are flashed out and don't exist just to be cannon fodder.

Last but not least plus point for me, is the writing style: forget flowery sentence, endless descriptions of the MC or ML's beauty or over-the-top personality with side characters who hate Ji Main just because she exists. <<less
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Coricori rated it
January 1, 2019
Status: c212
This story is a must read!

Minor spoilers cuties~ I advise to keep reading~

I adore the MC, Ji Man. She’s sensible, smart, and doesn’t let her emotions hinder her thoughts for the most part. She’s cutely dense to a lot of plot points at times, and ‘references’ to the novel which is the world she transmigrated to. You can tell she cares about Nie Sangyu, the woman of the body she transmigrated into, and tries to help her fulfill her greviences before dying. Although it’s mainly because she has to and... more>> for self preservation. Gosh, her scheming is really satisfying though. It helps that after getting familiar with the world this story is set in, it feels really lived in. Like these characters are actually real people and have their own faults, lives, and stories.

I haven’t read the whole novel yet, so I don’t really know who is the ML. But it’s between Ning Yuxuan, the bad husband Sangyu pines for, or Ning Mingjie, the gentle one who sways for Sangyu after Ji Man transmigrated. Let’s keep note here that wether they fall for Ji Man or not, technically she’s Nie Sangyu because that’s her body and they don’t know anything about Ji Man. Personally, I don’t care who she ends up with. Throughout the 200 or so chapters I’ve read, I empathized with Sangyu, and since Ji Man doesn’t seem to care either, I want her to end up with Yuxuan although I like Mingjie more. Even though Sangyu knows that her husband treated her horribly she still loves him unconditionally, and the pain and happiness she feels just makes me wanna give her a happy end already. She’s just a fool in love.

I simply cannot believe how streamlined the characterization of the characters went in JUST 200 ish chapters. Especially for Yuxuan and the side characters. Even though Ji Man’s character is kinda static, it just emphasizes everyone else’s growth even more. Just... WOW. I love these characters.

Just a note, Sangyu doesn’t play an active active part in this novel, but it does hit hard sometimes.

BUT the best part of this gotta be the translator. Props because this translator made my reading experience 1, 000x better. Seriously. Towards the later chapters, the translator notes gives me a whole new perspective that made me think deeper about what I just read. Instead of just breezing through the chapters, I feel like I’m actually gaining something from this..? Is that even possible?

Just read it guys.
If you regret then I don’t know what to say man, you might’ve missed out on something great. <<less
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frostcrystal rated it
July 26, 2018
Status: c120
The story isn't too far in yet, but I really like it! I had been following along with Chongfei Manual and was thoroughly disillusioned due to the occasional petty heartlessness of both the male and female leads. This novel is the opposite - the MC is a cool-headed, intelligent, thoroughly down-to-earth adult woman, with a modern mindset. She isn't keen on dying for love and doesn't mind groveling a little bit to get to a comfortable place in life. So far the author has also been doing a great job... more>> of fleshing out the other female side characters, many of whom are not just allies or enemies, but actually people with their own thoughts and goals.

Meanwhile, the translation is smooth and clear, so no issues there at all. There is still quite a ways to go, so I'm looking forward to many, many more chapters! :) .

EDIT at Chapter 120: Man I am not a fan of the male lead at all. He's a product of his time, but it's quite unfortunate because he rather ruins the novel for me. <<less
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Sinking Ship rated it
May 21, 2019
Status: c300
Other people have covered how much of a scum the male lead is so I won't touch on that too much - just suffice it to say that even after 300 chapters he's still an unlikeable garbage human being who has no understanding of how human relationships work. The fact that he eventually comes around to "loving" the female lead actually makes his character worse not better since he is completely unable to give up any of his scumbag ways even after falling in "love". 300 chapters in and I'm... more>> not convinced he regards the female lead as a human being.

... but I digress. The most unlikeable part of this novel - for me - is that it's a novel from the losers POV. In the sense that everything the female lead strives for (at least up through chapter 300 chapters) she ultimately loses or fails to achieve. There are no victories. There are small little triumphs that are always, inevitably, walked back and swallowed up by the torrent of sh*t the author drowns the protagonist in. She muses multiple times in character about how the rival female character has an unbreakable main character halo that results in all of her little victories getting walked back and nullified. And then that is exactly what happens. Over and over again. Any time something good happens for her, anything she tries to accomplish, all of it gets walked back or subverted. She does things that seem good for her and then they come back a hundred chapters later to bite her in the ass in ridiculous and overblown ways. It just feels like she's always. always. always. losing.

all in all not a very enjoyable read <<less
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mannel27 rated it
November 15, 2018
Status: c158
This is one of the few novels that I actually stayed up all night binge reading. It was very well-written that every sentence seems like a cliff-hanger making you want to know more. Even after reading some spoilers it doesn't diminish my interest but made me even more curious. It's a great novel with an interesting storyline. For me, it's so good that I have a hard time putting it down. Although it's tagged as romance, it has very little of it. So this is probably not for those readers... more>> looking for fluffy romantic themes. It's not super angsty compared to other transmigration novels. Compared to those, this is probably more of a light read. The main character is also very likable esp. Her witty dialogues. She's not the submissive easily bullied by the ML type but also not your over the top strong perfect MC. Lastly, it's not 1000 chapters long. ^_^ <<less
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The Lazy Slug
The Lazy Slug
October 13, 2018
Status: c127
This novel is similar to DCF only because the FL was transmigrated into a once-villainous role. Hence, she had to find ways to break the original female protagonist's (let's label her OFL) halo to preserve her life. That said, I'd actually rather say that this feels like TBAVW, except characters are less privileged so more drama and schemes.

[Skip to end if you don't want to read too long reviews]

... more>>

To start off, let me clarify some of my points by introducing the characters:

[1] Female Lead's family is powerful.

Now, what do you think happens to an FL who has a powerful backing and then married to an equally powerful house but not a Wang? (1) She is an eye-candy politically, so (2) a lot of people want to manipulate/use her, have her killed or get her as an ally. ML-FL relationship isn't simple.

[2] Male Lead's

family is powerful but not Imperial.

Now, what do you think happens to characters that aren't Imperial but powerful? Their family hangs on a scale. Princes either wanting to recruit them or have them killed. So to this, the ML tried his damnest to balance things out.

This ML has layers upon layers of schemes of his own and really manipulative.

(1) He is not Imperial so (2) he has limited privileges, and (3) he is good in martial arts but not ridiculously good, but (4) it doesn't matter anyway because martial arts is not a central point in this thing. So he isn't OP.

Now, the reason I say it's similar to TBAVW is because it's more of a politically intrigue novel where characters are not what they seemed.

In character temperament, and the romance aspect, both novels followed the same formula:

In both novels, ML use their women to gain advantage.

[1] Except in TBAVW, because the ML is a Wang and FL bg is powerful, he only had to look at her and insta-support. No need to be antagonistic to FL. Moreover, FL transmigrated early so she immediately behaved herself. Hence, we don't have drama and ML is only loving to her. Readers love him and everyone is happy.

[2] Here in DSB, on one hand we have an FL background who is skewed to one faction (i.e. FL's aunt who is the favoured Imperial Concubine, say IC) and another hand the scheming crown prince's under the Empress. FL married the ML because of IC in the first place, so yknow. Anyway, ML hangs on a delicate balance. And since this is ancient setting, we don't have the privilege of seeing an overly-doting ML on the FL.

Instead, he used that "ancient setting sh!t" to his advantage by:

using his harem like 100% more than TBAVW

because (1) he needs to, (2) yeah, he still has a choice not to but why not anyway, and (3) original owner's behaviour (original owner of body before FL transmigrated) was very disagreeable at the start so they had a major fall out.

Imagine being in a tricky situation where you are trying not to offend people to preserve your life, then here goes a person waltzing in and cannot even understand what you're trying to do so unintentionally wrecking havoc in your plans? I think ML felt that way to original!owner and so she lost his favour. And rather than doting on her, his original actions is more on the negative end and being antagonistic by appearing not too biased on a faction.

I stand my ground that ML on both novels are scheming and manipulative (and both FL's know this). Just that, because of circumstances, ML on former is doting on his wife and ML of latter is hot-cold.

This is also the reason why I say both followed the same formula. Most other novels followed a different one (and one that readers loved best) : ML is black-bellied, FL may or may not be black-bellied, and ML is only doting to FL because they are both black-bellied anyway so they don't mind offending people. Case in point: DCF, PGC, BBM, all other novels with once-assassin/doctor female transmigrated to ancient times.

That aside, other things about this novel so far:

The FL's modern knowledge doesn't make her OP, and she is sympathetic to fellow women.

But that doesn't make her the holy mother, that role belonged to OFL (lol). It's just that... she's not vengeful, very tolerant but doesn't mean she'll just allow others to bully her. She understand why women have to do this and that, and so doesn't take it against them.

Her view on love is also very similar to TBAVW's FL: she really doesn't care about ML but also won't actively push him away. To live well, she has to pretend to still like him. She also knew ML's status and so behaved properly according to her role.

Also, like I said she's not OP (unlike in DCF perhaps where later on Nee Bai used her knowledge on bombs and stuff to gain leverage and help ML) which is something I appreciate 'cause hey, it's not like you can just randomly see formulas of bombs anywhere, remember it and use it. Instead, her "modern" knowledge comes in the form of production of beauty products (which is more realistic imo), having business skills despite being a woman, earning money, and being able to cook despite being noble.

The characters have depth, the OFL halo is strong and FL's life is not given on a silver platter.

The characters aren't 2D, enough said. Putting aside ML's asshol-ic personality, I'm hands down to author for not making him black-bellied but still someone who knows his sh!t nonetheless. I mean... I appreciate his character the most. He is not all-good 2D. He is scheming, manipulative, to a point I find him hateful, funny, but interesting (yes, I am weird).

Not just he ML, but basically everyone. Cannon fodders aren't just cannot fodders. They didn't become hateful just for the sake of being one, but because they were pushed that way (another example is the antagonist of Rebirth of an Abandone Woman), as opposed to say OFL of DCF where, tbh, she became hateful just for the sake of it: I don't understand her because she's just too stupid. Something like that.

I appreciate smart antagonists, as oppose to plain unreasonable ones. And so far, the development here is good. Like, for example, the development of OFL to a true antagonist after her fall from grace is reasonable. There's a step-by-step process we get to see and I like that, and isn't because she's just inherently/became stupid.

OFL's halo is strong. Unlike DCF where it was slowly but surely being clipped, here it isn't (at least not obviously), which I appreciate. A lot of people might hate ML because she dotes on her while being antagonistic to FL, but do remember FL


villainous and cannon fodder originally. So why would ML have his sights on her?

It's strange how people don't bat an eyelid when ML of other novels act harsh on antagonists, but flip heaven and earth when ML is harsh on FL who is (again) supposed to be an antagonist. You don't pity women antagonists on other novels who died and was tortured by MLs, but complain when ML here had FL be punished and ignored her in favour of OFL who is the original protag? lol

FL's life isn't given on a silver platter. Unlike in DCF or TBAVW where everything is smooth-sailing, here is obviously not. Not only because the OFL halo is strong and the tricky part of FL's background, but like... every action of FL really has consequences.

I read a bit later on (before MTL fried my brain) and, yeah, the consequences can be

heavy. It's heart-wrenching, but provided the realism I need that not everything is rainbows and ponies. Just because she is now the FL doesn't mean she now gets the express lane in everything. In fact, the things that happened just made me appreciate her character more, for being strong, independent and... just so far, I really like her.


Summary: Read this if...

  • You love plot-driven stories (+ if political intrigue is your cup of tea)
  • You want characters that are neither 2D nor stupid
  • You're not an extremely escapist/romanticist reader
  • You don't mind a manipulative ML not being monogamous majority of the novel
  • You appreciate that not all the time protags are right, successful, good, get what they want; hence,
  • You want to read a relatively warm novel with some occasional major heartaches
  • You don't mind non-OP/black-bellied protagonists
  • You love a spunky mother-in-law who is in full-support to our protagonist lol
The translations are also very good, and fast. And fuyuneko is responsive to her readers. Overall, a nice experience.

That said and done, the MIL takes the cake in this novel. lol Sorry for too long review and wtf is wrong with NU, the format is all over the place. I've edited this like 4 times but ugh, well, at least my point got across (hopefully), sorry for the sudden tabs and next-lines. <<less
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Fourthaid rated it
December 23, 2018
Status: c200
This is slowly moving further and further up my list of favorite web novels. The story seemingly is yet another harem intrigue novel where the MC transmigrates into the villain or secondary female lead, only to charm the ML into somehow becoming monogamous. And I do like those stories personally. However The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir isn't that.

It's not really a romance per say, at least it is not the main focus yet (200 translated chapters out of ~513 in). But rather, it's a political intrigue with a potential... more>> dash of romance down the road sometime. And the MC is not omnipotent either with some sort of cheat or attitude that allows her to instantly win every time someone challenges her, or to disrupt every scheme against her. The plotting behind the scenes is never spelled out for us, the readers, and instead we have to interpret the attitudes of the other characters based, in large part, only on what they say and do as we very, very rarely get an insight into someone else's mind.


I also have this strong desire for Ji Man, the MC, to be the first (at least that I've read) female protagonist to actually leave the ancient world behind when she has the chance to. Considering we're closing in on the half-way point and she still has no feelings for the male lead, I'd be pleasantly surprised if she never truly falls for him and just GTFO's, since she has a clear way back to the modern world.

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Cyberlina rated it
November 7, 2018
Status: c200
Not a story for babies.

Not a story for little girls dreaming of prince charming on a white horse.

and for those who's reading list is full of titles like pampering wife overdose, pamper wife to death or pampering pampered evil pimp's peerless supersaiyan wife.

Not for those pervs and clean freaks drooling on a virgin ML protagonist who kept his plaything in a locked box for 2000 years specially waiting for FL to be born and offer his virginity to her on a platter (like most of those Cn novels anyway)... more>>

This is a story in a story. FL gets sucked into a story she was reading and the author spins another story from here... AND this trip into that story it's a rollercoaster of emotions.

I have not come to seek comfort in this story and the plot will not comfort your parched hearts. because the characters are so true to their personalities and don't succumb to plot armour, it's a very bittersweet narrative. remember FL isn't even looking for romance so you as a reader can't be that stupid to look for romance for her!

ML is flawed, FL is flawed. like everyone who read this I was extremely disappointed with FL and ML. Ugh especially the FL, in my eyes she got all the symptoms of disociattive identity disorder aka split personality disorder. Her excuse is the body doesn't belong to her so she thinks she can enjoy the situation or s*x or carry a pregnancy plus giving birth on commission #rolls eyes. Plus keeps talking to ghosts voices in her head randomly. yes it's random. and her acting cool is more like creepy.

So because I don't like this weird woman Many times I also wanted to drop reading. many times!

but believe me! Hang on tight! don't give up on this novel because the latter plot development is great and unexpected. plus the voices go away for a good while hahaha. Plus later she sorta settles for one identity

well almost. later she disguised as a man yo! even tried to marry a woman yo!

, discarding the multiple identity naming during reading which was giving me a headache. Only then it didn't seem like I'm reading a hilarious crazy woman comedy.

everything revolves about making the right choices. people Lives, circumstances, politics, balance, survival, protection, all depends on bitter strategic choices in this novel. And sometimes sacrifices like loved ones, feelings, money have to made constantly.

the entertainent level of this novel is high. it's not repetitive, fresh each page and beautifully translated. thank you fuyuneko. <<less
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Ainslee rated it
June 15, 2018
Status: c248
This novel is sooo bad for my health. I wanna read all chapters but there's no more. Wanna MTL but it'll fry my brain. Wanna wait for the translation to finish but can't help reading when latest chapter updated.

So stressful 😶💦

Update review... 21 August 2019

... more>> There is no character that I'd like to stand for. The MC and ML are as flippant as often they like to be.

Initially, I was quite hopeful that the husband was not the actual ML, but he is. Which rob a star from my 5 star rating.

To make it worse, the MC joined the fray being contradictory and following ancient custom like she born into it which was being one of them (literally), just why did she held on for so long? That's another star went away. <<less
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ConquerWithin rated it
August 26, 2019
Status: c341
I tried. I really tried. But I can’t go on. This story would’ve been wonderful... without the author’s dumbass decision to add such toxic romance. I love the realistically flawed main character, Ji Man. I love the drama ridden plot. But no matter how much the author irritatingly continued to shove the main love interest, NXY, in the readers’ faces, I still loathe him with every cell in my being. If I was stuck in a room with Hitler & NXY, and only had two bullets, I’d shoot NXY twice.... more>> For the 341 chapters I just pretended he was the novel’s villain but now that he

claims he’s “in love” with JM/NSY despite killing her entire clan, I can’t handle it anymore. Furthermore, he’s holding their own baby hostage because she won’t give him attention.

He continues to do f*cked up sh*t because Ji Min won’t spare him romantic feelings. I’m dropping it know before the author’s attempt to redeem him ruins my view of this novel completely. Only giving the three stars for Ji Min and Ji Min only. <<less
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rakusu rated it
January 30, 2019
Status: c142
I'm at 140 chapters now but I still can't get to like this novel. I picked this up because the plot summary is similar to Common Sense of Duke's Daughter and I wanted to see a Chinese novel's take on this.

It started good but turned boring, eventually.

The FL is likeable and is a rational character but the ML is deplorable. No matter how the author tries to justify his actions towards the FL, his character is beyond redeemable to me.

I think it started the first time he unreasonably punish her.... more>> Also, I'm disgusted at the way he actively sleeps with all his concubines.


When one get pregnant, he kills the unborn child because he doesn't want to get pulled on the crown prince's side.

(He could've just used contraception pills if he wanted to avoid troublesome issues. Or better, avoid sleeping with his concubines.)


Really, so stupid and undeserving ML.

As for the other characters, although they are described as this and that, they are not much focused on so they only became like an addon to the story. Or decoration with little to no purpose.

The plot is,... somewhat okay, but so slow. I don't feel that the antagonists are really antagonists when compared to the ML.

So, overall, I would say this is kinda decent novel to read. Not too bad but not to good either. <<less
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