The Emperor Has An Illness


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When Liao Qing Qing wakes up, she has transmigrated into an unfavoured young wife. After entering the imperial palace, she becomes the unfavoured Liangyi.[1] She wants to live to the end of her life with the motto ‘sitting around and doing nothing’; therefore, she follows the noble consort and the others in a low profile and being a wallflower. But ——

The Emperor suddenly approaches her requesting a kiss, hug, cuddle… and he wants a daily dose of it. This angered all of the imperial concubines. Before she could make a move, the imperial concubines treated her increasingly respectfully.

Liao Qing Qing, “??”

Emperor, “Beloved Concubine, look, this is the imperial harem that I have conquered for you!”

Liao Qing Qing, “As expected, Your Majesty has a sickness!”

Note: [1] 良仪(liángyí)- Liangyi is sixth-class (higher) rank. It has the same rank as Ladies of Excellence (良娣)and Filial Ladies of Excellence(良媛)

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emmyazzy rated it
July 18, 2021
Status: Completed
I'm the translator of this novel. Hence, this might be a biased review.

I found the entire novel entertaining and a light read. This novel is about a female lead that wanted to live her life quietly. However, she was suddenly the centre of attention after the emperor promoted her rank and visits her often.

I really love the characters of this novel. In my opinion, the female lead is not dense but lazy. The male lead is only one of the many Emperors (from the novels I have read) that I... more>> really like. He is rational, fair and just, and devoted. The reason why the male lead stands out (amongst the other emperors in imperial harem novels) is because he really helps the female lead with the harem intrigue. (Just as the summary has stated) I found that it was interesting and effective since, after all, imperial consorts/concubines are just competing for him and he is the source of power.

To summarise, I would list the pros and cons of this novel:


light read

- somewhat salted fish female lead

- rational characters

- entertaining

- sweet and fluffy

- In my opinion, their romance is so goals. - A different type of Emperor ML that is not usually seen in other novels

Emperor Jing Li is probably the most talkative and clingy Emperor, who is also the ML, from the hundreds of Chinese novels I have read.


- there are no complicated political/harem intrigues that other historical novel has.

- the female lead doesn't have any special abilities/system/golden finger (her golden finger is probably the emperor) nor is she an assassin.

-somewhat lazy female lead

- it's still polygamy (even though the male lead didn't visit the imperial harem much before meeting the female lead.)

- Some may dislike the use of modern terminology/slangs in this novel. In short, this novel contains modern slang (which occurs in the FL's train of thoughts. <<less
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ricachuu rated it
October 30, 2021
Status: Completed
Every chapter was funny and fluffy and cute uwu. I really like how the ML and FL aren't on the same wavelength sometimes so they're always like '???' towards each other lol.

FL just wanted to be a salted fish and low-key noble lady in the imperial harem since she liked the idle life and doesn't want to be involved in palace schemes. However, one day, her entire life changed because the emperor started to pay attention to her and visited her every day.

She was unsure of how to deal with the emperor at first so she was always a bit awkward and polite. She would accidentally show the ML her s*upid antics and naivety sometimes so she would often be flustered and embarrassed. Despite being called s*upid by everyone so many times (even the emperor in an adorable way tho) as she was not versed in the four arts, she was a cautious person and was able to avoid the schemes that played against her and she was able to help with the food deficiency by introducing potatoes as an alternative to grains. After getting along with the emperor day and night coupled with the emperor's stunning beauty and sincere kindness, she fell for him and their relationship went as smooth as butter. She eventually became the empress and gave birth to a curious and naughty son.


ML was the emperor of the Wei Dynasty.

Since young, he has always had headaches which affected his daily life. He was also poisoned when he sat on the throne at a young age so he wasn't able to copulate with anyone. Miraculously, he passed by FL one day and realized that his headaches eased upon just smelling FL's scent so he promoted FL. He decided to get along with FL and observed that his headaches go away for some time depending on how close he got to FL. The poison in his body was also slowly being cured. ML started to fall for FL because of his misunderstanding that FL also likes him lol. Fortunately, FL did end up falling for him too, or else he probably would have gone mad. His character really was a Mary Sue in the harem. He was too black-bellied and knew how the schemes and intrigues in the harem and in the court work so he usually does the scheming for FL. His relationship with FL was so adorable and he was such a good ML and dad.


I also really liked how only 2 or 4 people were hostile with the FL. Since ML protected FL every single time, none of the other concubines except 4 of them schemed against FL. Also, Empress Dowager was a good character too who loved FL's naivety and s*upidity (since that means she wasn't greedy for power or smart enough to scheme against others). It was a short fluffy novel that everyone could enjoy (unless you're not into fluff) and I only had to read it in one night so it was good~
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happydot rated it
June 16, 2022
Status: c40 part1
I found it extremely difficult to like the ML. As the FL describes it, he's "neurotic, childish, and overbearing, " and he doesn't get better — he gets s*upidly worse.

Typical MLs have their jealousy moments here and there, but his jealousy is so irrational that by the fifth time it popped up in the story, I had to drop it. The first thing he does whenever he gets upset, even when he's not jealous, is to turn away from her. Then I have to pathetically watch as FL coaxes the... more>> crap out of the emperor, calling him the greatest, and boosting his ego up. He gets jealous over a guy she has never even met in a person, has never spoken to, and constantly believes that she likes him. She has to constantly coax him every time, and it's frustrating to watch.

At one point, FL jumped into the river to avoid a scheme where she'd meet a guy and be pegged as unfaithful to the emperor. After breaking her leg, the emperor talks to her about her being schemed against and gets s*upidly angry at her, thinking that she jumped into the river for the other guy's sake. This is just one of the many moments where this guy conjures up the s*upidest sh*t to get upset about.

Even after reading so many overbearing MLs, this is by far one of my least-favorite MLs. All the characters in the story lack any dimension. The story by itself, is bland, even for slice-of-life being my favorite genres. I usually push myself to power through a novel, but I had to keep stopping every two chapters because it was so boring. <<less
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July 17, 2022
Status: Completed
I like this story. However I wish the FL is smarter when it comes to harem intrigue. It seems the ML has to bail her out most of the time. The story will be better if the FL can stand on her own and protect herself.
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ladyxxx rated it
July 4, 2022
Status: c61
💞💓💞💓💞💞💕💞 My heart was vibrating while reading this. ML is such a childish jealous emperor 🤣

This would be great for people who wants to read conflict free novel bc ML is the only drama queen in here lol
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Drenlith rated it
November 16, 2022
Status: Completed
Simplistic and amusing with lots of pure fluff.
Your typical transmigration story without the drama. Plot armor (AKA. ML) is always there to help and save MC.
Her presence alone could soothe his long-term headaches so that's a permanent plot armor, and her quirky novelty that did inevitably sounded like 'I'm not like other girls' is a short-term attraction that drew ML in so they can slowly bond over time.
The MC is humble, satisfied with what she has, and not asking for too much or expecting too much. She knows she now in Rome, has to do as the Romans do. The factor of drawing the couple together is albeit a bit too cliché and plot convenient but it's the typical abstinent clean pure ML x MC.
ML, given the fact that he is the emperor, has an attitude but this slowly develops into temper tantrums to seek MC's attention and affection.

BTW, is that the emperor's stick figure weewee on the cover???
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Xyzzz rated it
July 26, 2022
Status: Completed
sweet with bits of hilariousness. MC is reluctant to take part in backcourt intrigue so emperor does it for her and he wins lol. Pacing of the story and the romance was good as well.
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wangxianship rated it
May 3, 2022
Status: c19
Tried it for fluff and high ratings but found story totally bland and boring. There is no chemistry between the MC and ML. Emperor just keeps thinking MC is in love with him, while MC just wants him to leave her alone. I’ve seen the trope playing on this misunderstanding before and it can be quite funny, but here, Banter is neither funny nor witty and reads extremely cliche, trite and generic. Harem drama lacks any tension, drama or surprises. Story and writing is overall too simplistic. No idea where... more>> high reviews came from. Couldn’t make myself continue reading. <<less
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nagpal rated it
March 26, 2022
Status: --
The story is so cute, with the leads being so cute, nice historical fluff, with likeable characters, I am not always fully onboard with fully fluff but this is one of the better ones for me somehow, the MC in this felt so sincere, loved her.
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Cold Service rated it
February 9, 2022
Status: c34 part2
The translation is superb! Just for that I’ve already given this story 5 stars. The explanations are great and the character list/concubine rankings really helped me keep up with the story.

The ML is also really nice compared to other MLs, not sure if that will change in the future though but right now he’s fair, smart, understanding and caring. He wants to do what’s best for his country and his people and he doesn’t believe whatever tricks have been used to frame the FL. A nice upstanding guy and if... more>> he were to be some sort of politician in this world, then he’d have my support. He also never engaged in any acts of coitus before because he was poisoned so that’s a plus??

The FL doesn’t really do much and the ML first began to approach and stay close to her because she’s somehow the cure to his chronic headaches which he obtained from being poisoned. But eventually they grow closer together. No explanation so far on why that’s so, so I guess it kinda makes her a bit Sue-ish? She’s not dumb, she just never learned the skills that are deemed as important for those times. She’s cute I guess?

Not much drama, no one goes between them. The vicious female supporting characters get their proper dues. They’re really pitiful in my opinion though, except for disliking the FL, they have no other characterization. There is no 2nd ML to disturb this couple except for a guy that once had a blind date with the FL, the ML never treats that guy badly though because he’s not some petty jealous guy. <<less
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chande rated it
July 11, 2022
Status: Completed
I love this story. It felt so good to occasionally read a not-so-complicated palace story like this one. There's not much drama in this story and although there's one, it's solved rather quickly and MC always left unscathed because of ML's protection.

Just like MC said, ML was an expert of harem intrigue and knew very well the schemes that was often done by the concubines so MC didn't have to do anything. I love ML because of this. Although he was an emperor, he also could protect his wife well... more>> and didn't let her suffer any grievance. Sometimes, he indeed acted a litte unreasonable, petty, and childish but he treated MC really well and devoted to her. I also love MC and ML's relationship with empress dowager.

MC was also very likeable. Although most of the time she appeared lazy, she was actually quite smart and knew how to behave on different occasions. It's a pity though that the author didn't divulge much about MC's gold finger.


Why was she has an ability to cure ML's illness? And was ML completely cured without any need to rely on MC again?

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Potatoteeth rated it
April 24, 2022
Status: --
A girl from the lower class with no special features transmigrates into an imperial concubine's body and comes into possession of some golden fingers. What's good for this MC is that her lack of ambition is commensurate with her lack of personal ability, which along with the golden fingers become her selling point to a stressed Emperor. The selling point to the reader would probably be the familiar taste of mass-manufactured vanilla? To say it nicely, the characters are fairly featureless but the novel itself is a pleasant, plodding read... more>> if you don't feel like paying too much attention. If this were literally any other novel, the MC would be dead within three chapters. Two stars. <<less
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Insideofadoge rated it
October 6, 2021
Status: c12
Good fluffy fun so far. The translator in particular always does a good job and chooses good stories. The heroine is just trying to chill, but the emperor’s headaches feel better when he is around her, so he sensibly decides to spend more time with her. There are some other ladies in the harem who make trouble, but they’re evidently in the minority; everyone else seems to be minding their own business, which I think is downright pleasant.
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August 28, 2021
Status: Completed
A lovely fluffy comedy! Definitely worth a read if you feel like your heart needs some cleansing.
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tpw16 rated it
November 11, 2023
Status: Completed
This is for fluff lovers only. Not for readers who prefers deep layers of complex palace stories with full manipulation.

The ML is egoistic and narcissistic, which is logical, given all his life he was fed with golden spoons. But he is also childish in the heart, but not being difficult to MC. He also solved every harem issues that the MC faces, which is not a problem at all for me. Very refreshing to see a ML who stands behind and dotted MC like this.

MC is just lucky I think,... more>> but sometimes quite impressive too. <<less
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Fisukisuki rated it
December 20, 2022
Status: Completed
It's really Wonderful beyond Expectation!!!

I didn't know what I actually expected but what I get is such a Wonderfulness!

If you expect Face slapping, it's not about that. Though it does have Villains either canon fodder or persistent one. And they do get punishment with what they deserve.

... more>> Anyway the MC while lazy is not a Pushover. She's not genius or strong, but in a way she's brave and know when to use her brain! No cheat and no golden finger, but has decent life experience.

ML really the one who knows how to take care of the Harem. He's Smart! While also slightly tsundere and a vinegar jar, but pretty cute and also Absolutely Caring! And definitely know how to use his brain.

And I LOVE the Farming theme which was rare in Imperial theme!

Anyway this Novel is Truly Good, Totally Enjoyable, and I'M ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT!!!

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December 2, 2022
Status: Completed
Sometimes, all you need is a dose of simplicity, a cup of fluffiness and a teaspoon of sweetness and you'll have your serving of home made dish of a novel.

I like how the ML loved her from start to finish and how he usually show his quirkiness and how the FL was accommodating.
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Lunasa Lanuru rated it
October 22, 2022
Status: c63
This was an easy light read, the twists and turns aren’t overwhelming or leave you with whiplash trying to follow a typically Imperial court drama, and most of these are solved by the ML himself rather than our MC who wants nothing more than to be a salty fish.

The ML

He isn’t my favourite Emperor or ML. But he is cute when interacting with the MC especially as his feelings grow. He can be quite childish when jealous and it does get a little boring as his jealousy stems majorly from... more>> the same thing - a previous blind date who has had no interaction with out MC. If you enjoy a more clingy ML then this is definitely your kind of Emperor.

The MC

She isn’t strong or all powerful, nor does she slap the faces of her enemies, all she wants to do is live peacefully, read folk novels and grow her vegetables. So at times the character development is none existent and it does little to push the plot forward. She doesn’t use her knowledge of the future, except for the knowledge she has about potatoes. I did find her personality flat at times, especially when compared to the ML, who was our Drama Queen King. But in general she was an enjoyable character who wanted nothing but the familial love she lacked in her first life.

The Romance

Is slow, so very very slow. Their feelings are slow to develop and physically it’s even slower both due to their inexperience and the ML poisoning. So if you want a hot and heavy romance this isn’t for you. That’s not to say it doesn’t leave you feeling sweet in your heart at times or their fumbling doesn’t having you laughing out loud. It’s definitely in the sweet romance category and has the benefit of no former or current love interest trying to steal either away, they have thoughts only for each other in their own ways and for their own reasons.


A quick, and easy fun read, if not a little boring at times, more for its pacing and sometimes repetitiveness of situations and with the general lack of real drama it can drag slightly.

I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. <<less
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panisa365 rated it
October 17, 2022
Status: Completed
If you like fluff, if you enjoy romantic comedy, you're going to LOVE this story.

This is, by far, the best rom-com novel with a harem intrigue setting that I have ever come across.

Also, don't worry about the harem. This one has a monogamous relationship. It's safe for weak-hearted people like me who can't stomach ML sleeping around with different women.

... more>>

The ML is actually a virg*n. He got poisoned before he came of age, so he became impotent before he ever experienced s*xual desires. The FL somehow has the ability to heal him and he slowly recovers. Thus, they were each other's first (and only) partners.


Both the ML and FL are very 3-dimensional and they feel like real people. The ML first appeared to be no different than the other usual cold and domineering MLs out there, but he was gradually revealed to be sweet, considerate, clingy, jealous, mischievous, decisive, a bit conceited, and a little clueless. I particularly like his relationship with his mother, the Empress Dowager.


They were, at one time, battling for power. He eventually defeated her and practically destroyed her clan.


After everything they went through, it's very realistic that there would be some distance and awkwardness remaining, despite both knowing they still love each other as mother and son.

Both ML and FL are also very strong characters in their own ways. It is also one of the very few novels that ML are written smart and actually act smart. He's really ingenious in how he deals with the court, the officials, and the harem. And while the FL can be considered happy-go-lucky, she's also pragmatic about her situation.

I also love it that they didn't fall in love at first sight but gradually fell for each other the longer they interacted.

The only complaint I have is I wish the novel is a bit longer. I'd love to explore FL's farming ability a bit further. Would also love to see more of the other consorts, especially the one who just wants to raise cats and dogs. I feel so relatable to her LOL <<less
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September 17, 2022
Status: Completed
Sooo fluffy and cute!! The ML has got to be one of the best I've ever seen and I've read a LOT of historical romances. The development of their relationship was extremely well-paced and although there was some palace drama/intrigue, the main focus was always on Liao Qing Qing and the Emperor.
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