The Empress Returns


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When the Arpen Empire decided to no longer wage war, small countries nearby could finally breathe. But this peace was meant to be shattered, for soon after, envoys were sent to each country issuing a golden decree to each of the royal families.

“To establish an alliance with the Arpen Empire, each kingdom must send a princess to become a Crown Princess Candidate. The princesses will undergo six months of training to divide them into those who have the potential to become empress and those who will be concubines. Any kingdom disobeying the imperial edict shall be seen as enemies and their access to the River Judith’s stream will be blocked.”

“The God of Judith” was an age-old love song that had been sung from generation to generation. The ballad passed from the grandma’s lips to the little girl’s, from her to another, and another… etching a place in time. But this was no tale of admiration and envy, for all whose ears it reached agreed that the God of Judith was foolish.

Standing by the banks, a woman gazed at the River Judith before her… where the god may have stood thousands of years ago, her hand resting on her heart, a suffocating feeling clutching at her.

“The god isn’t the only one who’s foolish… Humans are the same as well… You and I.”

Viola’s long-cherished dream was not to marry and be someone’s wife but be hailed as the queen of the Kingdom of Koronis. She longed for the crown, even more after losing her only flesh and blood in the war. Once a half-royal, she struck a deal with the king to restore her status. It was a political marriage to the Crown Prince of the Arpen Empire.

“I’m going to be a queen, and I will take my identity back.”

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popsipastelz rated it
May 2, 2021
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From reading this I think it had a good premise at the beginning. Like the FL is bad ass and I love how skilled they made her. The thing I heavily disliked is how naive they made her. She just married him without looking into him LOL. Believing he's a knight and not the crown prince. I- than the ML he always peer pressures her into the more intimate moments. And don;'t get be started on how he manipulates. I honestly expected the story to go another route than what... more>> they went with. I hope she kills him LOL <<less
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July 19, 2021
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  • It is said that "leave your reviews on novelupdate and support " so I am here and leaving it and thank you for your hard work
  • And I would recommend it because it has a very strong FL (that everyone always complain about) aside from that I kinda really felt bad for other princesses I really wish that it solved for good and synopsis is kinda felt deep and that's all
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kurojotei rated it
May 30, 2021
Status: c61
It's okay. It's using the usual plot devices like secrecy, lack of trust, dubious consent, political intrigue of sorts and emotional drama without much novelty, thereby making the novel feel a little flat. It's not totally unreadable, though -- the smut is hot and the plot is intriguing and promising, but the storytelling is a bit meh.
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Cheesypots rated it
September 27, 2021
Status: c51
It started off as a good novel but the FL is giving me a headache with her "I hate you but I love you" attitude.


spoiled myself to read latest chapters and it confuses me how they could snu snu right after they kill all the knights with her in the same place they kill them. Even as far as declaring that he no longer loves the FL but can't get enough of her.

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September 17, 2021
Status: c90
We have a lovestory with revenge (more or LESS), a bit of mythology... Not so bad. But the dynamic between the main characters sucks.

I'm curious to know how the legend came true and what about her revenge !The translation is excellent; To read without waiting for a masterpiece!
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