The Fourteenth Year of Chenghua


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In the fourteenth year of Chenghua, the imperial harem had one Consort Wan, just as the Western Depot had one Chief Eunuch named Wang Zhi. Crown Prince Zhu Youcheng was barely eight years old, and it was uncertain whether he could grow to adulthood without a hitch.

The Emperor was mediocre, and feckless. Eunuchs deceived those above them and kept those below them in the dark. Court officials patched up leaks left and right. Those doing evil were arrogantly savaging, and those doing good were helplessly sighing.

With the ways of the world like this, how could the ways of the Heavens possibly be just?

That year, Tang Fan transferred into Shuntian Prefecture from Hanlin Academy, taking up a post as a sixth-rank Judge.

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Chenghua Shisi Nian
Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty
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Lycol rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: c169
I've just finished reading the novel. Tang Fan, Sui Zhou they both great characters that is made for each other. Their love for each other is simple and unlimited. What I liked the most is the novel doesn't only focus on them. There are many plots and actions. Also the author did good job explaining things without being annoying. Lastly, this novel is good example of healthy relationship and somehow realistic love. I recommend this for people just started reading this kind of novel (bl). No heavy smut, just light... more>> kisses and heart-fluttering moments. For those heavy smut lovers, maybe this isn't for you if you're looking for s**. So good luck, welcome to "The fourteenth year of Chenghua". <<less
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May 9, 2020
Status: c6
Oh boy - I'm really glad there's a new translator because I was put off by how difficult to understand the original essentially-MTL translation was. No shade to the previous translators, but the new one is putting a lot of effort into making the language natural and explaining the copious footnotes. The new version is even nicely formatted into a google doc! Thank you very much, Nie!

So far, this is really promising! Please ignore the summary on novelupdates which personally gave me zero clue on what this novel was actually... more>> about. MC seems to be the cunning but friendly type and the ML is stone-faced, general type. I believe the novel is about MC solving crimes like a detective. There's a lot of political/historical info that will make your head spin, tbh I'm skimming through those parts, and it doesn't seem like too much is lost. <<less
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Elurrana rated it
May 11, 2020
Status: c169
I really enjoyed "The Sleuth Of The Ming Dynasty" So of course, I decided to look for the novel. Since it was not finished, I forced myself to start reading the poorly translated one on MTL novel, but I was very thankful to the translator regardless. It was still understandable. I would love to thank the translators who are translating it again. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart! I will enjoy it even more when I reread this in the future!

Now, I was actually a bit... more>> surprised when I read the novel, because Tang Fan's character was portrayed differently in the series, but that did not stop me from reading, as his character was still interesting to me.

I was also planning to drop this novel temporarily on chapter 60, because there was barley any BL but I gave up on that idea because of chapter 61. It made me realize how lucky I am that I decided to read one more chapter before dropping it. It reminded me of that one picture where it shows two men that are mining for diamonds but one of them gave up too soon, and it would show the diamond was only a few mining away. The other man mined till he found it and did not give up. I felt as accomplished as that man did. I'm so silly but that chapter made me fangirl a bit more than usual. :'D

All in all, I recommend this because it is not as boring as one would think, the couple still showed some cute gestures towards each other in the early chapters. It was interesting to read about the cases and them trying to solve it. It would even make the readers think that they can tell what's going to happen in the future, but the results are totally unexpected.

In conclusion, I personally enjoyed reading it and I hope that goes for you too as well. ;) <<less
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Cocole rated it
January 5, 2021
Status: c6
Watched the Chinese series- wasn’t great but was somewhat interesting. Am reading this because of the wonderful translation work and knowing that it will get finished ❤️👏🌈
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October 10, 2020
Status: c169
I'm so glad to have found this novel and stuck through it until the end. It's a long read, and if you start reading this novel looking for heavy romance and smut, you'd be sorely disappointed. The romance between Tang Fan and Sui Zhou in this novel is a slow, natural progression of love and you feel the connection they have for each other. They're love for each other stems from unwavering trust and the mutual understanding that you don't need words to express your love.

For those looking for romance,... more>> the real romance doesn't start until Chapter 60 but it's worth it in the end.

The cases were very interesting and keeps you guessing until the end. The authors writing style also makes the reader not too bored with the historical information.

For those who watched the drama first and are now coming to read this novel, this novel is very different in the best way possible. I enjoyed watching the drama but it just doesn't compare to this wonderful novel.

Thank you so much Xoai for your translations. Im looking forward to the rest of your translations so that I can reread this novel again. <<less
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