The Gilded Cage


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Chu Ning’s father was falsely accused. Suddenly, she became the daughter of a disgraced minister and was almost reduced to s*avery. Fortunately, the Crown Prince pitied her and honored their engagement, making her his main wife.

Chu Ning thought that she was fortunate to have married the Crown Prince.

However, she later found out that her savior was the very person who killed her father.

Soon after, the Emperor was gravely ill. Xiao Kezhi, the Prince of Qin and the Crown Prince’s sixth uncle, led an army into the city and took the throne from his nephew.

When Chu Ning saw the silent man with a wolf-like gaze, she gathered her courage and extended a tentative hand.

. . .

Xiao Kezhi had spent the last fourteen years in the dangerous and cold borderlands. He was a decisive and ruthless man.

His wrath was terrifying. As soon as he ascended the throne, he eliminated all of the Crown Prince’s allies.

However, the Crown Prince himself was strangely left unharmed.

Rumors spreaded everywhere, but none were close to the truth.

Only Xiao Kezhi himself knew why he had left the Crown Prince alive. He did it for the sake of the beautiful and delicate Crown Princess.

. . .

Later, in order to gain more powers, the Crown Prince forced Chu Ning to step down as his main wife.

Chu Ning calmly relinquished her position and voluntarily entered a Taoist temple.

Everyone thought that she was just putting up a brave front. However, no one knew that on the night the Crown Prince remarried, the Emperor paid a visit to the temple.

The next day, Chu Ning changed out of her Taoist robe, did her hair, and entered Taiji Palace. She smiled calmly at the horrified Crown Prince and his new wife.

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silent hobby rated it
August 6, 2021
Status: Completed
It is about liberation and rediscovered self worth, at least that is what I learned about this story.

When the MC’s family crumbled down, she surrendered to “ her saviour” and become his wife, when many people told her that she is lucky to become crown princess despite of “ her criminal father”, she devoted herself to serve her husband and accept his mental and sexual abuse. I think she numb herself to survive. She lost herself worth and forget her true self.

Until the ML, the emperor “guiding” her to express... more>> what she truly wants.

Although they have affairs, the ML interested to MC because of lust at first but they falls in love in the process.

What I want to express is many women throughout the ages being suppressed and being told that the husband is their last harbour and having children is to tie down this “last harbour”. A wife obligated to serve the husband and put the family first. I agree that women should take care her family but it is also the responsibility of all family member to take care each other.

As a woman, she should take care of herself first before anything else. When woman put herself first it doesn’t mean that she would neglected anything. Just like the wise man said, take care your own business before someone else.

When somebody is happy, she/he will spread positive energy around her/him. <<less
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Ecirteab rated it
July 13, 2021
Status: Completed
A mature romance set in the imperial harem. Caveat- FL cheats on her husband with ML ... more>>

also sleeps with her husband after the affair begins.

This may be a deal breaker for some but this story is very worth it and while it may be morally wrong I think the interactions are very well written and set up.

MC - in many ways, representative of a woman of her times in the best way possible. She's trapped in a marriage with a two faced husband, doesn't have the support of any family and has very little to her name. But that doesn't make her weak, MC is very emotionally strong and is willing to bet herself to get what she wants.

ML - pretty interesting guy, when he knows what he wants he'll try his best to get that. Very atypical for a man of that era regarding love but makes sense with his life. Respects MC and wants to be a good father and husband

Romance - pretty explicit without actually being explicit, MC takes a lot of initiative (for selfish reasons) but nice to see. Enjoyed seeing the relationship develop from lust to love and that in the end, ML allowed MC the emotional freedom to come to terms with her feelings and properly choose to be with him. Maybe it can be argued that she might not have much choice (the era and her situation) but I think he genuinely wanted her to learn her own feelings.

Extras are all very nice and I enjoyed that all the romances had every be properly honest to each other. The last extra is the most interesting with its points on right time right place as well as a twist on the usual extra about "meeting earlier". <<less
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marchmallow rated it
September 14, 2021
Status: Completed
It's as the summary says. The Crown Prince schemed to marry the FL as an "act of benevolence", but in actuality, he instigated the downfall of her family for the reason that:

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FL's father refused to swear allegiance to him and wanted to remain neutral, so Crown Prince decided to frame him. BUT he still wanted FL, so he set up this elaborate farce about pursuing marriage with the daughter of a criminal minister to be hailed as some benevolent person. The thing is, even before that, they were already engaged to be married for so long. It seemed that literally everyone knew they would marry, but apparently that wasn't enough for that two-faced and profiteering ass of a Crown Prince.


The author's focus is likely on the development of the ML and FL's relationship, which is laid out quite well, so there isn't much going on, especially with the main story ending at around chapter 80 (?) or something.

FL, as earlier reviews have stated, is an average ancient woman who has very little power. She initially trusted her husband and truly believed him to be benevolent, so she pandered to him and tried to justify his abuse (yes, he abused her) in her head. But after she finds out all the atrocities he has committed (like ruining her family), all her feelings very quickly turn into loathing (as they should). Then, her imperial uncle comes along and somehow robs the throne from her husband just before he (Crown Prince) was about to succeed it. The one thing she's confident about is her outstanding beauty, which she leverages to her advantage.


FL successfully seduces ML (for revenge and security, 'cause ya know, she found out her husband actually killed her entire family, and who else could beat him but the man who stole his throne?) and they have an affair.

The uncle isn't entirely reprehensible for sleeping with a married woman: his nephew's wife, no less. He decides to acquiesce to FL's advances because, well, firstly, she's beautiful and he was genuinely sexually attracted to her; secondly, he knows that the Crown Prince is a two-faced bastard, and; lastly, he wants to know what propelled FL to this point.


ML is OP from the start. Most c-novels end with ML finally ascending the throne, but around the beginning of the story, ML has already reached this finish line, while FL is just at her starting point. But that's fine. He encourages FL to explore what it is she truly desires, since a large part of what motivates her to do certain things is her family (clearing her father's name, etc.). He wants her to be with him because she truly wants to.

It's a great and short read. The romance isn't too in-your-face, but the sexual tension is insane. 4.5/5, but rounding it up to 5 stars.


My only gripe here is that I feel like the Crown Prince is too weak of an antagonist. He's dumb and rash, so he never really stood a chance.

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mercipourleslivres rated it
October 22, 2021
Status: Completed
This read like a classic bodice ripper romance... the FL seduces her husband's uncle in order to get revenge for her father's death and then both of them catch feelings. Also, don't bother feeling bad for her husband. He's basically a Chinese Prince Joffrey.

There wasn't really any explicit smut which kind of surprised me? But the ML does really like tying people up. :P

Super glad this is getting translated, would definitely recommend it.
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kawaii12345 rated it
July 10, 2021
Status: c2
TLDR: It's a very well written opening that does a great job of bringing the reader into the novel's world. If it maintains this level, it will be a great read.

So far we have a realistic setting involving court intrigue, a family framed and destroyed, and the MC who has been navigating through it. There hasn't been much in the way of character development yet, but the MC has been able to hint at what she will be like. I look forward to reading the rest
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Rubyspecs rated it
April 3, 2022
Status: c75
Simple, sweet and nice chemistry.... relaxing read. It was fun and new to see MC cheating on her husband with ML, and ML had quite a lot of quirks hehehe... and it was also new and realistic to see that author didn't set up any circumstance or plot for MC to stay virgin before meeting ML. Like in many novels, even if they have the MC married, but for some or other reason they ensure MC is 'pure' before entangling with ML.
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Lexandrine rated it
December 30, 2021
Status: Completed
Easily predictable but well executed. The plot is not new but its always welcome to read this kinds of stories once in a while I like how the FL is not pretentious and how she dealt with our antagonist. The ML, on the other hand, is a like an MC from another novel that had already finished his story so he was just there for support lmao. I like how this story dealt with cliche ideas and made it theirs.
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