The Grandmaster Strategist


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This is an alternate history. Decades after the fall of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, the world is still in chaos, although there is hope for reunification.

Of poor background, Jiang Zhe, styled Suiyun, has finally, after ten years of hard work, passed the imperial examinations and become a scholar within Hanlin Academy. Unwittingly, he becomes involved in the succession dispute of the Great Yong Dynasty. He faces conspiracies and machinations and countless battles of strength and wits. Intending to avoid court politics, he ultimately has no choice but to become involved. With no alternative, Jiang Zhe can only follow the crowd, joining the chaotic political turmoil. In this conniving world, he uses his intelligence and knowledge to provide for himself and his companions a stable environment to survive.

Watch nations fall, great men rise, and supreme martial artists kneel before the quiet whispers of a frail, unassuming scholar.

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09/03/19 Wuxiaworld v6c19
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November 6, 2018
Status: v5c19
This is, what is it, the greatest novel that I read in last 3 years.

The way it write stories, the way they convey characters feeling, the timing of happening, and the realism of time flow. I don't know. Everything about this novel is perfect. The imperfection of protagonist make the story has a better nuance than most novel that always keep the happening happen immediately.

Too bad the novel has not finished, a little bit more.
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c888 rated it
February 21, 2018
Status: v6c7
You'll love the characters in this story, the characters are so well developed in all their strengths and weakness that you'll root for them, rather they are the MC or the enemies of the MC. Another reason why you'll like this story is that even when you want the MC to win, you'll also empathize with the MC's enemies who have their own motivations. I usually drop stories because the characters are so 2D but here the characteristics are richly developed and layered.
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sibyl97 rated it
June 4, 2017
Status: v6c4
I stumbled onto this amazing piece few days ago.

All that I could say is that it deserve it reputation as the best fictional history novel in Qidian's History All Time ranking.

I really liked the fact that the author fleshed out side characters by using different POV and still felt natural, not confusing. Also, I love the little transcript of the biographies in the opening of most of the chapter, the difference between the one written and what had happened fascinates me and made me think that things are more complicated... more>> in real life than the actual result written in the history books.

The MC, Jiang Zhe is absolutely my favourite character. The world might describe him as one of the most dangerous person as he is a genius and resourceful, his plots exploits others' shortcomings and he is a master in understanding human nature. However, in reality, he himself is quite lazy and carefree, he is not greedy for gold or silver nor fame, all he wanted to do is drinking a good wine, reading books silently and appreciating nature leisurely. But with the twist of fate and his unique talents, he was dragged into political turmoil. What can he do as he is just a frail scholar? Later, along his journey of life, he met a lot of talented people, both allies and foes.


There is 6 volumes and each have their own focus of struggle. First volume is about his early life (15-24 ish) as zhuangyuan (rank number one in the imperial examination) in the Southern Chu Kingdom. Funny story is that he actually took the test because he was robbed along the way and he needed the money reward from the exam not because he want to serve the country or anything like that (he is quite low key or just too lazy). Second Volume is when thing got heated up as he was held captive in Great Yong and many people wanted his loyalty or his life. Third volume is about the power struggle between princes factions, this is one of my favourite arc, Jiang Zhe finally fully unleashed his talents while sowing discord here and there, trapping those poor souls into his web and slowly suffocated them. Muahahahahhh... anyway it was quite a long arc and just so beautifully done, I don't have any complains.

While the focus of the previous arcs are more on on Jiang Zhe's life and also Prince Yong's faction. The next two volume were about war between the Great Yong and Northern Han. Jiang Zhe was dragged out of his seclusion but he was more mature at that time (about 30 ish). This arc was very heavy on the battle strategy and focus less on Jiang zhe but more on the development other characters. Compared to the previous arcs where the enemies were hateful and evil, these arc were more heartbreaking since the war, the killings and the betrayal were not actually their 'fault'. I could not hate them because they did what they had to do to protect their countries. Their story, loyalty and valiance made me think about why do people go to war and hurt each other? On the other hand, Jiang zhe was amazing and savage as usual.

The last arc and the last volume which is volume 6. Since it has not completed yet, I am not sure but I think the focus would be more on the next generation as in the kids on the main and side characters. Also, the conclusion of uniting the world.


Furthemore, the translator and the editor did a really good job. I could tell from the poems, idoms and the information in the footnotes, they did their research and put a lot of thought and consideration into their work. <<less
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Rudeus30 rated it
May 18, 2017
Status: v2c18
Kind of hard to say what I think of this one. It is an example of masterful writing for sure, but I have had the feeling that there is something sort of rotten in this book. The author is amazing at evoking emotion in the reader, but some events in the story that were supposed to evoke emotion were kind of forced.

For one, the romance between Jiang Zhe and his wife took place over one night. Jiang Zhe, for whatever reason, felt such a huge connection towards her despite the short time span and although I understand that Suiyun is compelled to get revenge for her, I cannot really reconcile my rationale to recognize this cause as reasonable.

Possibly, the author never wanted us to focus on the heartbreak and tragedy, but it downplays Suiyun's motivation for doing what he is. It just makes this story seem more like Suiyun's adventure rather than the biography of Suiyun due to the lack of introspection on his goals, morals, and motivations.
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IcyDraft rated it
August 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Once I started reading the novel, I couldn't stop, and I proceeded to read the machine translated version of the novel to see how the story ends.

Overall, it was an interesting read, and it kept my attention throughout the story, so kudos to the author, and the translating team.
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Mavsynchroid rated it
November 9, 2017
Status: --
Absolutely great novel. Actually feels like a real novel for once, if that makes sense. The chapters are long and descriptive, and it's anything but another novel where the MC finds a special item, cultivates, and kills. Highly recommend this if you're looking for something akin to a normal novel rather than the same old web novel.

HOWEVER, it hasn't been updated in like 6 months. What's EXTREMELY aggrivating is that there are only like 40 or so chapters left in the entire book, yet no one has bothered picking up... more>> the translation. Again, it's probably due to how complex the novel is. It's a little more than "coughes up blood" / "doesn't know whether to laugh or cry" etc.

Really hope someone picks this up. <<less
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lolli rated it
April 30, 2017
Status: --
Lol I felt like I was rereading I'm really a superstar with all the poems that they have in common. Especially the part where the poems aren't in actuality theirs but they were the ones that created it. Of course the difference is that IRAS knows he's cheating and its a totally different world. Only in the poems sense they are the same.

The story is interesting so far and I'm glad it's not 1000 or so chapters long, that way I won't have to wait too long before it's completely... more>> translated. It's a calming read with lots of political manuverings, so if you are looking for cultivation novel where the MC is op this might not be the book for you. But if you are looking for a novel where the MC relies on his wits and intelligence to get out of trouble, you'll enjoy this book. <<less
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Garlicbread rated it
April 25, 2017
Status: c128
This novel really deserves more readers, it is simply breathtaking! I couldn't stop reading this at all.

To be fair, I am very interested in history, military, politics and war stuff so this novel naturally fits perfectly. For people that do not like such a genre, then perhaps this is not for you or else you will get bored by information. Also, those people that prefers epic fight scenes with magic and all, then maybe this novel is not for you (although it does contain a tiny amount of that).

I love... more>> this kind of genuinely genius MC because they truly use their mind, to scheme and so on. Those who like intelligent, china history, military warfare, battle of wits kinda stuff should definitely read this.

Lastly, the translator is simply amazing, the quality is superb. Thank you translator! And thank you author for delivering such a masterpiece. <<less
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