The Job of an Imperial Concubine


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To pass as an imperial concubine, one must be professional.

Actually, the profession of an imperial concubine is pretty good. The emperor will accompany you in eating and drinking, and even pay you for it. What’s not good about that?

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New tedy2004 rated it
June 9, 2020
Status: c21
I'm sorry, but this is not my cup of tea. I admire that she didn't fall in love with ML but couldn't she have run away?, I know it would be hard... without the s*upid favor because then she would have been mistreated by the servants.

Still, I will never understand and never want to understand how She... from modern society who had morals of a relationship only with a man and a woman only, willingly slept with a man who beds with so many women rather than go away from... more>> that nightmare place...

I am willing to read novels of Ancient China or any other eras only if there are no bed scenes in it. I guess the most thing I'm disappointed at the novel is that there are bed scenes in the novel which it's my fault for still reading the novel if it has the tag Josei. Everyone has its own liking... <<less
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Stop staring at my username rated it
July 9, 2019
Status: Completed
I think that this is very much what To be a virtuous wife would be if the two leads did not meet at the right time.

Quoting Jiang Yongyu in TBAVW:

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"The Empress, she's the right person that he met at the right time. This is probably what is called fate."

If they had met later, like if the Emperor had already ascended the throne, then the Empress would, at maximum, become the Emperor's most favored woman but not his only one. She, herself, would not become Heng fei, but one of the many feipin the Emperor would have forgotten. She may not have even gotten the rank of a guipin.


because they met when the Feng Jin was already emperor for close to 10 years, it was unfortunate but


Up to the very end, Zhuang Luoyan was never Feng Jin's only woman and he never loved her the way He Heng was devoted to Qingju. It is also because of this that Zhuang Luoyan never truly loved Feng Jin.


The difference between He Heng and Feng Jin was that


He Heng knew Qingju hadn't given her full heart to him and he also knew why - she didn't have the assurance that he will only love her and protect her, so for self-protection and to survive, she couldn't give her full heart. It was his persistence that won her over, he showed her through his actions that she could trust him. Feng Jin couldn't give Luoyan that same security - she wasn't his only woman and he didn't love her as deeply. This meant that she was in constant danger of losing the emperor's favour no matter how slim the chance was. I was glad that she never fell in love because if she did, she could never see things as clearly which was really needed in this novel because the emperor was not above using her to maintain the power balance. Also, because she never loved, she wasn't hurt - Some of Feng Jin's actions were, although understandable as an emperor, disappointing as a man/ lover because he simply did not love deeply enough. Also, unlike He Heng, until the end, Feng Jin never knew that Luoyan didn't love him. He really thought that she truly loved him and like one concubine said at the end, he was pitiful, really pitiful because he couldn't even see through Luoyan's fake affections.


Parts I didn't like:


Tbh, Feng Jin's indifference to his children made him a really tr*sh absent father. He already had a bunch of kids when Luoyan transmigrated over. I don't remember the princesses ever being mentioned and he wasn't concerned about his princes either, I imagine them only seeing him during events or when they caused trouble. If Luoyan's son wasn't a genius and the other princes not as capable, Feng Jin would be like those tr*shy emperors in other novels only doting on his favourite consort's son. (Although I think Feng Jin is too level-headed to make him crown prince if he wasn't the most capable.)



I felt that although I know what kind person Luoyan was - calm, decisive, rational and willing to take risks, I also never really knew who she was. It's like some sort of invisible veil around her? She is a fighter who is very perceptive and understood the emperor's heart. So the way she acted - from pretending to be honest with him (she was taking a gamble), to crying in despair (nothing was wrong at all), being upset that he didn't trust her (she wasn't upset cuz she didn't even love him) etc, was all to gain the emperor's affections or manipulate situations. I think her occasional monologues scolding the emperor and calling the concubines his little wives cute yet at the same time I felt that just like the emperor who will never know her for who she really is, I wouldn't know what she really is like with her guard down and what she's actually feeling when not acting (although I think we all know her better than the emperor lol).


This novel is more realistic than TBAVW and it is interesting to see how a beautiful woman (who isn't the prettiest) without talent in the four arts could rise in ranks and dominate from understanding the workings of the harem and the emperor's heart. Honestly her life is really tiring, constantly acting and being cautious, but she didn't have a choice. Feng Jin's life isn't that great either because he not only has to think about the matters in court/ for the country, he also has to maintain the power balance in the harem (which would affect the court) by choosing who to favour more and who can give birth... I actually think that why Luoyan could start being be so favoured in the first place is firstly because her family background is clean and not too powerful, secondly she is 'honest' and also gives him a place to let his guard down/ relax.

It's well written but I gave it 4 stars because I go in reading these type of novels hoping that the ML and FL fall in love. (But given the plot, I'm so glad the FL didn't, oh well) <<less
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Honefuusen rated it
December 27, 2019
Status: Completed
The most realistic palace drama novel I've read so far. This novel left a bittersweet aftertaste when you look at the relationship of MC and ML. ML can't love her wholeheartedly because he's the the emperor, the master of the world, and she can't love him honestly because she's a mere concubine in the deep pit that is the imperial harem.

The redemption for both MC and ML is the crown prince I think, because both dedicate themselves so the crown prince won't have the sad childhood the emperor has.

This novel... more>> lived up to the title that is the job of an imperial concubine. MC used her wit to maintain a good life for herself in the harem despite the many schemes made against her by other concubines. This simply tell the story of how MC maneuvered as a concubine, staying within the boundaries, and still win the favor of the emperor. She did not became the only woman of the emperor nor did she became the master of the harem, but she's respected just the same.

I love this author's works because her MC characters are always strong female, not drunk in love nor overly vengeful and abusing the power in their hands. There's always a balance.

I saw many people didn't like this story because the emperor didn't only sleep with MC even until the last chapter, but I think this is also one of the charm of this novel. It is regrettable but sometimes love cannot overcome the situation.

I look forward for more translated chapters <<less
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August 10, 2019
Status: --
Based on the question in the Synopsis, "What’s not good about that?"

How about "Never being allowed to leave the palace for the rest of your life" or "Never being allowed to see your family again"? The only real use money has is to pay your servants, so they'll continue working for you. You can dress however you want, but hardly anyone will be there to see it. Once the emperor loses interest in you, you'll be abandoned, forgotten, at this point you'll essentially be just a pretty prisoner in a... more>> fancy prison, so expect there to be a lot of conflict between the concubines to remain in the emperor's favor. The job of an imperial concubine is basically to be the emperor's personal live-in courtesan, so it's perfect for a selfish beauty, but really not meant for someone innocent... <<less
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Kurobito rated it
July 6, 2019
Status: Completed
Okay...... I have to revise my opinion for this story. After days of reading this novel raws. I find it's a bit depressing.

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If you ever think the emperor is gonna change his status from a polygamous person to a monogamous person who is only loyal to MC.... No WRONG! That ain't happening. The emperor still sleeps with other females even at the end of the chapter. He only highly favours MC cuz he thinks MC is interesting and feels that if MC ever dies, the harem would be a boring place. He thinks she s*upidly loves him but NOPE. MC is just good in acting that she loves and care for the emperor until the end. In the end, the emperor might have love her but it wasn't declared much. Like you can only see through his action that he cares for MC.

Overall, the story has a lot of mysteries of death, attempted murder on MC but failed in the end. The way the story potrays really is accurate base on the ancient china custom. No Cinderella fairytale story. Personally I feel this story is not as good as to be a virtuous wife.

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mya04 rated it
December 23, 2019
Status: Completed
This is the most realistic historical novel I've ever read and I liked it !!!!

I always wanted to read something like that, I mean when a FL is reborne in encian china and is married how does she adapt to the fact of sharing her husband much so if it's the imperial harem.

It's always pissed me off at how all historical novels have a sigle minded ML who can ignore centuries of traditions and life style for a women. even if a normal or noble man can do it but... more>> an empror who is watched by a bunch of ministers can he still be capable of accomplishing it ???!!

I love the averall feel of the novel, how the FL slowly gasped the key points of the empror preferences and how she instilled the idea of her being in love with him and entering the palace for his sake. I liked how he didn't fall deply for her, I mean he had some affection for her and some guilt so he favore her and protected her but that's it there no blind love...>>> that's so realistic. History teach us that there is many emprors/ kings who had a favorite that they pumpered et promoted to power but there is no one who was totally sigle minded from start to finish.

so averall it's a good read light hearted with some fluff and smuth and harem intrigues. <<less
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DaBrick rated it
February 2, 2020
Status: Completed
I must borrow one quote from author's other novel that I think fully describe this novel.

“The Empress, she’s the right person that he met at the right time. This is probably what is called fate. If they had met later, like if the Emperor had already ascended the throne, then the Empress would, at maximum, become the Emperor’s most favored woman but not his only one."

(To Be a Virtuous Wife)

Almost all of author's work have one thing we all like: mature, independent, strong & smart Female Lead. It's... more>> a satisfying read everytime we see the FL chooses what's good for her and doesn't fell head over heels in love with the Male Lead.

In this novel really maximize that setting.

Yes, this novel is more realistic than the usual one. But this aspect alone makes this one of the unique novels out there.

Usually, people stay because of the romance betweens the two main leads. In this novel, there are a lot of romantic scene, but the foreshadowing in every scene is so great that you feel like you know what will happen in the end but you will still read it. This is what happened to me.

The ending might be dissapointing for many people, but it's the best ending that I could have thought of if The author stayed true to the characters personality.


One thing that I was a little skeptical is the ML POV in the extra.

Like other reviewer said, in the POV, the ML felt bored until he met MC then thought when she's here it's fun.

This kind of personality really deviates from the ML original character! There might be some truth in that but it's only a small part.

What makes this so thrilling to read is that how deep the ML schemes. He meticulously planned things that happened in the novel to come out the way he wanted even if it's not the truth.

That's why when you see he actually believe that FL is in love with him when she's actually not felt so good!!

That's why even thought he's a scheming scum (like what FL said) but he's the only one from author's other novel that actually believe that the FL is in love with him. And fact: he will never get FL heart ever.


It's a great novel overall, totally recommend! <<less
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crimsoniv0j rated it
August 22, 2019
Status: Completed
Yep. 1/5 star.

The base story is quite interesting but the way it was delivered was disappointing.

There was no dept. Meh
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adashoflemonwithlove rated it
July 6, 2019
Status: c121
I'm so glad someone's translating this! Ive always been very fond of Miss Butterfly's works and not to mention this novel is a harem drama that I'm crazy about these days.

It's fun to see how Zhuang Luoyan (transmigrated MC) rose from a low concubine (the previous owner was a brainless big breasted beauty) to the Imperial Concubine and finally gave birth to the Crown Prince.

Kudos to the translator! I hope youll not drop this. Ive only read this in raw and my Chinese was not that good so my understanding... more>> of the novel was not thorough. Id be glad to read this again. <<less
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sagastile rated it
September 21, 2019
Status: c13
I really like how cold and calculative and this just enjoy life character is MC. The Harem, the Emperor and others dont matter. I just enjoy how She/MC is controlling everything.

Cant wait for more. Thank you a lot Translator.
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silent hobby rated it
December 8, 2019
Status: Completed
I loved most of this author's novels. All the main characters are independent, strong personality and smart/wise.

For this story, I also enjoyed it very much. Although there weren't any true love in the story but I could understand and support the MC's principal.

Basically she was trying to have a good live in dangerous harem. She guarded her heart with clear headed reasons and logic.

she didn't fall in love with the emperor because she knew if she gave away her heart, she would live miserably or die early


She just wanna live a peaceful and comfortably.
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Ainslee rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: c46
MTL complete.

The story focused on life in Imperial harem only. There's no politic or intrigue with outside world at all.

Even the romance is shallow, it's easy to get bored reading the story as reader you are allowed to know every character POV.

... more>> ML & FL has affection for each other, they settled their life to the best they allowed to. But it's not a passionate love as they restrained themselves too much since the beginning or perhaps the society or timing when they met was wrong.

Compared to other novels by this author, I'm not fond of this one. <<less
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angel32arwa rated it
January 26, 2020
Status: Completed
as many people have said... its a very realistic palace transmigration drama.i like how she didn't bring in her modern world ideas nor did she fight for his favor, she tried to hook him and let him take the initiative each time.

i like how she didnt fall in love with him nor make herself his only woman. of course there were a few flaws eg the lack of children in the harem despite him sleeping with countless of women. it didn't seem practical as well as to why the MC... more>> only had one son with the emperors and there is literally no existence of any kind of little princess... <<less
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FlufflyLittleRabbit rated it
September 30, 2019
Status: --
The story mainly focused on harem intrigued and how the MC ascended from lower rank concubine to guifei.

This novel is really not perfect and not the most satisfying story especially when it comes to romance.

Compared to the male lead who fell in love with her, the MC only treat the male lead as her boss and she's the employee who's working on his company--if y'know what I mean. On the other hand, the male lead may love her at first without knowing, later chapters, the ML forgotten those concubine and... more>> the new comer.


I'm not really comfortable whenever the ML went to other concubine and have physical relationship! Especially the part where the newly concubine got the favor of him! Shit! I really want to punch him in the face! Here I thought he won't look for another woman since he have feelings for the MC! The only I'm thankful is that our MC doesn't have deep feelings for him.

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November 24, 2019
Status: Completed
This was a pretty good read. I really like the MC. I like how she's not really in love with the emperor because she knows that he has so many other women in the harem. I had to MTL this because I could not wait for the other 100 chapters to be translated.
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Bkgksan rated it
November 21, 2019
Status: c23
I love this kind of slow palace drama. I don’t even care if there is reincarnation as that is not at all the important part of the story. The translator is good. I ended up finding this novel on the translators website when I went there to read story of Yanxi palace.

FL is very realistic. She reminds me of the virtuous wife story. Both don’t completely give up their heart as they don’t trust the emperors love. Not sure how it will end up, but it is very interesting and... more>> the chapters are long. I hope the translator doesn’t stop half way. I am really enjoying the story! <<less
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mochichimchim rated it
October 8, 2019
Status: c15
Honestly this is one of the few novels that excites me quite a lot! It reminds me a little bit of Zhen Huan (from the drama Empresses in the Palace) in her latter years as a Consort. The wits and mindset of the MC is really up to my taste also the ML (I don’t really think he’s a complete ML more like a half ML lol) is not dumb or disgusting which makes the deal a whole lot better. The translator does a wonderful job and has become one... more>> of my favs translator <3 definitely would recommend and will be excitedly expecting the updates ;) <<less
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Honeycomb rated it
September 26, 2019
Status: Completed
MTLed it! That's how much I love this story. It's just sweet and light, watching the MC move up.
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Jeanne_DG rated it
July 8, 2019
Status: Completed
The story is beautiful and satisfying. It ultimately leaves you feeling good.
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