The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort


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Crying blood and tears, she pledged a poisonous vow. The gods did not fail her. She was sent back to a decade ago. The legitimate daughter of Jiang family returned from hell.

Forget it, whatever! Since they already claimed that she was a temptress that wrecked the country, she shall overturn the world into complete chaos starting with her beguiling sister, her malicious stepmother, her cruel lover and her heartless family. Let her end the lives that Yama refused to end.

She was a pawn in her past life. In this life, however, the world was her chess board. With an alluring smile and a charming figure that enchanted the entire nation, the red-clothed woman wrecked chaos among the lands. She was a vengeful spirit from hell, determined to make those who wronged her pay in blood.

“I want those who owe me a life debt to hold their hearts out in front of me. I want those who looked down on me to only be able to admire me. I want Lord Zhong Zi to shiver when he sees me. I want to step on this splendid river and mountains!”

— — —

“You are a temptress and I am a thief.” His robe was as dark as the night and his gaze was as cold as the Northern Star. “A perfect match.”

Her red dress was akin to fire, but her heart was the coldest ice in the winter.

He was stoic in his black robe, yet he was willing to warm her frozen heart.

In this life, the elegant man seemed like a snowy bamboo grove with tall, chilly mountains, walking step by step towards her like an unstoppable force.

“Ruan Ruan, if you hate the world, then I shall conquer the lands with you.”

“What if I love the world?” She asked.

“I am the world, so you can only love me,” he answered.

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New honeybunny55 rated it
September 3, 2019
Status: Completed
3.5/5 stars.

I liked this story. I didn't love it.

This book was written before her more favored novel, The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage, and it shows. This story is far more unpolished compared to Malicious Empress in terms of scheming and tying up loose ends. This story is also definitely more violent and bloody compared to Malicious Empress as well, which personally I don't mind, but other people may be bothered by this. For example:

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At one point, Jiang Ruan's sister Jiang Dan is killed by being crushed (iirc) to death with stone after she tried to scheme against Jiang Ruan but had the situation turned on her for committing 'incest' (she was a concubine of the Emperor) and for 'getting pregnant' by the Fourth Prince (iirc). (She actually wasn't pregnant). She was sentenced to die by stone. Jiang Ruan came and described directly to Jiang Dan what would happen to her, and then watched as this entire thing happened. It's described as being a sight so gruesome even hardened guards ended up getting sick by it, but Jiang Ruan just calmly watched it like nothing was going on. She then has her sister skinned, and has that skin sent to her biological father, Jiang Quan, who was sitting in prison, to affect his mental health.


Anyways MC's father is literal trash, the entire family is trash, and it was incredibly satisfying watching them get dealt with. This story reminds me somewhat of Divine Doctor: Daughter of the First Wife (Shen Yi Di Nv) in that her enemy is also her own biological father and her Jiang family. The only difference is she doesn't have the Emperor on her side to help her out.

That being said, the story just still wasn't as good as Malicious Empress. Although I admit it was good, I felt as though the second half dragged quite a bit, so I found myself getting a little bored.

I really liked the ML quite a bit, but not as much as I loved XJX from Malicious Empress lol!

That being said, the story is still quite good and I would encourage people to read it. Malicious Empress is better though, and I find the characters in that story are more lovable. Still though this story is pretty good. If you haven't read Malicious Empress yet, I'd read this first as it's not as good, and then read Malicious Empress.

Side note, the translators did a great job for this story! <<less
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New Honefuusen rated it
August 31, 2019
Status: c148
Almost carbon copy of rebirth of malicious empress from military lineage. I don't know if this novel is made after empress shen or before, anyway, it's very similar. I liked the ML in this novel. Ruthless ex, trash family, naive loved ones, OP overbearing ML, the usual stuff. The MC way in executing her revenge is more bloody which I like, but she harmed herself too much and often leave loose ends. At least until the part I read. I have lost interest, so I dropped it until here.

Anyway, if... more>> you've read rebirth of empress Shen then you might like this one as well. MC n ML relationship is more romantic in this novel, and I like their dynamic better. All in all, I like this one better, but since I've read rebirth of empress Shen, the intrigue I felt from the story doesn't really offer much.

The translation by Meraki is really good. And they add a lot of notes to help better understand the context. It might be slow update to some people but considering the length of each chapter, I think it's reasonable. <<less
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Kiriyakl rated it
January 22, 2018
Status: Completed
This is my most favourite Chinese novel! The feamale lead has come back in her early ege the the story begin. She plans and destroy her enermies by using her last life memory. Half sister, stepmother and the Jiang family, She steps on them one by one until the last person... her ex husband in last life, they all defeat with the male lead help.

The story was very excited and worth to read!
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xiaomeimei rated it
April 9, 2018
Status: --
I love this author! If you haven't already read it, you should read her other novel, "The Rebirth of he Malicious Empress of Military Lineage". I am reading and liking this so far as I wait for translated chapters.

Does anyone have the link to the raws for this novel? I am ready to MTL this, too! :D I appreciate anyone that does!
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March 17, 2018
Status: c139
A good story of revenge. One thing I find a bit unbearable is how many people in this novel describe the FL to be vicious and ruthless person. I mean she just retaliates whatever plot or scheme that was thrown to her and never the first to provoke. Yet, when the scheme bite back to them, they scold the FL to be a demon and never think they are the wrong's one. Plus, many antagonists have unjust hate toward FL and retaliate just because of envy or some other ridiculous... more>> reason. It's like the whole world is against her minus a few people who actually like her which I find quite exhauted features in many novels. <<less
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c888 rated it
February 21, 2018
Status: Completed
I google translated and read this since I loved the other novel this author wrote which I believe is the rebirth of the malicious empress from the military lineage. And yes it is another rebirth novel I really enjoy this genre. I had high expectations and the story did not disappoint but I felt like the latter half dragged a bit. Overall, a really enjoyable read.
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NatsuK rated it
March 1, 2019
Status: c44
I have high expectations out of this novel since it's written by the same author of TRMEML and so far I am not disappointed.

Obviously there are similarities between Ruan'er and Jiao Jiao. Both have slower pace romance and are very strong that they can carry themselves without the need to be a damsel in distress but this one is even more brutal. First chapter had me go "woah dark!" and while I pride myself for having the stomach to read or watch gruesome stuff, I still reeled myself when I've... more>> read the details of what Ruan'er went through. I'm very excited to know what schemes and revenge she has in store for her Jiang family and the rest.

I'd give this 10 stars. The other 5 goes to the translators and editors who did a marvelous job. They really and truly know what they're doing. They've managed to translate the novel with great attention to detail. Not only their English is impeccable but they also know how to arrange their translation without making the sentences look awkward. The translation look professional in my opinion plus they go the extra mile by adding pictures to add more reading experience. I hope by the time they finish this story, they move on to another one which I will surely read. <<less
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dancebaby rated it
July 23, 2019
Status: Completed
It's the middle of the night. I JUST finished this novel, and came here to gush!

I read this author's works a bit out of order, starting with Malicious Empress, followed by Di Daughter, then lastly this one. Honestly she ranks as one of my favorite authors. No one writes historical plotting / scheming quite the same! I love that she respects the intelligence of the reader and her stories are always tightly written - always moving along quickly and thrillingly.

Originally I hesitated diving into this due to some reviews that... more>> mentioned the below points, but I ended up being very pleasantly surprised:

    1. A draggy last arc. It ended up being all good. Admittedly, for all her strengths I've noticed this author is not the best at writing endings. However, if I have to pick, the ending here was my favorite out of all 3 works. Way less contrived than the others and kept my interest all the way to the very end.
    1. Less romantic vs. Malicious Empress. NOT SO! This actually surprised me quite a bit. I thought the romance here was even more romantic and evident than Malicious Empress! Romance fans - here's a PSA for you. The relationship gets established relatively early on, giving us readers plenty of sweet and cute romantic scenes ;)
    1. More brutal / bloody vs. Malicious Empress. Well, this I have to agree with - the author really pulled all the stops and didn't hesitate to write some shocking scenes in this one. Seems like she toned it down in her later works to not trigger any sensitive readers. Even so, it's not too bad (the writing moves along quickly) and just adds imagery to the story. I tend to avoid gratuitous violence / bloodiness like the plague, and yet wasn't too bothered.
Something about the past life ex (that MC seeks revenge upon) which I thought was interesting, and no one's mentioned in reviews yet. (Somewhat huge spoiler, beware!)


I feel like I've missed something, but somehow I never thought the ex was THAT evil towards the MC. Sure, he was not an angel or pure kind soul by any means, but he also didn't directly kill the MC. At most he was indifferent, uncaring and ungrateful, and used our MC's love for his own gain - he was a bad person, but not evil evil, you know - the kind that are super maliciously evil. That made it more difficult for me to understand the writing of the author which framed him a bit as the "ultimate evil enemy" that needed to be defeated. At the very very end, he also redeems himself somewhat which made it harder to hate him thoroughly and feel satisfied by his ending. IMO, the sister who on her own cruelly killed MC in the most degrading and inhumane way possible deserved a bit more of a struggle, but she was wiped out pretty quickly early on (and with ease).


Malicious Empress has held the #1 spot in my heart for so long I didn't think anything could meet that standard, but unexpectedly Rebirth has managed to become a solid tie. One of my all time favorites - a perfect balance between relentless cold revenge and sweet sweet romance.

Also shoutout to the translators who have done an amazing job with the translations to date - really incredible translation quality. Thanks for sharing with us grateful readers! <<less
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emmyazzy rated it
September 1, 2018
Status: Completed
This story is rather similar to The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage (TRMEML) in a sense of the story progression and a bit of how the romance progress. However, there is very obvious difference. TRMEML is much more lighter in the plot compared to this book. This book’s plot is very heavy and there is lesser romance with more scheming and enemies.

The progress of the romance of this book is rather similar to TRMEML where they don’t trust each other at first. However, the difference is that... more>> the male lead is rather attracted to the female lead earlier on the book. Both books are rather sweet in the romance.

The female lead in this book is rather vicious and confident. Her main goal is to get revenge on all of the people who made her suffer. And the list of enemies are rather long and much longer than TRMEML. As readers, we can feel her desperation and sadness through her actions and thoughts. Since unlike TRMEML, she has a vicious and uncaring family members. She does not receive any care and love other than from the male lead and her maternal family.

The male lead however is rather mysterious throughout the book. He helps the female lead whenever he knows she needs help willingly. That is also why the female lead slowly trust in him. He is very understanding to the female lead and is willing to sacrifice for her as well. The male lead is also described to do things very efficiently.

The plot on the revenge part of the novel contains tackling many enemies that just keeps trying to make use of the female lead or just to prevent the eighth prince success in what he plans to do. To me, I think all of the antagonist deserves the revenge since they just plans to use her as a stepping stone for their progression in better success.

The translation of the novel is great and accurate.

In conclusion, this novel contains a lot of scheming and how the female lead tackles on it. It shows a bit of the romance of the female lead and male lead and the romance of the side characters. However, it is rather little compared to TRMEML. I found this novel a little too heavy and I would prefer TRMEML instead. <<less
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Milk Tea rated it
February 16, 2019
Status: Completed
Great rebirth/second novel. It is written by the same author as "The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage" so there definitely are some similarities between the two books... especially in the way the 2 male leads' appearances are described lol.

I would give this book:

4.5/5 for plot (last arc gets a little convoluted with secret identities, political plotting, and relationship "issues", other than that, it's great)

... more>> 4/5 for characters

5/5 for writing

4/5 for romance

5/5 for overall enjoyment

Jiang Ruan (MC of this novel) is different than Shen Miao, the MC from Military Empress, in that she focusses more on actively getting revenge as since she suffered a lot more in her past life (in my opinion) than Shen Miao. There is a lot of satisfying revenge in this book and the villains aren't all super cliche, like a lot of the ones you find in other Chinese web-novels (ie. white lotuses). Be warned though that this novel does get a little intense on describing torture/revenge/past life scenes, so I would definitely advise for you to skip over those scenes if you're faint of heart.

The romance is decent in this book, but the Male Lead isn't really that present for the first half of the story. Off the top of my head, I remember 3 instances that he had significant interactions with the MC in the first half. I guess this is kinda good because it's established that the MC doesn't have to rely on the ML and that she's strong/smart in her own way, but I wish there had been a bit more progression between the two.

The translators are also doing a great job in capturing the meaning of the original text.

Overall, I highly recommend this novel if you like satisfying revenge, a smart female protagonist, and rebirth novels. <<less
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dona rated it
April 13, 2019
Status: c47
Honestly it´s not bad. I´m sure I would´ve enjoyed this type of plot more had I not read The rebirth of the malicious empress of military lineage beforehand. I suppose I´ve read too many novels with this type of plot about rebirth, given a second chance, revenge, ancient china setting, all-powerful ML, enemies etc so I´m no longer as intrigued as before.

I skipped over a couple chapters, skim through each page but I kept feeling bored since this story is so similar to the author´s previous work. Honestly I... more>> wish the author had written something different. It feels like it´s just dragging on following a template. Nothing fresh or original. But you´re new to NU and haven´t read novels many with this plot then you should definitely give this a read. <<less
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autumnscarf rated it
August 29, 2018
Status: Completed
This novel has less romance and more politics than Military Lineage. I personally like this story better as the various characters' positions are more fleshed out than in Military Lineage. However, this story has several arcs which drag on a bit, especially toward the end of the story, and the ending seemed fairly rushed and unsatisfying to me. I was skipping a lot of passages in the last portion of the story.

MC Jiang Ruan is much more calculating and coldhearted than Military Lineage's Shen Miao, and much better at holding... more>> her own because of it. However, comeuppance for a lot of MC's main enemies (pretty much her entire immediate family) tends to be somewhat lackluster. If you're looking for a rebirth revenge plot, this is okay but The Princess Wei Yang does revenge better.

ML's position in this story is much better explained than in Military Lineage and his reasons for running into the MC are less contrived. This is one of the reasons I like this story better. However, there's less of a romantic chase, so for people who enjoy stories where the ML goes to the end of the world for the MC, Military Lineage is probably better. This ML takes a definite back seat to the MC. <<less
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Riptide01 rated it
April 18, 2018
Status: c16 part2
Very similar to the"Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage" (Obviously) except the MC's life/death before rebirth is even more gruesome and gory. Honestly, it's almost like the NC-17 version with a few differences here and there but still has its own distinctive deviations that keep it refreshing. Right now the story hasn't been developed that much yet nor has it gotten to the real juicy parts, but I can see the potential in this one. I recommend giving this one a read if you're as addicted to the... more>> "revenge/rebirth" genres as I am. <<less
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February 14, 2018
Status: --
Im expecting alot from this because my ultimate favorite chinese novel (The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress from the Military Lineage) and this has the same author. Currently waiting for more chapters before I start reading hohoho
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ylial rated it
August 25, 2019
Status: 219
Good story!! It made me cry and laugh, though I preferred the rebirth of malicious empress, because there r more noticeable flaws in this novel. I love the MC x ML pairing, however, I feel bad for the cannon fodders because of the MC's revenge... probably bcoz of heavy grievances.. Well, I just feel bad for the relatives of villains which are implicated...
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acexdeuce rated it
March 10, 2019
Status: c44
Like everyone else said this is similar to Rebirth of the Empress from Military Lineage, nuff said. Other than that, I don't have other comments of the story. Some said it's more darker but ig I have yet to see it like that, since I'm only 44 chapter into the story.

I like the translation. They put images to make us imagine the setting easier, and translate to english completely but still describe the meaning of important terms. I also like how they don't put the description at the end of... more>> the page. <<less
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Bkgksan rated it
February 3, 2019
Status: c42
I am so into rebirth novels that I dream that I will get the chance too! I like the FL, she reminds me of Miao Miao (Shen Miao) from The rebirth of the malicious empress. She carefully plans her move. So far, I have no idea who is the ML. But enjoying the story. Meraki translations are awesome as always. They chose good books to translate!
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September 10, 2018
Status: --
From the first chapter you can tell the revenge will be good and complex. Her fate in the first life was worse than Shen Mao of RMEML, I was really shocked. The antagonists are a bit sadistic IMO. I look forward to seeing her enforce justice and keep around at least a few people who cherish her, her life was truly pitiful.
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sukiyuki08 rated it
August 23, 2018
Status: c34
i just notice the author are the same with the "the rebirth of the malicious empress of military lineage".... and when I know I was like... no wonder the plot are so well written since it is from the author of my favorite novel...

i like the kind of rebirth story and revenge, however, I like the protagonist are still human being, not someone who has heaven defying talent etc...

Note that the protagonist in this story, being so witted are not heaven defying talent, rather it is from constant tortures and... more>> scheme after scheme that make her understand how cruel her world is, , , so being reborn in early age but with the memory intact from previous life, guess it's normal....

Anyway, I just love this story~ <<less
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Charlottexx rated it
July 14, 2019
Status: c52
I am a fan of The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage, therefore I explored the author's other works and so far this does not disappoint. The story of this is also revenge driven except our female protagonist (Jiang Ruan) this time is even more pitiful then Shen Miao because [not really a spoiler since you figure it out within the first 3 chaps, but just in case]

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she was not only NOT loved by her family but used by her father as a stepping stone to her shu sister's path. She was turned into a human swine!!!


For me, this novel's beginning was already a lot more violent, and although the revenge trope is also being used here, I find that it also differs greatly from Shen Miao's story because Jiang Ruan's personality is very different. She is a lot more lively, direct, and not as suspicious in nature. I think this is due to the fact that not only does she want revenge, but because she treasures her life much more then Shen Miao. She not only wants to get revenge, but to live her life well. Her first encounter with the ML was absolutely hilarious! Her methods are also different because unlike Shen Miao, she has no backing, or power to help fulfill her revenge.


She dragged a bunch of guys who tried to assassinate her to him and basically said since they have already seen you, you might as well help me kill them too, which he did btw LOL. Second time they met, he wanted something she found, ans she just chucked it at him and basically said "here take it" and then proceeds to tell him all about where he can find more weaknesses of a certain someone (that she also treats as an enemy)


Lastly, the translation is fantastic! You can find explanations of many terminologies of unfamiliar idioms at the end of each translation, and each chapter has little to no grammatical and spelling errors. My only complaint is that I wished the schedule is a lot more frequent. I would say wait for more chapters until you read more because I'm literally dying of curiosity. <<less
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Deereads92 rated it
July 9, 2019
Status: c52
This is a captivating novel and draws you in as you read each chapter. I could not put it down. It has a good plot and the main female lead is likable. You can sympathize with her character a lot. She went through really horrible things, so much so that it makes you want to see her succeed. I can't wait to meet more of the male lead and see how he ties into the story with her.
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Beccablue rated it
June 30, 2019
Status: c52
This is well paced and has enough intrigue to keep you interested while not being overly dramatic. The MC is focused and steadfast and methodical.

Am interested to see what happens next.
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