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 The_Crimson_Moon rated it
September 13, 2022
Status: c167
I love all of the author's works and The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort is no different. This story is wonderfully written and the translation is absolutely amazing! If you're a fan of the author's other works (e.g. The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage or Marriage of the Di Daughter for example) you should definitely try this one as you will very likely enjoy it as well :) If you have not read the author's other works 1) you definitely should 2) you will enjoy this if... more>> you like scheming female leads, reincarnation, SWEET SWEET revenge and slow-burn romance! <<less
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New Adelina92
September 6, 2022
Status: Completed
It's quite long but I enjoyed reading it.

Not exceptional but still good. 👍 Love all the characters.. Both the Protagonists and antagonist 😘
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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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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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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 tr*sh, the entire family is tr*sh, 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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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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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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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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honingzoet rated it
June 8, 2020
Status: --
I'm very sure that princess wei yang copied this book because there are loads of stark similarities. Im also appalled that she hasn't gone insane or at least picked up ptsd/another mental illness. There's no way she came out of her past life unscathed. Other than that, it's p good so far

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the male lead stood up for the villain. B*tch HUH???? My mans xie jing xing would NEVER even have the thought of doing such a thing. And the 2nd ML is a p*ssy with no balls ???


im also really not ok how they describe the 10 year old FL as alluring and seductive; like the hoe is TEN. Let her LIVE. Id honestly give this a 4.1/5 but idk how to change my rating <<less
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s1003 rated it
June 1, 2020
Status: Completed
Really enjoyed reading this novel, even more so than The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage. The relationship between JR and our ML is very well developed. It starts off relatively slow, with him being intrigued and suspicious of her and her disliking him because she thought he was helping her white lotus sister, but I really enjoyed this premise instead of the usual he fell in love with her because she's so different from other girls. It's also nice to see he isn't interested in her right... more>> from the beginning, because she's too young. Halleujah.

After the time skip, the two slowly start to develop a romantic relationship. I like how it takes ML a while to recognize their feelings, because he has no experience and how his steward acts as a matchmaker. Makes for great comedy material. While it was frustrating that JR initially closed herself off and refused to accept the ML's feelings, I feel like it's a very reasonable thing for her to do. It's nice to see her slowly open up to ML and accept their relationship, especially after they get married.


I really enjoyed the fact that he guessed she had been reborn, but didn't want to push her to tell her secrets. He understood it was a barrier between them, but instead of confronting her about it, he decides to wait patiently for the day she opens up to him. It really shows the love and respect he has for her. When JR finally does tell him, it makes it all the more meaningful! You can really see how she has chosen to accept him and his love in this life and how much she has come to trust him.


The revenge / face-slapping of this novel is also very satisfying. Based on how her family treated her in her previous life, and how terrible they are in this life, they definitely deserve whatever happens to them.

I do agree the last arc of the story is a bit slow though.

Overall, very enjoyable rebirth/revenge story. The translation is great. Definitely recommend! <<less
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DaBrick rated it
November 10, 2019
Status: Completed
This novel is probably one of the best reborn-revenge story. MC is so calm and deep minded at planning that somehow cause me to awe.

MC always have her revenge as the final goal and always only look at that goal. She is not the typical falling in love at first sight with ML. The same also apply to ML too.

The love that is shown between the MC and ML after they get together is so deep that it's really touching. It's the kind of love where you will trust the... more>> other even if everyone is questioning his/her decisions, always be each other pillar of support. Especially ML way of loving MC.

ML is always prorated as cold and unfeeling, but actually his heart is the warmest in the story, not only to MC but also to others he loves dearly. While MC is always portrayed as smiling and warm to others, her heart is the coldest because her heart already frozen in the first life.

That's why ML love is like a boiling water pouring to MC coldest heart. Their love is warm and steamy making my the bystander heart also melts :)

Personally, I love how in this novel everything have karma, those who does good will be rewarded and those who does bad will have their retribution. There's no grey area.

MTL is easy <<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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pephem rated it
January 2, 2022
Status: c128
Li An is like the character the protagonist of a BL novel transmigrates into.

Yeah, he's a villain, and his relatives inarguably deserve to die horribly, but isn't his ending a BIT extreme? And why is the revenge so focused on him instead of his shitbag father?

I swear, someone needs to take over this guy's life and have a dog-blooded romance with, like, the FL's brother or something. BRB writing a fanfic I friggin' guess.
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ak4hoshi rated it
April 6, 2021
Status: Completed
Honestly, one of the best I've ever read of ancient time and so. Though I haven't read that much neither. (This review is more about me opposing to some comments I've seen here)

I love how this author always have surprises hidden here and there, how her characters are so humane. Jiang Ruan saw her son be s*xually abused, after she herself was deprived of all but her eyes. Her family was ripped off and not even one trance of her existence remained after besides being a 'temptress who ruined... more>> a country'.

Then she returns to some years before her torment begun, and from them on she takes revenge. I think it's nice to highlight this as she take revenge not just for herself, as it happens in that overrated The Villainess Turns the Hourglass, but she does for all of them, not just her enemies, she put on for all that hurt her beloved ones also. With that being said, as much as the novel gives emphasis on her viciousness, it's certainly true, but she's not one without a heart. She can see her true family, and even if she can't show affection so openly, it can be seen as she protects the Zhao family in every turn and mostly how she cares for her brother. Somebody said that Xuan Li is portrayed as the ultimate enemy, and honestly I don't see this way. There's a mention in the novel that goes somewhat like this: 'Jiang Ruan recalled the person she hated the most is not Xuan Li, but Jiang Su Su, who drove her to misery, however he's also in the wrong, he shouldn't have given her hope, thinking she caught a life-saving straw, when he actually would just push her off.' Xuan Li is not the ultimate enemy, he's the ultimate scumbag, a tremendous a**hole.

Also seen people taking pity of Jiang Su Su cruel ending. However, I will kindly remind you of what she has done, as we, humans, are forgetful. She put a few years old young boy, Xuan Pei, to be r*ped in front of his foster mother, Jiang Ruan, he was around ten years old. She made sure Jiang Ruan would never be able to lift a finger while she just watched this behold before her eyes, as she didn't have arms not legs, not even a tongue to shout justice. She drank blood of the fetus her mother aborted, to keep her beautiful face. This is only in the prologue and something that marked me while I've read it. I do agree that r*pe in most chinese novels are taken lightly, however, if a person put my child to be r*ped in front of me and had partaken in killing all my family, I truthfully wouldn't give a f*ck to righteousness. (I've read her ending in MTL).

All the political relationships in this novel are pretty clear if you actually pay attention to what you're reading. There's power struggles and smart machinations all over this novel, and it's truly another good work of Quan Sha. Recommend it if you're looking for an actual revenge story that has the meticulous art of plotting, traping and subduing those who once caused great harm to oneself. Also, the TL is really really good, also deserve praise for the hard work.

If I have complains it would be that how Jiang Ruan is seen in a rather 'obscene' way when she's around ten of age, described as 'enchanting, enticing, flirty' and such. Makes me try to ignore her actual age at every mention of such adjectives. And also, it dragged the last arc for so looooong, I really missed Xiao Shao and Jiang Ruan interactions. And of her works this is the one I like the least. Being Malicious Empress of course the first, Star General, Di Daughter and then this one. Malicious Empress has so many likeable characters and Shen Miao and XJX alone are my favorite cp in all the novels. Star General is the lightest of all the stories, and is less politics and more martial arts, army training, generals and so, it's not a light read completely, but definitely not as heavy as this one, the plot was also organized and steady. Di Daughter has a heroine that's really a kind soul in the path of revenge, and we can see that even though she was still there seeking revenge, her kindhearted and sweet-tempered self was hard to conceal in this novel. Therefore, this one it's still a very good novel, and I recommend reading it first, then head to the three above if you want some similar novels. <<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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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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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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hobbes rated it
November 18, 2021
Status: Completed
My rating - 4.5

I love the works of this author. I have read all of them and I loved every single one. But I am not a little happy about this novel's last arc. That is why my rating will be 4.5 for this.

As many other reviews say, this is more bloody. But given what the FL went through in her first life I dont blame her. Its amazing that she even had a little bit of heart left in her to the love the ML. Her past is way... more>> too tragic. I loved the ML. He has a very different personality compared to ML of the other novels of the same author. I really loved the book until the last arc.

I love spoilers very much. So I am going to leave a lot of them to the ones who want it. Enjoy.

Spoilers for last arc


All through the novel she is shown as a very smart person and who can plan everything carefully. But the last arc planning was really s*upid. She sets up herself as a bait and gets kidnapped voluntarily. I felt this was really s*upid. Even if she knew that they wont harm her, it felt really s*upid to me as you never know what could go wrong. She doesn't even discuss this with her brother or husband. And she gets to know she is pregnant when she is kidnapped and she has to keep her baby safe too. (Face palm) Where did the super cool FL as she was in the beginning go? She will be gone for 8 to 9 months and the ML and her brother will be searching for her like crazy. They get news that the FL was burnt down in a house, but the ML never gives up and keeps searching for her. It feels really bad to see them suffer. She was not safe, nor her baby. Her whole planning was off. There were a lot of different things she could have done to take them down, this move was really s*upid.


The Jiang family and their ending


All were f*cked up and they got what they deserved. She never kills anyone by hand. Some kill themselves while some people their own family for benefits. Her mother will be poisoned and killed so she will raise this in the court and gets her father convicted too.

FL stepmother - She tries to frame the FL as a cursed fate and send her to a far away village again. But the FL will of course play her. They will find some other guys clothes in her room and she would make it look like she is having an affair. She will be locked up in a shed and later sent to a far off place where she will receive even worse treatment then what the FL received in the beginning and her own son will kill her as she is a stumbling block to his career.

FL second stepsister - The main villain. Some of her schemes fire back and all her glory comes down. Later she also starts practicing some kind of art to keep her beauty so she will be drinking blood and other gross stuff. Later will be r*ped by some bandits and when she is found, her brother will kill her for the same reason as his mother, for his career.

FL second brother - selfish jerk. Kills his own mother and sister. He was caught up in a case and beheaded.

FL third stepsister - very annoying. She hates the FL because she is beautiful and wants to stand above her. She gets married but her life will be hard as one of her plan backfires and she commits suicide.

FL fourth stepsister - I really hate her. She behaves as a very timid girl in front of everyone while she will be the most scheming one. She will be brought up by the mother of the FL but she will poison her and the FL when she was still a kid. Ungrateful. Later she enters the palace as concubine and schemes a lot against the FL. Later gets caught having affair with a prince and is killed. Her death is bloody.

FL grandmother - I dont like her. She doesn't hurt the FL but she doesn't protect her either. She will know everything as to how her mother was killed and all schemes of the FL stepmother but she doesn't nothing to stop her. But when the FL and her brother keep getting higher status she asks them to take of her sisters and brothers. I really hated that. They have hurt and tried to kill them so many times, how can she say that to them? She will be killed by her own servant as part of a scheme to frame the FL.

FL father - best punishment for him to see his whole family dying one by one. I really dont understand him. He will be hating the mother of FL. This I can accept as the mother falls in love with him and marries him and he wont be able to oppose as she comes from a higher family. Her mother was wrong in this. He will hate her and her children very much. That is why no matter what the FL and her brother becomes and it may bring glory to his family, he will never like them. Hating her mother I can accept. But hurting the innocent children doesn't make any sense. Anyways he is convicted and later beheaded.

Concubine of FL father - She will be from a brothel and she helps the FL in the beginning and the FL also helps her. Later she betrays the FL and it backfires her. She kills herself in the end.


FL's brother


She will save him in this life. Their relation will be strong and he will also become a super cool general in the end. He also falls in love with a friend of the FL. She would have gone to the enemy camp to free him when he will be captured by the enemies. She will do that to pay him back as he would have saved her life once. She will be from a military family and she is pretty cool too.


The Villains


The eighth prince who used her in the last life. For me, this guy was not the most villainous character, for me the most vile was the FL sister. What she did to the FL in the last life is really scary. I felt she should have suffered some more. I was not happy with the ending of the 8th prince. He will actually remember everything in the end and die while saving the children of the FL. The whole novel is about the FL trying to bring him down and the his ending was a little bland for me.

The princess of the enemy country. Wow.. She was a totally f*cked up person living in her own world. If it were in our current world, she would definitely be locked up in a hospital and never let out for the safety of others. How many she would have killed in the name of the love is crazy. And worst part is that its all in her head, the person she loves never loves her back. So she destroys him, his wife and she will want to kill their son too. She wont know who he is as his identity will be unknown hence she will be living by another identity in the capital. As you can guess, the child is the ML. She would have waited all these years to kill him and then later tries to kill his twin children and that is when the 8th prince comes and saves them and die in their stead. She will kill herself in the end.

The saint of the enemy kingdom. She is crazy too. She will be in love with the ML and of course he wont like her so she will want to destroy him and she is very cunning and cruel and kills a lot of people too. She is the one who captures the brother of the FL and torture him. She tries to destroy the relation between the FL and ML after they are married and they get to know and scheme her back. She is later killed by the 8th prince. She died too easy. She should have suffered, she kills a lot of people.


Final winner of the throne.


This will be the stepson of the FL in the last life. Xuan Pier. He will be thirteenth prince and will be totally ignored in the palace and in her last life the emperor would have left him in her care as they both wont have anyone and she will love him like a mother. They will r*pe and kill him in front of the FL in her last life. In this life, she supports him and becomes the king in the end. He will be reborn too and have memories of their previous life. He will still call her as mother in their current life.

All princes except the crown prince die and the emperor also dies. The crown prince will be hurt badly so even though his life will saved, he wont have the right for throne. This was good because I kind of liked him. He was not a scheming person, he character was not good for a emperor, but I felt he was a good person. I am glad that he lived at the end.


FL family in current lifetime


She will save her brother and they will be close. She will also save the family of the FL mothers family. They will be from a military generals family. They accept her and she gets their support too. The son of the FL of last life becomes the king as I have explained in the spoilers above and he will also be supporting her and her family. In the end, they also have a pair of twins, a boy and a girl.


MAJOR SPOILERS. Came as shock to me.

  1. A maid of the FL who will have grown up with her and very close to the FL will be a traitor and she is the one who poisons the FL.
  2. the crazy queen of the enemy country will be hiding her identity and living in the capital as a concubine of the FL father. She will be the most unfavoured concubine in her own FL house.
ML past and identity


The ML will be the son of the previous king. The current emperor will be his uncle. The father of the ML will be in love with the ML mother so they get married and have a son. Later he will become the king, When the enemy country attacks, they propose a marriage alliance. But the ML will reject it. But everyone convinces him in the end. But when the queen comes she will fall in love with him and state that she doesn't want any other women next to him, so it will be only her. Her character will be f*cked up and the ML will hate her and rejects her. She comes to know that the ML father loves his mother. She kills the mother and tries to kill the child too. The ML father cant take it anymore so he goes to war with their country and he takes his son along with him. The story will be that the king and his son were killed. But only the king would have died and the son would be saved and he is raised secretly in the capital. The duke will be friends with his father and mother so he will agree to raise the ML as their son. The kings brother becomes the king and he also protects his identity.

The king will be liking his brother very much so he will like his son too. The ML will be very talented too so he will want him to succeed his as a king, but the ML wont be interested. The king tries to force him in a lot of things and imposes his ideals on him. I dont really like him. He will not want the ML to marry the FL also. But the ML never wavers and always sticks to his decision and stands by her. The king while dying also will leave a imperial edict saying the ML should become the king. But FL and ML will steal the imperial edict and destroy it and forge another one saying the 13th prince will be the king.

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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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timefigment rated it
May 11, 2021
Status: c91
A barely passable novel if you're bored or don't have anything else to read.

MC died an unjust death by every single person whom she thought cared for, and decided to live again for vengeance.

Started kinda slow for the face slapping, as MC first rebirthed back when she was still in the countryside. The real people to get revenge on was in the capital. Took about 30+ ch to reach the fun revenge part. It did get quite boring before that.

As for the revenge part, it started fun and satisfying, but... more>> gets redundant quickly as everything just went completely to mc's way. No stumbling block or whatever. It's basically: villains plotting, MC countered, villains suffering, repeat. Some of it got uncovered in a single ch lol. Also, I find the MC relies soooo much on her last life's memory for revenge, and it's like she NEVER forgot a single thing. Like, is that even possible? Plus, the villains schemes got uncovered so easily. Either she relies on last life's memory, or her maid (and yiniang) told her of their schemes. However, there are some that I still enjoyed. Mainly the scheme against her brother and the one in the cliff. I also find the author's writing can be quite cringe with all the flowery words describing mc's beauty. Once or twice is fine, but damn, there's a lot of them. (This is a style in all of author's works) Then, there's also the way author info dump you with a lot of things. Either description of mc's every single outfit, a sudden explanation of mc's knowledge from past life that enables her to do her scheme now.

As for romance, it's basically non-existing for now. Both MC and ML doesn't trust each other. ML is also highly suspicious of MC. But they do have the same enemy, so they kinda get tied up in several things.

Despite all that, if you're just looking for a ton of face slapping and isn't a picky reader, this can be quite satisfying. The overdramatic description can also just be skimmed through. <<less
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ricachuu rated it
May 2, 2021
Status: Completed
It's def one of the novels with the best scheming female lead!!! Like a lot of times you would be so confused with what's happening and then it turns out that FL planned everything to happen like so.

FL during her first life was very positive and very trusting of a lot of people, aside from being timid. She was just like her mom and she was fooled into becoming into a scumbag prince's tool for power when she fell for him. Unfortunately, her life ended in a tragic way along... more>> with her adopted son (ngl definitely was one of the worst ways for a FL/MC to die that I've ever read in a novel). After returning back to her childhood, she planned her revenge step-by-step and her cunning nature came from the years of spending life in the imperial harem and the teachings of the scumbag prince. She was independent, confident and vibrant and she made sure she did things perfectly this time and that her enemies would get their rightful retribution. Despite slowly achieving her revenge, she wasn't happy at all. She never intended on falling in love again and even marrying until after getting close to ML.

ML was the aloof cold-blooded killer and leader of Jinyinwang. He was suspicious of FL from the start because of how FL could predict what would happen so no love at first sight. Still during that time he doubted and suspected FL of being a spy or a lackey of the 8th prince, he still helped her inadvertently. He only did one wrong thing that made me feel off at the idea of him being ML at first

when he helped that Susu b*tch on that green jade thingy because his guard told him she (that b*tch) must've been his savior (which was not ofc it was FL and he immediately doubted that Susu was his savior after helping her since her eyes didn't seem like the ones in his memory)

. I realllllyyy wondered after that scene as to how I would learn to accept and love the ML in this novel. With more than 250 chapters worth of plot, ML grew from this silent helper/protector of FL who was clueless as to why he keeps on helping her to this ML who realized his feelings for FL and began to pursue and protect her actively. At first, he was very protective of FL and then he later on respected and allowed FL to do what she plans to do and just waited for FL to ask him for his help. He was a very soft-hearted guy (for FL) on the inside and he also gets really jealous and protective against love rivals lol.

This novel really gave out very intricate plots, extremely satisfying retributions, and lovable supporting characters (especially second MLs

Liu Min, Xia Qing, Gu Yi, and Dasheng


If you're craving for some ancient setting Chinese novels with a lot of scheming in politics, the imperial harem, and a minister's backyard, then read this~ <<less
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