The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage

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Shen Miao, the Di daughter of a military family, was pure, quiet, gentle, and gracious. Because of her foolish love for Prince Ding, she forced her way into becoming his wife.

After six years of assisting her husband, she finally became the mother of the world: The Empress.

She had stayed with him during the fight for dominion over the empire and during the efforts to expand its territory. She even went so far as to put herself in danger and be taken hostage by a neighboring empire. In spite of this, when she returned to the Imperial Palace five years later, she no longer had a place in the Imperial Harem.

That beautiful woman he kept in his embrace gave her a bright, stunning smile and told her, “Older Sister, the country has settled down. It is time for you to step back as well.”

Her daughter died tragically and her son the Crown Prince was deposed. No one in her Shen family, who had been completely loyal to the Emperor, were spared. With arrival of a new reign, everything was overturned!

Shen Miao never thought that all of the perils they encountered as husband and wife, all of the assistance they gave each other mutually, were nothing but a joke in his eyes!

He told her, “Because you have been with this Emperor for more than two decades, this Emperor will allow you to keep an intact corpse. You should be grateful for this kindness.”

Beneath a meter of white silk, Shen Miao established a malicious oath: Once the day of reckoning arrives, every single one of you will die!

Once reborn, she returns to the year when she was only fourteen years old, a time when tragedy has not yet befallen, when her family still lived, and when she was still the pure, quiet, gentle, and gracious Di daughter of a military family.

Close relatives conceal evil intentions, her cousins are vicious and merciless, the new concubine is like tiger watching its prey and that scum wants the previous life’s events to be repeated?

Her family must be protected, the great enmity must be avenged, and the prize must include the empire’s imperial throne. In this lifetime, let us see who comes out on top!

But that Xie Family’s young marquis, that tyrannical and arrogant spear-wielding young man on horseback, stays stubbornly on her side and proudly declares, “It is merely toppling the Imperial Family. Do not forget, the world belongs to you, and you—you belong to me!

The Thirteen Capitals of You Zhou: This belongs to you.

The Ding Yuan City in the North Dessert: This belongs to you.

The Southern River of Yu Zhou, the Eastern Sea of Ding Xi, the Green Lakes of Lin’an, the Ancient City of Luo Yang: All of these belong to you.

“Xie Jing Xing, if all of this belongs to me, then can you tell me what you want?”

“Alright, you.”

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Chong Sheng Zhi Jiang Men Du Hou
The Rebirth of the Vengeful Empress from a Military Family
นางพญาท้ารบ
将门嫡女之定乾坤
重生之将门毒后
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Hawk73
Hawk73 rated it
August 4, 2020
Status: Completed
Honestly one of the best novels I've ever read. Finishes a little weak in my opinion, but won't say why until the spoilers. The main thing I do love about it is that it really respects the characters in this novel. The entire world make sense in that the current balance of power, whether it be in her own household or between factions, is justified. She has to be extremely careful at the start because she has no allies, and her entire environment is trying to make her fail as... more>> spectacularly as possible. Every noble action is punished, and every vain action is applauded by those around her. All noble ideals are discouraged and criticised, and every ignoble desire is nurtured. Her first life was indeed very pitiable, she had no chance.

Strengths: Very nice slow romance. A lot of romance cripples the plot and the world for the sake of the romance, while I feel that this romance is done very naturally. The two characters slowly grow to respect each other, and they don't sacrfice everything for each other when they barely know each other, they just help them out a little when it won't hurt their own goals.

It is not repetitive at all in my opinion, and the politics in this novel makes a lot of sense. In her past life she makes mistakes which cost her family everything, due to her naivety and innocence, and she is very wise from the get-go in her second life, if a little too jaded. Sometimes novels like this make it feel as though everyone revolves around the FL, but in this novel she is but a cog in a bigger machine, she just makes sure that her every action slowly and steadily brings that machine in a direction that is benificial to her.

There are schemes within schemes, all the side characters have their own motivations and plans, and it seems very difficult to survive at times, and you can see why it would be so difficult to avoid their past fate, which makes it so great when, in the end through her justified and rational decisions, she manages to free herself and her family from their past.

Weaknesses: There are times when minor characters act as petty villains just for the sake of allowing the FL or ML to show off, so they act more like plot devices than actual characters. Also the fate of the characters whom get on the bad side of the FL is usually sickening, often ending in getting r*ped, abused, disfigured or worse. Its pretty messed up.

Also minor spoiler:
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The final arc or two are pretty weak when compared to the rest of the novel. It is so unnecessary and pointless, and makes the ML pointlessly shallow for no good reason. Even if it was done well, it was still unnecessary, but because it was done poorly it seems like such a shame to end such a great novel like that

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YojaKyung27
YojaKyung27 rated it
August 3, 2020
Status: side story 2 part2
if you intend to read this novel because you like revenge novels, I warn you!! read the other revenge novel first!!

if you've read another novel, then you can read this novel. Why??? why should???

1. Plot extraordinary revenge, you will find it hard to find a better novel than this novel... (I have tried reading another novel, but it is not satisfied anymore. this is a Chinese novel the best that I read)

... more>> 2. Smart, tough, charismatic FL, care family.

3. ML who is smart, careless, indifferent, sincere love for FL and most importantly HANDSOME (His good looks make the writer fascinated LOL, the description of handsome eyebrows very much, does not make me bored... instead think funny, it's a separate reflection) 4. ML does not Falling in love with FL at first (unlike most other novels), ML was suspicious of FL first. The romance is slow but worth to wait.

5. a drifting storyline, while reading this novel I read it in 3 days, thus reducing my sleep time.. but I would say "it's worth it!!" you have to read it!!

By the way, this is the first time I have made a review on a novel (in novelupdate) I'm usually lazy to create an account, so that I skip making reviews. but because of this novel, I created an account just to "review this novel"

sorry if my english is bad, but I really love this novel !!!! <<less
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Gigel
Gigel rated it
July 29, 2020
Status: Completed
7/10

This came as a recommendation from my gf for a "historical time" novel, and despite the female MC I gave it a try, and if it is something that I learned after finishing it is that male and females have a different view of the world, despite seeing the same thing we interpret it differently.

For a novel with a title as "Malicious Empress" I expected more viciousness from her and more proactive actions, to me it felt like she reacted to those around her rather than pushing the revenge that... more>> was promoted from the author. And she never had a chance, despite being an empress, and being dignified, she remained an "unmarried female" with little power, and the only time when we get to see her empress self truly shine is after she get the power of the male. The way he gets introduced is disappointing to me, I was expecting more of an "event", and not that this way is not possible, it's just he acts out of his character to make it happen. Actually, at the start of the novel, I feel that things happen just because people need to be against her, some plots are just laughable
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Teaching her bad things as good things Good/ Not calling a doctor despite not waking up Idiotic / Taking 3 daughters to the monastery and letting one get r*pe in the room next to yours Idiotic/ forcing her to marry against her will without her parents consent Idiotic and many more

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luckily things get better as the conflicts get bigger.

At the beginning I was wondering how this novel got such a high score, but I was satisfied at the end, I think it had a nice ending, and the last chapters were even somewhat emotional, as I said I think this got better with time, and I personally think it's thanks to the male lead, he added the missing pieces that were needed for her to evolve and act as a true"Malicious Empress of Military Lineage". Maybe it's just my dislike for the Shen family arc, because I fail to see how one wants to destroy the part that is necessary for yourself. Suppress I understand, but not destroy.

Would I recommend this? Luckily it is a small novel and even if u have to suffer those idiotic plots it has it good points and the end is worth the wait. It's worth a read. <<less
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Gabi94
Gabi94 rated it
July 28, 2020
Status: c231
So, I finished this novel today, and I liked a lot of things, and disliked others. So I will make some comments that may help anyone who want to start read this, without spoilers so you can read the review without fear.

But first, I want to say that there is use of r*pe as a punishment, and I only continued this novel because was used like a counterattack; if there was no plan to do this to MC, then nothing would have happen to the person that planned. And there... more>> was some gray areas. (If you'll read this you can draw your own conclusions) And in other novels *cof* divine doctor daughter of the first wife *cof* not only the MC takes the initiave of using r*pe as punishment, she even blames the victim for not be able to preserve her "purity", So in this case I was not that shocked. I still can't complety forgive the author, but I managed to get through that part and, fortunately, it was never used again in the plot. Unlike the divine doctor, daughter of the first wife, where this was a recurring method of MC.

1- Long chapters (so this isn't one of those novels that have 1000 small chapters), wich I like, because longer chapters helps the plot to be more concise and helps the overall read. Slow romance,
and belivable.
2-If you're looking for a unic novel, this is not one, a lot of cliches happening, (I don't mind them so much so for me wasn't a problem) although I have to admit, this author is far better in creating characters and writing in general compared with the other novel that i've read.
3- The ML steal the focus of the FL everytime he shows up, she never comes out on top, (So, if you intend to read this and don't like that, brace yourself). Even tho the author gave good excuses for that, still annoyed me.
4-And the Author describe ML's beauty A LOT. Seriously ! To the point that became embarassing and very, very awkward ! For me the ML in this novel is so-so, he is not one of those pedophiles and over possessive ones, but I feel that the author tried to make a very complex character, but instead end up making just a cold one. He improved a little on the end, but was too late for me. The fact that the author seemed to put more value on the ML then the FM and described him 4 or 5 times in a chapter didn't help.
5- The ending was for me a little anti-climatic, I was 4 chapter until ending and I didn't notice it, because didn't seem like a ending AT ALL. Was like middle arc and very unimpressive.
6- In the beggining I felt that the FL was smarter then others FL, but in the middle of it, a lot of scenes she just do smart stuff because she remebers that other people did it on her last life, so basically the author told us that she was not smart, she just happens to have that advantage because she was reincarnated. Idk if that was for ML looks even better, but was kinda of a downer for me, because there wasn't many chances for her to prove that she is also smart and don't always depend on others ideas.
7- The scheems and villains are intelligent and the author didn't made the FM look smart by making the villains overly dumb. (But number 6 above explains why I don't feel that she's that smart anymore, even tho I still think that she got her merits) At least I didn't have to read those one dimensional characters that were made just to be slapped;
8- Because the Villains were well written, when she took revenge was much more satisfaying.
9- First novel that made me cry on drama parts.
10- The FM acts her age, (the age before she reincarnates) wich I like it a lot, even tho made her seem cold and without personality sometimes, was better then others FM that are 29 years old and behaves like a teen.
11- I like tha translation a LOT, I don't understand the original lenguage, BUT, while I was reading not once I felt that something was confusing or out of context so I guess this is consider a sucess.
12- There is a list of the characters on the site wich helped a lot on the beginning.

I know I said a lot of things that made it seem that this is not a good novel, BUT it is. I just had to comment those bad parts because I liked the novel so much that every "mistake" or flukes stood out and knowing that the author is in another level I naturally raised my expectations, and although not perfect, it is a very good novel.
I enjoyed this read, and gonna read the other novels of the same author now.

(Also, sorry if I made grammatical mistakes, english it is not my prime language and sometimes fails me, :) <<less
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as per my last email rated it
July 17, 2020
Status: c165 part1
first of all, very good translation. Translator did a good job on this one.

moving on to the content, I persisted and read till ch.165, but I have to say, the story does get kind of boring over time. Before, there was always a "hook" that made me continue reading, a part so sudden that I persisted. But now, I dont rly feel the interest to keep reading anymore.

now, onto the part which I hate the most about this: the description of ml's face. "His eyebrows are so handsome" "he looks... more>> like a purple cloud" "his voice is so deep and magnetic" wtf. Now, it's ok if it's only one or two paragraphs being like this, but no. I swear, that in every chapter he appeared in, there is a whole mfing paragraph describing him like this. The author sounds like a lovesick fool at this point. <<less
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mercyriddle
mercyriddle
July 16, 2020
Status: Completed
It's got some parts, it's interesting, and I really liked the FL and ML, to a point.

I loved when they were scheming together and embarrassing people but it goes too far. The FL is set up to be r*ped by the evil aunt and the FL's response is to get her cousin be assaulted in her place. It was totally unnecessary for that to happen, they could have trapped the r*pist and evil aunt without it.

I don't want to read sexual violence against women, especially set up by... more>> other women as revenge, never ever.

It made me dislike the FL a lot. I finished the book because I did really like parts of it but it was hard.

Also, as other reviewers mentioned, the second half of the book is significantly weaker.

Translation quality was good, it was complex, it was decently paced but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone without serious warnings. <<less
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heydipanda
heydipanda rated it
July 16, 2020
Status: Completed
PROS: I really like this novel especially about all the schemes that MC does. The writer can describe the feelings of the character well and make us sympathize with her. The plot is written very smooth and interrelated between one arc with another arc. I never get bored while reading this, don't even miss those annoying scenes and excessive descriptions. The writer is very wise in tucking humor that is not excessive to reduce the tension of the story

CONS: to be honest, lots of plot holes. Many events and premises... more>> are not well explained even though it have the potential to build a more realistic story. As someone who does not like characters that are too perfect, I am somewhat disturbed by repeated descriptions of how handsome ML is and how dignified the MC is. The first half of the novel when focusing on MC revenge is my favorite part, although I enjoyed the slow burn romance but in the second half of the novel when ML and MC started to get closer I felt the MC became less devious and overshadowed by the perfection of ML. The ending of the story in the first life of the MC is more touching for me than the ending of the story in her second life.

over all, this is worth to read and a great piece. Definitely will reread. Thank you author and translator <<less
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Konila
Konila rated it
July 9, 2020
Status: --
Another revenge story with somewhat cliche drama. A lot of face-slapping and revenge drama. But it's still one of the best in this genre. MC is badass and manipulative. All characters are well developed and MC get lots of help from her past life memories. But there is nothing special about ML.
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chocopinkpocky
July 3, 2020
Status: --
I liked this a lot! The FL was amazing and insanely intelligent. I did like the romance between her and ML but I know it isn't for everyone. I will say that the last chapters ended quite abruptly and quickly but I can't really complain. All in all, this was an excellent read and I recommend this a lot.
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lazykitty_99
lazykitty_99 rated it
June 14, 2020
Status: Completed
Do I need to say anything about this.

One of the best ancient cn novel I have read.

Drawback is too much 'description' by author of clothes and looks of MC & ml, author spends half a chapter on just that. Rather spend length on 2nd half of story which author to me went on fast pace and many things need to be clarified were just throw out of the window like what ML was doing while at Shen Maio country, map mystery. ML story was needed for a closure. I hoped... more>> a side story or closure story for emperor brother and empress (so tear jerking) . <<less
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anokoking
anokoking rated it
June 6, 2020
Status: Completed
God I love this story so much. It’s definitely a very intense plot where the female lead actually takes revenge on the people who bullied her in her past life in some pretty gruesome ways so it’s not for the faint of heart. But if you’re into a badass female lead overthrowing families and protecting her loved ones while butting heads with an equally badass male lead then this is the story for you!

One thing I particularly like about this story is it’s pacing. It’s detailed and slow enough to... more>> immerse you in the plot but not so detailed and slow that it gets boring. The author is really good at drawing essential scenes and cutting out the superfluous information.

As for the romance. I am so here for it. It’s definitely a slow burn romance but I love it. The male lead is naturally flirtatious so your heart skips a beat even when they’re not together. Even after they accept each other’s feelings it doesn’t get boring because they’re both so smart and witty that their dialogue even if sweet is not stuffy and is a little humorous. I particularly like the fact that the two treat each other as equals.
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There were a few times I felt Shen Miao was maybe reliant on Xie Ding Xing especially in the middle of the story, but it only makes sense looking at their backgrounds. In the end the power balances out a little more as there are some things that only Shen Miao could do.
PS you may be pissed off at Xie Ding Xing near the beginning because he’s a ruthless bastard but don’t worry when he falls he falls hehehehehe

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AweSsam
AweSsam rated it
May 28, 2020
Status: Completed
This was a long read but totally worth it. It was the second c-novel or light novel I had ever read actually, and now im slightly disappointed because I don't know whether or not I can find another rebirth story as well developed as this one lol.

The MC rocks. She is completely ruthless, completely to the point, and completely justified. Everything she experienced in her past life is truly heart wrenching. The story focuses a lot on plot rather than romance in the beginning, which I think is really good... more>> because we get to see so many satisfying scenes of her completely crushing her opponents by herself with no strong male helping her every step of the way (at least in the beginning)

The romance between her and the ML is not insta-love either. It's a slow burn, and they actually are very suspicious and wary of each other in the beginning. Only after they realize they can both help each other, they become tentative allies, and their bond becomes stronger before the ML falls for her first.

There are other rebirth stories as well, such as The Princess Wei Yang that I've started reading after this one. Even though they are both rebirth stories, they also have very different key points, like how Shen Miao (the protagonist of the Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage), is the daughter of the main wife, while Wei Yang is the daughter of a concubine. This switched up things a lot! I posted a review on The Princess Wei Yang about these differences if anyone wants to check it out. <<less
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yukijilly
yukijilly rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: --
I am sure the story is as good as other reviews make it seem to be, BUT, it is indeed very hard to understand, especially if you are not used to the Chinese language. There are so many people mentioned, and the wording makes it extremely difficult to understand who is who. I really appreciate the translator's efforts, but the story is just lost when grammar is hard to comprehend and is disturbing the flow of the story.

I REALLY DO APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO THE TRANSLATION!!!

I just... more>> do not understand it. T-T <<less
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asinensis
asinensis rated it
May 18, 2020
Status: Completed
I love this story. By far the best cnovel rebirth/revenge stories I've read. Very intelligent MC/ML, great side characters all with their own backstories. MC is not OP and relies on her wit and memory of past events to take revenge. Slow burn in terms of romance but it happens so organically that makes you gush in happiness when it finally happens. ML is kind of OP but does not fall into the plot device of helping MC achieve her goals. He has his own ambitions and will not readily... more>> assist MC which honestly is the most realistic part of this novel.

If you are sick of OP MCs, sick of love at first sight and excessive pampering with no rhyme or reason, then give this a try! <<less
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Saphie
Saphie rated it
May 4, 2020
Status: c1
I read this a month ago and I'm just writing a review now because I can't keep but miss Little Xie Marquis and Shen Miao, sometimes I even pray that let this awesome novel have a drama adaption.

The MC is cold, calm, and collected, nothing can make her still but ML. While ML is mischievous and suspicious but once he gets through his suspicions you will be one of his men (of course if only you are loyal to him). The first few chapters were dragging and the Shen family... more>> arc but after you go through it, you just want to not stop even at the expense of your eyes going blind. This is more of a slow-burn trope, but nevertheless it did not diminish the beauty of the novel.

When you are already at the last arc, you just want to scream and cry because of Emperor Yongle and Xuande Empress, I SWEAR I CRIED LOADS OF TEARS AND I DO NOT REGRET IT. And when the 'final boss' appeared, the relationship between Shen Miao and little Xie Marquis wavered, even I was nervous as f*ck because it dragged for a few chaps. Good thing that everything ended up happily.

I especially loved the epilogue- Shen Gege and bestfriend of Shen Miao's love story is so so cute! But that's not even the best, MC's going back into the past was so so good! I can only lament that it wasn't longer : (there was nothing tear-jerking in that MC going back into the past but I cried :>>>>>

6/5 !! Will definitely reread in the distant future, <<less
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iRead
iRead
May 1, 2020
Status: Completed
f*cking amazing and I LOVE the extras. Super super grateful to the translator and author for this gem!
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sprihau
sprihau rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: Completed
Loved the story. Strong, powerful and intriguing. Another amazing thing is how the story concentrates on one character and takes the story from there..
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en_en
en_en rated it
April 20, 2020
Status: Completed
This is honestly a gem of a story. I read it a while ago, but kept it in my reading just because I knew I had to give it a review before I take it out.

It's one of the best in its genre (dare I say even the best) I think. Once I started to read it, I couldn't stop.

Here is a female protagonist that doesn't need anyone to fight her battles. She is intelligent, wise and such an amazing character to stand behind.

She isn't overtly OP. Her expertise, her... more>> knowledge, all comes from her sufferings and experiences in her previous life.

The romance is there, but it's not what the novel is all about.

Also the face slapping was so so satisfying!!

The characters are all well defined and you will really get invested while reading it.

If you are a fan of this genre, do not miss out on this gem!

Also give kudos and thanks to the translator for doing a fabulous job! <<less
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Unsungsun Yoo
Unsungsun Yoo rated it
April 18, 2020
Status: Completed
Very good novel.

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I just wish the white tiger played a slightly bigger role than it did. It was gradually removed from the novel towards the end. It would have been nice to see the white tiger-all grown up-killing the remnants of the rebels that happen to make it into the palace.

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bibz
bibz rated it
April 7, 2020
Status: side story 1 part2
This review is going to be hard to write, because I have so many emotions about this series, and that's saying a lot. Straight up, this is a masterpiece. The plot was so intricate and well thought out, but was revealed at a slow and steady pace that would sometimes shock me and keep me on the edge of my seat.

I never got the impression that the FL and ML were super OP and could overcome every single obstacle. I even had the impression that it might turn into a... more>> tragedy, but thank god it didn't. But that's how masterful the plot was written, that even me as a reader didn't know what would happen next.

And even though I really supported the main romance,
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I also kind of rooted for Pei Lang in a weird way. It was just really tragic and moving that he sacrificed his life but I know they are not meant to be together.

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If you're a fan of mystery, slow romance, satisfying (and sometimes brutal) revenge, with actually smart leads, THIS IS FOR YOU. This is the best rebirth novel I've ever written. Highly highly recommend!!! My one complaint would be that the grammar of the translation isn't the best and it was easier for me to read because I can translate it into Chinese to make sense of it, but for people who don't understand the Chinese language it might be a bit difficult to consume. <<less
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