The Times Spent in Pretense


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No matter male or female, the members of the Hua clan had been loyal for generations, placing the utmost importance on protecting their nation. The monarch and his subjects were in harmony, sharing all kinds of emotions, all due to the ties of comradeship in their hearts.

Once the weather cooled, would the favored crown prince fall from power?


Once the weather warmed, would the loyal and brave marquess estate be disposed of after its use?


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08/01/20 Sleepchaser c3
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New aesprica rated it
July 31, 2020
Status: Completed
Another hit from this author that I binge-read from the raws. In this one, I feel like she really turns the tropes of historical novels on its head (like suspicious emperor, fight for the throne between princes, scheming, etc). The MC starts off like a spoiled white lotus... and quickly turns that upside down. The ML is also more than what he seems, and the interactions between the two and the other characters are quite hilarious. These humorous parts helps lighten up the conspiracies that are threaded throughout this story... more>> that threaten the country's backbone, and they are all tied together in the end. The author does a great job in not losing balance and keeping the plot neat. I would say compared to Like Pearl Like Jade and The Job of an Imperial Concubine, this one is much more light-hearted in tone.

I love many of the side characters here, especially the imperial princes and the emperor. Each prince has his own special quirk and every prince thinks all of his other brothers are the weird ones. The emperor often silently laments about his children's oddities and constantly has to remind himself that there's no point in getting mad over their personality traits. He clearly cares about all of his kids, which is a refreshing change from most other emperors in novels. There's actually a really sweet part where he basically says to one of his sons, 'you are a gift to me from the heavens, how could I not treasure you?'

All in all, another great story! <<less
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New Dragon_Reader rated it
July 25, 2020
Status: Completed
An absolutely wonderful novel. The characters are extremely well-fleshed out. All characters have depth and reasons for their actions. Some start out as typical villain trope but show strong character and morality. I absolutely loved the fact that no one is completely good or completely bad. Those who do good are also bad and those who do bad can also do good. The families of MC and ML are adorable. No angst at all. Just MC and ML flirting with each other and on the way catching enemies
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sassyzoe rated it
July 19, 2020
Status: Completed
Thanks to the translator Sleepchaser for recommending this story!

I'm a fan of the author and have "audio-read" her stories in the raw. I'm very thankful that I was introduced to her by dreamsofjianghu. Fortunately, sleepchaser has also taken to translating her stories. After reading the first chapter, I was intrigued enough to continue to the raws (because waiting is hard!)

It was good enough that I binged-read it through. I think compared to her other books, I particularly liked the fact that the author has taken the time to flesh... more>> out quite a few of the secondary characters in this novel. All of the secondary characters are quite interesting.

Her plot here is intelligent, light-hearted and humourous.

The FL is a hoot but the 'unrealistic' part is

how she manages to train her skills to be the lethal fighter that she is when she's pretending to be frail and weak all the time.

But she's quite funny. I love the girly friendships. Reading about their interactions is so enjoyable. The ML was okay. But because he is so laid-back, he gets a bit boring sometimes. However, we see occasional flashes of what a loyal and loving man he is, like when

he risked his life when returned to save the FL. And the little things he did because he genuinely cares for his dad, and not the throne. No wonder his position as the crown prince was unshakable!

Other than that, most of the time, he's rather lazy and arrogant, with a hint of danger. I thought the romance was rather sweet.

I liked how he liked her first and chased her and how she was initially oblivious to it.


Plot: 8/10
Characterisation: 9.5/10
Translation: 8.5/10 (Quality is good but need to be patient. Sleepchaser is translating this, as of this writing, at just one chapter a week.)

Recommendation: YES! However, if you understand mandarin, I suggest you can either read or listen to the raws. If not, you may want to wait a year or so till the translation is completed before you read. It's a really nice story and waiting can be quite a pain. <<less
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secret165 rated it
July 18, 2020
Status: compeleted
This is one of the best novel from this author I have read. This novel have some conspiracies boiling behind, but the emperor in this novel is very good and rare monarch.

It was very rare to read the novel where the emperor really have feeling and heart. The emperor is a good monarch, husband and father to the children.

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The funny thing in the novel is over how the emperor tried his hardest in making his crown prince (ML) do his work in the court - ML is very smart unfortunately he is too lazy.

When ML tells emperor that he likes MC, emperor tried his hardest to sell his son for MC family and brooding over - son, your dad has done the best, you have to continue the rest.

I really likes emperor character, he treats his children equally and each prince has their own antic. While ML fits his taste and he spoil ML rotten, when minister impeach crown prince.. Emperor : Nobody can point on my son, only I can point on him.


You will loves this novel, there is no darker vibe in this novel. This novel really show how MC gets along with other supporting character after returning to the capital. <<less
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Aeiru28 rated it
July 9, 2020
Status: Completed
One of my favorite author's novel. The story is relaxed, even if there is a bit of conspiracy between some character

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The MC has the so-called beautiful silly dream that she want to get known as a sickly beauty even though she is born from two generals. She even told about her dream to really select few who later know about her greatness (martial arts etc). And her family members act really well to make her dream comes true (I think that's why the novel is titled like that). The family is really loyal to the emperor and the emperor is really trust them. Even with some conspiracy that frame the MC household, the emperor's trust is really unshakeable.

And the ML is a crown prince of the country, even if he is lazy and has some tempers. He is really loved and spoiled by emperor and many people is jealous, and afraid of him. But, even he has that shortcomings, his position is unshakeable (though some ministers waited him to fall from grave), not because emperor's love for him but because he is actually has best brain and heart for it. XD

The best thing is when the two is finally engaged. The people pity the frail sickly girl for having a temperamental fiance. But, a girl (she is one of select few people that know MC is actually not a frail girl) pity her cousin for having a strong girl (she thought if the ML make MC angry, she will beat down the ML xD)

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