The Villainess Lives Twice


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A genius schemer, creating an emperor!

“Only when your brother is happy can you be happy.”

She committed all kinds of evil deeds to make him Emperor. However, Artezia’s devotion was repaid with betrayal. It was the Grand Duke Cedric, a righteous enemy, that gave her a hand of salvation at the threshold of death.

“Devise a plan.”
“I can’t think of anyone but you who can reverse this situation. Marquess Rosan.”
“Lend me your strength.”

There is no plan that can reverse the already declining power and save the fallen empire. However, there is a method. To turn back time before everything went wrong.

With tears of blood she sacrificed her body to an ancient magic. This time, she will not fall.

Artezia, who returned to the age of 18 before death, resolved to become a villainess for the Grand Duke Cedric.

“Please give me your hand in marriage. I’ll make you emperor.”

In exchange for kneeling to the devil, the devil shall dirty her hands for you.

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악녀는 두 번 산다
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You’ve Got The Wrong House, Villain (2)
The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage (2)
The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass (1)
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I Don’t Want to Be Loved (1)
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  5. Villainess Romance (Korean)

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New ashlynsy rated it
July 26, 2021
Status: --

the only knovel I registered and had to write a review. the one I tried registering to kakao page to purchase the novel but of course failed to do it. Sadly it is not available in googleplay as well. So yeah! Bestie novelupdates/woopread, please be nice to me and finish this huh?! Please.....

the FL is not frustrating like seriously she is on point on her supposedly character. not overly damsel in distress, or yeah-im-badass femaleaff nor im-so-gonna-take-my-revenge role. in other words she is just so right for me! SheDidNotGetOnMyNerve as... more>> the novel progresses. <<less
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New Icypop rated it
July 7, 2021
Status: --
I'm reading the manhwa version first and it was great. The MC's title is not just a props because her evil schemes are truly scary and deadly. Her wits is superb and I wanted to to acknowledge how the writer explain each scheme, it was great tho I was dumb in talks of politics so yeah... The ML is super kind and loves his people. 'A man of integrity' they say. I hope it won't change so much until the end.

I went here to check the chapters and status actually,... more>> I dont know if it's the same with manhwa.

I hope they get past the hurdle of their romance and just admit it and be happy together because rejections are kinda frustrating and heartbreaking (the scene didn't take place yet just a little scroll. But I can foresee it because it's still to early to confess and surely you'll be turned down and AACK!! *heart breaking* goodluck man😔) <<less
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kawaii12345 rated it
July 6, 2020
Status: c21
TLDR Must Read

It's an incredibly good take on the whole 2nd chance/rewind the clock concept. The story may well have the best handling of how someone could exploit having future knowledge to change said future. What's more the writing handles it is absolutely remarkable. The MC goes about her business doing things and the next thing you know is everything is going off around her and you see all the dominoes she put into place come crashing down on the real villains. What's more with few exceptions none of her... more>> enemies are s*upid

Just a very good story. Heavily recommend manga adaptation at mangadex until, the translation catches up. MTL Korean IS ROUGH!!! <<less
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ishrocks18 rated it
July 15, 2020
Status: --
?Love this story. The ML is such a gentleman. Well this is an extract from manga:

FL:Why have you been acting so formal with me. Last time you spoke you were much casual.

ML:It not necessary to respect Miralia (FL mother, ML enemy and emperor concubine I guess) daughter, but it only proper for me to be respectful to my future wife.

Oooh he is toooo sweet.
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AdalSaira rated it
July 20, 2020
Status: --
i love the MC. She is so smart. And her scheming is well-explained. How the ML also guessing is it her schemes or not is just so adorable.
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February 13, 2021
Status: Completed
I've never left a review on anything but this was so superb that I couldn't help it. I read it in 24 hours. Didn't sleep or anything because I was so fascinated that I wanted to see how it went.

It was wonderful the way she passively lead them all to destruction. She never particularly schemed against them. Just used their own actions against them. This was truly wonderfully written. The foreshadowing was well done. The tie-ins were nice. I was truly emotionally invested in this.
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nekohiku rated it
December 9, 2020
Status: c26
I really love this story. I knew this from manhwa. Then, I read the novel. The novel gave us much deeper understanding to the character and sight to the story. For example fl's brother and mother. They were much interesting and not some s*upid antagonists whose goals are simply to be stepping stone (imo).

I love how author make this story to be dark by making characters with gray moral, including fl. She was villainess; full tricks and manipulations. An anti hero whose hands were dirty. She didn't suddenly change to... more>> be good person just because she' was reborn.

The ML also wasnt the usual domineering ceo that push and abuse fl. He respected her. He's such a puppy. From spoiler, when they had s*x on this book, it's all consensual. Not those dubious r*pe. When FL pregnant, they actually talked. He also wasnt s*upid. He knew FL and the very aware of her secrets and manipulations. (Tho, I dont know how much he knew coz I dont read that far yet). He trusted and supported her so far. He's the opposite of our fl; a rightious hero. Both of them complimented each other.

This novel is heavy towards politics and power struggle, spoiler said. So if you want those flowery and happy story full of dog food, I dont recommend this novel.

So yeah. I really love this novel so much. It's one of my most favourite novel/manhwa. Now I'm waiting for this to be completely being translated. It's my most favourite novel/manhwa <<less
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tharrinne rated it
September 16, 2020
Status: c33
So I read the manhua first and I like Tia here. She is like the epitome of a villainess she even surpases Aria from reverse hour glass. Her wits and schemes are superb from first timeline and most probably till the second. She is a great strategiest, I just felt bad that her brother is ungreatful and what he did to her was too painful to see in webcomic. She is basically the badass villain, she doesn't pretend to be a white lotus bish to gather favor instead she is... more>> Stoic, void of emotion and has many knives hidden under her sleeves. The ML complements her, since she is the one doing dirty tricks, ML supported her for their common goal and cares for her. So far it is a recommended novel to read, will not regret it. <<less
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introparadox rated it
April 3, 2021
Status: c40
Damn good story with a solid plot, and a (really) smart MC not just because of the author claims so. Though the MC was a real villainess, but she received her due punishment before regressing, and as the story plays you would get to like the MC and understand where she's coming from, so 10/10.

The translation is really bad, though.
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I like her. Almost ranking next to, Villainess Turns Hourglass.

They're similar in a way that they're both wicked especially when it is needed. People don't get it that ruthlessness is essential in most cases in nobility when it comes to survival.

She had ordered people killed before. And she's not afraid to dirty her hands again. It's not just some random scheming tho she didn't really did the killing herself.

... more>> War is war.

And blood is needed. She depicts that sense of ruthlessness and "villainess" that is necessary for better results.

Unlike other villainess story who props herself up to be kind and change all of a sudden. She reveals another side of danger that is akin to a woman which adds more 'realistic' view to the whole story.

Love it. Thanks for publishing it. <<less
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haruka8tq rated it
May 22, 2021
Status: c82
Probably one of the best K-webnovels I've ever read. The characters are clever, their actions ruthless and the plot and pacing incredibly intriguing. The fan translations are some of the best I've read and they do a fantastic job. If you're looking for a smart isekai or Villainess read with complex characters and world-building, you should definitely try this out.
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ottoke_sakura rated it
February 23, 2021
Status: c58
This. This is amazing.

I've gone ahead of myself and looked up spoilers for this novel just because it's so good. I love the dynamics between the ML and the MC, and the plot is so complex and well-paced.

I love the depth of the characters, and how even if they were (for example) villains, the author shows you where they're coming from which makes them so much more human and relatable.

... more>> Can't wait to read the rest!

My only gripe is that this has 300+ chapters so I have to wait a bit longer for the translations to come out :) <<less
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znukhsoc rated it
June 22, 2021
Status: c121
This is a well-written story but it didn't leave me with awe. The author couldn't find the right balance between romance and plot.

Here are some notes I took while reading:

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-In their first meeting if FL broke the wheel intentionally, how did she know that ML would go to the temple that day? Did I miss something?

-Miraila is too petty for this story. I guess it's okay since those people really exist in some ways. She is basically nuts.

-I'm at chapter 40s and the romance levels are quite unsatisfying.

-Lawrence acting mildly good in this timeline. Wow. He stays low because of selfish reasons but wow.

-Chapter 59 was the first kiss huh. Took long.

-Character's saying each other's names between sentences are getting very frequent and annoying. I hope the author realizes this problem.

-Chapter 110: FL and ML got separated for so long and seems like it's gonna stay like that a while. I mean the story getting very mild at this point. Before that, they weren't together often either. I'm cutting one whole star because of this. I hate long separations.


Dropping this on 121 bc I don't even remember who is who anymore and there is not even a crumb of romance. Bye. 2, 5 STARS <<less
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cellas002 rated it
July 11, 2020
Status: --
Really enjoying this story. Intelligent characters and charismatic female and male leads (with opposite personalities that blend well together). My favorite second-chance-in-life novel so far.
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eatnyc rated it
September 30, 2020
Status: Completed
Love me some smart, strong-willed villainesses. I could have done without some of the plot twists, though.

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For example, some of the characters recover their memories of the previous timeline, before Tia turns back the time, including Cedric. Cedric remembering gets us the story of how he loved her in the first timeline, too, which is sweet, but for some reason I thought the consequences the characters remembering were too minor. And I think I would have preferred if Cedric wasn't in love with Tia in the first timeline. That would have made Tia accepting the fact that she's changed the timeline on her own will and strength and that she's fallen in love with someone (and is allowing herself to fall in love in this timeline, i.e., forgiving herself for the first timeline) much more significant. The fact that Cedric was in love with her in the first timeline makes it all seem predestined, and that's weak and takes agency from the characters. It's also cliched.

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ConsiderableWave rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: --
Calm and smart protagonist, a bit of a weak body but doesn't let that stop her since she's about as cunning as they come
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Mycthea88 rated it
February 12, 2021
Status: --
I'd go as far to say these two are the best couple in a villainess-reborn novels. Artizea is one of the most amazing female MC I've ever come upon and I adore her as much as the ML. ML here is truly a great man (while being a gentleman to MC! He respects her entire being)
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ReadsWebNovels rated it
February 4, 2021
Status: c51
Wow, the MC's words really are venom... Impressive. Usually stories involving manipulations have forced outcomes, but this story's are beleavable. There's no crazy leaps in reactions, just gentle nudges towards self destruction.
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Asyr rated it
September 30, 2020
Status: c34
As of now, its really good and MC stands up to her title "the Villainess" without a glitch. She is a complex person and really good at abusing information to her benefits. When other characters were thinking a step or two ahead, She is laying traps for the endgame. She is a genius level trickster. Long after Dantalian of DD vol1., she is one of best "anti-hero" protagonist, I came across.

World setting is relatively consistent and there is no "brat" villains and everyone has some level of working brain.

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Its political aspects, a quick look:

MC and FL - Artezia Rosan - is the Heir Apparent of Marquis Rozan - one of richest noble family. What's interesting is her Mother is Miraila and father is one of Michael's grandson, yes Grandson!
Michael's daughter (from another mrg) who is the heir after Michael, to avoid the shame, accepted Tia as her sister instead of her granddaughter.
Miraila poisoned other direct descendants during Michael's mourning and thus, Tia become a sole "living" heir of Riches of Rosen.

Lawrence: - MC's elder brother and Miraila and Emperor's son. As illegitimate child of emperor, he has no rights over Rosen estate and for the throne - he needs improve his standing over the more legitimate Roygar and Cedric. Emperor can't simply appoint him as his Crown Prince, as he himself lacks legitimacy.

Miraila: Michael Rosen's wife, and Emperor's Lover. She gave birth to emperor's bastard son Lawrence. Birth of Tia, who looked more like Michael made a huge commotion and emperor disliked her for infidelity, but soon accepted her and even protected her from Rosen's Poisoning incident and cover ups.

Emperor Gregor: Adopted son of late Emperor with 'First' Empress. He is a selfish, greedy and yet a competent person.
After previous 'first' empress died, Emperor remarried, resulting in the birth of Cedric's mom and Duke Roygar. But at that time, Gregor had already established himself as Prince (while those two were still kids). As such he rose to the throne by taking, Lady of Liagan, as Empress and making his rule stable.

He has no legitimate living sons, so throne war is going on....

Empress, Lady of Liagan - Liagan is one of the wealthiest family. She lost her 3children (1 daughter and 2 sons) - legitimate royal children- in accidents and diseases, she lost her close aid - Viscountess Fescher, her family's support due to Gregor undermining them.

She shut herself in her palace and waiting to do something to make Gregor suffer. After all, he did a lot and philandered with Miraila when she is mourning for her lost children.

ML - Cedric - Duke of Evron, Son of Pervious duke of Evron and Former Emperor's firstborn - over a legal marriage. He didn't involve much in last timeline's throne war and regretted it later. This time he is entering the stage much sooner and has the Villainess Kingmaker, MC, with him.

As a direct bloodline of late emperor and a child through formal marriage, his claim to throne more legit than Lawrence but little lower than his uncle, Roygar, as he is the direct son of late emperor.

Roygar -


The plot is good, Characters were level headed peoples and supporting roles didn't create much noise. Its translations are Okay and Manhwa is cool too - If you like, "Inevitable Evil" characters, then this novel is for you. <<less
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January 30, 2021
Status: --
This is just great because I really love this story. The story includes smart characters and very charismatic ones. Also, each of the characters has opposite characters that are combined with each other.
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Milliane rated it
October 2, 2020
Status: c24
This is promising. I can't wait to read more. The MC has seen the error in her ways and she promised to make up for when she was reborn. She paves the path but she doesn't spoon feed the ML. I'm excited to read more. :)
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