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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The Villainess Lives Again
악녀는 두 번 산다
Related Series
The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass (2)
You’ve Got The Wrong House, Villain (2)
The Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage (2)
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How to Divorce the Male Lead (1)
Golden Age Legitimate Fei (1)
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New lysia_my_beloved rated it
August 17, 2022
Status: Completed
Best of the best. The plot is excellent and doesn't feel too simple, contrived or forced, and the characters are amazing and never one-dimensional. Really, best male lead, best 2nd female lead, and in my opinion one of the best female leads I've ever read- without them ever being flat or simple. I hardly know what to do with myself now that the novel is over. (Reread it, I guess? I'm hoping for a hard copy English translation someday.)

Truly my favorite of all the novels I've read so far,... more>> and the manhwa is my favorite of all the manhwa I've read. Thank you so much to the amazing translator and proofreader. <<less
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New plainbricks rated it
July 30, 2022
Status: ss 23
Love the plot and the characters! I disliked it when the villain turn out to be misunderstood booboo. This novel never does that. Great character development. It's not easy to change. This is a 5 stars by web novel standard.

Hate the writing style, extremely dry. The plot more than makes up for it though.
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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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kyrez rated it
August 31, 2021
Status: c160
It's incredible and mind-blowing.

FL was starving for familial love and acceptance. Whenever she was betrayed, she accepts it as her retribution. She believes that she has done too many evil deeds and that she's the centre of all evil.

... more>>

Really... she's been brainwashed by her despicable mother who was always degrading her saying that she's ugly and evil. So I guess that's how she saw herself explicitly. It's actually very heartbreaking... especially when she feels that she doesn't deserve love --- whether being loved by others or loving others~


Humankind is fascinating. As we delve deeper into one's feelings and thoughts, we are able to sympathyse... be it good or bad~

Anyway, I think the author did really well in how the FL and ML (and other characters) are portrayed. They tolerate, compromise, and change according to the circumstances and situations they face.

At first, ML seems perplexing to me. He's too good and kind. But then, as the story progresses, we can see that he's no saint.


He just hasn't found a greater reason to find other paths before. Once he has something to protect with all his life..... that's when all the plans deviate.


I really really want to read more... ㅠㅠ <<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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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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rinainthemoon rated it
April 29, 2022
Status: Completed
Very well written and well executed premise. The tropes used are done well.

Both ML and FL are complexly written. The FL in particular is very morally grey. The antagonists and side characters are also given their own interesting plotlines and morality

A bit light on romance and very heavy on intricate political machinations and strategy.

Would highly recommend to fans of political romance fantasy!
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Brasdf rated it
March 20, 2022
Status: c124
The novel is quite nice, but the translation is lacking and it really hurts this story since it has actual depth and the conversations the chracters are having are critical. One could pick the manwha instead, which is somewhat better translated, but the manwha skips about 5-10% of the story. If the novel is fast paced, the manwha is hectic. So you either get a mangled version of everything or a partial yet mostly comprehensible version.

The first about 60 chapters are especially badly translated, the translation gets better later. If... more>> you find it hard to read, you can start with the manwha and switch back either when you get confused by the pacing or you reach the end of the manwha.

A little about the story itself. We have an actually clever female lead that actually schemes and other great stuff like that, it is quite nice. Also, there is no harem building nonsense and the romance is quite well done actually. <<less
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hyyhfvr rated it
January 4, 2022
Status: c222
The author is so big-brained for thinking up all the big and little plots for this series. They are so well done. It's like reading a step-by-step explanation for an elaborate game of multi-player 3D chess. Love how the characters are written and brought to life. There is slow romance but so worth it. ML is to die for and by that I mean, I /will/ die for him, hes that hot ("he's a 2D character. How can u know?" trust me, I can tell!!)
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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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jasni1606 rated it
July 15, 2022
Status: Completed
Ok this is my first ever review and it's only cos of the ML... I read any other story and even the most perfect MLs have some annoying quality which the author gaslights into it not being a red flag. But Cedric? HE'S LITERALLY PERFECT?! He's a walking green flag please! He's a good guy but that doesn't make him boring. On the contrary, it makes him super complex.

The character development of the FL and ML is *chef's kiss*!

My only complain is that it was too long to read in... more>> one sitting lol... But honestly the world building, the political intrigue and the FLs abused characterization is mind blowing. One of the best novels I read here. <<less
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June 24, 2022
Status: c1
Im exhausted. With all those politics. It was not recommended to read this in one sitting. Take a break and breathe its not healthy for my mental health. This is really good series. Highly recommended 👍 just that for someone like me, who gets easily affected, you need to take a breath in between.
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Tezra rated it
June 18, 2022
Status: c304
This is an exceptional novel which you don't wanna miss!

It's got a very well thought out story in the sense that every plot point weaves together seamlessly. It's so satisfying to see previous setups paying off.

The tone of the novel is a little grim to show off a more realistic story. Yet it doesn't hesitate to make you cry out in happiness for the characters either. And it's all done in a very grounded sense. Nothing really breaks your suspension of belief or feels like it was made up on... more>> the spot.

The characters are so loveable too! You just find yourself rooting for them the entire way through. Sometimes good things happen. Sometimes bad. Yet still they try to stay true to themselves as they change and adapt to the situation. They have their own personalities and react to circumstances in their own unique way. It's so interesting to see the humane side to the choices they have to make.

One final thing to note is while the story is exciting the novel itself isn't high tension. This made it feel more realistic but may put off some readers. I recommend you give it a try and see how it feels to experience this lovely gem. <<less
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Leo-Mulan rated it
March 28, 2022
Status: --
The story is so rich and dense that sometimes I feel I am not smart enough to fully comprehend this novel. A lot of political talks and scheming, financial and geographical theories as well as the typical aristocratic society culture that sometimes I can't understand what the heck it is all about. Doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading it.
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