To Rule in a Turbulent World

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“At the end of the song the man is drunk, so much like the tears by Poyang River. Ten thousand miles of easterly winds; the country is broken, the mountains and rivers reflect only red.”

~A line from Shorthand Tablature of Magnolia Blossoms by Zhu Dunru

At sixteen years of age, You Miao lives a life of luxury. Yet with rapid changes in family circumstances, the once little young master now only has his deceased mother’s barren estate and a loyal Quanrong sIave left. The dilemma and distress of starting everything from scratch becomes the greatest trial of his life.

As the imperial state exam approaches, You Miao enters the capital for his tests. However, all of a sudden the tribes of the north invade, causing a diaspora to the south. The Hans flee to the south in great numbers with the uprising of war everywhere. The country is at the cusp of ruin and homes are lost…

Along with his band of sworn brothers, You Miao finally returns to Jiangnan in the midst of displacement, and using all of his strength, he supports this broken, half sliced nation.

The good days don’t last long, and the imperial court now in the south faces both internal and external enemies. The court is in turmoil, the government officials in dissension, but as tides rise and fall, the most beautiful moonlight of the great desert is yet to come.

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Loạn Thế Vi Vương
LSWW
Luan Shi Wei Wang
ปราชญ์กู้บัลลังก์
乱世为王
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Adagio
Adagio rated it
January 5, 2020
Status: c12
As the description says, this is a story about a young master and his trusty companion trying to make a life of their own as merchants. The entire first book is basically a long introduction for the main plot (starting in book two), but it feels neither long-winded nor boring. Great pacing in both story and character development. I'm also happy about is the way the author handles the topic of trading - I've read books where half of them was more of a trading manual than actual plot, but... more>> this novel weaves the information well into the fabric of its story.

The character dynamics are very interesting, especially between the MC and the ML. MC is a spoiled young master from a wealthy family, but practical and responsible when he really needs to be. I've seen actual children - quite professional at the age of 11 or 12 - on bazaars helping their fathers sell their goods, and MC could easily be one of them. Despite his background, he is good to people of lesser social rank (apart from one or two choices in the beginning) and knows they're human just like him.

The ML is quiet, skilled, and extremely loyal. He is in a very desolate state at the beginning and has basically given up on his life, but he blooms by MC's side as time passes. It's a very beautiful thing to watch. It's also implied there's more to him than meets the eye, so I expect things getting somewhat more political in the future.

The only problematic thing is the huge age difference and the MC being a minor. The MC is 15 (at one point it says 17 though, and then again 15? I'm very confused) and the ML is 22. Even considering the age of consent was 15 in Ancient China, I wouldn't blame anyone if they put down the novel. I think the saving grace of this romance is the fact that MC is in a much higher position of power, which creates an interesting dynamic.

There's also a little bit of smut
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in two cases currently.

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Although the ML is somewhat reluctant at the beginning, both do it willingly and without being pressured.

Personally I'm still rooting for them and I wish them all the success they can get. Surprisingly enough, they actually have the potential to be a real power couple. I just really, really wish the MC was older.

Thanks to the translators for picking this one up! <<less
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yuukine
yuukine rated it
May 7, 2020
Status: c43
Feitian YeXiang is an expert in making you fall in love with characters, side characters, history, places, customs and everything else. His extensive knowledge of how some things works and how he implements them in his novels is outstanding.

This one is not an exception. This one is filled with world and character development, wonderful and extensive research and Suika and Rynn delivered absolutely amazing translation filled with wonderful footnotes and explanations the non-chinese people wouldn't understand in case they haven't watched many court dramas or daily lives of ancient china.

This... more>> is a story of a young master You Miao (Meowmeow for short) who has everything he asked for - a place in court, friendships, connections and everything he needed. His family, on the other hand, is in another town.

So to speak it means that in the capital he's alone. One day, he visits his good friend Li Yan who gave an order for one particular s*ave to be beaten to death. The unfortunate s*ave here is our main lead Li Zhifeng, a captured Quanrong s*ave who was forced to be also bed s*ave.

So, You Miao saves his life by buying him from Li Yan and nurturing him back to health.

This is a story of how You Miao saved a person who was on brink of breaking. It's wonderful to see that gradual return of Li Zhifeng's personality traits and to discover what kind of person he is. I, at first, misjudged him and thought this prolonged 7 year torture he experienced as a s*ave would make him numb, cold and unfeeling, but it's completely opposite!

You Miao grows and develops and goes through fiery trials and tribulations connected to his family, his loyalties, his friendships and it leads him on a path of self discovery in a remote piece of land bought by his mother.

And finally, there is also third prince - Zhao Chao, of their empire, who is just a son who wants to prove that he's not useless and that he's worth something and that he should not be abandoned like he already was. Too bad, he also goes through many trials himself and develops over time.

There is a span of years involved, places change, people change, people die and people disappear and some run away - and sometimes war is just something you can't escape.

The description of battles was wonderfully done, the strategies were great (as someone who is history battle obsessed I admire the thoughtfulness put into it) and it's still not too much.

Prepare for laughter. For crying and for fulfillment while reading this novel. It's wonderful journey of feelings and dedication and devotion. Of loyalty, of humanity and of rediscovery of self.

OVERALL:

✭ Characters: 5 - fantastic development of main characters. This story spans through set of years and don't let the age difference put you off.

✭ Side characters: 5- Fantastic, detailed, you care for them.

✭ Story: 5 - Very easy to follow and Suika and Rynn helped a lot with their footnotes!

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chrysanthenum
chrysanthenum rated it
April 9, 2020
Status: c30
What a magnificent and pleasant masterpiece! This novel has so far exceeded my expectations.

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At first, the main character is a shameless and rich boy who spends money prodigiously and has a carefree approach towards life. He spends all of his time having fun with his aristocratic friends in the Capital in order to build connections, while neglecting his studies. One day, he saves a barbarian s*ave (ML) who soon becomes devoted to protecting him. When You Miao's family situation becomes unfavorable to him, he resolves to move into his late mother's dilapidated estate with his new loyal servant and become an independent man. After this event, the MC undergoes huge character development and builds a beautiful relationship with the ML. He restores his new home to its former glory, learns farming techniques, and takes on projects to improve both his own living conditions as well as many other poor people's while studying hard for imperial state exams! The MC soon realizes that he does not treat the ML as a servant anymore; in fact, he has naturally and slowly become his lover. While You Miao cannot currently afford his former ways of luxurious spending, he finds happiness in this hard-working, but comfortable lifestyle filled with enlightening experiences. However, after performing extremely well on exams and mixing himself in the political and social landscape, the main character encounters dire circumstances. The war has broken out, the imperial court is in inner turmoil, the enemies are winning, the people are becoming more and more desperate, and everything is threatening to collapse.

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The main character is absolutely endearing. He is quite shameless, quick-witted and stubborn, but very clear on his principles. In fact, You Miao undergoes an admirable character change throughout his journey. He learns to become independent, work hard, look at the bigger situation, and get himself together when he has to. What I found very commendable is that he willingly helps people in unfavorable situations despite the consequences it may have on him. In fact, the main character begins to value more the lives of other people as he starts to understand that although they may lead different lifestyles than him, they are very similar to him—they all have sadness, fury, despair, happiness, dreams, hopes, and loved ones to take care of—which is why he feels so inclined to help when he sees people in need. Although he is the young master of a rich family, he doesn't use his advantages to look down on others, but more as a means to provide assistance for others. He isn't afraid of getting dirty and doing menial tasks in order to accomplish his goals, and even took care of the main lead and let him sleep in his room although he was only considered a s*ave.

The romance is a slow-burn, but it is portrayed realistically and naturally. From the interactions between the main character and the main lead, it is evident that they are in perfect harmony and that they hold mutual respect and a deep affection for each other. The main lead doesn't talk much and isn't as literate as You Miao, but he shows his tenderness and thoughtfulness for the main character by taking care of him and demonstrating his support in You Miao's aspirations.

The plot of the story is also incredibly engaging. I particularly enjoyed reading about You Miao and the main lead's life at a small farming village and how they managed to restore a run-down estate. I equally appreciated the scholarly discussions between You Miao and his teacher when he was preparing for the imperial state exams and You Miao's thought process on certain topics about one's lifestyle. Reading their exchanges and opinions felt very enlightening, as if the reader was the one being taught. The concepts, strategies, plans, and ideas conversed and debated about during this part of the book as well as when You Miao joined the political landscape provided me a better understanding of You Miao's character, making him more life-like. Throughout the novel, there were many sayings and poems, which really helped me to relate to the characters' sentiments by bringing the story and characters to life. The political affairs at the Capital were also very engrossing and suspenseful to read about. The situation is described meticulously with detail and it is interesting to see the battle of power in the imperial court as well as how the plot gradually develops to political disorder and war.

Lastly, the story is well-translated with many informative footnotes, which helped me gain a better understanding of life, issues, and the culture in ancient China. The author and translators are fantastic! I do not regret reading this beautiful tale and am waiting in anticipation for the next chapter. I highly recommend this novel to everyone who loves an informative, historical, thought-provocative, realistic, romantic, and fascinating read! <<less
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Jwel
Jwel rated it
August 17, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a well-written novel. I really love the interaction and progress of the characters.

Characters:

MC is a spoilt young master. When his father sent him to capital to study, he rebelled and use the money to get a connection from other young Master. He is a smart person and not a weak damsel in distress. His character growth is well written.

ML is a s*ave MC saved. He is very loyal. At first, he is quiet and only acts as a s*ave. His character also grew very well. He is an... more>> optimistic person. 7 years of s*avery didn't destroy his spirit. One time MC asks ML if he wants to kill Li Yan (the one who abuses him as a s*ave). ML just said that he is thankful of Li Yan cause it allowed him to meet MC.

The relationship between the MC and ML is the best part of this novel. As they start to live together, their understanding with each other grew. Both are loyal. No s*upid misunderstanding and no 3rd party.

ML: "Us Quanrongs doesn't have a home. Now my home is where you are"

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MC left his family when he found his scum father made his mistress and elder brother as an official wife and official eldest son. He knew that the servants are loyal to his stepmother, so he left and only brought ML with him.

What I like about MC was, he doesn't hate his elder brother. He understands that his elder brother also suffered without having a father. The elder brother is also a nice guy. He is not like his mother.

Leaving the house made him grew up. It shows how smart he is and how compassionate he is with poor people. This also made MC and ML relationship progress.

MC and ML shared brotherhood bonds with the 3rd prince and General Nie.

When the capital fell and 3rd prince became the emperor, MC became an official. MC did his best for the sake of the country. Even if he and the 3rd price (now Emperor) quarrel with each other about it, MC always think for the sake of the people.

When MC got stressed and tired of court issues, ML would just hug him and offered to run away and leave the country. It is very sweet. MC also thinks of running away and live a simple happy life with ML but he knew that the country needs him.

ML made a deal with the 3rd price (now Emperor) that he will work as a general and help them regain the capital in exchange, 3rd prince will lend him soldiers to defeat his elder brother and let him take MC away once he gets back to his clan.

There are lots of court drama but it is fun to read. I was so amazed on how MC thinks.

There is a part where MC advised the Emperor not to kill the former crown prince but didn't listen to him. The decision made the court chaotic. MC was so angry, he wanted the emperor to face the consequence of his decision. He decided to resign but the Emperor won't allow him to. He even sent ML to prison to stop MC from leaving. MC personally sent a box to the Emperor. Inside the box was the molar tooth the 3rd prince lose when protecting MC during their younger years. Emperor then decided to release MC and ML. Both went back to their villa and live peacefully. MC and ML were called back by the Emperor after few years.

MC and ML got married. MC blindfold ML and dress him in red. Everyone in the villa congratulates them. ML was stunned. When MC's father visit the villa, he asked what the occasion is. ML said that he got married. MC's dad then told MC that he should also find a wife. MC then told his dad that he and ML got married. MC's Dad passed out due to anger lol.

There is also a part where 3rd prince punched MC, ML goes berserk and attacks the 3rd prince almost killing him.

The saddest part of the novel was when General Nie died. MC dreamt of him patting his head. MC wakes up and ran outside. When the news came in that General Nie died, he cried so much. When he saw the corpse of Nie Dan, He cried till he passed out. Nie Dan won the war but he tried to pursue the leader and got captured. He was tortured gruesomely. I cried so much when they describe his corpse.

Another sad part was when 3rd prince went to war since Nie Dan died. Two of MC's friend rebelled. MC fought them and one died. He cried when he saw his dead friend's body. When the 3rd prince came back he was so angry. MC pleaded to let the family go and only punish those who joined the rebellion. He and Emperor quarreled again.

When the war was concluded, ML asked the Emperor to fulfill his promise. Emperor didn't want to lend troops to ML. MC got angry and found that the Emperor didn't want to fulfill the promise in the first place. MC stole the Emperor stamp and made a fake edict allowing ML to rally the soldiers against his elder brother. When Emperor found out, they quarreled to the point that MC was sent to jail. Even if MC was in jail, he was treated well since the Empress was his cousin. ML won the war and became the Quanrong King. The Empress told MC that when the Emperor found out, he demanded to kill any envoy or messenger sent by ML. MC laugh cause he know that Emperor will not do it and was just throwing a tantrum. In the end, the Emperor let MC go. When MC reached the gate, he saw ML and run to him.

Extra's

General Nie is one of the best characters in this novel. He only loves one woman, when his wife died, he didn't remarry. He is a big brother for MC and ML. He is also close to ML, despite knowing that ML was from the enemy clan and a Prince. The extra chapter about him and his wife breaks my heart. "Yun'er, I'm here." *sniff sniff

There is an extra when MC arrives at the Quanrong clan and help ML develop the city. His reaction was so funny once he saw that Quanron was quite primitive in many ways.

One funny extra was after the City develops, someone sent a woman to ML for marriage. MC was so angry that he ran away. He went back to the Capital. When the Emperor asks him about ML, he said he doesn't want to talk about it and doesn't care for ML. When someone said that ML was waiting outside the gate for hours MC was shocked. Emperor was like "you said you don't care so we didn't let him inside" lol. MC was so funny. He asked them to let ML in. MC then found that the woman was not for ML lol. It was for someone in their clan. MC was so embarrassed. Well in the end, ML coaxed MC to bed lol.

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Roro97
Roro97 rated it
March 30, 2020
Status: C60
OMG I really love this! This is the story of MC who is rich son that brought our s*ave ML, but then due to some threads of fate our MC lose some of his prestige and have to go back to the old house his mom brought before she died (summary describes well the story). I love MC. At first I thought MC is going to be annoying or winning like most rich sons but he isn't. He takes life as it comes and strive to make the best of opportunities. Although he was already quite good, there's a bit character development in addition. I love characters growth or change.

Also I love his relationship with ML.. It isn't like most BL or even BG Novels with mostly narration of falling in love first, in this they had pa pa pa in chap 3 already due to Mc's curiosity (plus the smutty scenes are well written). So their relationship was more like protecting each other and stand by as support for each other. But I think currently they're realizing their feelings??
ML is *blushes * blushes! I don't how to describe him sweetly but I guess I just did? Hahaha bc he is sweet. You will think after all he went through as s*ave, getting captured, beaten and coming from his so called Barbaric people that he will be a crazy Yandere but noooo he sweet, protective and always there for MC.
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turns out ML is a prince back in his tribe whose brother was trying to get rids of thats he finds himself there

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this novel good (politique, intrigue, plotting, smut, awesome protagonists). I definitely recommend, you should read it.
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Celissiye
Celissiye rated it
December 19, 2019
Status: c9
To start, MC isn't a dumb rock--he's a money-squandering rich boy... and, to be noted, at first the story starts a lil abusive for our poor ML, but don't be discouraged, this doesn't continue too long...

No one-dimensional characters here. All major side and main characters are interesting and multifaceted, none of them all bad or all good. For example, our MC didn't fall in love at first sight, want to do a good deed or anything like that when he first met the ML. No, the MC made an impulsive... more>> decision, spent too much money buying the ML and didn't want his invested money to go to waste! Other side characters includes old rich dad that sends money, aristocrat friends that seem mostly no-good wastrels, and there was also a grumpy doctor once. Perhaps the simplest character so far is the ML. Quiet and loyal after MC saved his life with money, but he seems to have a large amount of past to reveal.

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Here's a really good part. No beating-around-the-bush romance yet. MC and ML BANG in chapter 3, just because MC is curious. Frankly, it makes sense, nothing is inhibiting a rich kid like him from playing around, so he goes and does what his d*** tells him. None of the 'blush I'm too embarrassed BS'. Yet there's much to be invested in, for one, MC and ML have to get past master-servant thing and develop more feelings.

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The world building is filled with historical tidbits, all carefully footnoted by the translators, and quite a few action scenes are packed in. Those parts add thrill, while many other parts have a more domestic, slice-of-life feeling, with detailed merchant wares or political matters. There is no overblown family drama--well, there is, but in a way portrayed realistically.

Plenty of funny bits as well-->

The father and the MC get in a screaming match a couple times. To be honest, this was the most hilarious part of the novel for me so far. No, the MC wasn't in the 'right', neither of them were 'right'! Both were just being petulant rofl. The Dad started chasing MC around with a plank... saying, "I'LL BEAT YOU! YOU DAMN PUNK!"

Overall, I'd say the synopsis above reveals too much, it's practically the entire first book. Nevertheless, the first book was a joy to read. Want a little more mature of a story, give it a go!

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Not gonna lie... the novel image on the INFO page for this novel on the google doc is different than here, and it kinda SCARES me. But no where listed is tragedy... so I am sallying forth...

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Logophile
Logophile rated it
July 25, 2020
Status: c46
You'll never regret reading, I love the translation, the details! Especially the uke, dangg yall never expecr but
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he asked for it!!! And he's effin a minor HAAHAHHA

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okay we got some good, brave and responsible gong ahhh he's like a tigerrrr!! Rawrr loving thisss thank you translator, hope you're safeee!!
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HoneyMilkTea
HoneyMilkTea rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: c39
I am totally in love with this story.

First of all, the pacing and storyline is great. The relationship between the MC and ML do not seem forced, and their love for each other develops naturally and steadily, transcending their differences in background and race. While the MC can be childish at times, I quite like him and do not find him annoying as I do with some other protagonists. Throughout the story, the MC does have character development and becomes more mature. The ML is also quite likeable also, and... more>> I think the main couple balance each other out well. (And I cannot stress this enough, the love between the MC and ML is one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and pure ones I've ever read about).

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In the third book is where the angst really comes in. While some parts of it were really hard to read (torture, death, defeat, humiliation, etc.), I found myself being pulled in and unable to stop reading. The hardships and challenges the MC must face are portrayed wonderfully.

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All in all, I have enjoyed reading this novel a whole lot! The main characters are complex, reasonable, and smart. The storyline is interesting and well thought out. I will defintely be awaiting the full translation! <<less
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Kanchanok06
Kanchanok06 rated it
July 9, 2020
Status: Completed
Okay firstly I wanna say I already finished reading this novel a long time ago (Translated into Thai language)

since I decided to write this to share my thoughts on this novel even though my English is not good but because I love this novel so much.

This is the best BL novel I’ve ever read so far. I read a lot of very well known novels but I still can’t get over this novel.

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. It’s a very long story and very intense, very sad and a lot of happy moments, you will not disappoint in MC/ML at all. Their relationship is very deep. They’ve overcome all the hardships together. Always believe in each other no matter how hard their life would be. At first MC was very young so his actions might be a little bit childish but he’s not s*upid. The story is very realistic. And when he got older he became a very clever and mature person, also very dependable. As well as ML.

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the plot develops and conflicts become increasingly complicated during a story’s.

I swear to y’all this novel is very worth reading. I always recommend this novel to my friends.

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mintchoco
mintchoco rated it
April 17, 2020
Status: Completed
This is really good. I really love both MC's and ML's character, their interaction, their love, their determination, etc. The story keeps me absorbed until the end. (Too impatient, so I MTLed.) The plot is grand and very interesting. For me, there is no boring part at all.
Thank you so much, the translator and the author! For their superb job and for introducing this great novel!
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Achiless
Achiless rated it
January 11, 2020
Status: Completed
Edit edit: I LOVE THIS SO MUCH

edit: I take back pretty much everything I said about this book now that I've picked it up again and finished it. The original review can be found below.

This story IS a war + courtdrama novel and the MC DOES play a huge role in both. Btw the courtdrama isn't difficult to follow nor is it cringe/unrealistic/childish, so don't worry about that. It's actually cool af to see the MC become a renowned politician/strategist/judge or however you call it idk. It also is... more>> kind of slice of life cause we follow every detail of the MCs very realistic life. It's very mature story wise and NSFW wise (well at least in the beginning smh), it's not mature to the max like Jiang Jing Jiu; the novel has a semi serious tone with lots of light moments.

I still hold my opinion about the second book being a anticlimax. So book two seems like a filler, but does have contribution to the story.

Overall, the middle part is just badly done in comparison to the beginning and the end half of the book. The farming part (taking care of an abandoned mansion) is kind of too sudden and too OOC for the book, but that mansion will become a place where the MC will be known for and a place very important to him, so it's inclusion does make sense. It could've just been written better.

Another downpoint is that the reader has to fill in toouch information of the side characters' motives by themselves. Despite the mature politics and wars, this remains a novel after all and we want to fully know every characters motives instead of seeing almost a report of their actions. This problem is especially prominent in theiddle part of the story, where the ML was almost irrelevant. The ML doesn't have to be that relevant, but he was introduced as a relevant character so I expect him to stay that way. I didn't get his character development and I had to fill in the gaps myself. This all isn't too severe of a problem though, but it does bring my rating down by a star.

The MC's character is done really well tho. You follow him through his journey from a spoiled young master to a politician and hero many have to bow to. So he starts of as this spoiled young master, but he does have his morals and knows his place and surroundings. He saved the ML who was about to be killed, but still keeps on being good friends with the ML's former owner and abuser who is also MC's best friend who's from an important family. That shows that despite the fact that the MC has a good heart, he still has his ambitions, is smart and doesn't act unreasonable (after all, taking into account the time and place, it's only normal for a master to abuse their s*aves). So the MC is smart, but not invincibly strong like the characters in dogblood novels. He still has his desires and pride that sometimes gets ahead of him, and he's a young master after all so he will order people around and use his title to get what he wants. He goes through a development throughout the story and grows wiser, fighting to make the country better due to his morals and promises, despite actually rather wanting to just go chilling on the beach with the ML. The only thing I would've liked is for the author to emphasize more about how smart the MC is in the beginning of the story, cause his mind abilities in the exam arc came a bit too sudden (though not out of nowhere).

But overall it's a very good and exciting novel. I just had to bear with the farming part and get into the court drama (book 3) to continue and realise how much of a treasure this is.

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Original: Ok so bc of the tags and synpnosis on the translation site I actually thought it's gonna be an action packed war or courtdrama novel but it turns out to be a slice of life so far lmaoooo.

Well I'm no expert in classifying genres but book 2 reads as a slice of life so far. Book 1 was reaaallly good tho.
And I'm no fan of slice of life but it's still one of the best slice of life I've read so far. But then I don't rly read slice of life so...

The 2nd book is the MC trying to run an estate his mom has left him. So he's basically using all kinds of only-protagonists-can-do-it-and-succeed ways to bring the estate back to life so he can start a business.

At the start of book 3 he goes back to the capital, so maybe a change will occur there I dunno. (edit: book 3 is actually courtdrama lmao, but like rly subtly courtdrama. MC is dragged into the courtdrama by a side character. So far, it doesn't rly concern himself)

Maybe bc book 1 indicated more action that it became an anti-climax.

I love the relationship between the MC and the ML is sooo much. They're not intimate 24/7 but they will be from time to time. Also the s*x scene at ch3 was like wow. The writer was prob like "the sooner I write it the sooner I'm done" because after that R-18 scene we only get their bedroom activities summarized in like a few sentences if not only one.>: <<less
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hiryukaede
hiryukaede rated it
August 7, 2020
Status: Completed
This story really good!! Really recomendid to someone who like read abaut hard working, no drama, political, and ofc strong MC and ML relationship.

Literaly this is good novel to read for spend the time, its like to read a journey how people change to become more adult, and mature.

Firstly, when MC meets ML, he still become a s*ave and MC is the master, later, they build their relationship slowly, ML such a great material husband, and MC not like sissy type, and naive,.. at the beginning maybe a lot thinking... more>> of how spoiled rotten the MC is, and naive,.. but No, the MC not naive, after he learn he change slowly and totally become mature and amazing person,..

There is scene when MC let ML be free, and do not be s*ave anymore,... That scene really beatiful, and how ML treats MC its the best, noone love MC more than ML loves him, Also the smutty part its not feel digusting to read at all?.

No cliche plot like revenge ML/MC, no third party, no drama,.. this is so well written and feel realistic, and how MC and ML really start from zero to be Hero,... Totally amazing,.. <<less
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nazgul8126 rated it
July 15, 2020
Status: c45
Story: The summary above on the main page actually says it all so I won’t add any redundant information. Imperial China setting, with major focus on politics and power struggles.

The author impresses with the sheer variety and depth of struggles that MC would realistically have to face. Just using MC’s first major hurdle as an example... Transform his mother’s old barren estate into an enterprise that provides the livelihood for hundreds of families? It’d be easy to wave a hand, write a timeskip, and have MC magically grow crops... more>> after “working hard.” But the author does an excellent job at showing rather than telling how MC has to start from scratch but then finds tenants old and new to farm the land, employs laborers to renovate his home and build farming supplies, ensures a steady water supply, determines which crops to plant, occasionally gets swindled, etc while staying true to the idea that MC is a charismatic individual who establishes interpersonal connections and exploits them the best he can. These details enrich the story without overburdening it with mind-numbing minutiae.

This continues through the rest of the story, and you’ll find yourself thinking “oh wow, yeah, that would be an issue that would pop up.” These conflicts aren’t all as mundane as farming but range from familial (estranged father, well-meaning but frankly not as skilled half-brother), bureaucratic (placing well in the Imperial exams, currying favor with the young masters in the capital, throwing support to one imperial prince vs the other, fending against the scheming of other governmental officials) to militaristic (strategic fighting against the northern tribes, civil unrest, mutiny) to natural (flooding, droughts, food shortage). The cast is large and varied, reflective of the different people needed to keep a simple household or an entire nation running, and people naturally act in ways according to their own agenda—which doesn’t necessarily mean the best for MC/ML.

MC: The shou. A fairly unique character in that he is the son of a (granted, exorbitantly rich) merchant rather than the typical prince or official’s son or cultivist that usually play protagonist in this type of setting. Excellent character development. MC starts off as a self-aware but spoiled and flirtatious young master who was sent by his mercantile father to study and, more importantly, establish connections with the powerful families in the capital. His initial very sticky/flirtatious personality is hard to read but MC matures organically through arc two and later turns down the affections/offers of some very powerful people, in loyalty to ML.

ML: The gong. Fits the bill of being OP, stoic, physically gifted, and indulgent/dedicated to the MC. He is half Han Chinese and half Quanrong (northern tribe). I’m hopeful his background is explored further in the second half of the novel still to be translated.

Relationship development: Smut in chapter 3 and more afterwards. That is all.

Just kidding. Relationship starts out superficial, with a huge power disparity between MC and ML as master and s*ave, respectively, but quickly becomes deeper.

Critiques: Nothing glaring. MC/ML aren’t safe from remaining completely unscathed with the fall of the nation but they irrefutably have protagonist halo in some very insane scenarios. <<less
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Ninjagal
Ninjagal rated it
May 15, 2020
Status: c38
And wow this is amazing. The world building, the intimacy that develops between MC and Ml. The character growth. The family dynamics. It's very very realistic. I was engaged the whole time, no matter which part. I savor each and every progress/development of all the characters (yes even the side ones). And I love MC's relationship with different people in the story.

I want to see more of ML's tribe customs that was mentioned early on. And hope we can get an arc that has more details about ML!!

Over I can't... more>> get over it. I love it to bits. Definitely would recommend this as a MUST READ!!!! <<less
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anotherworld20
anotherworld20 rated it
January 26, 2021
Status: Completed
I love it from the start,
There is no regrets reading this novel,

Author are very good at building stories and sometimes tricking us, lifting us up and dropping it right away. Managed to make me scared and nervous when the war issue entered the capital city...
I was afraid even though I knew I was safe at home.
I can feel the cruelty and the fear of war. The sacrifices of all the women were very heroic and terrifying.

I'll be honest, government affairs are sometimes boring but this... more>> book managed to make me interested and even surprised in an unpredictable way...

There is a plot twist that makes you nervous,
During the civil war, when everyone sacrificed for their kingdom but ended up killing each other's

*SPOILER

CHARACTER

You Mao from a spoiled and extravagant young master to the one who defends the kingdom from invaders... I love his Sha qiao (spoiled) character

Li Zi Feng first he quiet and awkward, when he lost everything he was saved by You Mao and found his purpose in life again... I still remember when he saw You Mao in the dark with the light glass lantern.. the first sight turns into love forever...

I love their life together in the village, their little gestures are very sweet, funny moments together... managed to make me sad and laugh...

SUPPORTING CHARACTER

All the supporting characters can make me fall in love with them, which made an impression on my heart.

Why nobody care about Qiao Jie ? Everyone worry about You Mao and Li Zi Feng not married yet, But Qiao Jie is 5 years older then You Mao and he is single.... where is his love one ?

When Ping xi and Li Yan die, it really hurt... your childhood friend who is struggling and fighting together has died and is against you... it's strange that in here I cry more for their brotherly love than for MC & ML

Li Yan is very sad, he is just ambitious but he is not wrong...
who would have thought a fun-loving playboy would be so loyal to his wife... I am very sad by the love story of him and Mrs Tang

Nie Dan, I am sure everyone feels life is not fair to him

Zhao Chao, his love for You Mao is very strong, a man who is lonely and often underestimated, making him the one who killed his father and brother for power... is he wrong?

Zhao Zuo (Taizi), exiled, become an eunuch and killed by his younger brother..... He is not a bad man... He just unlucky man.... ahhh poor guy...

You Han Ge even though he is a step brother, but he is kind and sincere... sometimes I feel sorry for him

EXTRA CHAPTER

There is three extra, first it will make you laugh and a second will make you cry... the love story about Nie Dan. The third is about what happen when You Mao go to Li Zi Feng hometown. <<less
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ria.green
ria.green rated it
February 10, 2020
Status: --
I like this a lot so far! Enthusiastic consent on the part of the MC - no shy, retiring flower but also no super-slutty shamelessness (not that there's anything wrong with that). ML is a former barbarian s*ave and there's mention that he was forced to be a beds*ave, which I really don't like, but if you bear with it, the MC frees him pretty quick and then he's just a devoted companion for the rest of the story. No insta-love for either of these guys. MC is a bratty... more>> 2nd generation heir who slowly matures throughout the story, but even at his worst, he's still clever and ultimately kind at heart. <<less
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Chairgod
Chairgod rated it
March 20, 2020
Status: c29
Very good story isn't exactly new idea but It takes a general idea that has be repeated for many stories like this and makes it interesting to read. It isn't all about yaoi and happy love. It got alot of action and alot scheming.

Not just a 100 chapter of building stuff. A main character that is a man that feels like a man not just a man that like a woman.
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ashhat
ashhat rated it
November 29, 2020
Status: c54
Imma be honest here, I started this book because of the smut tag.

It led to reading for 20 hours nonstop about ancient Chinese politics and a distinctive and compelling set of characters with their own morals, ambitions, and loyalties.

Not to deny the superb-ness of the smut, the smut was incredible. But my admiration is for the story structure, the thought put into it from beginning to end.

The way events are presented at the first half to serve as foreshadowing for the second half is absolutely beautiful. Theres no other way... more>> to describe it, it's beautiful because it adds so much more meaning to the plot and the characters, and provides a purpose for their motives and actions.

Spoiler

Sun Yu's teachings to You Miao carry over from his most important government decisions to the way he decides to live—where his loyalties lie, the way he handles himself in dire situations, and how he takes up his responsibilities in the third and fourth novels. His teacher's words are mentioned word-for-word, again and again, and they clearly serve as the basis for his actions and priorities.

The beautiful part about it is You Miao's growth, the way he makes these teachings, these words into his own, which are indeed in line with yet another teaching from Sun Yu, when he reprimanded him for not developing his own coherent thoughts about the texts he read and instead just read for the sake of reading.

More general foreshadowing such as the initial mention by Zhao Chao to You Miao about Lie Dan's unwavering loyalty to the throne and unwillingness to betray even for him, becomes an extremely important plot point in the fourth book when Lie Dan's principles and duty to the Taizi emerge above his comradery with the third prince.

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As with most novels, this does have its own "protagonist halo" present for the MC and ML, but the character development is enough to provide a justification for some of it.

There is no way to not think after reading this novel, it's so full of marketing and historical references, the footnotes are excellent, and the relationship between the characters are inexplicably heartbreaking.

There's a lot to think about. But there's nothing to think of if you're debating on reading this. <<less
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A123456789
A123456789 rated it
October 3, 2020
Status: c52
One of the best novels I’ve ever read. First and foremost, the drama is mostly in chronological order and there is no complex narratives. Storyline development is superb. ML and MC’s love is unique. Although it’s typical relationship between s*ave and master, it’s not simple and boring. Every plot twist is beyond my expectations. Entices me to read all chaps in one go. I’d recommend this novel to everyone who love ancient china bls. Rating 6/5.
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SpicaGG
SpicaGG
June 21, 2020
Status: c5
Ok so let me leave a review 1st and says I did not expect this. So far the story is very interesting and really diff than the others. Warning tho, it is realistic. So if u r looking for fluffy, fairy tale like story, tis is not it.

And anthr note, the translation is excellent.I mean I appreciate everyones efforts in translating but sometimes wen it's bad it really gv me headache tryin to figure out head or tails.
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