Tyrannical Wang’s Beloved Wife

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Other people’s bad reputation, if not because of themselves, then it’s slandered by others. Jing Wan’s bad reputation wasn’t because of herself, but schemed by her future husband. Hong Yuan’s bad reputation wasn’t caused by others, but of his own design, only for the sake of marrying the woman he has had eyes on for two lifetimes! One unable to take a bride, one unable to marry. Because he was the number one handsomest man, but she wasn’t the number one beauty. So it was still her who has earned? What the hell?

After marrying, the husband’s close beautiful servant girls didn’t try to crawl onto the bed, but instead served her like an ancestor. The previous stewards didn’t monopolize the power, but instead handed over in great detail all the properties and even the husband’s private funds. So strange no matter how one looks at it! After getting along day and night, she discovered that her husband suffers from a severe case of crazy, please cure!

“Husband, just what do you like about me? I’ll change, just please stop being weird.”

His disease acting up in seconds, telling you with his actions, just how strong his possessive desires towards you are, that’s how much care you must give back.

Alright, for the sake of his disease not becoming more severe, and seeing how there’s no little three or little four and other little demons, Jing Wan rolled up her up sleeves and went all out.

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Lalalili
New Lalalili rated it
July 6, 2020
Status: --
Both author and translator have done a really good job with this story. Although the plot was a little bit slow but the story flow seamlessly, MC is smart but not super OP (unlike those OP doctor/assassin transmigrator MC), ML is OP but still believeable considering his background. There were some cliches but not that many, there were also some s*upid antagonists, but some have character depth.
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New [email protected]
June 24, 2020
Status: c240
wOw. 5/5 stars.

this novel has a lot of worldbuilding. in the first one hundred chapters-ish, no romance whatsoever. usually, I'd complain about that but I think that it was better for the novel to have more worldbuilding in this case, elaborating about the MC's relationships with her very 3-D characters. like, chef's kiss for the author and translator.

I heard (read) some complaints about it goes against the readers bottom line and how yandere the ML was but like....., it was to PROTECT her ! ! ! nevermind the usual... more>> op mary-sue that holds her halo up with two devil horns (that inevitably attracts the ML) but this FL better suits the modern-day black-white-grey moral ethics that we all have, crossing some lines, just not her own. snaps for her tbh.

anyway, ML is actually ahead of his time because in case anyone has forgotten, this is a historical-fiction novel. sure, in modern-day romances this would def be a red light for anybody, but let's not forget the setting, which plays a H U G E part in understanding everything. the worldbuilding, political schemes, characters, none of these are simple, even the MC's mom, who is literally one of the most naive characters, shows signs of damaged mental health and unusual tolerance that would be considered 'virtuous'. don't get me started on her dad... the parents just really frustrate me okay like if the MC wasn't already mentally 25-30 years old I think the parents would have screwed her over quite a bit.

the translator... absolutely immaculate, I say this with love and respect, Jen (TL) gives such detailed explanation that anything I was confused about was immediately cleared up and I even got p I c t u r e s <3. yay Jen! I heart you pls give this reader more fuel <3 but also rest I know its tiring.

okay, okay... let's move on to... the incredibly detailed side stories bc let me tell you, there are so many potential novels inside of this novel it's insane I mean so much fanfic fuel lemme tell you-- but I'm not going to go read the novel's translation and give hearts to Jen the TL! On a side note, I'll probably do another review after the translation is complete but the rating will probably stay the same.

xoxo, MiRA

currently listening to: The Night, Lovewave <<less
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jenmini
jenmini rated it
December 9, 2018
Status: c300
To be honest the synopsis the author wrote does not do the story justices, because it's nothing like how the tone implies. The story is actually quite dark and serious. A fair warning though, I am quite bias towards this story mostly because it hits all the points I personally like in these kinds of stories, so the things pointed out in this review are more or less focused on the aspects I liked, but can't define the entire story as whole, and may not suit everyone's taste either.

When I... more>> found this story, what attracted my interest the most was that the ML was a 'rebirth' character. Since I purely read these female centric type transmigration/reincarnation stories, I found this aspect interesting. MC is a modern person that reincarnated into this world. Like 'Eight Treasures Trousseau' MC, she recovers her memories of her past life in her childhood. By the start of the story both ML and MC have already been in this 'world' for a few years now.

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BTW MC is the same person in both of ML's two lifetime/timeline. She reincarnated into this world and not transmigrated into someone else's body. It does get revealed a bit later on in the story though.

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The story on the ML's side is a lot like 'Rebirth of the Malicious Empress', except a more selfish and haughty Shen Miao with a dick. Just like Shen Miao, because of the second chance, he's pretty much seen through the true faces of how the people around him are, so he becomes even more vicious and tyrannical compared to how he really was in the past life. His sole focus in this second life is really more so trying to be with MC though.
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In fact, in his past life he was purposefully raised useless and debauch too. Because then he'd be too useless to fight for the throne, yada yada. If it wasn't for meeting MC he probably would have gave up on life. Her unconditional kindness pretty much changed him, and why he eventually falls for her. MC's death in the first timeline was one of his greatest regrets, so he devotes his entire second chance into trying to prevent her going down that path again.

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As for the MC, she's a open-minded and calm person, very optimistic and adapts to all kinds of situation well. She's not stubborn and doesn't view everything in this world from a modern person perspective, she more or less understands and adapts to the norms of the setting. Her being very logical and perceptive is what I like about her the most, she understands what not to do and what she can do, but at the same time isn't completely cold-hearted.

For the beginning part of the story the romance is very one-sided, because as the story starts, MC doesn't even know ML exist and doesn't officially meet him until much later. Though ML is constantly stalking/guarding her, and manipulating things behind the scenes to prevent certain things from happening, trying to prevent her tragic death in his past life. A lot of the the story is about MC's day to day happenings and her relationship with her family. MC's interactions with her grandparents are probably the most heartwarming and my most favorite things about this novel.

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One of my most favorite scene in the novel is when MC bonds with her grandfather over flowers. Her grandfather is a strict and stern person that everyone in the family is scared of, but he has a love for growing flowers. It's so sweet watching him become like a cute grandpa around MC, and everyone being shocked seeing this side of him.

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There's also not a lot of cliche villains or canon fodder in this novel for random conflicts. To be honest in the beginning parts it's a pretty chill slice of ancient chinese life type feel. The antagonists in this novel I find sometimes to be more logical, they aren't purely just one-track minded want power just because of power. They have a deeper psychological reason for their ambitions.

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For example, MC's third uncle is her grandfather's only shu son. His ambitions for climbing up higher more so stems from the fact that he's an unfavored son and wants his father to look at him and be proud of him. He's jealous of his di brothers because they 'don't work as hard as him' but are still 'loved' by his father.

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Other points I liked:
- The cast of characters are quite colorful and unique; no one is too cliche or a cookie cutter type character too much, they all sorta have their own depths as a character
- Minimal glaring inconsistencies; at least not too many that I've notices, annoys me when authors forgets their own plot
- Her loving and supportive family; not everyone is constantly trying to scheme against or is jealous of her just because reasons.
- MC not doing anything s*upid for the sake of plot; I hate when a smart MCs go s*upid for plot convenience
- ML's extreme level of pampering MC
- Not every female is trying to get into ML pants cuz he good-looking, in fact most avoid him like the plague; he's more hated than liked.
- ML's servant's salty inner dialogues complaining about their master
- Badass martial art master nanny that guards MC like a mother hen <<less
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diviningknife
diviningknife rated it
January 13, 2019
Status: c26
I figured I could do my part to give back as the audience and as a reader to determine if this is something you from the future would decide to take a chance on.

Summary of Review

    • The writing keeps you hooked without too much infodump and proceeds at a fair pace. It aligns true to the law of measuring what is important to know and tightly presents the kind of perspective that allows for reader interpretation. The ratio and flow is consistent and commendable.
    • There is quite a bit of depth to these characters, and their internal motives create a larger spiderweb of connections which makes it feel more real. Even secondaries are much more complex and faceted; they are given room to breathe and it makes the interplay tense and meaningful.
    • The translator has a solid length in footnotes and explanations, while also drawing attention to specific passages in particular. It's a cut above exemplary and there's even a list of characters as well as glossary for historical notes which really shows the dedication undertaken.
Writing - The writing is very pleasantly shaped around the intentions of what they want to portray. There's a careful cultivation in the balance of describing the setting while also giving background information which seamlessly merges as a narrative to transport. As an artist, the medium would be comparative to watercolors; enough suggestion to boost one's own imagination while emphasizing the distinctive plot points. The writer devotes a portion of attention to the craft and it shines through rather brilliantly. The pacing here is more introspective but it doesn't indulge in lingering; everything has its place and everything has a weight.

Characters - This is of higher caliber than its contemporaries when it comes to showing, not telling. The main character in particular, has a couple of conversations that actually flesh out her reputation; as a reader I do see the sincerity with which she follows the traits the author laid out. Jing Wan is a fascinating person in the occupation of the protagonist because she's a departure from the usual cast. She has a deliberate kind of reasoning behind her actions and she measures these with realistic restraint.

The male lead, Hong Yuan, is also rather interesting in a refreshing way. At the moment more of this is due to his circumstance, given he's lived two lives, but the shadow of his devotion to the MC is one of the critical features which keeps this spinning. You wonder about their history together, and also what his plans for courting are. It feels like there should be a Yandere tag on this, but even in those terms Hong Yuan has some chill and hasn't rushed to press Jing Wan into a romance. Time is still unfolding for the persuasion of love and I value that development highly.

Incidentally, Luo Pei Shan (MC's grandfather) is a favorite and I want to see more cute times with him. The family as has been described has a lot more going under the surface of the water, and can't be easily confined to one archetype. A highlighting instance in particular, comes from Lady Liu-shi from the Third Branch of the Luo family. She is mother to Jing Ling (jealous rival of MC) and in the midst of scolding her daughter over the transparent schemes, you start to feel sympathetic because Liu-shi also has her own trials and tribulations.

It reminds you that all people are just trying to survive. This has political plotting very much at the forefront, and since it's still being set up with all the players I'm always looking forward to the latest update.

Translation - As mentioned, the translator is quite superb with their efforts but they take an extra mile outside of the story to help supplement one's understanding. I especially like the formatting for the list of characters, it's laid out very concisely for reference and I use it when the names are barraging too much. In regards to the footnotes, I enjoy the way they explain the idioms and the translator notes serve an additional layer of engagement. It marks the passage with timestamps, glimpses of their own personal life and sometimes bits of information that spark an illuminating thought. The update schedule is also rather amazing, twice per week and I feel rather spoiled. I'm grateful they picked this up and decided to share the lovely story as it hits five points in my targeted heart range.

On an aside, there will be aspects which are problematic in this story; as there is in everything. It's the prerogative of the audience to know their bottom lines or dislikes and give their opinions accordingly. This still has some truth of those that perhaps have not even read it yet, particularly in the case if it hasn't been tagged appropriately. I am a firm believer in trigger warnings and the like, so I understand if something potentially iffy comes up in a situation. However, I also feel like exploring certain darker emotions and the like can be very cathartic and even enjoyable especially in the safe space of fiction. I am not one to kinkshame, much. I feel that as long as you know what you're getting into by reading the summary and managing your expectations with what the setting the author has provided, then you have been sufficiently prepared moving forward. There is basis insofar as debate and discussion on what portrayals of healthy relationships should be like but every person's journey defining that by experience will be different and we can only hope to draw clear lines where able. So tagging and calling out issues etc. The twists and turns that come, if it doesn't work for you then it doesn't and dropping the story is also perfectly acceptable.

Finally, I am ending this rather overwrought with ridiculous prose review, with things I enjoyed:

    1. The genuine affection between Luo Old Madam and Luo Pei Shan. It was very bittersweet a realization to know that they both acknowledge that she could have stood in his home as the one and only. But she decided not to wreck their harmony with being more selfish and both my head and heart understand that ache.
    1. Aaahhh, the whole thing about the ink orchid, how Grandfather Pei Shan understood Jing Wan wasn't intimidated or fearful of him which in turn makes him happy. Because I feel that feel!! And then! When her father sold her out by mentioning the insights she had, to the grandfather, the follow up of that! It was just so heartwarming for Pei Shan to state his support for finding a good marriage for Jing Wan I was like ;A; and then TT^TT when he encouraged her to read up on the newspaper of political stuff! Trusting in her ability!
    1. The introduction of the fact that, to the public, the ML is infamous for indiscriminately favoring beautiful men and women for only 7 days of pampering. For context, it's to prop up his bad reputation due to //spoiler// plot reasons. Which I don't know yet, but his identity seems rather complicated from hints received? I just found it really funny because it makes the "curse breaking" that much more sweeter. Reformed rakehells are <3
Okay, wait, I also want to spoiler two passages to give a bit of taste!!

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CHAPTER 10 - Grandfather Luo Pei Shan's thoughts on Jing Wan

He'd never thought himself to be a good person, but he wasn't someone who purely pursued after benefit and power either. Everything he did, no one in his family refuted, all believing it to be reasonable and expected. He himself was also accustomed to this. However, after hearing his second son relay those words, it suddenly provoked a feeling of being trusted, understood, and acknowledged. Seemingly, compared to others' 'indifference', this kind of feeling made him happy. It was like as if a person, who was walking alone, suddenly discover that they actually weren't alone. In a place unknown to him, the other person took all his efforts to heart, and furthermore, felt that he did well.

CHAPTER 17 - Grandmother Luo's Husband Qualifications for Jing Wan

When it came to Jing Wan, Luo Old Madam naturally wouldn't be polite, "First, his character has to be good, and needs to have ambition. As for appearances, he doesn't need to be too handsome, but at least needs to be proper. His family situation needs to be simple, especially the future mother-in-law must not be scornful. Best if their personality is more gentle. Our family's second son will probably be just that in this lifetime, so I won't ask for the other party's family background to be extremely good either. It's enough as long as he can be good to Wan Wan."

"This requirement of yours, to say it's high, it's not high. But to say it's low, it really isn't low either."

"This requirement still not low? It's already pretty good that I didn't ask for the other party to not take concubines, not have tongfangs, and only have our Wan Wan in his eyes." Luo Old Madam was a bit unsatisfied with Chen Old Madam's words.

Once her words were out, it really shocked everyone. Who picks son-in-laws like this?

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blazikens
blazikens rated it
January 6, 2019
Status: --
Edit: To the review above.... Um. My review is my opinion, and I'm sorry, but I don't really care if the ML shows his 'passion' to the MC only. Full offense, but there's NEVER a justification for a man taking advantage of a woman, even if it's a supposedly 'awkward' situation where it's his first time and he loves her. I don't care at all, and frankly, the fact that you're excusing a man's actions in a situation of sexual assault (especially when one is a minor) is an insult... more>> to all the women who are and have been victims of sexual assault.

Anyway, I hate polygamy too, but that's not my issue with the story here. My issue is that his 'passion' presents as unhealthy possessiveness to the point where he regards the underage MC as his possession basically, and it's dangerous to romanticize dark emotions like that, when they usually end up leading to not only toxic but abusive relationships. Especially when you have young, impressionable readers saying they wish they could have a boyfriend like that....

Also....I don't like TMR either, so I'm not sure why you brought that up lol. I dropped that novel when I read the spoilers of that scene in question, and there's no double standard here: Maybe it would be if I liked that story while hating this one, it would be, but I hate both equally lol. Although maybe I dislike this one more, because the ML is a freaking psycho. The ML in TMR is a man child, but he doesn't behave as atrociously as this one - but don't get me wrong, I still don't like him lol.

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No offense to the translator, who does an amazing job, but the romance in this story is deplorable and downright unhealthy.

I was going to put this point at the end, but I realized this is what made me so mad and disgusted: It's from the spoiler thread, but it was so disgusting I'm not going to put it in btwn spoiler tags:

There's an incident where the ML kidnaps the MC and when she is unconscious, the ML touches her all over and squeezes her breasts, saying how even tho they're small, they are still 'tasty' and that they have a few years to grow.

Not to mention that she's a minor and the ML is an adult, even if they were both adults, this is something so disgusting and extremely problematic that I'm not sure how no one in that spoiler thread didn't react violently to it. Like..... sexual assault will NEVER be acceptable, and the way the ML touches her all over without any consideration for her opinion (and when she's unconscious!) just shows how he views her as his possession - no matter how the story tries to convince us the readers he 'loves' her.

If this is the type of love you're into, then I'm sorry, but that is just appalling. There is nothing you can say to justify this as 'romantic' or 'healthy', especially when so many women are suffering from sexual abuse and r*pe worldwide at the hands of men.

Now onto my other points:

For starters, it's between a 22 yr old man and a 14 yr old. Don't try to justify it by saying it was acceptable back then. It was only acceptable back then because women had no rights and men were allowed to do whatever they wanted with them. Just because it was 'acceptable' back then doesn't make it suddenly okay or justifiable, especially when stories like this is what normalizes obviously horrific and pedophilic relationships between minors and adults. It's never okay. (Also, I don't give a crap if the MC's soul is 36 or whatever lol, it's still creepy af. Especially because the ML doesn't know that.)

Secondly, simply put, the ML is a psycho. A yandere if you're familiar with the term. Many people like this type of ML, and to each their own, but don't realize the unhealthy implications it has. The reason why I dislike this type of ML so much is because they are possessive to the point of insanity, and if the object of their obsession ever rejects them, they will either A) kill them or B) force themselves on them. Idk why that's attractive to so many people, especially when that's grounds for an abusive relationship, but there you go.

And that's where I'm going to stop. I could keep going on, but I'm just so thoroughly disgusted by this story and by its proclamation of it being a romantic story that I'm going to go calm down. Also, once again no offense to the translator, but comparing this story to Chongfei Manual isn't doing it any favors - especially when that story is very clearly a story between a pedophile and his groomed victim. I'll never forget the phrase I read in that story, which I had enjoyed previously when I was much younger and not aware of the implications it had, where the ML of Chongfei Manual is happy to see how the FL "his little flower" had grown - which is just how I've seen in shows and such a pedophile would refer to their victim. I remember even reading someone's comment on how creepy that line was, and if it were anyone other than the ML, it would be very creepy. YUCK. (ALSO: It's so weird how the prince ML keeps hanging around a freaking 6 yr old and is interested in her, ugh I'm getting sick just thinking about it). <<less
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Ziaoi
Ziaoi rated it
January 24, 2020
Status: extra c28
I've been wanting to give this novel a very thorough review so that I could give good feedbacks both for translator and readers, so I went ahead and MTL. Although some details are missed, I greatly enjoy it because the MTL is not that bad. Maybe because the original version of this novel has very neat chinese grammar?

Warning the spoilers attached are considered to be mild. It wouldn't give you too much, but still would incite you. Don't worry, I don't spoil any of the 'big surprises', most of... more>> them is probably predictable if you're following the latest chapters. However, don't click them if you haven't started reading yet.

What I love about this novel;

    1. The story itself is very thorough, very detailed. Just like what you expect when you read a historical novel. I even want to give the novel a better title, because 'Tyrannical Wang's beloved Wife' is a bit corny and make you expect those cheesy over-bearing male lead plot. If you really expect those, you will be disappointed. This novel is thick on plot and politics.
    2. Following the first point, if you really expect some nonsense romance between a yandere male with docile and weak female, you are greatly mistaken. I really, really enjoy the romance. It's not an abusive romance plot. During the first half of the novel, you're dealing with a lot of inner yard conflicts and basic political scheme, how women behave in the ancient era, etc. But after LHY and JW got married, the novel focused on their romance and dive even deeply into the 'game of thrones'. If I were to describe LHY and JW's relationship, I would refer to the KDrama 'Cheese in The Trap' as the closest example I know, only with deeper psychological theme and more serious plot. You know Yoo Jung is very manipulative to the people around him, know how to use them, but scared for Hong Seol to find his truth.
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      In the contrary, LHY is actually eager to show his truth, yearn for acceptance from his beloved. Even though he is eager, he stays in line, respecting JW, slow but sure opening up to her. Like I said, it's not an abusive relationship. His approach is unbearably soft that I even felt moved. He doesn't force her in any way.

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      JW, unlike Hong Seol, is capable on accepting LHY as he is. Rather than give off the vibe she was surpressed, she become true to her nature around him. She didn't try to change him, only 'soften' him up a bit in some occasions, instead it's more like he influenced her more.

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      I often discussed with my friends how wonderful it is for a yandere to love another yandere, and that's what exactly JW and LHY are. Lol. It's a lot of fun.

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      She understands him, he understands her, nothing could be more beautiful. I often find myself liking the 'aloof' and 'not-attached-to-love' female leads in most transmigration story, like in Dreamer in Spring Boudoir, Virtuous Wife, Destined Marriage with Fragrance due to their 'coolness' on feelings because women often portrayed as 'easily swayed by feelings'. But, this novel give something that is quite refreshing; what if both sides love each other fiercely? So deep and fierce it was equal and balanced between them?

      Equal in power, equal in throne, equal in love? I really love the idea.

      And although LHY's absolute goal is to make JW happy, the story doesn't become sappy. Not all 'worldly affairs is not important, our love is the most important so let's just focus on feelings'. No! The depth, the plot, every aspect is satisfying. So, no, this novel is not the one you seek for headless romance.
    3. Raising concerns for mental illness. Yes. Of course with this level of male lead, you know there is something terribly wrong with him. What's wrong? What happened? All of this are explained in the novel.
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      I think LHY suffers from severe PTSD due to the last event of his life. With JW's death and everything that happened afterwards.

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      When I read his story, it was sad. It gives me more understanding on his character, and why he is such a person. It was different than the sudden sad background story of any possesive male lead like Christian Grey's. There is some sentence in the novel that I like;
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      'she doesn't like to talk about love, but if you let her see your heart and tell her with actual actions, that she's your only one, then it is not difficult to get her heart. Therefore, even if she knew LHY had a psychological problem, she would not hide from him'

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      You will also see JW's background, why she does things, why she has certain attitudes. The most important thing is when the right people become couple, they heal each other.
    4. Characters with 3D personalities. Characters in this story, main or side, have layers in their attitudes. A person has many sides, the one that you see maybe not always true. It makes the story more interesting and you cannot really guess where the plot brings you.
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      One of the best example of this is probably Luo Jing Ying. She is one of the most interesting character in this novel, in my opinion.

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      Be extremely careful when you sympathize or judge some characters. This novel will prove every. cliche. wrong.
    5. Every mystery and sub-plot of this novel will be greatly satisfied. Sometimes I often be disappointed of abrupt ending of some historical novels. So what happened to person A? How about person B? How is the relationship between C and D? Some bits are, for example,
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      Why LHY was able to rebirth?

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      With having long chapters, this novel satisfy reader's curiosity as everything will be out in the open. Usually when you see a novel with 300+ chapters, it makes you uncertain; will the story stay coherent with such length? Nevermind with the plotless 1000+ chapters of soap opera novels with secret births, annoying greentea b*tch*s and mean mother-in-law, this story is pretty concise with the length. Like Empress of Military Lineage, with better endings and dope extra chapters.
    6. There is no significant cannon fodder/greentea b*tches. Most of them are easily swept by one or two chapters. The biggest villains of the story are probably Le Cheng Emperor and Su Guifei. As the two were described negatively since the beginning of the story.
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      Well there are some reoccuring people...

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    7. Despite of LHY's past life cheat, things that happened in the current timeline affected by the butterfly effects due to a lot of changes he made. It's fun to see that he's not always the one with the upper hand, but I do want to praise him for being vigilant and careful at times.
I need to point out that, this story after all is still 'fiction'. Yes, it has realistic political power play, ancient household struggles, knowledgeable, great depth in aptitude, and mature timeline, but it's not relatable to the real life. Some part are too exaggerated, too dramatic, too perfect, as to support the plot and make the story interesting. You need to realize these things before denounce it 'bad'. In all consideration, Tyrannical Wang's Beloved Wife is still one of a kind, unique, and refreshing story in this genre.

Appreciate the writing, character-building, plot development, and its domino effect. Every turn is fun and unexpected. I do crave for real good possessive characters, yandere-type of story, you know? It satisfy my vanity and I don't think I can find better story than this, except maybe Lucia.

The novel has long chapters and the translator, Jen, has been working very hard. Please do support her and give this novel a proper rating. It makes me sad that novels as serious as this got a so-so rating. I think I will edit this review again, just to make sure I have said everything that needed to be said.

Thanks for reading! <<less
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kireida23
kireida23 rated it
March 14, 2019
Status: c65
Novel wasn't too bad initially, but became rather boring with the intense focus on flowers, then became overly disgusting with the ML's actions and behaviors by ch. 65. ML is such a degenerate that any hope of a sweet romance between the ML and FL was squashed completely due to his perverted and obscene actions towards the FL, and she hasn't even met him yet. Seriously, midnight visits to molest her in her sleep is too far gone, especially since she doesn't even know him yet. He stalks her, controls... more>> her entire life, kidnaps her when she's unconscious, and molest her in her own home while she's sleeping. SCUM. BAG. <<less
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RabiezMonkey
RabiezMonkey rated it
June 4, 2019
Status: Completed
the sweetest couple I ever recognized.

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Female lead lived till the age of 80++ Even until her dead bed, she was a happy old granny. The Male Lead, at that time 90 y.o retired emperor. He departed at the same time with his beloved wife, still holding her hand, surrounded by his only son, the current emperor, and daughter, and also grandsons and grand daughters. Both Female lead and Male lead then buried inside one coffin, forever together till the afterlife.

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Quite a long story for me, but the ending was satisfying. Love the characters so much. Both protagonist and antagonist. Especially the female lead. She doesn't have any "ability" or secret space like other female leads in various transmigration novels. But her character is top notch. I prefer her much more...

A good material for binge reading. Hope that translator won't stop midway. Thank you so much... <<less
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draw2much
draw2much rated it
March 30, 2019
Status: c70 part2
"Tyrannical" is the key word for the ML, so at least the title isn't sugar coating anything. He's by no means a nice guy, nor is he a good guy either. In one of the chapters the translator said "obsessiveness" might also be treated as "haunting" (like a ghost). That's exactly the kind of love you see with the ML... if he's the ghost, the FL is the house. He 'haunts' her.

Wait, I believe the modern term for that is "stalker". Yes, he's a really rich and powerful stalker. With... more>> a cut-throat disposition and knowledge of the future.

I can't say he's a mentally healthy guy, but the author doesn't exactly portray him as healthy/good either. It's rather interesting that the author goes out of their way not to do so. If anything, the only time this guy seems sane is if he's thinking about something related to the FL (or if he met her or sees her). His allies "in the know" are very much looking forward to him settling down with her, just so they don't have to live on edge all the time.

That being said, I really like the FL. She's not OP, just has a deep love for plants and a mature disposition from transmigrating. Her attitude is very rational and generally matter-of-fact. She can't change her situation, so she makes the best of it. Her grandparents are adorable, and I love the relationship she has with her grandpa.

The translator does an excellent job too. <<less
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scriptor
scriptor rated it
February 6, 2020
Status: c145 part1
Probably my favorite yandere ML novel of all time. The novel's got an intricate plot, great characterization (everyone's a 3D character and they aren't red herrings going nowhere), and an unforgettable romance. Is happy ending by the way, since I couldn't wait and skipped to the raws LOL.

Favorite points for ML: he's yandere and quite pushy, but we get adequate backstory for why he's the way he is. Still, ML tries super-duper hard to control himself (he might slip occasionally, but that's called being human) so MC is never forced.... more>> Also, his crazy-pants devotion for her that also doesn't just come out of nowhere -- the more we learn about his first life, the more we feel sorry for him...

Favorite points for MC: she's cool and level-headed but deeply cares for her family. That kind of familial bond can be rare to find in novels and this novel does a great job of showing how a heroine can be extremely logical and yet not an ice cube. Her character isn't static either, because she (just like ML) change and influence each other as their relationship grows.

Only thing I can think of that might turn some people off is how morality can be gray and dubious in this novel. MC and ML have to make hard decisions (this mostly happens way off closer to the end of the novel) because of their duties and positions. And sometimes, some of their decisions are made because of how they feel for each other.

Someone's mentioned this before but it bears repeating: it's lovely when a yandere loves a yandere. XDDD

don't let MC fool you when real feelings at stake shhhhhh

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MC is nicer than ML but she can be as yandere as ML when sh*t goes down. Did not expect her to literally knife a b*tch. Also her thoughts later when she's reflecting and thinking about how far she'd go for ML while ML's getting the warm fuzzies. This novel's an example of two people who become (and are) each other's world but better each other instead of becoming worse for it which is <3.

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neri21
neri21
May 7, 2019
Status: c15
I think I've read too many C-novels because I finished reading the last 70 chapters last week and for the life of me I cannot remember what the heck the story was all about. Wait... some flashbacks are coming back. The guy lets off some sexual steam by grinding himself against the girl while she's in an induced sleep. But that's it, the rest is a blur. Weird.
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Bither
Bither rated it
April 22, 2019
Status: c74
I love how the only redeeming quality of the ML is his love for the FL even to the point of obsession. Even to a fault. I just love it!
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CBC
CBC rated it
January 10, 2019
Status: c26
Re: 1 Star review - I completely get the disgust in men taking advantage of women but in a way, if it is the awkward way that the ML will show his passion for the only woman he will ever be with and love, perhaps we can give the author, translator, and ML a little break and not give 1 star only. Honestly, I think I feel that same anger when I read about polygamy yet I tolerate it with the understanding that it happened in history, people have been... more>> able to change their values/traditions knowing what is moral and sometimes polygamy may further the plot for this genre of literature. At least the ML in this novel is unwavering with his love for the MC.

Interestingly, when I read the scene the 1 Star Reviewer was describing where the ML takes advantage of the MC, it sounded so familiar and I realized that it is a lot like Transmigrator Meets Reincarnator (Ch 404)... I think Chu Lian is 14 when that scene happens as well. Anyways, that novel has great reviews despite having a similar situation. I'm not saying TMR should get a lower rating (I love that novel) I just didn't like the idea of double standards. I'm sure that I will make my personal judgement when I come across the scene... which I have't read yet because the translator hasn't gotten that far yet (I hope the negative review won't scare the translator away!) <<less
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wintryday
wintryday rated it
June 22, 2020
Status: c304
Amazing writing and translation work. This is one novel that I wish more cnovels could be like, as it combines good storytelling by showing and not telling. My favorite part is the cute family interactions and friendships. MC's relationship with her grandparents and brother is heart-warming and their interactions are delightful to read. I wouldn't mind pages of them having moments together. In fact, I wish there was more.

Next, I appreciate that the antagonists are not cardboard cut-outs. They are unlikable but they have depth and we understand through the... more>> narrator why they have such warped worldviews. We read the antagonists' inner thoughts and understand their motivations, as misguided as they can be. I also appreciate that they are interesting people. MC face-slapping others is a common pastime in cnovels and can get quite draining in some cnovels. But in this novel, it is not overdone and quite satisfying.

I see some reviews here criticizing ML's yandere tendencies and the age difference between MC and ML. I am not sure if these reviewers truly read the novel; firstly the focus of the novel is not the romance, why are you giving a one or two star review just because you dislike ML's behavior? Furthermore, the writer explains the reason for ML's over-the-top obsession of MC and it is because he has experienced massive trauma. He basically acknowledges that his behavior and thoughts are abnormal. Of course that does not excuse his actions but it explains his behavior and adds depth to him as a character. I am constantly amazed how up in arms some people can react to fictional characters.

By the way, to all those who are scrolling down the reviews and wondering if this novel is worth your time...

If you want a sappy romance with a shining prince on a white horse, there are plenty of mary-sue novels on this site, go read them, this novel is definitely not it.

If you are offended easily due to your progressive ideals and can only enjoy a story if they 100% conform to your worldview, maybe consider not reading a historical cnovel. This is actually extremely ironic since ML is already very progressive for a man of his time.

Read this novel if you enjoy being immersed in a rich backdrop of history fraught with politics, a lively cast of supporting characters (as well as villains) and a playful dynamic between MC and ML that makes you want to root for them all the way. <<less
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Ejsama
Ejsama rated it
January 13, 2020
Status: c135
Characters - 5/5

FL is such a balanced character ngl, she's nice but not too nice. She's mean. But not malicious. Like she literally beat up someone who's been bullying her for the past chapters so that was super refreshing.

ML is uhhh questionable. He's a pervert. He's sooo devoted to her that he literally sneaks in her bedroom and HE planted a "mama" that his late mother knows and used her to watch FL and I think that's kinda messed up. But then again, considering a lifetime of memories and emotional... more>> abuse he suffered, it's a lowkey expected or not surprised he ended up like this.

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I feel really bad for ML's past fiances (except for the first one) and also FL's. They were really inlove with her, well the first one was questionable but the 2nd one was really into her. BUT you know, we just gotta have this kind of ML.

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Translation - 10/5 (They're the best, a lot of foot notes and their speed is fast. They have a family chart which is so considerate. Since I drop the novel then catch up again after it has a lot of chapters.)

Plot - 5/5 (It kinda makes you wanna strangle the s*upid girls but the main couple is almost getting together, , , , maybe soon)

Do I recommend?? Yesss, you'll kinda take forever to catch up and they update fast! &Lt;3 <<less
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yserieh
yserieh rated it
August 14, 2019
Status: c96 part1
First off, the translator is AMAZING. So much so, I will say, I joined their Patreon. They were first translator I supported, so I will be following any of their future projects. Their work on this story and the selection of this story: Impeccable.

This story itself is pretty amazing and character driving. The mix of characters, both leading and supporting, really gives this story legs and draws you in. While I know some people may struggle with is "acceptable" behavior of some of the characters, let me remind people: This... more>> is a historic fictional novel. On the model it was built from, behaviors like this was acceptable then, though no longer the case.

That being said, the Female Lead in this story is wonderful and warm with the right amount of ice-cold logic. She isn't hateful or malicious in words or thoughts, which is refreshing. As much as I enjoy the "FL Rebirth and Revenge" / "Smart FL in Historic and/or Harem Survival" tropes, I find the cookie cutter of being too hostile (to everyone it feels like), too emotionally immature, and impulsiveness very tiresome. That is not the case of this female lead. She's very socially and emotional smart. She's thoughtful, graceful, and not obsessing over revenge. A fresh breath of something different!

The male lead on the other hand... Is very unique. I like him and I find his yandere-obsessive love very entertaining. Just single-mindless of him twisting his own standards and views to justify and rationalize his obsession is just... hilarious and terrifying. It's pretty clear he will be the doting type once the relationship will begin. I think he's one of the better written obsessive-yandere types I've read.

The story moves as a great pace. It really gives background and world building to set the scene. The supporting characters enrich the story, not just adding pointless filler or just being wallflowers. <<less
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sleeplessnk45
sleeplessnk45 rated it
June 12, 2019
Status: c82
As of now, these are my opinions and might be changed later.

Things I like:

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    • The story has a decent plot and is very engaging at the beginning, with multiple view points that make the story feel more intruiging.
    • This has a very colorful cast and most feel like believable characters too. They have their own goals and flaws. It's also nice to see a wide spectrum for morality and not just simple good/evil characters. Morally grey characters are very interesting to me.
    • Strengthening family relationships. We get to see mc's relationship with her family. Grandma is best girl and grandpa is adorable. Father is human, not bad not good, maybe useless but interesting, too. Mother is fascinating. She's the type of person who would thrive and do a lot of good in modern day times, but is only a burden to MC in ancient times.
    • ML simply because of how deep his schemes go. Others hate him and that's fine, but his steadfastness is commendable and honestly, he reminds me so much of XJX from Rebirth of Malicious Empress (one of the best of the best) except XJX is honorable and not perverted.
    • The flower parts are interesting and, I feel, are only a device to make grandpa and MC get closer so I don't mind it as much.
    • Mc's knowledge is through hardwork and explained very realistically. I'm always up for some characters who have things they can do and things they can't, just like any normal human being ever.
    • Good translations.
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Things I don't like:

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The start was good, but the place the story is at now is tiring to read. Sure, we get the drama of the Sun siblings, MC's marriage prospects, and ML's marriages from imperial decree but...

    • As interesting as seeing conflict between side-characters and seeing MC have actual friends, I think this arc has gone on too long or the focus on it was too overwhelming. I get it, Sun family bad, Sun siblings pitiful. This is repeated again and again. I'm starting to skip every time I read about them by now. I just wish the Sun siblings break apart from their family already.
    • As important as mc's marriage is, I don't feel much excitment or eagerness about how it will be resolved. Mostly because mc's marriage candidates have feelings for her but we know she'll end up not marrying any of them anyway. I personally feel detached reading love triangles, so this arc is also boring for me. So I skip it.
    • ML's imperial decree to marry Sun girl is just sad. Sun girl deserves to actually marry a man who could love her. ML only has MC in his heart and worse, he might also be forced to marry Feng girl who is a complete psycho. Feng girl would only make Sun girl's life miserable. This plot is also frustrating to read, so I skip it as well.

At this point, I just skim thru chapters to see interesting tidbits and only reread if I get confused on what's happening. Hopefully the plot picks up again and something new happens.

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Sarah018
Sarah018 rated it
January 17, 2019
Status: --
This story kind of hooks me up. I started reading it just because the rebirth if ml. But it has this mysterious feel to it, unlike many in which they state the previous life in few sentences. I like MC alot, she's reasonable not haughty. She's what we call realistic unlike those who MCs who just destroy people who they think are irritating. It's realistic in fact that the villains are Villains for a reason, each have their own story unlike other stories where people want to destroy MC just... more>> because they felt her unpleasant. Its quite a good one and realistic one <<less
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Melange
Melange rated it
March 29, 2020
Status: c311
This novel has a pretty compelling plot and the author really spends a lot of time laying out every character's motivations and interpersonal relationships. There's a lot of politics in this novel and romance is secondary for the most part (although this probably changes later on). Both MC and ML are strong, independent, and intelligent characters.

It's important to recognize that MC and ML's personalities and motivations aren't necessarily aligned with traditional protagonist values.

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It's explained in the novel that MC has actually reincarnated twice, with her first reincarnation in a modern world and her second into her original world. However, she doesn't appear to have any memories of her original world. On the other hand, ML has reincarnated once in his original world. Both have their fair share of trauma although this hasn't been addressed as of chapter 311.

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thecrivens
thecrivens rated it
August 26, 2019
Status: c97 part 2
Translation quality is excellent and the story is quite different than the usual MC rebirth/transmigration story. MC is transmigrated when small, ML fell in love with her, but he couldn't prevent disasters and MC died tragically. ML returned to the past and did everything in his power to get rid all obstacles for MCs and got MC as his wife.

MC is not described as the most beautiful woman but she's unique temperament and very mature. She has a big sister charm, so she attract a lot of girls who love... more>> to be spoilt and pampered by her. In other hand, ML is described as a typical ML, super beautiful, etc etc, but he has super rotten (deliberately cultivated) reputation. His nickname is "the Living Enma" because he was so unpredictable and loved making trouble for his Royal family.

The story is slow with a lot of politics, intrigues, and scheming but not boring. If you stories in the vein of "To Be Virtuous Wife" I think you'll like this story. <<less
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Milliane
Milliane rated it
March 29, 2020
Status: c178
This story is not for the impatient. Haha. However, if you stick with it, you'll appreciate the elaborate schemes the ML did to ensure that the FL falls into his hands.

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Honestly, I was so shocked when he suddenly just told the grandfather his plans. O.O

Also, the moments that the grandfather regrets that he can't reprimand the ML are just too funny.

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CN_Cyanide
CN_Cyanide rated it
January 2, 2020
Status: Completed
Finally finished the originals. There won't be any spoilers here that will affect your reading, however there are some things I must say, and I hope everyone will continue to support the author and the translator and read until the end (the 'extra' chapters after the main story ends are also relevant and manly centered around Jing Wan and Li Hongyuan)

Firstly, about the translations: I love them, to me they are pretty well done and the release scheadule is also very good. I hope you'll do it until the... more>> end!! Good luck!

Now, my review. Why didn't I give this excellent story a 5 star review? Well, the story is pretty until until the 500's, it follows a consistent plot and apart from some small details, the level of Fantasy and Supernatural phenomena match our scenario pretty well. However close to the end, there's a bunch of chapters in which they decide to add a lot of new things that didn't exist at all, and weren't informed at all... they don't match the story. It was to a point that I thought I would have another 公公有喜, where they made the story confusing and nonsensical in the end. It was good, that it looks like the author is cured from her sickeness and close to the end the main story concludes in line with the original plot (is almost like you can ignore this nonsense without affecting your experience at all. You'll know when you get there, its a rollercoaster of unnecessary emotions).

And that's why you have to read til' the end, and read all the extra chapters. They are relevant and well written, and they will make your heart swell in delight of having withstood that nonsense, like it never existed at all.

Even if the title looks like any other story of the genera, this is a must read for those who like 'second chances' category. :)

Thank you all who had the patience to read this. <<less
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