War Prisoner


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Su Yi, the great general of Qi, was captured by enemy country’s army. Faced with the downfall of his country and interest from opposing country’s king, how will he react?

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iampsyx rated it
July 28, 2016
Status: --
In a nutshell the uke (Su Yi) is a powerless kitten, the seme (Wanyan Xu) is a lovestruck puppy, and Wanyan Xu's son from a dead consort (Wanyan Shuo) is adorable.

Su Yi is a 'great' general of Qi and Wanyan Xu is an emperor of the enemy kingdom. Because the Qi Emperor is s*upid, Su Yi gets defeated in war and becomes Wanyan Xu's war prisoner. Su Yi does not succumb to torture and never surrenders, which makes Wanyan Xu more obsessed with him until the emperor finally snaps and... more>> rapes him (Chapter 12 is the best part in this story lmao). From hate to lust to love, Wanyan Xu's feelings for Su Yi changes really abruptly that in just a few chapters he turns from this cold, cruel leader/general into a muddle-headed emperor wrapped around Su Yi's finger. Not that the latter would even try to use this power except for asking him to take good care of the Qi people. Like seriously. Like for 50 chapters all the guy does is try to commit suicide, lament about the ruin of the Qi dynasty, grit his teeth whenever Wanyan Xu sexually harasses him, and... uh... get forced into doing things because everyone knows he's such a softie who couldn't bear to see hostages die.

Su Yi's character makes sense, a bit. I mean, in other novels the ukes are just really pathetic damsels-in-distress, but in War Prisoner Su Yi's an honorable guy (read: pushover) who doesn't want to live anymore because Qi no longer exists (the royal family; the peasants still live, and much more happily under Wanyan Xu's rule to boot) and because Wanyan Xu's antics have humiliated him to the core. So if he can save somebody else's life then he'd easily accept any kind of suffering.

Anyway, what irks me is that there's no kind of character development whatsoever aside from the hate-to-love thing that people pass off as 'that's development!' these days. Honestly I dropped this story after chapter 60+ and just skipped chapters to learn some stuff. The romance doesn't work for me, the characters are passable (although I really do dislike how Wanyan Xu was written), and the only thing I like is Wanyan Shuo. And also those really funny (embarrassingly cringe-worthy) descriptions in Chapter 12. I expected more from this novel (because it's rated 4+ and all), but was disappointed over the lack of political and military focus despite the 'military' and 'smart male lead' tags. Instead we get the usual melodramatic junk food. But then again, if you compare this to other BL Chinese novels...

If somebody wants politics, military, war, fighting, plots, mind battles, character development, more smut, and more interesting characters, then I'd suggest Captive Prince. <<less
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samsung43 rated it
December 25, 2016
Status: --
It felt like it was going to be good.

... more>>

So, I could ignore Wanyan Xu's very passionate love developing way too quickly for me. As he have been surrounded by dishonest people his whole life then he meets a honest person. But still...

We have Su Yi, a general who feels that he is responsible for all of his people's actions, their lifes etc. The first one was logical actually, Wanyan Xu was blackmailing him with the live of the soldiers that had been captured, it made sense. The second one was good too, this time Wanyan Xu was blackmailing him with the life of his friends. But the third one just didn't make any sense and this whole blackmail thing was becoming too repetitive and boring. Okay so this time, other people blackmail him with the life of rebels. This really didn't make any sense to me. He knew and observed that people actually had a way better life than they had with Qi. And he didn't even personally know the rebels.

So he takes the punishment and now is a s*ave. I was becoming a bit fed up with this story but if this wasn't dragged out for so long I would still probably enjoy it. Okay, I kid you not this whole thing goes on like 35 chapters. And to be honest when I remembered that this character was supposed to be a general, it didn't seem plausible. He was much like a damsel in distress.

Overall the story feels implausible, like there was this pink filter. Everything dissolved too quickly etc.

Actually, now that I think about it, Wanyan Xu's love developing so quickly really doesn't help the situation at all. It adds to that pink filter feeling.

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Samoubyt rated it
January 25, 2019
Status: Completed
First half was amazing! Second half was a tragedy (no, not the genre. I mean the story itself).

MC was an extremely amazing character. Prideful, intelligent and had strong willpower. He was even a great general! After being tortured in various ways he still retained his sanity! Really powerful~

.... Then he became a stereotypical damsel in distress with the IQ of a fish. -sigh-

I appreciate a general who's soft on the inside, but this guy is just ??? Hey, dude, isn't he a GENERAL?? He's probably seen people drop like flies,... more>> killed, helped strategize against enemies, they even stated how amazing he was as a general... So, how the hell did he end up making so many emotional and illogical decisions?

They really nerfed the MC to make room for tragedy. (Tho the real tragedy is how the story progressed from there)

20 something chapters of melodramatic crap that could've been solved within a single chapter if MC just opened his damn mouth. (you know when you expect a "ha I knew your plans all along!" scene and the bad guy is humiliated??? That doesn't happen here, sorry. It gets more disappointing after the problems resolved)


That goddamn bit*h who put him through hell was about to get her punishment, and he!!!stopped!!!!!IT!!!!!

She planned to cripple him for life and kill him off, with no remorse, and he just lets her go!

And the people around treat it as a good thing. She even walked away coldly and someone remarked that she's actually feeling grateful on the inside??

(╯°Д°)╯︵ / (.□.) she should choke on that gratitude and die!


ML was also really disappointing. He even let MC suffer??? What kind of male lead are you????? Is the crown on your head made of tr*sh paper????? Where's the all powerful king who can easily subdue his subjects??

In the end, it was entertaining but disapponting. <<less
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Vanilla Muse rated it
April 29, 2018
Status: Completed
Rating: 3.75 stars rounded up

The summary peeked my interest, but the “torture” and “rape” tag put me off this story for a long time. I eventually picked it up because I was in the mood for a historical setting. Truthfully, the rating should be lower, but this novel hit several of my meng points so I gave it a higher rating for personal enjoyment level. The two extras at the end of the novel was especially good imo.

The MC, Su Yi, did suffer through a lot of torture. It was... more>> to the point where I was wondering what kind of superhuman he must be to still be functioning after all that. But I think the author forgot to account for how battered the MC should be after the tortures he went through, instead focusing on his endurance and stalwartness. The author also glossed over the details of the tortures, which I am immensely grateful for, because I don’t like reading about that kind of stuff, especially when it’s happening to a good character. I might’ve DNF’ed the novel if the torture scenes were too graphic, but I persisted and things took a turn for the better after a dozen chapters.

Addressing the “rape” tag. There were only two instances in the entire novel where s*x was described in detail.


In the first scene (around chapter 12) the ML forces the MC to perform oral s*x on him. This was the turning point where the ML started seeing the alluring charms of the MC and the novel switched onto the romance track. Although I cringed throughout, I did find the ML’s lust for the MC to be realistic. It wasn’t love that fueled him to r*pe the MC the first time (but I’ll get to the “love” part later). The second time s*x happens is after the ML starts pursuing the MC in earnest and I would call the scene dubious consent. There were undertones of blackmail and “Is this rape? Is this not? It’s actually rape, right? Right.” Except the ML was very sweet and super attentive throughout the act and after, striking all my meng points, so I gave it a pass.


I’m a sucker for dub-con in BL, but only if the gong is in love with and sweet to the shou. Also, the reluctance of the shou heightens the tension of the scene for me. Thumbs up for a sweet dub-con scene. [Yes, I am very aware that this is still r*pe in real life; so don’t pelt me with rotten vegetables. I know the line between fantasy and reality.]

The love of the ML for the MC was progressing realistically at first, from admiration for the MC’s integrity and endurance, to gradual interest in his physical body, before sliding into romantic inclinations. But once the ML realized he was falling for the MC it went from 0 to 110 (out of a scale of 100) and you’re left reeling a bit from the whiplash. The ML likes the MC for treating him as an equal and being honest with him, something that the ML lacked growing up as a crown prince, but his devotion to MC was way too deep in way too short a time. I think there needed to be either more time in between or one more big event happening to really push the ML to that level of devotion. Conversely, the MC’s feelings were more gradual. He starts with admiration for the ML’s capabilities as a ruler and softens over time from the ML’s doting and increasing gentleness.

One thing that I absolutely must give this novel credit for is the female cast. For a BL story there are quite a few reoccurring female characters with decent and impactful roles. (To be fair, my standards for female characters are pretty low when it comes to BL stories.) But I really like how 3D the antagonistic female character is.


Her name is Zi Yan. For someone with the status of a maid I think she carries herself with a noble air. She has legitimate reasons for disliking the MC. During the war, the MC killed her brother, and now her emperor, the ML is starting to favor the MC, and she’s afraid that the MC will mislead her emperor because the MC is so loyal to his former country. She also doesn’t blindly hate on the MC. She is capable of acknowledging his good traits and even expresses admiration to the MC. She has always been straightforward in her intentions towards the MC, to the level of announcing it point blank to his face. (At the time the MC even welcomes it, because he was looking for a way to die. He couldn’t suicide for fear of the ML taking it out on the people of his country, so he wanted to borrow her blade to kill himself, so to speak.) Later she sees how deeply in love her emperor is and repents, trying to help the MC restore his glory instead. When her past treachery comes to light, some people might complain that she got off too lightly. I personally don’t have much of an opinion on how she should be punished, but since things turned out okay, I don’t think she deserves to die.

(Although the MC really is a big softy. Makes one wonder how he lasted so long as a general in war.)

And while we’re on the topic, the MC is too much of a bleeding heart. Like seriously! I tend to like softhearted characters, but he’s a god damn general. That fought in a bloody war. I can understand caring for the men in his army (since he fought alongside them) and the common people of his country, but

did he have to put himself on the line for a bunch of scholars that he didn’t even personally know? And they (the scholars) also knowingly committed treason. It would be well within the emperor’s (ML) right to execute them. MC standing up for the common people was because they’re innocent to political affairs and warfare, and therefore do not deserve to be treated unfairly just because their country is annexed by another, but the scholars knew what they were doing when they plotted a revolt and should therefore take responsibility for their actions.


So much angst could’ve been prevented if the MC would just stop shouldering everything. I look at his bleeding heart and I’m like “Boy, sthap it. Think about your own welfare sometimes.”

While I’m complaining I should probably mention

that broken leg and the healing method. First off, I’m not too clear on how the leg was broken or even what kind of injury it was. They said his knee (knees?) was ravaged, but afterwards it sounded like one of his femur or maybe tibia was broken. And then the injury was healed with magic ointment that causes excruciating pain during the absorption process. (-_-) Boy, you can’t fix broken bones with just cream, even if it has unicorn poop and fairy sparkles in it. (Okay, maybe that could work...) But you gotta reset the bone first! Like, was it just cracked? Yeah, I didn’t understand that part, but the technicalities weren’t the point, the leg injury was brought into the story purely for the angst factor. And then later it was to demonstrate the ML and MC’s love for each other during the healing process.


Now it’s time for me to sthap, because this review is getting way too long. But one last honorable mention for Wanyan Shou (the ML’s young son from the deceased crown princess when ML was not yet the emperor). He’s a devious silver-tongued devil, but he knows right from wrong so I really enjoy his character.

This review is also available on my blog: vanillamusenovels. wordpress. com along with my thoughts on other ongoing projects. Unless I've finished reading a novel or it pissed me off so much that I DNF'ed it, I don't think it's fair for me to affect its rating on NU. <<less
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PotatoCakes rated it
June 8, 2018
Status: Completed
This novel is a standard prisoner rape/imprisonment BL novel of a captured enemy general and an emperor. The story, characters, and writing is pretty decent, which makes for an easy read.

As usual, the MC is a "great" general with outstanding character, but turns into a whiny useless guy that's just there as the object of ML's affection. ML, as usual, is a OP love sick and posessive ruler who's logic flies out the window when they see MC.
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Me rated it
March 2, 2016
Status: --
This is so far my most favorite novel.

Both main characters are very smart and very strong. I usually complain about other novels that the main characters are too predictable and too cliche, but not in War Prisoner. The other side characters too are very individual, it’s very hard to separate here the good and evil, as they all have their own motives and feelings, and that I found so refreshing an unusual. Quite a bit of angst but definitely worth a try! (*I keep rereading this novel every once in... more>> a while*) <<less
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Ana Sena
Ana Sena rated it
April 5, 2019
Status: c85
The story is nothing incredible or special. Nothing that deserves great admiration, but the translation was very well done. For this translation I need to congratulate since it can be seen that it was done with a lot of dedication.

As for the story, the narrative arrests you but the amount of cliffhangers makes it all very tiring. There are a few chapters with events and information that add nothing to the story. And that disappoints the reader.

... more>>

Wanyan Xu goes from hatred and contempt to love and admiration very fast and this seems very artificial.

And it is serious that after conspiring against Su Yi causing him to be torturing to the point of breaking one of his legs and being hated and despised, the author still made us read excerpts in which shows the attitude Zi Yan as being commendable only because she confessed and helped show the truth? There is nothing to be applauded about. She just noticed that her plan was not going as she expected and decided to change her attitude.

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Scaranpannoir rated it
November 6, 2018
Status: extra 2
Loved it.

... which is not enough for a review ahah XD. War Prisoner takes on a somewhat cruel and sad and a bit depressing undertone at first, which slowly warms up to lotsa fluff.

There are a few things that I didn't agree on, like how the ML started pursuing the MC for real, that took me into a huge emotional rollercoaster.

If emotional rollercoasters are your cup of tea, then give this one a read.
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Baeby rated it
May 12, 2016
Status: --
Wow!!!! After I finish it I feel so emtpy lol. It is like I coming out of my fantasy dream. I really love this storyyyyyy but not as much as HHYL. But it lack with something :3 sexy time. But the end make up for it. I give it a full five stars.
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Staringatastar rated it
September 23, 2019
Status: Completed
I loved the Crown prince's character and the ending of this story. There was some unnecessary angst in the novel, especially at the beginning, but there's a plot and interesting characters.
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August 8, 2019
Status: Completed
The only flaw I find disappointing is that the fact that the general didn't even say anything till the end when he was framed.

I thought maybe saying that, it'll prove that the general has the same feeling as his husband. It's not an one-sided love, dude!

But apparently I'm hoping for the impossible. Not even once the general chose 'his beloved' over his people. That's not selfless, on the contrary, that guy's too selfish for his own good.

But afterall, , the story is enjoyable. My mind went through a great-super-great deal... more>> of roller coaster brimming with emotion trying to finish the story. It gives me chill and satisfaction when it's done. <<less
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Boinkers rated it
May 13, 2018
Status: Completed
Starting from when general su got captured, is when the storry started to be come a little interesting. But as the plot progresses, it became so interesting that I find hard not to stop reading. In the middle part of the story, I even shed tears because of the sufferings of gen. Su. The little bun (the king's son- crown prince) Is so blackbellied and cute, that I kinda like him more than his father. Lol.

Well, what I can say with this novel... Give it a chance, who knows you... more>> may actually like it. ` (*∩_∩*) ′ I never expected that I would like it to this extent so I gave it 5 stars. Thank you translator (。・ω・。) <<less
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Someone_Somewhere rated it
May 19, 2020
Status: c49
The first half was good, but after MC became the empress.... The story turned inti a typical romance drama. I mean it's ok and historical dramas are always good, but in the beginning the MC was strong and the ML more cruel and I must say I liked that much more. Then suddenly the ML fell in love without any reason and became like a big puppy. Same happened to the MC... Not my cup of tea and I might drop this and pick it up later and maybe write... more>> another review after finishing it. <<less
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Rustle silver butterflies rated it
May 8, 2020
Status: --
Okay even 1 star is too much. I really hate this, indeed I was read a few chapters but I already was sick of this. It's story about two men. One of them is rapist, another one his victim of violence, tortures and sexual abuse, I guess. If you haven't masochistic attraction, just after this words you realize that read, this, isn't good idea. ML's "Love" won't be explained at all, just without reason, I think it's simply sesexual attraction. MC was humiliated many times, but he somehow falling in... more>> love -Stockholm Syndrome, yeah. I even don't want to discuss the plot and setting because it's romantic novel, but it's doesn't about love. And no one can convince me that this is normal. <<less
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Charmian rated it
March 23, 2020
Status: Completed
I really really liked it!

I stumbeled upon this novel a year ago, but delayed reading because I read a few negative comments that had put me off.

Also, at that time, I wasn't in the mood for any rape/torture setting and dropped it.

... more>> But when I had a change of heart and started reading it two days ago, I found it actually a pretty interesting story.

I didn't quite like people compairing the story to HHYL because, I think that the romantic aspect is better here imo.

The story has a nice pacing, although I think that ML fell on love a bit too quickly? On the other hand, I think that MC's inner struggles were presented really well. But he honestly IS just too soft hearted for his own good.

This is less of a review of the novel, than it is my advice not to mind comments and other people's opinions and tastes too much.

If you want to read it, just read it and see for yourself if it's your cup of tea. <<less
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Blubeagle rated it
March 7, 2020
Status: Completed
I am deeply in love with Su Yi. Maybe almost as much as Wanyan Xu? LOL.

War Prisoner begins with General Su Yi assessing his troops and asking about the help (?) that he isn't getting from the Great Qi king, he mourns by playing a mournful tune on his flute, which is heard by Wanyan Xu, the king of the conquering nation. Here, I'd like to point out how awesome the author is for putting in a scene that left me speechless: A dead soldier is roughly buried in a... more>> sand dune and his body is shown under the barely there sand, wounds open and bleeding. Yeah, that really got to me.

Su Yi and his army are taken hostage and at first the king tortures Su Yi just to torture him, but then it pisses him off that he isn't able to break Su Yi, so he systematically tears down everything that Su Yi holds sacred, until he is (non-metaphorically speaking) under the king. Even while being raped and abused, Su Yi maintains his dignity throughout his ordeal and wins the heart of king and court (mostly.)

There are people in the court who conspire against him and set him and Wanyan Xu (the king) up for heartache and suffering. You've got to wonder how it is that Su Yi can endure so much and still be so forgiving, but I think it's that he knows that everything is temporary and therefore, fleeting, and that's what helps Su Yi have such a forgiving and generous heart. The one person he forgave that truly deserved none of his mercy? The mercy he gave her was her life, and after she caused a scene that was tantamount to treason? Yeah, a bigger person than I, because I wouldn't have had the heart to forgive that easily.

And that's kind of the point of the story: Forgiveness will bring you peace and happiness.

I love you, Su Yi. <<less
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amruta rated it
January 7, 2020
Status: Completed
Loved this story, flaws and all.

Great job by the translator.

The MC is too kind. The ML is so good to him once he falls for the general. Loved the crown prince. Though Wanyan Xu (the ML) transition from hate to love is abrupt, the overall story is good. Su Yi has a hero complex. He wants to save everyone at the cost of his own suffering.

Its a HE.
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November 15, 2018
Status: c97
Hm, I read till the end. A standard damsel in stress novel. Just change the girl into MC and its done. I like the beginning cause the MC seems strong. But latter it change into weak person. But for its ok for fun reading.
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Late_June rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: --
I ended reading this story about 3 weeks ago. Once I started reading this story, I couldn't put it down and just wanted to find out about the ending. This story is one of the best bl stories I have read so far. A cute fluffy happy-ending story is my thing! Though the story started with angst and violence but I think it was tolerable.
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saekicchi rated it
July 5, 2017
Status: Completed
Su Yi is a General captured by the enemy, hence the title. Su Yi himself was just thrust into the role "General" and their country was falling due to their s*upid ruler. Of course, the typical prisoner torture and such happens. Frankly, I liked the extra stories than the main one. Too much angst could have been resolved by proper communication. SuSu goes through so much for things he never deserved. But I still liked the story because it was one of the better ones in this genre.

This was one... more>> of the earliest CN novel I read and I read Xing Bao Er's novels first so I was kind of desensitized to the blatant emotional manipulation and physical abuse back when I read this, but still -2 stars. The male lead did grovel so there's that too. And +1 star for the adorable son Shuo. <<less
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