Ying Chong


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Empress Dowager Yi An finally achieved great success in this life, her son became the emperor.

She had a bad fortune in the first half of her life but she was favored by the former Emperor for the second half of her life.

In this situation she should be happy however there was one problem, a tired heart.

If one may ask, who is not tired in this deep palace?

When she woke up, she went back to her fifteen-year-old self, and was still a ‘thin horse’.

When she was sent to the capital as a tool for connection, thus the story began…

T/N: ‘thin horse’ [shòu mǎ 瘦马] – was a term used to denote girls reared specifically for the purpose of supplying Yangzhou City’s [Jiangsu Province] market in concubines.

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  1. Marry into royalty/aristocrat
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  3. Yes Cliche but Damn Good
  4. Female lead-Transmigration, Reincarnation

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New Sista777 rated it
June 30, 2020
Status: c203
3.5 stars


My curiosity killing me and my time

... more>> The prince (ML) is not sexually faithful (having another 3 children from other concubines eventho he doesn't love them). I don't get him LMFAO

One thing I love the most is in the ch 76/96 (I forget), but the FMC actually revealed that she doesn't love the ML, that's why she can please him eventho she is extremely jealous of him make pregnant other concubines

Overall, this novel is not my cup of tea, I love one-one-one love story, but my curiosity of the plot is killing me till ch 203 : (

P.s. I love the author of this Jinwang Dotes on His Concubine <<less
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New s1003
June 23, 2020
Status: c179
Like many other reviewers said, it's a very leisurely, slice-of-life story about the imperial harem - specifically the back yard of the crown prince. There's no major conflict, instead the novel focuses on relationships and character development.

The relationships are very realistic given the historic setting - Pan'er might be the crown prince's favorite, but by no means is she his only women. Whilst I don't usually enjoy stories where the ML has women on the side, this novel is able to incorporate polygamy in such a casual manner, you feel... more>> it's natural and to be accepted. I enjoyed seeing how Pan-er's life changed and how (because of her past life), her relationship with the crown prince naturally changed as well.

However, I lost interest as the story is now focused on their children and choosing the next heir to the throne. Might pick this back up again when there's more translated chapters. <<less
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kermille07 rated it
March 30, 2020
Status: Completed
Hi Translator here ~

I've completed reading (MTL-ed) this book and this is one of my favorite works of Mask Feast along with Jin Wang Dotes on his Concubine, .

This is not a story of revenge. Pan Er will not really go on that so bloody path (not so bloody XD). This novel is actually more of realizing what she missed on her past life. There will be some changes with her relationship with the people around her. And of course because of her changes some events in her life will... more>> undoubtedly change too (butterfly effect). Will she be Empress Dowager Yi An again? (¬‿¬) Stay tuned! Hehe

If you like palace drama, historical plot, then please try to read this.

This is my first time translating and I'm not a professional. I don't speak Chinese and English is not my first language.

I just want to share some good novels and alleviate the pain of reading MTL. (~˘▾˘) ~ Please give it a try~ (Shameless plugging) (ᵔᴥᵔ) <<less
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marchmallow rated it
May 19, 2020
Status: Completed
Edit: I decided to add a few more things.

This is a mature and light-hearted read about a crown prince and his favorite concubine. It's eight parts slice of life and two parts political intrigue.

I have to say that, for the time period they're in, the story is very realistic, and the thoughts and actions of both leads are very much in line with the ancient era. That is, they're both people born and raised in ancient times and are bound to follow ancient rules. So, if you can't stomach the... more>> ML touching plenty of women, this ain't for you.

I know there are a million c-novels out there similarly set in ancient China where the MLs are loyal virgin princes. That's part of the reason why it's labeled as fiction. But this one is a harem where the ML practices polygamy (don't drop this novel yet just based on this), and realistically so. Especially since the ML is an orthodox and perfectly healthy crown prince. There is literally nothing holding him back from sleeping with his wives. However, character-wise, compared to other overbearing and forceful MLs common to this genre, I give him a 9/10.

He is very disciplined and responsible, albeit a little cold and aloof towards certain things. BUT, he isn't forceful or domineering, and he knows his faults and reflects on his mistakes. He's the crown prince, and just based on this title, his innate arrogance and his noble bearing are within expectations. However, towards his other women, he actually feels a bit of sympathy, which is extremely rare for MLs of this genre, especially for an imperial prince. And as a woman, it's a trait I appreciate. Not all of his women are evil, and they are very human with valid feelings.


Mid-way through, we find out he's been sexually unfaithful as he's impregnated three other women despite claiming to only love the FL. But his reasoning for this is that, he knows that women in the harem don't have it easy, and that having children, especially sons, give them a sense of security. Although, if thinking with a modern mindset, this logic seems a bit skewed and the morality of it is quite ambiguous... but he just genuinely wants a harmonious inner court. And since he knows in his heart that he only loves the FL, he figures that giving them children will make them less lonely once they're older. These women don't expect his love either, as they know they have zero chances, and are grateful once they realize his intentions.

He is actually sympathetic towards his other women despite not loving them.

Towards Pan'er, we could say he definitely wronged her for that, but afterwards, he's only ever been faithful to her... Although there was a scene where Pan'er once admitted that her feelings wavered after he's been sexually unfaithful, it was quickly resolved after he expressed his sincerity (by killing his brother who, because of a sinister scheme, sexually assaulted FL despite knowing that it might cost him his title).


Towards his other children, although he favors FL's children the most, he also isn't completely apathetic. He spends the most time and is most familiar with FL and her children, but he educates all his sons in a similar fashion and provides similar care for his other daughters. It naturally isn't easy to rule a country, so he has very little time to interact with his children, but he really, really tries his best. He isn't at all a bad father for someone who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders.

On to the FL⁠—Pan'er is someone who, after experiencing a lifetime in the harem and eventually becoming the Empress Dowager, is given a second chance to relive life in the ML's harem after waking up in her 15-year-old body as a "thin horse" who has yet to enter.

I guess you can consider her past life to be a successful one as her son became the Emperor and she became the Empress Dowager, so there's really not much for her to avenge. In her second life, she just tries to live her best and corrects her past mistakes so that her life in the harem will be smooth early on, as opposed to her past life, wherein she had a hard time for the first few decades and only succeeded in winning the Emperor's favor on the later half of her life. She is very calm and steady, and, when experiencing internal and external troubles, she really sits her self down and reflects.

Did she and the ML love each other? Yes. The ML only has FL in his heart, so you can all rest assured.

As for the side characters! They're all fleshed out and very human, especially the women. They make us feel just how hard it was for the women in their era, especially within the harem. Some of them don't bear unreasonable hate towards the FL (jealousy is inevitable, but intense hatred... it's questionable), and some characters who were aggressive at the start eventually mellowed down after experiencing setbacks. The author treats them with kindness and gives them satisfactory endings.

Overall a good read. The characters aren't two-dimensional and their growth becomes evident as the story progresses. The side characters are interesting, as well as the antagonists. The multiple POV helps you understand what motivates their actions.

For this author, I've read most of her works and I like them all very much. <<less
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silent hobby
May 30, 2020
Status: Completed
I think this was a leisure reading journey.

In this story, I couldn't bring myself to hate the side characters especially the crown princess from Chen family. She has her own desperation because her husband didn't like her and then her big family's pressure. She just want to have a secure seat as crown princess, but her methods were wrong. One thing wrong and the next thing also wrong. I feel sympathy for her.

For MC, I don't have any comments, because it was obvious that they were the beloved children of... more>> the author.

For me, this story enjoyable without exaggerated schemes. <<less
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Shinygold13 rated it
May 17, 2020
Status: Completed
Fairly good second chance rebirth story but be warned, this is eight parts realistic and two parts fictional so since it’s a harem the prince wasn’t the ideal male lead ... more>>

as he wasn’t sexually faithful because even after being with Pan-er he was able to impregnate two of his concubines

However, there was no repeat after this and quite frankly, I did not see the significance of this aside from showing us Pan-er’s emotional conflict so in my opinion the author should’ve just remove that bit or timed it earlier.

Overall, the questions and hints the author dropped throughout the story are answered gradually, each chapter revealing the image of the puzzle with a dash of pampering on the side.

This is definitely worth a read. <<less
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nnshii rated it
June 4, 2020
Status: Completed
honestly what user marchmallow and silent hobby said is in line with what I thought. Go read their review.

I would say it's a light hearted novel cause FL have a smooth life. Not entirely just focused on the FL, this novel also show typical throne fighting but in case of the ML who is the crown prince, his father the emperor actually disliked him.

FL and ML are really cute like how they call each other pet names. ML got jealous and ask FL to call him Cong gege (or Brother... more>> Cong) which is so cuteeee ~


and ML call FL by her pet name, YuanYuan. I really love this pet names just because of this one lines which ML spoke to FL when they came back from Yangzhou :

" Yuanyuan trust brother Cong, okay ? ". I mean come on, I think it's so cute.


It's a good story and I always love Feast Mask's historical novels. I personally think feast mask is one of the authors who knew how to write a character in historical setting. <<less
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Bro.ccoli rated it
May 17, 2020
Status: c15 part2
The story gives great detail on how a courtyard is handled not like most historical CN novels that simply gloss over those parts. The translator also provides illustrations (+1) to improve reading creativity which is very helpful.

There's not much that can be said about since there are only few chapters released but so far, this seems promising and recommended specially if you're into harem infighting.
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