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Because of some coincidence, the leader of the imperial bodyguards who was supposed to be executed by “the death of a thousand cuts” —— the Yingnu, Xu Lingyun, became the Son of Heaven, Li Xiao’s storyteller, telling him the narrative inside “The Historical Records of Yu.” Alongside Xu Lingyun’s narratives, Emperor Chengzu, Li Qingcheng’s life story gradually appeared inside Li Xiao’s mind: his misfortune on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival that made him have to leave the capital, the war against Xiongnus outside the Feng Pass, how he conquered the entire Western Plains without costing him a single soldier, the imposing army loyal to the rightful monarch’s decisive battle on the capital…

The written and oral history gradually come to an end, while those secrets buried inside the history reappear one after another. Xu Lingyun’s unexpected real identity, Li Xiao’s confusing experience, Emperor Chengzu’s Yingnu, Zhang Mu and Li Xiao’s hidden connection… everything is quietly unveiled!


The history and narrative intertwine. Xu Lingyun and Li Xiao pursue one another, looking for themselves. In the end, during this turbulent era, amidst the golden spears, armored horses, and numerous fire beacons, who can stay loyal to themselves? Who can stay true to the truth? Who will get to obtain the rivers and mountains? And who will get to open up a new era?

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Eagle Guard
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foxghost rated it
September 13, 2020
Status: Completed
Yingnu is the one FTYX book that got stuck in my head.

In terms of his work, Yingnu is a clear turning point. If you read anything of his before this, they tend to be humourous, borderline crack. The fourth wall is barely there; it feels almost like the author's just right there poking at the screen reminding you of his presence. When you laugh you're sharing a joke with the writer. When there are morals it feels like "these are the writer's views, the writer's morals, presented to me in... more>> story format". And FTYX feels like a happy person who likes happiness, and even when there is death and destruction there is hope.

YINGNU IS ENTIRELY NOT LIKE THAT. This is the first book where he jumped out of his own head and wrote serious plot and a main character that doesn't feel at all like a self-insert. And it is not an enjoyable read; it's a book starring antiheroes that are more flaws than "good" traits, about people intentionally hurting each other, about terrible people getting what they want and losing what they need. It does everything a tragedy does well --- you see the train, you see it going on that damaged bridge, and you can't take your eyes away as the tracks fall out from under them and it all ends in a glorious explosion.

It made me seriously uncomfortable. It made me squirm under my skin to love it, but I love it. I read it when it was new and remember it like I read it yesterday; I'd probably read it again, but I remember how hard my heart was squeezed the first time (the whole time) around and it scares me a little.

(It also somehow put my heart back together in the end for which I'm quite thankful.) <<less
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