Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 120 (Part 1)

Edited by Tnyhy

Chapter 120: The Tu Jue Strikes (Part 1)

The days in the Luo family passed like that.

Shen Xin and Shen Qiu were people who could not keep still, so they would head to the shabby training grounds outside the Luo residence. Naturally they trained the front section of the remaining Shen family’s army. The front section part of the army were those who did errands and minor stuff, thus they found it tough being trained like this and Shen Xin also got angry as he trained.

Luo Xue Yan was busy visiting friends and relatives around. The Xiao Chun City was the place she lived through her childhood and youth, thus she had a number of good friends around. She would everyday bring Shen Miao out to visit old friends and, thus Shen Miao became acquainted with a number of Furens.

Initially everyone conscientiously waited upon this delicate Young Lady from Ming Qi, food eaten was the most delicate, the threads used were the most delicate, snacks were of all different types, that even flora and fauna were pruned much more beautiful than before. Previously those official’s daughter had a temper because they came from the Ding capital to the Xiao Chun City, thus everyone was afraid of not treating Shen Miao well due to some carelessness. Who knew that after staying for a period of time, they found their previous thoughts were superfluous. Shen Miao integrated into the Xiao Chun City properly and did not do anything that warranted special treatment. The Xiao Chun City occasionally would have hailstorm and Shen Miao was not afraid and instead curious.

Over time, the Luo family gradually put down their defensive heart towards this Biao Younger Sister. Among the four younger generation of the Luo family, Luo Ling and Luo Sa had started duties in the guards, and it would not be often that they could meet up. Luo Tan and Luo Qian were often at home and Luo Tan made friends with Shen Miao after she gave her a Western mirror. As for Luo Qian, he had a naturally lively personality, just like a grown up Su Ming Lang and often request Shen Miao to tell him stories of the Ding capital.

Shen Miao need not think about Fu Xiu Yi’s matters in the Xiao Chun City, thus her mind was much clearer and practically treated Luo Qian as a younger brother.

This day, Luo Qian and Luo Tan came over to Shen Miao’s courtyard again to look for her. The Xiao Chun City was not like the Ding capital, if one goes to the the Ding capital, one could go out shopping. It would take months to visit all the shops in the large and small streets, but the Xiao Chun City was small and there would not be much to shop after a few days. Shen Miao stayed in the residence, and probably Luo Tan and Luo Qian found it boring and came over to chat with her.

Luo Qian was eating the Jiangnan snacks that the chef had made as he spoke, “Yesterday I went to the training grounds to watch Biao Older Brother train. Although those soldiers are not very good, there is still Guard Mo beside Older Brother Qiu. I could not pass besides a few strokes from him in a sparring. Can you ask Older Brother Qiu to also give me some pointers?”

Shen Miao smiled, “If you want to learn then directly tell Eldest Brother, he will certainly agree to it.”

“Really?” Luo Qian was an innocent youth and got happy in a moment. Strangely enough the Gentlemen and youths in the Ding capital were mostly arrogant, and yet a disproportionate number of scandals were created due to their lack of experience. The younger generation of the Luo family was different, like Luo Qian, honest and frank and had a innocent youthful charm, making others feel good.

“Biao Younger Sister.” Luo Qian was very cordial to this pretty and gentle Biao Younger Sister, and has long seen her as one of his own so he said, “Older Brother Qiu’s martial arts skill really look good. Is he the first in the entire Ding capital and the best in Ming Qi? Eldest Brother’s and Second Brother’s martial art skills are the top here but they still lost to Older Brother Qiu.”

Luo Tan that had been flipping the picture book finally could not stand hearing this, and rolled her eyes at Luo Qian as she bit the orange in her mouth, “Are you not silly to be so ignorant? Do not tell others you are from the Luo family, and do not tell others that I am your Older Sister. So embarrassing.”

Luo Tan and Luo Qian were two siblings who would argue all day long, and Shen Miao was already accustomed to it. Sure enough when Luo Qian heard this he was unconvinced, “How do you know I am ignorant? Are you saying that Older Brother Qiu is not the first?”

“Southern Xie, Northern Shen.” Luo Tan said very slowly.

Shen Miao was startled. Luo Tan triumphantly shook her head and said, “Everyone know that Ming Qi have two great military families, first is GuGu’s and GuFu’s Great General Shen’s family, the second is the Marquis of Lin An’s Xie family. Older Brother Qiu is the Shen’s family elite and one hear that the Marquis of Lin An residence’s Xie family has a Little Marquis that is surprisingly brilliant. Preciously, ZuFu had the opportunity to meet that Little Marquis once, and said upon his return that he is one that does not belong to the pond and will definitely be a dragon that soar through the Nine Heavens.”

“WaiZuFu has seen Little Marquis Xie?” Shen Miao asked hesitantly.

Luo Qian also said, “Hey Older Sister, how come I do not know?”

“You only know how to eat, eat, eat. How would you know?” Luo Tan rolled her eyes at Luo Qian and continued speaking, “Heard that in the beginning he got a military order with the Marquis of Lin An, and just nice saw the Little Marquis Xie in the camp. After ZuFu saw that Little Marquis Xie, he kept lamented for a bit. I wanted to inquire but ZuFu told me to stay far from him, as he said that the Little Marquis Xie is a dangerous character that one must not mess with.”

Shen Miao frowned. Luo Sui actually saw Xie Jing Xing before, and this was something that she did not know. However that Luo Sui actually saw that Xie Jing Xing was not simple and before she could break free of her thoughts, she heard Luo Tan asking, “Youngest Sister, speaking of which, you also grew up in the Ding capital so you must have seen that Little Marquis Xie before.”

Shen Miao paused for a bit before nodding her head.

“How does he look like?” Luo Tan grabbed onto Shen Miao’s arm, “Is he so incomparably handsome like an immortal as the rumours say, and that he is even more handsome than Older Brother Ling?”

The ‘Older Brother Ling’ she was speaking about was naturally Luo Ling. Among the three sons of the Luo family, Luo Ling was gentle, Luo Sa was fierce, Luo Qian was lively and all of them had a handsome appearance. It is just that because Luo Ling was the most gentle, one would find that he was the most ‘handsome’ one.

Shen Miao said without reluctance, “Not as handsome as Older Brother Ling.”

“Ah.” Luo Tan released her hand and her eyes were filled with disappointment, “But I heard others say that the Little Marquis is very good looking, and had a romantic character that if females were to take a glance at him, they would be drunk, and that there is no comparison with Older Brother Ling.”

Luo Qian looked at her with rejoice in her misfortune, “The most important thing for men is naturally one’s ability, what does it got to do with appearance. Besides if Little Marquis Xie really looked for a wife, he will definitely not look for you.” Luo Qian was beaming as he looked at Shen Miao, “Naturally one must look for a gentle, tender and vivid young lady like Biao Youngest Sister.”

Luo Tan and Luo Qian immediately started on a roll.

Shen Miao held her forehead as she watched the siblings quarrelling, and felt rather quite helpless in her heart. She did not expect that in the Xiao Chun City, Xie Jing Xing would be that famous. Thinking now about that, Xie Jing Xing had headed to Northern Jiang, most likely he had already reach there. It was the first time he held the position of a Marshal and deployed troops in the battlefield, and even though she knew that Xie Jing Xing had abilities in troops deployment, she could not help but shrink when she thought about his outcome in the previous life.

Dropping the matter, Shen Miao shook her head and chased away the inexplicable thoughts in her mind. Previously, she thought that Xie Jing Xing excelled in using military formations but after sparing with him, she then found out that his expertise laid in moving chess pieces in the dark. That kind of person’s mind was so calm, intricate and certain. He could definitely turn misfortune to blessings.

Time flew by quickly, Luo Tan and Luo Qian had been sitting at Shen Miao’s side for the entire evening. The skies began to turn gloomy. Whenever it was in the ninth month in the Xiao Chun City, the grass outside the city would be dry but it would often rain heavily in the city. It was a different kind of rain than the Ding capital experience, as the Xiao Chun City’s rain had the scene of the windy sand, and it was often very aggressive and the dark clouds almost covered the entire sky, that in just a few short moment, it was like it was night.

Luo Tan looked at the skies, “It is not good. One fear that there will be a hailstorm.”

“Why is GuFu and the rest not back yet?” Luo Qian also stood up and frowned.

Even though the Luo family’s army was dispersed, people were still needed for the city guards. On normal days, Luo Lian Ying and Luo Lian Tai would work in the Guard units and after Shen Xin came, he also brought Shen Qiu over to help. Once dinner time came, they would all return to the residence together for a meal but to the time right now, they had yet to return.

Shen Miao took a glance outside and suddenly thought about something, before her facial expression changed dramatically.

Luo Tan saw that Shen Miao’s expression was not right, and thought that she was afraid and her heart felt a little weird, “Biao Youngest Sister, are you afraid? A few days back there was a hailstorm, you were not even scared so why are you now scared?” Speaking till here, she patted Shen Miao’s shoulder, “Do not worry, we have been staying here for so many years and every year at this time, there will often be hailstorm. Do not need to be afraid.”

Shen Miao’s mood did not improve because of Luo Tan’s comforting words, but her expression became even uglier. As a result, even the careless Luo Qian also felt something was wrong and looked at Shen Miao puzzled, “Why is Biao Youngest Sister that anxious? If it is worry about GuFu then it is alright.” When his words just landed, one could hear someone outside calling. It was the servant of the Luo residence and due to the quick run, he even tripped over, “Youngest Young Master, Young Lady and Biao Young Lady, Furen request you to come to the hall quickly.”

Luo Tan was startled and her brows tightened, “What had happened?”

“The Tu Jue came over and robbed things again. Old Master brought the two masters and General Shen to the plains. The two Young Masters are still in the residence and seeing that the skies are about to change, Young Lady better quickly head to the hall.” Even though that servant was somewhat anxious, he had not forgotten his manners, events like this, happened often and it was a common event.

Luo Tan bitterly stomped her feet, “Those Tu Jue should die.”

Luo Qian said to Shen Miao, “Biao Youngest Sister follow us in first. It is nothing of the matter.” At this time, he still did not forget to comfort Shen Miao.”

Shen Miao nodded her head and when she reached the front hall of the Luo residence, there were a number of people gathered there. It was most likely that Madam Ma was afraid of scaring Shen Miao, she walked over to Shen Miao and held her hands, “Jiao Jiao had never seen just big hails before. It is alright, we will be chatting in the hall. It has been so long and Jiao Jiao had never before told us about matters in the Ding capital.” But she did not mention about the Tu Jue’s matter. Madam Yu was softer and also smiled, “That is so, let us eat some roasted lamb tonight. Not sure if Jiao Jiao is used to the taste.”

The Xiao Chun City was adjacent to the grassland and when the Tu Jue were not robbing them, they would exchange their cows and goats for some daily necessities. The cows and lambs were strong thus when one gotten a fresh lamb, one would slice their meat very thinly and prepare a hot pot to quickly cook these thin slices of meat. When it was cooked, one would dip it in a little sauce and it would taste heavenly. Luo Tan had previously wanted to let Shen Miao taste lamb, but she feared that Shen Miao would not be used to the taste. Fortunately this was brought up today.

It was obvious that one did not want Shen Miao to be distracted and think of other stuff so Shen Miao smiled gently to Madam Yu. The Luo family always show their goodwill to the fullest extent.

The Tu Jue would often nest deep in the grassland, thus in every chase the manpower of the Luo family’s army would not be enough. All the abled men of the Luo family need to be activated for such a chase, but this year Shen Xin and wife were around, thus it was better. Shen Xin, Luo Xue Yan and Shen Qiu, Luo Lian Ying and Luo Lian Tai all went and even Luo Sui followed. Luo Ying and Luo Sa also wanted to go but since Shen Xin and the rest went, Luo Ling and Luo Sa stayed back at the Xiao Chun City.

The skies outside had turned dark and Luo Tan bit her lips tightly, feeling frustrated. Every year there will be people coming to her own home to steal things, how would anyone feel happy about it.

Most of the people in the hall were females and some servants. Bai Lu and Shuang Jiang, quietly served the leftover snacks from the afternoon to Shen Miao so that she could eat some.

The pot in the hall has been set up and the kitchens were cutting the lamb up. The aroma began to waft out from the thick soup in the pot but, at this moment no one felt happy.

Luo Qian felt a bit hungry and seeing that there were still snacks by Shen Miao’s side, he walked over and sat beside Shen Miao and picked up one snack to eat.

Shen Miao looked at him unblinking. Luo Qian felt weird being looked by Shen Miao like so, and finally scratched his head and could not help but ask, “Biao Youngest Sister, why are you looking at me? Are you scared?”

Both of them sat a little far away from Madam Yu and the rest, thus normal people would not be able to hear their voices. Shen Miao said, “Older Brother Qian, for what reason did WaiZu not want to reorganise the Luo family’s army?”

Luo Qian was startled.

“That day after hearing me speak, WaiZu got angry. One fear that it is not only because of the matter of not having enough money for the Luo family’s army. Older Brother Qian, can you tell me the reason?”

116 responses

    • Male +1 here. After reading so much male power trips may I wanted a change of pace and found myself sticking around. I also read all of novels by North Night (夜北). At least those that have been translated, I don’t know if there are more than 3 right now.

      Thanks for the chapter.

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      • I’m a girl, and I wouldn’t mind reading novels with male MC’s. The main problem I have with those though is the harems. I tried Against The Gods and it started off pretty good, even better than many of the cultivation female MC books. I liked his first wife, but I read a spoiler on NU that he would keep adding to his harem and she would pretty much be insignificant to the story at some point. That bothered me a lot so I dropped it. I now steer away from any male MC novels with the tag polygamy. But the thing about the ones who are loyal to the FL is that many NU reviewers say the FL is usually some useless girl who is all looks and no brains. Do you know any book with a male MC who is actually smart and also loyal to a strong and worthy FL?

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    • Male from ph, i was reading princess wei yang and saw this at recommendations in novelupdates ( was looking for reincarnated genre with a female protagonist coz im tired reading typical shounen xianxa and transported to other world genre), red the first chapter and been hook up easily.
      Im glad that i found this gold novel out there.

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      • Hey i am also from ph but im female though. It’s glad to see fellow filipinos liking this novel. I have yet to find someone who also enjoys this novel 🙂

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    • Repping the guys here!
      Reading powerful female MC’s is my guilty pleasure. I read a ton of novels with female MC’s because it’s often an MC climbing from a disadvantageous position to slap their enemies. I enjoy the scheming, it’s satisfying. I’m not a huge fan of male MC xianxia/wuxia because the authors spend pages and pages going on about cultivation realms, breaking through, and collecting treasures… it’s super boring and never ends. As soon as you finish an arc, you move to a new realm to fight the exact same enemy… but at a higher power level.

      Also I happen to like romance genres. It helps me get in touch with my inner fangirl.

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    • Female reader. I tend to read mostly female leads, just because a lot of the male MCs tend to go on power trips. Whereas the female leads are more likely to be political intrigue, character development, and less egocentric… So, I prob read an 8:1 ratio of Female leads to male leads.

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    • Another Male reader here. I’m a real sucker for intelligent protagonists and brilliantly orchestrated schemes. The strong character development is nice to boot.

      Thanks Translator/Editor for the chapter.

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      • A female reader – read lots different kinds of translated novels but the best ones have intelligent leads (male and female) who are willing to put the time into their schemes. I love watching the pieces slide into place and boom – the traps snap shut.

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      • Male here and same. As long as the lead is a smart person i’m in. Reason why I love this so much(plus I kinda ‘fangirl’, sucker for this type of romance lol)

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    • Female reader here. I read whatever story I find interesting in the “isekai, transmigration, back in time, interdimensional travel, cultivation, fantasy” bucket. Male or female MC, BL or straight, all is good as long as there is a good story. The Male MC stories tend to have nice epic battles, & sometimes decent characters & plot, but when I get tired of a male MC obsessed with power & boobs & surrounded with the harem of the most idiotic women an Author can think of, I go look for a story like this one with a strong, smart woman, a great plot & intrigue.

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      • I’m female 🍀 usually reads these kind of chinese novels, but would sometimes go with something fluffy~ still, I did not expect happy there would be filipinos here (no offense ontended, just a bit happy)✌🍀

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      • I’m a female too , from Morocco, I rrad whatever catches my interest as well. Generally I prefer a strong minded (not stubborn) and smart Female lead, but I also like an idiotic innocent fluffball sometimes. One of my favorite genres is Psychology and horror. I’d like to have a what’sapp group to fangirl/fanboy about.

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    • Female. I like to read it because of antiheroines are extremely rare beings in fiction and one that is done right. Although, knowing light novels for a while, it is very easy to ruin the plot in a blink of an eye. My only is that this may go south. 😢

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      • Adding another female here, from Canada xD female protagonists are my jam. Lately, I can’t read anything with male protagonists….probably because there’s been too many harem stories out there….

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  1. I found another Little Marquis and Empress shipper!! Luo Qian ufufu  \( ºั∇ºั )/ but srsly just what is XJX’s goal? It’s making me so curious. Does he really wants to be an emperor?

    Thaaaanks for the chapter!!

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    • Well he did ask SM what she thought of his chances of becoming Emperor. At the very least he thinks the current royal family is unfit for the job although I am not sure if he is considered part of that since his mother was a princess …

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  2. (─‿‿─) SM found a chance to inquire more about the Luo Family’s Army. fufufu

    Thank you for the chapter ╭( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑ "fu
    ..was wondering if one of these days, SM will ever use her archery skills again.

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    • I was just thinking of that too!
      It would be nice to show the Luo family (and her parents and baka brother) she’s not just a flower vase! Our Empress can fight too!! Stop asking if she’s afraid or scared every time something pops up! Our Empress is a badass, thank you very much!!!!

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  3. Doesn’t it hail in the capitol as well? I mean, hail is hail – it happens everywhere. Other than that, I like how she’s making a new, extended family that loves her. Thanks for the chapter!

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  4. A female reader….I’m rather picky about novels and I m not the type who will drop a novel after starting cuz I take my time to watch the synopsis and negative reviews to see whether it will fit my taste. And I know and accept that authors aren’t gods so they may make mistakes. Which is why I bear with the small flaws here and there and go on with the ride…..unless the plot becomes out of taste. I like this novel very much due to the intricately executed schemes which seems very logical and reasonable. I initially liked Chu Wang Fei but I dropped it long ago thanks to the author’s tendency of showing illiterate villains and the two mc’s have a few personality problems i’ve qualms about but forget it for now. I liked Wei Yang as well, and I kinda still do so I haven’t totally dropped it yet, but it’s flow it too repetitive for me. I don’t like Wei Yang’s personality of blatantly lying so righteously which barely seems convincing while framing others (My main complaint is no problems with framing but u could talk a little less and arrange the events to unfold in a way so that even retards will believe her enemies r the ones at fault).
    And her scheming and behaviour doesn’t quite fit a former queen unlike Shen Miao who shows the temperament of one. But I’m still curious about the plot so I continue to bear with it. And as for this novel, I mtl’d it before, I’m only a little dissatisfied with the second half reasons for which I’ll comment later near the end of this novel, but I’ve barely found any contradictory flaws with this plot which is very intriguing. Just a little thing I’ll mention, the author tends to mix up ages of people and made a big mistake during the examination arc where she mentioned the winner of chess as Bai Wei once and as Yi Pei Lang on a later part although it was mentioned she didn’t even participate in this event. Whew! Sorry for the long rant!

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    • Great rant! I can understand where you are coming from. CWF started out pretty interesting but it indeed devolved as time went on. Wei Yang is ok as well but I personally did not find it as interesting.

      In case you are looking for similar reads, I would highly recommend Virtuous Wife. Qu Qing Ju, the female lead over there, is quite a character and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of that book. It is also completely translated so there won’t be any wait time and is binge-friendly.

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      • I am now reading the Virtuous Wife halfway through and it has been enjoyable like you said and have recommended to my friends. I have read LWY and I find that the official wife along with her daughter and son are really terrible but I guess some humans are nasty when the interest are threatened. I will read the “Cry of the Phoenix” and see how it goes.

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      • I’m an old lady but I love this story.
        What is also a good read is “Bone Painting Coroner”. I love this story can’t wait for next chapter. Keep it up and thank you so much for the translation.

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    • Actually I put Chu Wang Fei and Wei Yang on hold for now (Wei Yang especially since i watched the drama) … well you may give “The Cry of the Phoenix Which Reached the Ninth Heaven” a try so far i like it

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      • That shitty emperor in tht novel made me so damn angry, useless guy with senseless pride who only knows to think with his dick. I felt so bad for Mo Xin.

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  5. Female reader is here. I like reading all type of genre..wuxia ..xianxia..cokking system…female protaganist..male protaganist…its depends on the time cause sometime when I got bored ..i change my reading view.. i have whatsapp…so , if u want to make a group..please add me..i have finish my reading and im in need of new one..huhu…
    Ps: shen miao should be the tactician for this family..huhu..n… i hope the romance will be faster..huhu…bushies from dcf is here

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  6. I’m female.. I actually read almost every genre As long as l enjoy, l don’t care about some of flaw, …except tragedy, harem, but harem that end up with one person is OK.. But if tag as parody or comedy, l just enjoy it for good laugh…and l don’t like the enemy that like cockcroach at least 2/3 of novel or more than 5 time face off, character that too naive that always taken advantage, damsel in distress with every situation, romance that build by cruelty (mentality abuse or physically abused repetitively, l mean if there no redemption at all, just gloss it over because the other party too forgiving or like ‘because of love, you can do whatever’), l ussualy drop a novel because of that reason above.
    l like this novel of course because of smart MC and ML, face off enemy that not cockroach, beautifully end of each arc, romance that not build in a day.
    So thanks a lot for TL/ED team for bring this novel to us \(○^ω^○)/٩(๑~▽~๑)۶

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  7. female here and i have’nt found a novel i like tis much in a looooong while! all the plot is logical, and seem to fit with the time frame (contrary to those novel where i can’t help but think the female MC should have been dishonored long ago). it’s one of the rare novels i am not able to drop. Love it!

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  8. Female!!! Reading this update in class Lol! I got into C-novels 3 years ago. I mostly go for books with good ratings, high chance of being completely translated and plots that pique my interest.

    Thanks for the chapter!!💃💃

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  9. Wowww I was amazed that there’s male reading this 😮😮 since most of the guys I know prefer wuxia, xianxia, etc. I was also a fan of xianxia&wuxia but I got tired of the cultivation world so I switched over to female MC’s!! Intelligent ones at that 👌👌 Im female and from Philippines 🇵🇭

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  10. female from myanmar.among rebirth novel;i think this is the best.Thank the translator a lot bez there are a lot of people who enjoy the chinese novel and culture but cannot read in chinese.while reading;i actually felt as i am in the novel(the translator is as good as writer

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  11. We already know this but author really biased to XJX. We heard about his handsomeness even when he’s not around, in a far away city 😐

    So, when will our two MC meet again? That ‘kiss’ last time really trigger my hunger about romance 😂

    Thank u so much for translating 😄😄

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  12. Also male here.

    I read pretty much anything so long as the story makes sense and knowing what the girls like doesn’t seem so bad since I could keep the conversations going with them.

    This is one of the most decent historical stories aimed for females out there.

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  13. Nice idea! ive nvr been interested in any groups bfore bt im pretty interestd if its for this novel. I rly like this since its a well balanced story keeping me waiting for updates.. ive read a lot of CN with reincarnation bfore bt this is definitely one of the best so far..and i like d main charactrs not so cliche bt still romantic in its own way ~ ❤❤❤ and they’re not the same old too OP that i bcomes boring bt their brains are lololol

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