Poison Genius Consort

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Easily cowed and bullied, she was the useless, ugly woman with no talent in medical skills. Supported by millions, he was Tianning’s most respected duke with the power to move all under Heaven. On their wedding day the bridal sedan was carried to the front doors, but the Duke of Qin’s gates were shut tight.

They told her, ‘Come back tomorrow.’

All alone, she walked step-by-step full of pride through the duke’s doors. Little could they imagine, this unattractive good-for-nothing was a beautiful, genius doctor of poisons!

After transmigrating to the past, poisons expert Han Yunxi finds herself on the verge of being married off to the country’s second most powerful man, the Duke of Qin. Her future life seems set–except her husband is an unfeeling ice block, her in-laws think she’s a eyesore, the empress dowager wants to use her for her own goals, and poison-related plots abound.

Alone, the intelligent (and sensible) Yunxi must carve her own space from the intricate web of court intrigue and the jianghu, relying on her words, wits, and wisdom to survive. Adapt when necessary, use force when required; to survive and thrive is the name of the game to a prosperous life.

No matter what, she’ll prove her right to live!

Poison Genius Consort average rating 4.2/5 - 361 user ratings
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PGC
Thiên tài tiểu độc phi
Tiāncái xiǎo dú fēi
天才小毒妃
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BScythe
New BScythe rated it
January 18, 2018
Status: c409
This is a really good novel. One of the best out there. It doesn't get you away from all the drama. But once you start reading, it gets you hooked and spend nights reading it just to catch up with the translation. There are no cultivation levels. The MC does have a cheat but it's not helpful at all times. Don't Bet with her. She has an all time winning streak. Hehe

The 1st hundred or so chapters was really unbearable/painful to read. It made you want to transmigrate and get... more>> her (MC) the hell out of the estate. I didn't like how the FL was treated, it made me cry a river but also love and appreciate HYX more. It gets better after that though so cheers for HYX. I hate but at the same time love how that Ice Cube didn't melt after a few chapters. The fluff makes you melt, it was worth the wait. Don't judge this novel after only reading 30 or so chapters. This has more than 1000 chapters so the first part is more on taking out cannon fodders. <<less
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Mavsynchroid
New Mavsynchroid rated it
January 10, 2018
Status: c250
Oops meant to give it 3 stars but it won't let me change it. Anyway..

This novel is yet another modern genius doctor female lead arriving in the body of some unfortunate young miss in ancient times about to be married to some ice statue male lead.

What sets this apart from the other similar novels, at least a little bit anyway, is how unreasonable all the female lead's opponents are. They're ridiculously vicious and cruel, but not very subtle or intelligent about it.

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she happens across someone injured, sees that he's poisoned and tries to help. She ends up a suspect.. No.. The ONLY suspect and almost EVERYONE is trying to pin this crime to her. This is like the first event in the book. The thing is, it's not just her enemies. The father of the injured person also instantly believes she was the assassin, regardless of the fact she's extremely high up in the social hierarchy due to her marriage. She's whipped and tortured, thrown in jail all with no evidence. Now, I'm not saying this couldn't be done, but it just felt so ridiculous and almost unbelievable in how it happened.

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Every time anything goes wrong, almost everyone instantly blames her, regardless of how ridiculous they sound. Doesn't seem to be any logic involved.

The male lead is the utter definition of the generic ice block stereotype. I'm sure in later chapters he'll have some tragic reason, but he treats her like a servant or worse most of the time.

All in all, it just doesn't feel good to read. Her counter attacks to most of these schemes seem incredible weak at times as well, making it even less enjoyable.

5/5 translation and editing work though. <<less
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CreamPuffDelights
CreamPuffDelights rated it
July 7, 2017
Status: c201
I... personally am unable to see the attraction of this story. I can acknowledge that it is well written for a chinese shoujo novel and that I can see how others would definitely appreciate it far more than me. Even the Male Lead is far more reasonable, far less stalkerish and far less abusive, if aloof, than almost any other Male Lead in this genre which is thankfully enough, one of the few things I enjoyed about this story.

However as an individual, I am completely incapable of enjoying this story.... more>> The MC is not an assassin, she's a perfectly normal doctor, equipped with a cutting edge analytical system embedded in her mind which conveniently enough, comes with a personal inter dimensional pocket and medicine generator, Doraemon style. Her actual skill on the other hand, is pretty much just that of a normal modern day doctor who just so happens to be pretty experienced in the resolving, and administration of poisons.

She's not going to identify poisons and sicknesses at a glance, she's not going to pop out some miracle pill that can heal instantly nor is she going to tower above anyone in power. I actually find that fact rather refreshing.

However, therein lies the issue. She's fecking SURROUNDED by assholes. In most other CN novels, these people most likely wouldn't survive any longer than 20 chapters. In this novel, they not only stay alive the entire story, the MC heals them, helps them, saves them, so they can backstab her REPEATEDLY. over and over again.

Because, y'know, they're imperials. Royalty who can do whatever they want, they can scheme, humiliate and embarrass whoever they want, including the MC.

From some perspective, I will not deny that it's... new and a refreshing difference from all those other wuxia novels where the offending parties get slaughtered simply for offending the wrong person.

On the other hand... after 201 chapters of continuous abuse and political dancing back and forth, I would happily take the MC's place just so I can poison them myself and then sit down and happily watch as these idiots claw their own eyeballs out. <<less
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Fathom
Fathom rated it
January 24, 2017
Status: c1368
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I enjoyed this enough to read from beginning to end twice while suffering through MTL. One of the few series where the MC is not OP in everything and the romance is not instant.

Despite being married, the romance isn't finalized until many years. It's more like dating during those years. While her poison treatment skills are excellent, she still has to go through a slow level up process. In fact, all her skills have a nice slow level up. Because of her weaker skills, she makes a good pairing with her husband. All the characters have full fledged personalities, even the villains. The plot is also well fleshed out and all the mysteries are solved by the end.

Because poison is the highlight of the story, once the main poison villain is removed, the rest of the story stagnates a bit. At chapter 1368, the story ends on a cliff hanger, so I'm dying to see if there will be be a second volume. I also hope poison will come back as the main focus.

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Chiaroscuro
Rhealora rated it
December 27, 2016
Status: c100
I'm giving this 4.5 star, i'll be generous and round it to 5. If you're tired of ruthless, cold, unfeeling, disturbed female MC, then this novel is for you

MC is very humane in her ways, and despite being poison expert she is not arrogant at all. She's no push over or cry baby or a baggage for her love interest. In contrary, she is independent minded, smart and optimistic. She is the more action less talking MC which is always a plus. She is not full circle OP as she... more>> is no martial arts expert and she literally have no political power or standings so sometimes this gave ways for male love interest to help her. YET she is no damsel in distress.

Romance is on the slow snail pace side bcz the male is a block of ice and dense af (basically not a normal male human, he must have minus EQ)

Villains are as 2D as they come. <<less
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KKristen
KKristen rated it
May 6, 2017
Status: c270
Not one of my all-time favorites, but still enjoyable and easy to read, and better than most.

I recommend you try it if you like:

  • Self-sufficient, level-headed, strong-willed female main characters.
  • A main character who is very skilled, but not OP.
  • Mystery, martial arts, and political intrigue.
You should also enjoy (or at least be ok with) :

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  • A romance that develops VERY slowly.
  • Drama between females. (the usual shade-throwing, name-calling, face-shaming, etc between noble women and petty family members)
  • A main character who has an almost magical special ability that no one else has.
  • A main character who is constantly struggling and being beaten down each time she rises up.
I DON'T recommend it if you want:

  • Romantic fluff
  • A domineering, OP, triumphant, or brutal main character
  • Cultivation/leveling up
  • A story that moves quickly (I'm at chapter 144 and we still haven't seen much romantic/character development)
  • A healthy romantic relationship
With that being said, here's a summary of the story:

  • Han Yunxi is a genius poison doctor in a modern era. After her unexpected death, she is reborn in the body of a "useless trash" daughter of a medical family, about to be married to the cold and aloof Duke of Qin, Long Feiye. However, her new husband refuses to even meet her at the door, her new in-laws hate her, her old relatives despise her, and she's been drawn into an ongoing feud within the palace... with only her unique poison skills help her.
Characters:

  • Han Yunxi is level-headed, stubborn, and a realist. She does arrive in the past with a "cheat ability" (her futuristic poison detox/detection system), but she is not OP. Despite her poison abilities, she is faced with constant trials and struggles in the form of social schemes and physical danger. She has zero martial arts ability, her schemes don't always work as planned, she refuses to kill ruthlessly because of her previous occupation as a doctor, and she has little to no help from others. Overall, she is acceptable to read and her struggles are easy to understand.
  • Long Feiye is often called a "ice block, " and it's no joke -- he's one of the most aloof, uncaring, and cold main characters ever. Seriously. It's not like "oh look how tsundere he is, cute, " it's more like "he legitimately doesn't care if she dies." Don't expect him to be a warm main character, at least not for at least 250 chapters. (Tbh, he irritates me often. He is always leaving Yunxi in dangerous situations, and every time he doesn't get his way, he physically grabs her or assaults her. I keep having to ignore my modern feminist sensibilities in order to like him. Just a warning...)
Overall, this is one of the better and more realistic novels in the "genius female reborn as trash daughter in ancient era" genre. I enjoyed it and read all 144 translated chapters in two days. (Edit: Now at Ch. 270) I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.

UPDATE:

Lowered my rating to 3.5 stars (I'll give it 4 stars just for the good translators).

Like many readers, there have been many times when the male lead, Long Feiye, has driven me up the wall in frustration. Frankly, it irritates me how both Yunxi and many readers immediately forgive/forget the many times that he neglects, assaults, or abuses the MC. The things he does to "redeem" himself never feel like enough. The feelings that he and the MC finally develop just feel too forced and quick to be believable (their relationship does drastically and suddenly turn for the better later on). Maybe he's acceptable for younger readers, and readers just looking for hot guys and fluff, but for me, watching their relationship is uncomfortable.

Furthermore, as the chapters progress, the story gets further and further away from reality. I mean, there has always been a fantasy element to the story (reincarnation, godly poison skills, secret powers), but the story becomes filled with cliche elements, like super cute hyper-intelligent animal sidekicks, the MC's ability to instantly master weaponry, miracle herbs/substances, unnecessary fluff, etc. There used to be sort of a grounded logic and reason to the novel that I liked, but after the first hundred chapters it just becomes more and more like a wild teen fantasy. Debating whether I should drop it or not.

Basically, I think this novel had a very strong start, with a realistic and well-grounded MC despite the fantasy setting. However, later on I couldn't help but notice major flaws with the characters, plot, and cliche elements. <<less
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TenTen
TenTen rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: c65
When I first read through the summary I found the fact that she herself walked through the duke's door after being previously shut out was very bold and highly interesting. And the story really didn't let me down.

Interesting story aside, this one actually feels refreshing as our MC is smart and sensible, not arrogant nor bloodthirsty and most of all she is not OP (though she does have something cheat-like that I'm not able to come to term with yet).

We already got told that the male lead is an unfeeling... more>> ice block. He is not only unfeeling and uncaring toward our MC but toward anyone, which I think makes his character consistent. And for an ice block to melt, it will take some time and effort, not just one or two surprises from our female lead.

Anyway some may say that the story is too slow, but if you consider that it's got 1360 chapters and is ongoing, I think that it's ok to lean back and wait to see how it plays out?

I liked it so much that I just had to write a review (my first ever) so give it a try.

Ps. The translators did a really good job and it's a very smooth read. <<less
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Syash
Syash rated it
December 21, 2017
Status: c389
There are several things you must kept in mind when reading PGC:

    • Don't self-insert.
    • Don't expect anything from the male lead. (It really baffles me that somebody didn't see her indepndence in resolving all of her own troubles.)
    • Don't expect OPness that overturns the heavens, okay. Authority is there for a reason, not because the more powerful pity them. This world's hirearchy is not based on strength, it's political.
    • Don't expect Han Yunxi to just start killing people left and right to solve problem, how fcking ridiculous. She's not those barbaric characters. She actually reflect modernistic values without the author putting it into narration.
    • Don't expect a fast plot ride. This story is a slow-reacting poison.
    • It has been pointed out that the annoying bxtches stays throughout the whole story but knows that that is entirely wrong. The story turns into political intrigue WITHOUT bxtches by the time all kind of courtyard's matters warped up. And that's when sh*t got real yo.
    • Expect nothing from the ML, so when the ice melts, you will be in joy of spring just like Han Yunxi.
To elaborate on the romance relationship; essentially, it's not much different from the other stories. ML seems to fell in love and be possessive without a reason. FL is the same; her infatuation seems to came out of nowhere, or maybe from very vain reason. But they are both sensible human being that prioritize survival of oneself and know their responsibility, and they are proper adults able to get sh*t done first rather than swoooon swoooon then just destroy everything with a mighty force and whatever. THAT'S why the development is slow, also excruiating initially. Because they both actually show characteristics of proper human being with their own personality, depth, and values.

Oh and this story leans toward political intrigue more than just series of bxtchslapping bxtch events/revengeeeeeeeee for all the villain has done to this bodyyyyy/bxtches swarming to the ML and make trouble for FL. Oh no, it is not that kind of stories. Trust me.

So PGC is really not an exciting fast read, you must let the poison dwell in your blood first.
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solomaize
solomaize rated it
July 15, 2017
Status: c207
For those of you opposed to global warming, do not read this story! Fans are rabid about wanting to melt icebergs! Okay, it's just One Iceberg. But he puts all other icebergs to shame!

On another note, this is something you should pick up if you like a female MC that is no nonsense, level headed, and kicks the door open to her fate on her own. Like literally.

Also, prepare your little heart for heavy doses of second male lead syndrome. Who is the real male lead is yet to be... more>> approved by fans!

Lastly, get your behind the scenes look at what the characters REALLY think about with awesome teasers and gifs. <<less
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kkaral7
kkaral7 rated it
June 8, 2017
Status: c1
I've read a lot of transmigration female lead MC novel, but this has to be my favorite!

The MC isn't OP and isn't cold and arrogant like many other novels, but she is clever and has a fun, unique personality. The ML doesn't atomically fall in love with her, so we get to see their relationship develop. I've genuinely laughed aloud at things the MC does. This novel stands out more than the rest with, and the translators did a good job translating without losing the voice of the author and... more>> the humor. The plot keeps the story going to, the drama never stops, but the females are super annoying in this novel. Wish I could give more stars! Definitely give this one a try! <<less
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mechafanboy
mechafanboy rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: c80
There's some really strong potential for good storyline here... problem is the basic setup of the plot is legitimately stupid.
Here's a very quick and dirty rough gist, MC will save a life, antagonists (all women, all INCREDIBLY stupid and willing to give up advantages in ways that make no logical sense) will harass her during the process, she'll gain popularity or freedom or something from being a savior.... before she gets double crossed less than a chapter after.

I'll be frank, the writing honestly isn't half bad.... if the antagonists... more>> were even halfway plausible. Since they're not and all that I'm capable of lamenting is how much the antagonists are willing to go out of their way to try and hurt a neutral party. I just had to drop the series because it's not worth it.

For an example of how stupid the antagonists are, the first pair have dealings with the victim. Both of them are willing to jump the gun and attack a doctor who tried to save the victim, later even foregoing any treatment of the victim strictly so they can save their ego. Bear in mind that apparently one of the antagonists is in love with the victim, they have NO plans whatsoever in case they're wrong and the MC is their only hope of saving this person. I'm sorry, I can't take it, that's too stupid. You don't just kill one person (whom you supposedly care about by the way) just to frame another person, it's just too incredibly stupid.

Be that as it may, the overall setting is more involved than most reincarnated female stories.... just a pity the plot revolves around a gimmick that ruins any sort of world building. <<less
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blindbandit
blindbandit rated it
July 28, 2017
Status: c265
Good story. Female lead has the wits to survive in a time where women possessed little to no power at all in society. But can somebody please tell me when this story will develop the relationship between the female and male lead. I feel as if they have a master-slave relationship. I wasn't that optimistic with their development when I picked this up but seriously CH 200 and still nothing?!

EDIT: Even though I had thoughts of dropping it, I read on and now I'm hooked. Finally I'm seeing some... more>> action between the two. After what the ML did, with the MC's attitude I think she'll do something to make him understand what he's missing. I hope it's something good. Go girl, make him grovel! ≪3 <<less
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Empress
Empress rated it
May 27, 2017
Status: --
This.... truly one of the best young miss transmigration novel with more interesting characters that keep you in awe to both female and male lead. The male lead is very realistic and not easily fall in love with female lead just because her beautiful face and her talent, unlike the other similar novels which made the male lead seem so cheap and easy to tame.

If Black Belly Miss, Chu Wang Fei, and Demon Wang's Golden Favorite Fei are easy mode (Difficulty) then Poison Genius Consort is Very Hard mode (Difficulty),... more>> it is very hard for her to stay alive from the fantastic schemes of antagonists.

She is just like a sheep in the world of Jurrasic Park, and you can't help but worry for her safety. <<less
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Purple Iris
Purple Iris rated it
October 2, 2017
Status: --
The Duke isn't that bad. Unlike all those sh*tty men of ancient times at least he doesn't speak sweet nothings and neither does he use her for... (Cough). Anyways he might have been too extreme with his actions but he clearly shows her on the wedding day that he wants nothing to do with her. One of the good aspects of this novel is that both MC and ML don't fall in love with each other at first sight, though they do take interest in each other as an individual... more>> but that's it. They look out for each other in their own ways and care for each other as individuals. The romance in this novel is at a slow snail speed, the Duke might seem to be indifferent and uncaring towards her but from chapter 45 through the Duke's subtle actions it does show that he cares for her while since the novel is from the MC 's viewpoint we get to know when she starts to care about him and like him.

The plots and intrigues in this novel is awesome, but if you are a total reality seeker then this novel is not for you because compared to other transmigratory novel this one might have a realistic MC but the character and mentality of other characters and the plot itself is unrealistic but that's the beauty of transmigratory novels. The Martial Arts in this novel is unrealistic and a little exaggerated so if you are seeking some reality type novel then the novel like The Malicious Empress would be good for you. The plot seems to be simple at first but as we read the later chapter of this novel the plot becomes complex when both their real origin and identity is revealed which is another unrealistic aspect of this novel (kind of reminded me of Romeo and Juliet). MC's attitude to her new found identity was reasonable after all she originally belonged to a modern day and age so her not being able to totally accept the concept of loyalty to her Country over her beloved and the duty of avenging the sacrifices of the people by sacrificing the living soldier is logical. (Hell I had been shouting and cursing those ancients throughout that arc not being able to understand their extreme and exaggerated loyalty toward the Empire over their Masters themselves)

I simply adore MC which made me want to poison all those antagonist and even slap the Duke more than once. The MC isn't OP, fearless, proud and cold she's weak physically but not mentally, she's the type who returns kindness with kindness and evil with evil. She has ability to deal with court disputes but not with the ancient laws, she relies on the people around her when needed but is no damsel in distress. Her character develops throughout the novel along with her relationship with the Duke. Another thing I like about her is that even when she starts to like the Duke she doesn't completely become one of those blind in love idiots at one point of the novel when she finds it unbearable she decides to leave him, and it is this disappearance of hers that makes that (stupid) ice block go crazy and realise how much he fears her leaving him (which honestly made me happy but I was also a little dissatisfied since I wanted him to suffer for like some months considering how he acted as if she did not matter much to him when his impulsive and unreasonable actions out of jealousy was so obvious in the past chapters. I'm a person that holds grudge for a long time).

Altogether I would rate this novel 4 stars for being beautifully written and for giving an in depth view of the characters. <<less
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nixxara
nixxara rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c27
A little unbearable. I wish the MC was more independent, why is she so stubborn as to stay and suffer in the household she's at? Her skills are definitely realistic, and I don't find faults in the fact that she's not extremely OP. What irks me the most though, are the villains. They're so bratty and throw tantrums that hold the MC back and it's like the MC has no support whatsoever and even if she does, it barely helps her. All the villains have status and they use it... more>> to punish the MC, etc. I feel like the villains were given a little too much power. <<less
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BlancFrost
BlancFrost rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: c115
This novel is definitely one I actually try to keep up to date with even with lack of time for other novels. The MC Yunxi is not so OP that every troubling situation she encounters immediately resolves itself. She uses her own knowledge to get herself out of sticky situations (especially with those family members of hers).

The romance is slow and believable, with no instant attraction between the two leads. Sure most dislike the ML (nicknamed ice-cube) in the first 100 chapters or so but he slowly does warm up... more>> to the reader. It looks like it will be a while yet before anything will happen between the two. They are pretty busy anyway trying to solve cases and watch out for the people around them.

I would recommend this novel for anyone who doesn't want to read about an OP MC who is no pushover.

The translator also makes reading the novel very enjoyable. (Her teasers for each chapter really bring out the characters "personalities" hahahaha) <<less
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chibiheaven
chibiheaven rated it
January 26, 2017
Status: c47
Just started reading. It's an interesting story and I appreciate that the main character is not a undercover agent in her previous life. While she does have an out-of-place "hidden mechanism" in her body that acts like a storage and has a poison warning system, it does not make her OP.

A part of me wishes she could just leave the city and just travel on her own. But I guess her goal is to just simply reside in the the palace and not have to worry about food and... more>> living necessities.

I really hate the male lead. And the other male interests don't really appeal to me either. Hoping character development gets better as it goes.

I rated this 3 because I'm willing to continue reading, even though I'm not raving about it. Hope that makes sense. <<less
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Nekoreadsnovels
Nekoreadsnovels rated it
January 14, 2017
Status: c41
Among the transmigrate Female Lead MC novels, this novel seems to be one of my favorites. The MC is not arrogant or blood maniac. I think the author did a good job to create a MC who is likeable and cute. She doesn't like to bully or kill but she is not a frail flower who always need the help of Male MC.

The translator and editor are doing a very good job. In short, I am enjoying to follow the adventures of Han Yunxi and I am waiting for the... more>> new releases. :)

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rdawv
rdawv rated it
December 22, 2016
Status: c23
Okay-ish. The MC who was a futuristic medical expert of medicines and acupuncture, killed in a very mundane manner. She found herself transported to a different world and time. As of ch23, there is little explained about her new body's past, but she retained her medical knowledge and cheat abilities -ahem-, futuristic augments: a medical diagnostic system embedded in her brain and a pocket dimension for poisons and antidotes (!?).

Right off the start the MC finds herself being humiliated on her wedding day as the other party's family was... more>> hostile to the marriage. Her own family was seemingly uncaring of her as well. In the 20+ chapters translated, the so-called husband is hardly likeable himself: we're told he's a cold person and unfriendly to women and his only redeeming features are his fantastic physique and high noble rank.

It would be difficult to recommend this story to those new to the genre, it's because the antagonistic cast of this story is quite overbearing, so much so that a new reader to this sort of story would find it annoying beyond belief. One scheme was resolved in a comedic manner and that pretty much kept me reading, and I hope it continues in the same way; because otherwise there's little to differentiate this from other 'woman-transmigrated' type stories.

Each chapter is quite short, but the translator has taken good care of the text and added footnotes to explain the various ranks and conventions. Italics and inflection were given to add dramatic emphasis, it shows the translator's own investment in the story. <<less
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eksentrysyti
eksentrysyti rated it
December 29, 2017
Status: c398
Felt like I needed to bump this novel with a review as I noticed some pretty lame ones given by people who read a few chapters and immediately dropped a bad score for this.

This is one of the few novels of the genre (transmigration into ancient China as a waste, court intrigue, scheming) that I would say is an absolute must read.

Han Yunxi (main character) is an outstanding female lead that doesn't wither in the face of adversity. She uses her wits and courage (and poison skills) to do battle... more>> with her poor starting circumstances (unfavored by her man, schemed against by mother-in-law and stepsister, royal enemies of her man). She handles each encounter like a heroic protagonist should, charming people as she does.

A main complaint of those bad reviews that don't make it past 100 chapters is that the male lead (Long Feiye) is cold to Han Yunxi. While this is indeed the case (readers nicknamed him "Giant Ice Cube"), a lot of the fun is how Han Yunxi eventually melts his heart (takes something like 300 chapters). That relationship changes to one that's cute and sugary, as Long Feiye basically tries to figure out this romance thing for the first time (sometimes frustrating, sometimes hilarious, sometimes "kyaa" worthy).

I'll let you judge the story for itself, but the plot and characters are mostly multi-dimensional. A problem with a lot of novels of this genre are those cockroach-like female rivals who are crazy delusional or cookie-cutter villain types that can't seem to die for hundreds of chapters. Luckily, this novel has none of those, as face-slapping episodes quickly end with the villain thoroughly defeated removed from the story completely. <<less
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Oweng
Oweng rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: c278
This novel is probably one of my favorites.

I think this novel is pretty underrated by most people. To be honest at the beginning the male lead is so annoying and really cold towards the female lead. Which is the reason why I dropped this the first time. HOWEVER. There was this one time I was so bored and went my way to read it again and happen to find an INTERESTING CHAPTER. HUE. One of the chapter where the male lead actually showed concern. Which surprised and encouraged me to... more>> read it again. AND I AM SO GLAD I DID.

Spoiler

First of all, the female lead Han Yunxi, is not a love struck fool when it comes to liking someone. She knows when is the bottom line and sees herself as nothing in front of the male lead, Long Feiye. She knows how to get disappointed and how to quickly face reality. At the beginning you'd see her get disappointed again and again with Long Feiye but I guarantee you, she won't be the one chasing him at the end.. Heh

Second of all, Long Feieye - the Giant Ice Cube. He's extremely cold to Han Yunxi at the beginning which irked me at first but now I just find it so amusing. Long Feiye kept Han Yunxi by his side even though he's known to be ruthless towards females or even to anyone else. Her being extremely knowledgable about poisons can contribute to that but at most he only acknowledges her intellegence and wit. So why did he kept her by his side? Also, him being cold to Han Yunxi has reasons, which I don't know the details of (see spoiler forums for that) Long Feiye is not detestable. Especially his treatment towards Han Yunxi. The girl is already lucky enough to be not killed after being around him, which says something cause who would care for a cannon fodder with no actual status and just status in paper only? No one. He could kill her and everyone would pass it as an accident. (Except maybe that emperor hmpf) And you'll get what I mean when I say he's not detestable cause HE'S FINALLY MELTING in the latest chapters I am at.

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Overall they are my OTP. And I can't wait for the day this novel is finished being translated. <<less
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Faust Voncleave
Faust Voncleave rated it
August 5, 2017
Status: c224
Love it. Something to know when going into this is that the poison expert thing is really a plot device, so if you're going into it expecting realistic poison and usage then you're going to be disappointed, I mention this cause I was slightly disappointed by this myself, though as you can see from my rating the good points make up for it. Another thing to know is the romance in this is super slow, you probably won't get much satisfaction from it till chapters 280ish (assumption made based on... more>> the glossary page of the translator's website), I never really had a problem with it as I like Long feiye and can for some reason understand and empathize with him, but I could definetely see how a lot of people would get annoyed with him.

My favorite part of this novel is the characters, particularly the main character. One of my biggest gripes about novels of this ilk is how unbelievable the main characters are, I really can't see them as actual people because they're too capable and often act in ways I can't believe real people would act in. Though Han Yunxi also comes off as too capable sometimes, I never have trouble believing she's a real person because her personality and actions have a much more humanistic element to them than most mc's of this genre. <<less
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