No of Episodes : 90 + 1 epilogue
Author : 花半里 (Hua Ban Li)
Female Voice : 红樱桃 (Hong Ying Tao); 云天河 (Yun Tian He)
I have mixed feelings about this story. In actual fact, I have put this on my listening list for almost a year and reluctant to start knowing that this is a sad story. I preferred happy ending story even though occasionally I post sad ending story. But those sad ending stories are quite short and you will not invest too much emotion. When I read Raini’s recommendation in Shushengbar on how well the story was written, I decided to give it a try. This is a palace story with a lot of plots. The FL character is not my type of heroine. What I like most is the loyalty between the FL, her sister and the Jin Family. ML is rather cruel hiding behind a gentle disposition. In the first half of the story, you will find that FL is quite coward and foolishly in love with ML. After the death of her sister, her personality started to change. Similar to ML, on the outlook, she still maintained the gentle disposition and but her love for ML has truly gone and she started to hide her hatred very well. She has also tried to strengthen her position with the help of her family.
FL (Jin Duan) is a poor girl that looks like the first daughter of Jin Family. She was asked to replace the missus to enter the palace to serve as palace maid to the Empress Dowager. In return, the Jin family will look after her sister (Lee Ye Ming). While she was in the palace, she lives with fear worrying that someone will know of her real identity. The first person that confronted her was Chen Loh San. The Empress Dowager also knew about her true identity and made a pact with her. She instructed FL to go serve the crown prince (ML) and remained loyal to the crown prince. In return, she will arrange for her sister (LYM) to enter the palace to avoid being used as a pawn by Jin family to control FL. That was the most regretful decision made by FL in her life.
It was revealed later that FL is the biological daughter of the Jin family. She was exchanged with a farmer’s daughter many years ago to keep her safe when there was possibility that her family may face execution charges.
More characters that you will find in the story:-
Chen Emperor – a selfish man that fell in love with Mu Empress, his sworn brother’s wife. He betrayed his sworn brother and took over his kingdom.
Empress Dowager – a devious old woman that plotted with her son to betrayed Chen Chen Chien.
Chen Chen Chien – Mu Empress’ first husband. He was betrayed by his sworn brother. He died to protect his wife and children.
Mu Empress – a sad and pitiful woman. She was tricked to enter the palace after the death of her husband. In order to protect her children, she gave up her first son, Chen Loh San to be taken care by another official. She sent away her daughter with her twin sister. After she entered the palace, I think she was forced by the Emperor and eventually gave birth to another son.
Yan Empress – the first wife of the Emperor. She helped her husband and betrayed her good friend, Mu Empress. She was demoted and punished in the cold palace. Her position was re-instated after the death of Mu Empress. She was killed by the Empress Dowager after she murdered the Chen Emperor.
Chen De – 4th Prince, a son borne by Mu Empress with the Emperor. A poor boy that crave for his mother’s love. He killed himself together with his mother.
Lee Ye Ming – the biological daughter of the Mu Empress with her first husband. LYM took the blame for FL when she accused for killing ML’s main wife. It was a plot by the Empress Dowager and ML to get rid of LYM. Since LYM’s death, FL said she will never forgive ML. ML had also promised LYM’s last wish that he will assure that FL is kept safe and happy throughout her life.
Chen Loh San – Mu Empress’ son with her first husband. He fell in love with FL and sent his most trusted maid to the palace to assist FL. He was killed after ML found out that he has ulterior motive to overthrow his kingdom.
Chang Princess – In order to save Chen Loh San’s life, she willingly married Chen Loh San even though she knew that Chen Loh San did not love her. She killed Chen Loh San and herself after she found out Chen Loh San’s intention.