草莽红颜 (Cǎo Mǎng Hóng Yán)

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No of Episodes: 34 + 2 Epilogues

Author: 是今 (Shi Jin)

Female Voice: 璇音 (Xuán Yīn); Male Voice: 大白 (Dà Bái)

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Comment: 

This is the fourth book by Shi Jin that I listened.  I like the first three books by Shi Jin so I assumed that I will like this story as well.  Similar traits like the other three books.  It always started with FL wanted nothing to do with the ML and ML will persistently pursued FL until she fall for him.   The funny part in the story is when FL used her foot to kick ML’s private part to check whether he is an eunuch.

Summary:

FL (Han Guang) is a daughter to a general that was accused of committing treason with another country.  Because of that, he went into hiding at the Tiger Head Mountain with his family.  It was unfortunate that when they ran away from the government, FL’s mother and brother were killed.  FL and her dad became mountain thieves.  Cheng Ying (CY) is FL’s adopted brother.

The story started with FL and CY stumbled upon a lady and a man being chased by assassins and were injured. They save both of them.   After her dad met with them, her dad instructed FL and CY to escort ML (Huo Chen) to the capital city.  During this journey, they met a few assassination attempts.  ML has offered a concubine position to FL but she rejected.  She used the excuse that she like a boy that she met many years ago in a temple.  In actual fact, ML first met FL 9 years ago in a temple.  ML was sent to the temple as a punishment .  FL used to help him to copy Buddhist scripture and they became good friends.  FL was poisoned during that time that caused her to forget some of her past memories.

ML successfully became the next emperor.  ML knew that FL was poisoned, kept FL in the palace to be treated by a royal physician called Lin Wan Zhao (LWZ) which she had kidnapped a few years ago at Tiger Head mountain.  LWZ persistently rejected to join the mountain thieves, hence he was released by FL.

FL memories returned and she invited ML’s eunuch (Shao Liu)  for a drinking session to confirm some of the past events.  FL was drunk and when she woke up, she saw a blood stains on the bed.  She thought ML has slept with her and when ML planned for her to enter the consort selection process she just follow.   She was rejected from the selection process because of an injury mark on her body.  FL thought she has escaped but then the empress dowager  appointed her to be Shang Yi, a 2nd grade official position as personal maid for the emperor.

FL later confirmed with ML that he did not compromise her and it was a trick to keep her ongoing misunderstanding to prevent her from running away.

ML has already an empress (Xue Wang Rong) and a consort.  ML also has a pair of twins and a son.

ML appointed a new consort (Xu Fei) as a disguise to keep the empress and empress dowager from noticing FL.  Instead of spending his nights with the empress and concubines, ML has been spending them with FL.  Not long after that, FL was pregnant and promoted to become Su Consort.

Huo Su, ML’s first son was borne by a maid.   Hou Su’s mother was poisoned by the empress.  In return, she caused the empress to miscarry her baby.  She was sentenced to death by the empress dowager.   FL pity the child and teach Huo Su martial arts.

One day, CY came to see FL to tell her that FL’s dad (Yu Hu Chen) saw a guy from the Liang country that looks like her brother but because YHC worried that ML may question his loyalty, hence he did not dare to get in touch with the Liang person directly.  FL managed to get a chance to speak with Xiao Lian (XL).  FL confirmed that XL is her brother but XL did not want to recognise her or their father.  XL did not want to forgive YHC for not sending help to rescue him and his mother nor search for him many years ago.

FL was accused of committing treason by passing the palace map to to XL.  When FL lost her baby, she thought it was ML’s intention to cause her to miscarry.  FL confronted ML that it was all a plot to get her to remember the past to help to retrieve something important from Monk Wu.

When YHC tried to attack the palace, FL was put in front as a pawn to prevent her father from attacking further.  ML said he will push FL down if her father continue to attack.  FL was sad that she was only a chest piece used by both her father and husband.  FL  was eventually pushed down from the high wall.

When FL woke up, she was in a carriage and LWZ was with her.

6 months later….

FL traveled towards the north after she recovered from her injury.  LWZ refused to leave her alone and continued to accompany FL.  When FL reached the Grassland, she decided to settle down.  FL became friends with Ta Ba Lian Cheng, a tribe leader also known as Cang Lang Wang.

FL saw TBLC with Xu Zhi Ang.  TBLC said Xu Zhi Ang came on behalf Liang Emperor to buy horses in three years.   FL suspected that Liang emperor is going to start a war with Shang Country.  FL knew that it is her responsibility as a Shang Citizen to warn her government.  Hence LWZ went to deliver a message.

ML came to the grassland to look for FL.  ML told FL that it was not him that pushed her but it was Xue Ming Hui (XMH).  ML told FL that she was seconded to the cold palace to to protect her.  ML has been searching for her for the past 2 years.  ML told FL that he plotted with her father to lure Kang Wang to revolt but on the day of CY’s wedding, FL’s father turned his back and betrayed ML instead.  In order to settle the people’s heart, XMH donned on ML’s clothes to buy time for ML to return to the palace.

Suddenly, someone called out to FL to inform her that LWZ was injured while trying to pluck the snow lotus flower from a cliff.  LWZ confessed to FL that in order to recover her memory faster, he used an antidote that has a side effect that will cause miscarriage.  He wanted to pluck the snow lotus to treat her.

ML went to pluck the snow lotus instead and was also injured.  FL went to see ML and met CY there.  CY told FL the reason why YHC revolted.  When YHC helped ML to return to the capital via a secret tunnel, YHC knew that ML will not let him live long.  When YHC saw FL being demoted, YHC wanted to become an emperor to keep himself safe instead of relying on Kang Wang or ML.

FL secretly left the grassland alone with LWZ’s ashes.  She did not want to return to the palace. FL went back to the Tiger Head mountain after she buried LWZ.

Not too long after that, there was news that ML will marry the Yong Heng princess from Liang country as part of the peace treaty.  But it was a plot to kill ML by Liang Emperor. Both countries went into a war.

FL went to help ML and when ML was shot by a poison arrow.  At last, FL agreed to return to the palace with ML.  ML said even he could not give her everything she wanted, he will try his best to give whatever he could.  FL continued to be his beloved consort and they had a child subsequently.  Initially ML wanted to promote her to become the new empress after XWR passed away and their son as crown prince but after he thought about it thoroughly, he changed his mind.  He wanted the freedom travel with FL and their son and leave the kingdom to Huo Su.

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