No of Episodes: 48
Author: 怀瑾握瑜 (Huái Jǐn Wò Yú)
Multiple Voices: 少卿, 奥提, 祤毣君, 卷, 维尼,啸月, 勾画画 (Shǎo Qīng, Ao Tí, Yǔ Mù Jūn, Juǎn, Wei Ní, Xiào Yuè, Gōu Huà Huà)
This book has been on my list for almost 2 years now. It was produced by the same voice team that did 特工傻后 (Te Gong Sha Hou) – Mad Empress is a Special Agent and 斩青丝：第一皇妃 (Zhan Qing Si: Di Yi Huang Fei). A palace story with a sad ending. FL gave all her loves to one man, who she knows will never belong to her solely.
FL (Xi Yan) sent to the palace by her father to take part in the consort selection. She worked as a palace maid under Rong Consort. FL just want to live a peaceful life hoping to leave the palace when she turns 20 years old to reunite with her mother. Tao Ye was also sent to the palace for the same reason but Tao Ye fell in love with the Emperor at first sight. One day, Tao Ye met secretly with her brother (Shen Rui Wen) while FL guarding outside. When FL heard someone quoted a poem that she likes, without thought, she uttered on the last part of the poem. FL then realised that the man is the Emperor from the other side of the wall, hence she quickly ran away.
Tao Ye got selected and promoted to Ru Gui Ren. Tao Ye requested Rong Consort to transfer FL to her palace. FL became the messenger of Tao Ye and her brother. FL helped Tao Ye to attract the Emperor’s attention. FL likes Shen Rui Wen (SRW). One day, FL told SRW that she has not received any news from her father for a while already and asked him to help her to check what had happened at home. A few days later, SRW passed FL a letter from home. FL read the letter in front of a lake and then she cried out loudly for her mum. The Emperor passed by and recognised FL’s voice as the girl who quoted the poem before. FL knew that she has breached the palace’s rule and waiting for the sentence on the punishment. But the emperor asked whether FL was willing to become his consort. FL refused. The Emperor purposely passed an edict to promote FL to Gui Ren.
The next day, when the Eunuch came to her courtyard to move her things to her residence, FL saw Tao Ye was very angry. After FL became a Gui Ren, she was very cool towards the Emperor despite his frequent visits. Tao Ye got pregnant. FL tried to explain to Tao Ye that it was not her intention to betray her but Tao Ye refused to listen. One of the emperor’s consorts died after giving birth to a dead foetus. Tao Ye got implicated because of the lavender water that she gave the consort before. FL met SRW to ask him to investigate the matter.
When SRW came back with an update, FL went to meet him secretly during a party. Their meeting got interrupted by Tao Ye. SRW left quickly when they heard a group of people walking towards their direction. It was Rong Consort. After FL escorted Tao Ye back to her palace, Tao Ye asked FL not to meet with her brother anymore if she has any feeling for him. Tao Ye said she did not want her brother to get into trouble. That night, FL asked the servant to dig out the wine that she buried and drank herself till she got drunk. In her drunken stupor, FL saw SRW and spent a passionate night with him. The next morning, FL realised that it was the Emperor that she slept with. The Emperor came again the next day to her palace.
One day, Tao Ye came and saw the teapot set on FL’s table. Tao Ye said the Emperor has been treating FL very special. Tao Ye said she has once asked for the teapot set but got rejected by the Emperor. After Tao Ye’s visit, FL got a high fever. The Emperor fed FL the medicine from his own mouth. After FL recovered, she threw away the teapot and the cups into the lake but she retained one cup behind knowing that it was the Emperor’s favourite cup. FL said the teapot and the cups were the cause of her sickness.
The Emperor planned to take an excursion and took a few of his consorts with him escorted by SRW and Guang Jing Wang. The Emperor changed his plan suddenly and took FL with him only. During a trekking excursion, FL fainted and diagnosed by the monk that she was pregnant. Guang Jing Wang advised the emperor to cancel his trip to return to the capital after they received news that the prince of Beichen had escaped from their capture. A few days later, their residence got invaded by a group of the Beichen people. SRW and FL got kidnapped. They met the prince of Beichen (Ye Lu Qi) and Ye Lu Qi wants to use FL as a shield to make sure that they can return to Beichen safely.
Both SRW and YLQ like FL. YLQ kept his promise to send FL back to Da Yau Country but their plan got disrupted when Ye Lu Bei (YLQ’s brother) started a revolt to force his father to pass the throne to him. YLQ asked FL to become his Wang Fei but FL refused. YLQ said once he settled the problem in his country, he will go to Da Yau Country to see her.
FL and SRW escaped and managed to return back to Da Yau Country. When they got there, they met an assassination on their lives. FL took out the jade pendant that was given to her by the emperor. FL instructed the government soldiers to fight the assassins. FL got injured and saved by a famous doctor called Sze To Feng. Dr Sze To also found out that FL has another sickness that affected her breathing. When the Emperor received news on FL, he came immediately and took FL back to the palace.
Tao Ye gave birth to a girl. Tao Ye purposely made the Emperor misunderstands the relationship of FL and SRW. Rumour spread across the palace. When FL asked the Emperor not to punish SRW but should reward him for bringing her back safely. The Emperor got very angry and forced himself at FL and almost caused her to miscarry. Luckily Dr Sze To arrived on time to treat her. The Emperor regretted his action and went back to see FL not too long after that. They made up at last.
The Emperor, Empress Dowager and all the consorts left for the summer palace except for Tao Ye and FL. FL had a premature birth and almost died from bleeding. Once again, Dr Sze To came on time to save her. FL gave birth to a baby boy. The Emperor was very happy that he has a child with FL at last. The Emperor wants to promote FL as Empress but changed his mind after he heard advice from his nanny. He promoted Xian Su Fei as Empress instead.
FL’s baby did not live long and passed away. FL grieved for a long time. The Emperor grieved too and started to spend more time at Tao Ye’s palace. The Emperor promoted Tao Ye to “Fei” but objected by the Empress. The Empress advised FL to pick herself up and arranged FL to dance during a welcome home party for SRW after they won the war. The Emperor was happy to see FL but when the news came to say that SRW has passed away on his way back to the capital, every changed.
The Emperor saw FL drinking on her own on SRW’s funeral day and saw the ring. The Emperor misunderstood that FL loves SRW. The next day, FL got transferred to the Tsing Hua palace, considered as a cold palace. FL slowly adapted herself there. One day after a dinner a function, the emperor suddenly went to see FL. It has been a long time since they met.
The Empress Dowager passed away and Rong Consort transferred to Tsing Hua palace as well after her father got punished. The emperor visited FL very often. Rong Consort initially treated FL very hostile but she started to trust FL after FL saved her from a poisoning incident.
One day, Rong Consort invited FL for a walk after a meal and they bumped into Guang Jing Wang and YLQ. Guang Jing Wang and YLQ want to take them away. FL shocked to see YLQ and realised that Guang Jing Wang actually loves Rong Consort. Before they could do anything, the Emperor came to stop them. Guang Jing Wang put on house arrest and Rong Consort got demoted and live in cold palace.
FL fainted and was found pregnant. The doctor said FL’s body is very weak and not suitable to carry the baby. The Emperor asked FL to abort the baby. FL refused and started to throw away all the medication given to her and even stop eating. The Emperor relented at last after FL promised to look after herself very well during the pregnancy which may end up as safe delivery. Dr Sze To returned to the capital and asked to go to the palace to treat FL.
Rong Consort told FL that it was Tao Ye that killed the previous consort and her unborn child. Tao Ye could also be the person that has caused the premature birth of her first baby. FL confronted Tao Ye and Tao Ye denied of doing it.
FL gave birth to a pair of twins, a boy and a girl. FL thought Rong Consort wanted to be with Guang Jing Wang and decided to help her. But Rong Consort changed her mind and decided to stay on in the palace. FL begged the Emperor to pardon Rong Consort. Rong Consort got demoted to “Rong Pin”.
Tao Ye demoted to Gui Ren after her father got involved in corruption. FL went to see the Emperor and got informed that the Emperor is engaged with Liu Liang Ren. Liu Liang Ren is the newly appointed consort and cousin to Tao Ye. FL went to see Tao Ye instead. Tao Ye fainted when she heard that her father got very sick in the prison. Tao Ye has gone blind after she woke up. FL asked her maid to ask for permission from the Emperor to get a doctor to treat Tao Ye. The maid came back to say that the Emperor refused to see her.
Eunuch Wei tried to stop FL from getting into the Emperor’s chamber. FL ignored him and forced her way in. FL regretted once she got in. FL saw the Emperor was having sex with Liu Liang Ren. FL’s heart broke after seeing that. When FL was about to leave, she got stopped by the Emperor. FL vomited and fainted in front of him.
FL dreamt of SRW again. This time, SRW asked for the ring back. When FL woke up, she saw Rong Consort at her bedside. Rong Consort told her that the Emperor has made a pact with her. The Emperor will not question her past with Guang Jiang Wang provided she remains in the palace forever. The emperor has also promised Guang Jing Wang that he will protect Rong Consort in the palace. Guang Jing Wang asked to lead a troop to go to the war.
Rong Consort discussed with FL to move Tao Ye to her palace. FL has officially taken Tao Ye’s daughter under her care. One day, FL said she wants to go see Rong Consort but did not return after a long time. Her maid went to look for FL everywhere and found her at last. They shocked to see FL. Her clothes were all wet. That night, FL asked Rong Consort to look after her children if anything happens to her. FL got very sick after that day.
FL told Rong Consort that she bumped into Mr Sze To on the way back from her palace. Mr Sze To entered the palace to return the pass to the Emperor and said he will leave the capital city. Mr Sze To said it was FL’s father that asked him to treat her. Mr Sze To also said that the Empress’s father has been FL’s father opponent in the government. FL’s father wants to resign from his post. Unfortunately, before the Emperor agrees, FL’s father accused of treason because of a letter intercepted between FL’s father and YLQ.
FL died at last. When the emperor went to see FL, Xia Ze (FL’s personal maid) told the emperor that FL has poisoned herself. After saying that, Xia Ze killed herself. FL got buried as an Empress. FL’s son got promoted to crown prince. The emperor refused to see the Empress (Xian Su Fei) ever since FL died. When the Empress died, she got buried as a consort instead.