No of Episodes: 111 (Audiobook 1); 231 (Audiobook 2)
Author: 墨舞碧歌 (Mo Wu Bi Ge)
Multiple Voices:沫轻莎, 尘慕, 蓝心 (Mò Qīng Shā, Chén Mù, Lán Xīn) – Audiobook 1
Single Female Voice: 未来之音工作室 (Wèi Lái Zhī Yīn Gōng Zuò Shì) – Audiobook 2
I found two songs that I like in the audiobook:-
This book comes highly recommended by Catharcity. I hesitated to start because there are lots of angst in the story. Catharcity is doing a fantastic job translating the book into English.
I found two versions of the audiobook. One of them is in multiple voices. When I reach episode 51, I just have to take a break. The story is full of angst and is too intense for my emotion. I stopped halfway to listen to a romantic comedy before I went back to finish the remaining of the story.
The radio drama stopped at episode 11 and it is not completed yet. The radio drama was great as well but it is the abridged version of the story.
There are four couples in the story. Beside the story of the FL and ML, there are Long Zi Jin and Cui Ni Chang; Duan Yu Huan and Yue Jing Ying; and lastly Xia Sang and Long Yu Zhi. The love story of Long Zi Jin and Cui Ni Chang is quite similar to FL and ML. Cui Ni Chang sacrificed a lot for Long Zi Jin and his beloved. Only towards the end when Cui Ni Chang was about to die that Long Zi Jin realised how badly he has treated Cui Ni Chang and tried to make amends to win back Cui Ni Chang’s love.
There were few memorable scenes in the story that stuck in my mind.
FL woke up and heard that she was pregnant. ML said he does not want a baby with FL and FL asked Cui Ni Chang to prepare the abortion drug. When she was about to drink the drug, ML broke the bowl. Later, FL sneaked to the Cool Palace to see who was ML’s love interest and found out that it was Wen Ru Yi. All ML’s followers wanted FL killed to keep Wen Ru Yi’s secret. When ML did not say anything, FL killed herself. ML turned around and realised that he cannot lose FL.
The Murong sibling used Ru Yi’s life to threaten ML. It was painful to look at how much ML protected Ru Yi. Even though FL wanted to leave them, she decided to help ML one last time. FL pretended jealous, to divert Murong sibling’s attention. ML got angry with FL thinking that she was going to harm Ru Yi. FL saved Ru Yi and push Murong Lin and herself from the cliff.
Bai Zhan Feng got injured because of FL. They found shelter in a cave. Bai Zhan Feng has fever and FL used her body heat to warm Bai Zhan Feng. ML and rest came and saw them. ML was angry, jealous and wanted to kill FL. FL said she had used her life to save everyone before ie. ML, Ru Yi, Qing Feng and Long Zhi Yi and all she wanted was to save BZF. Why are they looking at her as if she was a harlot who betrayed ML? FL said she did not complain when ML left her to go back to see Ru Yi while Bai Zhan Feng went to help her to get the pill to treat her disfigurement. FL put ML’s hand inside her clothes to let him feel the blood seeping out due to the arrow shots. FL threw the comb given to her by ML to the floor saying that she no longer wanted it. FL’s love has died when she saw the accusing stare when ML first walked in. FL said ML did not even ask whether she was alright or was she injured.
The story is quite lengthy and complicated. Suggest that you go to Catharcity to read the summary and the English translation.
The story started with FL (Nian Xuan Ji/Zhu Qi) imprisoned in the dungeon. The guards were thinking of raping FL before her execution. ML (Long Fei Li) came. The guard that suggested the rape got killed. When ML wanted to kill another guard called Zhang Jin, FL stopped ML.
Then, the scene changed to the time where FL got demoted from a consort to a lowly servant serving at the Empress Dowager’s palace. FL’s father was a Minister and got executed because of colluding with the Xiong Nu. FL broke a pot of plant and got punished. Hui Consort suggested FL be beaten 100 times. Wen Ru Yi begged the Empress Dowager to spare FL. But Hua Consort suggested FL punished by cutting off her hands to set an example to the rest. When FL served tea to the ML to thank for the punishment, she spilt the tea. FL got a kick from ML.
The scene changed back to the prison cell. FL was delirious with fever. ML was hugging FL. Besides ML, there were few persons in the cell and they discussed how they were going to handle the upcoming uprising from the Empress Dowager and the 7th Prince.
Next, the scene changed again to another time in the cell where ML accused FL of sleeping with another man and pregnant with another man’s baby. FL scolded ML for not helping General Bai on time hence caused him to die during the battle with Xiong Nu. ML got very angry and used FL’s body to release his anger.
The next day, FL sent to the execution stage. ML came and gave FL one last wish. FL said she wants to comb his hair for the last time. FL died due to excessive bleeding. ML suddenly felt nothing is important than keeping FL alive.
In the another realm….
A girl called Zhu Qi (FL) is looking at this from a mirror and asked the man standing next to her to bring her soul back to Xuan Ji’s body. The man called Liu Jing said it was her choice for not telling ML the origin of the baby and her soul could not withstand the pain hence she could no longer return to the original body.