– The Beginning Chapter 3.5 (When Sophia just arrived in Earl Uren’s Castle)
Recommendation (Please do give my quick thoughts a read so you don’t miss this.)
Before I tell you what is it, the following novel has cruel, rape, heroic death, cruel death depictions/indications, so if you can’t stand such stuff, please turn away.
Else, prepare for a rather good strategic chinese dynasty novel with a slight touch of jianghu/wushu. The depictions of war and its cruelty can be really felt from this novel. Noble sacrifices, deaths of unwillingness, the evil behind, those loyal and the innocents that got dragged into it. Once in a while, you get to see miracles where good people survives. Truly not for the faint of heart.
In a way, it can be worse than Attack of the Titan in some way. You have no idea how many times my heart was crushed by this novel but still continued because it was really interesting for me.
Just note that due to the nature of the novel, there are dozens of characters, locations and name of places that can really confused you if you are not used to it. But I pay it no mind and just try to understand it. the main ones you might want to be concern of is their Titles and their names and their allegiance as I got messed up by them. Like there’s a ‘Li’ guy in Southern Chu but the prince in Great Yong is Li Xian, but his title is Prince of Qi.. and even more.
Arc 1: Volume 1-3
Arc 2: Volume 4-5
Volume 6: Somewhat Epilogue of Arc 2 and also slight Prelude of Arc 3.
Each ending of the Arc can be considered an ending to the novel in its own way so I haven’t started with Arc 3 as there’s less than 4-5 chapters in it. At least, I can feel at ease reading to the ending of this novel.
Hope you do give it a try and actually give some feedback here on what you think of my recommendation, even if you have already read it.