Senior Fifth Rank Court Lady 尚宫/ 女官難為 by 云外天都 Yun Wai Tian Du (HE)

Will a cold-blooded woman who takes advantage of everything attain happiness? Ning Yurou who entered the palace out of no choice does not yearn to become the Emperor’s woman and the most favored in the whole imperial harem. Her only wish is to climb up to the Official Fifth Rank position as a court lady, be in charge of the four bureaus, then request to be released from the palace, purchase properties and die of old age, just like her predecessor.

Unfortunately, in the imperial harem fight where she has no free will over her actions, she participated in the uprising to fight for the new emperor position and became the new Emperor’s thorn in the flesh along with her backing, the Empress Dowager falling out of power.

She thought that demise would be presented in front of her, but she did not expect that although she was stripped of her Official Fifth Rank position, she was conferred to be a lowest rank concubine and her life was preserved.

She did not understand why the new Emperor did not sentence herself to death, but since she was still alive and remained in this palace, no matter how big the challenges are, how much hardship there is, she would seek out a path out.

(Credit: Michilun Translations)

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6 Responses

  1. oolong
    oolong August 9, 2019 at 8:40 am |

    This sounds like the plot for Yanxi Palace. Did Yu Zheng steal/plagiarize the story for the drama? It wouldn’t be the first time he’s done that though…

  2. coco
    coco September 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm |

    Can someone spoil the plot please?
    Thank you:)

  3. Belly Button
    Belly Button October 12, 2021 at 3:14 am |

    This story held my interest and it is only 75 chapters.. I think. I am halfway through it. A calculative and clever girl who was forced to end up in the palace who depended on her wits to survive. Her ultimate goal is to leave the palace. However, an incident saw her became the Emperor’s concubine. She ‘hated’ the Emperor as she thought he caused her family’s demise so it was always like a cat and mouse relationship between herself and the Emperor. She learnt that to survive in the harem, she needs to have a backer. So we see how she schemed to get into someone’s good books. But ultimately, she was outplayed by the Emperor. She escaped but was ‘caught’ back to the palace. She now has to help to scheme against the Empress and her family for the Emperor. I find the story interesting because the story is fast moving and the scheming in the palace is vivid and realistic. We see the different characters through the eyes and thoughts of the FL. FL think the ML hates and is using her but we shall see (I haven’t come to that part). Now, looking at how she realised that she had to please the Emperor and deal with the Empress. Fortunately, she is a natural fox so it looks like palace conspiracy stirs her motivation. Will see how she fares in the scheming and her relationship with the Emperor.

  4. Belly Button
    Belly Button October 12, 2021 at 5:45 pm |

    Alright, I just completed the novel. It is really worth reading. I would say the genre is more like psychological romance and politics (palace). Much more politics than romance. We may hate the ML in the beginning as he is quite abusive but that is because we really didn’t understand him and his motives. It is also quite amusing to watch how the FL and ML play against each psychologically. Why so few stars? Underrated and I think it can do well as a movie in future.

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