Title: 凤行 / Phoenix Walk / Walk of the Phoenix
Author: Mask Feast / Jia Mian De Sheng Yan / 假面的盛宴
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“When everyone scorned at me because I was merely a woman, I kept convincing myself: ‘Actually, you can give it a try.’” – Fang Feng Sheng
There’s a famous saying in officialdom: there’s nothing to lose. She was the only descendant of the Fang family, the most prominent family of masters in Shaoxing. A battle broke the Fang family apart. Her father was implicated and put to death, and she paved her way through thorns to prove her name. But walking down this path, she discovered that there were things beyond her imagination.
Zong Yue knows that he can marry Fang Feng Sheng because he had blocked all her paths of retreat. But it doesn’t matter—one day, the person will become his, and so will her heart.
Mask Feast is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are very well-paced and have excellent characterization. You may recognize her from Counterattack of the Cannon Fodder Chambermaid. However, this one delves deep into the muddy waters of the imperial court, and the tone is quite serious. It’s mentioned in the synopsis that our FL’s father was implicated in a case and was put to death, and the first half of the plot involves heavily around that one. Our FL is very independent and smart, which I think is a plus for most c-novel readers out there. Although the romance is a bit slow, it’s still rewarding.
The world-building in this is outstanding, and there are certain themes and struggles ancient people experience that other novels don’t touch. I’m quite certain that the author is a huge history nut.