Above is my absolute favourite picture of Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Thousand Miles of Peach Blossom ("3L3W, 10 Peach Blossom")! I've decided to do a full summary & review to entice my sister into the world of C-novels. I think 3L3W, 10 Peach Blossom is probably the best book to entice people since it is fully translated by Hamster with the epilogue translated by peanuts.
I will post the first part of the summary first, then the second part, and then the review. I thought I could do it in one whole entry but it's gotten much longer than I expected!
First, a spoiler-free introduction:
Bai Qian Qian is a High Goddess and the current female monarch of QingQiu, one of the old respected kingdoms of the Heavenly Realms. Ye Hua is the current Crown Prince of JiuZhongTian and engaged to be married to Bai Qian Qian. Little does Bai Qian Qian knows that in her past live as mortal, she had once married Ye Hua before... the story will detail their star-crossed fate, Bai Qian Qian's five Peach Blossoms, and their final destiny.
Now, my detailed summary:
The story, except for Ye Hua's epilogue, is set out in the perspective of Bai Qian Qian/Susu (her past mortal self). I've summarised the main plot points and love story of Bai Qian Qian and Ye Hua so my review makes sense later on.
It starts with Susu in JiuZhongTian. She is pregnant and already married to Ye Hua in the mortal world, but not officially recognised in heaven. Susu is now blind because Ye Hua has taken away her eyes. He tells her, we will get married and I will be your eyes. Susu, who has always loved Ye Hua, has turned her heart cold. Apparently, Ye Hua's concubine, Su Jin, had tricked her to go to Ju Xian stage and Su Jin had timed it such that it looked like Susu had pushed Su Jin down the Ju Xian stage - to fall down is deadly for both humans and gods - their soul and essence will be destroyed. Before Su Jin jumped down, she told Susu that Ye Hua had named Susu after the "Su" in her name and the love between Su Jin and Ye Hua was ruined because Su Jin was ordered to be the Heavenly King (Ye Hua's grandfather's concubine). Ye Hua had arrived the moment Su Jin fell down and saved her - so she only lost her eyes. Susu had to be "punished" for pushing Su Jin and Ye Hua had taken her eyes to give Su Jin. Susu gives birth to a son for Ye Hua, Ye Hua is not around at the birth. Susu thinks Ye Hua is with Su Jin. Susu tells Nainai (her personal servant) to take care of her son, she names him A'li. She makes her way alone to the Ju Xian stage - Su Jin had told her before that if she jumps down, she will be able to return to the mortal world. Susu says goodbye to Ye Hua one last time through the golden mirror he gave her and jumps down the stage. Ye Hua cries for her to stop but she jumps down anyway.
At the end of the prologue, it is realised that Susu was the mortal self of Bai Qian Qian. It was her "mortal" trial to become a high Goddess. She returns to QingQiu and asks the powerful Immortal Zhe Yan to give her his forgetting potion so she will never remember her past life as Susu.
It starts three hundred years later from the prologue. The eastern king water god was going to celebrate the one month old birthday of his son. Bai Qian Qian who hardly leaves QingQiu is going to visit this birthday party because the eastern king water god had once helped her parents. On her way to the party, she visits the Immortal Zhe Yan to get his special wine for the party. The Immortal Zhe Yan told her that the ex crown prince, the Second Prince of JiuChongTian, had came to beg for his peaches because of his pregnant wife. The Second Prince used to be engaged to Bai Qian Qian but rejected the engagement when he fell in love with Bai Qian Qian's ex-servant, Qiu Qiu, a snake sprite that she had taken care of. Due to the Second Prince's action, the Heavenly King decreed that the next Crown Prince will be Bai Qian Qian's fiance. Many many years later, the Heavenly King's grandson, Ye Hua, was announced to be the Crown Prince at his birth. Bai Qian Qian never took this seriously because to her Ye Hua, is a young punk, who is only 50,000 years old, while she is 140,000 years old.
So Bai Qian Qian makes her way to the eastern king water god's palace and she meets some maids of a princess on the way and hear that the princess is going to try and attract Crown Prince Ye Hua's attention. Bai Qian Qian is non-plussed about it. She dresses simply so people won't know her real identity. She is surprised that the palace is so dark - she doesn't realise that it was specially decorated for her arrival since her eyes are sensitive (the remnant damage from the mortal self - but she does not know this) so she usually ties a white cloth over them.
Bai Qian Qian always gets lost and is a horror with directions. She ends up in the back garden of the palace and meets a small cute round god who she calls Little Dough. She asks him what he is doing and he say he is trying to pick a coral from the pond as his dad says it is the prettiest thing in the sea. So, Bai Qian Qian lends Little Dough her fan. Little Dough just lightly fans and a strong gush of wind blows through the palace - blowing away all the seaweed specially covering the palace! Bai Qian Qian is shocked because the power of the fan flows from the power of the god, and she didn't think such a small god will have such a power.
Little Dough turns to look at Bai Qian Qian and immediately recognises her as his mother! He hugs her and cries about why she had abandoned him and his father. She hears a sound from her back, "Su...Su...?"
Ye Hua and Bai Qian Qian meets! Bai Qian Qian tells Ye Hua he has recognised the wrong person and he looks very sad and torn. Ye Hua and Little Dough leaves the garden, after which Bai Qian Qian hilariously realises when they leave there will be no one to lead her to the palace! So, she follows after them.
Just as Bai Qian Qian is following them, she meets the pregnant Qi Qi (the wife of the Second Prince). Qi Qi cries and tries to act pitiful. Bai Qian Qian can't take it and she gives Qi Qi the fan, saying that she will grant her a wish as a wedding present and she can find her with the fan when she has thought of it.
Little Dough and Ye Hua returns and sees this scene. It's really cute and Ye Hua has a soft smile on his lips as he now realises that this goddess who looks exactly like Su Su is his fiancee, Bai Qian Qian.
There's this really cute scene of Little Dough being really excited that he has found his mother again and Bai Qian Qian thinking he means she will be his future step mother, and Ye Hua promising Little Dough that Bai Qian Qian will come and live with them soon and Bai Qian Qian unable to say no because Little Dough would cry. So, Bai Qian Qian, Little Dough and Ye Hua arrive at the Banquet and the eastern king water god is angry at Bai Qian Qian for sweeping away all his seaweed (she decided to take the fall for Little Dough) until Bai Qian Qian says she has come as the representative of Immortal Zhe Yan (she refuses to admit she is Bai Qian Qian and arrive with Ye Hua). Ye Hua is holding Bai Qian Qian's hand (and refuses to let go even when Bai Qian Qian uses magic) and so Bai Qian Qian states she is a boy, naively thinking this will prevent love rumours, but this leads to people thinking Ye Hua is gay (haha).
At the end of the party, Ye Hua asks Bai Qian Qian to take care of Little Dough while he settles something. When Little Dough is left alone with Bai Qian Qian, Little Dough asks her to stop the plans of the princess who wants to attract his father. Bai Qian Qian is non-plussed as usual but Little Dough starts crying that Bai Qian Qian does not love his father and him and will abandon them again. So Bai Qian Qian is forced to say that Ye Hua is her precious and in her heart and Little Dough then brings her to stop the princess' meeting with Ye Hua.
She learned that the princess saved Little Dough's life before when he was in the mortal world. It seems that Ye Hua has sealed away the mountain that was the home of his mother, Su Su, and they will visit the mountain every year for 10 days (I find this so sweet!)
So, Bai Qian Qian goes and awkwardly acts to deter the princess from trying to pin her romantic hopes on Ye Hua. But, then she decides to give up halfway after seeing the princess' determination, and Little Dough cries out, "You lied! You said that father was your honey and precious." Ye Hua then hilarious confronts Bai Qian Qian for saying these words and she embarassingly admits to it and runs away.
Bai Qian Qian is trying to make her way home but gets lost (again). She finds a cave and sees two people having sex. They break out and she awkwardly recognises the guy as her first love, Demon King Li Jing. He goes towards her and says he has been trying to find her for the last 70 thousand years. She starts to remember their time together...
She was A'yin, the male disciple of Mo Yuan, one of the great gods and known as the undefeated War Gods. As he did not accept female disciples, her mother had put a spell on her to appear as a guy and to become a disciple of Mo Yuan to enhance her refinement and spell capabilities. During her time as a male disciple, she was kidnapped with the 9th disciple by the then Demon King who was the father of then Demon Prince Li Jing. The Demon King had fallen in love with the 9th male disciple and was going to force him to marry him. While she was kidnapped, she became friends with the Demon Prince Li Jing, who clearly fell for A'yin but struggled with it because she was a guy.
Later, Mo Yuan came and saved them, and there's the lovely scene where he hugged A'yin and said that while 9th disciple lost weight, she had gained weight, so there wasn't much loss to them. When they returned, Mo Yuan locked A'yin up in a room and she thought it was punishment because she did not take care of the 9th disciple well. Only after, she realised that Mo Yuan had suffered a divine trial for her (because she was lazy and lacked cultivation and would have died) and was suffering from those injuries. When A'yin realised that, she went to the cave Mo Yuan was resting and warned him that he better recover or she would make herself into a soup for him to drink. In her whole life, it was only that one time, she cried so sadly and painfully.
[I'm such a Mo Yuan fan <3]
Later, Demon Prince Li Jing came to find A'yin. He had abolished his harem and was wooing her, saying that he did not care she was a boy and had fallen in love with her. After a long time of wooing with many love letters and then setting up a trap where he was very injured and Bai Qian Qian said if he wakes up, she will be with him - they finally got together. But it was innocent since Bai Qian Qian was still a boy, A'yin.
A'yin is visited by Xuan Nu, who is some far off relative. When Xuan Nu was young, she wanted to look like Bai Qian Qian, who got so irritated by her constant requests, that she asked Immortal Zhe Yan to change her face to look like Bai Qian Qian. As can be predicted a mile away, scumbag Demon Prince Li Jing falls and cheats on A'yin with Xuan Nu! A'yin discovers them cheating and is so angry she wanted to swipe her fan at Xuan Nu but Demon Prince Li Jing stops her. She breaks up with Demon Prince Li Jing -she is so heart broken and gets terrible nightmares. Mo Yuan who never agrees to travel out of the mountain for pilgrimmages and retreats, accepts one invitation so he can bring A'yin away and make her happier. Mo Yuan commented that Demon Prince Li Jing's eyes are wasted (aww <3).
Anyway, Demon Prince Li Jing marries Xuan Nu and they have a grand 9 day wedding. However, suddenly, Demon Prince Li Jing gets another wife and Xuan Nu is sent back to Mo Yuan's mountain full of injuries. It turns out to be a trap as Xuan Nu came back as a spy to get information on Mo Yuan's side, who was going to have a full-on war with the Demon King - only because the Demon King was angry Mo Yuan took away the 9th disciple. Because of Xuan Nu and Mo Yuan's injuries suffered from helping A'yin suffer her divine trial, Mo Yuan's soul actually dissolves after trapping the Demon King into a special bell.
Before he dissolves, Mo Yuan turns to A'yin and says, "Wait for me".
A'yin is completely distraught. She tries to figure out how to preserve his body until his soul comes back. As A'yin is actually Bai Qian Qian, a nine-tailed fox goddess, her blood can preserve his dead body - but, as she is seriously injured, she would not be able to give him her blood for more than 7 days before she too dies. So, Bai Qian Qian goes to Demon Prince Li Jing to ask for a special body preserving pearl which the demon world possesses. Demon Prince Li Jing says the pearl is missing.... but before Bai Qian Qian leaves the palace, Xuan Nu shows her this pearl and said that Demon Prince Li Jing had given it to her for her to recover from the injuries she suffered when she was sent as a spy. Bai Qian Qian is enraged and throws Xuan Nu at the Demon Prince Li Jing and announces that she and Demon Prince Li Jing will be enemies forever and cannot never be under the same sky, however she has too much pride to take the pearl away.
So, A'yin steals Mo Yuan's body and hides away in a cave. She plunges a dagger into her chest every day to feed her blood to Mo Yuan. She thinks that even if she dies, at least she can accompany Mo Yuan. On the seventh day, her mother finds her and gives her half of her life's essence to save A'yin and changes her back to her female self, Bai Qian Qian. Bai Qian Qian is able to preserve Mo Yuan's body with her blood.
No one knows where A'yin went with Mo Yuan and it is only recorded in the annals that Mo Yuan and A'yin disappeared and retired together from the heavenly realms (haha).
Bai Qian Qian's consciousness returns to the present and she hears Demon King Li Jing ask why she is wearing female clothes when she is fine as a guy. He asks if it's because he had betrayed her for a female. He says that he misses her and have been finding her for the last 70 thousand years. Bai Qian Qian cuts him off and tells him she is a girl. He is shocked and asks her why she did not tell him long ago. Bai Qian Qian is non-plussed - he married Xuan Nu for her personality, it cannot be just because of her face, so it would not make any difference if she had told him. Demon King Li Jing falls silent and Bai Qian Qian quickly becomes invisible and escapes as he cries out for A'yin - but in her heart, she thinks there is no more A'yin.
Bai Qian Qian is back at Qing Qiu and when she wakes up, she finds Little Dough in her home! She finds out from her deity helper, Migu, that Little Dough and Crown Prince Ye Hua plan to stay here. Bai Qian Qian is unhappy but can't kick them out because of their status and the fact that Ye Hua is indeed her official fiance.
Little Dough says he is hungry and so Bai Qian Qian goes off to the market with Migu to find food. Ye Hua joins them in the marketing and is rather surprised at what Bai Qian Qian wants to feed his son (ie, not proper food). So he goes to buy meat and vegetables, and cooks for them! They are all stunned by Ye Hua's good cooking.
There's this lovely scene where Ye Hua cooks and Bai Qian Qian helps with the wood for the fire, and Bai Qian Qian comments that Ye Hua must have learnt how to cook from his mortal wife, Su Su. And Ye Hua says that Su Su did not know how to cook and would help him with the wood just like what she is doing now. (<3)
Comments: I love Mo Yuan and Ye Hua equally, though I have my views on why the story went the way it did and who is perfect for Bai Qian Qian. Both make me very happy <3. Till, part 2!