Has anyone missed my book reviews? To be honest, I have not been reading any chinese novels (absolutely do not have the spare time :(). This was the last novel I read before I fell really sick in May, and it's a really cute xianxia novel. It's short too, only about 43 chapters? It's about a girl who travelled through time and finds herself in a burnt up Phoenix's body! She looks awful and is picked up by the King of the Feather Tribe (head immortal of all the birds), and finds herself embroiled in the war between the Gods and the Demons.
Here's the summary I translated and posted in ssb:
From the moment the heavens were born, was there any Phoenix as unlucky as her? From the start, she was a stranded Phoenix that was bullied by chickens! Luckily, she met the elegant and distinguished Phoenix King, Zhao Hua Jun. From then on, she entered the realm of the gods and enjoyed the good life where she only needed to open her mouth to be fed. Unknowingly, she saved the Prince of the Realm of the Immortals He Yue Wei, and even experienced an unexpected blessing through a disaster, by eating the internal divine essence of the previous Phoenix God and gaining the form of a person. She thought her life was finally improving, and her relationship with the Phoenix King was deepening, but who knew that everything would change suddenly?
The Demon King, the reincarnation of the Death God, he had the aura and power of the Ancient Gods and looked down upon the six realms. No one could control him, but in the realm of the gods, there is a rumour spreading of a prediction that will be able to seal him again...
When Little Phoenix personally saw the reunion of Zhao Hua Jun and his old lover, she left in a fit of temper. Coincidentally, she met the uncontrollable Demon King. Should she "leave the light and head towards the dark" or "be loyal to the end"? The destiny of the three realms will be turned upside down by this Little Phoenix. It seems that deep within this destiny... is a fate decided by Heaven...
(The picture above is a fan art of Little Phoenix. It's really hilarious because she has black wings when she took the human form!)
My synopsis will be spoiler-filled, so please stop reading if you don't want to be spoiled!
The summary above makes the novel sound quite proper, but it really is hilarious and nonsensical. To be honest, when the novel started, I was rooting for Little Phoenix and the third male lead, the prince of the Immortal Realms, He Yu Wei. :( But, it was not to be.
I disliked the second male lead, the Phoenix King, Zhao Hua Jun, from the start and he did prove himself to be a hypocrite.
But once the first male lead, the Demon King (he is actually called Lucifer) started getting his scene time, I was rooting for him. Because, he is such a hilarious character. Basically, if you imagine this as a computer RPG game, the Demon King is the final boss, and so super over-powered! Nothing can beat him. He is the death god reincarnation and his one interest is to fight someone as powerful as him. He dislikes the false hypocrisy of the Realm of the Gods and the Realm of the Immortals and hence often picks fights with them - but never really destroys them, since he sees them all as weaklings anyway.
The female lead is first saved by the second male lead, Zhao Hua Jun, and most readers will think he is the first male lead. However, his first love, the Dragon Girl, returns from goodness knows where, for goodness knows why (this is never really clarified properly in the novel and doesn't really matter), because the main point is *gasp* first love comes back and Zhao Hua Jun is so happy. Little Phoenix is hurt since she thought she had something real going on with Zhao Hua Jun, and she does not want to play second fiddle so she leaves the Realm of the Gods. Unfortunately, she meets the Demon King, and she is so scared he will kill her, that she pretends that she has long worshipped him and so he brings her back to the demon realm. Haha!
When we head to the demon realm, the humour really starts because you actually find out that it's an utopia! The smaller demons are a happy family and don't have to bother about fighting or wars since their King is so powerful hahaha! Plus, the Demon King is a total stickler for virtues such as righteousness, honesty and courage! So, the demon realm is actually the poster boy for wholesome values. Little Phoenix starts to gain real friends in the demon realm... but alas, she meets one of the Demon King's son, who likes to take blood from her, because Phoenix blood is great for healing injuries.
In her desperation to avoid becoming a blood bank, she pretends that she is actually the Demon King's son's real mother! Hahaha. And,she pretends to be in love with the Demon King. Thus, the love story between the Little Phoenix, who slowly becomes the bird in the prophecy that will seal up the Demon King again, starts...
Here's the scene translation where she has reached the demon realm and is pretending to be in love with the Demon King:
The Demon King first opened his mouth, "Son."
The little prince regained his consciousness. He ran forward and knelt down on one knee to pay his respects, "Greetings to Father Emperor."
The young and handsome father, the obedient and cute son, what a harmonious and loving picture! Tian Zhen (the name of the Little Phoenix which has the same sound as the chinese word for "naive" haha) was envious.
The Demon King gave an affirmative sound to indicate he could rise, "You have not returned for many days, the reason?"
Lu Xiao Can (the little demon prince) did not answer, he pointed at Tian Zhen and asked, "Father Emperor, who is she?"
Tian Zhen anxiously grabbed her black sleeves to block herself.
The Demon King did not change the topic, "I am waiting for your explanation."
Lu Xiao Can was forced to answer truthfully, "I went to challenge the Da Peng Bird."
The Demon King was satisfied, "You once lost to him. Your courage to challenge him again should be praised."
Tian Zhen shook her head behind her sleeves. When the son fights, the old man supports! This is how delinquent children are cultivated!
The Demon King asked, "Did you lose again?"
Lu Xiao Can proudly lifted up his small face, "No, I defeated him!"
A gush of strong wind, the little demon prince's small body flew behind quite far back, and landed at the door step. Fresh blood dripped out of his mouth.
Too dangerous! No indication even when he changed face! Tian Zhen was so frightened, she quickly threw her black sleeves and quietly moved towards the side.
"Your ability is not enough to beat him," The Demon King said sternly, "If I praise you for defeating him, it is to allow you to use despicable methods!"
Lu Xiao Can climbed up and bowed down again. He did not dare to speak.
Tian Zhen looked at the Demon King with disbelief.
To think I thought you were clever... you must be stupid? In a fight with your bitter enemy, isn't winning great? You even ask him to talk about character? Previously, when the Da Peng King beat your son, he did not have a single thread of mercy. Now, your son secretly went and challenged him, and with such effort, managed to return alive. You should be thanking your blessings. You still dealt him with such a strong blow?
The Demon King's anger had not fully subsided. He lifted up his hand, "Go defeat Mu Mei Ji, this is the last chance I am giving you."
Lu Xiao Can agreed in a low voice, "I will go tomorrow."
"Your Highness, he is still young," Tian Zhen tried to be a holy mother. His son was still injured and you asked him to go beat the goblin king? You don't place the safety of your son in your heart at all!
"To lose to the Da Peng Bird, it's because his cultivation is not enough. It's a standard akin to yours," The Demon King lowered his brows in dissatisfaction, "Incompetent Crow Lady!"
Tian Zhen was silent.
The Demon King also had some literary background, he had many descriptions for her, shameless crow lady, ignorant crow lady, incompetent crow lady...
.... crow lady, you can slowly fill in the blanks...
When Lu Xiao Can left, it was only the two of them left. The atmosphere was silent and a little strange.
The Demon King stood up, he looked at her with his arms behind his back.
To stop this, the only way was to remove his anger against Mu Mei Ji. Tian Zhan rose and asked, "Your Highness, actually... have you thought that maybe Mu Mei Ji did not actually speak rudely against you?"
"The little prince of the goblin world, he would not have such courage," The Demon King said, "It was Jiu Si Cang that could not defeat him."
Were you really stupid or actually clever? Tian Zhen was confused, "Since your highness knows of this, why did you sent little prince to..."
"Even though Mu Mei Ji did not dare to offend me, he still injured a general of the demon world, thus that is to not give me face. A little goblin prince dare to go against the demon world, he must pay the price."
So it turns out the face of the Demon King cannot be touched!
So it turns out, whoever treats the Demon King as an idiot, actually becomes an idiot himself.
She stayed silent, but the Demon King spoke, "Crow Lady, what do you like of me?"
Remembering her confession earlier, Tian Zhen started to sweat. But she firmly understood that if she admitted the truth that she was using him earlier, it would definitely make him feel like he lost face. To make the Demon King lose face would have severe consequences.
Tian Zhen stuttered, "Er... er..."
The Demon King turned to his side and looked down upon her with his great height, "You, are you lying to me?"
"I do not dare!" Tian Zhen raised her face in alarm, she suddenly felt inspired, "I like your highness' face, your highness is very beautiful!"
The long hair falling down from his forehead, the shining accessories, he was elegant beyond compare, to look at his beautiful eyes, and his thin lips... there was no feature that was not perfect, and yet it carried a faint dark aura, he was truly a beautiful demon king!
A beauty and strong man, this would usually be popular with girls. However, the Demon King had one fatal flaw - his temper was too bad. He would use his strength to solve all his problems, thus all his admirers were scared away.
If only his temper was a little bit better, then the most beautiful man in the six realms will definitely not be Zhao Hua Jun. Tian Zhen looked at him without averting her gaze, her nose warmed up, and she felt inspiration flowing through her.
Actually, you have a few good points, besides the fact that you are proud and rude, and you create destruction everywhere, you have a great mind and excellent values.
For example, you teach your sons when you fight, you must be fair...
For example, you teach the citizens of the demon realm to love each other...
As she was going to think deeper, the Demon King straightened his body, "Beauty, is that all you like?"
"Superficial Crow Lady," The Demon King flicked his robes, "Leave."
Another description, Tian Zhen thought as she silently walked outside, she did not even turn back.
Yes, she thought, I am a bit superficial, for that face, if you actually pursue me, I will actually consider, it was truly so beautiful one's mouth will salivate...
Hahaha, isn't the above scene hilarious? I love the conversations between Tian Zhen and the Demon King. When the Demon King called Tian Zhen for the first time as Crow Lady, she was horrified and wanted to protest, Hey, I'm actually a Phoenix! Then when the Demon King fell for Tian Zhen, she finally got him to realise she was a Phoenix, but she later wanted to face palm herself because the Demon King started to call her Phoenix, and she wondered why she did not tell the Demon King her real name! Haha.
I love the main couple. I especially love the little demon prince, and how he slowly accepted Tian Zhen as his mother!
This novel is recommended if you are looking for a short, not too serious, funny little xianxia story! The site I read the story on no longer exists, but you can read the story from these two links: link 1 and link 2 - link 1 has the full story but some chapters are missing and you can find them in link 2.