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☆ Slow-burn. Slow-burn. Slow-burn. Can’t say this enough.
☆ This book is extremely MC-centric. It is basically the life story of the MC after he transmigrates. The ML enters the story a few good chapters in and characteristic of MXS novels – the plot is prioritised over the romance. If you like fluffy easy read romance or for the main CP to interact a lot – you won’t find it here!!
☆ Many real historical events weaved into the plot. If you don’t like Chinese history and learning about Chinese culture, you probably won’t like this novel. Politics heavy, most of the plot hinges on the political intrigue/imperial court drama so if you don’t like politics and you’re looking for a cute story you will be very bored.
☆ This novel includes a huge cast of characters, of which many are real-life historical figures – all with multiple names and titles. It can get confusing for new readers of this genre.
***! !*** – This novel is definitely not for everyone = there is barely any action or romance. However, towards 100+ chapters there is noncon between main CP. Reader discretion advised.
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☆ 14 year age gap between MC & ML (ML is 4 years old in the beginning of the novel and he grows up very slowly – hence the slow-burn and non-existent romance haha)
☆ MC & ML get married to women and have kids. The novel takes a more realistic approach so you won’t find any “male concubines” etc. in here.
Zhao Su arrived here in the 35th year of Emperor Jiajing.
His first wish was only to have a satisfactory meal.
This is a story of a boy who goes from being a poverty-stricken son of a concubine to becoming the Grand Secretary of the Great Ming.
This is also a tragic story of hard work, to train the little bratty child to become the promising young emperor, but in the end he was overwhelmed by the brat.
This is the best time period, Jiajing Emperor, Zhang Juzheng, Xu Jie, Yan Song, stars gathering, fighting openly.
This is also the worst time period, the Emperor is obsessed with achieving immortality, the court officials are forming factions, the court is a dog eat dog arena, the country is also facing internal and external conflict. The North has the Tartar, the Southeast has the Wukou, as well as heavy taxes. The common people cannot stand the hardship, the entire Ming dynasty is on the brink of collapse.
What can his existence change?
P.S This is a story of Zhao Su’s struggle in history and not just a love story, so I’ll write slowly, readers please read slowly (*^__^*)
This is a HE, that’s a must, I would never write a BE for a long novel.
This is fiction and does not align with history, please don’t take seriously.
Tags: Transmigration, younger gong, historical, HE
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The 35th Year of Jiajing, fifth month of the lunar calendar, the Start of Summer
Chapter 2: Zhao Su knew from the beginning that no one was willing to stand up for them
Chapter 3: Having this teacher meant his status was no longer ordinary
Chapter 4: A man should act thus
Chapter 5: They would never have thought what Yuan Shu said would come to pass.
Chapter 6: If a dog bites a person, would you bite the dog?
Chapter 7: Provincial Exam, First Place – Zhao Su!
Chapter 8: You’ve been living outside for the last few years, now you can’t even recognise your juniors and seniors?
Chapter 9: Zhao Nuan discovered something huge.
Chapter 10: Shaoyong, how did this brain of yours get so clever?
Chapter 11: Any retreat is punishable by death!
Chapter 12: It’s hard to be an Official in the Ming Dynasty, it’s even harder to be a Military General in the Ming Dynasty
Chapter 13: Zhao Su’s historic meeting with Qi Jiguang and an old fox reveals himself in the Grand Secretariat
Chapter 14: No matter what, he will remember this moment.
Chapter 15: Zhao Su and the child’s first meeting
Chapter 16: Either we don’t do it, or we go all out.
Chapter 17: One mountain can’t have two tigers, let alone two old tigers.
Chapter 18: Zhao Su smiled faintly: “You really did your homework, huh?”
Chapter 19: Well, don’t ever get married then!
Chapter 20: Zhu Yijun stared at him, saying a word at the time: “If, you, can’t, keep, your, word, you, will, get, fat!”
Chapter 21: “Why do those who do evil live well, and those who are righteous will never have a good ending!”
Chapter 25: A violent wind and rain storm was on the horizon.
Chapter 26: The little child that he had been thinking about, was lying on the bed feverish.
Chapter 27: He is already so unsettled at this age, no wonder he torments his court officials when he grows up
Chapter 28: Then I’ll reluctantly take you as my wife.
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Chapter 29: Someone has accused you of colluding with the Chief Examining Officers and receiving the exam questions in advance
Chapter 30: Do you admit guilt?
Chapter 31: I want to save Susu too！
Chapter 32: To achieve greatness, there must be sacrifice.
Chapter 33: The steamed bun shows his incredible might to upend Heaven and Earth
Chapter 34: Does it still hurt, let me rub it.
Chapter 35: Strife in the Imperial Court, the education of the little brat, Court Examination.
Chapter 36: A contradictionary court examination question
Chapter 37: It was neither good nor bad, it was on the cusp.
Chapter 38: You must be the only one who can treat the Emperor’s grandson like his own son
Chapter 39: I heard you’re a follower of the School of Mind?
Chapter 40: Xu Huating, it’s not just you that has a great student, now I have one too, ha!
Chapter 41: Dinner, relationship building, networking, becoming an official.
Chapter 43: I will give you even better things in the future.
Chapter 44: Their relationship began to deepen day by day, even to Zhao Su’s surprise.
Chapter 45: Zhao Su, your miserable love affair has arrived ……
Chapter 46: I ran away from home!
Chapter 47: Father has his beauties, mother has didi, I only have you.
Chapter 49: Master and servant head south encountering bandits.
Chapter 50: If he had known Zhao Su’s true identity, perhaps he would have even coughed up three mouthfuls of blood.
Chapter 51: Why would a concubine-born b*stard be allowed to enter into the ancestral temple?
Chapter 52: Giving others the room to manoeuvre, means always giving oneself the room to manoeuvre.
Chapter 53: If only Susu were here
Chapter 54: Zhao Su’s marriage, dispute over status
Chapter 55: However many days you’ve been gone is however many I’ve written.
Chapter 56: You’re spoiling the little princely heir too much
Chapter 57: Don’t underestimate this princely heir!
Chapter 58: The calm before the storm (Plot takes precedence)
Chapter 59: The follow-up to Zhao Su’s marriage, the wind sweeping through the tower heralds a rising storm in the mountains (Plot takes precedence)
Chapter 60: Shaoyong, get more than two, the Palace is very dangerous, two might not be enough
Chapter 61: He was precisely someone who saw the darkness of the world everywhere, but could still stay true to his own beliefs.（Plot takes precedence）
Chapter 62: (Plot takes precedence again，recommend the impatient readers to save up a few chapters before reading)
Chapter 63: Heavenly law is cyclical, it is the fate of mankind, not even an Emperor can escape.
Chapter 64: Personality determines fate.
Chapter 65: “No way, there’s absolutely no way!” Zhu Yijun suddenly hugged him around his waist.
Chapter 66: I miss Susu.
Chapter 67: Susu, wait for me to grow up.
Chapter 69: Engraved in his memory, unforgettable.
Chapter 70: These feelings had not subsided nor weakened due to the distance between them
Chapter 71: If there’s a girl you like, you should let me know soon…..
Chapter 72: But, Susu is a man.
Chapter 73: Over on the other side of the ocean, the radiance of the Renaissance was resplendent, shining over Europe.
Chapter 74: Zhao Su has sons.
Chapter 75: Let’s just call them mantou and tangyuan.
Chapter 76: The demise of Longqing
Chapter 77: No matter what, the era of Gao Gong had come to an end.
Chapter 78: Susu, I like you. En, this humble official likes Your Majesty too
Chapter 79: You don’t need to use flattery to try to curry favour with me
Chapter 80: Dispute over the names list for recommendation to enter the Grand Secretariat
Chapter 81: This person must be mentally ill, right?
Chapter 82: Zhu Yijun immediately felt protective, afraid that Zhao Su would be troubled, he didn’t even think about it and said: “If the national treasury is empty, I can subsidise the sum from the palace treasury.”
Chapter 83: Steamed bun: it’s finally my turn to show off!
Chapter 84: Talks between Zhang and Zhao, starting work, babies arrival in the capital, the Emperor makes a home visit.
Chapter 85: Your Majesty treats this official so well, this official is unworthy of such treatment.
Chapter 86: Your Majesty, you’re overthinking things.
Chapter 87: Zizhong, you’re my xiongdi.
Chapter 88: Advice from Empress Dowager Chen + Zhao Su invites guests to dinner
Chapter 89: The first year of Wanli, a fresh start.
Chapter 90: Zhao Su was taken aback, in his life filled with literary poise and elegance, this was the first time he felt a loss for words.
Chapter 91: May all the lovers all under heaven find their way to each other
Chapter 92: The Emperor was a man, accidentally bumping into him couldn’t be counted as offensively taking advantage right?
Chapter 93: Zhao Su uses the matter of the broken lantern to clean up the Ministry of Works
Chapter 94: Reforms during the first year of Wanli, realistic without flights of fancy, starting from scratch.
Chapter 95: He reminded himself to have self-control, but he wasn’t God.
Chapter 96: I have liked someone for a long time.
Chapter 97: Zhao Su goes down to Guangzhou.
Chapter 98: Long time no see, da-ren has become even more impressive!
Chapter 99: Zhao Su begins to collect funds for the imperial court, not going to the Ministry of Revenue was truly a waste.
Chapter 100: The Emperor’s wedding was less than ten days away.
Chapter 101: Zhu Yijun also finally waited for the return of the person who was in his thoughts every day and night.
Chapter 102: Zhao Su’s heart jumped, and discovered that his heart was actually palpitating for a form of address that he had not heard for a long time.
Chapter 104: The aftereffects of the hot chilli water are too much!
Chapter 106: Why bother worrying of having no companions on the road ahead, in all under heaven, who doesn’t recognise this gentleman.
Chapter 107: Discussion at the Grand Secretariat.
Chapter 108: I swear to the heavens that in this lifetime, I will live up to your expectations!
Chapter 109: Zhao Su educates his sons.
Chapter 110: My sons are growing up.
Chapter 111: Zhang Juzheng’s little black room. (Plot takes precedence)
Chapter 112: Valignano meets the Emperor.
Chapter 113: He took advantage of the fact that no one was around to try and shamelessly get closer.
Chapter 114: When I see you exhausted, it’s hard for me to bear.
Chapter 115: Your Majesty, don’t be naughty, this official is going now.
Chapter 116: The wish to transform into a pair of swans soaring above in the infinite expanse.
Chapter 117: He and Zhang Juzheng were destined to take different roads.
Chapter 118: Zhao Su gets students.
Chapter 119: Steamed bun has a little steamed bun + something happens at Wendao Terrace
Chapter 120: Zeng Chaojie shows his might, Zhao Su has a successor. (Plot takes precedence)
Chapter 121: It’s not like you don’t know who I have in my heart, why say such words to poke at my heart!
Chapter 123: Zhao da-ren, someone has dug a pit for you to jump into (Plot takes precedence)