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Book: (後宮の烏 | L34)
Is there an ebook available? yes
Is there an audiobook available? no (at least I couldn’t find any)
Is there an all-furigana version available? no (at least I couldn’t find any)
(Optional) Is this book available in Korean? no (at least I couldn’t find any) yes

Summary - Japanese

後宮の奥深くに、妃でありながら夜伽をすることのない、「烏妃」と呼ばれる特別な妃が住んでいる。
その姿を見た者は、老婆であると言う者もいれば、うら若い少女だったと言う者もいた。
彼女は不思議な術を使い、呪殺から失せ物探しまで、頼めばなんでも引き受けてくれるという――。

ある夜、時の皇帝・高峻が、烏妃のもとに訪れる。
拾った翡翠の耳飾りに女の幽霊が取り憑いており、その正体を知りたいと言うのだが……。

少年時代、生母を皇太后に殺され、廃太子となって辛酸を舐めた皇帝、高峻。
神に選ばれし者と言われ、皇帝をして「誰も烏妃には命令できない」と言わしめる存在として生きる寿雪。
二人の巡り合わせは、歴史をも覆す「秘密」を暴くことになる……!

Summary - English

Deep within the palace lives a mysterious woman known only as the Raven Consort. Some say she’s an old woman, others that she’s young and beautiful. But all are agreed on this: her dark arts have the power to exorcise spirits, lay fatal curses, and find what has been lost—for a price. When the young emperor, Koushou, seeks out the Raven Consort to make use of that magic, what follows will overturn the court…and perhaps even the country.

Content warnings if known

Why are you nominating this book:
It has an anime adaptation, but I’ve only watched a few episodes. So here comes what I’ve merely heard/read about it (I’m not sure whether it is an exact adaptation or they’ve changed the plot) :

Summary

The story is set in a fictional ancient china, the main girl has supernatural powers but due to this supernatural powers she has to remain isolated and live mostly alone. Together with the main guy(the emperor) they use her supernatural abilities to solve the mysteries of the court(mostly related to ghosts).

Now the only reason I want to read it is to check whether the story will subvert some tropes or not :

  1. the girl being rescued by the guy. while the emperor wants to save her from her loneliness and it looks like the girl “needs” his help, she has a very bold, brave and strong character.

  2. the romance. Even though there are strong hints of romance between the main characters, apparently none of them seem to consider this as a priority and they behave like friends.


This is my first time nominating in Natively, so please let me know if I should fix or remove my post. :slightly_smiling_face:

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