The story begins during the Sung Dynasty of ancient China. The country is in great chaos due to the infamous Jin Kang Rebellion. Fearing the possible destruction that is sure to ensue, Concubine Liu tearfully entrusts the care of her baby daughter, Princess Yi Fu, to a common citizen named Tang Hui. Tang Hui immediately escapes with the princess to the south. And so, Princess Yi Fu's whereabouts become a mystery....
Now, ten years later, the Tang have returned to power and the great family wishes for all exiled family members to return. But Zi Li is happy with her life. She knows that returning means giving up her love; for a peasant could never court a princess…. And courtship between a princess and a palace warrior is equally frowned upon. But that does little to quell the fire that burns inside Zhong Lu—a famed warrior charged with the task of finding and restoring the princess to the throne. (Source: DrMaster)
The story itself is pretty common due to the fact there are a lot of manga/anime about the princess who goes missing and is found later. However this clever romance took that basic plot and made it blossom into something unimaginably unique.
Without giving away any spoilers it goes like this. A princess is taken away from the palace at a young age for her own protection and is given to a poor family made up of doctors and library owners. When the girl is old enough, her "brother" who is actually just one of the family members who took her in
and has no blood relation to her takes her to a man whose looking for the real princess in order to bring her back to the palace.
The princess goes through training to become more laidylike, and when she finally goes to the palace she is accused of being a fake. The story goes on from there.
Suprisingly there is more than one love intrest, of course i had my favorite but around the girl appear a spectrum of men, some army and some just commoners.
This mangaka has never failed to make the art in her stories absolutly stunning, this was no exeption. The clothes were beautifuly designed and probably took hours to just add all the little details. Everything is realistic in the way that the men arent overly huge and the women dont have bodies that are humanly impossible to have, you know what im talking about.
Well the characters at first seemed amazing and they only got better, of course the main girl had her little annoying parts where you wanted to smack her but they were uncommon. All the characters were intresting to read about other than one of them, shes another girl who claims to be the princess, i was hopeing she would die the entire manga.
Well, since the art and story are both beautiful, so much in fact that i even teared up a bit at times i give this a 9/10. The only reason i dont give it a 10 is because there are three mager plot twists and they made them too sudden and breezed over them, also the manga seemed to drag on with a lot of unnecissary things before it got to the actual plot.