I know I have posted a post about this with the same title. That was a drama while this is a manhua. I really enjoyed this work, even though right now it is on hiatus. To me, the real selling point on this work was how Chang Ge was thinking about her own identity, her revenge. And eventually finding a path for herself. Also, there is a sense of slow romance here. I sense that the ending for this series is Chang Ge marrying towards the Turks at the end, seeing as how she barely even left a name in history. All that she is known as is by her surname, and nothing else. So, chances are the author wouldn’t be able to make her name in history but still give a suitable ending which is that she married a Turk in the end, or she left the country which I think would the best way out.
Despite crossdressing initially, the author added a lot of layers. Such as her struggling to identity with being a man and a woman at the same time. Whether her path was on revenge or to help Tang. Those were the moments which I savoured very much, about Chang Ge.
Eventually, it also went towards her Heritage. Chang Ge is born to an Uighur mother, and her father. Both have some impression on her. And both leave a mark on her. It doesn’t feel as though it was either her father or mother, both sides have made her who she is. And well, I really liked this as well.
As for Ashina Sun, depending on how you view it. He is someone who lives by his own heart and he isn’t a savage. He simply makes decisions based on his heart and feeling, and doesn’t let it down ever. It is clear given how he treats Chang Ge, even after finding out that she is a woman. And really, the way that he always tries to protect his tribe, those that were under him makes him not so much a ruthless commander. Just one who is stuck in a terrible situation, after he was taken from the Khitans.
I admit that the historical context is really well done, and the art is glorious. Given that this is just at the beginning of Tang, I wouldn’t expect much on its riches. Since it is before Wu Zetian, where Tang reached its peak. But the Khitans, the Uighurs and the Turks especially all resided near the Tang Dynasty at the point.
And Chang Ge’s decision to become one of the princesses who would marry outside the country, to me was realistic. There were so many instances which happens depending on the situation, Emperors either married their own daughters or someone close to the family. Not just random women of their clan raised to the title of Princess.
I really enjoyed how this work was true to its history. The Xuanwu gate incident had indeed robbed Chang Ge of not just her father, but also all of her brothers. And the reality is painted well here.
As for the arcs, I really began to ship the two of them together, since it was rather good to see their relationship grow closer and closer together. Both have their own development, and their own personalities. The romantic tension, could be said is there yet not completely so. But I do want to see them together in the end. And despite all, they are rather independent and both accept the decisions of each other rather than fight to be together.
Ultimately, I guess this manhua appealed to this history lover and the fact I wanted to not just read about romance. But also about war, and a lot more. Here is a very good way of portraying Chang Ge, and there are some very intelligent moments and analysis. And the male and female characters, they are all quite different in their own way, and the women despite being in a patriarchal society aren’t merely just vases.
So, I would recommend it to those who are quite tired of seeing women objectified or wanting a different sort of work from the usual shoujo work. Though, I would warn you that the manga is on hiatus and may not be restarted for quite a while. So, don’t pick it up if you want an ending to your series.