魔尊/苍兰诀 Demon King/The Parting of the Orchid and Cang – 九鷺非香 (HE)

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After hatching endless plots and suffering innumerable hardships, the demons of the Demonic Realm finally managed to resurrect the Ancient Demon King.

The demons of the Demonic Realm had hoped that the Ancient Demon King would not only lead them in waging a war against the Heavenly Realm and enable them to lord their superiority over the Immortals, he would also ultimately gain control over the entire realm.

Gradually, however, they discovered that their thoughts were very, very wrong.

Whilst it is true that this Ancient Demon King still retains his aura of superiority and possesses unlimited powers, he…

He seems to be a mental case…

It’s alright even if he changes orders and does things in an incomprehensible way.

But what’s with his habit of muttering under his breath, nagging and conversing with himself the entire day!

Small Orchid: He’s not ill, he’s just despicable (贱jian)…can’t stand to see (见jian) people live a good life.

Dong Fang: I am only unable to endure seeing you live a good life.

Small Orchid: …

*T/N: The Chinese pronunciation for the word “despicable” is the same as the word “see” – thus, the author is trying to show that Small Orchid, while trying to scold Dong Fang, is also careful not to incur his wrath, which is why she tried to imbue another meaning into her sentence after scolding him.

*T/N2: Also note that although the Title seems somewhat somber (“The Parting of the Orchid and Cang (i.e. the Demon King)”), the story is still a rather comedic one as it can refer to the numerous attempts throughout the book when the Orchid and Cang are trying to disentangle themselves from the same body and find a separate, nice body to live in.

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12 Responses

  1. dramasbooksandtea
    dramasbooksandtea August 17, 2015 at 9:40 am |

    This is another Jiu Lu Fei Xiang novel revolving around Immortals and Demons and concerns the romance between the resurrected Demon King (Dong Fang Qing Cang) and the small, powerless Immortal Orchid. Like all Jiu Lu Fei Xiang’s novels, this novel starts out rather humorously and delves into deeper content as the story progresses.

    The story starts out with Little Orchid and the Demon King having switched bodies, and eventually sharing one body together (the Demon King’s body) when Little Orchid’s body is accidentally destroyed and becomes uninhabitable. This leads to hilarious situations as the Demon King has to teach Little Orchid how to control the other half of his body such that he appears like a normal person, as opposed to having half of his body paralysed.

    A stark difference, however, between this novel and her previous novels is that arguably, the male lead in this novel is a rather terrible person – after all, he is the Demon King! His terrible nature is sometimes highlighted by Little Orchid’s too trusting nature. Do not be alarmed, however – he gradually learns to be nice to little Orchid, as long as she does not interfere with his goals and aims. When facing such a deceptive and sly character, Little Orchid slowly grows out of her trusting nature and learns how to deal and negotiate with the Demon King such that she too, would be able to achieve her goals. Another difference in this novel and her previous ones is that the female lead falls for the male lead first, and the male lead only discovers his feelings for her rather slowly. That said, the process isn’t too heart-wrenching, as Little Orchid manages, for the large part, to keep her sanity in her mental battles with the Demon King and not let her heart rule her head.

    The female lead, Little Orchid, is a rather endearing character – she is simply a powerless Immortal. After all, she didn’t even attain Immortality by her own accord; rather, her owner (when she was still in her original form, a flower) had helped her to speed up the process by injecting some Immortal powers into her. Thus, when compared to the Demon King, her powers are rather laughable. That said, weak powers do not translate into a weak character, and this is especially obvious when she manages to continuously thwart the Demon King’s plans and mess up his affairs despite her weak powers.

    The male lead, Dong Fang, although evil in nature, does not, somehow, seem to irritate the readers as much as he ought to. Although I feel for Little Orchid’s plight when she gets tricked by Dong Fang, the situation always ends up being rather hilarious and ends off on a rather comedic note. Only towards the end does the story become somewhat saddening and melancholic.

  2. Snow berries
    Snow berries August 17, 2015 at 9:52 am |

    Hi dramabooksandtea, you must be a Ah Jiu’s fan. I notice you put up all her books which is great news to me…i like her ancient setting books and this one is a trilogy to 三生and 思命. I find this book a little draggy as compare to the resr but the relationship btw the OTP starts to grow on me especially after she realised his plot..she literally gave up her life for this love..but still fullfilled his wish. I really LOL at the part where she used his hair as fishing rod and his nails to slice fishes…just wish ah jiu has given her a proper name. Its a very typical writting style and you can laugh and cry and end the book feeling that this world is now a better place….thanks for spreading the love

  3. hamster428
    hamster428 August 18, 2015 at 12:20 am |

    I haven’t read this one… but will now add it to the growing list >_< Btw, I thought it's time 9 gets her own tag haha.

  4. dramasbooksandtea
    dramasbooksandtea August 18, 2015 at 4:30 am |

    @ Snow Berries Haha I do like a large part of Ah Jiu’s books, because she’s quite humorous and her stories are generally paced quite well. I think her ancient setting books are better too, although there are a few modern gems too, like Same Body (although I’m not sure whether that can be classified as modern given the supernatural elements). I must agree that the OTP really only grew on me after she realized that she could only rely on him despite him wanting to sacrifice her so as to fulfil his aims. That said I think their angsty interactions hilarious though. I LOLed at the parts where Dong Fang kept tricking Little Orchid into accepting bad deals – such as when he convinced her to transfer her soul to a rotting body and she had to deal with all the rotting body parts falling off whilst looking for him.

    @ hamster428 This book is a sequel to Si Ming, since Si Ming was the original owner of Little Orchid. I think this book is generally more well received compared to Si Ming so hopefully you won’t find the pace plodding especially since the romance develops much more slowly in this book compared to the rest (in that its hard to develop a romance between two frenemies). The OTP is a bit hard to root for since the male lead is so mean but he really redeems himself nearing the end of the book

  5. decembi
    decembi August 18, 2015 at 5:36 am |

    Oooooh Siming’s Little Orchid!!!!!! I want to read this. Darn the laws of time.

  6. serendipity
    serendipity November 1, 2015 at 12:15 am |

    I loved how muo jun kinda gets karma-ed in the end when hes waiting for little orchid. It was nice to have him finally learn to appreciate her and to kinda suffer as compensation for all the turmoil he put her through.

    It was hilarious how little orchid was trying to become “the beauty that toppled a kingdom/ demoness” in order to leave muo zun.

    I enjoyed this read much more than siming.

  7. Tea.Thyme
    Tea.Thyme March 10, 2016 at 6:08 am |

    @ dramasbooksandtea

    It took a while but I have finally read 7lifetimes, Demon King, & Si Ming! Next on the list is “Prince is Here”. I, too, really like Chang Yuan. I only finished reading Si Ming (rather than abandon it midway) because I wanted more of him. -swoons- As the story progressed, Er Sheng increasingly grated on my nerves.

    While I did not like the Demon King or the Little Orchid as much as Chang Yuan, they both become likeable characters by the end of the novel. This is one of those novels where the female lead is strong in character. The romance develops very gradually but that is what makes it believable. It doesn’t happen like an “Eureka!” moment where they suddenly fall head over heels for each other for no good reason. While I do enjoy those “love at first sight” stories as well, it is refreshing and heartwarming to see the feelings gradually develop. These relationships seem more likely to be able to withstand the passing of time.

    Anyways, thank you dramasbooksandtea for recommending that I read more works by 九鷺非香. I was able to find enjoyment in every one that I’ve read so far (sansheng, demon king, siming, 7lifetimes, & heart protection).

  8. ChocolateCosmos
    ChocolateCosmos March 11, 2016 at 6:43 am |

    This reader here appreciates Chang Yuan lol. Too bad the middle of Siming was plodding. I went straight to the end and enjoyed it there.
    Eventually I’ll get to this story aha.

  9. Tea.Thyme
    Tea.Thyme March 12, 2016 at 6:54 am |

    Yay! Another Chang Yuan fan! I was positively giddy when Chang Yuan showed up towards the end. It was short lived and he didn’t do or say very much but it was still pretty good.

    I also really like San Sheng so hopefully I will feel the same way about the Prince is Here as well. It usually takes a little bit more for me to really get into an ancient novel, as opposed to a modern one, because the language is generally not as straightforward and my Chinese reading is moderate at best but I will try to tackle Prince is Here this weekend!

  10. beautifulrainydaysB
    beautifulrainydaysB December 15, 2016 at 1:51 am |

    This book was great! I personally love the general pacing of the story and didn’t find it draggy at all. Furthermore, I love the gradual, growing relationship between the two main characters. This was what makes it much more believable and, in a way, tug at the heartstrings. However I felt so bad for Little Orchid towards the end.

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