Princess Agents/Legend of Chuqiao(11处特工皇妃/楚乔传)
Author: Xiao Xiang Dong Er (潇湘冬儿)
Genres: Historical, Romance, Martial Arts, Drama, Transmigration
Number of Chapters: 191 chapters + side stories
Chu Qiao was known as Agent 005 within the Secret Service’s 11th Division in her former life. She was locked up in the Secret Service’s prison as she was framed. After she successfully broke out from prison, she sacrificed her life bravely to preserve the Secret Service by defusing a bomb meant to wipe them out.
After her demise, she was magically transported back in time to the Xia Dynasty to start a new life, where she assumed the identity of an 8-year-old female servant. In order to help Yan Xun, the Prince of Yan Bei, escape, she lived in the imperial palace for eight years along with him. In the process, they helped each other to become stronger such that they could rebel against the Xia Empire and return to the territory of Yan Bei.
The first half of the novel depicts vividly how the two characters go through thick and thin, hand in hand – Chu Qiao helping Yan Xun to achieve his dreams and Yan Xun’s love towards Chu Qiao. However, the two of them start to drift apart due to their conflicting personalities – Chu Qiao having a kind hearted nature and Yan Xun having the airs of a prince: arrogant and boisterous.
Chu Qiao eventually leaves Yan Xun and ends up together with Zhuge Yue, who had always fancied her all along. The two of them eventually become recognised as the famous Queen of Beauty and the King of the Green Sea, establishing a prosperous, long-standing and stable dynasty. The old monarchy system was undoubtedly and easily scrapped; the new Xia Empire, helmed by the two of them, rose from the verge of its downfall like a phoenix from the ashes!
Read English translations at Webnovel and springbreeze
Reading Status: Finished watching the drama but only read part of the novel
I can say that the drama adaptation of this novel is my favorite drama as of now. Probably because the drama was too exciting for me, I just couldn’t read too many chapters in when trying to read the novel. Actually, I feel that the drama is more realistic and it was modified to make the story even better. Anyway, it was rather interesting.
2017 Chinese drama adaptation – “Princess Agents”