A webtoon by Hee Won, based on a novel by Ryu Hyang. The webtoon has 103 chapters and is considered complete.
The world is centred around two characters, Edna and Eli. Edna is a strong and independent woman who seeks to right all things that are wrong. She has a resilient personality and was able to rebuild herself after suffering through much of her life. She suffered years of abuse, sexual assaults, and was even forced to marry Eli. She was able to stay strong despite all of that. She is the daughter of an awful king, and she was raised as a male. However, even though she was raised as a male, she still needed to learn to exist as a woman.
In contrast, Eli was born a commoner. He was awarded the Dutchy of Weswald and the nickname “Butcher” after serving in an important battle. His fearsome reputation is enough to intimidate the people around him. He is initially bitter towards the world around him, though he begins to feel a kinship with his new bride who is not as he expected.
Both characters begin to heal in some way as the story progresses. Eli begins to learn what it feels like to have a family and begins to fight for Edna. Edna manages to find the inner strength to push beyond the pain of her past to protect the people of her present. While their initial relationship is transactional in nature, they begin to trust each other as time goes on and they develop feelings of actual affection.
I love the way the characters banter with each other in this story, and how they can irritate each other and get on each others’ nerves. I like how they have a complicated relationship, as they practically begin as enemies, they learn to tolerate each other enough to survive. The way the story is told captivated me; I do not often see online manhwa depict medieval worlds with strong female characters. I really enjoyed the world the author created.
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