Username:     Password:      
Manga Info
Light and Shadow (Ryu Hyang)  
Login to add items to your list, keep track of your progress, and rate series!
It’s a rude insult when lowly and headstrong servant Edna comes to marry Duke Eli, instead of the noble daughter he expected. But the ambitious maid hides an even bigger secret behind her obvious ruse – one that could change the kingdom’s very history. Can the two find freedom, redemption – and love – without drawing their swords on each other?

Based on the hit novels by Korean author Ryu Hyang.

Original Webtoon
Official English Translation
Official French Translation
Official Japanese Translation
Official Simplifed Chinese Translation
Official Traditional Chinese Translation


Related Series

Associated Names
Light & Shadow
Lumière et ombres
Luz y sombra
Ombres et Lumières
الضوء و الظل
ڕووناكى و سێبەر
빛과 그림자

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)

in Country of Origin
103 Chapters (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (167 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.27 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 5th 2020, 4:06am PST



Category Recommendations





Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
KakaoPage (Kakao)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TappyToon (103 Chapters)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #90 decreased(-36)
Monthly Pos #29 decreased(-4)
3 Month Pos #30 increased(+36)
6 Month Pos #78 increased(+97)
Year Pos #106 decreased(-6)

List Stats
On 265 reading lists
On 97 wish lists
On 402 completed lists
On 3 unfinished lists
On 118 custom lists

Note: You must be logged in to update information on this page.

No topics currently in the forum, view the forum or add a new topic now.

tickmark preload xmark preload xmark preload
User Comments  [ Order by usefulness ]
You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.
Interesting Main Characters/Weak Villains/Not a Suspenseful Story  
by Castalia_
July 12th, 2020, 9:30pm
Rating: N/A
I love Edna as a character and Eli grows on me despite what happens at the beginning.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Trigger Warning: There is a very dubious consent of sex in the beginning. By today's standard, yes, she was definitely raped. In the time this story is set in, unfortunately, she was just "fulfilling her duties as a wife."
And everyone who who wonder why she gets over it so quickly? Because Edna lives in the time period she lives in. She essentially said "yes" by being his wife (I know being married is not a consent for sex, but for the time period, it is). She is a woman in a male-dominant world and she was essentially "won" as a prize (except not the initially agreed upon prize). Of course, if that's something that you cannot stand (dubious consent), reading romance stories with "European ambient" is probably not the the right choice.

However, the issue I take with the story is that it really doesn't hold any grand scheme of danger or anything. Because of Edna's past, there was at no point, any tension of her being in any real danger. Even when her secret about her past was revealed to people, everyone took it in stride and didn't add any point of tension to the story. The main villains are weak in their characters/their schemings. I actually can't find the translation of the novel, so maybe the novel flesh out everything better.

I would recommend just based on how strong of a female character Edna is (but only if you get past the beginning and accept the reality of the time period it is set in).
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
she was one hundo percent raped  
by ninkigaru
June 19th, 2020, 7:19pm
Rating: N/A
don't listen to pzcolo over there. She was absolutely raped. is this person dumb enough to think just because you get married you HAVE to have sex with them?! absolutely not. marriage does not entitle you to sex or someone's body. sex without anything other than 100% absolute consent is rape. Just because she consented to the marriage and agreed for him to have her if she was a virgin, doesn't mean she wanted it. SHE WAS FORCED TO CONSENT TO IT in order to survivE. and the concubines and wives that pzcolo over there is talking about surely the MAJORITY of them did not consent to it as they didn't even have the CHOICE to give consent given the times they were living in. sure the rest of the manwha was pretty good, characters kinda flat, and he respected her the rest of the time, but him raping her was never really given a proper resolution, and the author just kinda threw it in their to make him seem "rough and demeaning" in the beginning and kinda brushed it off once it fulfilled its purpose as a plot device. nonetheless the rest of the manwha was sweet when their relationship grew, but still that chapter threw me off, as the author treats the female character being raped as no big deal and how she was perfectly fine with it
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Pretty art; a chill read spanning 3 generations  
by moonmystery
May 21st, 2020, 7:45am
Rating: 6.7 / 10.0
The only major problem I have with this webtoon is how quickly the two main characters fell for each other after
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
he raped her when they first met. She is shown scared because it hurt so much
. That was never satisfactorily resolved, but the rest of the series shows a very strong female main lead with an abundance of mystery and charm. And luckily, nothing like that happened again. By the end, I actually thought the male lead was kind of bland in comparison to the gorgeous female MC.

I really enjoyed the colorful art and focus on rebuilding a town from ground up, but I wish they actually dove deeper into the process. Overall i just wish the author spent more time with the details related to the romance, the kingdom, and the towns being rebuilt after the war. The broad strokes the author painted are not fully satisfying. The side characters are 1-dimensional plot devices used only to show how cool our female MC is. As a result, no one felt real except for her. Nonetheless, I did binge everything in one sitting, and I would recommend this for a chill read if you're bored.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2020, 10:30am
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Not great. Cute, easy read though.  
by smallspark
May 20th, 2020, 1:59pm
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
I have usually agreed with the average ratings, maybe even enjoyed it more so but I was disappointed with this one. With an average score of 8.3 (as of now) I expected much more.

The characters are pretty flat (especially the side characters), the art is pretty average overall, the plot had no substance, and each chapter felt way too short and that lead to everything feeling rushed and underdeveloped. Even the romance between the ML and FL felt really forced and not natural. It felt like a day passed and they already were head over heels for each other.

I did find it amusing, enough for me to finish. Though I gripe about the romance between the leads, once it was established, it was cute to see them interact and I looked forward to those moments. I'm also a sucker for strong heroines with dark pasts and some occasional eye candy. So if you're looking for something that's pretty surface level with more fluff than plot, this is it.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Fun quick read  
by Runtywendo
May 16th, 2020, 7:29pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
First off, YES THERE WAS RAPE IN THIS. That is an undeniable fact of this series. Does it appropriately resolve it? No. But, it was a (cheap imo) way for the author to paint the picture of a brutal man. I can't think of many other reasons for this. I also want to say that the rape exhibited in this series is not completely forgivable, but I don't think a perfect resolution should always be given for these cases (especially for the time period it was set in). Bad things happen to good people and it is never resolved. Such is life. Though it would have been nice to see a more realistic depiction of trauma in this webtoon. However, in just a moment I will explain why this never happens for this situation-- or any situation of the story for that matter.

This series was a certifiable "okay." A fun quick read is all I would call it. Character development is disjointed and happens seemingly magically, and characters are so polarized into a trope it's easy to predict what happens. The saving grace of this story however is the female lead as everyone has raved so much about already. My only wish was to see more of her strife and development in a more nuanced way. As I was reading this progression was jumpy and the story was too straightforward-- nothing was really "fleshed out" so to say.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Except the fall of Edna's mother, which was probably the most well portrayed arc in the story, but even then it maybe got 60% to "good"
It was almost as if the author just spit out the facts as she wrote this story. Basically, it could've been amazing but fell a long way from that due to weak plot development. Still this is a great read for an afternoon if you're feeling for some popcorn strong female shoujo.

... Last updated on May 16th, 2020, 8:58pm
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
lol not good  
by mojoyoyo
May 13th, 2020, 9:22am
Rating: N/A
it starts off okay? and then it just sort of goes nowhere for 100 chapters. the villains are lame, the support characters are lame, the backstories of everyone makes no sense. some side characters die but it's just abrupt and no one seems to care so why would the reader we barely knew these guys we barely knew anyone haha I regret reading this
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
A nice historical romance.  
by bluedrop
March 14th, 2020, 8:42am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Starts out very bodice-ripper-esque: War hero is close to the king who grants him a title and an estate, and wants ML to get married, asks ML to pick any girl. ML jokingly points out some random THOT named Anna, daughter of a noble (forgot the rank) for Lolz.
Noble family look down on the new Duke and spoiled THOT doesn't wanna marry ML. They send a random maid, our FL, in THOT's place. FL is physically abused by THOT and treat her like chattel.

FL has a mysterious past.

TW: Duke rapes FL before their wedding. For the idiots who refuse to acknowledge that it was rape because she entered into the agreement under duress, and justify it by saying eeeeh they fall in love in the end-- It's still rape, bruh. However I understand how some might still refuse to acknowledge it as so because it would put FL as a victim, and when we try to put ourselves in her shoes, some would refuse to acknowledge that what happened was out of our control.

Anyway, if you can get through the initial chapters where the rape happens and several references to their 'rough night' together, the story progresses very much like typical Western bodice-ripper novels.

Nice pacing and understanding between characters. You will learn to love the ML once he gets fleshed out and the backstories behind each character. Edna, our FL, stays strong and consistent the entire story.

... Last updated on March 15th, 2020, 4:14am
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Not quite black and white  
by Akatsubaki
January 31st, 2020, 10:37pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
For a long time, I was holding back not to write review for this series because a controversial subject who triggered some people. However, after reading all 103 chapters, I can’t help thinking this series is too short! It had the making of a good story but after the time skip, it felt rushed. So much potential wasted, especially with the antagonist. He is not appealing and the continuous clash with him is getting boring. To simplify, he’s that crazy neighbor who, for some reasons, keeps pestering you. And it’s a bit disappointing that everyone accepted MC way too easily after knowing the truth, discarding the potential of escalating conflict.

I really love Edna as a character. She is strong and intelligent, at the same time, kind and gentle. While some people find it difficult to accept how the relationship with the ML started, it’s worth noting that this is a story of redemption. Both main characters are living their second life. Edna finally got a chance to redeem herself through her meeting with Eli. And Eli, although he was rough the first day, he regretted his action the next day, apologized to her later, and until the end, he was a lovely husband. It’s fine for the heroine to redeem herself and it’s fine for the male lead to redeem himself. He was a knight who was living in battlefields, used to treat people as friends or foes, and had killed many lives. It wasn’t his way to be courteous toward others. He were forced to settle down only to get a different bride, do you expect him to be a 21st century gentleman with common sense that it’s wrong to violate women? But after seeing her honesty and sincerity, he accepted her. Also, Edna did let him get his way the first night, mentioned in the translated novel. She was trying to survive and his position would help her to live a more comfortable life. Even today, there are still unfortunate women in developing countries are doing it or forced to do it. If you were in living hell and must choose between being assaulted every night by many men or submitting yourself to a rich man, which one you choose? Also, the MC did get the benefits by marrying him. I’m defending the author since she dared to touch this sensitive subject. She could have make it vanilla to play safe, so not enraging some female readers, but she didn’t. This theme wasn’t something as obvious as black and white, right or wrong. It’s deeper and complicated. She also made the heroine a strong woman, one who could kill several men if she wanted to, to emphasize that the heroine just didn’t get violated involuntarily.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Please have common sense and do not listen to PZcolo  
by Spookie
December 5th, 2019, 2:54pm
Rating: N/A
Please have common sense and do not listen to PZcolo.

This is still rape. 100%. Even if she says yes, it is still rape if she is under duress. This is a similar situation to blackmailing for sex. And wives can still be raped by their husbands. I know he argues the time period is different but the meaning is all the same. She was raped.

Just wanted to throw a caution out there just in case someone gets the wrong idea.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Back again...  
by rika_257
October 18th, 2019, 10:08am
Rating: N/A
I guess this manga would have gotten a lower rating from me. But it’s dear to me as it gotten me excited about manga/manhwa again.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
Pages (2) [ 1 2 ]
 per page 
You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.