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Light and Shadow (Ryu Hyang)  
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Description
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.


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Manhwa

Related Series
Light and Shadow (Novel) (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Light & Shadow
Ombres et Lumières
الاسم العربي:ضوء و ظل
光と影
新娘的假面
빛과 그림자

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Status
in Country of Origin
103 Chapters (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (47 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 15th 2019, 1:33am PST


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Year
2016

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
KakaoPage (Kakao)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TappyToon (100 Chapters - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #54 decreased(-18)
Monthly Pos #38 increased(+32)
3 Month Pos #62 decreased(-7)
6 Month Pos #25 decreased(-7)
Year Pos #22 increased(+10)

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On 56 wish lists
On 12 completed lists
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Very good  
by PZcolo
June 30th, 2019, 9:07am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Story is quite good, how it's presented and developed at the beginning was great and it leave a lot of room to work with later on so as long as the author keeps his wits about him I have good hopes about later development. The middle part got a little less interesting yet the flames of war ignite again so I want to read more.
Characters are good and the main leads are both great, she's a little too perfect maybe. As for the rest, they are pretty minor so far but all are rathe believable. The enemies are indeed lacking as JapanRocks says but the current conflict antagonist seems quite cunning and ruthless. Dialogues are interactions are on the ok side but that's it.
Last, the art and drawing are very good, it's a bit weak on the combat scenes but that's not the focus of the story so they always end quite fast.
Overall it's a pretty good manhua, among the best I've read lately and after almost 100ch it's still interesting, something many fail at. Recommended for anyone who likes shoujos or middle ages stories.


By the way, ignore ohkimch, she is not raped, rape is taking someone against that person's will, in this case she is sent to marry the male lead, she accepts to this and the guy is not gentle when he takes her to bed, that's not rape or is someone dumb enough to think that you can marry someone and not have sex with them? the MC is bright and knew what was in store for her, also, women in that age didn't have the right to refuse their husbands (or future husband in this case). To put it more bluntly, saying that this is rape would be equivalent to say that all concubines and wives that are not happy getting married are raped by their husbands, a ridiculous idea. Not to mention it's not the modern world, it's in ancient feudal times, even if you ignore that she's a woman of the times and he her soon to be husband, a maid was seen as a possession and by the times logic he had every right as a noble to kill her for trying to deceive him, to survive she herself seeks the marriage at that point and states "if I'm a virgin will you marry me?" clearly expressing her will, does the reader expect that they will call a doctor in that scene to check it? bah, if blame is to be placed it's on the nobles who sent her to him knowing that she might be killed for it. So not only does he not rape her, he forgives her life, he marries her making her a Duchess even when she's not even a noble bastard (to the male lead's knowledge) and later actually leaves her in charge of the administration of the domain... I'd even say he was generous by the times mentality.

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2019, 12:41am
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Amazing story plot  
by ahgalz
June 26th, 2019, 6:51am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Let me tell you this, I am not easy to be pleased, but this manhwa is KILLIN IT! I love it!
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As comments mentioned below, yes, there is rape in the beginning.
But, it adds on to the authenticity of what it truly is to live in an Era like that back then. Life is not a bed of roses, and that, unfortunately, is the reality. Women in the past suffer many discriminations and prejudice because of a very male-dominated world back then. I am just glad that our author does not simply try to paint a beautiful picture to cover up the grim reality but conveys it accurately the power a woman holds in that Era.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2019, 6:52am
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Weak Villains  
by JapanRocks
May 2nd, 2019, 7:47am
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I guess I'm the odd one out for not caring about 'close your eyes and think of England' rape in a story about politics, war, and treachery. It's what was expected of women in those times, and they were fortunate if their marriage was based on love. I assume the love interest's rushed love is a sacfrice made from adapting novel to comic. The pacing in these adaptations always seem rushed. What is disappointing in this story is the weak and uninspiring villians.

They're either mad or blinded by delusions of grandeur. None of them are smart or clever in any way, and you can't help but wonder why they have such undue confidence. It's weird that the main characters keep lowering their guards and giving these cannon fodders openings to attack. They keep responding to blatant war declarations with useless 'warnings'. They leave their territory unguarded, and walk the crowed streets defenseless when they have very hostile neighbors. They don't even monitor the enemy's activities. It really calls the main characters' competency into question. Honestly, if the heroine wasn't such a badass this wouldn't even be worth reading.
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Sigh  
by ms_nobody
January 8th, 2019, 3:10pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
I'm soley reading this for the female lead.

It irks me because this story could've had the coolest battle couple dynamic, but by founding their relationship on rape it doesn't make any sense. The male lead is inconsistent and his growth to love Edna just seems forced.
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Rape as beginning of love story  
by ohkimch
January 6th, 2019, 5:57am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
If you can bear with or even ignore how the main couple’s relationship is built on a foundation of rape and coercion...this isn’t a bad series. And trust, I am well, well aware what a blasphemous idea I just spouted.

But after beginning the relationship in such a way, the creator goes on to write the two as if he never did anything close to heinous to her. The author seems to actively forget how they introduced this man, and goes on to shape him like some hulking mass of awkward but affectionate fluff. Their relationship is shaped as if the worst he ever did was hugged her too hard the first day they met.

The female character, also, behaves (or is shaped) as if it never happened. It’s eons past the point of “she is soo mentally strong omg how can she bear this it must be so painful” to the point of “is she seriously ill? What’s wrong with her? why is she blushing and giggling at him not even a day after her roughly & forcefully took her virginity? why is she gushing about how gentle the second rape was compared to the first?? does she not remember him calling her his slave😕”

There is no internal conflict, no mental anguish, no frustration/sadness/anger/bitterness/hatred or even the slightest stirring of antipathy. She flinches away from his touch once. Once. And he goes “oh she fears me”... that’s it. After that they proceed to tooth achingly sweet on each other, to the point of disturbing onlookers.

I can only assume the creator truly believes it was no big deal. That rape was not even worth the time they spent writing her suffering from a cold. Or perhaps they didn’t even see it as rape — though I don’t know how you could write a woman being physically held down and threatened into “wifely duties”/intercourse as anything other than rape.

Regardless, it’s a tragic, tragic stain against this story which, otherwise, is incredibly addictive. Outside of her inexplicable, mystifying insta-love for a man who assaulted
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and impregnated
her, she’s a champ. Her erudition, intelligence, empathy, charisma, shrewdness, combat skills...it’s all Great. Her incredibly satisfying moments of leadership are 90% of why I stuck with the series. The other 10% consisted of certain side characters I grew attached to. (Of course, I continued reading while attempting to brainwash myself into believing the male lead wasn’t the same man who raped her, before I combusted from the injustice of it all.)

But yeah. If you can ignore the rape and the flourishing romance between rapist and victim... you might be able to enjoy the work the author put into other details. Like the background stories of the “villainous” traitors. Or the rich history behind the characters’ bloodlines and the passing of the throne/crown.

Again: if you can ignore the sexual assault. I, very obviously, had, uh...major difficulties attempting to do so.
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