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Light and Shadow (Ryu Hyang)  
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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?

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English (TappyToon), English (Lezhin), French, Japanese , Simplifed Chinese, Traditional Chinese , Indonesian


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Light & Shadow
Lumière et ombres
Luz y sombra
Ombres et Lumières
الضوء و الظل
ڕووناكى و سێبەر
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103 Chapters (Complete)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (288 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0

Last Updated
September 14th 2021, 11:32pm PST



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Tappytoon (103 Chapters)

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Good surprise !  
by nausicaa70
April 9th, 2021, 6:54pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
Ok it may not deserve a 7/10. Maybe I’m this generous because I’ve only read dumb ones lately or because I initially didn’t expect much at all when I picked this up, but it was a good read. Once the “Imma rape you stay still” was over (guys it’s so common in lame shojos it cannot be the first time you’ve seen this) the story began. And oh boy I was so pleasantly surprised by how much more intricate the plot was ! It was nothing too original or too complex, and it remains very light, but it definitely was thought out in advance. I also loved the characters, especially the female lead because she had more depth than I expected. I also loved that she was able to deal with things herself,
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even battles.
(I’m so sick of supposedly strong female leads who end up being weak or always needing help after being involved with the male lead). Plus I really love characters with this kind of background and uprising.
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She was raised as a man (a prince to be more exact).

All in all, and it may be because I started this with very low expectations, I really found myself enjoying this read. I wanted to know more, see what was going to happen, and I read it all in one sitting. It was not just a lame ass love story between stereotyped characters, this felt like a legit little story with power struggles, world building and adventure. Yes it could have been better for sure, especially if the relationship and the characters’ growth were better handled (it wasn’t natural), but I feel satisfied so here goes a little 7/10.

Ps : The art is nothing outstanding but it is good. (I’m in love with the cover however)

... Last updated on April 11th, 2021, 4:59pm
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Romance with a shounen-worthy plot  
by noobzilla
January 13th, 2021, 9:17pm
Rating: N/A
First, don't let the Catholic nuns [aka undesirable, femcel karens] with pitchforks censor this story or stop you from reading it. Keep your nasty values to yourself, karens. "Oh it's rape!", stfu snowflake, nobody sane cares.

Now for the review. When you grow old and look back at these teen romances, you realise most shoujo male leads, in real life, would be undesirable simps that spend all their time with the female lead and come out with words of comfort and advice that only a woman could say. So I was surprised that this author made the attempt at a man, who sort of acts like a RL man (not perfect) with duties beyond simping after a woman. AND a plot!! Yes a plot that doesn't constantly revolve around the female character. Not just softcore romance mental porn.

Strong female leads are the flavor of the decade so that's nothing to give praise about. But I did enjoy the light hearted region defence, and political themes attempted by this shoujo author. It's not perfect and I admit it is somewhat simplistic but I give credit to her for trying as few female authors dare to venture out of their romance comfort zone and manage to retain an audience. If i were to complain about one thing it's the unrealistic overpoweredness of the female character.

If you've been reading a lot of shounen/seinen and a little annoyed at the lack of romance, give this one a try. it's almost the best of both worlds. I will follow this authors development, hopefully in her new works she learns to create more nuanced and complex worlds.

... Last updated on January 14th, 2021, 9:04pm
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Not worth the ads  
by Acradnxy
October 9th, 2020, 11:06pm
Rating: 3.3 / 10.0
I started to read this because of the ads in Instagram for years now. I gave in to read it because honestly, I don't really like Manhwa (Korean manga) because of their art style and the stupidly dragging with many many filler and unrelated stories, bad at characters development and many more... Oh, boy, I was wrong.... at the beginning only.

The start is VERY good! Very very GOOD! I was sucked into it, I want more of it. I want to see more of Edna and Eli, but ho boy... it all started to fall apart after Edna's become cheery duchess... It's not wrong to see her becomes a change woman, from a stoic to a cheerful woman, but she seems like an extreme bipolar patient. She will suddenly angry like Hulk, showing those deadly eyes, acting arrogant then calm down again within a minute, back to her smiley face.

I also want to start of how Mary-sue and stupid the story is...

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When Monde and his men attack the town, Edna smacks all of them with her own strength. Edna is a woman, yes, she was Prince Eden, she trained during her childhood, but how come a woman WITHOUT a real war experience or battle experience or even training for the last 2-3 years (maybe more) do this thing by herself? Chris is a whip wielder too and had gone to a WAR, a REAL WAR! Yet, he just sits around and let Edna do the stuff so she can becomes the super hero. Also, other EXPERIENCED knights, who have gone to WAR with Eli, like Kian, Mcfonnald (forget how to spell his name) wounded here and there, what about Edna? She RESCUED those knights and doesn't have any single scratch on her.

And what about Eli? He feels like an extra in the future chapters so Edna can find her happiness and also to have Edna pregnant. He's a war hero for God's sake, show him battling somebody, not only his wife who do the battles.

I like Edna with short hair better, her attitude becomes so fake and very Mary-sue-ish after 3 years later. You can make Edna as an invisible woman, but hey, let's not forget her husband.

I know people are sick to see lame and weak women in story (like those Disney princesses just waiting her prince charming while singing those goddamn song so Disney can sell them with overpriced and copyrighted everything or most shoujo mangas where the mc just take all the abuse doing nothing but crying), but this is FAR BEYOND unrealistic.Look at Mulan 1998 vs Mulan 2020. Which one is better? Mulan 1998 is weak physically, well, duh, she's a woman. As a woman myself, I can't lift heavy things, I need my brother to do those thing for me and I accept it. Women have limit to their physical strength, it's the real truth, unless you want to train like those muscly women, be my guest, I'm not gonna judge. But we need to agree with one thing, her (Mulan 1998) brain is beyond those men. She makes men bow down to her with her brain! What Mulan 2020 do? Conquer your inner womanhood and manhood so you can become an invincible Mary-sue by kicking all those arrows and spears that come to you?

What makes me fall apart is how the ending is. As I mention above, Eli becomes like an extra in later chapters (after 10ish chapters), and in the end it still the same, an extra. So, they prepare for the war against Count Polit (Pilot? Polot? Pilit? forget his name too) and after finally I think I can see Eli in action, Edna comes... Hahahaha... OMG... The goddess of war comes to defeat that count within 10 sec. Bruh... the enemies here either doesn't do any training or too dumb or just too suicidal.

You know what Eli does in the end? Punching a traitor to save his brother. That's it... and we get more talking.

And suddenly Katrina, whoever that is comes to the finale so Cayden can get married (a happy ending for him?)

And suddenly Alex (Edna and Eli's kid) becomes 20yo and training sword. And suddenly Edna challenges Eli. And suddenly, Edna's won. Jesus... All hail to Edna!!! Yay!! (sarcasm)

And as this is not enough already, they have a sequel. Staring Alex, maybe so their lines can reclaim the throne as Katrina can't have a child.

Oh, almost forget, how in the world, a broken man like Eli falls in love with Edna within less than a week? How in the world a rape victim (Eli raped Edna in chapter 1) who shown fear when Eli tries to touch her falls in love within less than a week? Is it because how gentle Eli is for their second time? This is absurd... And this manga is for all age I guess? The ads are everywhere for these past 3 years. Man, how dangerous internet nowadays... And looking at the 10 stars rating here makes me scarred. Is this how a good story wish to be told nowadays?

Overall: 8/10 at the beginning of the manga

3.3/10 after the great beginning.


... Last updated on October 10th, 2020, 6:39am
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a good read  
by ayami123
August 15th, 2020, 5:06am
Rating: N/A
it's a good manga unless your some weird feminist, where rape is whatever they want to mean.
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Light but enjoyable read  
by bubublacz
August 13th, 2020, 4:00pm
Rating: N/A
Just read this through one sitting. It's a very light read with strong female MC that is very enjoyable. This would have been a favorite if there were more chapters and filled with drama and more conflict for the MC couple. But, theb this wouldn't be a light read.

Btw, I pretty much agree with what everyone is saying:
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Edna was forced against her will (rape) in the first part.
But, I'm saying this is typical of Western body-ripper novels which is exactly what I think this is.
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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.
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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).
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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