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The Fantasie of a Stepmother   
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Associated Names
A Stepmother Märchen
A Stepmother's Fairy Tale
A Stepmother's Marchen
A Stepmother's Märchen
Shuri Fantasie Stepmother
The Fantasies Of Stepmother
Казка мачухи
어떤 계모님의 메르헨

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Leslie and the Victims
Haevn Scans

Latest Release(s)
c.129 by MagusManga 28 days ago
c.89-90 by FLAME-SCANS about 1 year ago
c.88 by FLAME-SCANS about 1 year ago
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130 Chapters + Prologue (Ongoing)

S1: 65 Chapters (1~65)
S2: 65 Chapters (Ongoing) 66~

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (322 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.4 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 22nd 2024, 1:40am



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KakaoPage (Kakao)

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English Publisher
Radish (Digital)
Seven Seas (Print; Aug 2023)
Tapas (Digital)

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A real second chance  
by perrett
January 5th, 2023, 8:45pm
Rating: N/A
Many second chance stories revolve around revenge or living life completely differently than before. However, this is about making amends for your past mistakes and improving your second life, not running away from it.

It's a touching story about family, what makes a family, and how to be a real family for each other. She was strong in her first life and held the family together, but she's wiser in her second time around.

Her first life was a tragedy. Her second life, she's determined to make it end happily.

With her every new decision, we see how the people around her also change into warmer and more loving people. Not all events from her past are replayed in the second life, and there are some events in the second life that are completely new that she has to overcome.

I'm sad that there's no novel translation of this manhwa. There are also little background stories of side characters in the epilogues that I enjoyed.
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Gives me all the feels  
by MorganaReads
August 17th, 2022, 8:40pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I just want to hug every one of the lead characters. The pacing is great, every single main characters growth is amazing (
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like the development of Norra's mother trying to be more involved in his life makes me want to tear up
) Also, there better be more about Princess Halima.
The only thing that makes me rage is there still isn't a clear answer why the dead husband chose her as a bride.
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I get the eldest son was not ready to take over,
but it still makes NO sense to bring in a girl only 2 years older than him to be taught from scratch. He couldn't find a gentle, smart, AGE APPROPRIATE wife, or at least one who wasn't literally also a CHILD. Maybe some barren lady that wouldn't remarry and therefore could still treat his kids like her own, but had some wisdom and emotional strength that comes with living more than 14 YEARS😕
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One of the best  
by Blackpennn
April 2nd, 2022, 10:15pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Thought it was ridiculous at first but I love how the author justified and explain their actions. Especially love richielli's backstory!! So 10/10 for that haha. It made me think about how people like richielli would do once in a situation like that, he might even be my favorite character! Not because I like how he thinks but because of how he seemed to be based of a real person

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it made me ponder if the reason why some scientists does what they do is because they are bored.. and enjoy feeling superior...?
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Has everything  
by Shygirlz
February 8th, 2022, 1:04am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This is an amazing story. The pacing is so well done as the plot moves forward at a pace that's neither too slow (so not boring) nor too fast (so not jarring). There's plenty of space given to develop the characters' relationships with each other, as well as for each character to have their own character development. Each character has a different unique personality as well, with both strengths and flaws highlighted. The antagonists that are introduced are nuanced and not just "evil bad guys." They all have their personal agendas.

This is an example of a "reborn" manga done very well when it comes to aging and behavior. It's perfectly believable for a 25 year old to have a hard time being a mother while still managing to be a good one. That she's mature benefits her greatly, but that doesn't mean she doesn't face challenges as what lies ahead of her are all sorts of difficult political challenges that realistically a 16 year old who was until recently a commoner would never be able to surmount. The maturity she has and the challenges she still faces despite that maturity are both realistic.

The story is interesting and progresses naturally, with an overall mystery slowly showing itself.

The art is nice and there's a good balance of heavy scenes and cute scenes.

The female lead is great. She is shown to hold her own, but also to have her moments of weakness like everyone else. While she's too busy tending to everything else to have time for a unique personality, she's level-headed, a good mother, and a good marchioness.

This honestly is a great read.
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by HUE Yuanne
January 3rd, 2022, 4:03am
Rating: N/A
I REALLY NEED SOME SPOILERS ABOUT THEOBALD!!! (Theobald is the white-haired crown prince lost his mother at his birth).
I really want to know his end (is he still alive, who is he marrying, what will he do,...?? *i have thousand of questions* SO PLEASE, IF YOU ALL READ NOVEL OR KNOW WHERE CAN READ NOVEL IN ENGLISH, PLEASE TELL ME. PLEASE DM!!!! I know there are some 4rum spoilers but it's too long and not precise enough, but i don't know korean please help me. I really love Theo...😭😭😭

Addition, I don't like his relationship with Shuri. Shuri is a doctor, Shuri is right, he just lacks the love of his mother. A poor child. :'(

Update 7/1/22: i read spoiler... My love...🙁

... Last updated on January 7th, 2022, 7:19am
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Wonderfully written  
by ZeroLevel
August 19th, 2021, 4:01pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
The story is very good, character evolution is done with the correct motivations and at the right pace, good dose of reality, wonderful art, also, the children are very cute. Definitely worth a read.
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A true masterpiece  
by LemonPriest
March 16th, 2021, 9:59am
Rating: N/A
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I love this story with all my heart.

It was so beautifully and masterfully done and written.

As of Tuesday 16th of March 2021, i have just finished chapter 62 - part of the arc titled 'Epilogue' - and i am overcome with grief. I am seriously full on BAWLING and i still havent even finished. My heart is about to break. The story was truly able to make me feel the utter sense of loss and regret the Neuschwansteins would have felt. And i too felt.

This broke me. This seriously broke me.

Moreover personally, more than romantic tragedies, familial tragedies, particularly those that deal with motherhood - that veing either a mothers loss of her child or a child's loss of their mother - strike a chord so deep within me and wring out feelings of grief i simply cannot describe

This webnovel exemplified this so well. The fluff at the beginning. The relationship and love i developed for the characters. The chapters up until the epilogue all lead to an understanding of the characters and contextualization. This context - this personalization - amplified the impact of the 'Epilogue.' It compounded the heartache and sorrow of it all.

This webtoon is really unforgettable and i will continue to read it and cry and cry and cry and cry non-stop. WHY?!? JUST WHY?!? IF ONLY YOU DID THINGS DIFFERENTLY?!? IF ONLY YOU HAD TOLD HER THE TRUTH?!? IF ONLY THE DUMBASS PRIEST WERE NOT A DUMBASS AND THE CARDINAL JUST FUCKING DIED.


Please for the rest if the 'Epilogue' let the Cardinal get what he deserves PLEASE let the Church not get away with it.

Shuli you deserve so much more. You deserve a happy ending. You did not deserve what they did to you. The world is an unjust place. The world is a horrible disgusting place. This arc just made me ponder of how many incidents in our world were of the same nature as this - where selfless innocents were brutalized for greed and misdirection, and left behind mountains of regret and sorrow, wither their own or their loved ones.

Ill be updating my comment when subsequent chapters are released

... Last updated on March 16th, 2021, 10:09am
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Something similar  
by tiamath
March 13th, 2021, 7:08am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I enjoy this quite alot and am looking for similar themed mangas/novels/whatever. I found ''I raised Cindarella preciously'' and a one shot about snow white's mother. If you have anything like the plese be kind and leave a comment
Edit: It is weird how all guys around Shuli turn out as absessed over her just cuz she kind. Its a dumb thing . No matter who Shuli ends up with (i hope its not Jeremy), that obsession makes it a bit nausiating. Still worth the read cuz Shuli is awesome.

... Last updated on April 30th, 2021, 9:58am
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Lots of potential: one to trust in  
by glowtoads
March 7th, 2021, 3:29am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
For a little bit I was worried that the potential of the premise and the prologue would be unmet, because the first few chapters (the aftermath of the funeral) were VERY weak. But A Stepmother's Märchen quickly straightens out; I really enjoyed the trial arc, and the current arc of Shuli's first life/death is great. Parts of this story will stick with me long after I finish it, I just know.

There's a lot of hammy characterisation, and stock tropes get whacked in here. The evil priest is a little unbelievable, considering his main beef with Shuli is that... she's a woman? But there has been a bit of development for his character and for the church which is really strengthening their role in the story and giving them a bit of complexity. Similarly, the crown prince character who seemed like an ordinary (annoying) love-rival has become something more interesting in regards to mothering, and trauma, and his very strange relationship with Nora (and Nora's parents) makes me go a little insane, I am obsessed.

Shuli's step-children are especially fantastic: I really enjoy how childish they are, because it's a wonderful contrast to Shuli, and a testament to her hard work that they are allowed to just be kids with her.

A Stepmother's Märchen goes through a real journey, in my opinion. In general, I feel like the storytelling holds back what could be an incredible story about claustrophobic motherhood and the horrible circumstances that get forced upon women. But there is still so much to like, and I have a lot of fun reading this! The high points, when they get there, are incredible, and the story getting better and better. Very much looking forward to seeing where it goes!

... Last updated on April 12th, 2021, 5:31am
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Fabergé eggs for all!  
by AstralRabbit
January 29th, 2021, 9:30pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
“A Stepmother's Märchen” is my favourite foray into “I’m a woman and I’ve been isekai’d (or revived) into an aristocrats/oligarchs life” – thank god I’m not the one coming up with these sub-genre tags! I could heap endless praise onto this manhwa – the execution, plot conceit, art, character designs, political/social intrigue are all fantastic. Shuli is an awesome main character and incredibly likeable. Really the whole cast of characters are impeccable. They have plasticity and breadth; the extravagant social events and the formal political proceedings feel electric as our atomic cast clashes and bounces off one another. Compassion is genuinely felt for each one, as their highs and lows are experienced through out the story. I do hope to see further exploration of other big names that have appeared in the story, but obviously haven’t had a chance to take a centre stage narratively just yet. Particularly in the antagonist department…

One issue with the modern mind conjuring the political and social setting of 18/19th century (?) Europe is that justice is not necessarily done to mindset and ideological/theological backing that people within this period would have. This is particularly apparent in the main priest antagonist, who is a very devout believer (as almost all people would have been at this time) in his faith, and this is currently being used to fuel his disdain for our MC. Some of it just reads to me as a bit trite and cliched in the current year, but it’s a manhwa so… Obviously I’m not looking for historical accuracy, but it is something that will naturally flag in my mind when a story is trying to weave a narrative that touches on political/social/theological motivations. As long as his motivation becomes a bit more complicated than “muh religion says women must be quiet, so don’t like the talkative woman herpa derp” then I will be satisfied. Albeit, the character has already shown plenty of interesting interactions with many people in the cast, include the MC, so I am possibly being overly pedantic. This point does dovetail nicely with my next concern, in that we have just come out of an arc (involving the crown price and the eldest son of Shuli) that felt a bit contrived. There is an explanation for the heightened drama of the situation via character motivations, and it leaves me feeling.. Generally satisfied. But a lot of bellyaching over something that was just hand waved away, particularly when the climax didn’t feel as “epic” as it could have, left me feeling slightly unfulfilled. Ultimately I am nit picking a bit, but it is just because these sort of issues could continue to crop up into the future, which might defuse my enjoyment later into the story. I do have very high hopes though, as the narrative has some incredibly juicy morsels left to feed us (Romance! Romance! Romance!).

... Last updated on January 29th, 2021, 9:32pm
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