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Like Wind on a Dry Branch   
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As plague and turmoil afflicts the empire, enchanting widow Rieta Tristi finds herself at the mercy of a malicious nobleman and his dying wish to have her buried alive beside his corpse. The plague has taken her husband, slave traders have taken her young child, and now her own life is at risk -- until an unexpected visit from the empire's outcast prince changes everything.

Original Webtoon:
Naver Webtoon, Naver Series

Official Translations:
English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, S.Chinese, Thai, T.Chinese, Indonesian


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Associated Names
Cursed Blessing
El viento que mece las ramas
Like a Dry Branch in the Wind
Like a Wind on a Dry Branch
Like the Wind on a Dry Branch
Như gió trên cành khô
Wie ein welker Ast im Winde
Подобно сухой ветви на ветру
Хуурай мөчир дээрх салхи
Хуурай мөчир дээрх салхи шиг
همانند باد بر شاخه ای خشک؟
마른 가지에 바람처럼

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Latest Release(s)
c.139 by LINE Webtoon 5 days ago
c.138 by LINE Webtoon 12 days ago
c.137 by LINE Webtoon 19 days ago
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in Country of Origin
147 Chapters (Ongoing)

S1: 43 Chapters (1~43)
S2: 90 Chapters (44~133)
S3: Prologue + 14 Chapters (134~

Physical Book:
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (113 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0

Last Updated
September 27th 2023, 6:43pm



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Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)
Naver Series (Naver)

Licensed (in English)

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Weekly Pos #377 increased(+51)
Monthly Pos #448 decreased(-57)
3 Month Pos #394 increased(+43)
6 Month Pos #446 decreased(-103)
Year Pos #307 decreased(-39)

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chapter section  
by daathly
July 15th, 2023, 3:51pm
Rating: N/A
Who keeps writing shit about the season covers? No one cares. It's clogging up the chapter section. Stop pretending anyone cares what you think, you weird controlling weeb.
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One explicit rape scene away from a 1970s/80s Harlequin Romance/Western bodice ripper  
by TiredandDeadInside
May 20th, 2023, 6:16pm
Rating: N/A
I'm not sure if that's amazing or not. I haven't felt this weirdly on edge since the 90s about a piece of "historical fantasy" romantic. I'm fairly certain I've read nearly this exact plotline in various Western books. I've felt Deja Vu kicking my face in every few pages or lines of overpowering, flowery dialogue.

I'm not a fan of the dialogue style because, again, it's very dated. But it fits the atmosphere and increases the drama perfectly. Whoever did the translation deserves a raise for how well it flows.

I don't know if I like this work or not but:

Artwork: 5.5

Story & Pacing: 4.5.

Characterization: 8.5. (Best, most respectful male lead, yet. WOW.)

Plot, so far: 4.5

World Building: 6.5

I've only started reading Korean manhwa aimed at girls/women about a month ago but I've read A LOT of Western romance novels and Josei manga marketed towards career women. There's VERY noticable differences between all 3 but this manhwa is the first one I felt could easily be marketed at Western Women who've never read a single manga/manhwa/manhua in their life.
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one of my favorite slow burns  
by Ziggyzag
April 19th, 2023, 6:54am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Art is beautiful. The dialogues are uncommon. The flow of their relationship is something I admire.
Refer to milkgreentea's comment cause I think they said what I also wanted to say.
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Not for those who hate slow paced stories  
by kunia343
April 15th, 2023, 10:58pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I've read until chapter 133 and really love this story. The story is a MAJOR SLOWBURN so it's not for those who want a fast paced or fluffy romance though there is still fluff here and there which is
very much appreciated. Both leads are grieving and trying to continue living in a world without their most precious people. Grief is definitely a major theme in this story so of course there would be some angst. And I don't think Killian and Rieta deserve the hate they seem to be getting. Killian is a major gentleman who respects women and their boundaries.
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I really love that despite his strong feelings for her, he isn't pushy and doesn't force his feelings on her. Plus, he totally respects Rieta's need to grieve and is understanding of her hesitance to fall in love.

The storywriting is beautiful and honestly for me, Killian is probably the most gentlemanly and most respectful male lead I've ever read in stories with european-like historical setting and I've read plenty.

I really like the various interactions between the many characters and we see how Rieta's many new encounters help her to cope with her loss and grief and to open up to the possibility of a future with others.

Major kudos to translators because the words they used are just beautiful. I read in both Indonesian and English and Line Webtoon really did a great job with their TL work.
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by AzureNix
December 10th, 2022, 11:07am
Rating: N/A
Title - A virgin lord tries to get on with a women who lost her daughter and husband.
2nd Title - A SL*t"y women seduces the virgin lord.
3rd Title - Tsundere s"ut and the virgin lord
4th Title - Impotent lord and the s"*t.
5th title - legally bl*nde.
This are the titles I think this manhwa should have, the story is trash the art is trash and the characters are super trash.
Don't waste time on this cringefeast rubbish go read something thing good.

... Last updated on December 10th, 2022, 11:07am
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The reviewer before me got it right  
by ciel_bleu
June 27th, 2022, 11:59pm
Rating: N/A
Seriously, their review is so apt, concise and pertinent. If you're not into angst then ditch it fast. It's a cringefest.
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Terrible story but great for horny teens into angst  
by gaiafires
June 9th, 2022, 4:16pm
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
This story is absolutely the worst if you like coherent stories or logical progressions or are sane. Honestly speaking if the archduke can be suspected just because of blood scent in the room then the empress knifing the pope in their alone room should have at least lead her to being detained for questioning not walking away with his blood still on her feet

This story is great if you just like drama dragged out romances in Korean dramas where small issues turn into 30+ chapter hills and get blown out of hand so the ML and FL can angst and will they won't they together.

... Last updated on June 9th, 2022, 4:17pm
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Not a simple love story but an elaborate series of schemes and high fantasy  
by Crimtos
April 2nd, 2022, 6:59pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
The story started out pretty grounded and the characters were all fairly likeable. However starting at about chapter 15 when the empress is introduced the story takes a sharp turn into elaborate scheming and high fantasy. The schemes that the empress are able to pull off are so elaborate that I found them to be ridiculous and I wasn't expecting the story to suddenly introduce zombies. If you aren't looking for a grounded love story but instead a dark high fantasy story about scheming and manipulation you might like this but it wasn't what I was expecting.
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by aaarghstopp
January 26th, 2022, 7:31am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
really good depictions of grief and trauma. a lot of stories that have these themes make it so that one of the characters does things that are blatantly harmful and the person with trauma gets better. or sometimes they get better through the power of Love.
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by mahrrade
December 23rd, 2021, 9:15pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
i’m sorry is just PERFECTLY EXECUTED
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