My Gently Raised Beast

Alt titles: Gopge Kiwotdeoni, Jimseung, I Raised the Beast Well

Ch: 92+
2020 - ?
4.466 out of 5 from 1,416 votes
Rank #1,047
My Gently Raised Beast

Blondina is living a real-life Cinderella story. After growing up poor and enduring a difficult childhood, she discovers that she is a princess of the Ates empire. However, her estranged father and half-siblings give her the cold shoulder when she moves into the palace, and Blondina must keep a low profile. That all changes when she befriends Amon, a cat-like creature with mysterious intentions. For years, creatures like Amon and humans have struggled to live in harmony. Can Blondina and Amon’s friendship bring peace, or will it deepen the rift between their people?

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The title is a bit deceiving. The "beast" ML isn't raised by the FL exactly like pet and master or someone eternally grateful to their saviour. Their relationship is more like companionship (friendship-ish, of course, it grows into romance later on) and I really like that dynamic. As the other reviewer mentioned, it really is a breath of fresh air, even though it still follows the normal formulas of a historical romance. Blondina is a person who can stand up for herself and knows her boundaries well, but she doesn't stand up for herself in a way that's reckless (i.e. not bitch-slapping OP style that some webtoons portray their invincible FLs doing), but in a more tactful way. She knows when to back down and be the bigger person. I like her level-headedness. The ML, Amon, is a bit possessive. However, I enjoyed reading their conversations and watching them grow their friendship gradually over 19 chapters before getting to the romance part. They age up gradually from 11-ish to 20-ish in the span of 19 chapters, and in the chapters of about 16-19 the ageing felt a bit quick, like I didn't even realise there was an age change. But that also makes the story progress more quickly to get to the more interesting parts faster, so it's a good trade-off, I guess. The plot is interesting. Transforming magical black leopards, slight nobility drama, and a nice romance between two childhood friends sound interesting, yes? It would be really interesting if Blondina is revealed to be the descendant of god that was needed to subdue the black leopard clan, as I would like to see how the dynamics play out. The art is good. It looks up to standards like most historical fantasy romance webtoons. If I had one thing to complain about, it's that I sometimes don't like the way they draw the eyelashes and fingers.  You should give this a read if you want some nice friends to lovers historical fantasy stuff.

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