The Knight and Her Emperor

Alt title: Hwangjewa Yeogisa

Ch: 197
2019 - 2023
4.021 out of 5 from 1,372 votes
Rank #3,359
The Knight and Her Emperor

The talented but overlooked knight Pollyanna comes face to face with an ambitious king who finally acknowledges her worth. "I like hard workers, because I am one," Luxos II declares, as he shares his dream of unifying the continent. Moved by his vision Pollyanna vows to fight in his honor, and together the two set out to build a grand empire. But what happens when the young king slowly realizes, battle after battle, that this stalwart knight has conquered his heart?

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all these manga constantly go on about these petite female knights with long hair who are just so goddamn delicate so their male lead can save them. not this one, holy crap. Pauliana acts just like she's been raised; a soldier.  Pauliana's family enlists her in the war in hopes that she will die and their second daughter will be the heiress of the household. Tons of people look down upon and criticize Pauliana for being a woman, ignoring the fact that she is a fully competent soldier purely for her gender, and while it pisses her off, it just makes her work harder. Finally she is captured by the opposing army and the emperor orders her beheaded but his soldiers try to rape her. She fights back and he invites her to his army.  It's not an easy fix all story where the emperor immediately takes interest in her, she has to work to ass off to be recognized by anyone, but eventually people begin to see past her gender.  Pauliana's honestly just the coolest, she takes badass to the next level and i can't even begin on how ripped she is. She's not like Adonis or The Abandoned Empress where they make the lead able to fight but is also gorgeous with no muscle definition or phsyical flaws like scars. she's increditably loyal and doesn't give a flying fuck what others think of her. She's super good in a pinch, great at strategy, and cares about her following soldiers. there is romance but it's a slow burn, and because of that everyone has a real chance of becoming close in a way that seems believable.  listen, just read it. 


This Story is heavily Character driven and the plot is slightly secondary, so this is something to keep in mind. That beeing said: The characters are truly enjoyable and have a realistic wackiness. What I as well truly loved about this story is the uniqueness of the Main Character and her perfectly odd personalty. She doesn't fit in a romance story at all and this is what makes it beautiful. She also doesn't back down but is still confident and does what she is confortable withand belives in. The side characters too have a great deal of personality without appearing unorganic or artifical (as they sometimes tend to do in romance novels).  The antagonists are not especially important. In the second part of the story there aren't even any real antagonists, but rather people in different positions, with varying world-views trying to make the best of their situation, even if it means somone else will have to suffer for it, but they do not seem to be outright malicous. This might take away some tension, but also gives the story a certain realism. I also really enjoy the art, it's polished and easy to read. The Main Charater isn't unnecessarily and unnaturaly beautified (edit: they are a little beautified, but you could blame that on the art) and the characters have something distinc, but nothing outright wierd (the only unnatural part is their hair colour, but on a personal note I don't mind that, for it allows for greater variety, without making them look over-the-top). All in all: Not everyone typical romance reader is going to enjoy this, since it doesn't soly and sometimes even only secondary focus on the romance. Those who like romantic comedy though should definitely give it a try, as well as those who like character driven stories. Another warning: If you enjoy romantic relationships itself, then you won't find your happiness here. Also for those who like hardcore romance and characters swooning for one another all the time might be dissapointed reading this.  

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