The Villainess Turns the Hourglass

Alt title: Angnyeoneun Moraesigyereul Doedollinda

Ch: 125
2020 - 2022
4.249 out of 5 from 5,644 votes
Rank #589
The Villainess Turns the Hourglass

After her lowly mother married a count, Aria enjoyed a life full of luxury while harassing her gentle stepsister Mielle. Several years later, Aria is about to be executed when Mielle reveals that she wickedly tricked Aria into building the bad reputation that ultimately brought her to the scaffold. Just as Aria desparately wishes she could change her fate, she sees a curious hourglass that takes her back into the past. Now, Aria can destroy Mielle by using her own tactics against her like a true villainess. The power of the hourglass is on her side... Can Aria take everything from Mielle, or will her actions change the past in ways she couldn't have imagined?

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Includes 21 epilogue chapters.

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Recommended if you enjoy: political intrigue, stories involving nobility and royalty, ruthless female characters, strong female characters, or power struggles between different factions. The MC and her sister are embroiled in a "war" within the household, where each tries to bring the other down - our MC for survival and revenge, the sister out of jealousy. This leads to a host of schemes, including - but not limited to - sending maids as spies, sabotaging each other, attempting to steal the fiancé, trying to ruin each other's social reputation, and trying to impress the father of the family. Some schemes fail, others succeed, just like in real life. Each action has a consequence, and (as far as I can see) nothing is forgotten. Along the way, we meet a host of other characters: supporters, antagonists, extras, and neutral parties. Personally, I'm a huge fan of political intrigue and strong female characters, and in this story you get both. The MC is constantly looking for ways to win and survive, never getting side-tracked or forgetting her objective like in other manwha I've read. While she does experience setbacks, she never lets them bring her down for long, instead finding ways to profit or learn from it. The MC feels very "natural" in general; it's not hard for me to imagine that someone would behave like this after everything that happened in her past life. So far, there hasn't been a lot of romance for the MC, but the hints that we get feel very organic. All characters seem well-rounded and their actions understandable - so far, nobody behaved in a way that I absolutely couldn't get where it came from. I definitely recommend that you at least check it out, I haven't regretted it.

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