Monday 10 April 2023

Book Review: Thousand Autumns Vol. 1 by Meng Xi Shi (BL Fantasy)

Title: Thousand Autumns Vol. 1
Author: Meng Xi Shi
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Publication Date: 14 March 2023
Pages: 396
Format: Paperback
Genre: BL Fantasy
Source: Bought Copy

Shen Qiao is a devout Daoist priest who has spent his life honing his skills and spirit, leading his sect with martial talent, beauty beyond measure, and an earnest heart. His polar opposite, Yan Wushi, leads one of the most powerful demonic sects and is said to be unrivaled in his strength and cunning. Yan Wushi believes in the inherently selfish nature of all people—himself included—and that nobody is above committing dark deeds for their own benefit.

When a fight leaves Shen Qiao injured, blind, and with hazy memories, Yan Wushi takes in the defeated sect leader with a dark plan: test the limits of the man’s patience and faith in others to lure him onto the demonic path. Little does he know that he is about to meet the first immovable force of his life, and that two hearts can connect in unexpected ways. With the passing of a thousand autumns, who can stay eternal?


I knew nothing about the story of Thousand Autumns before starting this book, so I read without any expectations. This novel is certainly more politically and historically based than any of the danmei I've read before, but I didn't mind that and found the world/setting interesting. With so much going on in the background, the character and relationship development was naturally slower than in other works; however, by the time this first volume ended I was invested in Shen Qiao and Yan Wushi and was keen to see how their connection would play out over future installments. I will definitely keep reading in the series and this first volume gets four stars from me. As always the book was also beautifully presented with some lovely illustrations.

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