As proud daughter of House Monique, Aristia was raised to become the next empress of the Castina Empire. But with the appearance of a mysterious new girl, everything has fallen apart: the Emperor has turned his back, and Aristia’s miserable life as a lower queen is cut short by death. However a second chance to change her fate sees her reborn -to 7 years earlier! “Is this a dream or reality? Will my destiny repeat?”[Tappytoon]
Title: The Abandoned Empress
Type: Korean Manhwa
Author: Jeong Yu-na
This entire manhwa is like a full-course roller coaster but it kinda ended more on a train wreck. There’s very enriching characters, and you really go into a deep dive of all the characters. Many times I felt the excruciating slow burn between the characters and their one-sided love, and have cried through a few tissues, because the plot is so thick and compact. And though sometimes there are too many words in the textboxes, do read all of them…they’re all super important to a certain extent.
Now that the manhwa has ended, I feel like there were some things that I really liked in the story, but there’s also a lot of other things I didn’t like. First and foremost, I thought that the beginning started off great, but the ending was very rushed and fast-pace to the point where you didn’t exactly know what was going on in the panels. I don’t blame the artist for losing steam, but also it wasn’t all that satisfying when they found the actual culprits of the first tragedy. However, I thought that the story did a really good job in explaining the relationships between the characters (in particular Tia and Ruve) Like! I know we all hate them Emperor who killed Tia in the first few chapters, but before you start hating the Crown Prince/ future Emperor when you see him again in the 2nd timeline, don’t skip any of his monologues or chapters where he is in. Even though in the first timeline, there’s no excuse for him to have executed Tia, but the 2nd timeline him is very different from the one in the first timeline.
(*Update since the newest chapters 130~133, like I said before, Ruve from the 1st timeline and the Ruve from the current timeline are two completely different people. Spoiler Alert: Jieun and Aristia have a talk about why Aristia still won’t seek her revenge on Ruve based on the 1st timeline. Aristia’s response to Jieun was similar along the words that although they may seem like the same person, the experiences that each went through was different. For example the current Aristia is definitely not the same as she was in her previous timeline, because she grew more around the people she cared for. Thus her priorities have changed.)
This entire webtoon really brings us to realize nature vs. nurture and how the people and environment we grow up in really affect how we grow as people. In all, I feel this manhwa does a good job in presenting Tia in her second timeline. Her anguish, pain, and suffering are well written and drawn. I’d definitely give this one a read if you’re bored or just need some good angst in your life. Though when you reach near the end of the manhwa, feel free to skim since I feel like there’s not much you’re missing (until the very last two chapters)
Character: TBH I really really really liked the MC and how she started, but I feel like as the story progressed, she kept wavering. I understand that in irl she would hold onto the past forever, but I feel like she doesn’t use a lot of the skills she learned in her previous life to help in the future. For example, she learned how to spar and fight…but where in the manhwa did we see her fight? She was also hiding behind someone. and I’m like- I…
Anyhow. The ML is fine. I think in the previous timeline, I hated him sooo much, but I feel like he probably underwent the most character growth in this manhwa, which is why I like this manhwa so much. I feel like he underwent so many things in his life and experienced a lot more emotions…I don’t know, I feel like he’s a good example of good character growth (oh, same as Carsein)
Art: The art is very consistent throughout after the first timeline. I think it even gets a little prettier, but regardless, I did enjoy the art
Overall, I still feel that this story is a good read. I think if you wanted to decide between Doctor Elise and this manhwa, I would not hesitate to recommend this one. But I feel like this manhwa did go slightly down in my reviews.