The Grandmaster Strategist (一代军师) - NO SPOILERS!

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    Discuss them shenanigans and machinations.
     
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    To anyone considering reading The Grandmaster Strategist, do it!
    It's a really good story with politics, strategy, tragedy and scheming.
     
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    I just got updated with it today and frankly I think it is one of the best stories I have seen.
     
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    I've fixed the link!

    Also, I'm here. You can discuss with me. :D
     
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    Thanks! I will go read it and then come discuss. It is good to have someone to discuss such a good novel with.
     
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    Chapter 63 (sorry for starting at such a late chapter)

    Ah Xia Jinyi is a well placed chess piece. He has successfully sowed discord between the Fengyi Sect and the Kongtong Sect. He has successfully caused the budding of hatred between ,taking for granted that it wasn't there before, the members of the imperial household and has laid the ground work for Li Zhe ascending the throne. While I praise his wisdom in ensuring his life I am more interested in the impact that the events will have towards the Fengyi Sect. Frankly I think that Jiang Zhe is more focused on the sect rather than the throne.
     
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    It's because without the Fengyi Sect, the crown prince is nothing. A lecherous, good-for-nothing. He is only the crown prince because he is the eldest son and because Emperor Li Yuan needed someone to help suppress Li Zhi. Everyone, not only Jiang Zhe, sees this, including Li Zhi and his advisers.

    Beyond that, the Fengyi Sect has its tendrils in all levels of the Yong court. Its disciples include a noble consort to the Yong emperor, a concubine to the crown prince, a wife to the Prince of Qi, a wife to Qin Qing, and a wife to Pei Yun. These are only the ones that we know of (there are others as well that will be revealed in later chapters). This strength is greater than any of the princes and is even comparable to Li Yuan, himself, especially since Fan Huiyao is one of the top three martial artists of the era and the Fengyi Sect has innumerable other experts as well. When it reaches the point when even major sects like the Shaolin Temple fear your strength, you're a serious player in jianghu.
     
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    Well, their power is slowly being chipped away with minor moves by Jiang Zhe. It makes me wonder why they began on such a path? Did they feel disgust towards the world of men or did they simply become power hungry?
     
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    According to the Medical Sage, Sang Chen, Fan Huiyao lost her way somewhere along the line. It is possible that Fan Huiyao was disgusted by men after what she went through and it is also possible they were corrupted somewhere along the line, becoming power-hungry.
     
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    Well, due to their lack of virtues they will be destroyed. Are all the women from the sect like this? I wonder if they will make anymore moves towards Jiang Zhe?

    Btw for some reason I do not blame Li An for his actions as everyone has a level of darkness within them. Perhaps Li An would not do such things if he was not given the opportunity for fear of the consequences.
     
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    So far, all of the women of the Fengyi Sect have been quite malicious and sinister, although we haven't really met Fan Huiyao.

    Honestly, I don't blame Li An either. Some of his behavior is fucked up, but it's only because he's the crown prince that he is able to get away with shit other people won't be able to get away with. He's stuck in an unenviable position where he's inferior ability- and experience-wise compared to Li Zhi.

    If you want spoilers, there's a spoiler thread. I've read up to the first ten chapters of volume 4, so I can give some spoilers to any questions anyone may have.
     
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    Thanks for the offer of spoilers but I rather avoid them for this series.

    I wonder if Li An would continue such behavior in the position of emperor or would he have to care for his reputation more then?
     
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    When he becomes emperor, he's likely to become even more unbridled as he won't have to answer to anyone. (Although given the Fengyi Sect's machinations, he would become a puppet emperor)
     
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    Hmm that is true. He is quite pitiful isn't he? If he becomes emperor then his life will be one of a prisoner in his own home and if he does not then he will die by his brothers hands. Either way he is fated to suffer.
     
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    This is a classic case of "The mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the oriole behind," where Li An stalks Li Zhi, while unaware of the Fengyi Sect behind.
     
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    My cup of coffee. I really like how the political intrigue is being handled. Furthermore, Jiang Zhe has also a tender facade which makes this novel arguably better than the last one I read.

    I wonder if Jiang Zhe will use the borrowed knife strategy to contain Fengyi sect.
     
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    I feel like the characters in this novel are a lot more well-rounded and complete compared to the single-minded, arrogant characters in a lot of web novels.

    It's a lot more complicated than a simple borrowed knife strategy.
     
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    Hmm how will he execute it though? Take them down one at a time or just go for the entire sect?
    On another note now he has vital info on that Li Huyan(?)girl I wonder how he will use it?
     
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    That'll be spoilers, Cohran. :p
     

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