Introducing Age of Lazurite, Tower of Glass!

Or as Kidyeon put it, “Go post about your new pet now.” πŸ˜€

Introducing the next novel to grace volaretranslations with its presence, Age of Lazurite, Tower of Glass!

This is what I’ve been dropping hints about all last week for! The idea for this came about quite a few weeks ago, when I stopped watching Imperial Doctoress in a fit of fury. So many beautiful Chinese period dramas with great acting, fine cast, huge budget so nice sets and utterly beautiful costumes only for all that to be ruined by subpar screenplay or just plain tragic endings. I hate sad endings! If I want a sad ending, I’ll go live real life hey? XD I hate nonsensical scripts! Why is the villain all powerful and wins out over everyone? Why is the main couple bickering over completely idiotic things after going through life and death together?Β I like my entertainment to be rich and rewarding and most of all, end in a happy ending!

I also didn’t want volaretranslations to become an empty shell since none of my novels are hosted on it anymore. Kidyeon’s done some website wizardry today, so please poke around for the changes he’s made! In the future, volareTL will host all the various romantic, whimsical, outlandish but most of all,Β short novels that etvo finds spare time to dash out a chapter here or there.

How I decided upon this one was that it’s a twist off of mainstream novels. I always like to do things that are just a slightly bit different from mainstream, whether it’s a mature MC that doesn’t quite fall victim to all the cliches in wuxia ala SOTR, or Western style schoolyard magic with cultivation and vengeance ala GDK. ALTG is actually a novel with roots tied in history, and is unashamedly chick lit. πŸ˜€ Well, it was found on the ladies’ web portion of Qidian, but it’s historical fiction so I’m not sure how chick lit-y it is.

Consistently ranked in the top of Qidian’s Ladies’ Web, ALTG is written by Yoshifumo Hiroko, but it’s actually a Chinese novel. The author took a Japanese pen name, so I feel that she must also have a romantic bone in her body! πŸ˜€ Set in the Ming Dynasty, we actually start off with when Korea had just been founded as a country, with the scenes gradually traveling to China. I anticipate there to be ~100 chapters (not done yet), so also come for something that isn’t a huge epic read.

I paged through it and translated part of chapter 1 as a teaser, then decided to work on it last week to get it ready for publication. Please findΒ Age of Lazurite, Tower of GlassΒ here! Prologue, chapters 1 and 2 are up!

Therefore, with that said, I make absolutely no apologies about not sticking to a fast schedule or accepting donations for ALTG. This is a side project after all, and I think no one wants me to slow down on SOTR or GDK. So just come, have a nice time, leave comments and turn off Adblock for volareTL please! πŸ˜€

  • Read DxD

    Great minds think alike, I’m also not fond of sad endings. Its just kinda like kicking you in the nads for trying to read it when at the end of the story, everything was for nothing. Plus its more fun when everything is happy happy happy.

    • Odin

      Can not read your reply. Like i have stated, long stip comments suck and it is better to reply witb arrows and start a new comment as the reply.

  • Odin

    @etvolare The synopsis even say he is the son of the heavenly emperor. If that does not say that he is a god then, disregard all the stuff i said about it. Sorry for not replying since the long reply strip is barely readable and not a big fan of writing on it also.

  • Odin

    I know that you call SOTR wuxia but, isn’t it Xianxia? It has to do with immortals(gods), which is how it starts off in the novel.

    • etvolare

      Weluppppp sometimes I hate defining the two, they’re a bit hazy? πŸ˜€ I’ll refer to Ren’s post here, in which he mentions Xianxia is a fantasy-fied version of wuxia, replete with magic, ghosts, demons and people learning to become immortals. While we haven’t seen that yet here in SOTR, that’s not to say it won’t go down that road. *shrugs* For now, I call it wuxia and may eat my words later. πŸ˜€

      • Odin

        Considering he was once a god, i see him trying to at least get it back. Have you read the raws or are you reading it along the way as you translate?

        • etvolare

          Woah I’m reading as I translate. Spoiler alert! He was once a god? Don’t answer me lol. I don’t. Want. To know. Aiiiiii! Because then I lose motivation to translate..

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          • Read DxD

            Its chapter 1 content.

            In Xianxia being at the peak realms of training is the same as being a God, and when people become gods it usually involves going to a higher realm of existence like “The Divine Realm” or whatnot where on a technical scale, everyone there would be considered a god even when they themselves cant train, especially when your dad is the Chief God.

      • etvolare

        Oh dear, I wonder if I’ve misled anyone. I started off with “Heavenly Emperor”, but then changed it to “Celestial Emperor”. It’s still up in the air for me whether he was truly a deity or not, because honorifics are often given to the emperors, such as Divine Emperor, etc.

  • Tyler

    So by chick lit is it more “50 shades” or “the devil wears prada” (but with murder)? I will have to check it out when I get a chance!

    • etvolare

      I.. I don’t know how 50 shades it is considering she’s getting sent to a 70 year old emperor. My money’s on him croaking at a pivotal point. πŸ˜€ Perhaps sneaky devil wears Prada? I can’t imagine her just sitting meekly in the harem, not if she wants to get help for her mother country!

  • Interested

    Seems interesting. Could you tell me what kind of story this is?

    I’m guessing it mostly isn’t a romance… or at least, not with that old chinese emperor, lol. A drama/political thriller? Since the imperial harem is apparently cutthroat.

    • etvolare

      I would actually surmise there’s quite a bit of romance in it since it’s in the ladies’ section of Qidian. Most of the stories there are purely romance. This was seemed interested because of the historical aspect thrown into it. *is motivated to TL chapter 3 to find out* πŸ˜€