A period fantasy in which a palace consort must guide a feckless emporer to assume the throne. Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T. Shurei Hong, destitute but of ble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne'er-do-well ruler to govern. The Blue Scarf Gang continues its attack on Kogaro. Yogetsu's strength during the battle gets the tice of the underworld bosses who want to recruit him, but Ryuki says the boy is already promised to him...?!
Sai Yukino is the author of both the manga and YA novels for The Story of Saiunkoku. She received an honorable mention and the Readers' Award for Kadokawa's Beans Novel Taisho Awards.