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I hate being restrained. Yet you tried to restrain me.

Lie Huo Jia Chou (烈火浇愁: Liè Huǒ Jiāo Chóu), translatable to Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire, is an urban fantasy danmei Web Novel written by Priest.

In the current era, people are either normal or are with special abilities. Cases related to the latter are managed by the National Anomaly Prevention and Control and Special Species Management Office. Qi Zheng Emperor Sheng Lingyuan was reawakened a thousand years later after he jumped off the fiery red lake. Xuan Ji, a newly transferred staff to the Reparations Division of the Deviant Control Office, finds himself having to clean up the mess of a revived tyrannical monarch. The two seemed to share something from the past, but unbeknownst to them, a big conspiracy is stirring right underneath their noses that could destroy the balance of the world.


The novel was first published on December 31 2018 on JJWXC, a revised version has been updated on May 6 2020. The novel is 137 chapters long including 8 extras. The novel has been officially translated and published in Korean, and received a simplified Chinese physical release.

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Lie Huo Jia Chou contains examples of the following tropes:

  • All Myths Are True: Fiends and half-fiends exist in the modern world, which leads the Deviant Control Office to cover up events where fiends have attacked humans.
  • Came Back Wrong: One of the biggest secrets of the Deviant Control Agency is that they've used the butterflies from the Wu clan to bring back innocent civilians who died during fiendish accidents to life. However, this means that the person is not literally brought back to life, but their corpses are walking around with the butterflies controlling their movements and attitudes, with their loved ones none the wiser.
  • Fiery Redhead: Xuan Ji has red hair and has a fairly short temper.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Sheng Lingyuan is certainly one, and Xuan Ji can't help but admire the emperor's looks.