The series is based on a 2006 novel called Princess of Orchid Hills depicting the love story between Yuan Qingsuo, Gao Changkong and Yuwen Yong and the ongoing war between their kingdoms.
It is extremely similar to Lan Ling Wang, a TV series that aired in 2013 though it bears no relation to it other than a reboot of the three main characters that are now portrayed by a novice cast. The historical narrative also gets a re-haul since it becomes infused with elements of fantasy in a plot revolving largely around the quest to find the Qingluan Mirror and Lishang Sword.
On another note, it is unfortunate that actress Wang Jie Xi who plays Gao Changkong’s fiancee has passed away last Aug. 2016 due to leukemia. She was only 26.
Release Date: Sept. 29, 2016 on Mango TV.
For synopsis, cast and other info, click my 2016 c-drama recommendations.