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"Romance of the Three Kingdoms" was written by Luo Guanzhong in 14th Century AD. The original unabridged Chinese text is brain-wringingly difficult and, in all honesty, I was only able to digest the simplified children's version. However, ROTK is one of the four most popular stories of all time in Chinese culture, and probably the only one of the four with pseudo-accurate historical depictions.

Thankfully, the original text was translated into english by Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor in 1925. I have added in the character pictures into the text so that you can easily find the character you want and follow the story.

Use this page to scroll through the chapters of the story.

Preface on the SGS-ROTK full story by Ricky Chua

Chapter 1: Three Heroes Swear Brotherhood In The Peach Garden; One Victory Shatters The Rebels In Battlegrounds.

Chapter 2: Zhang Fei Whips The Government Officer; He Jin Plots To Kill The Eunuchs.

Chapter 3: In Wenming Garden, Dong Zhuo Denounces Ding Yuan; With Red Hare, Li Su Bribes Lu Bu.

Chapter 4: Deposition Of The Emperor: The Prince Of Chenliu Gets The Throne; Schemes Against Dong Zhuo: Cao Cao Presents A Sword.

Chapter 5: Cao Cao Appeals To The Powerful Lords; The Three Brothers Fight Against Lu Bu.

Chapter 6: Burning The Capital, Dong Zhuo Commits An Atrocity; Hiding The Imperial Hereditary Seal, Sun Jian Breaks Faith.

Chapter 7: Yuan Shao Fights Gongsun Zan At The River Pan; Sun Jian Attacks Liu Biao Across The Great River.

Chapter 8: Wang Yun Prepares The Chaining Scheme; Dong Zhuo Rages At Phoenix Pavilion.

Chapter 9: Lu Bu Kills Dong Zhuo For Wang Yun; Li Jue Attacks The Capital On Jia Xu's Advice.

Chapter 10: Gathering Arms, Ma Teng Moves To Rescue The Emperor; Commanding A Force, Cao Cao Marches To Avenge His Father.

Chapter 11: Liu Bei Rescues Kong Rong At Beihai; Lu Bu Defeats Cao Cao Near Puyang.

Chapter 12: Tao Qian Thrice Offers Xuzhou To Liu Bei; Cao Cao Retakes Yanzhou From Lu Bu.

Chapter 13: Li Jue and Guo Si Duel In Changan; The Emperor Establishes Anyi The New Capital.

Chapter 14: Cao Cao Moves The Court To Xuchang; Lu Bu Leads A Night Raid Against Xuzhou.

Chapter 15: Taishi Ci Fights With The Little Prince; Sun Ce Cuts Short The White Tiger King.

Chapter 16: In The Camp Gate, Lu Bu Shoots The Halberd; At River Yu, Cao Cao Suffers A Defeat.

Chapter 18: Giving Counsels, Jia Xu Directs A Great Victory; Braving Battlefield, Xiahou Dun Loses An Eye.

Chapter 19: Cao Cao Makes Flood In Xiapi; Lu Bu Perishes At The White Gate Tower.

Chapter 20: Cao Cao Organizes A Hunting Expedition In Xutian; Dong Cheng Receives A Secret Command In The Palace

Chapter 21: In A Plum Garden, Cao Cao Discusses Heroes; Using The Host's Forces, Guan Yu Takes Xuzhou.

Chapter 22: Yuan Shao And Cao Cao Both Take The Field; Guan Yu And Zhang Fei Captures Two Generals.

Chapter 23: Mi Heng Slips His Garment And Rails At Traitors; Ji Ping Pledges To Kill The Prime Minister.

Chapter 24: Cao Cao Murdered The Consort Dong; Liu Bei Flees To Yuan Shao.

Chapter 25: Besieged In Tushan, Guan Yu Makes Three Conditions; Relieved At Baima, Cao Cao Beholds A Marvel.

Chapter 26: Yuan Shao Loses Another Leader; Guan Yu Abandons Rank And Wealth.

Chapter 27: The Man Of Beautiful Beard Rides On A Solitary Journey; Guan Yu Slays Six Generals Through Five Passes.

Chapter 28: Putting Cai Yang To Death, The Brothers' Doubts Disappear; Meeting At Gucheng, Lord and Lieges Fortify Each Other

Chapter 29: The Little Chief Of The South Slays Yu Ji; The Green Eyed Boy Lays Hold On The South Land.

Chapter 30: Shunning Advice, Yuan Shao Loses Leaders and Granaries; Using Strategy, Cao Cao Scores Victory At Guandu.

Chapter 31: Cao Cao Overcomes Yuan Shao In Cangting; Liu Bei Seeks Shelter With Liu Biao In Jingzhou

Chapter 32: Jizhou Taken: Yuan Shang Strives; River Zhang Cut: Xun You Schemes.

Chapter 33: A Gallant Warrior, Cao Pi Marries Lady Zhen; An Expiring Star, Guo Jia Settles Liaodong.

Chapter 34: Behind The Screen, Lady Cai Overhears A Secret; Across The Tan Torrent, The Dilu Horse Carries Its Master.

Chapter 35: Liu Bei Meets A Recluse At Nanzhang; Shan Fu Sees A Noble Lord At Xinye.

Chapter 36: Shan Fu's Strategy: Fankou Is Captured; Xu Shu's Affection: Zhuge Liang Is Recommended.

Chapter 37: Sima Hui Recommends A Scholar To Liu Bei; Liu Bei Pays Three Visits To The Sleeping Dragon Ridge.

Chapter 38: Zhuge Liang Plans For The Three Kingdoms; Sun Quan Attacks Xiakou To Take Revenges.

Chapter 39: At Jingzhou, The Son Of Liu Biao Thrice Begs Advice; At Bowang Slope, The Directing Instructor Plans His First Battle.

Chapter 40: Lady Cai Renounces Jingzhou; Zhuge Liang Burns Xinye.

Chapter 41: Liu Bei Leads His People Over The River; Zhao Zilong Rescues The Child Lord At Dangyang

Chapter 42: Screaming Zhang Fei Triumphs At Long Slope Bridge; Defeated Liu Bei Marches To Hanjin

Chapter 43: Zhuge Liang Disputes With The Southern Scholars; Lu Su Denounces The Majority Opinion

Chapter 44: Zhuge Liang Stirs Zhou Yu To Actions; Sun Quan Decides To Attack Cao Cao.

Chapter 45: At The Three Gorges, Cao Cao Loses Soldiers; In The Gathering Of Heroes, Jiang Gan Is Trapped

Chapter 46: Using Strategy, Zhuge Liang Borrows Arrows; Joining A Ruse, Huang Gai Accepts Punishment

Chapter 47: Kan Ze Presents A Treacherous Letter; Pang Tong Suggests Chaining The Ships

Chapter 48: Banquet On The Great River, Cao Cao Sings A Song; Battle On Water, Northerners Fight With Chained Ships

Chapter 49: On Seven-Star Altar, Zhuge Liang Sacrifices To The Winds; At Three Gorges, Zhou Yu Liberates The Fire.

Chapter 50: Zhuge Liang Foresees The Huarong Valley Episode; Guan Yu Lifts His Saber To Release Cao Cao

Chapter 51: Cao Ren Withstands The South Land; Zhuge Liang Angers Zhou Yu

Chapter 52: Zhuge Liang Negotiates With Lu Su; Zhao Zilong Captures Guiyang

Chapter 53: Guan Yu Releases Huang Zhong; Sun Quan Fights With Zhang Liao

Chapter 54: The Dowager Marchioness Sees Her Son-In-Law; The Imperial Uncle Takes A Worthy Consort

Chapter 55: Liu Bei Rouses The Spirit Of Lady Sun; Zhuge Liang A Second Time Angers Zhou Yu

Chapter 56: Cao Cao Feasts In The Bronze Bird Tower; Zhuge Liang Provokes Zhou Yu A Third Time

Chapter 57: Sleeping Dragon Mourns In Chaisang; Young Phoenix Intervenes At Leiyang

Chapter 58: Ma Chao Launches An Expedition For Revenge; Cao Cao Flees The Field In Disguise.

Chapter 59: Xu Chu Strips For A Fight With Ma Chao; Cao Cao Writes A Letter To Han Sui.

Chapter 60: Zhang Song Turns The Table On Yang Xiu; Pang Tong Proposes The Occupation Of Shu

Chapter 61: In The River, Zhao Zilong Recovers Liu Shan; With One Letter, Sun Quan Repulses Cao Cao.

Chapter 62: The Taking Of River Fu Pass, Yang Huai and Gao Pei Perish; The Siege Of Luocheng, Huang Zhong and Wei Yan Rival

Chapter 63: Zhuge Liang Mourns For Pang Tong; Zhang Fei Releases Yan Yan

Chapter 64: Zhuge Liang Plans For The Capture Of Zhang Ren; Yang Fu Borrows Soldiers To Destroy Ma Chao

Chapter 65: Ma Chao Battles At Jiameng Pass; Liu Bei Takes Over Yizhou.

Chapter 66: Armed With Sword, Guan Yu Goes To A Feast Alone; For The State, Empress Fu Offers Her Life.

Chapter 67: Cao Cao Conquers Hanzhong; Zhang Liao Terrorizes Xiaoyao

Chapter 68: Gan Ning's Hundred Horsemen Raid The Northern Camp; Zuo Ci's Flung-Down Cup Fools Cao Cao

Chapter 69: Guan Lu Sees Things In The Book Of Changes; Five Loyal Subjects Die For Their State

Chapter 70: Zhang Fei Takes Wakou Pass With Tactics; Huang Zhong Captures Tiandang Mountain By Stratagem

Chapter 71: At Opposite Hill, Huang Zhong Scores A Success; On The River Han, Zhao Zilong Conquers A Host

Chapter 72: Zhuge Liang's Wit Takes Hanzhong; Cao Cao's Army Retires To The Ye Valley

Chapter 73: Liu Bei Becomes The Prince Of Hanzhong; Guan Yu Marches To Attack Xiangyang

Chapter 74: Pang De Takes His Coffin To The Field; Guan Yu Uses Water To Drown The Seven Armies

Chapter 75: Guan Yu Has A Scraped-Bone Surgery; Lu Meng Crosses The River In White Robe

Chapter 76: Xu Huang Fights At The River Mian; Guan Yu Retreats To Maicheng

Chapter 77: Cao Cao Is Possessed At Luoyang; Guan Yu Manifests At The Jade Spring Mount

Chapter 78: Treating A Headache, A Famous Physician Dies; Giving The Last Words, The Crafty Hero Departs

Chapter 79: Brother Oppressing Brother: Cao Zhi Composes Poems; Nephew Harming Uncle: Liu Feng Receives Punishment

Chapter 80: Cao Pi Deposes The Emperor, Taking Away The Fortunes of Han; Liu Bei Assumes The Throne, Continuing The Heritage

Chapter 81: Eager For Vengeance, Zhang Fei Is Assassinated; Athirst Of Retribution, The First Ruler Goes To War

Chapter 82: Sun Quan Submits To Wei, Receiving The Nine Dignities; The First Ruler Attacks Wu, Rewarding Six Armies

Chapter 83:Fighting At Xiaoting, The First Ruler Captures An Enemy; Defending The Three Gorges, A Student Takes Supreme Command

Chapter 84: Lu Xun Burns All Consecutive Camps; Zhuge Liang Plans The Eight-Array Maze

Chapter 85: The First Ruler Confides His Son To A Guardian; The Prime Minister Calmly Settles Five Attacks.

Chapter 86: Using Words, Qin Mi Overcomes Zhang Wen; Setting Fire, Xu Sheng Defeats Cao Pi

Chapter 87: Conquering The South Mang, The Prime Minister Marches The Army; Opposing Heaven Troops, The King Of The Mangs Is Captured

Chapter 88: Crossing River Lu: The Mang King Is Bound The Second Time; Recognizing A Pretend Surrender: Meng Huo Is Captured The Third Time

Chapter 89: The Lord of Wuxiang Uses The Fourth Ruse; The King of Mang Is Captured The Fifth Time

Chapter 90: Chasing Off Wild Beasts, The Prime Minister Defeats The Mangs For The Sixth Time; Burning Rattan Armors, Zhuge Liang Captures Meng Huo The Seventh Time

Chapter 91: Sacrificing At River Lu, The Prime Minister Marches Homeward; Attacking Wei, The Lord Of Wuxiang Presents A Memorial

Chapter 92: Zhao Zilong Slays Five Generals; Zhuge Liang Takes Three Cities

Chapter 93: Jiang Wei Goes Over To Zhuge Liang; Zhuge Liang Reviles Wang Lang.

Chapter 94: Zhuge Liang Defeats The Qiangs In A Snowstorm; Sima Yi Captures Meng Da By A Rapid March.

Chapter 95: Ma Su's Disobedience Causes The Loss Of Jieting; Zhuge Liang's Lute Repulses The Army Of Sima Yi.

Chapter 96: Shedding Tears, Zhuge Liang Puts Ma Su To Death; Cutting Hair, Zhou Fang Beguiles Cao Xiu.

Chapter 97: Sending A Second Memorial, Zhuge Liang Renews The Attack On Wei; Forging A Letter, Jiang Wei Defeats The Northern Army.

Chapter 98: Pursuing The Shu Army, Wang Shuang Meets His Death; Raiding Chencang, Zhuge Liang Scores A Victory.

Chapter 99: Zhuge Liang Defeats The Wei Army; Sima Yi Invades The West River Land.

Chapter 100: Raiding A Camp, The Shu Soldiers Defeat Cao Zhen; Contesting Array Battles, Zhuge Liang Shames Sima Yi.

Chapter 101: Going Out From Longshang, Zhuge Liang Dresses As A God; Dashing Toward Saber Pass, Zhang He Falls Into A Snare.

Chapter 102: Sima Yi Occupies The Banks Of River Wei; Zhuge Liang Constructs Mechanical Bullocks And Horses.

Chapter 103: In Gourd Valley, Sima Yi Is Trapped; In Wuzhang Hills, Zhuge Liang Invokes The Stars.

Chapter 104: A Falling Star: The Prime Minister Ascends To Heaven; A Wooden Statue: The Commander-In-Chief Is Terrified.

Chapter 105: The Lord of Wuxiang Leaves A Plan In The Silken Bag; The Ruler of Wei Removes The Bronze Statue With The Dew Bowl.

Chapter 106: Suffering Defeat, Gongsun Yuan Meets His Death; Pretending Illness, Sima Yi Deceives Cao Shuang.

Chapter 107: The Ruler of Wei Hands Over The Power To Sima Yi; Jiang Wei Is Defeated At Ox Head Hills.

Chapter 108: In The Snow, Ding Feng Wins A Victory; At A Banquet, Sun Jun Executes A Secret Plan.

Chapter 109: A Ruse Of A Han General: Sima Zhao Is Surrounded; Retribution For The House Of Wei: Cao Fang Is Dethroned.

Chapter 110: Riding Alone, Wen Yang Repulses A Brave Force; Following The River, Jiang Wei Defeats The Enemy.

Chapter 111: Deng Ai Outwits Jiang Wei; Zhuge Dan Battles Sima Zhao.

Chapter 112: Rescuing Shouchun, Yu Quan Dies Nobly; Attacking Changcheng, Jiang Wei Mobilizes.

Chapter 113: Ding Feng Makes A Plan To Slay Sun Chen; Jiang Wei Arrays A Battle To Defeat Deng Ai.

Chapter 114: Driving To The South Gate, Cao Mao Plunges Into Death; Abandoning Stores, Jiang Wei Defeats The Wei Army.

Chapter 115: Listening To Slander, The Latter Ruler Recalls His Army; Living In Farms, Jiang Wei Avoids Disaster.

Chapter 116: On Hanzhong Roads, Zhong Hui Divides The Army; In Dingjun Mountain, The Martial Lord Shows His Apparition.

Chapter 117: Deng Ai Gets Through The Yinping Mountains; Zhuge Zhan Falls In The Battlefield Of Mianzhu.

Chapter 118: Weeping At The Ancestral Temple, A Filial Prince Dies; Marching To The West River Land, Two Leaders Competes.

Chapter 119: The False Surrender: A Wit Scheme Becomes A Vain Plan; The Abdication: Later Seeds Learn From The Ancient.

Chapter 120: Recommending Du Yu, An Old General Offers New Plans; Capturing Of Sun Hao, Three Kingdoms Becomes One.


  1. where is Chapter 17? ^_^

  2. Wow!! I am really appreciated your great effort!!
    Your card illustrations really do help ease imagine and understanding ROTK.

    By the way, there are (only) 3 mistakes i found in this chapter index.
    So, i'd like to share corrections here in case it might help.

    1. Missing Chapter Index:

    Chapter 17: Yuan Shu Marches Out Seven Armies; Cao Cao And Three Generals Join Forces.

    2. Incorrect URL address:

    Chapter 35:

    Chapter 49:

    Thank you again.

  3. LOVE it Ricky, thank you for your work !!


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