步步生莲 大争之世 Both of these books are proper historical novels where the protagonist has to face very tough obstacles. They don't even start off with their kingdoms so they end up having to do a ton of work to even get started. These books have great writing and some of the best dialogue you'll come across. What's even more unusual is that they are harem novels where a lot of care is put into the female characters and they end up having some of the best stories. Interestingly, I find that the the best kingdom building novels are ones where the protagonist is not the highest ranking leader. This generally allows for more types of stories to develop and for a greater variety in story lines. Also these books are easier to be engrossed in when there is little or no supernatural powers at play. Is it a historical novel though? Doesn't it take place in a different world?