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Natsu Hyuuga

The Apothecary Diaries: Volume 1

In the East is a land ruled by an emperor, whose consorts and serving women live in a sprawling complex known as the hougong, the rear palace. Maomao, an unassuming girl raised in an unassuming town by her apothecary father, never imagined the rear palace would have anything to do with her—until she was kidnapped and sold into service there.
Though she looks ordinary, Maomao has a quick wit, a sharp mind, and an extensive knowledge of medicine. That’s her secret, until she encounters a resident of the palace at least as perceptive as she is: the head eunuch, Jinshi. He sees through Maomao’s façade and makes her a lady-in-waiting to none other than the Emperor’s favorite consort… so she can taste the lady’s food for poison!
At her lady’s side, Maomao starts to learn about everything that goes on in the rear palace—not all of it seemly. Can she ever lead a quiet life, or will her powers of deduction and insatiable curiosity bring her ever more adventures, and ever more dangers?
251 printed pages
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J-Novel Club
Kevin Steinbach
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  • catshared an impression6 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    read this one in one day, what a good decision i made, the anime does it justice though! Can't wait to see certain scenes animated hehe

  • meganborthwick132shared an impression5 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up

    Love it

  • Araminta Ajithshared an impression3 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    🙈Lost On Me
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💞Loved Up

    This is the best I've read 📚 ❤ 🙌


  • alopsiahas quoted6 months ago
    She must have been much admired for her beauty in those halcyon days before she had arrived at the palace, but when she got here, she discovered she had known as much about the outside world as a frog who had spent its life in a well.
  • elizabethmarch23has quoted4 months ago
    Maomao was a relatively objective thinker for a girl of seventeen, but she had a few qualities that continually dogged her. For one, curiosity; and for another, a hunger for knowledge. And then there was her budding sense of justice.
  • vxcybkyxb7has quoted5 months ago
    It was always possible he was the current emperor’s guardian, but considering Jinshi looked to be about twenty years old, it was hard to imagine. Maybe he was the son of the Emperor or something, but then why become a eunuch?

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