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The Apothecary Diaries: Volume 6 (Light Novel)

The events in the western capital threaten to shake not only the political order, but Maomao’s personal relationships as well, and she departs the city uncertain what her future holds. A detour on the way home, however, gives her an unexpected insight into her own family. Meanwhile, Consort Lishu finds herself at the center of an ugly scandal. Might the truth of the matter help explain everything that’s happened recently?
305 printed pages
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J-Novel Club
Kevin Steinbach
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  • catshared an impression7 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up

    Didn't expect so much spotlight on lishu but I'm not complaining, also finally jinshi (somewhat) confesses!!

  • Lily Paganshared an impression7 months ago

    My heart nearly stopped and I cried a little I won’t lie

  • pika1pika2 \(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)/shared an impressionlast year
    👎Give This a Miss

    So…we’re just bypassing what happened in the previous book’s epilogue (Jinshi strangulating Maomao and her thinking she somehow deserves it)? Well, okay then. ( ̄__ ̄lll)

    The romance is severely lacking here and barely any development—aside from the reveal of Jinshi’s identity and Maomao’s knowledge of his feelings towards her, nothing about their relationship has changed—they discuss work, Jinshi teases her and brings gifts/bribes, while Maomao, who still only holds platonic/servile feelings towards him, sidesteps his advances and, rinse and repeat.


  • L shas quoted7 months ago
    you hate me so much?” he asked, his face now less like a wild dog and more like a puppy. Love, hate—some people wanted the world to be so black and white. Why wouldn’t he give her the choice of a gray area?

    “I suppose I don’t hate you as such,” she said. She might even think of him favorably. Certainly, she regarded this noble more positively than she had back when they’d first met.

    Jinshi pursed his lips, not very pleased with this evasive answer. Maybe he was hoping she would come right out and say she loved him, but quite frankly, Maomao wasn’t at a point where she could bring those words to her lips. The best she could manage was that she wasn’t without a certain affection for him.
  • Suane Figueiredohas quoted5 months ago
    Jinshi first heard this story when he was more than ten years old, after Gaoshun had seen him teasing Basen for trying to keep his distance from the ladies-in-waiting.

    “Women are such fragile creatures,” Basen said. “I think it’s too soon for me.”

    What could Jinshi say to that? There was nothing. Instead, he held out his cup, silently asking for more juice.
  • jeyydopeehas quoted5 months ago
    I’m not certain I can control my strength—but may I hit you?”

    Nuh-uh, if you don't wanna get killed by jinshi man 😭

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