Manga Review: The Apothecary Diaries Vol. 1 by Natsu Hyuuga

Title: The Apothecary Diaries Vol. 1
Author: Nekokurage (Artist), Natsu Hyuuga (Original Story), Itsuki Nanao (Composition), Touco Shino (Character Design)
Genre: YA Manga / Fantasy
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Publisher: Square Enix Manga
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

THE GREAT DETECTIVE OF THE INNER PALACE IS BORN…?!
Maomao, a young woman trained in the art of herbal medicine, is forced to work as a lowly servant in the inner palace. Though she yearns for life outside its perfumed halls, she isn’t long for a life of drudgery! Using her wits to break a “curse” afflicting the imperial heirs, Maomao attracts the attentions of the beautiful Jinshi and is promoted to attendant food taster. But Jinshi has other plans for the erstwhile apothecary, and soon Maomao is back to brewing potions and…solving mysteries?!” (Goodreads)

This was a great start to a series! It definitely has me intrigued.

The book follows Maomao who was sold to the inner palace and has been doing servant work since then. She has a background in apothecary and through some small miracles she moves up and is able to go back to work in apothecary once again.

I really liked her character and how over it she is when it comes to a certain character. I’m not sure what his motive is and I hope that it is something crazy, haha. Even if it isn’t big, I do like his character and hope his role continues throughout the volumes.

There is a lot of background information in the beginning but it wasn’t overbearing. I learned enough to understand how the inner palace works and what has been going on recently.

Overall, this was great and I can’t wait to continue!

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