Title: The Apothecary Diaries Vol. 4-6
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
“The trail of the garden banquet leads Maomao to the Garnet Palace! Aiming to uncover the identity and motives of the culprit who nearly succeeded in turning the festivities into a tragedy, the young apothecary-turned-lady’s maid temporarily takes up there at Jinshi’s behest. Home to Lady Aduo—the consort with the longest tenure in the Emperor’s affections—the Garnet palace harbors many intrigues, some more shocking than even Maomao could have imagined! Will solving the mystery at hand lose Maomao her job…and maybe even her life?!” (Goodreads)
These volumes really picked up! Minus the fifth where it kind of slogged for a bit.
We are finally learning more about Maomao and I am very surprised as to where her storyline has gone. It’s just crazy! Although there has been more information, there is still a lot more to go by and I am curious how it will play out.
The romance arc is finally coming, I can sense it. At least I hope I am right about this. I do love Jinshi and find him quite humorous with his slight affection towards her, or whatever you want to call it. He is such a great character and I love that he his protective over her.
I do wish there was more about consorts still but hopefully we will get back to them and life in the inner circle. Hopefully everyone is still getting along, ha.
Overall, these volumes were great! I feel like this one is going to be up there with Yona of the Dawn.