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The Apothecary Diaries (light novel)

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Alternative title:
Il monologo della speziale (Italian)
Kusuriya no Hitorigoto (Japanese)
薬屋のひとりごと (Japanese)
Plot Summary: Apothecary Maomao was just out collecting herbs when she was kidnapped by procurers for the Imperial harem, an easy way for unscrupulous people to get money by having “relatives” go work in the Rear Palace. Hiding her skills and knowledge, Maomao hopes to just glide by, earning as little as possible for her kidnappers during her term of service, but such is not to be: when royal infants begin dying, Maomao can't resist letting people know the cause. This catches the eye of the far-too-handsome Jinshi, who elevates Maomao from laundry maid to poison taster to the Emperor's favorite concubine. So much for flying under the radar…
Vintage: 2011-10
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Story: Natsu Hyūga

Illustration: Touko Shino
Japanese companies
Publisher: Shufunotomo
English staff
English cast
Translation: Kevin Steinbach

Editing: Sasha McGlynn
English companies
Italian staff
Italian cast
Francesca Villa (vol. 3)
Giulia Nicosia (vol. 1-2)
Italian companies
Publisher: Dokusho Edizioni

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