The Healer’s Apprentice

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Adventure

Series: None

 
Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
 
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

I had heard a lot about this book, and was ecstatic to find it for a couple dollars at a used bookstore! (It was in fantastic shape, too!) I read it in one day. I loved it. It was well-written and fun and emotional (and the cover is pretty, to boot!)

Self-sacrifice, heroism, chivalry, and love are huge themes throughout the book.

However, this is NOT a children’s book. Sexual situations – though dealt with EXTREME tact and really not innapropriate at all – make it too mature for younger audiences. Also – though also dealt with VERY well, it really isn’t a very large part of the book – a pagan sorcerer pops in now and then, using demons at his will. Though this SOUNDS very dark, etc. I was surprised that it really wasn’t.

This is a book I really enjoyed reading, though read with mild caution.

Ages: 17+

4 out of 5 stars

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8 responses to “The Healer’s Apprentice

  1. hmmm…really? you thought it was well written? *is a touch confused* I thought it was one of the worst plot-lines I had come upon in a while. =P I knew from the beginning everything that was going to happen =P and there weren’t any surprises…pretty much the only thing I liked was when they brought up married priests—since it is true that celibacy is a discipline, not a doctrine—but the author even managed to mess that up because the “good” characters didn’t seem to know this and acted like it would be a bad thing to even consider thinking married priests could be OK. =P on the same note I suppose that the author had to make the characters Catholic to make the book “christian romance” since there really weren’t any other Christians around at that time, but she didn’t seem to know the Faith all that well. =P like in the casting-out-of-demons—-they should have gotten an excorsist since that is their job—“regular” people do not (as a rule) have that power given by God through the Church. and….rose is such a 2-D character who is all *thinking “oh Lord Hamlin! I can’t fall in love with him! but…I can’t HELP it! no I must not!” *goes on looking at and thinking about lord hamlin* ::) same with LH but I liked him better. =P

    the writing? one line really struck me (in a bad way) “she dropped the bucket and cold water spilled, freezing her feet”…ullh….

    wow I didn’t intend this to be such a hating comment =P I’ll balance it out with some positive… XD

    I read past world and world shaker!!!!!! I really liked both of them but I think I liked pastworld better. =D =D

    :-* CM

    • *laugh* It seems we have different opinions on this! But I think much of it might be the fact that I’m a non-denominational Christian and you’re a Catholic.
      The plot line was of course predictable, because with a story like this, you KNOW what’s going to happen. But I still found it really enjoyable for the most part!
      Probably because I LOVE the medieval setting/slight fairy-tale, etc. No book is perfect, but I did really enjoy this one. We can agree to disagree, I hope ;)
      Yeah; I liked Pastworld a little better than Worldshaker, too =D It really sparked my imagination!!

  2. heh yeah, reading over my comment, that’s where most of my objections lie I guess. =) oh well—to each his own. =)

    ahhh now there is something we can agree on—I DID really like the setting and how it was described… ^_^

    hehehe I really liked the guy that eve falls in love with—he’s hilarious. XD do you know if either of those books have a sequel?

    ^_^ CM

    • I don’t THINK it has a sequel; but hang on and let me check… Nope, it doesn’t look like it.
      Wordlshaker needs a sequel =D Very badly!!!!

  3. Mirriam,

    Excellent book review…though I admit I’m a bit biased since I finished The Healer’s Apprentice this weekend, also in just one day. I absolutely loved it!

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