Review: The Healer’s Apprentice

The Healer's Apprentice
The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bad beginning, better middle, extremely obvious ending… But overall fun to read once you get in to the story somewhat. Although, it was very easy to guess where they were going from very early on. The mystery of the thing was ruined immediately and the villain was only barely present.. I felt odd about that since the character was supposedly so sneaky and ominous to the main character for his entire life. It would have been nice to learn more about him and his reasons for trying to find the Duke’s hidden daughter… also he was pretty hasty after having searched patiently for over a decade. Oh well.

Also I am not religious…but even so it felt like the average christian might even find too much religion in this book. I understand that praying for strength and patience and all is a way to strengthen your inner resolve. But I find it hard to stomach the neediness of these people of their lord. They seem to rely on him in their every decision or shortcoming instead of just taking responsibility themselves. From my perspective that seems very weak and selfish. Again, though, I am not religious so there are many aspects to the story that I may not fully understand because of this.

Although, specifically, when the main character seemingly getting ready to die – when the “doctor” of the village was in the room… them stopping everything to kneel and pray made me a little mad when they were wasting precious time that could have been used to try to save a life themselves. Oh well… I guess I just don’t understand that mind set.

I admit I heard this was a “christian romance” but honestly I misinterpreted what that meant. I thought that that meant no sex before marriage and nothing lewd or whatever that could lead young adult females in the wrong direction. I didn’t realize that it meant it was FOR Christians and had tons of god, scripture, and praying throughout. It seemed to halt the plot on numerous occasions for them to stop and pray over, and over, and over, and over again… ad nauseum.

Anyway, religion aside… if you removed all the praying and stuff and only focused on the plot then I could say that the overall idea for the story is a very interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The story told mostly from her betrothed prince was a neat way to enjoy the story. It would have been nice to have stayed in the dark a little longer – along with the main character Wilhelm. To be left unknowing until he found out the big secret… instead of learning every single secret immediately upon badly written exposition at 30% in. Oh well.

It was worth reading – if you like this sort of thing. And wasn’t horrible to read though – having forced myself past the beginning only because it was selected by my book club. I surely would have quit at 16% had it not been for the book club. But I am glad that I forced myself to get to that 30% when the story suddenly got less boring and became an easy-to-read young adult book.

But I won’t be reading any more of this series.

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