22 June, 2015

The healer's apprentice by Melanie Dickerson



The lovely fairy tale-esque YA fiction, written by renowned Christian and Romance author Melanie Dickerson, is a fantastical take on Sleeping Beauty.

Rose is a woodcutter’s daughter and is constantly battling her mother’s attempts at selling her to the highest bidder arranging her marriage. The only thing that has really saved her this long is that she is also the town healer’s apprentice – in line to be in a position of honour, respect and free to stay unwed. Unfortunately, after saving Dukes’ son, Lord Hamlin, from an otherwise disabling wound, she has also caught the eye of both Lord Hamlin and his brother, Lord Rupert. As a peasant seen carousing with Rupert, she quickly gains a reputation in the towns although she has done nothing untoward and protects her dignity with a steady faith.

Meanwhile, Lord Hamlin is trying to find a sorcerer of black magic, who is in pursuit of his betrothed, Princess Salomea – who is in hiding and who Hamlin has never actually met. But in the midst of his hunt for the sorcerer, he still finds himself thinking of the healer who mended his leg, despite his love for her being impossible as he is still promised to the missing Salomea.

Dickerson has created a world filled to the brim with magic, faith, and romance that combines into an absolutely charming story. As a fan of fairy tales and Fantasy, but not so much of Christian, Historical or Romance fiction, this one was a surprise and a delight as it still hit all the right notes for me and my fussy checklist of what makes a good book.

This is the first in a series, which I will undoubtedly be reserving for myself – all loosely based on the classic fairy tales we all know and love.

Title: The Healer's Apprentice
Author: Melanie Dickerson

Recommended by Dana S, East Coast Bays Library

Dana S reads a lot of manga and indie graphic novels, among other things like fantasy, general and mystery fiction as well as almost anything that has food and/or magic. She has heaps of hobbies but reading gets in the way of most of them. Dana also writes for the library blog, popculturAL, where she just rambles on and writes passionately about how everybody should read comics. Well, they should!

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