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The Healer's Apprentice

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

26 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

a charming fairy tale romance for teens - and adults too!

In 1386 in the town of Hagenheim, in what is now Germany, seventeen-year-old Rose is thankful to have found work as the apprentice of the town healer. If she can prove her worth, she will someday be the town healer, which means she would not be forced into an unwanted m...
In 1386 in the town of Hagenheim, in what is now Germany, seventeen-year-old Rose is thankful to have found work as the apprentice of the town healer. If she can prove her worth, she will someday be the town healer, which means she would not be forced into an unwanted marriage with one of the horrible suitors her mother keeps forcing on her. However she often feels sick at the sight of blood and worries she will not be able to be a good healer, and thus lose her position. Wilhelm, Lord Hamlin, is the duke's son and the future ruler of their region. He has been betrothed since childhood to a mysterious young noblewoman in hiding, whom he has never met. He must find and defeat the evil conjurer Moncore, so that his future wife may come out of hiding and they can marry. When Wilhelm is injured and the healer is away, Rose, as the apprentice, must care for his injuries. The two find themselves drawn to each other from the start, but a love between them would be forbidden. Wilhelm is a nobleman and already betrothed, and he has an obligation to his betrothed, his family, and his people. Rose knows she is far below his social class and must focus on becoming a good healer so that she can avoid marriage to the most recent, horrible suitor her mother has chosen for her, a disgusting merchant, rather than spending her days longing for a love that can never be. But despite that, neither Wilhelm or Rose can stop thinking about each other. The Healer's Apprentice is a very romantic fairy tale inspired love story with a charming Medieval setting. The love between Rose and Wilhelm was very sweet, and both were strong and likeable characters. They seemed so real as they struggled with their feelings for each other which conflicted with their responsibilities and obligations to others. I highly recommend this very sweet and romantic love story to both teen and adult readers who enjoy fairy tale retellings or sweet historical romances. Disclosure: Review copy provided by publisher.

posted by rebecca_herman on September 5, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

God, oh God

I wanted to like this book. I really did. The idea was good but poorly executed, so I am happy that I only spent $2 on it. The writing was flat and there wasn't enough detail in the story for me to be pulled in. Very little background information is provided and you rea...
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The idea was good but poorly executed, so I am happy that I only spent $2 on it. The writing was flat and there wasn't enough detail in the story for me to be pulled in. Very little background information is provided and you really never get to know anything about the town or the characters. I found myself apathetic about what happened to Rose and Lord Hamlin because I didn't know them. However, the biggest drawback in the novel is that it is heavily influenced by religion, specifically the Christian religion. I found myself wondering if this was an effort to make the novel historically accurate or if this was the author sharing her beliefs with the audience reading her book. Mostly, I found that the constant references to God were unnecessary and in some cases hindered the natural progression of the novel.

Overall, I was less then impressed. Poor writing, undeveloped characters, lack of detail and a strong and unnecessary religious overtone.

posted by hoobear on July 30, 2011

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

    IT NEVER DOWNLOADED!!!!! I AM SO ANGRY!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Boring

    Wow you think this book is actually intresting,i just think that the cober is so weird looking

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Don't waste your time

    This book might be good for girls between the ages of 8 and 14 but otherwise, don't waste your time. The plot is very insubstantial yet the author beats us over the head continuously with the main plot points. She also excessively uses foreshadowing and leading questions to the point that I had the main story line figured out by page 70. I then had to slog through another 185 of this sappy romance to find out that I was right. The melodramatic Christian ending was ridiculous. I sincerely disliked this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Depends on what you want to read...

    This book is Christian tween lit. The dialogue is terrible. There is much gratuitous discussion of Boiblical verses, when realistic demonstrations of good character would be more appropriate. Her male characters are completely unrealistic. They lack an undrstanding of strategy, social hierarchy and dominance that even boys in junior high school understand. Thiis oversight doesn't make them more Godly, it makes them the pathetic charicatures of what women think men are like. It also robs them of chances to demonstrate character and good judgement in the face of complex decisions, not that the stale and predictable plot allows for many complex decissions. Maybe the author has written better books, BUT this one I would not recommend for anyone past elementary school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Everything about this book was lazy.

    Weak character development. The villian is opaque, we're given nothing about who, what, when, how or why. Thereby dispensing with the one single character that had any chance of being interesting. And still the book manages to be absolutely predictable from the start. Non existent scene description, entirely modern language vernacular does nothing to help a reader immerse in the period. Medieval conditions, culture, gender & class roles and beliefs are so badly researched it comes off as epic ignorance, extreme laziness or just plain dishonesty. The love story is trite, character actions & depth of inarticulately conveyed emotions are left unjustified both by period, and amount of background plot privided. The final climax? Big bad villian shows up. Characters all pray a little harder than usual, gawd fixes it. The end. If that passes as acceptably compelling fiction writing for you, enjoy. If you have more than one brain cell, and prefer them to be slightly stimulated when you read a book, even just for entertainment, skip this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    not great

    i didnt like it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

    Don't buy the ebook, buy the print version

    This book is "protected" by DRM software, meaning that you don't actually own the book, nor can you convert it to format that is readable on other devices.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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