YA Book Review: The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

“Her heart still ached, thinking of what she could have had, but God would take care of her. Somehow, God would make a way for her to keep on living, to serve Him and not be completely miserable. God was with her.”
The Healer's Apprentice Cover

Series: Hagenheim (Book 1)
Fiction, Romance, Historical, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publication Date:
September 15, 2010
Number of pages:

From the Publisher:

Two Hearts. One Hope.

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.”

My Review:

The Healer’s Apprentice is loosely based off of the story of Sleeping Beauty – it would be better said that it’s inspired by Sleeping Beauty and not a re-written version.

When I read it for the first time, approximately three years ago, I was hesitant to read it because, at the time, I mostly stuck to 19th century, historical fiction (I never really went through the fairytales, princesses, and happily ever after stage growing up that most girls do).

I should have never doubted it.

This book swept me off my feet from the moment I cracked it open, ever since then I’ve been counting down every new release of Melanie Dickerson’s and have been building my collection of her fairytale re-tellings.

With The Healer’s Apprentice, Melanie takes an enchanting fairytale, makes it realistic by giving her heroes and heroines flaws and mistakes to overcome, and from that, creates a magnificent story. Before her characters get their “happily ever after” they have to face obstacles, overcome their fears, and defeat evil. Melanie paints a realistic medieval world set in 1986 Germany in the town of Hagenheim and stays historically accurate throughout the novel. The way she writes is truly intriguing and keeps you up all night with her plot twists and action packed scenes.

Even though it is a young adult book, it appeals to all ages! I know many teenagers and adults of all ages who adore these books.

Her books always have been and always will be favorites of mine!


This novel is targeted towards young adult and adult audiences. Depending on their level of maturity, the black magic scenes can get a little frightening for young teens – though, it’s good to remember during those scenes that Good will overcome the Evil.

I give this book 4/5 stars for being brilliantly researched, creative, action-packed, having an amazing storyline, and well crafted characters.

Book Trailer:

Christy Award Finalist
Carol Award Finalist
Golden Quill Finalist
National Readers Choice Award Winner for Best First Book
HOLT Medallion Award of Merit
Maggie Award Finalist

Find The Healer’s Apprentice on:



Barnes and Noble



Connect with Melanie Dickerson:

Melanie’s Website

Melanie’s Facebook Page

Melanie’s Goodreads

Other Books by Melanie Dickerson:

The Merchant’s Daughter

The Fairest Beauty

The Captive Maiden

The Princess Spy

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (Coming May 2015)


*Reviewer’s copy. All opinions are my own.*

*Photo borrowed from Melanie Dickerson’s website*


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