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The Healer's Apprentice

(Hagenheim #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  18,899 ratings  ·  2,076 reviews
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 make
Paperback, 1st Edition, 272 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Zondervan (first published September 10th 2010)
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Abby Vincere I've been reading them out of order and it's been fine.

I read the golden braid first, because I didn't realize it was part of this series and the cov…more
I've been reading them out of order and it's been fine.

I read the golden braid first, because I didn't realize it was part of this series and the cover got my attention; then I read fairiest beauty and the captive maiden after that. Basically I'm now just reading whichever ones I can find at the library.(less)
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Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who like their YA books clean and those who like Christian fiction. Suitable for 12+.
So I did not realize going in that The Healer's Apprentice was a Christian book, but after browsing through the shelves and seeing that many others had tagged it as such, I realized it would probably not be my cup of tea. I have nothing against Christian fiction, and I certainly understand why there is a market for it, considering that a lot of what is popular in YA fantasy and even most YA realistic fiction right now isn't exactly stuff that makes it easy to wear a WWJD bracelet while reading. ...more
Melanie Dickerson
Jun 30, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My book! It releases in September with Zondervan, a YA romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Check it out!!!
Erica (storybookend)
I do so love a good clean romance novel. And this book was a perfect example. It was beautiful and romantic, a perfect Christian love story. I really like books set in medievalish times, and this book was brilliantly researched and written. It was pretty predictable, I knew who Rose was nearly from the beginning, but that didn't take away the joy I had of reading Wilhelm and Rose find this out for themselves. I also liked how it was based loosley on Sleeping Beauty, and the true love's kiss..sig ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
So many inaccuracies! RTC. It will be rather ranty.
Elizabeth Dragina

Imaginative and colorful.
Melanie Kilsby

A story of persevering love; importance of honour, keeping your word and family, personal calling, along with true chivalry, makes a lasting impression on your mind and heart.

Rose is a beautiful and tender character. I related to her very much. She just wants to do what is right and have a loving family... is that too much to ask for? And Wilhem is the perfect gentleman. I had a feeling of who the evil snake was - yuck! Great plot twists and turns making it a fast read :D
I wasn't impressed. It isn't bad by any means but it's not that good.

Woah, hold up there, Hamlin. You can't go around issuing unrealistic decrees that you break no less than two pages later, that everybody breaks with no consequences at the ball, and that apparently no longer matter till it's necessary for the story again. This really annoys me. Majorly. You don't mention something that seems important and then have it no longer pertain in any way no less than two pages later. He breaks it, Rupe
Rosanna Threakall
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: absolute-faves
Yet another that has made it my absolute faves shelf.

I have never read anything like this. A christian fairy tale/historical fiction but I mean, wow.

I adored this world and found myself really excited to get back to the audiobook. It had me tearing up and beaming.

This book received a fair bit of criticism from other Goodreads members because of it's strong emphasis on Christianity and although I can see why that just isn't some people's cup if tea, it didn't bother me at all and in fact, it was
This book was just as good as the first time I read it!! If you have not already, I HIGHLY recommend reading this series or just any Melanie Dickerson books. Her books are the BEST!!!!!!!

Here is a link to a more in-depth review on my blog: https://bookslifeandchrist.wordpress....
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed every one of Melanie Dickerson's books! I would have to admit this wasn't my favourite. There just isn't as much excitement or plot as the other books in the series! Overall, it was good book just not my favorite! It had a very sweet story line I could really relate to. ...more
While I still enjoyed this for the most part, there were a few things I didn’t like about it…I felt like some of the characters like Rose could be a little careless at times and put themselves in unnecessary danger for certain situations. I was also spoiled for a major thing that happened in this book—which could definitely be a reason why I was aggravated by some of the character’s actions sometimes…Since I saw everything at a different perspective, I don’t think I can judge this book too harsh ...more
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
Disclaimer: I received this book through Goodread's FirstReads program, so I'd like to thank them and Zondervan for my copy. No compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.

"The Healer's Apprentice" by Melanie Dickerson is my first Goodread's FirstReads win --a book I've been "dying" to read ever since I saw the book cover months before its release. I am SO glad to see Zondervan coming out with teen medieval historical fiction (that's a mouthful, haha) and I thoroughly enjoye
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
first off, I had no idea what this was supposed to be a retelling of?? I THOUGHT I had figured out that it was the Princess and the Pea but then now I realize I was wrong (Plus, I didn't do such a great job remembering that fairytale). Anyway, now I know it was supposed to be Sleeping Beauty. It's been a while since I read that fairytale, so this doesn't have as many parallels as I thought. I don't know. I'm rambling. This was good. That is all. I enjoyed it.
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Possible rtc
Lisa Bergren
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars -- I enjoyed this book from Melanie Dickerson. Fun and fresh play on a classic fairy tale, though I was itching to edit some sections (it's hard for a writer to make me forget my editorial bent). I look forward to watching Melanie develop as a writer; she has a solid start here. Recommended for the 12 and up Christian YA reading crowd. ...more
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I’m so glad I’m finally starting this series and getting to dive into Hagenheim!

This book was so interesting and I really enjoyed all of the sub-plots within. It was beautifully written, and there was so much depth to a fairytale.

I LOVED Wilhelm so much! Every time he popped up in the story I got so happy.

I’m excited to read the Beauty & the Beast retelling.
4/5 stars
2018 Review
These are the most charismatic Medieval Roman Catholics you will ever meet.

Also, can we talk for a moment about Frau Geruscha's plan?
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Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. This looked like a wonderful book, a great historical romance with a bit of fantasy flare to it. It was okay, in fact the beginning of the book was pretty good, but it declined from the middle of the book on. Keep in mind I approached this as a historical fantasy, I was not aware that the publisher was a Christian fiction when characters started setting aside action to wait for God to save them and then the Duke of the re ...more
Tirzah Eleora
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok

The writing is rather ridiculous, the plot is lacking and very predictable, the historical accuracy regarding Christianity was such that even one whose knowledge of medieval times is as lacking as mine had to cringe (more on that below), and the characters are cookie cutter. There were also some serious inconsistencies going on; especially Rose and Lord Hamlin and ESPECIALLY Lord Hamlin. Both of them had plenty of double standards going on there. They're all propriety and decorum u
Mary Connealy
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Healer's Apprentice was like being transported to a world of castles and kinds, knights and curses, love and danger. I could see the castle, I could hear the voices of the hero and heroine. Melanie Dickerson created a vivid medieval world and set a beautiful love story in these charmed surroundings.

I absolutely loved it. I saw it was described as bening for Young Adults and I know this would appeal to that age but it's a wonderful love story for anyone who reads romance, at any age.

I can't
The Healer's Apprentice was a very interesting book and I quite loved it! The cover caught my eye right away; and the promise that it was a Christian retelling of Sleeping Beauty ... I just had to read it! *smiles*

This book is a historical, set in medieval Germany, I believe. It had sweet romance, action, rejection, and mystery - swept me away with its captivating quality, really!

But the villain and happenings involving demons were a little much for me. I read The Healer's Apprentice quite a few
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 wo
Mar 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book shouldn't even be tagged as "fantasy". Did I miss something? Because I really don't understand why it would be considered fantasy. It's a Christian historical romance and that's it. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. I'm not into books with a lot of religion in it and it felt a bit too religious and preachy for my taste. I hoped the Christian part wouldn't be really present but I was wrong.

However, religion aside, I didn't care about any of the characters. I listened to the audio
Sierra Faith
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot!!!! It was a great book! There was a hint of mystery to it, too! It also made me laugh out loud at some points. Didn't really like the couple of suggestive scenes and stuff.. but it had a lot of scripture and talking to God in it! Can't wait to read more by Melanie Dickerson! ...more
Title: The Healer's Apprentice
Written By: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling
Recommended Ages: 13 & up

I read this book once before and remember enjoying it. This is a Sleeping Beauty retelling. It doesn't have any magic and there are quite a few differences from the original tale, but it is a very enjoyable read and I loved all the nuances in the book.

Characters: 1/1
Rose, Wilhelm, and Rupert were all great characters as were all of the side char
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I loved the title and even the cover. I wanted to like this, even just a little. I wish I could just say this book was not for me and be done, but I can't seem to leave it at that. This book is a perfect example of all that I hate when reading or listening. I'm not sure which I disliked more…the writing or the narration. Talk about fantasy romance…that is truly my least favorite genre. I've read one other book by this author, and I had the same complaints with that one: requires a sweet tooth to ...more
Kate Willis
Apr 17, 2017 marked it as unfinished
I hesitate to write reviews of books I have not finished, because you never know if the book really does turn out to be amazing without finishing it. So please be sure to read some positive reviews as well! This is just my personal opinion of the book.

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✩ Yaz ✩
3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Can’t say that I loved The Healer’s Apprentice but there were some tender moments in it that kept me from rating this lower.

• Melanie Dickerson’s writing pulled me in quickly however as the plot progressed everything else felt underwhelming.

• I was disappointed with the weak presence of romance in it because it was very subtle.

• The characters were likable but they were not fleshed out enough.

I honestly do not know what else to talk about, there were elements in this book that I enjo
The Healer's Apprentice was a delightful retelling of Sleeping Beauty told as a sweet historical Christian romance set in Medieval Germany. Prior to Melanie Dickerson, I’ve never read a book categorized as Christian Fiction before, and it was nice experiencing the occasional and respectful references to God and scripture mingled throughout the text. The religious elements were minimal so that they supplemented rather than smothered the story; rather, the Christian element came from the main char ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of fairy tales and I really enjoyed this story that is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. It has all the elements I look for in a story, not only is there a great plot, a swoonworthy hero, and an intelligent heroine there's a great message for girls everywhere about waiting for the right guy to come along. Rose, the heroine, not only has to deal with learning that her parent's aren't who she believed them to be but also deal with a very handsome young man who isn't who he seems to ...more
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Mel ...more

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