Well, this week I read The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson. I’ve been really excited to read this book because it represents a break out of the norm for Christian YA. It is a medieval romance, not a normal time period of CBA fiction. I love history and love historical fiction and my interest is not stuck in “little house on the prairie” times. Also this book gives me a bit of hope that my own stories may perhaps find a home someday.
My lovely sister snatched this book from my stack first and read it in a single evening. So obviously it was fast paced. Finally it was my turn. Now there may have been a few silly passages where the author’s creative streak got a little bit out of hand. And my sister and I just might have shared a few giggles upon encountering them. But all in all this was a simple sweet love story set in the exiting times of chivalrous knights and evil sorcerers, kings and princesses and great dark palaces of stone. I truly enjoyed the setting and all of the fun German words and customs. I especially liked the strange medieval law that rescued one of the main characters from an untimely end. A fun research fact that translated to a great plot element. The plot may have been somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed this book and will be reading her next one as well.