In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. Despite knowing that women aren't readily accepted by the Guild of Healers, Tessia is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice.
Although there are long hours of study and self-discipline, Tessia's new life also offers more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants - and, she is delighted to learn - regular trips to the great city of Imardin. However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.
"A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for lovers of good fantasy." (Jennifer Fallon)
"Canavan is a natural storyteller." (Emerald City)
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The Healer's Apprentice
The characters were flat and 2-dimensional. The story was just not that interesting. The ending left me frustrated and feeling cheated out of the time I invested in plowing through this book
One of the things that annoyed me the most is that, despite the fact that the entire book is told from the perspective of Tessia-a 14 year old girl-, the narrator is a crochety-sounding old man. It just really didn't seem like the right choice of narrator for this story. Half of the book is the story of Tessia and her companions while the other half is the story of Starra and her personal struggles with her father, new lifestyle, new country, etc. I was waiting the entire book to find out what one had to do with the other. The answer... NOTHING. The 2 characters only cross paths for about 3 seconds at the near-end of the book. What is the purpose of the Starra storyline? Maybe to set up the sequels of this book. I don't know. But I'm sure not interested enough to find out.
And it isn't until the epilogue that the author mentions that a major character who we've been following throughout the whole story was assassinated. But it's merely mentioned briefly and then the story moves on as if it is just a minor trivial detail. I was yelling "What????" Nothing like dropping a huge bomb and walking away with absolutely no explanation.
I was completely disappointed by the character development, the plot, and the narration of this story. I don't think I'll be trying any more by this author.
- Natalie Fayman