A YA retelling of the Pied Piper... The Piper's Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson (Review) #PipPurPrism @PrismBookTours

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The Piper's Pursuit
(Hagenheim #10)
By Melanie Dickerson
Christian YA Fairy Tale Retelling, Historical
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson


A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.

A plague of rats. A giant beast outside the village walls. A host of missing children. And one young woman determined to save her people.

In 1424 Hamlin, Katerina faces threats from all sides. An outbreak of rats has overtaken the village, a mysterious beast is on a killing rampage of the village’s children, and Katerina’s evil stepfather is a dark presence inside the walls of her own home. Katerina is determined to hunt and kill the Beast of Hamlin herself before more lives are lost.

When Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son, comes to town seeking glory and reward, Katerina decides he might be the ally she’s been looking for—even though the only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings.

Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village.

Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit

The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series

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My Review

THE PIPER'S PURSUIT is a twist on the Pied Piper and the Prodigal Son with a strong heroine in the middle and a town to save. The characters are likable, the story entertaining, and the romance is sweet with an inspirational aspect as these characters seek to forgive others, themselves, and trust in God. Recommended to Christian historical romance fans.

I really liked these characters! Katerina is a strong, independent woman regardless of her past or situation. She's also caring and sweet, even though she tries to hide that part of her from Steffan. Steffan acts tough, but he's still trying to find redemption for the choices he made in the past. He is brave and selfless, even though he doesn't think he is. These two find themselves in a bit of mystery as to why children are disappearing and trying to figure out the corrupt mayor's involvement while keeping each other safe. The story moves at a good clip, with a good balance of humor, action, moments of faith, and romance.

There were a few things that I wanted developed more. I felt like there could have been a little more backstory to the village's plight. It seemed a bit easy in parts, particularly regarding "the beast" if others had tried to fix that problem. Some things were overly repeated and a little trite when I wanted more depth. Still an enjoyable story though.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is a fairly quick read. There are some difficult things these characters face as they confront corruption and greed, and as they learn to lean on each other, family and God to bring them out of danger. Fans of the author and of historical Christian YA should enjoy this one.

Content: There is some emotional and physical abuse referenced that may be a trigger for some, and there is also violence.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Prism Book Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author who combines her love for history, adventure, and romance. Her books have won a Christy Award, two Maggie Awards, The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Christian Retailing’s Best Award, the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Golden Quill, and the Carol Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children and adults in the U.S., Germany, and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing stories of love and adventure near Huntsville, Alabama.

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