Title: The piper’s pursuit.
Author: Melanie Dickerson.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling.
Publication date: December 3rd 2019.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson.
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 her 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 sweet music he plays on his pipe seems the only gentle thing about him. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds drawn to him despite her misgivings.
Can Katerina and Steffan stop the enemy from stealing every child of Hamlin? Or will their interference create a worse fate for them all? Melanie Dickerson delivers another exciting fairy tale journey of intrigue and romance in this reimagining of the classic Pied Piper story.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, besides some kind of romance. According to GoodReads this is book 10 in a series, but it is definitely possible to read this as standalone! I have not read any of the other books, and I had no problems whatsoever, if I didn’t know it was a series I wouldn’t be able to tell!
This book was such a pleasant surprise! I was very invested and read the whole book in one day! (I didn’t have anything else I had to do haha)
In the beginning of the book there was some kind of ‘mystery’ with missing children, a beast and an untrustworthy mayor. I thought solving this was what we were going to read about during this book, but actually we know the answers already halfway through the book, and the second half was solving the problems coming from this. Which was different from what I had expected, and I liked that!
I quite enjoyed the main character, she really could fend for herself!
There were quite some predictable things, the romance for example, but in this book I didn’t mind too much since there were also enough unexpected things. And this ‘balance’ made me continue reading, ‘just one more chapter’!
The reason why I took a star is the ending. I think it was a bit too long, definitely could have been 20 pages shorter! Also one of the last chapters felt very random and unnecessary. I definitely think that could have been left out easily!
I do really like that this was a retelling of Pied Piper of Hamelin! I don’t think I’ve seen that before!
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.
Prize: 1 finished copy of The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson (USA)
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