About the Book
The Piper’s Pursuit
by Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: December 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
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.
But how would it feel to look into her eyes and know that she wished to marry him?Melanie Dickerson
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.
I am a free woman in the eyes of the Church, and I will not marry against my will. And it most certainly is not my will to marry.Melanie Dickerson
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.
She would have sworn he was thinking, You find me handsome, don’t you?Melanie Dickerson
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.
Ok, I’ve said it time and time again: I don’t want another retelling unless it’s done right or is unique. Sorry, but I just can’t fathom yet ANOTHER Beauty and the Beast retelling (I get why people love it, but I never really even loved the original). Well, boy oh boy did Melanie Dickerson give me just what I asked for! First of all, The Piper’s Pursuit is a retelling of the Pied Piper, so unique DOUBLE CHECK. Secondly, her writing, ugh, I love it!
Hadn’t he always said he didn’t like children? Now he had fifty-two of them looking to him to save them.Melanie Dickerson
So, The Piper’s Pursuit has that dark aura that comes with real fairy tales. You know right away this isn’t going to be a happy go lucky story and there are going to be some dark elements. Like a swarm of rats, we’re introduced to that horror REAL quick. And can I just say: ew. Next up we have a little problem with a beastie stealing children and eating villagers. Like I said, dark and also gruesome since we get some pretty vivid imagery of what the remains of the villagers look like after being nommed on.
People sang and danced and ate bread rolls made in the shape of rats.Melanie Dickerson
Now, for the characters. Katerina is fiesty and independent. She wants the world to know she don’t need no man to protect herself or her people, and I am LIVING for that! And then we have Steffan, the cocky pretty boy. Now, I’ve seen some reviews where people weren’t sure of how much they liked his character at first, but hey, I’m a sucker for a “bad boy” who has made the wrong decisions and is trying to make boost his image. I know, they’re the worst… Which probably says a lot about myself.
But something had shifted, something deep inside her was leaning, leaning toward Steffan. And she wasn’t sure if it felt good or . . . terrifying.Melanie Dickerson
BUT ANYWAYS, this books was so great! It always feels like such a success when I’ve found a fairy tale retelling that I actually like! It’s just, to me, a really oversaturated genre so I’m often extra picky.
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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