The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson – Book Review

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The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson – Book Review

The Piper's Pursuit

by Melanie Dickerson

four-half-stars
Series: Hagenheim #10
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date December 3, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Setting: Holy Roman Empire Middle Ages - 400 to 1600
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

A plague of rats. Children going missing. A giant beast attacking just outside the walls of Hamlin. And one young woman determined to save her town.

Katerina’s stepfather, Hennek, is neither a good father nor a good husband, but he is the mayor of Hamlin. Could he somehow be causing the misfortunes that have befallen her beloved town? The evidence points to a beast of unusual size—a wolf, perhaps, or a large dog—killing people who venture too far from town. But does that explain the disappearance of so many children, many of whom seem to have gone missing from inside the town walls?

Steffan knows he must reconcile with his father, the Duke of Hagenheim, but he’s not sure he’s ready. In the meantime, he roams from town to town seeking adventure and reward. When he hears of a giant beast terrorizing the town of Hamlin and an equally giant reward that includes gold, money, and the mayor’s daughter in marriage, he heads to Hamlin. Steffan plans to kill the beast, rid the town of its rat infestation, and take the reward—everything except the girl in marriage. However, when he meets Katerina, he’s not so sure. Perhaps his plans need changing.

Katerina is hunting the Beast of Hamlin for herself, determined to win liberation from her conniving and controlling stepfather. When she finds one of the children who has been missing for many months, dirty and wandering around the woods, the mystery only seems to deepen. Katerina will have to team up with Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son who infuriates her—he’s the only one in town who isn’t controlled by the mayor. Danger dogs them from both man and beast. Can Katerina and Steffan stop the “Pied Piper” from stealing every last child from Hamlin? Or will their interference create an even worse fate?

Also in this series: The Orphan's Wish, The Warrior Maiden

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The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson – Book Review

The Piper's Pursuit

by Melanie Dickerson

four-half-stars
Series: Hagenheim #10
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date December 3, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Setting: Holy Roman Empire Middle Ages - 400 to 1600
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 320

Synopsis:

A plague of rats. Children going missing. A giant beast attacking just outside the walls of Hamlin. And one young woman determined to save her town.

Katerina’s stepfather, Hennek, is neither a good father nor a good husband, but he is the mayor of Hamlin. Could he somehow be causing the misfortunes that have befallen her beloved town? The evidence points to a beast of unusual size—a wolf, perhaps, or a large dog—killing people who venture too far from town. But does that explain the disappearance of so many children, many of whom seem to have gone missing from inside the town walls?

Steffan knows he must reconcile with his father, the Duke of Hagenheim, but he’s not sure he’s ready. In the meantime, he roams from town to town seeking adventure and reward. When he hears of a giant beast terrorizing the town of Hamlin and an equally giant reward that includes gold, money, and the mayor’s daughter in marriage, he heads to Hamlin. Steffan plans to kill the beast, rid the town of its rat infestation, and take the reward—everything except the girl in marriage. However, when he meets Katerina, he’s not so sure. Perhaps his plans need changing.

Katerina is hunting the Beast of Hamlin for herself, determined to win liberation from her conniving and controlling stepfather. When she finds one of the children who has been missing for many months, dirty and wandering around the woods, the mystery only seems to deepen. Katerina will have to team up with Steffan, the handsome but brash duke’s son who infuriates her—he’s the only one in town who isn’t controlled by the mayor. Danger dogs them from both man and beast. Can Katerina and Steffan stop the “Pied Piper” from stealing every last child from Hamlin? Or will their interference create an even worse fate?

Also in this series: The Orphan's Wish, The Warrior Maiden

Purchase Links

Goodreads Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository




I have been so hooked on Melanie Dickerson’s books since the first one I read! She does such a fantastic job of blending historical settings, fairy tales, and faith into a beautiful work that encourages, teaches, and entertains in The Piper’s Pursuit.

This story is, as you might have guessed, a retelling of the legend, The Pied Piper. Continuing the account of the Duke of Hagenheim’s family, Steffan now gets his story told.

Steffan has changed so much since The Warrior Maiden. Which is such a good thing – he was pretty awful. Now he thinks he needs to redeem himself, performing enough good deeds to somehow undo the bad.

Katarina was determined to free her village of the beast who terrorized it. When saddled with the arrogant, yet handsome, duke’s son to help her in this quest, she never expected things to turn out as they did! She had to learn to trust and not attempt to do everything by herself.

I love the clear manner in which the Gospel was presented. Forgiveness, redemption is not earned. We can’t undo the wrongs we have done and can’t do enough good to erase them. Forgiveness comes only through God’s son, who sacrificed His life for our salvation.

The more serious topics of addiction and abuse are broached in this tale, yet in a sensitive manner and without too much detail.

Readers who enjoy adventure and romance will want to be sure to read The Piper’s Pursuit. While part of a series, it is a fantastic story on its own.

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About Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama.

She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

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