Welcome to the blog tour for The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson, hosted the Fantastic Flying Book Club! This is a delightful retelling of a classic story, so let’s get into it!
About the Book
Title: The Piper’s Pursuit
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: December 2, 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Blurb: 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.
Review: Y’all, there was no way I wasn’t going to love this. Everyone knows that I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings, especially good ones, and this did not disappoint! Also, it turns out that this is actually part of a series of books set in the same universe – this is actually book #10! – but it looks like the books can call be read as standalone books as well. This one definitely could. There were some hints about events that happened prior, but none were needed to follow Katerina’s story.
Speaking of Katerina, let’s dive into our main character. She. Is. Awesome! I love a strong female character who isn’t about to let men dictate what she can and cannot do! She loves the people of her town so much and is willing to risk her life to help save them from her lecherous stepfather, who is the mayor of the town. She’s a tough girl, which does make it hard to fall in love, but when you have someone like Steffan waiting for you, you just can’t help yourself. Steffan was a lovely counterpart to Katerina. Definitely not perfect. He had a past that was full of all sorts of bad things – betraying his family, killing people in battle needlessly. He is fascinated by Katerina and definitely falls for her, but he is also patient, especially when he realizes what her stepfather and his men have put her through.
Speaking of the stepfather, UGH! Hennek is a terrible, terrible man, one who truly believes that he is following the will of God in all of his terrible pursuits. Enslaving children. Stealing from the town. Terrorizing the women in his household. In short, an excellent villain that you desperately want to be defeated. His end was quite satisfying.
I definitely enjoyed the writing in this book. It was simple and elegant, very fitting for the fairy tale setting. I also liked the fact that even though it was a fairy tale retelling, it was very realistic – no magic or magical items. Even the beast has a real world explanation. All in all, it was just a very charming read. Very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it. I would also recommend checking out the other books in the Hagenheim series, as I’m sure they would give the story world even more depth and beauty.
GoodReads rating: 4 stars.
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.
This tour includes a giveaway. Enter to win a copy of The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson – you can enter via this Rafflecopter link. The giveaway ends on November 28th, so get to it! Available in the US only.
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Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more reviews, quotes, creative posts and more! You can find the schedule here. Thanks again to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this tour and for allowing me to be a part of it! You guys rock!