The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim, #10)
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. Melanie Dickerson delivers another exciting fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance in this reimagining of the classic Pied Piper story.

The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim, #10) Details

TitleThe Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim, #10)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785228141
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Retellings, Christian, Fiction, Fairy Tales

The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim, #10) Review

  • Nicki Chapelway
    January 1, 1970
    Well this is a darker Melanie Dickerson book. I will admit that considering the fact that I've only read about half the books in this series that trying to keep up with all of the characters who have starred in this series does get a tad difficult. I wish there was some sort of family tree that I could have looked at for easy reference. But fortunately the last Dickerson book I read was The Warrior Maiden so I did have a somewhat foggy recollection of Steffan. I actually ended up loving this Well this is a darker Melanie Dickerson book. I will admit that considering the fact that I've only read about half the books in this series that trying to keep up with all of the characters who have starred in this series does get a tad difficult. I wish there was some sort of family tree that I could have looked at for easy reference. But fortunately the last Dickerson book I read was The Warrior Maiden so I did have a somewhat foggy recollection of Steffan. I actually ended up loving this dude, I found his efforts to always set people at ease with humor admirable. Katerina was a little hard to like at first, but she grew on me too.The stakes are high with this one. With a beast... or two? And is the beast on four legs... or two? The descriptions are chilling and the mystery compelling. I hate the villain with a passion. This is definitely one of my favorite, if not my favorite Dickerson book I've read to date.I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    I love you, Steffan! You are so special! If you were real I’d give you a big hug! This story was great for a lot of reasons. One was definitely because I was so looking forward to Steffan’s story and I was not disappointed. Another reason I’d because this story has inspired me with my hard spots in my story. There is a lot of good things to say about this book and only a few negative ones. I’ll begin with the negative. Sorry of that’s a terrible way to start a review. I was met with one of the I love you, Steffan! You are so special! If you were real I’d give you a big hug! This story was great for a lot of reasons. One was definitely because I was so looking forward to Steffan’s story and I was not disappointed. Another reason I’d because this story has inspired me with my hard spots in my story. There is a lot of good things to say about this book and only a few negative ones. I’ll begin with the negative. Sorry of that’s a terrible way to start a review.😬 I was met with one of the same elements I did not particularly like in the last book. I know that it’s not a huge deal since it is not a sinfully wrong thing but I think that this world needs a break from the whole feminist thing. Katerina got a lot of the credit in this story when I think that Steffan did quite a bit himself. There was an element in the story where men didn’t appreciate woman so much and I think that is not right, but it is a frequent element nowadays, not even in just historical books. I was a bit weary of this and I hope that Melanie doesn’t use this element in every one of her stories. It is important but it is very frequent. I do like strong female characters because they are just being who they are, but I think this problem is taking away from what everyone else is missy out in. The BOYS. I agree that girls need more rights but they were not given the highest place in God’s law. 1 TIMOTHY 2:11-15Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.This bible verse proves that even though Woman do need to be treated with more respect-EPHESIANS 5:25Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, -They are also NOT given authority over the men. They don’t have to be sissies but they will not lead over the men. Melanie Dickerson has done nothing wrong with her story but I think that this point is not being illustrated in her earlier stories as I think they should be. I know this is a long review, but hang in there. Remember, this is only my opinion of things. I don’t wish to start a battle of wits. *holds hands up and backs away*Another thing I found a little uncomfortable was how much more darker this one was compared to her other stories. I think that dark elements are important to have in a Christian story especially since evil takes over mind and stories like these point out that evil is evil, not good. It just disturbed me a little because she has not used this particular element very much in her other wonderful stories. Now the GOOD STUFF! YAY!I really loved watching Steffan change his ways and reunite with his parents! That almost made me cry! It was I believe, one of the most touching things Melanie has ever put into her stories. I also loved watching Katerina change from stubborn and frightened to soft and loving. That was so nice! *sighs happily*I loved the children! They were sweeties! And how Steffan fell in love with them. Oh, he’s a sweetheart! Ahem! Sorry, this was supposed to be a review and here I am obsessing over a really sweet guy. My apologies.Well, there are so many other wonderful things I could say about this story but my review was a bit long winded this time. I hope whoever reads this will not judge me too harshly for it being mostly about how I want to see more guy appreciation. It was just strongly on my heart as I wrote this and as I read the story. God bless!
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed these fairy tale retellings that Melanie Dickerson puts a new twist upon for adult readers. This one based on the Pied Piper of Hamlin along with a connection to the story of the Prodigal Son was my favorite so far. Katerina is a strong young woman who cares deeply for her town and its people. She has a wicked stepfather who has educated her and trained her in the use of sword and longbow just to show her off in public; but behind closed doors, he berates and threatens her. I have enjoyed these fairy tale retellings that Melanie Dickerson puts a new twist upon for adult readers. This one based on the Pied Piper of Hamlin along with a connection to the story of the Prodigal Son was my favorite so far. Katerina is a strong young woman who cares deeply for her town and its people. She has a wicked stepfather who has educated her and trained her in the use of sword and longbow just to show her off in public; but behind closed doors, he berates and threatens her. Children are missing and a large beast has killed several people and the town is overrun by rats. Steffan is the youngest son of the Duke Of Hagenheim, but he has spent the past years running wild. Now he's heading home, but his attitude and guilt over the things he has done still haunt him. This story was filled with the normal fairy tale characters both good and evil; and generally, is the typical fairy tale that shows good winning over evil. But Dickerson added descriptive scenes with fleshed-out characters along with a well written Christian theme that made this book a very enjoyable read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    "The Piper's Pursuit" by Melanie Dickerson is the tenth book in Ms. Dickerson’s “Hagenheim” series. This is a series of fairy-tale retellings set in a non-magical medieval world. This story is a loose retelling of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” There are so many things to love about Ms. Dickerson’s books. I love that this quest-like story involves a mystery as well. Who is the mysterious beast and why are children disappearing from Hamlin? Our main characters, Katerina and Steffan, work together "The Piper's Pursuit" by Melanie Dickerson is the tenth book in Ms. Dickerson’s “Hagenheim” series. This is a series of fairy-tale retellings set in a non-magical medieval world. This story is a loose retelling of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” There are so many things to love about Ms. Dickerson’s books. I love that this quest-like story involves a mystery as well. Who is the mysterious beast and why are children disappearing from Hamlin? Our main characters, Katerina and Steffan, work together to fight evil and figure out the mystery. I love both characters and their personalities and I think they have a great chemistry. Each grows personally throughout the story. Ms. Dickerson gives these characters some great dialogue and quips that had me smiling as I read. As in a lot of Dickerson’s novels, the characters pray when in danger. They learn about finding their worth in Christ and not by the things they do. There are some heavier subjects in this novel than in some of the past books of the series. Katerina has a stepfather who is abusive to herself and her mother. Dickerson deals with this topic with great care and sensitivity.I love this story and can’t wait for the next book!Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating due to the topic of abuse. Some examples of the content are: gruesome descriptions of victims of the beast; there is a controlling and emotionally and physically abusive husband and father; allusions to alcoholism in a character’s past; child slavery; a man suggests having his way with a girl.Rating: I give this book 5 stars.I want to thank Melanie Dickerson and Thomas Nelson for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed seeing Steffan's path to redemption and getting to know Katerina- these characters really came to life as they worked together to solve the mystery of the beast and the disappearing townspeople and children. Katerina is complex, with major trust issues and a defensive exterior, while inside she is full of compassion for those being abused and willing to fight for them. We see Steffan's rebellious nature in The Warrior Maiden, but in this book we begin to understand where his I really enjoyed seeing Steffan's path to redemption and getting to know Katerina- these characters really came to life as they worked together to solve the mystery of the beast and the disappearing townspeople and children. Katerina is complex, with major trust issues and a defensive exterior, while inside she is full of compassion for those being abused and willing to fight for them. We see Steffan's rebellious nature in The Warrior Maiden, but in this book we begin to understand where his head was and why he made the choices he did. I liked him much better as he seeks to become a better man and realizes the folly of his past. There is plenty of suspense and action, and the romantic tension slowly grows as Steffan proves himself worthy of Katerina's trust. I wish I could have envisioned the setting better, and would have loved more description of the town especially. Overall, an exciting and satisfying escape into this creative retelling of The Pied Piper.(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    A new favorite adventure from the exciting Hagenheim series! A sequel to the previous book, The Warrior Maiden, but with a bit of recap, it can be read as a stand alone. A wounded, repentant warrior, Steffan is finally on his way home from a war he regrets fighting. His determination to redeem himself lands him right in the middle of another battle, but this one is worth the risk. Katerina is a brave, determined warrior type also, tirelessly working to rid the town of dangers that threaten the A new favorite adventure from the exciting Hagenheim series! A sequel to the previous book, The Warrior Maiden, but with a bit of recap, it can be read as a stand alone. A wounded, repentant warrior, Steffan is finally on his way home from a war he regrets fighting. His determination to redeem himself lands him right in the middle of another battle, but this one is worth the risk. Katerina is a brave, determined warrior type also, tirelessly working to rid the town of dangers that threaten the people. She and Steffan have some fun banter after the sparks fly, and she learns to trust him. Her faith becomes stronger as the intensity of the peril increases, and her character grows in depth. I liked seeing her rough edges get sanded off as the story progressed.Loved how the gospel message is threaded in while Steffan realizes his need for forgiveness and mercy from his parents and God. Their reconciliation is a particularly touching part of the story. He and 'Kat' go through some serious trouble to fight the evil preying on the town, particularly on the children. They are a great pair. Plenty of action and adventure keeps the story moving at a brisk pace. This would make a terrific movie! Some mature subject matter makes this a better read for older teens. Overall an excellent read! Recommend! (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounding upI really love the cover for this book. I think it's so pretty. This story has excellent character growth, for Steffan especially. He holds much guilt and remorse over past decisions and actions and is anxious to prove himself better. His road to redemption is a satisfying one. I love how hard he worked to be someone Katerina could trust and depend on.Steffan and Katerina have quite the adventure, trying to solve the mystery of the missing children. There is danger 3.5 stars, rounding upI really love the cover for this book. I think it's so pretty. This story has excellent character growth, for Steffan especially. He holds much guilt and remorse over past decisions and actions and is anxious to prove himself better. His road to redemption is a satisfying one. I love how hard he worked to be someone Katerina could trust and depend on.Steffan and Katerina have quite the adventure, trying to solve the mystery of the missing children. There is danger everywhere and working together proved to be better than working alone. The author did an excellent job at creating a villain of Hennek. My skin crawled right along with Katerina's every time he appeared. I love the way Katerina stood tall and didn't cower to his vile words and actions.I enjoyed the story but mostly the character growth. The romance is gentle and very slow building- definitely not the prominent part of the story. This one got a little long winded with the whole "confession" and I will admit to skimming over that part but overall there was much to enjoy here.Content: mention of abuse, bullying. Some violence, fighting. Kissing. Christian elements.- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Le'Kiss
    January 1, 1970
    "The Piper's Pursuit" by Melanie Dickerson is an amazing book! It's full of suspense and danger and romance! Steffan and Kat are perfect for each other. I loved EVERYTHING about this book! From the first to last sentence I was captivated. I had high expectations for this book and boy were those expectations met! The Piper's Pursuit teaches that not everyone is worthy of your trust, but those that are, will show it. I love Mrs. Dickerson's romances because they teach you so much! I could rant "The Piper's Pursuit" by Melanie Dickerson is an amazing book! It's full of suspense and danger and romance! Steffan and Kat are perfect for each other. I loved EVERYTHING about this book! From the first to last sentence I was captivated. I had high expectations for this book and boy were those expectations met! The Piper's Pursuit teaches that not everyone is worthy of your trust, but those that are, will show it. I love Mrs. Dickerson's romances because they teach you so much! I could rant about this book all day so I'm just going to stop here. I love this book and highly recommend it! https://photos.app.goo.gl/zCzZLKpuTuz...This song made me think of Steffan and Kat: https://youtu.be/HKzXBnKiKj4
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    The Piper’s Pursuit ( Hagenheim #10 )By: Melanie DickersonThe Piper’s Pursuit is book ten in Hagenheim series. Another wonderful fairy Tale that adults will love. I really enjoyed The story and the characters, both were well written. I really enjoyed Kat and Steffan . Both have pass that they are not proud of. This story is full of adventure, romance, abduction, and child labor. There were times when i was holding my breath, and other times i had tears in my eyes and I could not read fast The Piper’s Pursuit ( Hagenheim #10 )By: Melanie DickersonThe Piper’s Pursuit is book ten in Hagenheim series. Another wonderful fairy Tale that adults will love. I really enjoyed The story and the characters, both were well written. I really enjoyed Kat and Steffan . Both have pass that they are not proud of. This story is full of adventure, romance, abduction, and child labor. There were times when i was holding my breath, and other times i had tears in my eyes and I could not read fast enough. I was not disappointed.I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Thomas Nelson Publishing . All opinions are my own.
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  • Mackenzie
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED? That was AMAZING! The characters were so lovable and the plot-oh the plot! Wow. I literally read it in only a couple hours without a single break. It just came in the mail today...Oops. I have no regrets reading it so fast, except that it’s over :-)
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    my review plus teen guest review featured on FaithfullyBookish.comThis fairy-tale retelling from Melanie Dickerson is rooted in biblical truths and appeals to all ages. As a mama, I'm especially thankful for the themes of forgiveness, self-worth, and compassion.Despite her adverse circumstances, Kat makes no secret of her disdain for bullies and refuses to cower in the presence of brutes and beasts while wisely conserving her words and actions for opportune moments. She might be young but she's my review plus teen guest review featured on FaithfullyBookish.comThis fairy-tale retelling from Melanie Dickerson is rooted in biblical truths and appeals to all ages. As a mama, I'm especially thankful for the themes of forgiveness, self-worth, and compassion.Despite her adverse circumstances, Kat makes no secret of her disdain for bullies and refuses to cower in the presence of brutes and beasts while wisely conserving her words and actions for opportune moments. She might be young but she's well on her way to becoming a fierce mama bear! Steffan is a heartbroken prodigal, determined to be worthy of his family's forgiveness through a great act of courage and bravery. He's battling former demons, carrying a burden of guilt, and adamantly sticking to the straight and narrow.My 14 yo daughter and I highly recommend this book to fans of YA fiction, fairy-tale retellings, and young-at-heart fans of historical fiction!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    I’m tardy to the party when it comes to Melanie Dickerson’s work.When I requested to review this one, it was a spur of the moment decision based off of the fact that out of the hundreds of fairytale retellings I’ve seen out there, I hadn’t come across a Pied Piper Of Hamlin inspired one until now.After I received my approval, I was shocked to find that Melanie has an extensive collection of Historical Fantasy novels, all of which feature strong female leads, and many of them also featuring I’m tardy to the party when it comes to Melanie Dickerson’s work.When I requested to review this one, it was a spur of the moment decision based off of the fact that out of the hundreds of fairytale retellings I’ve seen out there, I hadn’t come across a Pied Piper Of Hamlin inspired one until now.After I received my approval, I was shocked to find that Melanie has an extensive collection of Historical Fantasy novels, all of which feature strong female leads, and many of them also featuring familiar characters. In fact, this book is #10 in The Hagenheim Series. #9 is The Warrior Maiden. It’s MULAN, guys. I bought it. 🤭So, 1424, Hamlin, Germany.The town of Hamlin is living in terror. There are beasts attacking people in the woods, children keep disappearing, and the streets are being overrun with a plague of rats. Good thing they have their wonderful Mayor Henneck. He’s devised a plan to keep them safe. He’s announced a reward. Anyone that can kill the beast will not only receive gold and riches, but also his daughter’s hand in marriage. The townspeople are anxiously hiding away, hopeful the Mayor’s plea will work.There’s one young woman who’s on a mission to take matters into her own hands to save her town. Armed with her crossbow, she sets out every day on the hunt for the beast. She’s fearless, determined, beautiful, strong... and also happens to be the Mayor’s daughter, Katerina. STEPdaughter, that is. And she wants nothing to do with her Stepfather OR the terms of his reward.In a distant village, a traveler has gotten word of this reward. He could really use the money... a wife, not so much. What he REALLY wants is to do something to redeem himself so he can go back home without shame. This man isn’t just ANY traveler. He is Steffan of Haggenheim. The Son of Duke Wilhelm Of Haggenheim. And he’s been on a path of rebellion and done things that he fears he can never atone for. This plan to kill the beast and gain some glory and a good name should be simple.That is, until Katerina and Steffan meet. Things do not go smoothly between the two. She makes it clear she wants nothing to do with him. She finds him annoying, entitled, (obviously he only wants one thing). She is independent. And marriage is out of the question. Steffan, bless his heart. He just can’t help but to take her standoffish behavior and counter it with sarcasm and teasing. This creates a fun dynamic between the two. They eventually are left with no choice but to work together to hunt the beast and solve the mystery.Told from the alternating perspectives of Katerina and Steffan, I loved how as the story progressed, the characters just gained so much more depth as their backstory is revealed. A man who is desperately seeking redemption And a woman who has built a wall so high around her she doesn’t even know if there’s a hammer strong enough to bring it down. Or if she even WANTS to. This is a beautiful story of two broken people.Everyone always wants to focus on the end of these stories, but I actually more appreciated the attention and insight given to the thoughts and insecurities going on in both the male and the female perspectives. I thought it was done in a way that showed a vulnerability that, while not shown much these days, is very real.It’s also a great adventure as well, don’t get all hung up on the emotional part! That’s the reason I DID enjoy this more than I expected. I have an aversion to romance novels. But this one had a perfect balance of heart/fun stuff and I was able to lose myself in the story quite easily. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'You aren't worthy because of what you've done, son. Because no one can ever do enough to be truly worthy. You're worthy because God gave His Son to make us worthy.'I recall vividly my mama reading bible stories and fairy tales to my little brother and me as we were growing up. I have never stopped loving fairy tales. And Melanie Dickerson has a way of taking an old fairy tale, breathing new life into it and turning it into a wonderfully fresh and new fairy tale which honors God! I love her 'You aren't worthy because of what you've done, son. Because no one can ever do enough to be truly worthy. You're worthy because God gave His Son to make us worthy.'I recall vividly my mama reading bible stories and fairy tales to my little brother and me as we were growing up. I have never stopped loving fairy tales. And Melanie Dickerson has a way of taking an old fairy tale, breathing new life into it and turning it into a wonderfully fresh and new fairy tale which honors God! I love her work. I have always loved the Pied Piper of Hamlin story and she does wonders with this one! I was captivated from the very beginning and read it in one day. Highly recommended.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Michaela
    January 1, 1970
    I am so frustrated. How do I rate this book?? I have thoughts. Oh, do I have thoughts on this book! Some of them are good, so let's start there.First, I really, really, really liked Steffan. He was charming and funny and sweet, and his arc after the previous book was satisfying. I like him so much more than his perfect, boring, one-dimensional brother, Wolfgang (male lead in The Warrior Maiden). And I loved the dynamic of the relationship between Steffan and Katerina (We are NOT calling her I am so frustrated. How do I rate this book?? I have thoughts. Oh, do I have thoughts on this book! Some of them are good, so let's start there.First, I really, really, really liked Steffan. He was charming and funny and sweet, and his arc after the previous book was satisfying. I like him so much more than his perfect, boring, one-dimensional brother, Wolfgang (male lead in The Warrior Maiden). And I loved the dynamic of the relationship between Steffan and Katerina (We are NOT calling her "Kat"!). They were both well-drawn characters, and I liked them both a lot.Second, this story and the way it was written (at least for the first twenty-six chapters) really felt like an old Melanie Dickerson. After The Orphan's Wish and The Warrior Maiden, this fairy tale retelling felt really inspired and called me back to The Healer's Apprentice. I was fascinated by the Author's Note in the back of this one. It was a good story, and I enjoyed it for the most part. (Though I will say the book could have benefited from a better editor--I noticed a few errors here and there, but nothing majorly distracting.)I've seen a few people say this one is darker for Melanie Dickerson, but...I have to disagree. Honestly, it feels similar in tone to The Healer's Apprentice or The Fairest Beauty. I almost think those two went a bit darker. The Piper's Pursuit was violent, but certainly not in a gory way. And, honestly, I don't think there was quite the same level of evil as the demonic visions of THA and the wicked duchess in TFB. So...not too dark, really? At least, not in my opinion. Alright, now for the negatives. I am not ashamed of being super opinionated, but that's all the following is--my opinion.But before we get into the story itself, can we just take a moment to sigh over that cover. And by 'sigh' I mean more like groan inwardly in utter confusion and disappointment. I thought the cover of The Captive Maiden was off--Hello, 18th-century-style dress on the cover of a 15th-century story!--but this one, this cover dress, takes the cake! Now, I'm no expert, but *coughs* really? Was vivid violet an achievable shade of dye at the time? Why is there lace peeking out of the sleeves? What century are those shiny, knee-high black boots supposed to be from? I don't know. But one thing I do know for sure: those glaring metal grommets on that...bodice? reverse corset?...on...whatever that is would NOT have been a thing. Definitely not. *smh*I know it's the cover art for a fictional story, but...research is not a hard thing to do, you know. Especially with the Internet being a thing that exists.*deep breath* Sorry. I just had to get that out of my system. Okay, moving on.So, despite "Kat" (which, thankfully, wasn't used consistently), I was prepared to enjoy this book. And I truly did enjoy it. A lot, actually. Until about Chapter Twenty-Seven. That's where it took a turn, and I saw immediately where it was going. I thought to myself, "Ohmygoodness, it's Aladdin 2019 all over again." So, yes, I saw that twist on pg. 271 coming from a mile away, but I hoped with all my heart that it wouldn't dare go there. And then it did.It did go there.And all my feelings of intrigue and enjoyment of this book went out the window.It was THIS close to being a 4-star read. THIS close. But, alas! It went there.(view spoiler)[Katerina overheard that the Duke would make Steffan the new mayor because surprise! surprise! the sinister mayor turned out to be the villain. So Katerina is a tiny bit jealous because she loves her people so much and knows them and the town better than anyone, so surely she has the best claim to the title of mayor. Plus, she's just as strong, just as educated, just as much of a leader as any man. But luckily for her, Steffan is not keen on the job of a mayor. So the Duke takes another look around. His big announcement was not surprising in the least. Up until the moment I read her name, I was begging the Duke not to say it! (hide spoiler)] Yeah, this book had political undertones in the beginning, but nothing too crazy. By the end, though, they were amped up and I was not having it. I felt a bit betrayed because I'd been enjoying it so much! (view spoiler)[Hans was to Katerina what this book was to me. (hide spoiler)] Why did it have to do this to me!? *sobs dramatically*If it isn't clear to you that I was disappointed in this book, let me tell you: I was. But, for what it's worth, the first twenty-six chapters were highly enjoyable. So, while I can't give it four stars as I'd initially wanted to, I won't let the ending destroy my opinion too much. I have been a loyal Dickerson reader for five years now, so I can never hate on her books too much. This one just drove me sort of crazy that's all. So a generous 3 stars it is!*crosses fingers, hoping The Peasant's Dream won't turn on me*
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    There is a reason Melanie Dickerson is one of my most favorite authors, it's because she writes stories I can NOT put down. As evidenced by the fact I read this one in less than 12 hours, this story is another winner from Melanie! From romance, humor, mystery and many suspenseful moments, this story has them all in spades. It was a treat to finally get Steffan's story and to see him finally "grow up." Katerina is a perfect match for him in every way. The mystery of the missing children and the There is a reason Melanie Dickerson is one of my most favorite authors, it's because she writes stories I can NOT put down. As evidenced by the fact I read this one in less than 12 hours, this story is another winner from Melanie! From romance, humor, mystery and many suspenseful moments, this story has them all in spades. It was a treat to finally get Steffan's story and to see him finally "grow up." Katerina is a perfect match for him in every way. The mystery of the missing children and the "beast" had me devouring this book to find out what was going to happen. The ending was perfect with even a twist or two that surprised me. If you like Fairy Tale stories, or great stories in general, check this one out. I highly recommend it!I read an early ARC copy of this provided by the author. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • KarenJo Custodio
    January 1, 1970
    The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson is charming, humorous, and a wonderful fairtytale retelling that takes readers on a thrilling and fun adventure filled with action, mystery, danger, suspense, romance, redemption, and love.Having no knowledge of The Pied Piper fairytale, I have to say… I still really enjoyed this story and could not stop reading. Even though there are a few things that I didn’t like, Dickerson managed to capture my heart with her storytelling that I’m quite excited to The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson is charming, humorous, and a wonderful fairtytale retelling that takes readers on a thrilling and fun adventure filled with action, mystery, danger, suspense, romance, redemption, and love.Having no knowledge of The Pied Piper fairytale, I have to say… I still really enjoyed this story and could not stop reading. Even though there are a few things that I didn’t like, Dickerson managed to capture my heart with her storytelling that I’m quite excited to read the other books in this series.I like the overall storyline and I think the plot is well-developed with enough intrigue, plenty of thrills, and many lighthearted moments that will keep readers engrossed until the very end. The alternating POVs between Katerina and Steffan are interesting and seeing them both become more open with each other was enjoyable for me. I think they’re both complex, loveable, and great leaders. I like their chemistry, bantering, friendship and romance. Some parts are kind of cheesy, but I think it’s still quite adorable and sweet. There’s definitely a little swoon here and there. The side characters are pretty great too and while I did not like Hennek at all, I think he played his role as a villain really well. There’s a few parts that are a bit predictable, but Dickerson was able to sneak in some unexpected twists which was fun. The story definitely concludes with a lovely happily ever after that had me smiling and just feeling… well happy.All in all, The Piper’s Pursuit is a fantastic tale full of adventure and so much heart. It’s interesting, surprising, and delightful in its own ways that I finished reading it in less than 8 hours. I enjoyed the entertaining plot, the fascinating characters, the journey to redemption and forgiveness, the thrilling scenes, the lighthearted moments, and the slow-burn romance. But more than anything, I love that Dickerson has created a story that is not only fun and charming, but also incredibly meaningful and truly inspiring. I’m definitely adding Dickerson’s other books on my TBR and I think you should too. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review and for participating in a Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. All thoughts and opinions are my own.You can also read my review on my blog - Sincerely Karen Jo
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, just finished reading this! The book did not grab my attention from the start like Dickerson books are known to do, I didn't like Katerina or Steffan at first. However, when I realized what they would go through together and that they would go from total dislike of each other to something incredible, my attention was captured at that point! Oh my goodness, Dickerson KNOWS how to write a villain and gosh did I hate him.It took me more than half the story to realize that Steffan was the Wow, just finished reading this! The book did not grab my attention from the start like Dickerson books are known to do, I didn't like Katerina or Steffan at first. However, when I realized what they would go through together and that they would go from total dislike of each other to something incredible, my attention was captured at that point! Oh my goodness, Dickerson KNOWS how to write a villain and gosh did I hate him.It took me more than half the story to realize that Steffan was the brother I detested in Mulan's story, I really wanted him to die in that book. However, in Piper's Pursuit, he's a different person entirely. It is NOT necessary to read the previous book to follow this one, but it definitely makes you appreciate Steffan a whole lot more. He goes from being such an angry, hateful person to a humble and heroic one in this story. I really felt like Dickerson OUTDID herself in the storytelling for Piper's Pursuit!There were also TWO incredible scenes in this story that made me weep in a good way, one I related to and one I just adored how it turned out with the kids. Despite this fairy tale retelling being darker than what I'm accustomed to, it had SUCH touching moments and cheering moments that it felt well balanced. This is definitely another Dickerson book that should not be missed, I always feel richer emotionally after such great storytelling!I received a free book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review, the thoughts and comments are my own.
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  • Susan F
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series which takes old children's stories and combines them with a Duke's family for an original take. This book takes the Pied Piper of Hamlin story and pulls the Duke's wild and rebellious son to the town and it's persecuted daughter, Katerina. Steffan is dissatisfied with his chosen lifestyle and is seeking a fortune when he meets the daughter of the mayor of Hamlin. Author Melanie Dickerson take readers on another adventure with a magnetic plot and characters that flesh out the I love this series which takes old children's stories and combines them with a Duke's family for an original take. This book takes the Pied Piper of Hamlin story and pulls the Duke's wild and rebellious son to the town and it's persecuted daughter, Katerina. Steffan is dissatisfied with his chosen lifestyle and is seeking a fortune when he meets the daughter of the mayor of Hamlin. Author Melanie Dickerson take readers on another adventure with a magnetic plot and characters that flesh out the old Pied Piper story. This is an excellent read. Katrina is another strong female in the series, ready to fight for her beloved townspeople, especially the children. The story opening drew me in and the characters kept me interested. This is a story of forgiveness, love and redemption. There is a tasteful telling of domestic and child abuse. (A portion of the book may be considered violent by some readers. ) I recommend this book to those who enjoy classic tales with a clean romantic twist. It's a good story. This is a stand-alone book. If you are a Nadine Brandes fan, I think you will like Melanie Dickerson's books.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my advanced copy of this book. This is my own unsolicited opinion.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Readers of Melanie Dickerson’s The Warrior Maiden have already met Steffan (and most likely formed some sort of an impression of him). Yet, in The Piper’s Pursuit, we get a more complete picture of this young man.Steffan is challenged by Katerina—a strong young woman he quickly comes to respect and admire and someone who makes him wish he were worthy of her affection. Kat is brave and courageous who at first seems standoffish but beneath that tough exterior lays a compassionate heart for the Readers of Melanie Dickerson’s The Warrior Maiden have already met Steffan (and most likely formed some sort of an impression of him). Yet, in The Piper’s Pursuit, we get a more complete picture of this young man.Steffan is challenged by Katerina—a strong young woman he quickly comes to respect and admire and someone who makes him wish he were worthy of her affection. Kat is brave and courageous who at first seems standoffish but beneath that tough exterior lays a compassionate heart for the people of Hamelin.While this is a retelling of The Pied Piper, the whole rate storyline doesn’t fit well. There’s plenty going on—the missing children, Kat’s stepfather, and the growing romance between Kat and Steffan—without the someone misplaced plotline.That aside, Dickerson weaves a story of redemption, learning to give yourself forgiveness and grace for past mistakes, and good conquering evil that is an entertaining addition to the entire Hagenheim series (and readers of the entire series will enjoy the connections to the other stories throughout The Piper’s Pursuit).Disclosure statement:I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
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  • Serethiel ☽ ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Such a dreamy cover! <333
  • Merie Shen
    January 1, 1970
    .... Interesting. To say the least.Steffan of course was the highlight of this book. I very well think this book has gotten me out of my stressed reading slump-- somehow I always manage to get through Melanie Dickerson's books quickly!Kat was pretty cool. I love how her character and personality differs from Dickerson's other heroines by so much! Not my favorite heroine in this series, but I liked her!Hennek didn't really scare me that much. More like... he was just weird. I don't know how to .... Interesting. To say the least.Steffan of course was the highlight of this book. I very well think this book has gotten me out of my stressed reading slump-- somehow I always manage to get through Melanie Dickerson's books quickly!Kat was pretty cool. I love how her character and personality differs from Dickerson's other heroines by so much! Not my favorite heroine in this series, but I liked her!Hennek didn't really scare me that much. More like... he was just weird. I don't know how to describe it.Steffan-- HAHA. He's the best of Duke Wilhelm's sons! :DDDThough I adored the characters, I really wasn't that hooked by the plot. It was just... the romance seemed to progress too fast. I did enjoy the banter between Steffan and Kat, though. The plot just kind of felt all over the place. All in all, pretty good book 🙂 My biggest issue is that it lacked in so many details. Often when a particular scene was described, it lacked a lot of details about their surroundings. On the other hand, there were plenty of details about their romance. Heheh.*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions and views expressed are my own.*
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    When Steffen traves to Hamlin and learns of the beast terrorizing the people, he knows that he must stop it. Unfortionaly, to do that, he must work with Kat, the daughter of the mayor. They start hunting the beast and learn more than they could ever imagine, resulting in their lives being in danger.Oh boy, so much of this book was phenomenal and I'm not quite sure where to start.The plot was so intriguing that I could not put this book down, choosing to read it in one sitting instead. Everything When Steffen traves to Hamlin and learns of the beast terrorizing the people, he knows that he must stop it. Unfortionaly, to do that, he must work with Kat, the daughter of the mayor. They start hunting the beast and learn more than they could ever imagine, resulting in their lives being in danger.Oh boy, so much of this book was phenomenal and I'm not quite sure where to start.The plot was so intriguing that I could not put this book down, choosing to read it in one sitting instead. Everything about the plot and characters seemed more real than the previous books in the series. The characters struggled with forgiveness, their pasts, and what God has to say about that.However, the writing seemed a lot more similar to Dina L. Sleiman's fairy-tale retellings as opposed to Melanie's typical book.Overall, this was the best Dickerson book that I've read yet and I'd recommend it to anyone who appreciates a clean fairy-tale.Rating: 5 StarsContent: 5 Stars*I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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  • Sheila Goicea
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book via the publisher, Thomas Nelson and The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Abduction, Death, Child LaborThe beast that haunts the town of Hamlin has been blamed for the deaths and disappearances of many. Rats arrived around the same time the beast did, and swarm the streets, I received a copy of this book via the publisher, Thomas Nelson and The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Abduction, Death, Child LaborThe beast that haunts the town of Hamlin has been blamed for the deaths and disappearances of many. Rats arrived around the same time the beast did, and swarm the streets, harassing the citizens. Katerina, the main protagonist, tracks the beast daily, in an attempt to kill it and free the people of Hamlin. One day on one of her patrols, she comes upon one of the girls that has been missing, and brings her home. Not long after, a stranger comes riding into town. Katerina learns that he is the son of the duke that governs the town, and comes in search of the beast as well. Whether she likes it or not, the two begin to work together to ride Hamlin of the pestilent beast and rats. The Piper’s Pursuit is a quick, easy read. With a case of Insta-love vs. Insta-hate, a somewhat comical relationship ensues between the two main characters, Katerina and Steffan. Katerina, the stepdaughter to Hamlin’s mayor, is incredibly strong-willed, and protective. Having a bad experience throughout her life with men, she isn’t apt to trust one quickly, which is the root of the issue between her and Steffan upon their acquaintance.Steffan, the son of the Duke of Hagenheim, has a colorful history. The arrogant, womanizing facade he wears isn’t who he ends up being. Despite Katerina’s attempts to push him away, he somehow charms his way back into her good graces. The unlikely duo quickly find themselves falling into the center of a plot involving the beast of Hamlin, missing children, and a conspiracy that the town won’t believe.I liked this book, but thought it was pretty predictable from the beginning. Some redundancies made the plot move slowly at times, but it was tolerable. If you are looking for a clean, Young Adult retelling, this may be a good choice for you!Vulgarity: None.Sexual content: Minimal.Violence: Moderate, with some injury involved, but nothing gory. My Rating: ★★★1/2My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    EDITED TO ADD: Well after I read the book and wrote this review, I found out that the author has also written a version of MULAN and ALADDIN, both whitewashed and set in Western Europe. Which is such a huge fucking NOPE I’d have reversed any positive recommendation I gave this book. Good thing I already thought it was shite then, huh?This is book 10 in Dickersen’s Hagenheim series, all apparently fairytale retellings. I haven’t read any of the others but did feel that this retelling of the Pied EDITED TO ADD: Well after I read the book and wrote this review, I found out that the author has also written a version of MULAN and ALADDIN, both whitewashed and set in Western Europe. Which is such a huge fucking NOPE I’d have reversed any positive recommendation I gave this book. Good thing I already thought it was shite then, huh?This is book 10 in Dickersen’s Hagenheim series, all apparently fairytale retellings. I haven’t read any of the others but did feel that this retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin could be read alone; while there is reference made to the hero Steffan’s actions in previous books, it wasn’t confusing or necessary to know about.In 1424, things are very wrong in the small German town of Hamlin. There’s a plague of rats and worse by far, children have been disappearing for months, supposedly killed by the Beast of Hamlin, a terrifying wolf-creature. Stepdaughter of the mayor, Katerina is determined to save her people, but she can’t do it alone. When a handsome stranger turns up and helps her defeat a wolf on his first day in town, she takes the first tentative steps towards trusting.I’d call this a YA novel aimed at the younger end of the target demographic. I’d probably have adored this when I was about 12, but older me started nit-picking right away - 52 children missing from a small town is catastrophic, an entire generation missing, and there’s no way the townspeople wouldn’t have been in open revolt by that stage. The thing with the rats was weird and made no sense, because any peasant knows how to kill a rat. Cats and dogs were kept for the purpose, and a mayor eager to splash cash around should have been importing ratting terriers to deal with it immediately.The Christian themes get very heavy-handed towards the end of the book - Steffan confessing his sin of wanting to kiss Katerina made me roll my eyes. I don’t mind a certain amount of prayer and thanksgiving in historicals particularly because religion was a major part of everyday life in those times, but here it comes off evangelical and self-righteous, especially when Katerina is attempting to get the villain to have a change of heart by telling him God won’t forgive him.I’m obviously not the target market for this book, being neither 12 nor evangelical Christian. However, if you’re a parent who considers that this might be suitable for a child you’re choosing reading material for, bear in mind there are some uncomfortable themes in here, such as Katerina’s abusive stepfather and hints at sexual violence as well as enslavement of children, cruelty to animals and other difficult topics. I guess I’m struggling to see who would actually be the appropriate target audience here, because I can’t think of anyone I’d recommend it to. Two stars.Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Can each be the hero/ine the other needs?I knew that when I cracked open a new Melanie Dickerson fairytale retelling that I was in for a treat. What I didn't realize was just how quickly and completely I would be pulled into the retelling of a story that I haven't read since I was a schoolkid. That tale is The Pied Piper Of Hamlin. Suffice it to say that when I read the original story I was much closer to the YA target range of The Piper's Pursuit than I am now. Now, don't mistake me, I LOVE Can each be the hero/ine the other needs?I knew that when I cracked open a new Melanie Dickerson fairytale retelling that I was in for a treat. What I didn't realize was just how quickly and completely I would be pulled into the retelling of a story that I haven't read since I was a schoolkid. That tale is The Pied Piper Of Hamlin. Suffice it to say that when I read the original story I was much closer to the YA target range of The Piper's Pursuit than I am now. Now, don't mistake me, I LOVE Melanie Dickerson's fairytale retellings partly because they are so appealing to more than just a YA audience. The Piper's Pursuit was a perfect example of that broad age-range appeal. There were some darker tones in it that I don't remember in some of the previous books. But, those darker tones, actually more like difficult topics, were what made the story both unique and so engrossing. Melanie Dickerson handled those things with grace and an honesty that I truly appreciated. I will be honest, when I started the book I was a bit unsure how to be sympathetic to the hero. I flat-out disliked liked him in The Warrior Maiden. But both Katerina and Steffan won me over from the start. Sure, he had some lessons to learn, as did Katerina, but they were both made from the same stuff as heroes. I genuinely liked them both, flaws and all.The Piper's Pursuit was a wonderful story, filled with adventure, intrigue, and romance. Melanie Dickerson's distinct style of storytelling shines bright in this book. The rich historical and regional details leap off the page in vivid color, leaving the reader completely immersed in the 15th century storyworld. You will love characters and hate the villains. And, I'm sure, like me, will be unable to put down The Piper's Pursuit for even fire, famine, or flood. Your family will just have to wait for dinner...or join in the adventure themselves...(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie Dickerson does a fabulous job at bringing to life fairy tales. I have read and enjoyed every single one of her recreations. With The Piper's Pursuit, I was taken away with the first chapter and read the entire book in one day. I really enjoyed watching Katerina and Stefffan learn to fall in love while trying to find and uncover where the missing children have disappeared to. The story is full of heroics and brave characters willing to do anything to go the distance to free these Melanie Dickerson does a fabulous job at bringing to life fairy tales. I have read and enjoyed every single one of her recreations. With The Piper's Pursuit, I was taken away with the first chapter and read the entire book in one day. I really enjoyed watching Katerina and Stefffan learn to fall in love while trying to find and uncover where the missing children have disappeared to. The story is full of heroics and brave characters willing to do anything to go the distance to free these children. I like the hidden idea of the prodigal son returning home in the character of Steffan. If you had read Dickerson's other novels, then Steffan has been always hanging around in the outskirts as a the bad boy who didn't listen to responsiblity. It was nice to see his story after he decided to change. The action kept my attention while I flipped rapidly through the pages. I think this might one of my favorite books by Dickerson. I loved the romance, daring rescues, and the happily-ever-after ending. If you are a fan of any of Dickerson's other novels, I highly recommend picking up this latest addition. It will take your mind away to a world of joy.I received a complimentary copy of The Piper's Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Erica (storybookend)
    January 1, 1970
    The Piper’s Pursuit is a retelling of the Pied Piper, and is the 10th book in the Hagenheim series.This wasn’t quite as good as the rest in this series. But what I like about all these books are the endearing characters who strive for redemption and honor. And the sweet romances, even if they do get a little too sweet and cliche. But I found The Pied Piper retelling weird sometimes, and forced to be able to fit the fairytale. And the rat plot point, kinda pointless. Things happened too quickly The Piper’s Pursuit is a retelling of the Pied Piper, and is the 10th book in the Hagenheim series.This wasn’t quite as good as the rest in this series. But what I like about all these books are the endearing characters who strive for redemption and honor. And the sweet romances, even if they do get a little too sweet and cliche. But I found The Pied Piper retelling weird sometimes, and forced to be able to fit the fairytale. And the rat plot point, kinda pointless. Things happened too quickly in the beginning. So I wish that had been drawn out more.Nonetheless, I have a soft spot for this series. I love that they’re all connected to the same family. Each book is a retelling of a fairytale, and I’m obsessed with those, so that’s another reason why I love this series. I love finding more obscure retellings, like The Pied Piper, so even though this retelling may not have quite worked, I still appreciated the story.And what’s most important to me in a story is the characters. The ones here may not be very complex or interesting, but they feel like normal people just wanting to do the right thing.I’d recommend these books to people who like historical/medieval fiction, fairytale retellings, and Christian fiction.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling and this one is top-notch!Kat and Steffan's are great characters and the way they team up to find out what's going on is brilliant!
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  • Gabrielle Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Melanie Dickerson has blown me away and written a fantastic story! With mystery and adventure, this story won’t disappoint. Melanie has created another set of awesome characters, both familiar and new. I highly recommend the entire Hagenheim series, including The Piper’s Pursuit.
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  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    A Merry Dance to The Piper’s Pursuit, Another Romantic RetellingAfter really enjoying Melanie Dickerson’s Mulan retelling, The Warrior Maiden, set in the Hagenheim world I knew I wanted to take a chance on reading The Piper’s Pursuit. We pick up with Steffan after he leaves his twin brother and his new bride. This time we’re going to explore an unusual fairy tale to retell, The Pied Piper.Did the retelling in The Piper’s Pursuit delight this Fangirl?This was quite different from The Warrior A Merry Dance to The Piper’s Pursuit, Another Romantic RetellingAfter really enjoying Melanie Dickerson’s Mulan retelling, The Warrior Maiden, set in the Hagenheim world I knew I wanted to take a chance on reading The Piper’s Pursuit. We pick up with Steffan after he leaves his twin brother and his new bride. This time we’re going to explore an unusual fairy tale to retell, The Pied Piper.Did the retelling in The Piper’s Pursuit delight this Fangirl?This was quite different from The Warrior Maiden, which focused on a girl being accepted in a man’s domain. I enjoyed the merging of modern girl with medieval times. I’m pleased to say that remains the same in The Piper’s Pursuit. It’s the kind of characters that Katerina and Steffan are that changes things up. Steffan has done some things he needs forgiveness to overcome. And Katerina has experienced a plethora to which she much grant forgiveness to find peace. Quite a bit more discussion of religious topics is needed to get these ideas fleshed out. It does bond our couple together and make their relationship heartfelt. I just liked these two and was willing to follow them around until they found happiness.A fun Pied Piper retelling with lots of feels.The mystery of the rats, the beast of Hamlin and the missing children was a fascinating way to interpret this fairy tale. I only know the original story as a cautionary tale to pay your debts or you’ll lose something more precious to you than money. While I guessed early on what was happening I was happy to sleuth with Katerina and Steffan as they sought their own answers. The inclusion of the children really upped the tension for me.A woman learning to trust men after too much betrayal.Katerina was a fascinating choice for Steffan, who I met in The Warrior Maiden. She had good reason and history with some rotten men to not trust Steffan. He’s a bit of a charmer when he wants to be and at first just wants a quick buck so he can keep traveling. We see that in order to protect herself she hates on men, just to be on the safe side. It was neat to see Steffan persist and show her she could rely on him.A man willing to follow the judgement of a leading lady.Steffan is a Duke’s son and could easily have fallen into that alpha male role that many readers enjoy. Instead he knows the value of an intelligent woman. He doesn’t push Katerina or her trust issues. He’s patient and allows her to choose. At the same time in key moments he asks her to trust him when it’s a situation made for his talents. I really love seeing the give and take in their relationship.The Piper’s Pursuit gives us another modern medieval romance.The bottom line is I really liked both Katerina and Steffan. I wanted to see them solve the mystery of the missing children. I wanted Katerina to learn to trust a man again. I wanted Steffan to find a place he belongs. Ultimately this was an excellent pairing of modern thinking with medieval setting. The unusual fairy tale twists add the perfect circumstances for each couple of this series to come together in a fun, heartfelt way.The Piper’s Pursuit was a little religious and a tad sickenly sweet but was a cute and fun rendition of The Pied Piper fairy tale. While I don’t think this retelling was cast in a whole lot of mystery, I did feel like it allowed Katerina and Steffan to shine as individuals as they worked toward becoming a couple.The Piper’s Pursuit is a fun retelling of The Pied Piper set in Melanie Dickerson’s stellar medieval world, Hagenheim. If you’re looking for something light, cute and heartfelt you’ll want to read Katerina and Steffan’s story.
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