The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson
A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.
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.
As always, Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings do not disappoint.
This is the story of…you guessed it–the pied piper!
I liked Katerina almost from the first page. She’s a young girl caught in a hard spot in life. She’s feisty, strong, and determined. She’s protective of her village, and believes she will be the one to kill the terrible beast that has been terrorizing them.
It’s obvious that Kat has a hard life, her stepfather is a bad man. As her story is revealed, bit by bit, we see why she has such a problem with trusting men.
I wasn’t quite sure about Steffan….read and tell me what you think! His reasons to help are not all together noble, at the beginning, at least. He’s made bad choices in the past, and now he wants to prove himself, show his father that he can do something good and be a hero after all.
This story has all the delights of a fairy tale, and yet, there’s so much more to it.
A fight between good and evil. We are given the choice-what is good, and what is evil.
And of course, there is a bit of romance here.
I also enjoyed the element of mystery, seeing the story unfold bit by bit, twists and turns, I was never quite sure what to expect.
If you are a lover of fairy tales, be sure and read this one!
(I will be back in the near future to add a bit more to this review…I needed to have this post live today, and ran out of time)
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