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The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson: Book Review

Title: The Piper’s Pursuit

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Release Date: December 3, 2019

Genre: YA Religious Fiction

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.

Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit

The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series

Book Review:

A thrilling take on The Pied Piper.

Katerina is the stepdaughter of an evil Mayor. Steffan is the son of a duke.

After Katerina’s experiences with her stepfather, she cannot allow herself to trust any man. When Steffan shows up, his perceived arrogance immediately put him in a bad light. Throughout the story, Katarina will not only have to save her village, she will have to save her heart.

Steffan is carrying a secret that has colored every experience since he was eight years old. His guilt and recklessness drove him from his father’s house and straight into danger. Now he seeks to make restitution.

Told in classical Melanie Dickerson style, The Piper’s Pursuit combines strong heroines with the heroes they need just at the right time in their lives. She includes elements of God and faith while weaving a story filled with action and deep character arcs.

For the YA genre, this book is a good read. Be aware, however, that Kat does discuss some abuse that happened to her as a child.

Katerina knows she needs help to take down the beast hunting their villagers, and Steffan is a well-trained soldier. What could make a better pair? After first reading about Steffan in The Warrior Maiden, I was looking forward to learning more of his story.

I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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