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 TownKaterina 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 ChangingKaterina 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 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. 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. 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 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 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 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. 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. Such a dreamy cover 333 An unusual twist on a fairy tail Mrs Dickerson doesn t disappoint in this retelling either Rats and beasts are overrunning Hamlin Children are disappearing and men are being eaten Join Katerina as she valiant tries to say her town from the Beast of Hamlin Katerina is a beautiful young girl who s step father is the mayor of Hamlin , who has by the way, offered a reward and her hand in marriage to the person whom can rid Hamlin of their beast Steffan the 3rd son of the Duke of Wilhelm see this as a perfect opportunity to redeem himself He is looking not only for his own reconnections, but redemption in his family eyes as he feels he is the bad son There s no love loss between Katerina she views him as bratty , and Steffan as he views her as unladylike but as they began working together they learn they were wrong about each other and they also learn that there s than just one beast and than children disappearing than meets the eye There s a possibility that they may not survive their discoveries unless they work together and maybe along the way learn about each other s lives Will they survive and find out What about the beast, the rats and the piper Guess that you will have to read and find out I received a complimentary copy of this book Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 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 .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 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. 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 I jumped at the opportunity to read Melanie Dickerson s soon to be published book The Piper s Pursuit and I was not disappointed I enjoy this series as there are strong characters, a clear delineation between good and evil, and they are Christian but not preachy.Several aspects of The Piper s Pursuit stand out Often times, this genre tends to have strong female leads which I greatly enjoy, but sometimes the male characters are less than impressive The Piper s Pursuit has equally strong male and female characters This is important as it shows the wonderful things that happen when a relationship is seen as a partnership instead of just one person being the leader The second aspect was that Dickerson did a marvelous job of depicting the hypocrisy of the town mayor who went out of his way to appear Christian but was actually anything but This really helped to emphasize the idea that appearances can be deceiving.Melanie Dickerson writes for the YA crowd, but her books are enjoyable for all readers who enjoy a good, clean story that includes a lesson I recommend them for moms and their junior high early high school age daughters to read together or as read alouds for middle school students.Disclosure of Material Connection I received The Piper s Pursuit from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. A big shoutout of thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Synopsis The town of Hamlin is in a disarray A plague of rats Children going missing And a terrifying beast that s hunting and killing all that venture beyond the city gates Katerina, the step daughter of the corrupt mayor, is determined to break her and her mother free of the vile man s rule But first, she must find out and stop whatever is causing the plague of rats, and importantly, the wild, mysterious beast that is preying on her town, and the cause of all the missing children Steffan knows deep down, that he must finally face all that he has done in the past, and reconcile with his father, The Duke of Hagenheim, but he s not sure that he s ready He roams from town to town, seeking adventure and reward When word of a giant beast terrorizing Hamlin reaches him, and the equally giant reward, Steffan immediately plans to kill the beast, and collect the reward Little does he know that the part of the reward, the mayor s daughter s hand in marriage, is indeed the headstrong and fierce Katerina The two of them must form an unlikely alliance and team together to put a stop to the beast and the missing children And in the process, fight their growing feelings for each other My opinion I loved this book so much It s definitely one of my top favorites in the series The pacing was great The characters were great The romance was great I just loved Katerina s feistiness and determination to keep her people safe The ending was great too I won t spoil anything But I loved the ending and the position that was granted to Katerina by the Duke Definitely a very satisfying woman power moment Can t wait to see what Melanie Dickerson has in store I received a complimentary copy of this book Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
- 320 pages
- The Piper's Pursuit
- Melanie Dickerson
- 14 August 2017 Melanie Dickerson