Hello Lovelies! Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I love reading fairytale retellings, so even though I’m not familiar with The Pied Piper’s story, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read this one. Well, I’m happy to say that even though I may not have completel fallen in love with everything about this book, I still really enjoyed going on this fun adventure with Katerina and Steffan and I hope you will too.
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: Hardcover 320 pages
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.
A Charming, Thrilling, Romantic and Wonderful Fairytale Retelling
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.
Prize: 1 finished copy of The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson (USA)
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.
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