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 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 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 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 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 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 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 guy appreciation It was just strongly on my heart as I wrote this and as I read the story God bless 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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 todayOops I have no regrets reading it so fast, except that it s over
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two time Christy Award finalist, two time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two time winner of the Christian Retailing s Best award, and her book, The Healer s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers ACFW and Romance Writers of America RWA.
- 320 pages
- The Piper's Pursuit
- Melanie Dickerson
- 15 June 2018 Melanie Dickerson