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The Piper's Pursuit

(Hagenheim #10)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,246 ratings  ·  266 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Nicki Chapelway
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well this is a darker Melanie Dickerson book. I will admit that considering the fact that I've only read about half the books in this series that trying to keep up with all of the characters who have starred in this series does get a tad difficult. I wish there was some sort of family tree that I could have looked at for easy reference. But fortunately the last Dickerson book I read was The Warrior Maiden so I did have a somewhat foggy recollection of Steffan. I actually ended up loving this dud ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
My personal Rating- Three Stars

The Piped Piper isn’t necessarily a story I know many details about, but it is one that I know the overall plot of, so I was curious about how “The Piper’s Pursuit” would better introduce me to this classic tale.

I will say that this was not my favorite Melanie Dickerson book, but I can easily say that it was really nice to see Steffan come back around and be a good guy. I’ve been waiting for that for a while now, but especially after reading “The Warrior’s Maiden”
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s a good story with strong characters and a good grasp on history and fairy tales. This is a Christian book but if you aren’t Christian you won’t feel overwhelmed by too many or over the top references and so on that can sometimes override a novel
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. Childr
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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 hea ...more
Gah! This was such a good book!! I love Melanie Dickerson so much. Her writing is so beautiful and her stories are so amazing that I can hardly put them down. Though this wasn't my absolute favorite (I slightly blame that on the fact that I had to read this one on e-book in not in paperback) I still enjoyed it so much.

I loved all the characters. Kat and Steffan were so cute together and I loved seeing their development throughout this book. I loved the redemption arc of Steffan in this book, th
Karen R
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 p
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars, rounding up

I 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 everywher
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
A Merry Dance to The Piper’s Pursuit, Another Romantic Retelling
After really enjoying Melanie Dickerson’s Mulan retelling, The Warrior Maiden, set in the Hagenheim world I knew I wanted to take a chance on reading The Piper’s Pursuit. We pick up with Steffan after he leaves his twin brother and his new bride. This time we’re going to explore an unusual fairy tale to retell, The Pied Piper.

Did the retelling in The Piper’s Pursuit delight this Fangirl?
This was quite different from The Warrior Maid
"The Piper's Pursuit" by Melanie Dickerson is the tenth book in Ms. Dickerson’s “Hagenheim” series. This is a series of fairy-tale retellings set in a non-magical medieval world. This story is a loose retelling of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”

There are so many things to love about Ms. Dickerson’s books. I love that this quest-like story involves a mystery as well. Who is the mysterious beast and why are children disappearing from Hamlin?

Our main characters, Katerina and Steffan, work together t
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 today...Oops. I have no regrets reading it so fast, except that it’s over :-)
Jenny Jo Weir
Although I'm not sure which fairy tale this book is supposed to relate to, it was definitely a great retelling of the parable of the prodigal son from the bible. I like how she interwove his past mistakes and made his character imperfect but lovable, plus, all those orphans :-) Great story.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Piper’s Pursuit ( Hagenheim #10 )
By: Melanie Dickerson
The 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
Beth Erin
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
my review plus teen guest review featured on

This 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
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'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
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I am so frustrated. How do I rate this book?? I have thoughts. Oh, do I have thoughts on this book! Some of them are good, so let's start there.

First, I really, really, really liked Steffan. He was charming and funny and sweet, and his arc after the previous book was satisfying. I like him so much more than his perfect, boring, one-dimensional brother, Wolfgang (male lead in The Warrior Maiden). And I loved the dynamic of the relationship between Steffan and Katerina (We are NOT calling her "Kat
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 famil
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 " ...more
KarenJo Custodio
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 rea
Suzie Waltner
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Readers of Melanie Dickerson’s The Warrior Maiden have already met Steffan (and most likely formed some sort of an impression of him). Yet, in The Piper’s Pursuit, we get a more complete picture of this young man.

Steffan is challenged by Katerina—a strong young woman he quickly comes to respect and admire and someone who makes him wish he were worthy of her affection. Kat is brave and courageous who at first seems standoffish but beneath that tough exterior lays a compassionate heart for the peo
Two little bits of housekeeping before the real review.

First, The Piper’s Pursuit is book ten in the Hagenheim series. Yes, ten. I didn’t know that when I picked it up. NetGalley really needs to start listing things like that as a standard. There are a few references to Steffan’s family and earlier events. They were noticeable but only minor mentions, like cameo references. I think fans of the series will appreciate them and I don’t think the references affected my understanding of the story.

Serethiel ☽ ✨
Such a dreamy cover! <333 ...more
Merie Shen
.... Interesting. To say the least.

Steffan of course was the highlight of this book. I very well think this book has gotten me out of my stressed reading slump-- somehow I always manage to get through Melanie Dickerson's books quickly!

Kat was pretty cool. I love how her character and personality differs from Dickerson's other heroines by so much! Not my favorite heroine in this series, but I liked her!

Hennek didn't really scare me that much. More like... he was just weird. I don't know how to de
Caitlyn Lynch
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
EDITED TO ADD: Well after I read the book and wrote this review, I found out that the author has also written a version of MULAN and ALADDIN, both whitewashed and set in Western Europe. Which is such a huge fucking NOPE I’d have reversed any positive recommendation I gave this book. Good thing I already thought it was shite then, huh?

This is book 10 in Dickersen’s Hagenheim series, all apparently fairytale retellings. I haven’t read any of the others but did feel that this retelling of the Pied
Erica (storybookend)
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 i
I was so glad I could immediately read The Piper’s Pursuit following The Warrior Maiden, as I was eager to find out what happened to Steffan after the events that took place in the earlier book. And truly, both his and Katerina’s character growth was the most satisfying part about this story. It was especially satisfying to watch Steffan become redeemed after his previous choices, and see the wonderful man he truly is; his reunion with his parents was beautiful, truly reminiscent of The Prodigal ...more
Sheila Goicea
I received a copy of this book via the publisher, Thomas Nelson and The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Abduction, Death, Child Labor

The beast that haunts the town of Hamlin has been blamed for the deaths and disappearances of many. Rats arrived around the same time the beast did, and swarm the streets,
Kelly Bridgewater
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melanie Dickerson does a fabulous job at bringing to life fairy tales. I have read and enjoyed every single one of her recreations. With The Piper's Pursuit, I was taken away with the first chapter and read the entire book in one day. I really enjoyed watching Katerina and Stefffan learn to fall in love while trying to find and uncover where the missing children have disappeared to. The story is full of heroics and brave characters willing to do anything to go the distance to free these children ...more
Rachel Meyer
I wasn't very sure when I started this book. I knew Melanie Dickerson books are suppose to be good, but I wasn't sure how I felt about Katerina. But wow, it was amazing and I need to read all the rest of her book right now.

The two main characters are Katerina and Steffen (who I've heard is in other books). I liked Steffen from the start and thought that while he could be a bit arrogant, he was quite sweet. Katerina was harder to like initially, but once I realized why she was so prickly, I was s
Carrie Daws
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series continues to delight. Melanie Dickerson has added yet another gem to her Hagenheim series with the mesh of fairy tales spun around one incredible family and biblical themes. While not pretending the ugly side of life doesn't exist, the author kept the book clean and easy for me to share with teenagers. And she always includes the important characters realizing where they've fallen short of God's best and turning to embrace His plan for their lives. I love this series!
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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). Mel ...more

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