Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson concludes her medieval retelling, this time set in fifteenth century using the folk tale Pied Piper.
In The Piper’s Pursuit, Katerina’s village faces trouble: rats are overrunning the village, children are disappearing, presumed killed by a beast of legendary proportions. Katerina works tirelessly to rid her village of these problems before more lives are lost. Katerina’s stepfather is the mayor of the village, but he is an evil man in his private life (abusive to his wife and stepdaughter). She is convinced that liberating her village from the rats and the beast will lead to her liberation from her stepfather as well.
A weary Steffan is a reluctant warrior on his way home to Hagenheim to reconcile himself with his father. He comes to Katerina’s village, seeking fame and redemption, not a new adventure. Is he an ally for Katerina? Is he able to do more than just deliver sweet music from his pipe? Can they solve the mystery of the beast and who is behind the village’s troubles?
Dickerson’s novels feature Her characters learn the meaning of values like sacrifice, courage, and forgiveness as they adjust to life’s difficult situations. Steffan learns about mercy and forgiveness as he travels home. Her novels are well-researched, and filled with historical detail, endearing but imperfect characters, light romance, and a faith element that is evident but not preachy. Her novel has wholesome relationships, making it a good choice for older teen readers and adults.
Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart.
Previously reviewed: The Warrior Maiden,, The Orphan’s Wish, The Silent Songbird, The Golden Braid, The Noble Servant, The Princess Spy, The Captive Maiden, The Fairest Beauty, The Merchant’s Daughter, and The Healer’s Apprentice.