Welcome back to the blog! Today I’m sharing my sister’s review of Melanie Dickerson’s latest novel, The Piper’s Pursuit.
“The Piper’s Pursuit” is the tenth book of the Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson. It was published on December 3, 2019, by Thomas Nelson through HarperCollins.
Like the others in the series, this book takes a spinoff of a classic fairy tale as only Dickerson could accomplish, with Christian themes interwoven throughout a spectacular tale. As one might guess from the title, The Piper’s Pursuit takes a page out of the Pied Piper tale of lore. Katarina lives with her evil and manipulative stepfather in Hamlin. When a seemingly arrogant and flirtatious young man named Steffan rides into town, Katarina writes him off as another abusive manipulator. She isn’t sure if she can trust him at first, but eventually the two must join against a greater evil. A mysterious beast is plaguing the village, making off with the children – and Katarina must find a way to stop it, before more lives are lost.
We see the return of Steffan, one of the younger brothers of Margaretha (see “The Princess Spy”) and son of Rose and Wilhelm Hamlin from the beginning of the series. In “The Warrior Maiden”, Steffan went through a rebellious phase; however, his character went through a powerful redemptive arc that shows parallels for Christians in relation to God’s mercy despite our wanderings. In this book, he seeks to prove his change of heart. Although he certainly makes mistakes at the beginning, flirting and showing a rather brusque and arrogant manner in general, he truly does learn and grow throughout the story. He learns kindness and chivalry, learning to give and receive love in the process.
I also really enjoyed seeing Katarina stand up for herself and seek out solutions throughout the tale. She presents a wonderful role model for girls, especially in such tumultuous days as this. Katarina’s character does show strength and feminism, being the main hero. However, Dickerson also pulls out some loving and kind qualities, emphasizing the fact that women can be both strong and gentle.
In addition to being such dynamic characters on their own, Steffan and Katarina show yet more in their love. Each comes from a very different background, each with their own hurt and insecurities. But together, they were able to help support one another in Christ and complement one another’s weaknesses. I believe the two were very well-suited to one another and applaud Mrs. Dickerson on her development of relationships in this book.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson, the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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