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A fairy-tale journey of intrigue and romance that reimagines the classic Pied Piper story.
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 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 only gentle thing about him seems to be the sweet music he plays on his pipe. But there’s more to Steffan than she suspects, and she finds herself drawn to him despite her misgivings.
Together Katerina and Steffan must stop the enemy from stealing the children of Hamlin. But their interference might create an even worse fate for the entire village.
Praise for The Piper’s Pursuit
“The Piper’s Pursuit is a lovely tale of adventure, romance, and redemption. Kat and Steffan’s righteous quest will have you rooting them on until the very satisfying end!” —LORIE LANGDON, author of Olivia Twist and the DOON series
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He burst out the door behind Katerina. He pursued her down the cobblestone street, but not before he noted the hulking man pushing himself off the shop front he was leaning against and coming after them.
She was walking fast. He stayed just behind her. Perhaps he could wait until she was less angry before trying to convince her to trust him.
He knew a lot about anger. He’d spent the last year realizing how foolish his own anger had been. Now, when that anger rose up, instead of drinking too much to make it go away, he asked himself where it was coming from. Oftentimes he realized he was blaming someone else for something that was mostly his own fault. The person he was most angry at was himself.
What was behind Katerina’s anger? Steffan was fairly certain he hadn’t done anything worse than be persistent.
A group of rats were chittering as they ran across the cobblestones. The people on the street gave the rodents a wide berth and a wary eye but continued on their way, obviously accustomed to seeing them.
After he killed the beast he’d have to figure out a way to get rid of those rats.
He matched his pace to Katerina’s and watched the way her crossbow bounced ever so slightly against her back. She was dressed as she had been when he first saw her, with a peasant’s rough linen skirt that came just above her ankles to allow for extra movement and thin hose encasing her legs. She was a most unusual girl. Her stepfather was the mayor of a large town, appointed and well-paid by Steffan’s father, and yet she dressed defiantly and went out hunting against her stepfather’s wishes.
Again, she reminded Steffan of himself. The difference was that Katerina had a good reason for defying convention and her annoying stepfather. She wanted to find out what was happening to the children who were going missing, and she wanted to protect her people by killing the beast. He couldn’t help but feel a swell of admiration for this girl. Even if she did seem to hate him.
About the Author
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.