Title: The Peddler's Road
Author: Matthew Cody
Series: The Secrets of the Pied Piper
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
And boy am I glad I did!
This particular retelling, if you cannot tell from the title is of the Pied Piper story. You know the one? The one where the pied piper comes and plays his music and removes all the rats from the town.
Well in this one, once upon a time, he did do that...and then the village didn't pay the price that he asked, so he came and took all the children. Minus one - that kid couldn't make it. Or at least that is the story the town tells. But everyone else just believes them to be fairy tales.
Then we come to more of a now time in history and there are two kids, Max and Carter, are in the town of the story with their dad (a person who researches fairytales) and things start happening.
First they see a strange person hiding out in the shadows. Then they have their house flooded with rats....and then they find themselves in a strange place with all the children of Hamelin that were taken over 100 years ago!
Then from there the adventure starts. They, obviously, want to find their way home. And they want to help the kids find their way back too.
Of course, there are giant evil rats in the way. And some wizards. And some fairies.... And other creatures...
It is quite a fun story! I really enjoyed it! The adventure was actually quite fun, filled with little twists and turns. The world was very creative too. There were so many different types of "creatures" and "beings" that we encountered through the whole story. You never really knew who would turn up next. And the characters themselves were quite enjoyable. They all had their distinct personalities, and I found myself enjoying the crass old wizard guy.
There are more books in this series, and yes I am totally going to read them!
This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts are mine and mine alone.