The cover of The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Jacy Morris

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Jacy Morris is a dark retelling of the famous German legend.

Thank you so much to Jacy Morris, who sent me a free copy of The Pied Piper of Hamelin audiobook in return for an honest review.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin begins with the Mayor, who is very proud of his brand new (and expensive) cobblestone road, while the rest of the town sees it as a waste of money. He hopes that this investment will encourage further trade in the town, rather than just from the river. Meanwhile, the rats are coming off the boats and spreading the Plague throughout the town. The town believes that the real reason for the Plague is that Hamelin is being punished for buying roads rather than Churches. As more people begin to die, measures become more extreme.

You can find The Pied Piper of Hamelin on Goodreads, and you can buy on Amazon on Kindle and in paperback, and on audiobook from Audible. You can also borrow a copy through your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

My review

I listened to this as an audiobook, so apologies if I spell some of the names incorrectly. It’s narrated by Joel Crow, who does a great job.

I really enjoyed this dark retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin – it’s part historical fiction, part horror and part fairy tale. This is definitely a very gory book – lots of violence and gore, and several gruesome deaths. This is not one for the faint-hearted.

The story is very well-written and kept me gripped to the end, with a couple of unexpected twists along the familiar tale. I liked that the point of view changes between each of the characters in the town. I even found myself sympathising with characters who were the ‘bad guys’ at certain points throughout the story, such as the Priests and the Piper. Alisetta (the blacksmith) was probably my favourite character and is the closest this story has to a hero. But to be honest, all of the characters have grey morality – there are no truly good characters here. This made it all much more realistic – people generally aren’t ‘good’ or ‘evil’, they are always inbetween.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a fantastic read – whether you listen to it as an audiobook or read it as an eBook, you won’t be disappointed!

The blurb for The Pied Piper of Hamelin

A sickness has come to the village of Hamelin. Born on the backs of rats, a plague begins to spread. As the town rips itself apart, a stranger appears to offer them salvation. But when the citizens of the town fail to hold up their end of the bargain, the stranger returns and exacts a toll that is still spoken of to this day. That toll? The town’s entire population of children. This is the legend of the Pied Piper. It is no fairy tale. It is a nightmare. Are you prepared to hear his song?

About the author, Jacy Morris

Jacy Morris is a Native American author born in 1979 in Virginia. He is a registered member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. At the age of ten he was transplanted to Portland, Oregon, where he developed a love for punk rock and horror movies, both of which tend to find their way into his writing.

He has written several books, including the “This Rotten World” series, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Drop, and “The Enemies of Our Ancestors” series. He is currently working on the next installment of This Rotten World, to be followed by the final chapter.

You can keep up to date about Jacy and his work on Goodreads, Twitter and on his website.

You can find The Pied Piper of Hamelin on Goodreads, and you can buy on Amazon on Kindle and in paperback, and on audiobook from Audible. You can also borrow a copy through your Kindle Unlimited subscription.