The Hamelin Stoop Series REVIEW

We are always searching for fun, good, wholesome books to add to our home library, so I jumped at  the opportunity to review the first two books in The Hamelin Stoop Series by 12 Gates Publishing. 

For this review, we received Hamelin Stoop: The Eagle, The Cave, and the Footbridge (Book 1,) and Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Book 2.) You can purchase them individually, or as a set

Hamelin Stoop: The Eagle, The Cave, and the Footbridge (Book 1) 

About the book:
Series: Hamelin Stoop Series (Book 1)
Size/type: 5.5 x .8 x 8.2" paperback
Pages: 323 pages
Published: Nov. 15, 2016 by 12 Gates Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1495619737
ISBN-13: 978-149561731
Author: Robert B. Sloan

This is the first book in the series, and this is when we are introduced to Hamelin Stoop. He is just a tiny baby when his parents take him, and run for escape from trackers. Even though the trackers were in search of Hamelin's mom and dad, they were also instructed to make sure they got baby Hamelin.  In an attempt to save their child, his parents take him to an orphanage, hidden in a tomato box, in a clever attempt to hide his identity. After dealing with everything else he's had to deal with in his short 8 years, Hamelin decides to run away after everyone forgets it is his birthday---or was it really HIS decision? Let by an Eagle, Hamelin faces challenges along the way to self discovery. We soon learn the decision to run was really a summons from the Ancient One, and this sends Hamelin on a journey greater than anything he could possibly imagine. A journey that takes him to new places, and answers questions of where he came from and who his parents are. This book focuses on the origin of Hamelin, and his family-how he came to be Hamelin-just what did that word on the note his mother left mean?! The story goes back and forth between what Hamelin is going through as well as what his parents went through, and how he discovered his true identity. 

Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna (Book 2)

About the Book:

Series: Hamelin Stoop Series (Book 2)
Size/type: 5.5 x .7 x 8.2" paperback
Pages: 304 pages
Published: Feb. 21, 2017 by  12 Gates Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10:  1495619915
ISBN-13: 978-1495619915
Author: Robert B. Sloan

This is the second book in the series, and focuses more on Hamelin, with some side characters who work with him to save the a girl from an arranged marriage to the evil Tumultor! The story picks up where the former left off, at the footbridge where he must conquer his fears once again, to cross to the Atrium of the Worlds. Hamelin is challenged to rescue a princess and recover a stolen jewel to restore life back to a kingdom, which puts his hope of finding his parents and his true identity farther from his reach. These tasks reward Hamelin with three gifts that he can use along his way, so long as he does not misuse these gifts.

Our Thoughts

The books represent a Biblical allegory, while not being preachy or anything like that. Overcoming fear, good vs. evil, consequences of your actions, and the like are the overall latent themes that older readers will pick up on while reading. It's also great for showing kids that just  because they may think they fail once, they should keep trying. The reading level would be a strong middle school age for independent reading through young adult. I'm not exactly a young adult, and I thoroughly enjoyed them myself. They bring great vocabulary with a really fun, interesting, and engaging plot line that draws in readers, and keeps them reading to find out more. We also received a study guide that provides thought provoking discussion questions and exercises such as a crossword puzzle that Mr. B really enjoyed. Mr. B isn't always a fan of fiction, preferring non-fiction above all else, but he really got into these books.

Even though the plot is obviously fictitious and fantasy based, the characters are well written and believable. Their personalities and overall presence evolve through out the books.  Hamelin grows up quite a bit across these two books, with several years passing, but the author does a fantastic job at bridging the gap in the years that it all just makes sense. The storyline and plot develop in such a way, you aren't given enough information to figure out the entire series in the first few pages, but you also aren't left lacking enough information to be left confused or feeling like something is missing within the time span of the book. Not an easy feat to successfully write a book with a child growing up, facing such peril, and not have gaps in the timeline, but Mr. Sloan does so brilliantly. 
We would both recommend these to others enjoy an action packed, well written fantasy style book.

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