Meet the Real Princes Charming: A Review of THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE by Christopher Healy

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes, #2) 
Christopher Healy
496 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don’t you? They’re the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose – to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.

But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening – even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination – it’s all in a day’s work for the League of Princes.

   Exploding with humor, adventure, and excitement, THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE is a book you can’t miss out on. Christopher Healy deftly weaves a tale of humor, politics, and the truth behind the Princes Charming.

   The League of Princes is back, and ready for adventure, well nearly all of them. They’ve been forced by the evil Briar Rose, who also happens to be Prince Liam’s future wife, to retrieve the Sword of Erinthia from falling into the hands of Reeb Dauber, the infamous bandit king – who also helped shame the Princes. Filled with trolls, giants, princesses, a circus, and two evil warlords bent on ruling the world, The League of Princes are ready to take on the world. Sort of.

   Admit it guys, we all need a break from those terrifically (saddening) YA novels. Which is why you definitely need to get your hands on the first and second book in this amazing series. What I like most about this book? You don’t have to read the first book to understand this one. Christopher Healy manages to weave and explain the characters and still write an incredibly hilarious story.

   There’s absolutely nothing negative about THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE. The characters and story leave an impression on you, and I can’t wait for the third book in this hilarious trilogy.

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    March 29, 2013

    Ahhh, this series sounds so fun!! I think I would really love it too. Interesting that you would not need to read the previous books to understand this one. Great job on this review, Asma!!

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    March 29, 2013

    I've been waiting to hear about this book! It looked so cute when I came across it. Great to know I don't necessarily have to read the other book in the series to start this one. Of course I might just end up getting both anyway.

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    Jenea Whittington

    March 29, 2013

    I think my 12 year old son would freak over this book. Definitely going to have to find it for him. Awesome review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    March 29, 2013

    Oh my gosh, this series sounds like so much fun! And the cover is absolutely perfect. Great review; I hadn't heard of this book until now. :)

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    March 29, 2013

    I am totally getting this book! I love books like this! Great review :)

    Charlie xx

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    March 29, 2013

    I haven't heard of this series! your review makes me want to get it now!

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    Jenny N.

    March 31, 2013

    You know I love my princes and a whole book full of them sounds like just my thing.

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    Dazzling Mage

    April 1, 2013

    Oh, this series sounds AMAZING! Definitely going to check it out!

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    April 17, 2013

    I know the review says “You don't have to read the first book to understand this one.” but TRUST ME, you don't want to miss the first book in the series, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

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    May 2, 2013

    This sounds like a great read. I love that I wouldn't have to read the first book. Such an adventure!