We’ve all read the fairytales featuring our favorite princesses – Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Briar Rose. And we’ve all swooned at the perfect Princes Charming that appear in each of our childhood favorites. But what if the Princes Charming had their own novels? What if we finally had the chance to see the truth behind the seemingly perfect princes?
Enter Christopher Healy.
THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM and it’s sequel (to be released this month!), THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE, are equally hilarious and well-written novels of middle-grade fantasy – featuring the Princes Charming and their very opposite other halves. Read Asma’s review of book one and two to see for yourself what Christopher Healy’s debut series has in store for readers of all ages!
Today, here at IceyBooks, we’re excited to reveal an exclusive piece of artwork (drawn by the talented Todd Harris) from the pages of THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE along with an excerpt related to the artwork. Scroll down for the fun and be sure to enter the giveaway for a signed and framed print of the art and a hardcover copy of Christopher Healy’s sophomore debut!
|Copyright © 2013 by Todd Harris|
And now for the excerpt!
Ripsnard reappeared and plopped three grimy mugs on the table. Each was filled with a thick and malodorous brown-green liquid.
“I’m sorry,” Frederic said. “We just wanted water.”
“Yeah,” said Ripsnard. “We didn’t have any o’ that.” And he left.
Ella took a sniff of her drink, and her eyes immediately began to tear up. She pushed the mug off to the side and pointed to a Wanted poster hanging on the wall behind their table. “I can’t believe we’re actually here and we’re not going after the Gray Phantom,” she said. “Did you notice how deserted the streets were? The people of Flargstagg must be terrified of this guy.”
Frederic studied the sketch of the mysterious criminal whose face was hidden by a creepy demon-face mask, complete with white, triangular fangs embroidered on it. “‘Wanted for assault, theft, destruction of property, murder most foul, murder slightly less foul, and unlawful de-kidneying,’” Frederic read. “He actually sounds worse than the bard songs made him out to be.”
Copyright © 2013 by Christopher Healy
Here’s a little bit about the books:
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.
Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as “Prince Charming.” But all of this is about to change…
Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Guztav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
Ready to win some awesome prizes? One lucky US winner will receive the following:
-A FRAMED and SIGNED print of the above artwork, signed by the artist.
-A HARDCOVER copy of THE HERO’S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE