Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw + Illustration Reveal + Giveaway

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Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw + Illustration Reveal + GiveawayThe Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy
Series: The League of Princes #3
on April 29th 2014
Pages: 320
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The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called "one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales."

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw is the latest book in a series that keeps me coming back for more. I almost wish sometimes I would wait until the book came out to read it, because I love the illustrations inside and end up glancing through finished copies as soon as I get them into my library. The beginning of this book does not take place much after the second, but suddenly our Princes are on the run, they are outlaws, wanted for the murder of Briar Rose. The only problem is, nobody killed her and although they may have had conflicts in the past, they wouldn’t wish harm on her, especially not death.

Obviously, there is something more going on in the different kingdoms and slowly the book reveals the evil plans of the man pulling all the strings to get the princes on the run and the kingdoms in his hands. I love the zany way of the princes, the various romantic plots that make me smile, and the strength of Lila, who is Liam’s younger sister. I love the role she plays in this book, with Ruffian the Blue and how often times the princesses have it more together than the princes. I love that Healy cleverly plays on the strengths of each characters and makes their weaknesses full of hilarious moments.

This is possibly one of my favorite fairy tale series, because it takes such a great spin on the princes and giving them life and personalities that we do not see in the fairy tales, or older Disney movies. I love that it’s such a thick book but it’s reads so fast that the 500 pages never feels like enough. There’s so much in these books that I love and I hope my students will enjoy The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw as much as the previous books. I hope this series continues on, as I cannot get enough of the characters and all the moments and hilarity in these books.

I’m pleased to reveal some of the artwork for the latest Hero’s Guide adventure, titled The Royal Foot Massagers (p. 121), a part of the book that ensued much hilarity!

12 Royal Foot Masagers
“…thanks to some well-chosen disguises (hooded robes emblazoned with the crest of the Royal Foot Massagers’ Society), the fugitives managed to sneak along the city’s back streets and into the palace through a kitchen storage entrance.” Artwork © 2014 by Todd Harris.



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2 responses to “Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw + Illustration Reveal + Giveaway

  1. YvonneJ

    I’m glad that these are wonderful books, but to be honest, I’d probably buy them just for their covers. I’d love to have posters of all three covers to hang in our library.

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