Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle

Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the CastleThe Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
Series: The League of Princes #2
Published by Walden Pond Press on April 30th 2013
Pages: 496

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.

The first book in this series cracked me up and I could not wait to get my hands on the second to see what our League of Princes had in store next. I was happy to see them all reunited, especially when it involved the Bandit King, a foe who is equally as hilarious as he is deadly and dangerous. And not only do we see the Princes and their flaws, but the Princesses and their strengths as they help them along their quest. I especially loved seeing Liam's little sister Lila grow throughout this book and start to become a great heroine herself, I'm hoping she's featured more if there are any more books to come.

I loved the pace of the book and even for such a lengthy read, I felt like it flew by too quickly. There are some great humorous moments as well as moments that really show who the characters are inside. I will have to pick up a hard copy of this one, since I love the artwork and the ARC I read did not have all finished artwork.

Final Verdict: 

A great series for lovers of fairy tales that really give the characters realistic personalities that the reader can relate to. 

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