In honor the third Hero’s Guide book coming out this week, I’m reviewing each book in the series here on the blog. Today I’m featuring the second book in the series, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle. If you haven’t read this series yet, start with book #1, which you can get for $1.99 on Amazon for a limited time.
About the Book:
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Hero’s Guide
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (April 30, 2013)
Genre: Humor/Fairy Tale
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Your favorite princes and princesses are back in the hilarious and action-packed sequel to the breakout hit The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by author Christopher Healy, which the New York Times selected as one of its best books of the year.
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.
I love this series. I’ve been reading just a little bit each day so the
books last longer because there is nothing like adding a little
laughter to your day.
This is the second installment in The Hero’s Guide series, and it is
just as much fun as the first. In this book, the heroes get back
together in order to save Liam from his arranged marriage to the horrid
Briar Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty). Of course, everything the League of
Princes attempts fails miserably, but the botched wedding rescue starts
them off on a new adventure – to steal the Sword of Erinthia back from
the notorious (11 year old) Bandit King.
With a full cast of outrageous characters, Healy gives his readers more
of what they want – adventure, action, and lots of laughs. The
illustrations are fantastic. They are full of personality and bring the
characters to life. Liam is still a favorite of mine, and I was really
happy to see more of Briar, Rapunzel, and Snow in this book. I also
adored Lila and the way she charms people without even trying,
especially Ruffian the Blue. Gustav is still bull-headed yet
surprisingly loyal and caring (even if he denies it).
I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys a good laugh. I can’t wait to start reading the third book.
Content: Some violence, but still a very clean book.