At last! My review of the third and final book in The Hero’s Guide series! Today I am featuring The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy. 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: 528 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (April 29, 2014)
Genre: Humor/Fairy Tale
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Praise for the Series:
‘This is the most fun you can have, short of rounding up King Arthur’s knights, filling their armour with laughing gas and driving them to a roller disco.’ -Frank Cottrell Boyce, bestselling author of Millions, on The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
About the Author:
Christopher Healy is the author of the Hero’s Guide trilogy: The Hero’s
Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle,
and coming in spring 2014, The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. The
series is a comedic adventure that follows the exploits of four
different Prince Charmings in the aftermath of their not-quite-accurate
fairy-tale fame. It is published on May 1st, 2012, by Walden Pond Press,
an imprint of HarperCollins. A film version is currently in development
at Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Chris lives in New Jersey with his
wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. Visit him at
ChristopherHealy.com. And learn more about the Hero’s Guide universe at
The biggest problem with this book is that it’s the last one. In fact, that’s the only problem with this book. Why did the series have to end? I’m considering a fundraising campaign to bribe the author and illustrator into writing more books. If that doesn’t work, I may have to kidnap them both and lock them in my crawlspace until they finish, at a minimum, 27 more books. Or until they get a movie deal, whichever comes first.
As with the first two books, I laughed the whole way through all 500 pages of The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Christopher Healy must have a joke Rolodex that he consults, because I don’t see how one man can come up with so much outrageous humor by himself. I loved every last page of this book. The characters are as entertaining as ever. Liam and his obsession with capes is still high on my list of Things I Love About the League. I also adore Lila and her ability to charm everyone, especially Ruffian the Blue. I love the friendship between all of the League members (even Briar). Deeb Rauber is as horrid and hilarious as always, and he is still my favorite villain.
If you haven’t read these books, start at the beginning with The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, and work your way through the series. They are definitely worth the read. Be prepared to laugh!
Highly recommended for anyone, young and old, that appreciates a hearty chuckle.