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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.

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this uproariously funny sequel to Healy’s debut, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the Princes Charming reunite to save the day (in their own bungling way) when the Bandit King, Deeb Rauber, rears his archvillainous 11-year-old head. Briar Rose, determined to marry her betrothed Prince Liam, kidnaps him (Liam is chained to the altar during the ceremony). But securing Liam and his kingdom is only the beginning: Briar has her eye on the Sword of Erinthia, which was stolen by Deeb Rauber. Certain that Briar is up to something, Liam gathers his fellow princes—Gustav, Frederic, and Duncan—as well as Ella (as in Cinderella) and other allies to retrieve it. As in the first book, Healy’s impeccable sense of humor is the driving force behind this story, which in some ways belongs to Frederic, who works to shake off his characteristic timidity. The friendships and romantic relationships between the many players continue to grow in complexity, and readers will be eager to find out where the princes’ misadventures take them next. Ages 8–12. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—The League of Princes is back in this sequel to Healy's fractured fairy tale, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (HarperCollins, 2012). After having finally gained recognition by teaming up to defeat an evil witch in the first book, Princes Frederic, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan (the Princes Charming of "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Briar Rose," and "Snow White") are ready to be heroes again. They reunite to take back a priceless (and possibly magical) sword stolen by their old nemesis, the Bandit King. Uproarious adventure follows, with plenty of action and hilarious dialogue, as well as some deeper insights into the princes, princesses, and villains. This highly satisfying sequel to the first tale still leaves readers hanging for more.—Jenny Berggren, formerly at New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The princes Charming reunite for another slapstick, kingdom-saving quest. Prince Liam successfully avoided Sleeping Beauty during The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (2012), but now Briar Rose has kidnapped him. Prince Frederic reconvenes the League of Princes (who weren't doing anything important anyway) to rescue Liam and break up his royal wedding. Before they can rescue him though, Liam discovers the dark truth behind his first heroic act, causing a crisis of faith and shaking his identity. Additionally, Liam finds evidence that Briar has ambitions even more evil than forcing him to marry her. When the League's rescue attempt goes terribly and hilariously awry, Briar gains the upper hand and manipulates the princes into working for her. She tasks them with recovering a critical artifact from the 11-year-old Bandit King and his new, nigh-impenetrable castle, which also happens to be hosting a brutal warlord as a guest. On top of that, they have to find a way to double-cross Briar and thwart her plots. For their elaborate plan, the princes must recruit old friends and new ones, forming a ragtag band of varying competence levels. While the wacky comedy and witty wordplay is broken up by emotional growth and romantic story arcs, laughter takes precedence. The ending teases readers with hints of the next installment. Funny and full of heart. (Fantasy. 8 & up)
The Horn Book
“Filled with witty banter, new and amusing characters, much seat-of-your-pants action, cartoony illustrations, and more clever references to fairy-tale tropes, this hefty installment is certain to keep fans of the first book happily entertained and, since it ends with a significant cliffhanger, eager for more.”
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
No sooner has Prince Liam awakened Briar Rose with a kiss than he is kidnapped by her and forced into marriage in a wedding scene that is short on dignity and long on ridiculousness. Briar Rose professes that the reason for the marriage is to unite the thirteen kingdoms, but it this tale masks her plan to steal the Sword of Erinthia from the ruthless Bandit King, a devious eleven-year old terror. The sword is deep within the castle of Deeb Rauber, also known as the Bandit King, and Prince Frederic reconvenes the League of Princes (Charming, Gustav and Duncan) to free Liam and steal the Sword for the League. It is a wacky plan that involves not only the Princes, but also Cinderella, Snow White and assorted gnomes, dwarves and villains. Plans go awry and misadventures abound as the motley crew sets out on the perilous task. With over 500 pages, this fractured fairy tale is laced with humor and slapstick. But the slapstick and quick repartee sometimes get in the way of the story's flow. The Princes are caricatures of their fairy tale counterparts, making their actions all the more hilarious. Wisecracks and sarcasm flow in this madcap romp laced with a healthy dose of zany. The drawings scattered throughout are in keeping with the farcical tone of the story. A worthy sequel to A Heroes Guide to Saving the Kingdom (Harper 2012), this one does stand alone. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062118455
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 194,086
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Healy

Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the New York Times selected as one of its best books of the year, calling it "charming—a quest that recalls at moments the Musketeers and at others the Marxes"; as well as its sequel, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, which Publishers Weekly hailed as "uproariously funny" in a starred review. He is also a reviewer of children's media. Chris lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Best Book

    A twisted fairy tale,rip roaring adventure, humor, and the return of four weird but lovable princes. Is this the kind of book you crave? Look no further than The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle. In this new adventure of Liam, Gustav, Duncan,and Frederic, the princes face renewed opposition from Deeb Rauber. Plus, there's a wedding to be crashed and family heirloom swords to be found. (And a bratty version of Sleeping Beauty to be dealt with) A must read whether you're 9 or 90.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

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    5/5 Stars ~ if ratings let me I would have given it 6 stars even

    5/5 Stars ~ if ratings let me I would have given it 6 stars even 10 stars…infinity.

    This book was just as amazing if not more so than the first one. It was like chatting with friends you haven’t seen in a while catching up on stuff they have been doing since we last talked. Last we left the 4 Prince Charmings they were planning on writing a book about Saving a kingdom because trying to be famous came and went faster then they could blink their eyes.

    Having pulled one over on the Princes The Bandit King (Deeb Raubers) became very popular by the Bards. Much to the dislike of the Princes many songs were made about them too. I’m sure no one was happy with the song Elle and the four princes. (maybe Elle).

    This time around the princes are asked to find the Sword that belonged to Liam’s Family by Briar Rose (the unfriendly sleeping beauty...or is she?) only problem is the sword was stolen by the Bandit King and his new home is the witches old castle (new and improved) which is pretty much inaccessible.

    If only the circus was in town maybe they could come up with a plan to get in the castle and steal the sword without being notice. But what if the circus was the same one that scared the crap out of Frederick with the toothless lion. What a mess that would be. It would be worse if there was a Troll/Giant Fight, a Huge Snake, the Gray Phantom and an Epic battle that causes great chaos and almost kills someone. That would be terrible and make an awesome story.

    The characters are still amazing, written so well. I couldn’t pick just one prince in the last book but I realized after reading this one Duncan IS HILARIOUS and Totally my favorite….Snort Laugh Hilarious. His entire family is a bunch of crazy people and I LOVED THEM. I want to be part of his family. You meet a few new characters and you learn a lot more about our “Heros.” Plus I think some of romance from the original stories aren't what they seems. I seriously try not to give to much away and this book has so much going on its hard to say to much without ruining and I don't want to ruin it for you.

    This book was amazing. Added it to my favorites, just a fresh re-telling of a few classic stories and I loved that the story is so original. You never know what to expect. You really come to care about the princes and I have a whole new respect for the “Prince” in fairytales they really don’t get the attention they deserve (considering they do most of the work). Can’t wait to see how this series ends.

    Do I even have to write if I think you should read this book? I think you know the answer :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Favorite book ever

    Best book ever!! Love this book ella and liam are pppppeeeeerrrrffffeeecccttttt for eachother. Cant wait until next one!!! Please write fast

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    :D

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Strowberry pancakes are good. Good book

    I think that itsgood

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    I love this series. I've been reading just a little bit each day

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    OMG!!!!!

    This is one of my favorite books! It has all of the best characters that you just can't help loving. With a lot of humor, love, and adventure mived in!!! : D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Seems amazing

    I haven't read the whole thing but it is already amazingly awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Good

    So fuking awsone
    Ass!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Strawberry pancakes

    Awesome book:D!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    so fun

    Just as hilarious as the first one and the illustrations are absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Never read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Best

    BEST BOOK SERIES EVER!!! I <3 this book!!!!!!! And the first one (The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom).

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