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The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw

by Christopher Healy

(April 2014: Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins)

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, along with Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Lila. 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 them across the ocean, through a scorching desert, and to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.
Christopher Healy returns once again to the fairy-tale world he created for the last installment in his epically humorous history. Giant mongooses will be battled, brain-melting beetles will be run from, dozens of feathers will be plucked, and, perhaps, kingdoms will finally be saved, now and forever.

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“As funny as the previous two Hero’s Guide titles, as hyper as a child after ingesting a pint of sugar, and as long as a phone book (whatever that is). Fans won’t want the fun to end, happily ever after or otherwise.” — Booklist

“Part screwball comedy, part sly wit, and all fun.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Healy’s latest foray into the Thirteen Kingdoms has more than the usual amount of wit, hijinks, princes, princesses and adventures.” — Huffington Post

“With its gender-bending stereotypes and oodles of action, this addition will be welcomed by fans of the series.” — School Library Journal

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    1. Not yet. I’m taking a break from Hero’s Guide to write some other stories for a while, but I plan to return to the Thirteen Kingdoms in the future.

      1. YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! I am taking that as a promise. Don’t break your word. You are promising a fourth book right now.

              1. Mr. H i loved your series so much,I read all your books! so if you are going to take a break from writing your Heros’s books, are there any books you can recommend that are simallar?

                1. Well, as we know, no book can be as wonderful, amazing, and unique as the Hero’s Guide books, but if you really need to read some other twists on old stories, you might try A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, Rump by Leisl Shurtliff, or the Ever Afters series by Shelby Bach (which comes highly recommended by my daughter).

                  1. Hi Mr. H! I know I’m commenting on your site for this book after a long period of time. I read the series somewhere near 2015 and I loved it! I finished rereading the series for the 3rd time just now. I tried looking it up and proof-reading the books but I’m dying to know who is Ruffian the Blue’s daughter? Of course, I dont blame you if you dont respond since I haven’t seen a post for about a year. Thank you for writing these amazing books though!

              1. YAY! I mean, sure an author’s life is busy and all, but still…I feel like Rainbow Dash waiting for the next Daring Do book! Can’t wait!

                1. Mr. H, it’s been 5 years! Are we still getting a fourth book or has it been decided to finish the series? I love the story and Todd’s illustrations!

                    1. You say, in 2020, and now I sit here and say we are still waiting, in late 2021. I will be old and wrinkly before you announce whatever the big thing is!

                    2. Things always take longer than we think they will. All I can say is that I am just as unhappy with the waiting as you are. Sorry!

      2. I can not wait! I was glued to Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom so much that I read it in a week! I started reading the series a month ago and now I’m almost finished with the last book!

        1. i read them in a week.. Thank you for making an amazing series… I especially loved the third book and i have just finished it.. Where did you get val from?

              1. Thank you! (And all the Les Miz fans out there who got the joke.) And if you didn’t get the reference, that’s fine too! I wanted the character to stand alone on her own merits, not just to be a spoof.

          1. I heard a peacock talking the other day, which was concerning enough on it’s own, but weirdest of all he was talking about a short man, dressed in strange tights, with a magnificent turkey on his head. Did you have something to do with this, Mr Healy?

        1. I can relate. I just flew to Texas to do some school visits and I was very glad I finished the book I was reading right as we landed, because if I hadn’t, they would have needed to delay the next flight, while I finished reading. (Of course, I had to buy a new book to read for the flight home then.)

  1. I can’t wait for the next book! Tell us when it comes out k? I couldn’t stand it if there was an end to the
    Hero’s guide. They are always making me fall on the floor laughing.
    Thanks for writing them.
    You are one of my favorite writers! I’ll buy the worst thing about saving the world comes out.

    1. I can’t wait for the next book, either! Which is going to be difficult, because as of now, there is no next Hero’s Guide book. Not that I wouldn’t love to write one. Because I would. My publisher just needs to know that you all would like to read one. (Hint, hint.)

      1. I have an idea…take every comment and copy it onto a Google Doc (Or similar…come to think of it, just e-mail it) and title it, ‘The fans demand a fourth book’! And if they say no….we do know a group of pirates we could hire. 😉

  2. I can only imagine how difficult it is to write about the same series of characters over and over but…..

    PLEASE write a 4th Hero’s Guide soon! My family just got done reading all 3 out loud and we’re dying for #4!

    I mean there’s so many unanswered questions! Do the Princes all end up marrying different people or the Princesses they originally saved? Is there someone out there for Briar or Val? What about Ruffian’s Daughter? WHAT DID DUNCAN NAME THE FUNNY LOOKING CATAPILLAR!?!?

    You can’t leave us hanging like this! 🙂

    Thanks for the great series. Our family has loved it and recommended it numerous times.
    God Bless,
    The Stevens Family

    1. Thank you, Stevenseses! I would love to answer all of those burning questions and more, but for the moment, my focus is on a new series (which I hope you’ll like too). If you really want to see more Hero’s Guide down the road, though, keep recommending the series (and thank you for that, by the way). Once the people have spoken… hey, you never know.

      1. But the caterpillar! You can’t do this to the caterpillar!
        For the moment, let’s just name it William and go from there.

    1. I can’t!!!!! I don’t know!!!!! I wish I did, but as of this moment, there is no Book 4 in the works. I’d love to write one, though, so tell your librarians and booksellers you’d want to read it! Together, we can make it happen!

  3. You have some fantastic writing skills, Mr. Healy. I’ve read all three of your hilarious and extremely entertaining books, and they’ve all gone onto my favorites list. My sisters have grown very close to the characters on account of the recognizable (and i like to believe) funny voices I give each one of them. My personal favorite would have to be Gustav.

    I look forward to whatever book you plan on publishing next. I’m a young writer myself, and I can honestly say that I appreciate any good-quality book out there for kids. There are a lot of clichés being written lately (not to point any fingers), and to know that something so creative, and yet so classic, is in the loving hands of young children still learning to truly appreciate a good story warms my heart!

    1. Wow, I wish I could hear the voices you do for the characters. But since I can’t, I’ll just have to imagine what they’re like. Okay… Imagining it now… Ha! Oh, yeah. That was hilarious! Nice job! Although, of course, I have no idea if what I just imagined is what you actually sound like. In fact, I’m sure you’re probably better. Anyway, thanks for the very kind words! Readers like you are what keep me going! Huzzah for the readers!

  4. STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRMMMMMMHAAAAAAAAAAAAGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!! Or in other words, huzzah for the fantastic writer also! Can’t wait for your next book! Ok I’m done. 🙂

  5. Ahhhhhh! Come back to the 13 kingdoms soon! Please! I stayed up all night last night reading The Hero’s Guide to being an Outlaw and it is currently my favorite book! Liam x Ella forever!

      1. Crud.. I don’t have a map.. Uh… I need to find one! By the way, a friend is sitting next to me which I just convinced to read Hero’s Guide. 🙂

  6. Oh, shoot. Just dawned on me that this is the last one. Now I am crying. Seriously, actually crying. My little sister is wondering what is wrong lol. Oh well…… I actually brought up the plural of Mongoose with my family at dinner a couple weeks ago, I am the only one in our family that has had the pleasure of reading your books. You have no idea how hard I laughed when I read Periwinkle Pete’s real name. Any chance you will be coming to Ohio anytime soon?

    1. I am sorry I made you cry. Tell your sister to read the books, so she can cry too. And by the way, it is so cool that you brought up the plural of mongoose at dinner. You get bonus points for that. As for Ohio… Hey, you never know. It’s certainly possible.

    1. I get my ideas from a tiny magical box that I keep in the back of my shoe. And will I ever write more Hero’s Guide? Ever? I’ll say yes to that.

  7. i felt very empty when i finished book 3. you can’t stop now!
    what’s the address of your publisher? can i send them a letter suggesting them to have you write another book? we die-hard fans do things like that!

  8. This series made me laugh so hard! I spent an entire morning giggling to myself and reading my favorite lines out loud… which made my sisters give me some pretty odd looks and inquire about whether I was feeling alright. Seriously, though, this, like Sisters Grimm/Percy Jackson-class comedy. Duncan and Snowy are the best!!! Although I really liked Petalblossombreezesong (Periwinkle Pete) and Smimf and Roughian and Lila and… gah, I just love these books already!

    1. Step one is “Read.” In order to be a good writer, you need to read. A lot. See what makes you like a book, or not like it. What makes one book better than another? What books make you want to be a writer? And why? Questions like this are the beginning. Really.

  9. Hey Mr.H, I just finished your three books and let me just say that they are AMAZING!! I totally admire you, you are on my favorite authors list right next to JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. Thank you for publishing your amazing series, and plz keep me updated on the fourth book, Thank you!!

  10. You should write another of the Hero’s guide, or just write a book that funny, that interesting, that long, that awesome, that cool, that complicated.

  11. You should write a book called “the wondrous adventures of 6 year old bandits” about deeb when he’s 6

  12. Hello, Mr. Healy.
    This is a ten-year old boy author currently working on writing my own saga. I need to ask you three things. One, was there any background story or an inspiration for any of the Hero’s Guides? Maybe you should write an autobiography. And two, what does it take for you to come up with the ideas of the story to make such a long book? In the entire series, there are at least 14 or 15 hundred pages!
    [But naturally, I finished all of them very quickly. So quickly I finished the third one in only about a day.]
    Three. I have an idea for any future Hero’s Guides.
    Rundark. He’s back. JJDG somehow back in control. Assault on the Thirteen Kingdoms.
    If that doesn’t work, I would suggest more parts in the book about the brand-new characters, such as Val and Jerica.
    Wish you luck on future writing.
    P.S. Baribunda! Baribunda! Baribunda!

    1. Thank you for all your excellent suggestions. And good luck on writing your own saga. Sagas aren’t easy, you know. As you point out, there are a lot of pages in mine. (But it’s a pretty big font, and there are also lots of pictures.) To answer your questions, I used a lot of the original old fairy tales as my inspirations, and came up with new ideas by exploring the unanswered questions from those original stories, such as “Why didn’t Rapunzel’s prince ever get a ladder?” and “Why did Snow White’s prince have no friends?” (I assume Snow White’s prince had no friends because he was always walking in the woods by himself. So, you know, that’s the natural thing to assume.) Good luck! Baribunda! Baribunda! Baribunda!

      1. I feel like you should write your next book based upon the story Beauty and the Beast, based on the last book’s ending. Also, what kind of a name is Petalblossombreezesong? It’s way too long. Just asking. AND WHO IS RUFFIAN’S DAUGHTER?!? You could make her either Val or Jericca. Either would work. Maybe you could do a biography of Deeb. I mean, he is Ella’s cousin. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM?!? Just some suggestions. I’m listening to “Saving Your Kingdom” as I type. All the best. P.S. Baribunda! Madoo! ( that was me naming a snake I saw out the window after the were-snake in your books. Keep in mind that my spelling may be off, as I have only listened to the books).

        1. Thank you for your note, Caroline. I can’t answer all of your questions, because I need to save those secrets for a future book (which I really hope to write some day). But I can answer one of them: It is a proper Elvish name! Unlike Madoo. Although Madoo is fine for a snake. 🙂

            1. Yes! After “The Worst Thing About Saving the World,” which is planned as a stand-along novel, I’ll be starting work on a new series tentatively titled, “A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem.” (Because I love short titles.)

      2. First I love your books. I am reading the second book. So is Ella Ruffian’s daughter, if she is that’s a good twist. Event though I haven’t read the third book yet I want a forth book in fact I think all of your fans want this series to keep going. I am also writing a book and the genres are :fantasy ,adventure and I was wondering if I should add fairy tale please tell me. So I wasn’t a bookworm until I read the first book in this series. Luckily I have the first book at home.

        1. First, thank you. If Ella is Ruffian’s daughter, I’m not telling. Yet. As for your other question, “fairy tale” is a more specific form of fantasy, so as long as it fits the description, sure—you should add it!

  13. My seven year old daughter loves, loves, loves your books!! She is an advanced reader and reads your series over and over again. The first one is her favorite though. She so wants a fourth book in the series. Please!!!! Never has a book been talked about more by her as your books. Thank you and we hope for more!

    1. Thank you! I honestly can’t tell you how much it thrills me to hear stuff like this. Your daughter obviously has fantastic taste in books. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide more books for her more to talk about in the not-too-distant future.

  14. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am seriosly hating right now I love this series its one of the best books in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please please please please make the fourth book soon your one of the people who inspired me to write money helped too but still P…L…E….A…S…E…PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been waiting for 4 months

    1. Four months? How quickly do you think I can write these things? 🙂 But seriously, it’s going to be a while before another Hero’s Guide book hits the shelves. (I know, I know. I’m sorry.) I’m currently working on a couple of other really fun projects, though. And who knows, Hero’s Guide might return a bit quicker in some form other than just a Book 4.

  15. I know you keep telling everyone that it will take a while to get back to the 13 kingdoms, but I need to know if by “A while” you mean like 5 years, or 5 months, or 5 decades…!
    But you have also been talking about your other projects. What would those contain?
    I am in love with this series and they are my favorite books!

    P.S. Gustav has problems with ladders
    P.S.S. Duncan fell in a net full of squid- lol

    1. Soon! My website has been giving me lots of problems lately. I need to get things ironed out so I can get back to more frequent posting.

  16. i REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE YOUR BOOKS SO MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and i hope that you make a fourth book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) me and my two older sisters love your books and so do i

    P.S.please make a fourth book 😉

  17. i REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE YOUR BOOKS SO MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so do my to older sisters PLEASE WRITE A FOURTH BOOK I NEED THEM TO SURVIVE they are so funny;) you really need to make a movie or TV sires 😉

  18. yes i do because as soon as i stared reading the first book i barely put it down till i was finished with it. and my favorite one is the the heroes guide to being a outlaw its really funny i really need a fourth book.

  19. Elena isn’t really my name, it’s a reference to my books. Here’s a question for you: Can I reference your books in my book? Also: is making the villains Illuminati aliens cheating? And their leader isn’t a king, or emperor. I messed around with a few words and came up with Surepo. After all, you can’t expect aliens to have the same sort of governments we have here on Earth.

    1. Hello, Elena–if that is your real name. (Oh, wait. Never mind. You just said it wasn’t.) You can reference my books wherever you want. (Using the characters or plot points in another book would be something different, however.) And Illuminati aliens sound totally reasonable to me. In fact, why bother having any other type of aliens?

      1. Of course I won’t crib off your books. Just making sure that I’m allowed to mention names and such for a passing joke. I think an awesome running gag would be one character constantly shouting about real world book s while unaware that she is in a book. And I wanted to use yours. Also LOTR and HP. And star wars, but that isn’t a book. I already have a character who is self-aware. I like this, because he became super annoying to the narrator and caused her to quit for a chapter.

  20. I just read The League of Heroes series, and I loved it! It was hilarious and original, and I loved the character development. You don’t see enough of that done well in children’s or young adults’ books. And I must say I was shocked and pleased to come across a character with my name. I think it was the first time I came across my name in a book before, so I guess I can forgive you for misspelling Captain Jerica’s name! 😉

  21. I really want to start the third book, just finished the second yesterday. It sounds really good. Also, do you draw the pictures in the book? They’re amazing.

    1. I do not draw the pictures. All the credit for the incredibly art you see in Hero’s Guide (the American versions, anyway) goes to illustrator Todd Harris.

  22. Ok, I know that it has been a few years, but are you going to be making a book four in the series, because and I only say this about books that I really like, but I DIE not knowing what comes next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>(

  23. i LOVED your books! I finished number 3 and i was thinking how could you leave us League fans hanging like that?! Anyway, i finished and i was sad and i had no one to talk about the books with but then i found out this boy in my class read book one and really wanted to read book two, so i found it for him and then he read the whole series and then we talked about it every day and we (like so many other people) are dying for you to write book 4, so PLEASE. DO. NOT. LET. US. DOWN. MR. HEALY!

    1. You are awesome! Any fan who gets new readers onto my books is the best! And, yes, no book 4 yet—but have you read the short story, “The Villain’s Guide to Being a Hero” in the anthology, Guys Read: Heroes & Villains?

  24. Please write a fourth book! I’ve read the whole series easily 10 times if not more! I’ve been trying to find a series that would possibly come close to The Hero’s Guide but I’ve seriously given up! I can’t find anything that could possibly come even the slightest close. I’m 14 and I should be reading stuff more my age but I just can’t give up hope for a fourth book and more hopefully!

    P.S. – I would thoroughly be pleased if the reply to this is when to pre-order the fourth!!!

  25. please! i love the series i have read all three books they are amazing… i have a idea for the forth book
    the hero’s guide to becoming famous. it does not have to be the hero’s guide to becoming famous
    but please consider thank you!

  26. Over here going through my bookshelf when I found the second book…after reading (and enjoying) it again I decide to do a search for the book and wonder of wonders…there’s a third and Google was suggesting I search for a fourth! Already ordered on Amazon. Three days until the stunning conclusion 😀

  27. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read the books and I made a comment about this before but I can’t seem to find it. I’ve reread the series several times and I just finished reading it for the 7th time! And amazingly, I just realized Ruffian the Blue’s daughter is never mentioned! Does she have any relevance to the plot Andre has a identity or is she just an unnamed character? I’m dying of anticipation!

  28. The hero’s guide to becoming famous I think is a great idea and maybe could twist in to the league defeating this new villain that was mentioned in the epilogue.

  29. I think that your books are amazing and I strongly suggest that you write book 4. I love all of the characters and their relationships with each other.

  30. Congratulations on your success with the new book! Are you going to return to the Thirteen Kingdoms anytime soon, or are you going to mainly focus on your new books first? (Both are good, by the way.) I adore your writing style and can’t wait to see more of your work!

  31. I just finished your hero’s guide series and I can’t find strong enough words for how much I loved and enjoyed it. Your books found me during a very sad time in my life and they really helped brighten my world. I can’t thank you enough! Big hugs. I really look forward to joining the league of princes again, I’ll be trying to wait patiently for the next one, my fingers are crossed that a few more may be coming in the future. Every character is awesome and I miss them already. Thank you again!

  32. I absolutely LOVE this series. Me and my brother have listened to this series 7 times and we have become experts. (I had to be an expert to win Oregon battle of the books for my district) and we think Lila is our favorite character. If you were to write another book I would hope she would be a lead again. Also do you have an estimated time this book would get published? I can’t wait to hear what happens to the League. Will Ruffian’s daughter be involved? Have you even started writing the books? I would love to get an answer from the author if you are not too busy

    1. Seven times? Well, I certainly think that should make you an expert. Did you win the Oregon Battle of the Books? If so, congratulations! If not, I demand a recount! I am currently entering the planning stages for a new book that just may or may not be focused around Lila. Unfortunately, I can’t say much more at this time. But thank you for being a fan. I appreciate it more than you can know.

  33. I’d like you as an author to know that your books perhaps defined my middle grade years. I first launched myself into the world of the Thirteen Kingdoms when I was in the 6th grade or so, and it’s been years since then (I used to frequent this site on an old family computer leaving comments under ridiculous fake names.)I want to thank you for writing such an amazing and funny series of books for me to lose myself in and for making such beautifully real characters- so much so that one of them became my dog’s namesake. However, I especially want to thank you for almost always replying to my comments when I posted them; it made me feel seen and appreciated. I will always remember when I asked you for advice on the books I was writing and you replied encouragingly. The book I ended up writing was terrible, but the feeling of validation that came with getting advice from a real author was something that I will always cherish, and the knowledge that someone who could weave stories that made me laugh and that truly kept me engaged kept me writing; I am now writing a new novel that is much better than that first attempt, and I recently hit 100 pages. It made me think of this website for some reason. If you still read comments, Mr. Healy, thank you for everything.

    1. Yes, I do still read comments. Thank you so much for this one. At a time like this, it’s comments like yours that keep my spirits high and keep me hopeful. Congrats on hitting the 100-page mark–that’s a big milestone! And good luck on all your future writing endeavors! You rule!

  34. Hey, Mr. H. I would read and re-read The Heroes Guide series from 4th grade to 7th grade. I’m in 9th grade now for reference. These books defined my childhood and your style of writing kept me interested in reading for years. I love how you don’t shy away from relatively complex storylines and vocabulary my middle school self only understood from the context. I know you’ve been talking about writing a follow up for years but you’ve been focusing on other things, and I understand that. But how soon can we expect the 4th book? I understand that you’ve been thinking of focusing on Lila and that sounds promising. However, you’ve invented quite a formula with the stories centered around the league. Also, I feel like the Sleeping Beauty sequel you set up in the third book needs addressing. There are also loose ends involving Ruffian’s daughter and maybe something can be done with the 15 Darians left in the 13 Kingdoms. I’ve just re-read all three books in quarantine and I’m confident you’ll come up with something good. Thank you for writing these books I don’t know where I’d be without them.

    1. Thanks for sticking with me all this time, Logan! Now that I have just finished writing the final book of my other series, A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, it’s time for me to start thinking about what comes next. I would absolutely love for it to be a return to the Thirteen Kingdoms, but—and I’m not going to shy away from complexities here either—it’s not entirely up to me. There are a lot of people involved in getting a book out into the world (editors, publishers, marketers, illustrators, etc.). But I appreciate my fans more than anything else and I can tell you honestly that I will always be working to give you folks what you want. Stick around a little longer…

  35. Hello Christopher Healy,
    Me and me sister really liked your books. Especially narrated by Bronson Pinchot. I really love your books and I would like to know if you are writing the next one. Is it in pre-production? Have you started writing it? Do you have an inkling of an idea of what I will be about? I really like your books and your sense of humor. Please write the next book soon. I have always loved fairy tales but, some things didn’t make sense. I actually found your series when I told my friend at lunch that it was so weird that Prince Charming didn’t bring help or even a rope or ladder when he attempted to rescue Rapunzel. And how it was weird how all the guys were called Prince Charming and the girls got real names. My friend had already read your books and started cracking up. I thought she had gone insane or something. She showed me the books, but at home I very rarely have time to read a book so I purchased it as an audio book. If I had one wish from the genie of barabunda it would be a golden palace. But my second choice would definitely be for a 4th book. Please make one soon!

  36. Christopher Healy, this is a yes or no question (say yes or no and then explain why). You must tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Will there be a book 4 in the next 2 years?

    1. Wow, you really get down to business! I like it! You know what you want and you ask for it very directly. However, since you will only accept a yes or no answer, I’m going to have to hold off on my official reply until I can say more than “maybe,” “I hope so,” or “well, if it were just up to me…” But don’t worry, I won’t forget about your question. I’ll just come back to this comment and post the answer when I can do so definitively. In the meantime, keep being awesome.

  37. I just finished reading your short story about deep rauber and I loved it! Deep had a crush on Lila in the second book and now he has a crush on hoodsy? I think he has a thing for snarky girls with curly hair. But when it said it was a wedding invitation from hoodsy to woodsy was it that hoodsy wanted to marry him or that she was inviting him to someone else’s wedding or that she was getting married to someone else? Either way, I love your books and want to be a movie actress when I grow up and if they ever made a live action heroes guide movie I would love to be hoodsy or Lila. They both are super awesome characters that are around my age

    1. WARNING: THIS RESPONSE CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS. I think perhaps you’ve nailed Deeb Rauber’s type, the snarkiness being most important of all. Very astute observation. Oh, and she was inviting him to a certain grandmother’s wedding.

  38. Hi mr Christopher Healy. Can you please make a fourth book? I was always kinda made fun of for being a guy who likes fairy tales, but then these books became a big hit at my school. I am about to go into high school and I just realized it has been 6 years since the last hero’s guide book. Then I read your perilous journey books. I liked them, but I still really want another book. You are my favorite author and I know I will enjoy anything you write. When will the 3rd book of the perilous journey come out? And have you started writing book 4? And what color is Lila? Ruffian is blue, Wiley is white, Pete is periwinkle, and fang is green. What is Lila? I would love if you answered all of my questions and would love if you made a book 4.

    1. Hi, Jakob! Thanks for you comment. Holy cow, has it really been six years? From one guy who likes fairy tales to another, you rule. And thanks for reading Perilous Journey, too. Oh, and those are all definitely questions I would answer in Book 4.

  39. Quite honestly, the hero’s guide series is a seriously great book series with characters that are developing constantly. I am excited to see, if you write a 4th book of course, what you have in store for us readers next.

      1. Hey! First time on the site though I read the book first in 2017 and have read them at least 7 times after. Knowing that there will be another Heroes Guide book, how many more books could there be, and when will the fourth book be released?

          1. Hi Mr. H! Wow, I’m surprised you are still commenting in 2020! I never knew about this website, so I just assumed there would be no fourth book, but…since you promised I am so excited! I love you books and Todd’s drawings! Any idea when it will come out?

              1. you are kind of making it sound like there will be a book 4! i have been waiting for this for 3 years! you are only saying stuff about release dates being a no but not about the books. so are the books a yes? idk you are very cryptic sometimes. even if there is no book 4 can you write a little little little little short story here in the comments? i would like you to summon your characters! what is your favorite colour on a cape? also the grey phantom is right behind you! oh wait that is just lila.

                1. Once upon a time, Gustav gathered a basket full of blueberries and put them in the kitchen to save for later and went outside to take a nap. Duncan found the berries and thought they were a family of round, lazy, little pixies, so, in an effort to motivate them to fly, he tossed them all out the window, where they rained down upon the napping Gustav. Gustav awoke and immediately grew frustrated. He could not believe that he’d spent all morning gathering blueberries in the woods when there were apparently tons of them right outside his kitchen window. The end.

  40. You make Lila’s color lilac, perhaps? However for some reason when I think of Lila I think of yellow. I don’t know it doesn’t sound good though.

  41. Merry Christmas! I asked mom and Santa for perilous journey 3 and the guys read heroes and villains with your short story in it. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas or holiday depending on what you celebrate

    Btw was the song the 12 days of Christmas based on what briar asked for Christmas from her people? It sounds very much like something briar would do. Also her “true love” is probably based on her servants and peasants and parents. Did the bards write holiday songs?

  42. Hi we just finished all the Heros Guide books, we loved them! But big cliff hanger, so suspenseful I’m on the edge of my seat. I want to know what happens next???

  43. Hello Mr. H!
    I really love your books, and I’m just wondering when the fourth book will come out!
    So.. when will it come out?

      1. I’m losing my mind!!!!! I’m so excited I’ve been reading and reading these since I was 5. I’m almost 15

  44. Just for a little background, my first language and the language I speak around my home is Norwegian. The word for “there” in Norwegian is “der”, but it is said more like “dahr”. I am listening to the audio book version with my little brother. He also speaks fluent English, but is very young, so I had to explain to him that when mr. Pinchot said “Dar” he wasn’t saying ‘There”. He had made it about halfway through the story thinking that you had named one of your kingdoms “There”. Like “the kingdom of There was a horrible place full of horrible people”. Another thing that is interesting about that is that when we were little my dad would read us stories from this big book of Norse stories that had been translated to English so me and my brother would have a fun way to learn English. Before Midgard and Asgard there is just Muspell and Niffleheim, one a land of ice and one a land of fire, also much how you describe Dar.

    I also saw that another Norse girl asked what kingdom was most like Norway, so I guess I am a proud citizen of Frostheim.

    1. Hallo, Astrid! I love this so much! The Kingdom of There has a folkloric sound to it. It’s not a bad name for the place, really. And yes, perhaps you can tell I am a fan of Norse mythology. Perhaps I will set a story in Frostheim someday. Takk!

  45. Oh! I just realized something, sorry to bother you so much. I have read all your novels and they were very enjoyable, so thank you very much, but I realized that all of you books have the same amount of words in their title (sort of)
    The Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom (7 words)
    The Hero’s Guide To Storming The Castle (7 words)
    The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw (7 words)
    A Perilous Journey Of Danger And Mayhem (7 words)
    The Villains Guide To Being A Hero (7 words)
    I realize that the perilous journey books have extra words at the end that distinguish each book from the next, which is why I said sort of.
    A quick side note, I am dyslexic and english isn’t my first language, so did you have to chose the words Perilous, Journey, And Mayhem? Those are three of the hardest words to spell and say? You might as well go big and have the word Burglary in your next book. Do you have any idea how hard that is to say? I am kidding though, I like your long titles.

    1. Very astute observation! And the title of the picture book I wrote is This Is Not That Kind Of Book (7 words!). And I was born in July, which is the 7th month! Would you believe me if I said I hadn’t planned for all my titles to be 7 words, but that I only noticed if afterwards? Or is it too much of a coincidence to be unplanned? Either way, I’m sorry those words I used are difficult ones——but they’re such great words!

      1. One day, Lila was bounty hunting with ruffian the blue when they were told that someone stole things from their house. When they went to inspect, it turned out that this someone had not just stollen a few things from their house, they had essentially stolen… their house. the planks of wood from the walls, ceiling, and floor had been stolen. Everything in their house had been stolen, even the farmer’s moustache. The only thing left was a tomato. For some reason.
        “Did you see the person?” Lila asked the trembling wife.
        “No, we just woke up and everything was gone.” She said. Lila didn’t know how someone could possibly steal everything in someone’s house, including the beds and the floor, and not wake up, but since they were in such a state, lila didn’t question it.
        “Lila, let me ask the questions.” Ruffian the blue said. “Did they leave anything behind?”
        “Not- not exactly.” The farmer said.
        “What on earth does that mean?” Lila asked, growing frustrated.
        “Lila.” Ruffian said in a warning tone. Lila sighed. “What did they leave behind?”
        “Well when I woke up… there was… a bit of charcoal on my face.” The husband said slowly.
        “All over your face?” Ruffian asked.
        “No… in… very specific parts of my face.”
        “What do you mean by that?” Ruffian asked, trying not to loose his patience.
        “In a handlebar moustache shape below his nose and the letters P-B-L-B-L-B” The wife said finally.
        “Do you know anyone named… publublublub?” Ruffian asked. Lila started cracking up.
        “No, of course not.”
        “How about pablablablab?” Lila asked, dying of laughter. Ruffian gave her a warning look. She stifled her laughter.
        “Wait a second, did you say a handlebar moustache?” Lila asked, realizing something.
        “Yes.” The wife said. Lila and Ruffian looked at eachother.

        “Whaddyou want.” The Bandit king said, licking blue cupcake icing off of his fingers.
        “Did you steal someone’s house?” Lila asked.
        “Ginger bread house?” Deeb asked.
        “No.” Lila said.
        “A house made of hay, twigs, or brick?” Deeb asked.
        “Then no.”
        “Wait, does that mean you stole a… Nevermind.”
        “Then where did you get those planks of wood?” Lila asked.
        “Oh wait, I did steal a house. From this fat old couple.”
        “Did you steal the man’s moustache too.”
        “How did you manage to pull that off?” Lila asked.
        “The dude is a really deep sleeper. So I just pulled.” Deeb said.
        “Why did you steal it?”Lilla asked, and then Deeb pulled a fake mustache that was held onto a piece of cloth, wiped some icing on the back of it for glue, and stuck it on his face.
        “So people take me more seriously.”

        Now I really have to do my homework, bye.

  46. hi i just started rereading the heroes guide for the fourth or fith time!!! i’m dying to see if rapunzel actually marries frederic. also WHO IS RUFFIANS DAUGHTER??????ps i love the ffff

  47. The first time I ever read the Heroes’ Guide series, I was in the seventh (or maybe eighth?) grade, sad, and a pretty bad aspiring author. I frequented this site as a respite from the real world, especially since you, Mr Healy, replied to almost every single comment, which I respect immensely. I have now graduated high school, am a legal adult, and wanted to return to this site to thank you. I liked feeling like I was someone worth listening to by someone I respected and whose works I liked. Last year, I left a comment thanking you for inspiring me to keep writing and to say that I’d reached 100 pages on my novel. This year, I want to thank you again (may I put you in the acknowledgements section?) for listening (well, reading) and responding to the comments of us readers for so many years. I have finished my novel. It is 187 pages and about 50,000 words. Not terribly long, but it is done. A good deal of the humor in it is very likely inspired by your series (for goodness sake, the title is “The Guild of Useless Superheroes”), and it is far from publishable, but the story has been told. Thank you for helping me believe I could write back when I was a 13-year-old kid who thought illuminati aliens and characters who irritated the narrator were good plot points.

    1. Thank you, Caroline. I am honored and touched by your words. Readers like you are the reason I love writing, and communicating with you all over the past ten years has been a privilege. Best of luck with your novel! I hope to be leaving fan comments on your author website someday.

  48. OH SO GOOD!
    I looooooooooooved it! I TOATALLY thought Gustav and Val were going to end up!
    This book was Soooo genius, and unlike another book in every good possible way!!
    ALSO, in Lila’s head, did she ever have a crush on Smimf???? 😀

  49. Hi!
    I see you respond to these so I thought I’d make a request. Before I do though, I want to say that I really enjoyed your books! So many silly references–the best by far being Val Jeanval–and I laughed out loud far too many times today which pulled at the sutures above my lip. So, thanks? Oh, and the happy ending for Duncan’s hat reminded me a bit of Hitchhiker’s Guide–a tall compliment–and probably the biggest barrier to the incision actually healing. (That particular smile was so painful!) Anyway, here’s the feedback: what happened to the sexual tension between Ella and Liam? It kind of died, which was disappointing since they still have a thing. I was waiting for that promise of their attraction to become something and it just fizzled. I normally wouldn’t care but because you brought it to the reader’s attention at book one, I was hoping for it to have a greater bearing on their scenes together. Even with the complication (love triangle?) of Briar, there was no forward movement or even regression there. I don’t know if you’re in the process of writing the fourth book, but before you publish it, please remember that some readers might be watching for this. (I’ll admit it distracted me a bit from the general mayhem because I wanted closure or at least perceivable growth!) Thanks for reading! (Sincerely, a romance-hooked reader who enjoys romance almost exclusively in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, which includes a goofy, action-packed fantasy retelling of classic fairy tales written for tweens.) (In my defense, I really wasn’t looking before the ending of book one, but you put in my head and so I looked forward to it.) Thanks for all the laughs!