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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

by Christopher Healy

(May 1st, 2012: Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins)

There’s a lot you don’t know about Prince Charming.

Sure, we’re all aware of those guys who show up at the end of fairy tales to save the princesses, throw on a fancy suit, and get hitched in a lavish wedding. But have you ever wondered who those guys really are? Or if the few, meager facts we do hear about them are even true? (Hint: Generally not.)

In the first volume of the Hero’s Guide saga, we meet Prince Frederic, Prince Liam, Prince Gustav, and Prince Duncan — better known as the Princes Charming who rescued Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White, respectively — and find out that these men are far more (or less) than the cardboard cutout heroes we’ve heard tales about. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their kingdoms, these four men bond over their shared anonymity and band together to battle witches, goblins, trolls, bandits, and giants in order to save each of their kingdoms from a diabolical plot. And by the end, with any luck, they may finally become the real heroes they were always meant to be.


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“One of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales… The princes in “The Hero’s Guide” may not be charming, but Healy’s romp of a book about them most certainly is.” —Los Angeles Times

“The premise is indeed charming…a quest that recalls at moments the Musketeers and at others, the Marxes.” —New York Times Book Review

“Healy’s fast-paced debut is overflowing with suspense, humor, and carefully developed characters. Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The fairy-tale world is tongue-in-cheek but fleshed out, creating its own humor rather than relying on pop-culture references. Healy juggles with pitch-perfect accuracy, rendering the princes as goobers with good hearts and individual strengths, keeping them distinct and believable. Inventive and hilarious.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[A] lively, humorous adventure.” —Wall Street Journal

“This is the most fun you can have short of rounding up King Arthur’s knights, filling their armor with laughing gas, and driving them to a roller disco.” —Frank Cottrell Boyce, New York Times bestselling author of COSMIC

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  1. what would the wonderful characters of your book say and do to this: “there is a flying bear right behind you!”

    1. Liam: Everybody stand back! I’ve got this!
      Ella: Liam, stand back! I’ve got this!
      Frederic: Pardon me while I hide under this table.
      Rapunzel: Does he have an appointment?
      Snow: Wow, you’re looking out of sorts today, Thursday Bird.
      Lila: A flying bear? Thank goodness. At least it’s not my parents.
      Briar: If it so much as breathes on my hair, destroy it.
      Deeb: Nice try. I’m not falling for it, loser. [checks over his shoulder]
      Duncan: Flappy McHoneypaws!

  2. Hi, my friends and I are huge fans of The Hero’s Guide Series. However, our friendship is being torn apart because we cannot come to a consensus on how to pronounce Lila. I am afraid that this damage will go beyond repair unless dispute is settled. Please help. How do you, as the author, pronouce Lila?

      1. Ok, let’s see. I think the most common would be lilac. Because lilac is lila with a c at the end. Am I warm or cold?

        1. Because it has more red than blue, lilac is technically considered a warm color. That doesn’t really answer your question, but it’s true.

  3. I have no idea what to do with this book because every time I sit down to read it I break out in laughter.


  4. I am a big fan of your books. there are really awesome an i have read them all over 5 times. I really love them all and own all of them but i was wondering when are you going to make a forth book? I really hope you doo because i loooooooove your books