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The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle

by Christopher Healy

(April 2013: Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins)

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.
Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination—it’s all in a day’s work for the League of Princes.


“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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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.” —The Horn Book

“The princes Charming reunite for another slapstick, kingdom-saving quest. . . While the wacky comedy and witty wordplay is broken up by emotional growth and romantic story arcs, laughter takes precedence.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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.” —School Library Journal

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  1. I think this one made me laugh the most of all three:D I don’t remember which parts were funny, just that there were lots of funny parts in it! XD I think I’m going to read it again…

  2. I haven’t read the third book in this series yet, so I don’t know what will happen, but please make frederic marry Ella!! They seem like the perfect couple. Opposites attract, u know 🙂

  3. Hello mr Healy. I love your books. I have questions 6 for you if you can answer them.
    1) will there be a movie, and if so will it be live action or animated?
    2) will book four come out in the near future and if you are not sure, what is stopping you?
    3) does the short story you wrote relate to the events of the next book (if there is one)
    4) which kingdom did the village in the short story take place in
    5) if your next book is not going to be hero’s guide, what book will it be
    6) do you have an idea of what the book will be about

    1. 1) The movie version that is in production is animated.
      2) I would love for that to happen, but there are a lot of people who need to be on board in order for a book to become a reality—editors, publishers, illustrators, marketers, etc.—and we’re not quite at that point yet.
      3) Potentially.
      4) The town of Fizzledorf is located in the kingdom of Jangleheim.
      5) Probably something with a snarky kid hero in it.
      6) Yes, I do.

      1. Thank you so much for answering my questions and if the editors, publishers, illustrators, and marketers etc. want to know if people will buy the book, make sure they know that I will buy it the second it is available along with many others.

  4. I am a nearly 40 year old man. I am not a big reader. Why wife suggested The Hero’s Guide books to me. I have read them and enjoyed them. I am currently listening the audio versions and I loving them!
    I do have a question though…
    Who did Prince Humperdinck marry to be able to even have descendants. He was defeated at the end of “Pri cess Bride” after all. Lol.

    1. Who knows where he went after he fled his own kingdom? But whatever new country he went to, he was definitely the slimy kind of guy would quickly try to marry into another royal family.