THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM
SERIES: The League of Princes, #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: MG Fantasy, Retelling Mash-up, Humour
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.
Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
I went into this book without knowing anything about it, because I really liked the style of the the illustration on the cover.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a fun, fantasy adventure story which remixes the characters from four classic fairy tales: Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and a few other fantasy elements. The characters and the plot are really genuinely funny.
Healy’s writing style had me laughing out loud more than once.
I really liked how different were Princes all were, and the glimpses we saw of their Princesses.
- Liam: pretty much the prince/ hero stereotype, except Sleeping Beauty turned out to be a spoilt brat.
- Friedrich: the overprotected prince. Not a fighter, and sometimes comes across as a bit prissy, but he’s got charisma and people genuinely like him.
- Gustav: He’s tough and pretty much embodies the strong, silent type but really he’s desperate to distinguish himself from is 16(!) brothers.
- Duncan: always seems to be the right place the right time. Carefree, laid-back and a bit of a hippy.
We don’t see much of the princesses apart from Cinderella, but if they’re all making their own way in the world and, again, succeeding in different ways.
I can’t get over how much fun this book was. It’s such an entertaining read: I’m looking forward to picking up the other two books in the series.