Welcome! Today I am hosting The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw Blog Tour, the 3rd book in the Heroes Guide Series. This is a fun series for Middle Grade readers that tells the story of what happens to the Princes Charming after Happily Ever After and their respective Princesses as well as a few other unknown characters. It is a lot of fun to read and the author, Christopher Healy has proven to be a truly imaginative writer when it comes to the After Happily Ever After.
The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy
Walden Pond Press
Hardback 528 pages
Review Copy from publisher
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Goodreads- The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called "one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales."
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. 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 to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.
The various Princes from Snow White (Duncan), Rapunzel (Gustav), Cinderella (Frederic) and Sleeping Beauty (Liam) have all gone home or adventuring. Some of the princesses have gone off on their own adventures. It seems that some of the rescues didn't pair the right princes with the right princesses. No happily ever after. But don't despair. There is life ever after. And romance. And adventure. And growth.
In this particular adventure, the League of Princes has been declared the Most Wanted for the killing of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty). But our princes would never do such a thing, no matter how snotty, rude and annoying she is. Really, they wouldn't. So they have to clear their names. And the princesses and Liam's sister Lila along with a new character named Val are trying to free the country from the evil rule of a man who has the power to control minds. He is taking over all of the kingdoms at an alarming rate.
Old characters return and new ones are added in the conclusion to the series that is just as fun as the other two books. The League of Princes travel the various kingdoms, even the high seas, and the desert all to clear their names. The princesses begin a rebel faction bent on causing trouble for the Darians who are taking over the 13 kingdoms. Their group is called the Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters or FFFF. Oh and they have a guy with Seven League boots on their side.
There is constant action, adventure, and mishaps and mayhem. It will keep any reluctant reader interested and most adults that enjoy fairy tale related books. I love the inclusion of the princes and princesses from the four fairy tales and the mix up that happens with the couples. Some of them just weren't meant to be together. The worlds are explored a little more in this novel and are what you would expect of a fairy tale complete with scary monstrous beasts (beetles) and sea serpents. The Kings and Queens aren't exactly portrayed as someone you'd want to run your country. So it's pretty important to defeat the villain and get the Princes and Princesses back in line to take the thrones.
It was a great finish to a series that's been a lot of fun. But I am sad to see it end. All loose ends are tied up nicely, but the world and characters could definitely be revisited if Christopher Healy ever wanted to. And I hope he does.
Thanks to the ladies at Walden Pond Press for a review copy of this novel and for all their hard work :)
This in no way influenced my opinions expressed in this review. I was not compensated for my review.
Here is the trailer Christopher Healy made for the book. You need to watch it, it's funny!!
I am sure you want to follow the rest of the tour so here is the list below:
Hero's Guide to Being a Blog Tour
5/1 - The Book Rat
5/5 – Icey Books
5/8 - The Book Rat
5/12 - Word Spelunking Book Blog
5/15 - Buried in Books
5/16 - KidLit Frenzy
5/19 - Mundie Kids
5/20 - The Flashlight Reader
5/21 - Bunbury In the Stacks
5/22 - The Hiding Spot
5/23 - Novel Novice
5/26 - Mundie Kids
5/26 - This Kid Reviews Books
5/27 - This Kid Reviews Books
5/28 - Small Review
And here is the giveaway: US and Canada only. It is for a signed hardback of THE HERO'S GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW
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Here's a little about Christopher Healy:
Here's a little about 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 qurest 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. You can find him online at www.christopherhealy.com