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Best YA of 2013: 'The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle' by Christopher Healy

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'The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle' by Christopher Healy

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This review is part of a recap of this reviewer's picks for the Best YA Books of 2013.

There is no question about it: if you loved The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, then you should make haste in picking up the sequel, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. Once again, the princes are back and their adventures are even more outrageous and hilarious than the first go around.

Healy masterfully continues the saga of Duncan, Frederic, Liam, and Gustav as they once again band together to save their kingdom. Unlikely foes, unexpected twists, and plenty of laughs abound as the story unfolds.

The archetype of the fairy tale is once again lovingly paid tribute to and shattered all at once, in a manner only Healy can present. His series offers up an entirely new way of looking at fairy tales, princes, and princesses — a refreshing twist that satisfies modern readers and fairy tale traditionalists alike.

As with the first book, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is enhanced by the enchanting illustrations by Todd Harris — whose images capture all the charm and humor of Healy’s story and characters. I can’t imagine them brought to life any more perfectly.

The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is in stores now. Here is the official synopsis:

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.

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