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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes #1)

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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
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Walden Pond Press
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I have no idea why this review gets so many people upset. Seriously. I gave it 3 stars! Anyway, it's JUST MY OPINION.
Also, it's now been 3 years, and my OPINION of what MY children would think about reading it has been proven to be TRUE. My kids (you hear that? MY KIDS) did not want to read it...for the exact same reasons I thought that I thought they wouldn't. If you feel differently?
WONDERFUL! May the Force be with you!

I originally grabbed this from the library thinking one of my boys mi
Clare Cannon
Dec 09, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone 9 years+ (no exceptions)

This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.

If you ever wondered what became of those Princes Charming from Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty (and especially if you didn't... they didn't even have names, after all...) this book will blow the socks off all speculations and surmises.

It's about four hard-done-by anti-heroes, and after 400 pages of their antics and adventures, t
What can I say about this novel that will properly convey to you how much I enjoyed it? I love fairy tales; they rock my world. I’ve studied them, wrote academic papers on them, retold them in my own words and so on. I find them to be fantastically illuminating on the goals of a patriarchal society and I find that fairy tales are often reflective on the needs of the society they are most famous in.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is in particular very revealing of the shifting and evolvin
May 24, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
For some reason, the cover of this book didn't immediately grab me. And the premise seemed a little too "wink wink nudge nudge see what I did there." But after having so many friends recommend this book, I just had to try it.


This is an absolutely hilarious look at what life is like for "Prince Charming." Does he have a name? Is he the same guy who saved Rapunzel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White? (The answers: yes, and no!)

The princes were instantly endearing, and the
Barb Middleton
May 23, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Looney Tunes meets the League of Princes Charming (and that isn't a typo). This book reminded me of the cartoons I grew up with the slapstick characters, distinct voices, and nonstop gags. This fractured fairy tale begins with a bang painting the character of Prince Frederic as pompous and fearful along with his girlfriend, Ella (Cinderella), who is spirited and wants adventure. The two argue about how to spend their afternoon. Frederic wants tea and Ella wants adventure; in particular, she want ...more
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I LOVE retellings of fairy tales and this one is no exception. And what is even better about this one is it is HILARIOUS! It reminds me a bit of Shrek except I liked the humor in Hero's Guide better because I feel it is a very smart funny. Just the concept is funny and smart- the four Princes Charming from the Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty stories star in this book (unlike the original stories where they don't even get c
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I’ve been giving The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom a lot of thought ever since I saw its cover. It is needless to say that I loved it since the moment I laid my eyes on it. It kind of reminds me of DreamWorks movies, How to Train Your Dragon, in particular. I wonder why.

I really wanted to buy it and what kept me from doing it was my husband saying that it’s probably not that good. So I let it go and tried to put it behind me.


I couldn’t.

I needed the DreamWorks dragon book sooooo ba
Dec 28, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Since when did fairytales become the realm of the girly? I blame Disney. Back in the days of Grimm your average everyday fairytale might contain princesses and pretty gowns and all that jazz, but it was also just as likely to offer its own fair share of dragons and murderers and goblins as well. Once the Disney company realized that princesses were magnificent moneymakers, gone was the gore and the elements that might make those stories appealing to the boy set. If you actually sat down and watc ...more
Jubilation Lee
There’s a lot that’s fantastical about The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom.

The illustrations, for one—I was 100% not expecting this book to contain pictures, which was my mistake. Of course it needs pictures! It’s a guidebook! And what’s a guidebook without things like “Fig. 32: Birds of the Week” and “Fig. 35: Zaubera’s Home Office”?

I thought it was funny, too! The author has a great, casually humorous voice, and breaks down the fourth wall all the time. (“Liam opened the door and entered
Jan 30, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fractured fairy tale fan, and this is a wonderful addition to that genre!

In The Hero's Guide we learn the truth behind all those Prince Charming stories (they're not named "Charming", for one) and that the stories have been a little mangled thanks to the bards. Frederic, the foppish, fearful Prince in the Cinderella story, decides to go in search of Ella (she's eager for adventure, not a safe, cossetted life at home) and on the way meets Princes Gustav (Sleeping Beauty), Liam (Briar R
Shanshad Whelan
Mar 13, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, childrens, mg
I think my main complaint on this book was that the cover doesn't feature all four Princes. But overall this was a delightful romp through a fractured fairy-tale land. Healy does a really nice job of turning his Princes into real characters that you come to like despite their flaws. And while those flaws are certainly done on a hyper scale, each prince is still a decent human being . . . who just might need something more to really help him realize it.

Strong heroines, wicked and funny villains,
Mar 21, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I REALLY enjoyed this. I'll definitely be checking out the sequels.
Jan 23, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
This book was sooo fun. The ending was surprisingly unresolved for a mid-grade book--maybe there's going to be a sequel?--but other than that, I love it and would recommend it to anyone. I didn't expect how entertaining it would be to see these stories from "Prince Charming's" side. The fresh perspectives and modern language really bring the characters from these well-known stories to life in new, unexpected, and endearing ways.
Ria Naydenova
Oct 20, 2015 Ria Naydenova rated it really liked it
Принц Прекрасен не се казва така... а Спящата красавица е кучка:

Нека бъдем честни – любимите ни приказки за принцове и принцеси от детството са били преразказвани и адаптирани толкова, че вече не знаем дали наистина е имало гарван в първоначалната версия на Снежанка („Снежанка и седемте джуджета“, Дисни), дали той се е превръщал в дракон или самата Зла кралица („Господарка на злото“), или всъщност са били ято гарвани, пренасящи кралицата от едно място на
Gabriela Kozhuharova
„Ръководство на героя за Спасяване на кралството“, или защо приказките са по-забавни, когато ги пишат принцоветe:

Кристофър Хийли събира бойна дружина от един благороден рицар и трима много чаровни, но крайно непригодни за героични дела изтърсаци. За разлика от Принц Прекрасен в 100% от приказките, тези симпатяги са личности, които притежават индивидуални характери със своите силни и слаби страни, и – о, чудо! – имат истински ИМЕНА! Да не говорим, че прин
Jan 31, 2012 Rachelrennaker rated it it was amazing
Very clever story and hil-air-eee-us! I l really love the strong female characters that -it could be argued- are some of the real hero(ine)s of the story. Looking forward to the sequels!
Apr 19, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maggie by: Heidi
So fun and cute and smart. I want to buy this for all my friends AND their kids.
Ms. Yingling
Apr 25, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
The kingdom of Harmonia has Frederic, who was brought up to be fearful of everything, but a really snazzy dresser. He danced with Cinderella and she fell in love, but found life in the castle to be profoundly boring. Nearby, there's Gustav, who tried to rescue Rapunzel but is now the laughingstock of his kingdom. Liam woke Sleeping Beauty, but found that Briar Rose has a horrible personality and he really doesn't want to marry her. Duncan is married to Snow White, but they are both a little odd ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, hilarious, rollicking re-imagining of all the fairy-tales you thought you knew.The Princes Charming: Frederic, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan are the best kinds of heroes, and their stories (along with their unwitting heroines: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose) will delight boys and girls.

So many fairy-tale re-tellings take the stance that Prince Charming is the same guy, and he happened to marry all the princesses. This of course leads to the conclusion that he is less th
May 03, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed here.

Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn’t know that, did you? Don’t worry. There’s a lot you don’t know about Prince Charming: Prince Charming has no idea how to use a sword; Prince Charming has no patience for dwarfs; Prince Charming has an irrational hatred of capes. Some of you may not even realize that there’s more than one Prince Charming. And that none of them are actually named Charming. No one is. Charming isn’t a name; it’s an adjective.

For anyone who’s ev
Oct 16, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
This really was such a fun read. I am so glad that my boss recommended that I give it a try! I bet you have always wondered about the various Princes Charming from all the various fairy tales. If that is the case, this is the book for you. With tongue firmly placed in cheat, Healy tells the tales of Princes Frederic, Gustav, Liam and Duncan so that we have a better sense of what they REALLY did to save Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. While the local bards have made some ch ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Karissa rated it liked it
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. I was super excited to read this book. It sounded like a lot of fun and I love fairy tale retellings. I ended up not liking it that much. The dialog and characters went beyond funny to the point where they were very campy. This book is a really neat idea, but the execution of the story needs some work.

That Prince Charming you hear about...well he's not really Prince Charming. He's actually Prince Liam, Prince Frederic,
May 07, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, children
Why are all the fairy tales about the girls? Why do all the fairy tale heroines seem to end up with Prince Charming? If you believe The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, it’s all the fault of the lazy bards who wrote the songs. They couldn’t be bothered to get the names of the heroes straight; they just called them all “Prince Charming.”

In The Hero’s Guide, we meet Gustav, Duncan, Frederic, and Liam – the princes of Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, respectively. They are
Aug 25, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy by: Elevetha
An irreverent, hilarious retelling of what happens after the most famous fairy tales...and the princes who starred in them!
Although this book occasionally felt slow, it ended up being really funny with good lessons and memorable characters. Worth pushing through till the end.
Feb 27, 2015 Cornmaven rated it it was ok
I really really really wanted to like this one. Love fractured fairy tales and the beginning seemed extremely promising. But by 2/3 of the way, I was slogging through it, and I ended up not even reading the last 30 pages.


1. Overly long. Some scenes felt thrown in to use as the comic relief parts of a film, as if Healy was expecting film producers to come calling. And those scenes got more plentiful and more tedious, with way too cutesy dialogue.
2. Almost too many characters to keep track o
Duda Delmas
Feb 21, 2015 Duda Delmas rated it liked it
The book hilariously follows an interesting premise, fearlessly mocking itself, which is very refreshing to begin with. The characters are mostly very, very likeable and fun, and will probably make you grow very fond of them (especially Duncan, who's a sweetheart! <3).
And, though the brotherhood formed by the princes is really adorable, I fear some of the book's ideas fall dangerously close to the so-called 'meninism', which can turn out to be a problem. Not that there aren't kick-ass girls
Fabulous Fairy-Tale Fun!

Prince Charming is afraid of old ladies. Didn't know that, did you?
-- Prologue: Things You Don't Know About Prince Charming

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It tells the story of 4 princes and how they came together and went on an adventure. The princes are from the following stories: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & Rapunzel. These princes are all known as Prince Charming and they hate that. People don't even realize they are not the s
In this whacked out fairytale spinoff, the Prince Charmings from 4 fairytales (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty) band together to rescue Ella (a.k.a. Cinderella) from evil witch Zaubera. These Prince Charmings turn out to be less than heroic, however: Prince Frederic cares more about his personal wardrobe than feats of danger; Prince Gustav is impossibly rash and rushes recklessly into every situation; and Prince Duncan is just plain weird (for instance, he has a habit namin ...more
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Feb 24, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
The kiddo and I had so much fun reading this book together. I got to bust out all kinds of fun accents for this one. It had him laughing so hard in parts and I thought it was quite humorous myself. A very clever and entertaining read.
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Christopher Healy is the author of the Hero's Guide trilogy: The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw. The series is a comedic adventure that follows the exploits of four different Prince Charmings in the aftermath of their not-quite-accurate fairy-tale fame. Published by Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins ...more
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The League of Princes (3 books)
  • The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes, #2)
  • The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw (The League of Princes, #3)

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“No, Princes Charming," Duncan cheerfully corrected. "'Prince' is the noun; that's what gets pluralized. 'Charming' is an adjective; you can't add an S to it like that.” 38 likes
“I'm Liam of Erinthia. I'm here to rescue you ... And You are not Cinderella. You are a tree branch wrapped in a sheet” 37 likes
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