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The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  1,411 ratings  ·  236 reviews
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....more
Hardcover, 477 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Walden Pond Press
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Clare Cannon
Mar 29, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

5 stars; not because Storming the Castle is the same as Hero's Guide #1, but because it sequels it so well. The first book in a series is a surprise, full of fun and games as the characters make a show of themselves for new readers. But a sequel is an opportunity to really get to know the characters, rubbing shoulders with them long enough to see if their traits and actions ring true with the initial impression, down to the last detail.

Storming the Castle is an excellent sequel which allows eac...more
Strap on your Seven League Boots and clown costumes friends, because Christopher Healy is back with the second installment to The Leage of Princes with The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, and it's every bit as informative as book one. Though I suppose it could alternatively be called "How Not to Fail at Banditry" because not only our are heroes and heroines returned, so is Deeb Rauber, the pint-sized squirt of a comical villain. In fact, as I've pointed out before, Storming the Castle is pr...more
Barb Middleton
Christopher Healy is the Groucho Marx of fractured fairy tales. His first book, "A Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom," was hysterical - sometimes at the expense of the plot - but this one strikes the right balance with more depth, solid plot, and a fun cliff hanger ending. Healy takes the delicate business of writing children's comedy and makes it a hoot for children and adults alike. You need to set aside your "doohickeys and dingle-dangles" and snort-laugh as the League of Princes reunite in...more
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

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A NOTE: Though this is the second book in the series, you can easily read this book without having read The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. (In other words, no spoilers ahead!)


Ever since the League of Heroes saved their respective kingdoms from clutches of a truly evil witch,...more
The League of Princes gets even more charming in this sequel, in which the awful Briar Rose enlists their aid in stealing something from Deeb Rauber, King of Thieves!

These books are so delightful, and I was laughing helplessly over some of it, and also wondering if a lot of the humor isn't lost on the "target audience." For instance: Deeb Rauber . . . Dieb is German for thief, and Rauber is German for robber. Duncan names a rat King Moonracer, which is the name of the king of the Island of Misfi...more
I <3 Duncan and Snow...4.5/5 stars

Source: Library

This highly anticipated sequel to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is an absolute pleasure, proving a worthy successor, no second book syndrome here! Its many delights include the chatty humorous narration style, which matches exactly the first book's writing style, the familiar characters plus new charmers, and the way the plot thickens in preparation for book three.

As mentioned the humorous writing style continues. Here's an example of...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places

One would assume that after saving the bards of the land, the Princes Charming would get some glorious fame. Unfortunately, as we learned in book one of The League of Princes, the bards don’t always get it right. Instead, Frederick and Ella are back to their boring day to day activities, Gustav is still living in the shadow of his older brothers, and Liam is still hiding from his bridezilla. Unfortunately for Liam, Briar Rose is no dummy and it doesn’t...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Another great installment in the League of Princes series!

This time around we see a whole new side to some of our beloved princes and princesses. I was so intrigued by the 'other side' of Briar Rose and Liam. I can't tell you much, but I can say there are some definite surprises in store for you, dear reader.

What I really enjoyed in The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle were the new characters. The villains were extra vile and the sidekicks were extra punchy. (I love Mr. Troll!) The ending h...more
I'll admit right off the bat that I loved this book. I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first one. The characters are great. Each one has their own strengths and weaknesses and all made me roll my eyes at one time or another, but I couldn't help liking them (most of them) despite their flaws. The four princes and princesses I found especially entertaining. Most of them have good intentions but those good intentions inevitably go awry, which is where the humor comes in. I found myself lau...more
The Princes Charming, yes, you read right. Not the Prince Charmings, but the Princes Charming are back in this equally hilarious and fantastic sequel to The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

This time they band together to find an item of great power, one that can control minds and take over the world, before it gets into the wrong hands.

Firstly, I loved it. I think it's so funny even though it's targeted toward a younger audience. The princes all have vastly different personalities, and that...more
This is totally going to be one of my lazier reviews because I read The Hero’s Guide To Storming The Castle by Christopher Healy back in May and it’s October as I type this, November when you read this and you know, my notes were kind of sparse and my memory is unfortunately not the photographic type. When I read the first of Healy’s awesome Heroes series, I found myself utterly charmed and delighted. I found that I could not wait for the sequel. Healy writes with a hefty dose of humor, providin...more
My favourites are Briar and Lila. I expected to love Lila (she is amazing), but my sudden love for Briar was entirely unexpected. She is just so amazing though. *makes a banner asking her to marry me*
Sharon Tyler
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle is the second book in The League of Princes series by Christopher Healy. Like with the previous audiobook, Bronson Pinchot is our narrator (and does a spectacular job!) I highly recommend starting with the first book The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom so that you know the Princes Charming; Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav along with all their quirks and the feisty Cinderella, Lila, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose. Fa...more
This is going to be a very gushy review, since I just finished the book fifteen minutes ago. (Also because the book was amazingly awesome.) I mean, my gleeful laughter hasn't even died down yet! But still, I'll do my best to be coherent. Here are a few of the many reasons I loved this book.

First and foremost, Lila is awesome. Though she is technically not a prince, charming or otherwise, or mentioned in the original fairy tales, she plays a key role in the success of basically every plan. In fa...more
Abigail Parnell
Very entertaining :) The writing style kind of reminds of Andrew Peterson in his Wingfeather saga.. very hilarious!! I loved the little snippets at the beginning of each chapter. A few of my favorites:
From the Hero's guide to being a hero-"Mere words cannot defeat a true hero. Unless they happen to be the words to some instant death spell. Magic is scary."
"It is the villains who covet treasure, not the heroes. Unless the treasure in question is a really snazzy belt buckle, in which case, who can...more
This is not as good as The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom , let me get that out of the way. But it's hard to stay fresh with this time of humor. Still it wasn't stale, it was still a fun -- sometimes very fun -- adventure and a good story for the young -- or those that can act young while reading a good book.

After their last adventure, the heroes find out that even in Fairy Tale Kingdoms, you only get 15 minutes of fame. No longer hailed as greats, their loser status has been restored and...more
This review originally appeared on my blog,


“You’re never too young to start being a hero. Practice dueling one-handed so you never need to drop your blankie.” -- The Hero’s Guide to Being a Hero by Duncan

After devouring the first book in the League of Princes series, THE HERO’S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM , I could not wait to dive into the second. Sometimes middle books disappoint me, because they aren’t as good as the first, or are just a bridge to the third book.

Not so with TH...more
The first book is funnier, probably because now readers have a good idea what to expect from the book- wacky characters, sense of humor etc.

But this book is definitely a good sequel to its original installment. Definitely, it's the characters that people would come back for, and they'll be happy to see just how much the characters were developed in this book.

Even more, Christopher Healy expanded the main characters and also developed characters that I felt wasn't very important in the first bo...more
Carolyn Arrington
This is the 2nd book in the League of Heroes series.

The bumbling heroes and daring heroines are at it again! This time Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) hatches a sinister plot to conquer the world or at least the surrounding kingdoms. To do this she must find the JJDG (Jeapardous Jade Djinn Gem) with which she can control the minds of her minions and enemies. The League of Princes (& Princesses) must find a way to get to the gem before Briar Rose does and stop an even more fiendish band of oppon...more
Alex Murphy
This was totally adorable absolutely fun and made me want to read the first one agains to see why I only gave it a three out of five. I think I had read it too close to half upon a time and not all fairy tale books can be that great. This book was great I loved the mixed up feeling to a new fairy tale. Instead of retelling the classics Healy takes the familiar characters and says what if? What if four princes rescued the wrong princess? What if those rescued princesses had their own agendas and...more
Another fun romp with the League of Princes and their ladies. This time there is a different kind of villian--Rundark, the Warlord of Dar--who is not nearly as much fun as Deeb Rauber--mainly because he is a really bad guy with evil in his heart.

The cast of this novel has many of the characters from the first, including Mr. Troll and Frank the Dwarf, but we are introduced to quite a few new ones, some of whom surprise the readers in interesting ways. The bards are hard at work on their songs, a...more
The Prince Charmings have returned!

I still adore this series, but I will admit that Storming the Castle isn’t *quite* as magical as Saving Your Kingdom. There are even more characters in this one than the first, and there were times when I had trouble keeping track of everyone. Plus, the plot didn’t click the way the first one did.

Which isn’t to say The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle isn’t an excellent book. It is. But it’s following a book that, while written for children, managed to inclu...more
This book had me laughing hysterically, biting my nails, and angsting over the characters mistakes and foul-ups the entire time. I've tried listening to more stuff aimed at my demo, but I haven't had half as many laughs or half as many heart aches with my recent adult oriented reads. I think that Chrisotpher Healy manages to pack so much tension and authenticity into a book while making it not only appropriate for children but also hilarious is a testament to his skill.

Just a warning though, the...more
Kathy Bryson
The princes join up for another fun-filled, rolicking spoof of fairy tales! This series, devoted to the Princes' point of view, gives all the Prince Charmings real personalities and real problems, such as being unhappy with the maidens they rescued, over-bearing royal parents, and unrealistic expectations on the part of their subjects. Unlike in fairy tales, the prices are not finding it easy to vanquish foes or find happy endings!A brilliant read with all the elements necessary - from snakes to...more
Buzzwords: Heroism, Friendship, Romance (light), Bandits, Magic and magical creatures, Humor

The League of Princes is back, with new friends and old, continuing their bumbling heroics and heroic bumblings - this time, with the goal of saving Prince Liam from Briar Rose and rescuing a magic gem from the Bandit King and an even worse warlord. Which involves recruiting trolls and dwarves and giants, plans and improvising, and storming a castle, among much more. With humor and heart, this is a worthy...more
I love, love, love these Hero's Guides by Christopher Healy. They are always packed full of action, humor and well Prince and Princesses, who act completely unpredictable. Why did it take me so long to get to this book? The sequel, The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw is already out...hmm must check my library NOW. One of the things I like about this series is even though there is the distinction between the League of Heroes and Heroines, the character qualities overlap. We have Ella, who's sword...more
Hope Molinelli
Christopher Healy, you must have a brilliant mind and an extremely good sense of humor! You never cease to make me laugh! I loved The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and it all happened one day when I was strolling in the library and wandered into the juvenile section to find it! I will never regret that little stroll to the children section! I'm surprised this book is in the children section of the library! It is thrilling and adventurous, the plot is riveting and amazing! And the pictures...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
I love this series. I've been reading just a little bit each day so the books last longer because there is nothing like adding a little laughter to your day.

This is the second installment in The Hero's Guide series, and it is just as much fun as the first. In this book, the heroes get back together in order to save Liam from his arranged marriage to the horrid Briar Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty). Of course, everything the League of Princes attempts fails miserably, but the botched wedding rescue st...more
My Thoughts: Another fantastic and funny book in this great middle grade series. I loved The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, so I was super excited to get my hands on the sequel, and it did not disappoint. The story was super fun with everyone's favorite princes out to save the day in their own particular ways. I was so excited to read more of The League of Princes. Each and every prince has a special place in my heart and they always cause a good laugh. I loved how the story played out and...more
I LOVE this series. I like to call it a Funky Fairytale. This was just as charming—and ZANY—as the first book. A fun action-filled romp of an adventure. The narration alone is humorous. It sounds personal as if it is talking directly to you. I was yet again entertained by the titles: “A Hero Cries at Weddings,” “A Hero Makes It Up as He Goes Along,” “A Hero is Grossed Out by Sticky Floors.” Some titles were even dedicated to the villains: “The Villian Redecorates” and “The Villian Just Wants to...more
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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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“Listen up, Mount High-Hair," Gustav barked. "Say what you want about me, but lay off the rest of the team. I've been through a lot of stuff with these people. Nobody can tell me that Fancy Dancer and Lady Slick-Pants aren't heroes. Captain Gloom-Cape over there, too. And even Shrimp Charming has his moments."

Briar leaned back in her chair. "I admire your ability to insult your friends *while* you defend them. It's a rare talent.”
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