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

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,822 Ratings  ·  335 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.
Hardcover, 477 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Walden Pond Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Clare Cannon
Mar 29, 2013 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 26, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2014 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tale, humor
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
It's hilarious. It's utterly hilarious. I laughed so hard that I couldn't see the page because of the tears streaming down my face.

Even better than the first one.
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,
Oct 18, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Denae Christine
May 09, 2016 Denae Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Random and brilliant

Reader thoughts: Somehow this book pulls off classic storytelling tropes with a heist plot and random elements thrown in. Bandit waltzing with a grizzly? Double-crossing tailor? Pointy shoes and a feather duster as weapons? Catapulting over a wall? Somehow this book makes them sound brilliant. King what's-his-name and the cheese!
The villains range from hilarious to wishy washy to pure evil.
Oh, and it's always the least-likely character that saves the others. It's either the s
Mar 02, 2016 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The League of Heroes is back and more hilarious and lovable than ever!

It's been a year since the events that transpired in the first book, and things are settling down for all of the princes - that is, until (view spoiler)
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
Jul 06, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it it was amazing
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
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
May 04, 2013 Alyssa (Books Take You Places) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
May 20, 2013 Alanna (The Flashlight Reader) rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 13, 2013 April rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2015 Amekki8 rated it it was amazing
The Princes wanted to go on another adventure and reclaim their titiles as Heros, but there was one thing stopping them, Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) she had kidnapped one of the Princes, Prince Liam of Erinthia, So the Princes gathered together again and set off to find Liam and capture Briar Rose. Then another problem arises that makes the Princes go on another adventure
Jun 13, 2015 Sabine22 rated it it was amazing
This was a greaqt book!!!! i loved it soooo much.

it should be a movie. it would make a great movie. How the story plays out is just perfect for a movie. Sometimes i like to sit back as i read and picture the story playing out on a TV screen. PERFECT!

but this is a great book. I highly recommend it. Christopher HealyThe Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdombut make sure to read the first one before this one.

I loved the characters of Deeb and Briar Rose. Great job!
I knew my mom way lying and it was not the same prince in every fairy tale. They just had the same prince hairstyle princes had to have in the old days.
Oct 15, 2014 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
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*
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Feb 13, 2016 Aelvana rated it it was ok
I tried, but ended up quitting this one halfway. Briar Rose just got way too frustrating. Her sociopathic nature is given full reign and although I would hope the ending includes a suitably embarrassing comeuppance, I couldn't stomach getting there. Liam (my favorite character from the previous book) not only lost the will to stand up to her, he ends up MARRIED to her and doing her bidding . . . I also disliked that characters said flat-out that marriage was something that could be "worked aroun ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Healy has a knack of making the most random and crazy scenarios work, and all with a tone of ridiculousness that flows naturally and doesn’t seem forced in the least bit (some books that have this same tone feel like they’re trying too hard). Even the cover art references how ridiculously awesomely cool this book is.

All the princes took a step up in capability this book, although they still remained their bumbling, weird selves. I was most proud of Frederic, but Liam’s existential crisis was gre
Sharon Tyler
May 31, 2014 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2015 Reanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hm, I think I like this one less than the first one because I find the setup with Liam being forced to marry Briar and then her forcing everyone to do what she wants to be frustrating... because she has no legal authority to demand everything she demands. There's absolutely no reason everyone should be treating her as if she really has the authority she acts like she has. I don't even understand why Liam's parents are still kissing her boots after the marriage, because supposedly they've already ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Gabi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Wing Kee
Jan 13, 2016 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
More of the same and that is a very good thing indeed.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, I love it when authors play with classic fairy tales, sure there is a lot of lackluster books in this genre by that was not the case with book 1. So, with that in mind I immediately jumped into book 2 and I was so glad I did.

World: The world is fully fleshed by the first book, what we have this time around is more painting in the corners and seeing the world evolve. Healy has a way of making info
Abigail Parnell
May 12, 2014 Abigail Parnell rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-kids-reads
This series is a gift! A gift everyone should treat themselves to! When the audiobook finished, I yelled "I LOVE THIS SERIES." In my car. To nobody.

Seriously, I can't say enough how awesome it is. The characters are so well-written and likable - even the ones you don't like you sort of love to loathe. Healy has drawn a super-fun plot too: sometimes he plants seeds so you know what's coming and enjoy the journey getting there. But he also throws in some great surprises that are so delightful I gi
Jun 25, 2014 Hobart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
Apr 02, 2014 Leeanna rated it it was amazing
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 T
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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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