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The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

(The League of Princes #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,446 ratings  ·  440 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. An
Hardcover, 477 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Walden Pond Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Grace Because, Sleeping Beauty had a curse on her if you remember, so her parents did everything they could to avoid the curse. So then, whatever she asked …moreBecause, Sleeping Beauty had a curse on her if you remember, so her parents did everything they could to avoid the curse. So then, whatever she asked for, she got. Then she became a spoiled brat. And Princess Lila is Prince Liam's (Sleeping Beauty's prince) sister. Happy now?(less)

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Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The princes are back! As a sequel, “The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle” packs a heavy-sized punch as the familiar, lovable characters go on another adventure to save the kingdoms from villainous disaster, er... try to anyway. Filled with as much, or more, humor than the last --no one can help but roll over laughing on this next adventure our heroes set out on.

Having vanquished a nasty witch to save their various realms in “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom”, princes Liam, Frederic, Du
Clare Cannon
Dec 09, 2012 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
Hannah Greendale
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle is packed with the same hilarity, adventure, and charm as its predecessor. Duty calls in the form of a rumor: An object of great power is poised to fall into the hands of evil. The League of Princes band together and set forth once more to brand their names in the history books -- or, in the tales sung by those befuddling bards who never seem to get their facts straight.

The stakes are high: It all begins in Harmonia, where one prince's moment of distracti
David Schaafsma
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, tweens
"When facing unbeatable odds, just think of yourself as unbeatably odd."--Dunkin

Volume two of Healy’s tween story, where, guess what, the League of Princes storm the castle to free Liam who was imprisoned there by Briar Rose. The idea in this time of postmodern meta-reflection about narrative, is that every story we ever read while growing up about all the Prince Charmings and Princesses was romanticized lies. So who is writing the realistic version of all these romances? The most bumbling one,
Jan 14, 2013 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
1.5 stars.

DNF @ page 142.

I was bored shitless. I tried. There wasn't enough humor and it was so dull. Really unfortunate because this series is a stunning hardcover set. Man my local library will love it.
Barb Middleton
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, fairy-tale
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,
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.
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
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'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
Aug 13, 2014 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
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Apr 25, 2013 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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd probably like it more if I hadn't just finished the first book a few days ago. 900 plus pages of this kind of silliness is just too much. Even so, it just wasn't as good as the first. More mayhem, less world-building. Some of the jokes are getting pretty stale. The characters are developing by tiny increments and I do want to see how they all get sorted out in the end, but not enough to read the third book, I don't think. (Is the third the last? I will check....) 2.5 stars.
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The comedic talent of this author is amazing. This is one of the few books that makes me laugh on multiple occasions. An absolutely hilarious and delightful read.
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Golly day these books are so enjoyable! Maybe not as memorable as the first read, BUT still love this series :)
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot more people die in this book than you would imagine, but it's still mostly just hilarious.
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Is it as good as the first?

Look, the first book left some pretty big shoes to fill. I had every confidence that Christopher Healy wouldn't let me down, but I'll be honest, I was a little worried. It's not that I had any real reason to worry. It's just that, well, when a book is SO good, it's kinda hard for a sequel to live up to that.

But don't worry, because The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle totally lives up to all my internal hype. I keep almost wanting to
Michelle Spencer
This series is a true gem, and so is Bronson Pinchot’s narration in the audiobook production. I can just relax and have fun with a book and revel in the humor, which is here in spades, both dry and zany. The complex ranges of character personalities work so well together, and I was pleased everybody developed a little in this installment. Frederic became more courageous (and wise! I loved his speech to Liam in the dungeon. And how he stood up to his dad at the end). Liam became more humble. Bria ...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Mar 05, 2013 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
I didn't love this quite as much as the first book, but this is still incredibly fun and Healy is still having fun letting characters evolve and flipping some tropes
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
There are characters upon characters in this novel! So many that it's really too hard to break it up and tell you about each one. I'll tell you my favorites. Gustav, the Prince Charming from the story of Rapunzel. All he wants to do is clobber somebody. There is no finesse to him. He's got a battle axe and he ain't afraid to use it. Or without it, he'll just jump into the fray. Whichever he feels like. He'd be the large guy on the cover with the blond hair. Oh and he's got a great way with words ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Listen to the audio if you can. Very funny.
Keri Payton
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
After a rigorous adventure of thwarting a villain, the Princes Charming and Cinderella have settled down to their own victories and embarrassments. Liam is exiled from his land, Duncan is big-headed, Gustav is infuriated at his constant ridicule and Frederic's relationship with Ella is a huge question mark.

When one of the princes gets kidnapped (how humiliating) they all must band together again to rescue him. What results is a task to recover a precious item which, in the hands of someone with

Mere words cannot defeat a true hero. Unless they happen to be the words to some sort of Instant Death spell. Magic is scary.

Last year, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom took the Middle Grade world by storm (read my 5-star review here!). The sequel, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle was one of my most highly-anticipated 2013 releases and - spoiler! - Christopher Healy didn't let me down!

With one adventure under their belt, the four Princes Char
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Last year, Christopher Healy charmed and delighted readers (especially this reader!) with his spectacular and hilarious middle-grade debut The Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom...well, Healy has done it again with the equally hilarious sequel The Hero's Guide To Storming The Castle. In Storming The Castle, the League of Princes--Princes Liam, Fredric, Duncan, and Gustav--the Princes Charming who saved the day in the first book and finally got some decent credit for it, are back! A year after t ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
These books are quite funny yet it took me quite a while to get through mostly because it just wasn't suspenseful and I had other books waiting for me. Anyways I will be reading the third one and the future one to come. I suggest these books to everyone who loves a laugh!
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
5/5 Stars ~ if ratings let me I would have given it 6 stars even 10 stars…infinity.

This book was just as amazing if not more so than the first one. It was like chatting with friends you haven’t seen in a while catching up on stuff they have been doing since we last talked. Last we left the 4 Prince Charmings they were planning on writing a book about Saving a kingdom because trying to be famous came and went faster then they could blink their eyes.

Having pulled one over on the Princes The Bandit
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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)
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