Book Review: “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom”

“The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes #1)” by Christopher Healy

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Other League of Princes books

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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 out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.


I loved how the story deconstructed the fairy tales we’ve grown up on. The author was able to give all of the princes and princesses pretty distinct personalities. Believe me, they aren’t anything like you’d expect. We’ve got the “typical” macho prince (Gustav) but we also got a prince who is quiet and prefers indoor activities (Fredric). I was pleased to see that the princesses also got to be unique. Cinderella was fierce and able to rescue herself and others. Rapunzel was compassionate and wanted to help other people.  Briar Rose was pretty terrible all around.

The princes started out quite different but they continued to grow throughout the story. Fredric toughened up and set out to rescue Ella. Gustav realized he does need help occasionally. Like any coming of age story, the princes started to discover who they are and that they are more than just “Prince Charming.”

The story was hilarious and exciting. I know humor in MG books can be a bit awkward but the humor in this book was perfect. It was funny without feeling forced. I was able to enjoy it quite a bit because I had just finished Project: Fairy Tale so I had fairy tales still fresh in my mind. I think readers who aren’t very familiar with fairy tales beyond the very basics will still be able to enjoy the story.

The illustrations are lovely. They definitely added to the humor of the story. Do try to grab a physical copy of the book if you choose to read it.

The bottom line? Hilarious and fun!

7 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom”

  1. Every time I see this book on someone’s blog it makes me remember just how much I want to read it! I don’t typically read MG, but this one sounds so so cute!

  2. This looks really good. I don’t read much MG but want to start reading more of it. Problem is my 5 year old is still to young for chapter books and my 14 year old is into YA. So all MG books are for me and me alone haha

      • It will be a while before my son is ready for chapter books. He has a severe learning disability. I’ve been learning to put in my children’s book reviews how well the book did with him. My stepdaughter and I often will read the same YA book and talk about it. It is great because she trusts all of my reading suggestions now that I’ve made a few to her that she really enjoyed.

  3. YAY! So glad you read this! It’s a favorite of mine, and I actually reviewed book 2 today on my blog. I just love how funny it is. And also, DUNCAN! Love him.

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