Book Review: “The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle”

“The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes #2)” 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 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. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening – even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination – it’s all in a day’s work for the League of Princes.


  • This was just as fun as the first book! I love when that happens.
  • The first book set everything up for us so we know who we’re dealing with. Turns out we don’t know them as well as we thought we did. Fredric stands up to his father and is a bit more okay about being adventurous. Strong Liam becomes self conscious when he finds out about a secret about himself. Even Briar Rose turns out to not be totally horrible. Yay for character growth!
  • I really liked that the story mixed up the characters. We’ve seen how the Princesses and their Prince Charmings are with each other. This time around we got to see different combinations of that. Gustav and Briar Rose balance each other with their insults. Liam and Ella can handle each other on adventures. Fredric and Rapunzel are a bit more reserved and get along great.
  • It wasn’t a rehashing of the first book. It kept the heart of the first book but was able to become another story. Not to mention, now I can see where the next book is going to go.

The bottom line? A sequel that’s just as good as the original book!

4 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle”

  1. I love this series so much! I just recommended it to a 6th grader the other day at the library, and she was SOOO excited about it. She said she was going to take it home and start reading it right away. Of course, now I hope she liked it. I cannot wait for book three.

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