The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is a debut novel by Christopher Healy. It takes place in several imagined kingdoms and focuses on the misadventures of four particular Princes, all formally maligned under the nomenclature of “Prince Charming”.
Cast out of their kingdoms for various events that have, in turn, disgraced all of them, the four Princes form a league to overtake the continued slander. At the front of the rumour mongering are the bards who sing of the Princes deeds, most notably of their romances with four Princesses – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White. During this quest Fredrick, Liam, Gustav, and Duncan stumble upon a plot more devious than the bards. The four are sent off on a rollicking enterprise full of risk and daring.
The Hero’s Guide… is a fun book for middle grade students. It’s silly and spirited and I laughed out loud several times. At times the humour seems anachronistic for the period that Healy has set the story in, but I think that reflects his wit. It didn’t take away from the enjoyment of reading this, which will appeal to boys and girls alike. There’s a special whimsy to be found in the pages of this book.
4 out of 5 stars.