The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy is a swash-buckling conclusion to the wayward, hilarious and sometimes heroic adventures of the four Princes Charming.
The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called “one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales.”
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don’t you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they’re on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar’s murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.
It’s a little bittersweet to be writing this review, honestly – because as much as I enjoyed The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw (and all of the preceding books), I am sad to see this trilogy come to an end. Through each volume, Healy masterfully and hilariously tackled the traditional fairy tale trope, turning it upside down and all around with his wayward adventures of the four Princes and their companions. Each book in this series has been an utter delight to read, and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw was no exception. In fact, I read it on my honeymoon earlier this year! (It seemed fitting, since our wedding was fairy tale-themed.)
In this final installment of the saga, the four Princes find themselves facing horrific (and false) accusations. Only by becoming outlaws can they prove themselves true heroes — and of course, there is plenty of blundering and preposterous-ness in store, as one would expect from the League of Princes.
Through each outrageous scenario, Healy stays true to what has made all of the Hero’s Guide books so successful: brilliant writing, a smart plot, endearing characters, and perfectly-timed humor — all lovingly enhanced by the always beautiful and so charming illustrations by Todd Harris.
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw is in stores today!
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