Friday, May 30, 2014

[Blog Tour Review/Giveaway] The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw (League of Princes, 3) by Christopher Healy, April 29, 2014. 516 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: publisher.
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don’t you? Well, think again. The Princes Charming, along with Ella, Snow, Rapunzel, and Princess Lila are caught and arrested for the murder of Briar Rose. The heroes are simultaneously shocked and sad to hear of this news. But a series of suspicious events leads them to believe that not only is Briar still alive, but some unseen evil is working its way into the throne rooms of all thirteen kingdoms. It’s up to the League to break out of prison, find Briar, and uncover the nefarious plot before the entire country is destroyed.
First Sentence:
Outlaws have too many feathers in their hats.

It is hard to believe that Christopher Healy's League of Princes series has come to an end. While I will be sad to say goodbye to the world, characters and just general awesomeness of the series, I am happy to say that the final book was a great way to close things out.

Secretly, when I first started this Christopher Healy's League of Princes I was hoping that they'd have a run in with pirates. I don't know why I thought it would be awesome coming from him, but I'm so glad that the final book had some swashbuckling adventuring. I'm thinking he read my mind when writing this one up. So, what makes The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw such a good book, well, the first answer would be the writing. I really enjoyed the mix of danger and humor that Christopher Healy so easily blends within his books. Also, the stories themselves, that of the princes trying to save the day and be recognized for their heroics makes for some interesting reading.

While I have enjoyed reading about all of the princes within the league, Prince Gustav came out as my favorite in the end. From the beginning you have this angry, angry guy who always wanted to pound things, but as the book progressed you get to see him slightly change and become more able to express himself-though I do love that he is still the same hit em' hard first kind of character because it's so him.
   That aside, I thought Christopher Healy did an incredible job taking these pretty blank canvasses and giving them all whole new look and feel for readers. I really enjoyed the wide variety of personalities that he bestowed upon this rag-tag group and how each character evolved throughout the three books. Seriously though, the characters and writing have been two of my favorite things about this series.

Again, I am saddened to be saying Auf Wiedersehen to Duncan, Liam, Frederick, Gustave, and the whole gang in the League of Princes, but, at least they go out in high fashion with one swashbuckling adventure with the heroes on the lam. Most definitely a series ender to put before your face as soon as after reading the first two books.
   So, was there anything that disappointed me in the ending, other than not being ready to let go. Well, I would be lying if I failed to mention this but...I thought the book could have used more Briar Rose! I know she's hard to get along with but she brought such an interesting spin to the series and I would've liked to see more about her story from Mr. Healy's imagination. All in all, a great, fun read for all.

Final Verdict: The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw- A madly entertaining way to close out the Princes' Charming saga.

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw earns

About the author:
Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the New York Times selected as one of its best books of the year, calling it “charming—a qurest that recalls at moments the Musketeers and at others the Marxes”; as well as its sequel, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, which Publishers Weekly hailed as “uproariously funny” in a starred review. He is also a reviewer of children’s media. Chris lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey. You can find him online at

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  1. This sounds like a great series. I really need to make the time to read it.

  2. I haven't read the series yet, but I look forward to finding out!


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