Title: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (#1)
Author: Christopher Healy
Genre & Themes: Fantasy, Middle grade
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
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, the princes 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.
This is definitely middle-grade writing. Especially because the first time I read this book, when I was about 10-11, I didn’t even notice if it was childish or not.
Now that I’m 16, and my fav books are Moby Dick and Hamlet (literally 😂) it seemed really simple, even for a middle-grade book.
Their character arcs were super obvious. This goes back to the above point on writing, but the author basically spells out what their flaw is, and then spells out when and how they overcome it.
Like I said, even for a middle-grade, it wasn’t particularly subtle. Kids are smart, they get this 😂
Storyline and Plot
I liked the storyline and plot as much as the first time. The whole premise is something I enjoy.
Also, this story doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is something I love. YA is so overly serious and dramatic, so books like this are like a breath of fresh air!
I’ve got nothing to say, since the romance really starts in the second and third books.
Like I mentioned, the plot doesn’t take itself too seriously, meaning there is no real world building. For a middle-grade novel, there is enough, but as a YA reader it was seriously lacking.
3 stars = not really my type, but someone else would like it. Still would recommend
What did you think of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom?