April 2013 by Walden Pond Press
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.
I won a copy of The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle in a giveaway from Walden Pond Press. Thank you, thank you thank you. This book is a lot of fun.
The characters reverte back to where they were at the beginning of the first book. Frederick goes back to being a scardy-cat. Liam loses his confidence. Etc. They do grow again, but I don't want them to start over at the beginning of each new book. They could have kept their distinct personalities without losing all the progress they made in the first book.
I like the growth from Briar Rose. In the first book, she was just a spoiled brat. Now, she's starting to show that all she really wants is friendship; she just doesn't realize it yet. I see a lot of potential for her in future books. Lila is still the best. I want a side book just about her adventures with Ruffian during her bounty hunter training. Troll is even funnier this time around. I love Gustav's nicknames for everyone, particularly Tassels for Frederick.
This series is just a whole lot of fun. Clever in some places, like the henchman Redshirt who is thrown out a window a couple paragraphs after we meet him. I can't wait for the next installment. And we'll finish off the review with a couple more quotes, just for fun.
"The element of surprise can offer a hero great advantage in battle. The element of oxygen - also important."
"Some people say Rundark was born out of a mad alchemist's attempt to distill the essence of pure evil. others clam he emerged fully grown from an erupting volcano. although it's also possible that he was the son of a used cart salesman from Nebbish Villiage--they didn't keep very good records in Dar."