The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, the second book in the series by Christopher Healy, is about how the League of Princes must come back together for another daring adventure. Prince Liam is forced to marry the horrible princess Briar Rose. What Liam soon learns, is that there is more to his marriage than uniting two kingdoms, Briar Rose has bigger plans for him and for herself. Liam must call upon his scattered friends to help him in his quest to stop Briar's scheme and save all of the kingdoms from destruction. Will they be able to put together another plan, or will their history and self-doubt open them up to failure?
Christopher Healy's gift as a writer is being able to twist classic fairy tales into new adventures we can't help but love. For example, Briar Rose (aka Sleeping Beauty) was one of my favorite princesses, but in this story you love to hate her. She turns out to be a villian, which is the complete opposite of the stories I grew up with. I also love that he writes books about strong girl characters who are sometimes braver than the boys. Princes like Fredrick and Duncan, who in the old stories are handsome, daring, and strong, turn out to be scaredy-cats and dim-wits in this book. So much humor comes from how they don't act "princely" most of the time. If you love the classic tales and are looking for a humor-filled twist on what you know, this is the series for you.