The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm a huge fractured fairy tale fan, and this is a wonderful addition to that genre!
In The Hero's Guide we learn the truth behind all those Prince Charming stories (they're not named "Charming", for one) and that the stories have been a little mangled thanks to the bards. Frederic, the foppish, fearful Prince in the Cinderella story, decides to go in search of Ella (she's eager for adventure, not a safe, cossetted life at home) and on the way meets Princes Gustav (Sleeping Beauty), Liam (Briar Rose) and Duncan (Snow White). Their adventures as they try to rescue Ella and the bards are filled with mystical creatures (Troll, the Bandit King, a giant named Reese and an evil Witch), fighting and humor.
The ending is just fuzzy enough to leave room for a sequel... or perhaps it was a deliberate avoidance of Happily Ever After.
ARC provided by publisher.