The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
Picked up The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom as another “fractured fairy tale” since I’ve read some good ones lately (especially Cinder and Scarlet). This one is geared towards younger readers – probably older elementary or middle grades.
If I were in the target age-range for the book, I think I’d have thought it was lot of fun. There’s plenty of action, but the pace never feels too frantic. The twists on the familiar tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White are quirky and amusing. As an adult though, it tipped a little too far into the realm of “silly” for me to be completely enthusiastic about it, and I probably won’t read the next one in the series.
I’ll keep an eye out for additional books by the author however – he’s imaginative and has some great use of language.
One final note: the illustrations that are scattered throughout the text are fantastic. They add quite a bit to the book!
A heads-up to parents considering the books for their kids (and a spoiler alert if you’re wanting to read them yourself): there is a witch in the book who is pretty awful, and there is fairy-tale violence of the someone-just-got-eaten-by-a-dragon variety. Nothing is gory or described in detail however. [Read more...]