I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy
Series: League Of Princes #3
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 10 Hours 44 Minutes
Published by Harper Collins on 2014-04-29
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Humorous Stories, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered--and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects, along with Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Lila. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names.
Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms--a plot that will lead them across the ocean, through a scorching desert, and to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.
Christopher Healy returns once again to the fairy-tale world he created for the last installment in his epically humorous history. Giant mongooses will be battled, brain-melting beetles will be run from, dozens of feathers will be plucked, and perhaps, kingdoms will finally be saved, now and forever.
Why Did I Listen To This Book?
I feel like it is quite the magical feat to finish series while being a book blogger. Mainly because there are so many new books that come out every week and so many of us are magpies. It can be hard to sit down and take the time to finish what you’ve started — when it comes to books set in the same world. ESPECIALLY when the books set in the same world are super thick and long. However, Christopher Healy makes it easy to get into his League Of Princes series with memorable characters, art that enhances the story, and plenty of hilarity. I had originally planned on getting to The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw, last of the trilogy sooner rather than this later date that I am finally reading it. But, other books started to become more pressing. Luckily, the audiobook came across my iPhone for a secret project, and thus, I was finally able to give The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw a fair shake via audiobook.
What’s The Story Here?
When we first come back into contact with the League of Princes, we learn that they are all separated. We discover that the different Princes are wanted outlaws for conspiring in the murder of Briar Rose. So, the group are split up, some are aware that they are outlaws, others are not. Through land, sea, and magic, the league reunites to put the accusations surrounding them to rest. Afterall, Liam just got an annulment of his marriage to Briar Rose, so why on earth would he murder her? We also discover some villains we thought long neutered are about to become a pretty good threat again and might actually be behind these accusations. This book takes Fredrick, Gustav, Liam, and Duncan on one final and hilarious adventure. The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw also contains a little bit of a redemption story, which I thought was a great twist.
How’s The Characterization?
Pretty much now Fredrick and Gustav are my favorites. But also Lila. I ended up liking Briar Rose and Deeb Rauber a whole lot more. I thought Healy also continued to do a fabulous job with Liam, who was my previous favorite. I did like revisiting a whole bunch of characters from previous books. We also get to meet some new characters too which is rather nice. I liked seeing just how far Fredrick and Rapunzel and well, all of the characters have come from the first book. There’s definite character development for every single person in this book.
Does This Book Do A Good Job Wrapping Up The Trilogy?
In a word, yes. I think Healy wraps up the series really well. All of the storylines are tied up nicely. We get a glimpse of the future for the characters as well. We get to interact, like I said above, with previous characters from the other books like Troll and Deed Rauber. We get to revisit the Stumpy Boarhound. We get to meet more magical creatures, including one funny genie. I am very satisfied with how this book ends as well. Healy introduces a whole new adventure and awesome storyline but still manages to hearken back to the previous books. I just really loved how there’s no cliffhangers and how there is a real and legitimate ending.
How’s The Narration?
So, The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw was the only book in Christopher Healy’s League Of Princes series that I listened to, mainly because of secret project. It was the first audiobook that I have listened to that’s been narrated by Bronson Pinchot. I thought Pinchot did a fabulous job varying his voice to embody different characters. He puts on different accents and voices to comedic effect. I did find his narration of Duncan and Snow to be incredibly annoying. He does this slow kind of stoner voice for Duncan and Snow and I am like please stop. It was not how I imagined those two to sound. Alas. This is a really easy book to listen to, because of all the varied voices. It was not distracting with the exception of the characters I mentioned. It was kind of like listening to a movie and I mean that in a positive way. I think that children would really enjoy this audiobook too.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Only a little less of a sarcastic laugh and a genuine laugh instead.