Imagine you are playing Pictionary with a group of friends. Your word is outlaw. What kind of lawbreaker would you draw?
An outlaw would be fierce. He’d be a big guy, a fighter. But would he seem as tough with sixteen larger, stronger brothers?
What would you draw for a second outlaw on the poster? Would you picture a man so caught up in the action that he’d still be in his lavender pajamas? Would his tall beanpole frame be able to menace?
No? Would you instead draw a man who would assault a larger foe solely to procure a new feather for his hat? Or an outlaw with a dangerous predilection for capes?
What if your outlaws were heroes? Or at the very least had attempted heroic things? Would that make the Pictionary game before you that much harder? It certainly makes things complicated, just as the four princes in the League of Princes found their sudden status as wanted men to be in The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy. Gustav, Frederic, Duncan and Liam are in over their heads again in the third installment in the Hero’s Guide trilogy.
The charge against the infamous Princes Charming? Murder. Their alleged victim? Briar Rose. It’s news to the princes as well as to Lila, Snow White, Ella and Rapunzel, the ladies also accused of the crime. While their experiences with Briar Rose were anything but pleasant, they left the Princess of Avondell decidedly among the living.
Hunted by a slew of bounty hunters, hounded by their own pride, and thwarted by the finest mayhem, The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw weaves together threads from the previous two books in a way that is bound to leave a grin on your face.
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If you somehow missed the first two books in the series, watch the trailer for book one.
I received an advanced reader’s copy of The Hero’s Guide to Being Outlaw from Walden Pond Press.
All Hero’s Guide Artwork Todd Harris © 2014