[LISTENED TO: August 2014] The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
This audio book was ten hours long. We listened to it on a long car trip (from Michigan to New Jersey) and when it looked like we might not finish the book, I considered slowing down on the interstate so we’d get to the end before we got home. THAT is how good this book was.
This book picks up a few months after the exciting conclusion of the first book. The Princes are back home (well, most of them are), reveling in the glory of their accomplishments. Except that those blasted bards have written new songs about the League of Princes, like the incredibly popular “The Embarrassment of the League of Princes” which is causing the Princes even more grief than they had before they saved the world from blowing up.
Prince Liam is living with Prince Frederic (in Frederic’s castle). He is trying to train Frederic to be a better fighter (with very poor results). Princess Ella is living there too (in separate rooms, of course). Ella and Frederic have been engaged since their first adventure, but not much has been spoken about it since that first day. Indeed, Ella is a much better fighter than Frederic and she has been training harder with Liam. Liam is clearly smitten with Ella, but he doesn’t want to hurt Frederic. When Frederic’s father gets fed up with Liam trying to teach Frederic how to fight, he makes it clear that Liam is unwanted. So Liam leaves.
Gustav is not fairing any better. It is his brother’s birthday and the humongous cake has been set out for them (while Gustav has been sent to the kiddie table). When he disrupts the ceremony once the bard sings “The Embarrassment of the League of Princes,” he is unceremoniously sent off to teach the trolls how to farm (so they stop stealing from the villager’s gardens). Of course, Gustav knows next to nothing about farming, so he teaches them how to brawl, which the trolls love even more.
Duncan has been writing a book since the first book. It was originally to be called The Heroes’ Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (hey!), but has since been changes to The Heroes’ Guide to Being a Hero.
The Prologue of our book tells us about Duncan’s book and then says:
No you may be asking yourself, Who is this Prince Duncan and what makes him such an expert on heroes? To which I will respond by saying that perhaps you may have skipped a book on your way to this one. You should probably check on that.
So yes, the series will continue to be hilarious. Continue Reading »