Author: Christopher Healy.
Published: April 30th 2013 by Walden Pond Press
Sort: The league of Princes #1.
Source: Gift from the lovely Daisy.
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.
The plot was cute and fairly simple, yet entertaining. I’ve always wondered why we don’t acknowledge those ‘Prince Charming’s’ more with their name. So, here I present Prince Liam, Frederic, Duncan and Gustav and they might not be the Charming’s you are familiar with.
Liam is a bit of a show-off. He is loved by his people and grew up in the hero-role, but when he finds out it’s all about money he runs away, leaving his destroyed popularity and bitchy bride-to-be behind. Frederic could be seen as the loser of the group. His father made him scared for the outside world and his idea of an exciting day means having a picnic. His princess runs off to find adventure and eventually, he sets out to save her. Duncan is the goofy, clumsy prince who literally falls into the group. He can light up any situation with his charm. Gustav is the muscles and his reputation is harmed when his princess has to save him. All he wants to do is reclaim his pride.
It’s an interesting group and I liked how their personalities were the opposite of each other. It gave a fun dynamic to the story and it showed that everybody is important. They all have their good and bad sides that messed up and saved the day at the same time. The princes bond together, because they all have something to gain from this adventure and in the mean time, they can look after their own princesses. The witch has a plan to get revenge and this plays only a tiny role in the overall story, but it added some action.
I liked how kick-ass two of the Princesses were, even when the focus is not on them. Ella goes away to seek adventure and Rapunzel had to save her prince. Sleeping beauty is a terrible girl, but it made sense, and Snow just wants to be left alone for some time.
I liked how it all wrapped together and I can’t wait for the sequel. It’s light and easy, so you’ll fly through the pages in no time.