The problem with many fantasy epics is that it is set in a totally separate world that you have to buy in to. For adults with many years reading exper..Show More »ience this is less of an issue, but for a 7 year old it can be slightly more confusing.
Not so this series. All boys are familiar with fairy stories, and the idea that being known as "Prince Charming" would be really embarrassing and annoying is something that my boys (aged 7 & 9) were onboard with from the get-go.
The narrator does a great range of voices, and some fantastic knowing asides ("you just wait until chpt 19, it will all make sense then") which will keep slightly younger children in the loop. The plot is frankly rather complicated, but unfolds beautifully into a totally chaotic finale which saw me sitting with the kids in the car on our driveway for the last 10 minutes as they absolutely refused to go in the house until it had finished. Can't say better than that.
After reading the first book in Hero's Guide series, I had to have the second one. Chris Healy's story, characters, and dialogues are as hilarious as ..Show More »ever, and Bronson Pinchot's performance had me laughing out loud at times. Pinchot does amazing voices and accents for all the characters. (I did wonder why Ruffian the Grey's voice changed from mopey Irish to low caste English, though.) can't wait for the next book to come out on Audible. Three thumbs up!