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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Exclusive Artwork Reveal: Flimsham from The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

The second League of Princes book, which follows The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, will be hitting shelves soon! But I have a special sneak peek for fans: an exclusive artwork reveal featuring the character Stanislav Flimsham! You'll find the reveal and information about Flimsham below, as well as a chance to win a framed print of the illustration (signed by the illustrator Todd Harris!) and a copy of the new book, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle!


The Flimsham Brothers Circus was founded generations ago by Jacques and Dmitri Flimsham, twin boys who entertained houseguests by making their younger brother, Rufus, jump through a hoop with a ball balanced on his nose—and tossing him a small fish afterward as a reward. As word spread, the Flimshams added more acts and began charging admission. They built themselves some homemade stilts, brought in a neighborhood girl who could climb tall lamps, and even trained the tiny fishes to jump into Rufus’s mouth on their own. Eventually, this bit of weekend entertainment turned into a full-fledged traveling circus.

But it didn’t became a huge hit until years later, when the circus was under the management of the slick and stylish Stanislav Flimsham, who also served as ringmaster. It was Stanislav’s love of sparkle and dazzle (or “sparzle,” as he put it), combined with his knack for finding truly unusual acts (like his famous jousting chickens or El Stripo, the tiger that spat human babies into the audience), that made the Flimsham Brothers’s show the most renowned circus in the Thirteen Kingdoms.

Children all over would gather along the roadside to watch the circus caravan roll by: twenty glittering, rainbow-colored wagons driven by burly, heavily sequined men. The kids would keep their eyes trained on the passing windows, hoping for a glimpse of a shimmery top hat, a bouncy clown wig, or a flickering striped tail. Duncan had giddily done so several times in his own youth.

About the Book

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses - Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose - to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.
But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening - even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.
Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination - it's all in a day's work for the League of Princes.

The Giveaway

Artwork Copyright © 2013 by Todd Harris - Text Copyright © 2013 by Christopher Healy


  1. Shhhhhhh! I'm hiding!
    I'm not really hiding but you said to 'whisper "I'm hiding!" ' so I did.
    I can hardly wait for this book to be released because the first book was so much fun.

  2. This sequel sounds like a real joyride!

  3. I don't think I've heard one negative word about this series. This series of giveaways is so exciting--I rarely see ones where there is something besides a book that it is really cool but including artwork is a great choice:) A few of my blogger buddies started reading the first book recently after seeing this blog tour and they all said it's clever and fun.

  4. I actually listened to the audiobook (narrated by the amazing Bronson Pinchot) of the first book in this series but got a print copy just for the artwork. I plan to use both books in the summer reading display at the library where I work.

  5. this looks so good! i really want to read the first book now too!


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