Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Accidental Highway Man Review

Title:  The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides
Series: Adventures of Kit Bristol #1
Author: Ben Tripp 
Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Review Copy: Library

The Accidental Highwayman is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp.

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master’s quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, gobling attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows….

Fans of classic fairy-tale fantasies will find much to love in this irresistible YA debut by Ben Tripp, the son of one of America’s most beloved illustrators, Wallace Tripp (Amelia Bedelia). Following in his father’s footsteps, Ben has woven illustrations throughout the story.

“Delightful and charming. A swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson
Well Kit, I think it's safe to say that we went on a journey. A journey that would have us both admitted to a psych ward if we told anyone back in your day...or current time, to be honest. Fairies, goblings, witches, I mean, what else are we going to say? Flying horses exist too? Oh wait...

The combination of the history and fantasy aspects make this book a definite journey that I feel readers should go on. Though there are times where you may feel lost, or you may feel that it drags at points. Don't worry, thing will straighten themselves out.

I think my first worry when I started this was would I run into a language barrier. With the story being written in eighteenth century English, there can be some words or sayings that us modern folk wouldn't understand. Or if you're like me, and prefers older English over the current English language, you would likely understand 90% of the story. But luckily there's a side note at the bottom of the pages for words that defines the words that a reader may not know.

Now let's talk about that title. "The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides". That's more than a mouthful. In fact, that is a title you can easily forget because of how long it is. I'd even prefer if the title went with the name of the series, which is "The Adventures of Kit Bristol" or even if it said "The Accidental Highwayman: The Adventures of Kit Bristol". But enough of that.

Let's talk about the adventure that happens within these pages of the book. This is a steady roller coaster ride. There are a few blips in the book where there is more action, which can make it feel like a slower book. However, if we think about the time in history that the story takes place, the adventures within this time period are slow and sometimes the most exciting part would be considered nothing nowadays. 

So the story starts out by having Kit accidentally taking over his masters role as Whistling Jack, which instantly makes him a wanted criminal. Then we have the witch, who tells him of his destiny. well er I mean technically Whistling Jack's destiny. So now we thrown in Morgana, who is a a princess whose running away from her princess duties. Big shocker, really, I mean, who doesn't want to run away from being a princess?

So now we have Morgana and Kit off to run away, but running away can't be an easy endeavor? Can it? No, to add to the mix we have an Evil Queen and her Father trying to get to catch Morgana. But on their adventure we also meet other characters that add some more craziness to the mix. We meet a crazy family member, a old monkey and a acrobat whose known Kit for most of his youth. The group goes on a journey where you're going to be entranced, biting your nails or in amazement of the feats this group goes through.

Without trying to ramble on too much longer, or else you'd be able to read the book yourself by the time you've read this review. This book is a great story if you're looking for a caravan of an adventure. Should be a jolly good time in the next book.

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