The Accidental Highwayman

The Accidental Highwayman

Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, A Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides

eBook - 2014
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In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher "Kit" Bristol unwittingly takes on the task of his dead master, notorious highwayman Whistling Jack, who pledged a fairy he would rescue feisty Princess Morgana from an arranged marriage with King George III.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, [2014]
ISBN: 9781466822634
1466822635
0765335492
9780765335494
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tri
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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samcmar Jul 07, 2016

I wanted to love this book so badly. I love stories of highwaymen, swashbuckling, and being a servant who dons a hero's mantle. However, a lot of this book just didn't work for me personally.

Frankly, for all those things I mentioned above, this book is very dull. More problematic is the fact that the language feels almost too challenging for the audience is it being geared towards. Tripp borrow's Pratchett's signature, using footnotes to convey more pieces of the story while also using it to define words being used and its context, but even that feels very bogged down and boring. The footnotes are not interesting to read at all, and while I enjoyed the additional words I could add to my vocabulary, it added nothing to the story for me on a whole.

The Accidental Highwayman is also bogged down by the story's romance. The romance is boring. Boring, boring, boring. It's also so cliched and uninspired and if I'm being frank, I kind of found it a little on the suffoicating side. Everyone in the story outside of Kit feels too one-dimensial (the women, omg the women are painful), and there's too much info-dumping at times to keep the story interesting. If anything, the story parts are bogged down by so much unnecessary information that it made me cry "get on with it!"

If I am saying that, there's a problem.

For a middle grade swashbuckling adventure, there is way better out there. If you don't mind being bogged down by tons of information or the flat characters, you could find some enjoyment here. While the adventure had it's moments, they felt few and far between, making The Accidental Highwayman a tough book to recommend in the end.

alex_m May 11, 2015

I had really high hopes for this one because the title is superb and the artwork (both cover and story) were lovely...

I enjoyed the writing (which was EXCELLENT) more than the plot (which was average), but did appreciate the world that Ben Tripp created, so will probably check out the sequels when they're released!

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marthabwaters
Apr 25, 2015

I wanted to like this more than I actually did. There are a lot of good elements to this story, and comparisons to 'The Princess Bride' aren't off-base. There were lots of quirky characters, an interesting blend of 18th century English historical fiction (complete with a lot of period detail) with fantasy (goblins, faeries, etc), and some genuinely laugh-out-loud funny moments. And yet, I still found my attention wandering at times--I thought there was too much crammed into this book, the main character felt a bit stagnant to me, and I'm just not entirely certain all the different elements formed a cohesive novel. I am certain there are a lot of people who will love this, and there are certainly a lot of good things about it, but I just couldn't quite engage with it fully.

0Charlie Mar 10, 2015

A diverting little read - a blend of period England with fantasy characters. The main character was likeable but not very nuanced. Recommended for preteen to early teens.

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nidofito
Dec 24, 2014

This book has everything that brings out the child in each reader. Fantastical beings, crazy magic fights, horseback chase etc, etc, etc. Even on the verge of being silly, it made me smile, laugh out loud on many, many occasions and even got me melancholy a couple times.

JCLGreggW Aug 20, 2014

Billed as a version of THE PRINCESS BRIDE if written by Neil Gaiman; that description isn't that far off. A gentle swashbucking adventure with a fish-out-of-water teen character who is thrust into the role of a masked highwayman with a trusty horse, set in the 18th Century British countryside with all sorts of magical creatures lurking around the edges. The pace isn't always consistent, and the book drags a bit in the middle. (Similar to HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS where the main characters tramp around in the forest for what seems like forever.) But there's a LOT to like here - the mood is gentle, fun, touching, and magical, with just the right hint of swashbuckling adventure. Oh, and there's a princess involved, too. Look for Tripp to gain his footing as an author as the series progresses and for this to become a real crowdpleaser. (Just ignore the overwrought and hard-to-read cover.)

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