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The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides

(Adventures of Kit Bristol #1)

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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
Hardcover, First Edition, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Tom Doherty Associates
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Brandon Sanderson
(Note: For an explanation of my Goodreads policy, please see here.)

I blurbed a book! I know, I know. That doesn’t happen very often these days, but Susan, my YA editor at Tor, approached me with a project she is very excited and passionate about: The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp. And after reading it, I have to highly recommend it—Susan has discovered a gem.

From the back of the book:

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highway
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm not rating it. So just calm down. I promised myself that I would move on from books that just don't cut it for me.


I can only take so much info dumping-world building and I nut up.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Heidi The Reader
This is the story of Kit, a half-fairy princess, a highwayman, a tightrope walker, a man who's lost his memory and more.

The Accidental Highwayman is not a "swashbuckler." I listened to the digital audiobook and didn't see that description of this story until I came to its Goodread page. That's a positive thing because I may have felt cheated otherwise.

Though it has a large cast of characters, the pace is quite slow. This is a book that can be savored but I see how it could just as easily be put
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'll keep this brief as I do not want to waste any more of my time on this book. It was a total bore. I did not care for either the characters or the happenings. Even the humor fell flat. I'm very disappointed as the synopsis and the title both made this sound like it would be a very fun read. It was a book that I fail to see appealing to either adults or younger young adults.

Rating: 2 stars.

Audio Note: This was narrated by Steve West. I was not really a fan. I'm not quite sure why as his accen
Rashika (is tired)
You, like me, might scoff and roll your eyes at how this book is being compared to The Princess Bride. It’s understandable to be wary considering what a masterpiece The Princess Bride was, but that said, don’t be. This book isn’t The Princess Bride but it’s definitely written in the fashion of it and that’s why I adored it so much. This book isn’t, at least to me, trying to be The Princess Bride but it instead is trying to invoke the same humor and the same fun adventurous feeling.

Obviously, the
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5. I'm torn on this one. Basically: good writing, but bogged down in an annoying romance that becomes more and more central to the plot as the book goes on. The author cannot write women interestingly at all, and the plot is sadly more about bland fairy rebellions than highwaymen. It operates as total wish-fulfilment fantasy on the part of the unremarkable main character who nonetheless does everything important ever, thinks of every plan, saves everybody, is the only active character, and ser ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
My opinion of this book wavered greatly while reading it. It started off amusing, but sank almost to boredom around a third through. Indeed, I let it sit for nearly a week and only cracked it open to retrieve my bookmark. That point happened to be particularly engaging, though, with a few laugh-out-loud moments that pulled me back into the story.

Indeed, that middle third is fantastic—a great deal of fun, lots of good humor, and a kind of light absurdity you find in the best YA. I lost myself ful
Overall, I really liked the book. I liked Kit and I liked that he remained honorable and all throughout the book. I don't feel that we got to know a lot of the things that made him really unique, but I did like him and think of him fondly. I felt that the story could have been developed a lot more in certain places, especially as regarded the details of the fairy revolution and magical realms and rules, but I enjoyed reading it and feel it was a good yarn with a fine tone for the time period whi ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a conundrum of a little gem! What was this? Who writes like this anymore?

Collecting thoughts in 3...2...1...

Okay. This book was essentially Stardust if the fantasy elements had tumbled over the wall.

So many of the book's elements were incredibly appealing. The premise was fantastic. The writing style was astounding. Like I said, who writes like this anymore? The vernacular does slow down the reading pace a bit, but the style is absolutely adorable. It's a blend of old English, nonsense, El
Taylor Knight
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd seen this book in a little indie book store sometime last year and I thought the cover (mine is black not red) was so beautiful. I loved the font and the title. I loved everything about it. So I had to get it right away. And even though it sat on my shelf for months, I never really forgot about it.

A few months ago I read Rise Again by Ben Tripp and I really enjoyed so I had fairly high hopes for this book. I assumed the writing style was going to be the same because why wouldn't I. However,
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a very underwhelming book. Not sure I'll bother with a review. Perfect for 13-year-olds but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone older! A simplistic poet and characters and oh so boringly told.

I loved the narration though.

Rating:2.5 stars.
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Do you know why this will be one of the most important YA books of fall 2014? represents both a nod to literature and stories of days past and a wonderful example of breaking the mold of YA fiction.

A must-have for all YA collections and a great crossover for adults who've not lost the taste for a well-crafted adventure story with lots of magical creatures. Also recommended for AP literature (vocabulary) and teens in search of the contemporary classic.

The cumbersome title will ease
This was cute and well-written, but I don't think I was in the right mood for it. I'm not sure I will be reading on in the series, but if I do, it will probably be by audiobook. If you like whimsical fairy-tales of a historical nature, this might work better for you than it did for me. ...more
I quite enjoyed this book and the main characters. It's a little bit fantasy, a little bit adventure, a little bit action, and a little historical. Author Ben Tripp melding the tone of all these different genres so seamlessly -- I was thoroughly impressed! (There are a few chapters in the third act that felt a little darker, I think because they dealt with more true aspects of history so the events had a bit of a somber/disturbing tone. Nothing too bad, but just a warning for sensitive readers. ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Great narrative reminiscent of The Princess Bride. A little tedious though.
This was just kind of fine. Gave it more than I usually would since it was an audio book but I never really gripped me. The narrative structure made me feel very removed from the action
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2.5 stars.

I detest writing reviews for in-between books. I don't hate them, nor even dislike them, so I can't properly rant about how much I disliked this and that. And I certainly harbor no love for them, so I can't even gush about what was so perfect to me. They simply exist and maybe I mostly enjoyed them and maybe they were a bit boring and maybe the characters were nearly like 80% of all characters from that genre^ and maybe I laughed a few times and maybe the writing was average and the ro
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rec'd ARC and meet-the-author dinner from Anderson's Bookshops. Kit is a good servant who has had a hard life. His master returns one night, shot, and Kit finds himself swept up in a quest to save a princess. Fairies and gypsies and royalty, oh my.
Well done but I knocked a star off because I think that meeting the very charming author biased me a bit. As usual with ya these days there are a few too many repetitious chapters shoved in but this looks like a promising series.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disappointing read and another cover buy. The book wasn't very capturing and was more on the juvenile ya side than I had expected. Another faerie book letdown, maybe it's just not my kind of genre. I also thought the main characters Kit and Morgana had absolutely no chemistry and they may have been better off friends than be forced into insta-lovey doveyness.  ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
This book had, quite literally everything you could want! Faeries, magic, adventure, danger, romance, was wonderful! A very fun and entertaining fantasy story! :)
Avery (ThePagemaster)
DNF at page 71(24%)

1.5 out of 5 Stars

I knew this book had mixed reviews, but I did not want that to affect my views going into this; I wanted to give this book a good chance. And from what I've read, it had the vibe or trying to One-Up The Monstrumologist series

Like the artwork.
Chapter by Chapter
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
The fact that this book is described as a book for fans of The Princess Bride, was a reason why I couldn’t pass it up! I loved The Princess Bride! But can we first talk about this title? It is crazy long! So for the duration of this review, let’s just call it The Accidental Highwayman, shall we?

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp took me on an adventure, that is for darn sure. Main character, Kit Bristol, was found by one James Rattle while performing at the circus. He takes him into his home
Pop Bop
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Faster, Younger, Magical Robert Louis Stevenson

I am a great fan of "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped", and truly believe that both books have aged well and remain attractive to and rewarding for modern young readers. That said, I realize that some find them just too old-fashioned, slow or awkwardly written, (at least for a modern ear).

This book captures much of the excitement and adventure of those tales, with some pluses and minuses. On the minus side, this book feels less authentic and reality
Debbie Narh

3.5 Interesting Clouds!

Growing up as a kid, I would watch some classics with my sisters. It was our bonding time and I loved it. The fact that The Accidental Highwayman is compared to The Princess Bride grabbed my attention at once! I love that movie! And in a few ways, this novel is like that movie (sorry guys! Haven't read the book!). There's a ton of action, helping the story stay interesting and on point with the potential of never-ending danger. The different types of mythical creature
Brenna Tkalcich
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galleys
At first glance, this novel may come across as a typical teen read, albeit aimed at young men instead of young ladies. And while that would fall in with what the publisher would have you believe, I disagree.

Give Christopher 'Kit' Bristol a chance. He is a boy with nothing but a job working for the man who snatched him from poverty and certain death. Thrust into his master's role after a series of frightening yet believable (for a fantasy novel, let's not get too ahead of ourselves here) events,
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, this review is for the audiobook version procured from my local library. My thoughts are my own.


I initially added this book to my TBR because it was recommended for fans of The Princess Bride.

Things this book has in common with The Princess Bride:

- Assumed identities
- Swashbuckling
- Unbelievable feats
- A princess

Ways in which this book is not like The Princess Bride:

- Quotables are sorely lacking
- Ba
Hannah Cobb
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
When Kit Bristol finds his master bleeding to death in the kitchen, he discovers that his employer is in fact the notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. Kit bravely dons his master's coat and plunges into a wild night's ride, intending only to lead the law a merry chase to keep them from finding Whistling Jack. Instead Kit stumbles into a world of magic and fairies, where he finds himself bound to fulfill his master's promises.
Kit's fair-mindedness, boyish pride, and sense of humor make him a deli
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Kit Bristol, 16 years old, was once a stunt rider with a traveling show. His papers of indenture were won by an impoverished gentleman, and he found that a life of brass-buckled boots and buttered ham sandwiches suited him quite well, despite his disreputable master. When his master returns with a gunshot wound in the middle of the night, Kit's life is turned topsy-turvy and he has to take his master's place on a mission that leads him to encounter all sorts of magical creatures.

May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
What a fun ride this book took me on. The title will get you right in the spirit of the story. Kit starts the story as a servant of a mysterious and rich man who soon leaves his money and legacy to poor Kit. Kit finds there are many secrets in the world, namely magic and those who use it. He meets fairies, goblins, a witch and of course, the fairy princess.
This tale of adventure and romance takes the reader through a story is that is entertaining and unputdownable. I believe this book is worth
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BEN TRIPP is the author of Fifth House of the Heart; Rise Again and Rise Again: Below Zero, a two-part apocalyptic zombie saga for Gallery; he has also completed the first volume of the Accidental Trilogy, The Accidental Highwayman, which is a young adult fantasy. The Accidental Giant will be the next book in the series.

Tripp is an artist, writer, and designer who has worked with major entertainme

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