The Adventures of Kit Bristol: “The Accidental Highwayman”

The first of a trilogy, The Accidental Highwayman is a timeless, heroic, and romantic fairy tale fantasy by talented author/illustrator Ben Tripp, with surefire crossover appeal to adult fantasy readers, especially fans of the beloved classic The Princess Bride.


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 such as Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Princess Bride by William Goldman 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.

Fantasy readers, especially fans of Cathrynne Valente’s work, will enjoy the author’s elegant turns of phrase. A first purchase for all fantasy
Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association,
…danger, magic, and intrigue wait at every turn. Tripp infuses his story with whimsy, humor, and derring-do…
Publishers Weekly
Listed in 2014 “Best Books For Children”
American Booksellers Association ABC Group
It is difficult not to be entertained by Kit's first person narration that blends historical detail with the antics of the fairy kingdom
Caitlin Augusta, School Library
Voted an Inspired Recommendation for Kids
Indie Booksellers
Tripp builds a richly imagined fantasy world, captured both in Kit’s dry, witty first-person narrative and Tripp’s detailed illustrations.
Booklist Online
Fall 2014 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
Indie Booksellers
Delightful and charming. A swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson
Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Featured 'Favorite Picks' Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection selection
JGL Award Winners & Top Lists
Readers will root for star-crossed lovers, Kit and Morgana, and delight in their “opposites attract” romance, drawn onward by a rollicking plot
Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association,

Book Info

  • Relase date: October 14, 2014
  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen
  • ISBN-10: 0765335492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335494
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