The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp

accidental highwayman

4 out of 5 stars.

This book is just unbelievably fun. Kit is an unassuming servant until he find his master bleeding to death in the kitchen. It turns out his employer is a notorious highwayman, and has taken a commission from a witch to rescue a princess. Now it is up to Kit to save the day.

If you are looking for a deep, serious read, find something else. If, however, you are looking for something funny and charming that involves swords and capes and tricornered hats, then you have found the right book. The well-written language complements the historical setting, and the book has a neat tongue-in-cheek humour that shows that the author, while realizing that the romanticization of highwaymen and damsels in distress may be a little silly and archaic, still goes along with it and has as much fun as possible. For those of you who enjoy books like The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is another of that ilk. The text is also accompanied by some doodles and some larger pictures, and it is really the serious english portrait of a young man with a tiny fairy on his shoulder opposite the title page that got me intrigued.

The cast of characters is diverse and the dialogue will make you snort with laughter in some places. The highlight was probably the dialogue between two faeries trying to put on a Punch and Judy show while wearing the puppets as costumes. Brilliant mental image there. I wish this book was longer and look forward to enjoying the sequel.


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