Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Accidental Highwayman Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Check out More of the tour HERE


The Accidental Highwayman is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp. This thrilling tale of dark magic and true love is the perfect story for fans of William Goldman’s 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 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


Wow, what a fun read based in the Eighteenth century where fantasy began.

Kit is a young servant to a well to go gentleman who is kind of eccentric. However, this life is much better than the life he grew up in as a performer in an on the road circus.  He is loyal to his master, and always does as he is told to please his master.  Little did Kit realize, his master is the famous Highwayman Whistling Jack, who is famous of stealing from the rich.

When Kit escapes the soldiers on his master's horse, he is mistaken for Whistling Jack, and finds himself on the run.  He takes the loyal dog, Demon, with him, and travels the instructions given to him by his master on his last breath.  His life will change forever, finding out that the world has more than the eye can see.

This is a fun old-style english historical fantasy.  I found the humor refreshing, and Kit's absolute loyalty extremely fun to absorb.  Who doesn't love a book about Fairies?  It brings this story to life with the imagination and adventure in this fast paced novel.  Kit can be gullible, but that is what I loved about him.  He is learning about life as he lives it, and catches on pretty quick to the hidden world that existed around him.  He is the perfect hero, whether it is accidental or not, being humble and always thinking of others before himself.

This IS a great read for all fantasy lovers.  Definitely worth every minute.  With several twists hidden in these pages, the obstacles are exciting as it builds up to the finale.

Give it a read, it would be great for all middle graders and up who enjoy old fantasy lore.


After a childhood making art and a brief stint at the Rhode Island School of Design, BEN TRIPP worked as an experiential designer for over twenty years, creating theme parks, resorts, museums, and attractions worldwide. He is the author of the adult novels Rise Again, Rise Again: Below Zero, and the forthcoming Fifth Chamber of the Heart.The Accidental Highwayman is his first book for young adults.

The Trailers!

"A Giant Book"
The Accidental Highwayman Trailer One

The idea was to capture some of the settings and atmospheres of the novel by visiting haunted forests and sunny sheep-flecked meadows of England. In general none of this went off quite as planned. 

"The Author at Work"

The Accidental Highwayman Trailer Two

Ultimately the challenge of adventure proved too enticing and the sport
of Extreme Reading was born. What makes a book more interesting? Peril.

"A Pastoral Reading"
The Accidental Highwayman Trailer Three

The next idea was to go indoors where it was nice and quiet and shoot a  video there in the safety of the author's elegant writing room.

"Extreme Reading"
The Accidental Highwayman Trailer Four

25 Winners will receive an Exclusive 11x17 Poster, Envelopes 

and Bookmarks by Ben Tripp.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

November 18th Tuesday: Jean BookNerd INTERVIEW & VLOG POST
November 19th Wednesday: Teen Readers’ Diary THIS OR THAT

November 20th Thursday: CBY Book Club 10 RANDOM THINGS

November 21st Friday: Bookish REVIEW & TENS LIST 

November 22nd Saturday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
November 23rd SundaySuch a Novel Idea REVIEW & GUEST POST 

November 24th Monday: Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW & INTERVIEW 

November 25th Tuesday: Jenna Does Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
November 26th Wednesday: Chapter by Chapter REVIEW & DREAM CAST
November 27th Thursday: 
Spiced Latte Reads REVIEW
November 28th Friday: Beneath the Moon and Stars REVIEW
November 29th Saturday: Insane About Books REVIEW & EXCERPT

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the amazing giveaway and the generous prizes. I can't wait to read The Accidental Highwayman, it looks like a really great novel!