Can I tell you how much I like this book? I reviewed it several months ago for AudioFile Magazine and could hardly wait until they published my review so that I could freely blog about my affinity for it! Although "swashbuckling" is the term I've seen most often in reviews of The Accidental Highwayman, I would characterize it as a mix of daring deeds and derring-do, of historical fiction and magical conviction. You can read my official review here, I listened to the audio version, but would guess that the printed copy is equally enjoyable.
- You can find my review of The Accidental Highwayman for AudioFile Magazine here.
- Listen to an audio excerpt from The Accidental Highwayman here.
- Read an excerpt from The Accidental Highwayman here.
Amidst a grim 18th century English setting arises the accidental highwayman, Whistling Jack. Teenager Kit Bristol makes the unlikely yet unavoidable transformation from circus performer to manservant to famous highwayman tasked with the rescue of a mysterious princess from an enchanted coach. Narrator Steve West employs the English "standard accent" for his presentation of the gallant robber. He delivers non-stop action and suspense while maintaining an air of wise contemplation suited to this retrospective narrative of daring deeds from a magical past.
This is the first in an expected series. Judging from the effort expended on the series' official website, http://kitbristol.com , they knew right out of the gate that this one would be popular! Enjoy the goofy trailer (there are two more on the site).
As a fledgling ukulele player myself, I love that Ben Tripp plays the ukulele in this trailer.