Friday Fave is a weekly discussion about different bookish topics. You can choose just one favourite or a few – the choice is up to you!
This week’s topic is: A favourite cover on my bookshelf.
The book I have chosen this week is The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp, or to give the book its full name: The Accidental Highwayman being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, A Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides. That has surely got to be one of the longest book titles ever! It’s most certainly the longest I’ve seen.
This was a book that I picked up purely because of the cover. I loved how the title took up most of the cover and as you read the book, the other little details on the cover make sense. What can’t be shown on this blog is that the book has uneven pages giving it an old sort of feel, plus underneath the jacket of the hardcover it’s gold with the imprint of an insect on it. Those little details just add to a great cover.
I truly think that this is an underrated book, and would recommend it to people who love fairy tale-esque stories. And if you don’t like the red cover, a black version is also available!
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…