Bran Hambric's life began in a bank vault when he was discovered clutching a scrap of paper by Sewey Wilomas, who was obligated to take the boy home. That was eight years ago, and Bran's childhood in the City of Dunce was unremarkable until the night Sewey decided that that their house was being burglarized: That was the night Bran started noticing black vans, that was the night Bran met a magical creature, and that was the night Bran realized he was sent to Dunce to be kept safe.
From that moment, we join fourteen-year-old Bran on his journey of discovery and danger as he learns the truth about his past, the horrific Farfield Curse, and the complexities of the magical world around him.
Kaleb Nation was in high school when he began writing Bran Hambric's story, and his youthful perspective makes the novel particularly accessible to middle readers. The book is best read without much foreknowledge; thus I'd like to let you learn along with Bran, and I'm reluctant to reveal much of the story line. There is no denying the plot's similarities to other fantasies (Harry Potter in particular), but Nation's world and its rules are uniquely his. The Farfield Curse is a fast-paced, nicely crafted novel, and it is clear that Nation has a gift.
The novel would appeal to any young fantasy reader; however, some older teens and adults may find the language and character development to be a bit unsophisticated. But I am a fan of middle reader fantasy, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to more Bran Hambric.
Published by Sourcebooks, 2009
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