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Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse

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A book by Kaleb Nation

Grade 6–9—Bran Hambric is a foundling, left in a bank vault and taken in by Sewey and Mabel Wilomas, who live in the town of Dunce. In an effort to preserve the decency of the community, the town has banned even the mere mention of magic. … see full wiki

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Author: Kaleb Nation
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
1 review about Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse


  • Sep 15, 2009
Bran is a misfit, living with a foster family after he was found in a bank vault at age six without any memory of how he got there. Once night, while waiting on a roof for a burglar, a strange creature confronts Bran, a mysterious link to the mother he can't remember, a magic user. And in a city where magic is forbidden, it's not only scandalous, but dangerous...

Kaleb Nation's first book is quirky and suspenseful and completely fun. Bran is a funny character, and he really comes to life in Nation's clever and magical world that is well-crafted and quite intriguing. Nation's writing style is simple, yet incredibly entertaining and endlessly amusing, making it easy for younger readers to get sucked right in. The plot is unique and fun, but also has some spookier, suspenseful elements, making Bran Hambric a well rounded read. The characters were many, so it will be interesting to see how or if Nation will develop them further in the future. Though the book does bear some striking resemblances to the Harry Potter series, younger readers will easily overlook it in favor of the comedy (one of Nation's talents). Overall, this is a vibrant and eccentric tale that has it all: mystery, suspense, wit, and fun. Kaleb Nation is a talented new author to watch.

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