Bran Hambric

Bran Hambric

The Farfield Curse

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" The Farfield Curse is a story you'll want to pick up, but not put down!" --Kaza Kingsley, author of the bestselling Erec Rex series.
"A sinisterly good read." --The Children's Book Review
"A world vastly different from our own, where magic sits next to cell phones and gnomes really do travel." --Kim Harrison, author of Once Dead, Twice Shy

What if your mother was a criminal?
What if her crime was magic?
What if magic ran in the family?

Bran Hambric was found alone in a locked bank vault when he was six years old. He doesn't have a clue how he got there, or any memory of his past. There's only one explanation: Magic. But magic is outlawed in the Great and Glorious City of Dunce.

What Readers Are Saying:
"It is delightfully mysterious, suspenseful, and all things brilliant."
"Once you start reading you are not going to be able to put it down."
"Don't read it in public, people will stare at you for laughing so hard."
"Downright Gnomerific!"

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, 2010.
ISBN: 9781402243974
1402243979
9780545239646
Characteristics: xix, 430 p. ;,20 cm.

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Sgordano Apr 22, 2019

A book for Harry Potter readers that isn't quite Harry Potter. Okay, you can't help but draw out the similarities (boy who happens to be a magician living with people who don't want him to be around but who ends up being super important in the whole magic world). Outside of that, there aren't a whole lot of similarities; this is a self contained book that I don't really see anything else arising out of. That is unfortunately one of its weak points as well; young author Kaleb Nation took a great deal of time creating this world with loads of characters and rules only to really cram it into one four hundred page book. There is so much happening towards the latter half of the book that it is hard to keep track of who everyone is and what they're doing.

Bran Hambric lives in the attic of the Wilomas' house in the town of dunce where magicians and gnomes are strictly prohibited. Sewey Wilomas is an unfortunate, dim-witted banker who happens to find Bran locked in a bank vault at a young age. Under Dunce rules, finders keepers on orphaned kids. The only information Bran had on him was a scrap of paper with his name and birthday. Bran is treated like an outcast; his only friend in the house is poor Rosie who is treated as little more than a slave in the house. But then, in the quiet town of Dunce, things start happening and Bran comes to realize that he has some magic in himself. In fact, he finds out that he is somehow linked to a huge underground plan called the Farfield Curse- a curse that was started by his mother before he was born and eventually led to her demise. Now the people who killed her need Bran and have found where he is, and they will do whatever it takes to get him back to complete the curse. In the mean time, Bran finds out that the unassuming town of Dunce has plenty of its own secrets.

It's not a bad book, particularly for one that was written by such a young author. Definitely intended for a younger teen audience- think upper elementary into middle school, not high school. This is a good choice if you're looking for a quick magic read or a book for someone who likes fantasy but can't commit to the entire Harry Potter series.

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rajatree
Jun 20, 2013

I could not stop reading!

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couges
Mar 30, 2010

I took this book out twice and couldn't finish it. It was very boring and too immature for the age readership.

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