The Farfield Curse

The Farfield Curse

by Kaleb Nation

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ISBN-13: 9781497610668
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Bran Hambric Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

On the third night of the third month in 2003, fourteen-year-old Kaleb Nation had a sudden idea that began the story of BRAN HAMBRIC, a novel that would take most of his teenage years to write. In early 2007, Kaleb finished the first book in the Bran Hambric series.

Kaleb hosted his first radio show in Texas at age thirteen, and regularly blogs at www.kalebnation.com. In mid-2008, Kaleb launched a second blog at TwilightGuy.com, which has received over three-and-a-half million unique hits and counting.

The hardcover first edition of BRAN HAMBRIC: THE FARFIELD CURSE was published in September 2009 by the Jabberwocky imprint of Sourcebooks. 

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Hanging outside the gates of the city of Dunce was a sign that read:

no gnomes

no mages

etcetera

And if you didn't agree, you had best like jail food. Every other city in the rest of the world allowed gnomes and magic, but for centuries the Duncelanders had proudly stayed the exception. Behind their border wall of brick, the police chief put officers on perpetual watch for any short gnomes wearing tall, conical red hats. Helicopters regularly patrolled the borders, and every good citizen was quick to report anything remotely magic, in case a mage was around. They had orders to report any etceteras as well, if they happened to see one.

Since few people came into Dunce, and even fewer left, rumors about the city grew every year. This notoriety gave birth to streets nearly as infamous - and Bolton Road seemed destined to be the most infamous of them all.

In the thirteenth house on the right side of that street, at eleven o'clock on a Wednesday night, eight-year-old Balder Wilomas dashed into his parents' bedroom, claiming he had heard a burglar struggling with the front door. Sewey Wilomas sent him right back to bed with no more scary movies for a week. Five minutes later, in came Baldretta, Balder's three-year-old sister, having heard someone at the door too. Sewey sent her back as well, with a bag of chocolates to munch until morning. All this was, of course, until he heard the noise a minute later and barreled downstairs, revolver in hand, only to find scratches on the door and some dirty tracks.

"Burglars…" he muttered. "And I'm plumb out of Burglar-Be-Gone spray too." He turned to the others, standing at the stairs. Mabel: his wife. Rosie Tuttle: Mabel's cousin, who did the housework and cooking. Balder and Baldretta: his two children. And Bran - the Wilomas' great Accident.

"He'll be coming back," Sewey added. "And being a banker, I learned exactly what to do."

"Call the police?" Bran suggested.

"No scary movies for a week?" Balder mused.

"Mmbbl?" Baldretta managed to say, offering one of the few candies not stuffing her cheeks.

"No!" Sewey spat. "Bran and I are going to catch this burglar."

"I think I'd rather catch some sleep," Bran said with a yawn. But inside he felt that watching for a burglar was far better than just another boring evening - one of many he had spent since that fateful morning eight years before.

• *

The Great and Glorious City Of Dunce, as was its official title, was like an overgrown blot on the map. It covered miles of suburban land so vast that many wondered if it was no longer a city, but rather a small state of its own. If Dunce was a blot on the map, then Bran was a blot on the city of Dunce - the Accident that shouldn't have happened. As if to prove this time and again, there was a driftwood sign tacked next to the front door of the Wilomas' red-brick, two-story house that read:

The Wilomas Family

Sewey

Mabel

Balder

Baldretta

But that was all. After eight years, Bran's name was still no­where to be found. Eight o'clock on Thursday night found Sewey and Bran on the roof of the house: Sewey with his revolver and Bran with a cigar box of bullets. The air was frigid, and the roof was so steep Bran had to hold to the chimney for balance. Sewey had thoughtfully brought up two pork and mustard sandwiches, in case he got hungry, and had quickly gobbled both down without offering Bran a bite.
One hour passed. Another hour passed. No burglar.

"Keep very quiet," Sewey warned around ten thirty. "I took Burglar Methodology and Tactics in banker school: he'll be coming at precisely ten forty-five!"

Eleven eventually rolled about, and then eleven thirty. Sewey's mood worsened. By midnight, he was so fed up that he climbed down the ladder and returned with a briefcase of paperwork to go over.

"Cold, cold, cold!" Sewey shivered. "Am I the only one in town who cares about this burglar?"

"It's past midnight." Bran yawned. "Maybe the burglar is where we should be: in bed."

"Great rot, Bran," Sewey grumbled. "Every scarecrow who's gotten past Basic Burglarology knows they're never satisfied with scratching a door and leaving dirty tracks. Mark my words, he's coming back tonight." He shifted. "Now hold that flashlight still; your shivering is making me write crooked."

For the hundredth time that night, Bran sighed and lifted his arm, which was falling asleep without him. To Bran, dirt on the ground and scratches on the door did not spell burglar.

"Aha!" Sewey exclaimed, pushing against the chimney.

Sewey hardly ever smiled, and he hardly ever laughed either. More commonly he wore a frown resembling an upside-down banana plastered on his face. His hair and moustache were dark, and though he wasn't fat, he had gained a little weight since he was younger, which perfectly complimented his balding scalp and general grumpiness.

"File this under Evictions," he muttered to Bran. "Old Widow Todilmay won't get past this banker!"

Bran set it in the stack marked Evictions without a word. Bran himself wasn't very tall, but he topped Sewey's shoulders at fourteen years old, and had dark brown hair and eyes of the same color. There wasn't much out of the ordinary about him. He was just plain, normal Bran. Except of course, for how he ended up on Bolton Road.

Helping Sewey with his paperwork was a constant, nagging reminder of the Accident, of the whispers Bran often overheard when Sewey called him to the bank for one chore or another: "There we were, all closed up, the vault locked tight, the next day Sewey gets here early and checks the vault like always… and there he is. A six-year-old boy. Just sitting there in the middle of the floor. Nothing stolen, nothing even moved. And the worst part is the Finders Keepers Law regarding Orphans. That's why Sewey calls it the Accident. According to the Laws of Dunce, because Sewey found the boy, Bran is his 'forever or until the End of Time, whichever comes later...'"

The strangest part always came after. "And the note," they would whisper. "It was tight in the boy's hand, and the only thing it said was 'Bran Hambric, born June 17. To: Clarence'."

But no one knew more. Sometimes, in tones so hushed that Bran had to strain his ears, he often heard another word - never shared with Sewey, but offered as the only possible explanation.

"Magic."

"Pay attention!" Sewey snapped, breaking Bran out of his thoughts. Bran counted the papers in Evictions, but when he got to three hundred he decided to give up on the rest. They sat on the chimney beside other piles, some marked Overdue, others Dangerously Overdue, and still others Very Dangerously Overdue.

It wasn't like Bran was the only strange thing that had hap­pened on Bolton Road. Just that Tuesday, a dozen red roses had been delivered to their door, addressed to Rosie Tuttle, with strict instructions addressing them to Rosie and Rosie alone. The card was signed with an enormous, swirling letter B, and the instant Rosie set eyes on it she tore it to pieces and threw it away, and would say nothing about it to anyone.

Instead of minding his own beeswax, Sewey Wilomas had de­cided to piece the torn shreds together like a puzzle with staples and sticky tape. When he finally got them in order, he caused such a terrible ruckus with every Bob, Binkey, and Balfred in town that the neighbors had called the police, who carted him off for a day's worth of scrubbing the sewers. Unfortunately for Bran, community service hadn't phased Sewey in the slightest.

"Overdue payment on the Bogwingle's..." Sewey mumbled on, scribbling ONE DAY LATE in bright red.

"Another one for Evictions," he said, passing it to Bran.

Table of Contents

Contents
Prologue xiii
PART I
Chapter 1
Strange Happenings on Bolton Road 3
Chapter 2
Chasing Shadows in the Dark 13
Chapter 3
The Creature and His Master 21
Chapter 4
The Note in the Grass 30
Chapter 5
The Man, the Van, and Dan 44
Chapter 6
Secret Letters 57
Chapter 7
Sewey Wilomas versus the Oncoming Train 69
Chapter 8
The Duncelander Fair 80
Chapter 9
The Box in the Bookstore 97
Chapter 10
Inside the Hidden Room 115
Chapter 11
Another Burglary 124
Chapter 12
The Telephone Call 136
PART II
Chapter 13
Burglars on Third Street 151
Chapter 14
The Man at the Tavern 161
Chapter 15
The Name on the Necklace 178
Chapter 16
A Path in the Woods 187
Chapter 17
Noises in the Kitchen 196
Chapter 18
The Man beneath the House 205
Chapter 19
The House on Hadnet Lane 217
Chapter 20
The Gnome in the Home 227
Chapter 21
A Room behind the Bookshelf 241
Chapter 22
The Truth 252
Chapter 23
The Face in the Mirrors 260
PART III
Chapter 24
The Girl from the Alley 271
Chapter 25
Lopsis Volgitix 288
Chapter 26
The Good-Bye 300
Chapter 27
The Escape of Rosie Tuttle 312
Chapter 28
The Garage 320
Chapter 29
Inside the Black Van 334
Chapter 30
Fire and Books 343

PART IV
Chapter 31
Into the City 359
Chapter 32
The Spirit Awakens 373
Chapter 33
The Farfield Curse 383
Chapter 34
The Battle on Farfield Tower 397
Chapter 35
Clarence 409
Chapter 36
The Grave of Emry Hambric 419

Epilogue 427

Interviews

Getting to know Kaleb Nation:

Sourcebooks: How did the idea for the story of Bran Hambric first come to you?

Kaleb Nation: I was fourteen and lying in bed, staring at the ceiling and thinking of an entirely different story I was working on (I was homeschooled and my mom gave me lots of creative writing assignments). Suddenly, out of nowhere, I imagined a boy and a banker waiting on a rooftop for a burglar. For some reason, the image struck me, so that I almost immediately knew the background: this boy had been left behind years before, the burglar was coming for him, and the city outlawed magic. I also knew that it was a fantasy world but in a modern setting.

I immediately got up and wrote down a few pages of notes so I wouldn't forget, and also wrote in my journal in the dark that I'd finally had "the idea." The date was 3/3/03. The time was 9:55 p.m.

SB: You're currently a college student, living in Dallas, Texas. Where are you from?

KN: I was born and lived in Round Rock, Texas, until 2003. I started writing the book here, and can remember the house and location perfectly. The surroundings were influential to certain locations in the book. Also, the Round Rock Public Library was a huge influence. In 2003, we moved to Bastrop, Texas, where I finished the novel and signed with my agent and publisher.

SB: Besides being a college student and first-time author, what are your other hobbies?

KN: I blog regularly at KalebNation.com, and I run TwilightGuy.com, a site revolving around the Twilight book series, which receives about 10,000 hits per day.

I also have my own YouTube channel (youtube.com/kalebnation) whereI create video blogs and content for about 22,000 subscribers. I also enjoy making music with my computer, mainly instrumental and soundtrack scores. I have composed a soundtrack for the novel (you can hear many of the tracks at http://www.kalebnation.com/music). This has received a lot of attention, with over 20,000 plays on YouTube. I have plans to offer the soundtrack for free download to promote the novel.

SB: When people ask you what Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse is about, what do you tell them?

KN: Bran Hambric was found locked in a bank vault at six years old, with no memory of his past. For years, he has lived with one of the bankers, wondering why he was left behind-until one night, when he is fourteen, he is suddenly confronted by a maddened creature, speaking of Bran's true past and trying to kidnap him. Bran finds that he is at the center of a plot that started years before he was even born: the plot of a deadly curse his mother created . . . and one that her former masters are hunting for him to complete. Haunted by the spirit of his mother's master and living in a city where magic is illegal, Bran must undo the crimes of his past, before it is too late.

SB: How long did it take you to write Bran Hambric?

KN: The first novel took most of my teenage years to complete-about six years.

SB: Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?

KN: I originally wrote almost five hundred pages of the book in six to nine months, which is the fastest I've ever done, just to get it all out. Then, I spent the next four years completely rewriting the book multiple times until I was able to bring the story out correctly. This turned into two boxes and two drawers full of papers, forming The Farfield Curse and notes for five sequels. Many of the street names in the book came from a graveyard we passed when I was fifteen (I quickly wrote down as many names as I could from the car).

In the beginning, I would write chapters of the book on my tiny monochrome Palm Pilot while taking care of my baby brother during naps. Palm Pilot typing, I will note, is very, very slow. I once had an idea in the grocery store (I can remember specifically which store) where I had no paper, and had to outline the scene on a spare grocery bag. I still have the bag, and the scene is still in the book.

SB: In discussing your book with friends, what have they found most intriguing?

KN: The biggest grab I've found is the "magic crime" aspect, which I don't feel has been explored much in other books. The idea that Bran's parents were criminals, and even more so of magic, seems to grip interest. People also seem to enjoy that it is in another world yet very similar in ways to our own.

SB: Are there any lessons to be learned from your book?

KN: I think my book tells the power of choice: Bran's mother chose to sacrifice any good within her for great power. Bran, however, chooses a different path, despite being predisposed to it by his own mother. A theme of "choice" and how our choices affect others runs throughout many parts of the book.

SB: How do you think your story might influence other kids who like to write and/or want to write a book?

KN: My dream as a young teenager was to become published. Through these years, I idolized other authors, watching every documentary or video of a book signing I could find on YouTube. Somehow, after years of writing and rewriting, everything worked out in the end. I have received countless letters from teens and even adults saying my journey has influenced them to start writing, which is really the biggest payoff of everything. Even though the journey started off rough in the beginning, with a lot of effort, it all worked out in the end, and I'm finally getting to live my dream. I think my story can help other kids realize that their dream of becoming a writer can come true, if they're willing to work hard for it.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really really really good. It was well written and very exciting. I can't wait to read the next one!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so fun to read. I never wanted to put it down when I read it. This book is a good read and I would recommend for 5-9 grades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Farfield Curse is very magical and well written. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first one and i am DYING to read the second one 5 stars all the way! Bran hambric is action packed and filled with magic and adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Bran Hambric soooo Much I wonder if Kaleb is going to make a 3rd one...
Celeste Tapia More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book, but it sounds good. Help!! ( you can watch Kaleb Nation on You Tube.)
BellaLien13 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. It reminded me of harry potter in a way. Although it was completly different from any other book I have read. I loved the characters of the book, they always kept me laughing. The dialouge between characters was genious. I can't wait for the next book of the series to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bran Hambric written by Kaleb Nation is by far the best book I've ever read. The twists and turns and the funny imagination of the writer is just truely amazing and it fills our imagination with a new perspective. I highly reccomend this book if you're interested in fantasy and magic.
Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
Nation has constructed an interesting and imaginative world in Bran Hambric. It's Potter-esque lore of magic and mysticism is likely to enthrall the most reluctant of middle-grade and young adult aged readers. Where it falls a bit short, however, is segueing into the audience of adult readers which I whole-heartedly recognize is not it's purpose or goal. While the vivid imagery and creative characterizations make great strides in that direction the slower story-telling made it difficult to grab hold and really stay invested in the outcome. This is exemplified most in the heavy focus on the character of Sewey. A healthy amount of time was spent showcasing his curmudgeonly and grumpy nature - a point that was made several chapters in and would have sufficed. Moreover, what made this aspect more difficult to deal with was the fact that his constant presence didn't do much to further the main plot. Ultimately I struggled with the fact that this focus was time that could have been spent developing far more critical characters. In my humble opinion, a great place to focus some of that attention would have been in further developing Emry. Now, I caveat this by saying that the lack of true depth of focus on Emry may have been designed to keep the mystery of her involvement in the Farfield Curse alive..but, still there could have been more focus on her in a historical perspective so that the ultimate reveal at the end of the story was more powerful. The same holds true of characters involved in the Farfield aspect of the plot - more on Elspeth, Joris and other critical characters to the story of the Curse and it's role in Bran's life may have provided the reader more investment in the story earlier on. Speaking of the curse it took us over 2/3 of the book to really get deeper into that part of the story. This was a shame since it was the best and most thought provoking part of the novel. It is here that Nation found his stride as he revealed secrets long held back and allowed the reader to see how character's lives were truly intertwined. There were unexpected connections and surprising revelations that finally gave the reader that 'can't put it down' page turner aspect they longed for. It is in the chapters where Bran is in Farfield that the most compelling and enjoyable parts of the story are provided. Furthermore, Nation did an excellent job of making the mystery mysterious, I did not find myself predicting what was going to happen. The foreshadowing was subtle and kept the doors open for events to happen any number of ways. I appreciated that I wasn't lead through the story with my hand held the entire time. Nation's Bran Hambric series has enormous potential and despite what I personally found to be hurdles I can see the appeal of this book for it's target audience. I would certainly recommend this first book to middle graders and younger skewing young adults. Further, given the writing and plotting of the last 1/3 of this book I too am interested to see if the next book in Bran's story picks up where Nation found his stride in Farfield Curse.
RefPenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bran Hambric was found in a locked bank vault when he was 6. He had no memory of his previous life and, as law dictated, became the responsibility of the man who found him, Sewey Wilomas. Treated as unpaid servant by the Wilomass family, Bran slowly comes to realise that he is a mage and learns of his link to a magic curse created by his mother.The last half of this book is fast-paced and exciting but it takes a while to get there with the first half concentrating a little too much on the Wilomas family. While these passages are very funny they don¿t serve to advance the story. Suitable for readers aged 10 and up.
Theamwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is located in the children's section chapter books along with Harry Potter. The author, Kaleb Nation, is a big YouTube blogger. It is entertaining to watch his videos on YouTube. I enjoyed reading his first debut novel Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse. I liked how he created the city of Dunce and incorporated all things magical: magic, curses, gnomes, his own language for the magic in the story. I heard about this book through his videos, but I didn't know what to expect when before I read it. I guess it was kind of you imagine one thing and then you find out that what you imagined was completely wrong. I enjoyed reading about Bran's world, where he lives, what happens to him as his true identity is revealed to him and he is found by people who are willing to help him. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read, or anyone who likes to read about magic. I also look forward to reading the sequel.
lizard_698959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great first book it has magic, suspense, and may just have a little love well see how that goes in the next book. Bran's mother is killed when he is young kid and as her last act of love before being killed she teleports bran to a bank vault in the only place where magic is outlawed. Where his is taken in by a worker at the bank. Bran has no Idea who his parents are or that the were mages so when he starts to show magical abilities he has no clue what to do. Plus to top it all off someone is looking for him for what purpose though is unknown.
simply00complex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent start to a series. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Harry Potter, but at the same time, this story about a teenage mage is its own fantasy world. It's been a very long time since I read this book so I don't remember it too well, but I remember that I loved it and I cannot wait to read The Specter Key.
galleysmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nation has constructed an interesting and imaginative world in Bran Hambric. It¿s Potter-esque lore of magic and mysticism is likely to enthrall the most reluctant of middle-grade and young adult aged readers.Where it falls a bit short, however, is segueing into the audience of adult readers which I whole-heartedly recognize is not it¿s purpose or goal. While the vivid imagery and creative characterizations make great strides in that direction the slower story-telling made it difficult to grab hold and really stay invested in the outcome. This is exemplified most in the heavy focus on the character of Sewey. A healthy amount of time was spent showcasing his curmudgeonly and grumpy nature ¿ a point that was made several chapters in and would have sufficed. Moreover, what made this aspect more difficult to deal with was the fact that his constant presence didn¿t do much to further the main plot. Ultimately I struggled with the fact that this focus was time that could have been spent developing far more critical characters.In my humble opinion, a great place to focus some of that attention would have been in further developing Emry. Now, I caveat this by saying that the lack of true depth of focus on Emry may have been designed to keep the mystery of her involvement in the Farfield Curse alive¿.but, still there could have been more focus on her in a historical perspective so that the ultimate reveal at the end of the story was more powerful. The same holds true of characters involved in the Farfield aspect of the plot ¿ more on Elspeth, Joris and other critical characters to the story of the Curse and it¿s role in Bran¿s life may have provided the reader more investment in the story earlier on.Speaking of the curse it took us over 2/3 of the book to really get deeper into that part of the story. This was a shame since it was the best and most thought provoking part of the novel. It is here that Nation found his stride as he revealed secrets long held back and allowed the reader to see how character¿s lives were truly intertwined. There were unexpected connections and surprising revelations that finally gave the reader that `can¿t put it down¿ page turner aspect they longed for. It is in the chapters where Bran is in Farfield that the most compelling and enjoyable parts of the story are provided. Furthermore, Nation did an excellent job of making the mystery mysterious, I did not find myself predicting what was going to happen. The foreshadowing was subtle and kept the doors open for events to happen any number of ways. I appreciated that I wasn¿t lead through the story with my hand held the entire time.Nation¿s Bran Hambric series has enormous potential and despite what I personally found to be hurdles I can see the appeal of this book for it¿s target audience. I would certainly recommend this first book to middle graders and younger skewing young adults. Further, given the writing and plotting of the last 1/3 of this book I too am interested to see if the next book in Bran¿s story picks up where Nation found his stride in Farfield Curse.
brimeetsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When he was six years old, a child was found in a locked bank vault in the city of Dunce. He's suffering from amnesia and only a small scrap of paper offers a clue: his name, Bran Hambric. His parents' whereabouts are unknown, and so according to Dunce law, whoever found him is responsible for his welfare. The task is entrusted to Sewey and Mabel Wilomas. But nobody, not even Bran, realizes how important the boy's survival is, and his connection to the titular Farfield Curse.Reading Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse, the similarities of Harry Potter will occur. However, after the publication of the Potter series, such comparisons were inevitable. Literature throughout the ages has been littered with the archetype of the hero, a boy of extraordinary power and living in ordinary circumstances. Bran Hambric has another thing in common with Mr. Potter: A sharply written novel with an engaging characters, a twisting storyline, and equal dashes of humor and action.Author Kaleb Nation started Bran Hambric when he was fourteen years old. He completed the novel in 2007. It all started with his imagining a boy and a banker waiting on a rooftop for a burglar to arrive. As Nation tells it, he wrote five hundred pages in six to nine months. The result is a novel meant for middle grades but enjoyable by all ages.Starting in on Bran Hambric, once I was invested in the story, I didn't want to leave. You know a book is good when you'll torture yourself on an elliptical for another thirty minutes to read it! The characterization is great, from the curmudgeonly yet likable Sewey Wilomas (my favorite) his health-obsessed wife Mabel to the characters who aid Bran Hambric in his search for the truth - Adi and Astara. The book is filled with scenes of Bran's family life, Sewey's outlandish behavior, the mysterious world of gnomes, mages, and etc. This wait for more action, however, might bore younger readers. With so many wild incidents (odd occurences at a town fair, an unusual bookstore visit), older readers should be entertained nonetheless. The villain, Baslyn, is amiss for a good deal of the book, but his evil presence still fills the novel, making the confrontation of him and Bran thoroughly creepy, and worthwhile.Nation has mentioned he has enough material written by five more sequels, and hopefully, Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse leaves readers anticipating more, as Bran is a promising new character whose story has much left to tell.
vanedow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's review. A young boy is adopted by a family that doesn't really want him and presses him into servitude. As it happens, this boy with a mysterious background possesses a talent for magic. Suddenly, he finds himself drawn into a world of magical beings that he never knew existed, where he attempts to prevent an evil wizard from returning to power. Normally, I consciously stay away from comparing books like this. I thought it was important to point out in this case, because when you write a book with such obvious connections to a powerhouse like the Harry Potter series... well, you better make sure you bring your A game.Does Kaleb Nation manage to pull it off? I think he manages quite handily. The Farfield Curse introduces the reader to a richly detailed world, very similar to our own, but more intriguing in its differences. Dunce is really a modern-day sort of Anytown; it probably sounds like your hometown. Yet there is an entire secret world hiding just below the surface, and I loved watching it come to light.Bran himself is an engaging protagonist, with that underdog-but-upbeat air that will instantly have me rooting for a character. His search to uncover his own past as he seeks to safeguard his future kept me furiously turning pages. I would have liked to see a bit more emotional depth from Bran and his friends, but there's going to be a sequel, so I'm sure I'll get a chance. I think I may be judging the emotion a bit unfairly by comparing it to other series that have had several books to develop relationships.I also want to give a brief mention to the cover art, which I LOVE. The Bran Hambric cover was created by Brandon Dorman, who also did the cover of Savvy. I think the cover does a fantastic job of conveying the excitement and mystery of this story, and the use of color is awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spooky, dark, yet surprisingly funny and lighhearted! Not quite as good as harry potter or septimus heap, bbut it is definitaly up there for my favorite fantasy !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What cabin is this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys!!!! Sup? Hows life for y'all?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for a good read? I recommend Bran Hambric: TheFarfield Curse by Kaleb Nation. He thinks it's great choice for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Fablehaven. Here's the lowdown: Bran’s mother was a criminal. Her crime was magic and magic,it seems, runs in the family. When Bran's mother gets involved with a sorcerer trying to make an evil curse, she hides her young son in a bank vault to protect him. She knows dark wizards will come after Bran because he has the power to finish the curse. Bran spends the next 8 years living with a banker's family in a town where magic is illegal. His step family mistreats him. But one day, thereis a break-in and Bran is given a clue about his mother. The clue leads him to discover his own magic powers. Bran has a destinyto fulfill--it could be for good or it could be for evil. Read the book to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Just sad shambles had to die :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago