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 which 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...if it's not already too late.
After reading that the author of this, Kaleb Nation, had started Bran Hambric when he was 14 and continued it throughout his teen years, I was solidly impressed. Sadly enough that while his dedication to his book payed off by having an interesting and partly unique story filled with some great characters, I was at most times bored with the actual plot at hand since it mostly lacked in action and suspense.
Bran was a character that I enjoyed reading about and could sympathize with his feeling of being lost in a world were he could not use his magical abilities. Plus, it was fun to read about the other main characters who were out right hilarious with their weirdness. For example, one of Bran's caregivers, has this absorb idea that in taking a million pills a day she will somehow in the process avoid all diseases. This and other characteristics these people had was a constant in bringing out some laughs. Though, I felt that while they all were unique and interesting, they lacked reality, leaving it hard for me to be able to relate to them.
Plus, the other thing that Bran Hambric lacked was a fast paced plot at the start. To be honest, it was out right hard to get through the first half. Luckily, towards the middle it began to pick up speed and make Bran Hambric a good but not out right great story overall.
In all, I feel that these series will grow over time to as Kaleb continues to write on. So, I will probably be picking up the next installment to see where everything goes next, but it will not be a must on my To Do List.
I suggest this book to fans of Harry Potter and fantasy.
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse is now out!
Oh and be sure to check out my Q and A with Kaleb himself coming this afternoon!
* Much thanks goes to PS for not only organizing this amazing tour, along with others that will happen in the future, but for sending me a copy of this. :)