NNT Reviews: “Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse”

You probably know him as The Twilight Guy … but these days, Kaleb Nation is a published author in his own right. His first book, Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse was released earlier this year and Kaleb is now hard at work on the next book in the series.

I recently read Bran Hambric, and here’s my review for Portland Books Examiner:

It would be easy to compare Kaleb Nation’s debut novel, Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse to Harry Potter. They are, after all, both books about young boys who are orphaned and find themselves living with families that don’t really want them around. Both boys find themselves suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the world of magic. Both covers feature artwork of the titular character and a distinct symbol – a lightning bolt for Harry Potter, and a crescent moon for Bran Hambric. Both have parents who die trying to protect them. And both stories feature a powerful, dark figure who has split his soul in order to survive death.

But the world of Bran Hambric is a far cry from Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and the game of Quidditch. It would also be unfair to compare Nation – a 21-year-old author who began writing Bran Hambric when he was only 14-years-old – to Rowling, who was a single mother when she started Potter and is now one of the world’s most celebrated authors.

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While Bran Hambric is not quite on the same playing field as Harry Potter, fans of Rowlings’ books and other magical titles will find themselves gobbling up The Farfield Curse. Nation writes with a sort of youthful sense of abandon — and though sometimes his inexperience comes through, his prose is charming, witty and delightfully descriptive. He has such a gift for turning a phrase that some of his minor indiscretions with the text can easily be forgiven.

Read the rest of my review HERE.

Also check out NNT’s exclusive interview with Kaleb Nation.

Have you read Bran Hambric? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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