Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation

There is a magical feel to this book… from  opening the cover to the first page I felt almost like holding my breath as the  words whisked me inside!  ~ Sheila

Brann HambrigBran 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…before it is too late.


Can a book feel like magic?  I think it can.  Actually – as I think about how the idea of Bran Hambric came to be… that’s a bit of magic in itself, and you will read more about that in my author interview with Kaleb Nation today!  When this book arrived in my home I was itching to get into it… I felt it was something special before I ever opened it and that scared me a bit… what if I was wrong?  Did I seriously just judge a book by its cover?  I think I did a little, and along with the small buzz through the internet that I was hearing about the book, I could not wait tog et started.

The first part of Bran Hambric felt very Rowling like… there were a lot of similarities to Harry Potter and while I adore the Harry Potter series I was a little saddened that this may be a book that followed a bit too closely to that outline.  A couple more chapters in, Bran Hambric felt as though it found its own path and off we flew together – book and reader, into an adventure I will safely describe as magical.

This was a book that I could not put down, and for the two days I was reading it (over Labor day weekend) I had my nose stuck in it every chance I could get.  I think it is a wonderful YA read and fans of YA fantasy should definitely invest the time time into reading this book. For a first book, that was started when Kaleb Nation was 14, it has a lot of potential I think his follow up books will become even better.

I look forward to what comes next not only for Kaleb, but also for Bran.  Be sure to read my interview with author Kaleb Nation here.


This book was sent to me by Sourcebooks

I would rate this book G

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14 thoughts on “Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation

  1. Well, I should have read the next post too! lol. It is a YA book. I think this will be a great book to share with my son. He is currently reading a book, but I will definitely suggest this one to him when he is on to the next book.

  2. I’ve read a couple of the reviews now on the tour and I’m very excited to read this myself! I’m so glad you liked it too and found it stood by itself without too much HP comparison.

  3. Great review. This book sounds really great. Adding it to my list. When you started describing it, I thought it resembled Harry Potter (which I loved!). But I’m glad that the similarities end after a while. It’s nice to read something different that still has some of the same magical qualities that I loved about Harry Potter.

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