Happenstance Found

Happenstance Found

Book - 2009
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Twelve-year-old Happenstance awakens in a cave with no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. Soon a mysterious trio arrives to take him away: the explorer Umber, the shy archer Sophie, and Oates, whose strength and honesty are both brutal. Hap and his new acquaintances narrowly escape the cavernous underworld and make their way to Lord Umber's bustling jewel of a harbor city, Kurahaven.

Once there, Hap learns that Lord Umber is an extraordinary man -- he's a merchant, adventurer, inventor, royal adviser, and chronicler of all things monstrous and magical. But Umber's accomplishments can't answer the question closest to the boy's heart: Who is Happenstance?

Desperate to uncover clues in his new, baffling surroundings, Hap accompanies Umber on dangerous and unusual missions. But Hap soon learns that there are powerful enemies inside the kingdom, and a ruthless assassin is hot on his trail. Faced with many unknowns, Hap knows one thing is certain: There's a reason Umber has chosen him...if only he could determine it.

P. W. Catanese's richly spun fantasy chronicles one boy's quest for answers and hope in a world riddled by knowledge and power corrupted.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, c2009.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416975199
1416975195
Branch Call Number: j F CATANESE
Characteristics: 342 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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vv19
Aug 03, 2017

Wow! I have been searching for something like this for a long time (maybe years). This was a wonderful surprising cleverly written story that takes you on a journey to a world you never want to leave. I loved the main character Happenstance and all the mysteries surrounding him. Lord Umber is a character you root for and hope to see in the next installments as someone who will surprise you with more hidden bits of wisdom. Catanese is a great writer and has the ability to capture your attention with just a few lines. I am hooked and I am seriously going to invest in purchasing the series.

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Tabaqui
Jan 20, 2017

I love fantasy that isn't cliché, and this definitely fits the bill. Happenstance is believable, although I would think that if I had lost my memory I'd be a little more panicked. The twists and turns were surprising, not forced. All in all, very good fantasy. Can't wait for the next!

qwertyuiop12 Jun 25, 2014

This series is great, I read all of them, hehe... wait till u find out were Lord umber really comes from!

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Doctor_10101
Jan 16, 2014

Glad I read this. Catanese does a good job with suspense and description.

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Noren
Jun 04, 2013

Awesome book. I can't wait to get my paws on the next one! :D

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abhela
Feb 21, 2013

can't find any book like books of umber make a new book like this please

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reesethebeast
Jun 19, 2012

I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE SERIES i got the first one in my school and i love them so much im ordering them xD

A really really good book :) Worth reading <3

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PassionofWriting
Jul 20, 2011

I LOVE this series. The books are nice and long so I don't breeze through them in an afternoon, but it's all adventure so it never gets boring. If you read, you should read this series.

Shadow_Assassin Aug 27, 2010

I absoulutely love this series!!!!

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