Happenstance Found

What is the genre of this book?
Who wrote this book?
By P. W. Catanese http://www.pwcatanese.com/books_of_umber.htm

Who are the main characters?
What are they like?
Happenstance (Hap): confused; kind; special abilities
Lord Umber: adventurous; kind; humorous
Sophie: archer; artist; has a metal-arm
Oates: strong; honest (can’t tell a lie)
Occo: antagonist; seeking eyes
What happens in the book?

Happenstance, a boy with strange green eyes, wakes up in a cave with no memories of who he is or
anything about the fantastic world in which he lives. He soon encounters Lord Umber, an adventurer
who seems familiar with our world as well as his own, and his two companions—a brute cursed to be
forever truthful and a one-handed artist and archer. En route to Umber's home, they discover that
Hap can see in the dark, leap many feet in the air, speak numerous languages and go without sleep.
As the group attempts to learn about his origins, they're forced to confront a supernatural assassin
and secrets from Umber's own mysterious past. Catanese packs a lot into the book: rich characterizations
(Umber, who turns out to be from another dimension, suffers from depression and wishes he had his meds),
well-choreographed action sequences and genuinely surprising twists at the end.

Happenstance Found, 12, does not remember who he is, where he came from, or any details of his
former life. He wakes up in an underground cavern, accompanied by a mysterious stranger who refuses
to tell him anything about his origins. The stranger hands Hap over to personable, yet in many ways
equally mysterious, Lord Umber. Acting on the stranger's advice, Umber invites Hap to join his company.
They immediately meet with adventure and danger, and Hap learns that Umber is a man of diverse talents
and boundless curiosity. Umber discovers that Hap can see in total darkness, jump to extraordinary heights,
and sense when momentous events are about to occur. Hap is also being pursued by a menacing figure,
which he and his companions dub "the Creep." In the final conflict with this character, Hap's ingenuity,
abilities, and loyalty are tested. He triumphs over his adversary, but enough tantalizing loose ends are
left to be resolved in the sequel.

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.
What are the big ideas of the book?
As in most fantasies, characters are on a quest. Hap is on a quest to find out
who he is and what he is. Lord Umber is on a quest to save the world he left behind.
Oates is seeking a "cure" for his curse of honesty.

Also, good defeats evil as some characters team up to defeat Occo.
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Who is endangering Hap’s life?

What would make Lord Umber happy?
What would make Hap happy?
How has Lord Umber contributed to the common good of Kurahaven?



What truth does Hap seek?
How are the people of Kurahaven governed?
Though Lord Umber has been a model citizen to
Kurahaven, to what other place does he show patriotism?