Skin Hunger

Skin Hunger

Paperback - 2008
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Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.

Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate -- and the first academic requirement is survival.

Sadima's and Hahp's worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways in this brilliant first book of Kathleen Duey's dark, complex, and completely compelling trilogy.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2008
ISBN: 9780689840944
0689840942

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ComaBaby
Jul 28, 2013

Interesting and very dark. Unexpected in many aspects, but in good ways. I own this one, but not the sequel, Sacred Scars, which is a lovely and bitter continuation on this beautifully composed dark fiction.

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Haven0406
May 20, 2013

it was good but i was a bit lost, but i also wanted to finish it so yeah...

cheick55 Jun 08, 2012

This book is good. I think two different stories come together well.

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bbittermelon
Jul 07, 2011

Could have been an interesting premise, but there are severe issues with pacing and the constant switch between 1st and 3rd person narrative is jarring and not at all effective.

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mpot
Sep 21, 2010

Excellent plot-needs to let people know right up front it is the 1st book in a trilogy.

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