Book Title: Skin Hunger
Resurrection of Magic Trilogy # 1
Author: Kathleen Duey
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 rumours 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.
Format: B-format paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: S&S SIMON & SCHUSTER (UK)
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
Skin Hunger is an interesting, suspenseful and exciting book with crazy characters and mind blowing scenes. The author writes with the appropriate amount of detail and thrills, but, I do admit that the ending was like reaching a brick wall in the middle of a desert. I didn’t know what to do, or think about it.
The characters were surprisingly good and not what I expected. They all have completely different personalities and there’s a huge contrast between Sadima and Hahp, who the story was mainly focused on. I loved reading about the sweet farm girl Sadima and then swapping to the spoiled little brat Hahp. I don’t know why, but it was fascinating.
The other characters deserve some credit as well, though. They were very secretive and hard to figure out. An example of one is Gerrard because even towards the end I had no idea what to think about him. He was interesting and really hard to figure out, there was something about him that made him stand out. It’s always good when you can be so enticed by a character and not know why. It adds to the mystery.
Skin Hunger flowed reasonably smooth, but it was a bit hard to figure out what was going on sometimes. If the author could word things more clearly it would have been better. A few times I had to go back a few pages to find out what was going on and what I missed; I don’t find that appealing in a book.
Something else I didn’t like about Skin Hunger was that the ending, even though it was interesting, it was a horrible a cliff-hanger. I had high expectations for the ending, so I don’t know if my disappointment was due to that, but the story was still ruined. It seemed to stop mid story, almost as if a quarter of the story was cut out. I didn’t know what to think of it. If there is a sequel, I would love to read it and see what happens in the end. I was so excited to know and I still am.
Skin Hunger is a good book, with a little bit of a letdown ending, but still worth it. I would recommend it to people 13+, because, putting mild cuss-words aside, it’s not something I think children would find appealing. It’s a mature book that gets your mind twisting and turning and one that wouldn’t mix well with deadlines or homework. I suggest if you do read it, read it when you have nothing to get done.