Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic Series #1)
  • Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic Series #1)
  • Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic Series #1)

Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic Series #1)

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by Kathleen Duey, Sheila Rayyan

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Duey (the Hoofbeats series) uses a challenging dual-narrative format to tell a complex story in this first book in the A Resurrection of Magic series. Sadima is born into a world where magic has all but disappeared and the only remaining magicians are charlatans and tricksters. But Sadima knows that magic is real, because of her ability to communicate with animals. When she turns 17, her father dies, and she departs to live with the intense young scholar Somiss and his servant Franklin, who both work feverishly to decode and transcribe bits of real magic that still exist. In order to help, Sadima learns to write and discovers treachery amidst her new companions. The second narrative takes place an unspecified number of years later, when more magic has returned to the world. Hahp, a boy whose wealthy father wants to get rid of him, sends him to a dark and vicious school, where the boys are told they will likely die in the process of learning the magic arts; Somiss is the school's secretive headmaster, Franklin the teacher and extreme food deprivation a primary teaching method. Hahp's tale is told in first-person while Sadima's is in third-person; Duey's world is complicated enough without the additional layer of obfuscation this structure provides. Ages 12-up. (July)

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VOYA - Brenna Shanks
This first novel of a planned trilogy, A Resurrection of Magic, introduces two parallel story lines, that of Sadima, a girl whose ability to communicate with animals brings her to the attention of Somiss, a fanatic intent on rediscovering old magic, and that of Hahp, a young man living generations later who is forcibly inducted into magic's secret arts. Sadima must hide her magic from her father and brother because a charlatan magician was responsible for her mother's death when she was born. Hahp, the son of a wealthy, abusive father, is given to the magicians as a last resort after he has failed in many other schools. At the school, he is paired with a beggar boy whose ambitions could save or doom him. Central to both stories are Somiss, the leader of the magicians in Hahp's era, and Franklin, Somiss's servant and an instructor at the school. Sadima's attraction to Franklin brings her into Somiss's sphere and begins the cycle of magical resurrection that becomes deadly by Hahp's time with only a few apprentices surviving to become magicians. This novel sets up an intriguing story, but it unfolds slowly. Descriptions and settings are well drawn, and the characters are interesting enough to make up for the gradual pace. This series will appeal to teens who love detailed fantasy worlds, and readers will want to find out what happens next.
KLIATT - Cara Chancellor
Sadima has always been able to understand animals. In her brother's eyes, that makes her crazy. In her father's eyes...well, she has been too terrified to tell her father, since the only "magician" he has ever seen is the one who killed her mother—while she was giving birth to Sadima—and robbed them blind. Then, a young man named Franklin appears. He not only understands Sadima, but also offers her the guidance of a burgeoning scholar, Somiss, who is working to resurrect real magic in the world. When Sadima's father dies, she follows after the man, determined to discover her talent (and she is a little bit in love). Hahp has never cared for his father, and now the dislike has turned to hatred. A rich merchant who abuses his wife, Hahp's father has decided to rid himself of his second son altogether by shipping him off to be trained as a magician. Not much is known about the wizard school, except that it is hidden deep within a maze of caves and few who enter its doors ever graduate...or live. As Hahp begins lessons with the kind-hearted, ancient Franklin and terrifying, white-haired Somiss, he is forced to examine his humanity, his motives, and, surprisingly, his remarkable talent. Duey's narrative alternates between Sadima and Hahp, who live an unnamed number of years apart but whose fates are ruled by the same two men, albeit in different stages of their lives and powers. Both tales are compelling enough to have been novels in their own right, and Duey's magical combination will appeal to nearly any semi-advanced audience. The one disappointment in the book is its cliffhanger ending, which assures that readers will be anticipating the clearly foretold sequel, but which doesnot do the narrative justice in its own right.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up Sadima grows up on a farm with only her brooding father and brother, Micah, for guidance. She can hear the thoughts and feelings of animals and meets Franklin, who believes in and encourages her. Several years later her father dies, and Sadima travels to the far city of Limòri to find Franklin. He is the friend and property of Somiss, a noble in self-imposed exile, who seeks to find the old magic that has been outlawed and disappeared from the land. Both men believe that conditions will be better for the people with the return of magic and the downfall of the king. Many years later, Hahp's father, a rich merchant, leaves him at the magic academy run by mysterious and cruel Somiss. The boys are kept filthy and starving until a few master the technique of creating food from a magical stone and learn other lessons. Hahp vows to live through the training in order to seek revenge on his father and to destroy the academy. This fantasy novel is the first of a planned trilogy and follows two separate time lines using alternating chapters. Both histories are cut short at crucial points until a sequel can finish them. The characters are well developed, but the sequels will have to provide more action to fill out the story.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
This double-narrative fantasy begins slowly but deepens into a potent and affecting story of struggle. First, a small farm boy begs a magician (healer) to help his mother through childbirth, but the magician's corrupt and leaves the baby on the floor and the mother dead. The baby is Sadima. Sadima grows up able to read animals' minds and eventually seeks the city, where she joins two intense young men: tempestuously abusive Somiss, madly trying to capture ancient languages of magic, and Franklin, serving Somiss with odd devotion. Somiss claims his work will restore banned magic and help the poor. In a second story line, a boy named Hahp is sent to a magician's academy where he's starved, abused and taught meditation. Only one boy will live to graduate as a wizard, and they're forbidden to help each other survive the filth and hunger. Some painful connections between the two narratives emerge, though key details-and the fates of Sadima and Hahp-wait for the sequel. Darkly resonant. (Fantasy. 10-14)
From the Publisher
"Beautifully written, fierce, and unforgettable." — Holly Black, author of Tithe

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Product Details

Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Resurrection of Magic Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have read EVER!!!! I didn't want to put it down once i started. The way Kathleen Duey was so brutally honest in her descriptions kept me right in the book. There is always a reason to keep reading. I can't wait until the next books come out.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Despite what the cover may say, Kathleen Duey's SKIN HUNGER, first installment of her fantasy trilogy A RESURRECTION OF MAGIC, is not a novel. It's a third of a novel. Or maybe it's two novels. Maybe it's a sixth. But anyway you slice the cake, it's not enough.

The book alternates chapters narrated by Sadima, a farm girl, and Hahp, a second born son of a cruel merchant. The catch is that they live several generations apart. One in a world that desperately needs magic and the other in one saturated and corrupted by it.

The story opens on the night Sadima is born. Her family is cheated by a fake magician, who instead of assisting in the birth, steals their valuables and lets her mother die. Unsurprisingly, Sadima grows up in a family that hates magic and she is forced to hide her gift of understanding animals. Franklin, a servant of a young nobleman named Somiss, finds her and tells her about his belief that magic will solve all the problems of the world. Together, the three try to rediscover magic. Hahp is sent to an academy of magic. There are nine other boys. Eight of them come from wealthy families and the ninth, Hahp's roommate, is a mysterious peasant named Gerrard. Unlike Franklin's lofty ideals of teaching everyone magic, here everyone must earn the right to learn. And those who do not or cannot will die.

I think this book will appeal to both boys and girls. Initially, each protagonist seems to represent the traditional story of their gender. For Sadima, the girl, it is a love story and for Hahp, the boy, it is an adventure story. At first, I thought the sweetness of Sadima's part was a nice balance to Hahp's grittier and darker part. Over time, the two stories blur together. What Sadima does is now inextricably connected to Hahp's outcome and the future explains the past.

The book is extremely vivid and well thought out. Kathleen Duey creates many unique, strong, and complex major characters. It is undeniably a very dark book, but the main characters are too optimistic and hopeful to make it depressing. Even though it is 357 pages, the font is larger than normal and I finished it in one sitting. And as hinted in the beginning, (and I hope I'm not giving too much away), the story ends with a teeth-gnashing cliffhanger.

I really like how the story is aimed at ages twelve and up, but does not dumb down or gloss over the grittier aspects of life, such as the death of a loved one and the difficulties and consequences of making your own decisions. At the same time, I hesitate to recommend this book to grade school and possibly junior high students. If it were a movie, the violence would probably give it an "R" rating. However, the blood and gore is never gratuitous and always serves to improve the story. I have seen more graphic writing in historical fiction aimed at this age group, such Donna Jo Napoli's STONES IN WATER. It also has the same amount of emotional turmoil in any of the later HARRY POTTER and HIS DARK MATERIALS books. Not for the faint of heart, but still a great first book in what seems to be an addictive trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intriquing book that you can't put down. 2 different times and differnt characters that begin to connect. I can't wait for the next book in the triology to find out what happens to Sadima and Haph and more about their world
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found 'Skin Hunger' to be glued to my hands! I couldn't stop reading it! It was a thrilling adventure that not just suprised me but drew me in to love it. I highly reccomend it! You will love this beautiful yet grimly written novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book by chance really, i was searching through fantasy books and this came up. It seemed interesting so i bought it. It was just what i was hoping for.. not only well written but the stories connect throughout the books in surprising ways. i cant wait till the next one!
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Lawliet More than 1 year ago
My first thought about the book was that it was written in an unusual style; switching back and forth between two different but connected times and places. Once I got past this, I was thrown into a dark but intriguing world of magic and survival. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! On the downside I'll admit that, because the author made me feel such a strong connection to Hahp and Gerrard, I was less interested in what Sadima, Franklin, and Somiss were doing in the alternate chapters. You should definitely read this book if you're looking for something raw, edgy and a little bit different. This book deserves a lot more popularity!
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nerd_next_door More than 1 year ago
Great story, good character development. Loved reading the two stories and love the way that they slowly weave into one another.
fairydust285 More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest. I picked up this book because I was intrigued with the cover art. I flew through it in a matter of hours and started the second one. The stories of Sadima and Hahp are truely unforgetable. This is one of my favorite books!
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Conchobar More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book like this one with two completely different character from two different periods of time. When I started reading it I was imediately captivated by events that I will not tell you about. Duey does an incredible job of portraying the conditions exactly as they are, so much so that you can imagine it completely in every detail. I would support anyone who has an interest in reading it to do so because you will not be disappointed.
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kannraley More than 1 year ago
Skin Hunger is a truly wonderful story! Or 2 actually! It took me a little while to get into it b/c honestly I was kinda confused, but once it got going I didn't want to put it down! Hahp's story was heartbreaking at times! I am patiently awaiting the next book...very interested to know what's going to happen next!
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