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Book Title: Skin Hunger|
The author of the book: Kathleen Duey
Edition: Simon & Schuster
The size of the: 973 KB
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Date of issue: January 7th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781847381347
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.7
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This is one of those books I read a while ago and kept promising myself I'd write the kind of review a book like this deserves. Well, here I am, trying my best.
What can I say to make you take a chance on this under-read, under-appreciated book? Well, Skin Hunger gets a lot of comparisons with Harry Potter - both feature a school for young wizards, magic-abusing villains, etc. - but this series is set in a much darker world and tells a disturbing tale about the pains undergone for the sake of magic.
Split between two very different stories that become ever more linked as the series moves along, a picture is built of this strange world. One story features Sadima, in a time centuries before we are introduced to the horrors of Somiss' magic academy. In Sadima's time, magic is outlawed and it is only through the aid of Franklin that Sadima comes to realise the strength of her gift for mentally communicating with animals. But Franklin is just one half of a team hoping to resurrect magic, the other being the malicious and obsessive Somiss.
Then there's the half that earned the Harry Potter comparisons: Hahp's story. Hahp is a boy sent to Somiss' magic academy by his cruel father and there he discovers that he must learn to master the skills being taught to him or die. Young boys are starved, intimidated and abused in this twisted version of Hogwarts that was created to separate the potential magicians from those destined to die because they are unable to magically produce their own food.
As boys around him slowly waste away, Hahp struggles with guilt when he alone manages to create food, and fear for what the wizards plan to throw at him next. In the dark dingy corridors of the academy, Hahp even starts to wonder if he's going insane.
This is not the kind of novel that you can read by itself and gain any sense of resolution; it is clearly intended to be read as part of a series and the lack of answers means that you will probably be unable to do anything else. But that was fine by me. Especially because the sequel - Sacred Scars - is even better.
Dark, edge-of-your-seat fantasy. With fear, magic, evil and hope battling it out on every page. It's probably one of the best books you've never heard of.
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Read information about the authorKathleen Duey grew up in Colorado. She loved riding her horses, hiking, being in the mountains. Reading was always important to her. Writing became a fascination early in her life. In the fourth grade, Kathleen began writing stories and told everyone who would listen that she was going to be an author. Then she did nothing about it until she was 35 years old. In the last decade, Kathleen has learned about computers, the internet, research and writing. Writing is her passion and her dream-come-true. She is in love and feels lucky to have a such a wonderful and loving partner in her life.
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