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Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,206 Ratings  ·  535 Reviews
Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes. A 'magician' stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die. 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.
Paperback, 367 pages
Published January 7th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published July 24th 2007)
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Emily May
Feb 20, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2012
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 mag
Sep 05, 2011 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers looking for a unique, dark and edgy teen fantasy
Recommended to Tatiana by: National Book Award
Skin Hunger landed on my only-i-will-like shelf due to a number of reasons.

First, there is an issue of two separate story lines that never come together in any significant way. They mingle and have common themes and characters, but they never merge. That, I assume, will happen at some future point in the trilogy.

In an unidentified middle age-inspired fantasy land where magic is lost and those who call themselves magicians are fakers and charlatans, 17-year old farm girl Sadima joins a couple of
Jul 30, 2012 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Tatiana, Emily
3 1/2 stars

These days, the phrase “the study of magic” tends to evoke images of boarding schools, quirky teachers, magic potions, and cute mythical creatures more than anything else. However, when you take a look at our own anthropological record, “the study of magic” has more often been associated with a very different set of things: hours of meditation, fasting, ritualistic pain, brutal tests of endurance, isolation…and the list goes on. Kathleen Duey’s Skin Hunger seems to take inspiration fr
Jubilation Lee
Oh God. Oh no. What… have I done?

I’ve made a terrible mistake.

Hang on for a second while I try to find a gif that adequately expresses my frustration with myself, here.

Okay. This one’s not perfect, but it’ll give you an idea:

Now you might be asking, “Monica, what is your damage?”

Friends, I made the fatal error of picking up a series book without confirming that the series was completed/well underway.

I’m usually so good about checking. Ever since poor Grade-School Me was burned as a child by Bruc
Jul 05, 2012 Maya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-ongoing
Skin Hunger is like Harry Potter gone bad. Imagine Hogwarts instead of a gorgeous castle with moving stairs as an endless labyrinth of caves and tunnels in complete darkness. Add Voldemort as the headmaster and food being available only as a reward once the student has mastered the requested magic exercises. And if he fails, no one will help ...

Kathleen Duey has created a very innovative work, with a fresh (and grim) take on the "magic academy" setting. I was quite impressed by how she deals wit
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for

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 desper
Oct 24, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Catie
There’s a line between horror novels and those that are dark, but it’s certainly a chalk line that can be blurred fairly easily, a line that Kathleen Duey dances upon in her A Resurrection of Magic series. I may never have picked this one up on my own, but thankfully my friend Catie had just finished reading it herself and offered it to me in the pile of books she’d brought for me to borrow. She handed it to me saying that it was kind of like Harry Potter…if at Hogwarts they tortured all of the ...more
While the parallel stories are compelling, the world is fascinating, and the characters complex, I just didn't click with either of the main characters, and that took the story down a notch for me. Still, it's a strong book with a cliff-hanger of an ending and lots of unresolved bits and pieces that will definitely have me picking up the next installment. Although fantasy, the fantastic elements are almost beside the point, with the learning of magic centered more around almost-forgotten rhymes ...more
Elizabeth P
Apr 03, 2010 Elizabeth P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I can't deny that this book has excellent, beautiful writing. Or suspense and cliffhangers at the end of each chapter that made me frantically think "must keep reading until the book is finished." However, I was distressed by all of the abuse.
Abuse was a disturbing trend in this book. Within the first 5 pages there are three instances of abusive behavior. The rest of the novel doesn't get better. There are many instances of abusive behavior, most notably between Hahp's father and Hahp, between S
Feb 20, 2009 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Skin Hunger is the first installment of a new magic-based trilogy called A Resurrection of Magic. The book alternates chapters between the stories of two separate protagonists- Sadima and Hahp.

Sadima is a farm girl whose family is betrayed by a false magician during her birth. She grows up with a father who is completely broken inside and is unable to enjoy much even in her rural life. She has an unnatural connection with animals, and feels as though she can communicate with them through her th
May 02, 2013 Brandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

More like 3.5 stars

I'm really conflicted about how to rate this book, and sat in front of the review space for at least 30 minutes thinking about how I wanted to write this. I can see what my friends were saying when they point out this wouldn't be a crowd pleaser, or an easy read, but it wasn't nearly as dark and depraved as I was expecting and hoping (and I don't care to think about what that means about my psyche, lol). It's actually two stories that barely connect, and I was equally intri
Ali Cross
May 14, 2009 Ali Cross rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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May 01, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans of Octavian Nothing; think_galactic
Shelves: fantasy
Take any of those twee stories about wizarding school and then shove bleak, black despair down its throat. That's this book. It starts out sweet and cliched: a little farm girl can commune with animals, but her father hates magic; a little boy is about to enroll in wizard school. The chapters are short, without much to them. As the characters get older and the story grows more complex, the chapters cease being little cute snippets of their lives and become longer. With time, as more of each situ ...more
Michael Justine
3.5 stars

It's a quality novel in terms of writing and plot (although the fantasy world seemed a little vague despite the middle age inspiration to it, but then again, it's not really a big issue.), but the lack of climax certainly dulled the pacing in the middle up to the last part, which is kinda disappointing after the fascinating beginning. I just feel that not much is achieved in terms of plot progression since the novel was so focused on the two protagonists' every day life. It was good for
Lane Hansen
I loved this waaaay more than I thought I would. I'd heard good things about it but basically went in not really knowing what to expect. This book was dark and weird and I was completely in love from the first page. (I'm also regretting not having bought the second one yet....) The writing and the world building were both wonderful and the way the chapters alternated between Sadima and Hahp was brilliant. I never wanted to put the book down.
Second read. I still haven't read the sequel even though I've owned it since 2009!
But I'm not going to be fooled any longer: the third installment's been threatening to be out since...what? 2012? How could I have read the sequel when the third one is still in diapers, and has been for almost 4 years?
They changed the release date about 10 times already; now it promises to be out by May this year.

Gather around; hold hands, and hope they're not bullshi
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
I'm not going to rate this book because I just don't want to and I don't feel like rating anything. But this was awesome.

I read this slowly. Or rather, erratically. Started this back in Feb, read a few chapters, left. Then picked it up after a few weeks, read it halfway through, abandoned. Read a few pages in the months in between and finally finished it today.

Don't know what was going through my head when I felt it. But let's move on.

The last hundred pages of this book are the most commendable,
Stephanie Tang
This book was dark and gritty, and parts of it were thoroughly frightening. This the type of book that appeals to both boys and girls because of the balance between romance (Sadima's story) and harsh survival (Hahp's story). I enjoyed Sadima's side of the story a little more, maybe because I don't have the stomach to visualize Hahp's experience in the wizard academy. I thought both Sadima and Hahp were compelling narrators, although their stories confused me a bit at first. Halfway through the b ...more
This is a raw, harsh story and yet there was just enough hope for me to keep reading. I disliked the back-and-forth POV. I wish the author had chosen one or the other, though the shift between third- and first-person may be to underscore past and present. It wasn't too distracting once I got into the book. (view spoiler) What I liked about the book: ...more
Aug 26, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at The Little Bookworm refers to audio

Sadima lives in a world where magic is outlawed and the country is ruled by a king. But she has a magic all her own, she can hear animals talk. One day she meets Franklin who works for a young nobleman and who invites her to the city. After the death of her father, she goes and finds that they are working on finding the lost magic.

Centuries later, Hahp lives in a world where magicians are revered. He has no particular magic skill but as the sec
Miss Bookiverse
Liebes Skin Hunger,
ich will ehrlich mit dir sein: nach den ersten paar Seiten dachte ich das wird nichts mit uns. Ich hatte nicht so richtig Lust und deine verquere Erzählweise hat mich verwirrt. Du hast mir abwechselnd zwei Handlungsstränge geschildert und ich habe einfach nicht verstanden, in welchem Zusammenhang die zueinander stehen. Ob sie zur gleichen Zeit spielen oder dieselben Protagonisten beinhalten. Außerdem haben die Namen mich verwirrt – Hahp, sollte das ein Junge oder ein Mädchen s
Sep 08, 2008 Theresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book got really good reviews which is why I decided to read it. But I am at a loss as to why since it really was not that good. It moves forward very slowly, if at all, and I didn't really develop a connection with any of the characters.

The book starts by telling two separate stories that eventually merge (kind of). There is a common character to both stories but I don't think the two main characters ever meet (but I could be wrong since I zoned out a couple of times when I was listening to
N.T. Embe
Nov 12, 2014 N.T. Embe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Magic and medieval lovers who don't mind a bit of vicious cruelty thrown in.
Recommended to N.T. by: Library

I've got to admit, when I first picked up this book, it was because I got interested in the idea that one part of it was about a girl who could understand and communicate with animals. In a way, it was part of my thoughts about researching shapeshifters for my own benefit, but when I began reading, I realized the book wasn't focused on this otherwise tiny aspect; it was only the smallest detail that led to this great, huge concoction of the horrible and yet intriguing stories that melded almost
Baba Yaga
Dec 07, 2011 Baba Yaga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those after a darker tale and tired of the otherwise regurgitated fantasy genre
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 l ...more
Dec 06, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans looking for something different
Shelves: fantasy
Interesting book with two alternating stories that at first appear unrelated, but then start to be connected to each other. One story is about a girl, Sadima, whose mother dies when she is born. She is raised by her father and older brother on a farm, very poor and isolated from the world. Eventually she moves out to the city, to find a helpful young man she met only once, and try to make a living working as a maid for him and his master. Meanwhile, you read about a young boy, Hahp, who is being ...more


For those of you who don't know, I have a rule that I neither buy, check out, borrow or otherwise read books whose sequels have not been published. I just get too darn impatient for the continuation of the series.

Well, I did not realize that Skin Hunger is a trilogy. Yes, it says so right on the book. Yes, I really can read. But I didn't. Big mistake.

Skin Hunger tells two stories, alternating chapter to chapter between the two. The first is the 3rd-person narrative of S
Dec 05, 2009 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Um...people (besides me) seem to really love this one, but I must say I don't really understand why. It felt really, really slow to me, and the way Duey alternates story lines made it hard for me to get engrossed in either one. I found myself marginally more interested in Sadima's parts than in Hahp's, but I never quite connected with either of them. People also talk about how horrific these kids' circumstances are, but...somehow I never really FELT the horror of it. The emotional response was j ...more
Jun 15, 2010 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skin Hunger is dark young adult fantasy, with the most bloodcurdling school for wizards imaginable. Two separate storylines are told in alternating chapters, one following Sadima, a farm girl who can hear the thoughts of animals, and the other following Hahp, a boy who has been sold to the wizard school. The stories never meet up, but slowly some connections between characters are vaguely established. This book ends on a cliffhanger, and immediately picks up in Sacred Scars, the sequel. The alte ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Tokio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been thinking about this book a lot recently, and I have to say this book was great like really great.

Skin hunger is about two kids, a boy and a girl who are learning the ways of magic. One is from a time period where it's illegal to practice magic, and the other is learning in a period of time where only the rich can learn magic, and how there lives are linked together.

What I loved most about the book is the story. I felt as if I was there and experiencing what these kids are going throu
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Kathleen 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 learn ...more
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