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Sacred Scars

(A Resurrection of Magic #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,632 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Sadima, Franklin, and Somiss, driven out of Limòri by a suspicious fire, are living in a cave hidden within the cliffs that overlook the city. Somiss is convinced the dark passages of the caves were the home of ancient magicians, and his obsession with restoring magic deepens. Sadima dreams of escape -- for her, for Franklin, and for the orphaned street boys Somiss has imp ...more
Hardcover, 554 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Emily May
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, 2012, fantasy

This is my first five star rating since Froi of the Exiles - so I hope you get some idea just how awesome this book is. I didn't even plan to review this book with it being the second in a series and not a new release, but then I thought it was such a step up from the first book that I had to say my piece.

Skin Hunger is a book of dark originality, there is cruelty and child abuse and magic. The best thing about the first book in the series is that I can honestly say I have never read anythi
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Tatiana
And now I shall join the ranks of fans waiting not-so-patiently for the third book in this series to come out. Come on, Kathleen Duey! You can’t leave us hanging like this! You can’t just broadcast little gems like this one:


and expect us not to explode with longing. Gah.

I haven’t felt this obsessed with a series for a very long time. This was like Harry Potter level obsession for me. It was like that level of obsession where you stare at your hardback with regret every time you have
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"He hates Somiss," I breathed. "So long as he knew we all cared about him and--"

"Hate is complicated," Gerrard interrupted me again.

"No, it isn’t," I whispered, and he didn’t answer me. He didn’t need to. I knew he was right.

Hate is complicated. So are all of our feelings and motives. And evil is insidious, finding a way to taint even the best of intentions. No matter how infrequently he actually enters this story in the flesh, Somiss is the primary influence on every character in it, worming hi
I turned to the final page of Kathleen Duey’s Skin Hunger with the most feeble kernel of hope burrowing its way into my belly. I dared not believe that Sadima and Hahp could emerge from those dark corridors with any happiness or spark of life, and yet, I could not let go entirely. Sacred Scars and I stared at one another for several months–me afraid to pick it up. I would look at it questioningly, knowing that it would kick me in the gut, and it would nod just barely. I’d wonder if it would be w ...more
Eva Mitnick
Oct 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
As anyone who has read at least the first quarter of the first book in this series, Skin Hunger, knows, Sadima not only does isn't able to stop Somiss, but 200 years later he and his magicians are still torturing and killing young boys in the name of magic. In Sacred Scars, we find out why Sadima did not succeed and what happened to her, as the timeline of her story gets closer and closer to student Hahp's time.

Meanwhile, Hahp and his fellow students continue to survive, but only just barely, as

This review will be spoiler-free for people, even if you haven't read the first (fantastic) book in this (fantasic) trilogy, Skin Hunger.

Skin Hunger was a dark fantasy novel, and was not in any way a fun read. After the rather anticlimatic ending of the first book (don't let the word "anticlimatic" deter you, it's still fantastic!), we're thrown into a whole new ball park. We still follow or main characters Sadima Killip and Hahp, whose stories are set centuries apart.

For a book that clocks
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Sacred Scars is the long awaited (well, to me and my husband anyway!) second part of Duey's YA series A Resurrection of Magic- the first installment was Skin Hunger which I love love loved and is one of my faves to get to fantasy loving teens. If you didn't read the first one, don't pick this up! You will have positively no clue what's happening as it takes off exactly where Skin Hunger left the story.

Sacred Scars continues the dual stories of Sadima and Hahp- Sadima as she works with Franklin a
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of LeGuin, grim magic academies, complex interplays of differing societies
Shelves: fantasy
The 2nd part in the Resurrection of Magic trilogy. The first book juxtaposed Hahp, a boy of wealth and privilege who is pledged to the magicians by his mercenary father, and Sadima, an impoverished farmgirl seeking a livelihood in the city. In Hahp's nation, magic is common (though highly expensive) magicians are feared enigmas. In Sadima's nation, magic is outlawed on pain of death. And yet--they live in the same nation...just hundreds of years apart.

The first book was almost unbearably grim.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book, this series is original and this book kept me on the edge of my seat. The past colliding with the present is suspenseful and completely unpredictable! can't wait for book three, which looks like it's finally got a release date... January 2019... I hope this one sticks. ...more
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
I adored Skin Hunger when it came out, despite it’s precipitous ending. Remember those debates?!

Now the second in the series has been released to help people recover from that ending. And it picks up right where the last book left off, in the midst of the drama and tension. The book has two interconnected story lines which are set 200 years apart. Readers get to see the rediscovery of magic in one of the lines and the harsh reality of it in the other. In both stories is Somiss, the aristocrat wh
N.T. Embe
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of dark stories full of struggle and very little hope. People who aren't triggered easily.
Recommended to N.T. by: Library

What a fantastic, painful story. Honestly, the moment you begin to think it'll be alright, the moment you think you've seen it all and it can't get worse, the moment you feel you might be able to stomach this story, it hits you so hard that you're left empty inside. The pain, the horror of it all... is too great a burden to feel. It's in your bones, a hollow in your chest, a silencing of the tongue that you can never see past, because how could you speak of the things you've seen? How could you
May 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm pretty frustrated with this story. It was VERY long and so little happened during the book that I'm baffled how more than five hundred pages could have been written. This installment was very similar to the first book: Hahp learns a teeny, tiny bit of magic and spends most of his days tortured and unhappy. Sadima loves Franklin and hates Somiss and works as a slave and in terror.

Even after she loses her memory and lives an eternal life as a cheesemaker, she is reliving the same life over and
Kary Rader
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The jacket cover still scares the crap out of me. Life for these this hero and heroine sucks. No two ways about it. There is one common denominator for the suckiness -- his name is Somiss and every character in every timeline knows Somiss HAS TO DIE!!!!!

Hahp and Gerrard et al are now murderers? That is a hard dose to swallow as a reader.
Sadima is void of all memories and walks around like a hollow shell for 200 years?

This is by far the most depressing gut wrenching story I've every read. There w
Amanda B
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, read-in-2010
First read in 2010. Rereading in 2016. Literary high fantasy. Great world building, great characters. Rich language and an insightful plot that takes its time, leaving you yearning to know what happens next. Can't wait for book 3! ...more
Aug 28, 2020 added it
This is what all penultimate books should aspire to - character development to the degree that you have more questions about their true motivations, their development, their role in the story. This is a dark book, in no way shape or form is this going to have a puppies and rainbows ending - it was never set up to be that book. It delved deeper into what happens to a character when they exist in a dark story. It asked questions about life, friendship, the self, and it did it in a way that made th ...more
Forever in love with this book.

The Resurrection of Magic Trilogy, Sacred Scars in particular, is a reminder of why I not only love Fantasy, but YA. Kathleen Duey is an expert storyteller skilled in developing complex characters and giving them the nuance they deserve, alongside a well-paced, intricate plot, an interesting world and a darkly fantastical atmosphere. More than anything, this series takes a wholly unique approach to an extremely popular idea (magic school! Wizards! Beautiful farm gi
Ryan Grooms

Sacred Scars, my first 5.0 rating; and it deserves far more credit than it’s given. As well, again there are two stories of Haph and Sadima, just like in Skin Hunger. However, this far, far surpassed Skin Hunger. The torture and darkness that surrounded Haph and his new lifestyle dig deeper into the shadows and the pain and tragedy. As well, there is something about how he deals with everything, how the constant starving ensues.

Haph’s story took off right away, the darkness drove deeper in
Kim Zarins
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How bittersweet to reread this brilliant book from an author and great soul I miss so much. Every line is compelling, every detail, every discovery, every painful step, all of it, is incisive and hard-earned. This fantasy. It's so dark, and you'd never know someone with a full laugh like Kathleen's could write something so unflinching. To be blown away by her imagination is both a sorrow and joy. And maybe this is what it means to have sacred scars. I've been in withdrawal for years now, and it ...more
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
When I read Skin Hunger, I wasn't terribly enthusiastic. It was disturbing at times, and I felt at a distance from the characters. But I couldn't stop thinking about the book, and wondering what would happen to them. That was in December of 2007, but the world of the book stuck with me so completely that when I picked up a copy of Sacred Scars from the library, I started reading it on the walk home. While I couldn't remember the plot of the first book in detail, Duey provides just enough informa ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book takes off where book 1 in the Resurrection of Magic trilogy (Skin Hunger) ended. Sadima is still trying to convince Franklin to escape from Somiss and now she wants to take the caged orphans as well. Hahp and his fellow students are still at the academy of magic and struggling to keep up with the challenges.

For the 1st 100 pages or so, this book was slow, building up on what the first book had already established - Sadima's love for Franklin and her frustration that he is bound to Somi
**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Did I say in my first review that I loved my youngest brother for telling me about this series? Remind me to bludgeon him. There's still no information on when the last book is going to be out, though according to the author's blog, it was given to the publishers back in November of 2012. Maybe I won't have to wait long for the rest of this book. Maybe.*

*As of 2016 - still waiting.*

My only consolation there is that he didn't know the last one wasn't out yet, so now he's as miserable as I am. Bec
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
For the first 175 (!) pages of this book I kept wondering when something interesting would happen. This book was 550-something pages long and we really could have done without the first 175 as they were just more of the same leftover from Skin Hunger: Sadima and Franklin struggle to live under Somiss's rule, Sadima continually copies the magic songs and realizes that Somiss is changing the words around, Franklin professes his love for Sadima and refuses to do anything about it, and the boys at t ...more
April Hochstrasser
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jordan Mohondro
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I gotta say that I love this series. It's real, it's intriguing and above all its SO GOOD. I hold back my five stars, but sometimes man. There are so many unanswered questions, but I love the flow of the book. I love the characters and their very real struggles. I love the world they live in and the creation of very real martyrs like Erides. You don't know who to root for entirely be it Hahp or Sadima in their quests with magic. Honestly I would recommend this series to a lot of people if they'r ...more
May 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Book Two of Kathleen Duey's A Resurrection of Magic series is the sequel to "Skin Hunger" (the National Book Award finalist). It is a huge, expansive read. Like Tolkien, she balances the personal struggle with huge geopolitical issues seemlessly. It takes a broader view than the first volume, giving a terrifying glimpse into the endless wars between kings and magicians, and the even more frightening prospect of a manipulative priveleged class pulling all the strings and playing with the lives of ...more
Chloe J
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 27, 2009 added it
Just as engrossing as the first book...loved it! Though as is usual with middle books in trilogies, it is going to kill me knowing I have to wait at least another year before I know how it will all resolve itself!
Bev Kodak
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This is one of the best books I read in 2009. Pick up Skin Hunger and Sacred Scars at the same time, because when you put the first one down, you'll want to immediately pick up the second one. Run to the bookstore right now, in fact. Go on, I'll wait. ...more
Rain Misoa
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Magic lovers and people who are patient with third book releases.
Recommended to Rain by: Best Friend
Shelves: must-own
I really love this series so much! But this one ended in another cliffhanger! Ack! I need to know what happens next! Hopefully, the next book will come out soon! *Hopeful*

To read my full review, click here.
Alexandra Park
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've definitely gotten invested in this series! I really hope the third one gets published some day. ...more
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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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