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Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dark but engrossing story of wizard education.

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This is not your typical fantasy -- in fact, it may be unlike anything you have ever read. It's a very dark vision of a world where magic is just beginning to be resurrected after being suppressed and nearly lost for many years. The author eschews nearly all the usual trappings of the genre. There are no battles of good against evil -- actually, there's precious little of either commodity to be found, and no battles at all. In fact, there's very little action of any kind -- just grinding cruelty and joyless acquisition of knowledge and skills. Even the use of magic is minimal. Yet the book is utterly engrossing.

The resurrection process is not fun for anyone. In the Sadima story, it involves living in secret and enduring poverty, fear, and Somiss' borderline insanity to find clues hidden in old nonsense songs. In Hahp's story, it's literally do or die -- figure out the magic yourself, or die trying. No cute Potions lessons with grumpy teachers, just raw survival. The ending is less a cliffhanger than just a stop in the middle of the story. By that time, most readers will be so involved that they will be clamoring for the next installment in this grimly cerebral, National Book Award-nominated new series.

Book Details

  • Author: Kathleen Duey
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: July 1, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 357
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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