“Much better than I expected - I had a hard time putting it down! Love this interpretation of wizards, and magic in general.”sara k wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Skin Hunger will not be a book for everyone
Kathleen Duey creates a complex world of magic and survival. The book contains two distinct stories, one told in third person from Sadima's perspective, the other in first person from Hahp's. Duey 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.
The night Sadima is born her family is cheated by a fake magician, who instead of assisting in the birth, steals their valuables and leaves her mother to die. As a result, her father hates magic and she is forced to hide her gift of understanding animals. In Sadima's time magic is virtually extinct except for in the old songs and wispsof talent. What Sadima does with her life is inextricably connected to Hahp's outcome and the future explains the past.
Hahp's story is filled with a compelling darkness; young boys pushed to starvation, intimidated, and abused to the point of death all so they can learn magic . At every turn there is a test, a trial that is life or death. Learnig magic literally becomes a matter of survival-of-the-fittest.
Sadima and Hahp live generations apart, but as their stories are told and the puzzle pieces start falling in place. The line between the two stories blurs. You must find out what happens in Sadima's time that makes the things in Hahp's life possible. Kathleen Duey creates many unique, strong, and complex major characters. It is undeniably a very dark book, but one that gives a glimmer of light and hope.
Duey weaves a dark and compelling plot-line in her world. I found that I really wanted to know where she was going with this book. I thought it well written and compelling. As interconnections between the two stories appeared, it drew me even deeper and left me highly questioning the possibility of a happy ending.
I am looking forward to reading her second book in the trilogy, Sacred Scars. ”
“Feb. 23, 2013
Since "Skin Hunger" is the first of a series, I will have to read on to understand more of the book, but I can now do a character analysis of my favorite character. Sadima, one of the main characters of the book, is very kind and open-minded. This is shown when she finds the cavern filled with boys in a cage that Somiss has created and she is horrified at the cruelty and is angry at Franklin, who she saw coming out of the cave. Franklin rushed to explain to her that he "is the only thing that stands between those boys and death" (p. 337) and he is being forced by Somiss to comply and do his bidding, and even if Franklin manages to free those boys, Somiss would just find more to do whatever he wants to do with them. When Sadima hears this, she immediately believes him because of how much she has come to trust him in the past. Therefore she is very forgiving and understanding and that's why she's my favorite character. I recommend this book because it's really well-written and between the two stories, there's never a dull moment. The plot is very unique too because I've never read a story that has wizards as feared and outlawed characters instead of coveted rulers. In conclusion, I think you should read this book and I'm going to keep reading the rest of the series.
Feb. 14, 2013
Pages 100- 201
Recently in "Skin Hunger", I found that two of the characters in the separate stories of Hahp and Sadima are the same. Franklin and Somiss, in Sadima's story, are poor commoners trying to decipher the old nonsense songs, in hopes it will help them achieve "silent speech" and restore magic. Franklin is very kind to Sadima. In Hahp's story, Franklin and Somiss are wizards in his wizard training academy but seem very withdrawn and, Somiss, very hostile. I don't understand how the two separate stories have two of the same characters, whose interactions in the other story aren't mentioned in Sadima or Hahp's side of the book, but I've never seen any other book organized in this way or with such an intriguing plot, and that makes me want to keep reading to find out. Also, the two main characters are very different, but with well-sculpted personalities that make me like the two the same. I'm eager to read more and, once I get further and learn more, analyze one of the characters.
February 8, 2013
Pages 1- 100
In this book, there seem to be two main characters that as of now, haven't interacted with each other, and the narration belongs to one of them, Hahp, who is training to be a wizard. The other main character is Sadima, who can talk to animals and lived on a farm her whole life, until when she was 17, and her brother decided to marry and she ran away, to the city, to find a wizard she once met. One thing I find unique about the writing of this book is that it started with Sadima being born, and now she is 17, but Hahp's narration, in a completely different setting, has gone at the pace of days and weeks, while Sadima's has gone in terms of almost 5 years at a time. Also, I wonder how Hahp is narrating Sadima's story as well, so I predict they must meet later on in the story, and he will find out her history to tell her side of the story.
“Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey, follows two story lines. The first is that of Sadima, Franklin, and Somiss. Sadima comes from a farm hold, after Franklin had visited it, and she had left in hopes to see Franklin again. When she reaches him she is told that Somiss is trying to resurrect long dead magic and Franklin is helping him do so. The other charter, Hahp, is trying to survive the restored Limori academy, a school of magic.
Sadimas story involves the love affair between her and Franklin, which I feel as if it is mostly brought about that neither of them has had too much human interaction and is just infatuation between the two. Hahp however goes through the stress that comes with not knowing what is going on around him and to him. So he finds comfort anyway he can, be it hording food, finding a place he deems safe, or simply engaging in as much human interaction as he possibly can.
The book over all was enjoyable to read, and later in the book the relationship between Sadima and Franklin does feel a bit more natural when Franklin does react to Sadimas advances. Hahps character’s development I believe was very well done, it included his thoughts, history, fears, regrets, and dreams and how they change with what he witnesses inside the academy. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a darker fantasy novel, though the reading is easy it does not leave out needed details in anyway.
“It was a really good book.”Elly wrote this review Sunday, December 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is broken down into two plots the first told in third person is about a farm girl; Sadima who can communicate with animals and who goes to work for Franklin and Somiss (Franklin's Master) who are two young magicians in a time when magic is banned and women are not allowed to read. The second story takes place maybe 50 years later in which Hahp a rich boy sent to a magic school and destined to die. At first there is no correlation between the two stories but soon a society and this history behind it develops that is rich and captivating and fully expressed within two stories. It's like having two novels in one but I wasn't confused just intrigued and very impressed. Its part of a quartet so I can't wait to get my hands on the next novel. ”Missy wrote this review Wednesday, October 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Got caught on these series!!! Couldn't let it go!! There has got to be another book!!!!”May wrote this review Wednesday, June 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There are two storylines in the book switching off each chapter talking about Hahp and Sadima. There has been a ban in magic in the town. People are trying to bring it back. Sadima can talk to animals and has been brought to a house, while Hahp has been sent to an academy to learn magic.”Jacob LaBau wrote this review Monday, February 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a very fast paced book for me. What was interesting was the two different storylines at two different timelines that kept me wondering how they would eventually come together and to what end. The characters had things to offer even though not always in a pleasant way plus it gave a breath of fresh air to wizard stories, offering just the right amount of darkness, no so much in a magic way but in a human way.
The book is only the beginning to a promising story, so naturally it concludes nothing but I am looking forward to reading the next book...”