SKIN HUNGER by Kathleen Duey

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Book 1: A RESURRECTION OF MAGIC

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 lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima’s joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin’s irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.

Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate — and the first academic requirement is survival.

Sadima’s and Hahp’s worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways.

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Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour, Greed

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Teenagers?No
Adults?Yes

Comments: This book has a graphic name, but it is not about zombies or whatever. It means really deep hunger. Basically a group of boys attempting to be wizards get starved to near death. THis was a fascinating book. It was a bit slow and detailed but the stories are so heart wrentching you find yourself very invested. (So it was well written.) Characters circumstances were violent but that was about all morally object in it.

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