Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Book 1 in A Resurrection of Magic
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"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 in this brilliant first book of Kathleen Duey's dark, complex, and completely compelling trilogy."
**My rating: 5/5**
*My Short but sweet review*
This is such a beautifully written story! I also love that it is told from two points of view, and how complexly these stories are connected, but you don't realize just how much! It is one that you must have a tad bit of patience for in the beginning but then it really gets going and draws you in.
Although it is quite dark, our main characters are optimistic, and it works well for me. It is pretty gritty, and the author puts the students through a lot-- there is magic, there is a school, but this is not Hogwartz-- unless Umbridge and Filch are REALLY in charge, lol. I just couldn't wait to find out what they would do and learn next!
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I would love to hear what you think!