Skin Hunger

  • by Kathleen Duey
  • Narrated by Andy Paris
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kathleen Duey launches a mesmerizing trilogy with a book that has been honored as a National Book Award Finalist.In Sadima's time, magic has been banned, and she is forced to hide her ability to communicate with animals. But then a young nobleman bent on bringing magic back to the world sends his servant to find Sadima, and a new life opens before her.Centuries later, an academy of magic welcomes 10 applicants, but only one will graduate.


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Interesting series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was an interesting topic, and the set up of the book was engaging. The format was a little difficult to get into at first (alternating chapters/view points, which meant that sometimes it felt like reading two books concurrently), but once the story hit its stride, it was very engaging.

Any additional comments?

It was a little frustrating at times to switch between viewpoints. The story was a little slow in the begining as well. But, the author does an excellent job introducing us slowly to an interesting world, and building up characters and plot. The ending is a cliff hanger, and leaves the story unfinished, but not so much of a cliffhanger that it is frustrating.

My biggest complaint is that the magical power introduced for the begining of the book is almost completely ignored throughout the majority of the story. I hope it plays a bigger role in coming books.

There are some disturbing scenes in this book as well, and listening instead of reading them can be a little more difficult. Just be aware, this is Harry Potter and Hogwarts - this book has much more serious consequences and unsettling imagery than any of the HP books.

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- Booniecat

Slowly enticing

This story unfolds slowly, but the further it went, the more I wanted to keep listening.

There's a strong sense of atmosphere in both storylines; the listener can fully envision Salima's journey and the dark twisty tunnels of the underground school where a group of boys fight to learn scraps of magic and earn scraps of food. This book is full of details and complex characters, but this isn't a story about a warm, quirky magic school. In this school, only the last student alive will graduate.

Dark? Yes. But I found it very intriguing! I've now listened to the second book in the trilogy and am eagerly awaiting the third. No ETA on that yet, so be warned.

If you're looking for a lot of heavy sword fighting or sweet romance, this isn't the series for you. If you can get caught up in an atmospheric storyline that keeps you constantly wondering how the characters are going to get out of their current predicament, and how they can get from *here* to *there*, then this may be more up your alley.

And the narrator was very good. He handled both sides of the story easily.
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- Alexis "In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books