Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kathleen Duey, SKIN HUNGER

This National Book Award finalist is the first in the "Resurrection of Magic" series. Moving back and forth between two POVs and two time periods--linked by the character Franklin, who is young in one and old in the other--the novel describes a fierce and frightening "academy" where apprentices are starved until they figure out how to work true magic, which has been debauched and degraded by charlatans. Some of the language is quite beautiful: "It was silver-gray this morning, the flat color of a parlor mirror before the lamps are lit." But most of the fine metaphors are in the early chapters; the plot takes over the second half of the book and the writing becomes more ordinary. But it's a page-turner, and while not quite as dark or suspenseful as HUNGER GAMES, it's a good read.

1 comment:

  1. VERY interesting that you picked up on the more graceful observations in Hahp's voice in the first third or so of the book. It's intentional. He was raised in wealth and appreciated lovely things--remember his reactions to all of Somiss's fancy chairs. But his cultured way of seeing things is ruined, almost erased, bit by bit what he goes though. His voice reflects that. You are the second person to notice! A thousand thanks for giving it such a careful read.