Synopses & Reviews
Sadima, Franklin, and Somiss, driven out of Limòri by a suspicious fire, are living in a cave hidden within the cliffs that overlook the city. Somiss is convinced the dark passages of the caves were the home of ancient magicians, and his obsession with restoring magic deepens. Sadima dreams of escape -- for her, for Franklin, and for the orphaned street boys Somiss has imprisoned in a crowded cage. Somiss claims he will teach these boys magic, that they will become his first students, but Sadima knows he is lying.
Generations later, Hahp is struggling to survive the wizards' increasingly dangerous classes at the Limòri Academy of Magic. He knows the fragile pact he has forged with his secretive roommate, Gerrard, will not be enough to put an end to the evil. It will take all the students acting together to have any chance of destroying the academy. Building trust, with few chances to speak or plan, will be almost impossible, but there is no choice.
The worlds of Sadima and Hahp move closer together in the second compelling installment of Kathleen Duey's brilliant trilogy, which began with the National Book Award finalist Skin Hunger, praised by Holly Black as "beautifully written, fierce, and unforgettable."
In the second volume of this powerful trilogy, Somiss, exiled and desperate, hoards the magic he is recovering from ancient documents while Sadima and Franklin struggle to contain his egomaniacal ambitions by secretly recording the magic, hoping to share it with humankind. Generations later, Hahp and Gerrard, students at Somissand#8217;s brutal academy, endure the painful ordeals used to and#8220;teachand#8221; magic. Their tenuous pact, forged to survive, falters as they plot to destry Somiss, the school . . . and set magic free.
About the Author
Kathleen Dueyand#8217;s works include the middle grade American Diaries and Survivors series, as well as the well-reviewed chapter book series The Unicornand#8217;s Secret and its companion series, The Faeriesand#8217; Promise. She is also the National Book Awardand#8211;nominated author of andlt;iandgt;Skin Hungerandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in Fallbrook, California.