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For some time now, I've been trying to find a novel I've read sometime in the early 2000s. At long last, I gave up and will try asking for your help.

All of the details I write below are from my muddled memory and may be false or misshapen.

First of all, I think this is a series of novels, and not just one.

In this world, the characters can gain (magical) powers by having special stones imbued in their backs when they are children. The two main characters are brother and sister and each has an abnormal amount of stones in their back, something like 7 each. The stones are colourless before being placed in one's back, but then change into a colour of the person's power.

The main characters' home is destroyed and they must travel. In their travels they see the magical stones' miners and their children who mostly become miners themselves, as their stones turn to mud brown, the color of the earth in which the stones are found. The characters witness the ceremony performed by an individual wrapped in many scarfs, without a stone on their back.

The end of one of the novels ends with events concerning a prison in a parallel dimension/world. The characters travel to and from the world trying to break someone out of the prison.

The novels I read were probably in Croatian, but if so, that was probably a translation from an English original. Decided to mention it in case I'm mistaken and there is no English translation.

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    Welcome to SFF! I've removed the last paragraph because this is a Q/A site and not a discussion forum and it was worded as if to invite more discussion rather than actual answers. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 13 '18 at 9:06
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Sounds like a duplicate of one, two and three other questions.

From the accepted answer over there;

The Broken Sky series by Chris Wooding, which began publication by Scholastic in 2000. More information is available on the author's website.

The linked Wikipedia article has this to say on the plot:

The story revolves around the journeys and trials of twins Ryushi and Kia. Forced to flee from their home during a violent and seemingly unprovoked attack by the forces of the King they adored, they are pressed to reconsider their naive world-view caused by their sheltered upbringing as they are caught up in events beyond their control and larger than either of them imagined. What starts with an underground resistance soon develops into a full-fledged rebellion against the tyrannical King Macaan and his equally malicious daughter Aurin, with Kia, Ryushi and all those close to them at the center of it all.

Broken Sky Part 9 front cover

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