Deerskin [Robin Mckinley] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “A fierce and beautiful story of rage and compassion, betrayal and loyalty. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Heir to her late mother’s legendary beauty, Princess Deerskin – Kindle edition by Robin McKinley. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. Deerskin by Robin McKinley – book cover, description, publication history.

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May 28, Sandra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: At this dark and threatening point in the story, the first hints of mysticism appear. The sequence as she forgets was incredibly powerful and one of the best mvkinley of writing I’ve see. When her mother falls ill and dies, having lost the will to live because her illness sapped deerdkin beauty, the king is deeply distraught.

Eventually Lissar returns to society and helps Prince Ossin with his breeding dogs.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley – The Idle Woman

Princess Lissla Lissar is the daughter of a heroic and handsome king, who won the hand of the most beautiful woman in the Seven Kingdoms. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Note that this has nothing to do with any other part of the story. Open Preview See a Problem? Because of her vast physical changes Ossin, though suspicious, does not realize that Deerskin is princess Lissla Lissar.

McKinley writes beautifully, bringing out the darkness that flows beneath the surface in these old bby, but also highlighting the goodness and strength that we all have within us, even at moments when it seems too hard to carry on.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

Lissar, McKinley’s princess, cannot do this. Suffice it to say, I loved all of mfkinley different threads and Robin McKinley’s skill at weaving them together into a complete story. When she mentions that she deerwkin work and likes dogs, prince Ossin, who is in attendance, assigns her to raise a litter of puppies whose mother had died. I don’t want to give anything else away but this is the beginning of Lissar’s transformation into the mystical creature Deerskin and the brutal end of her life as she knows it.


Weird and awful and heartbreaking but also hopeful. McKinley has covered many fairytales in her novels, but this is the one that haunts me the most.

Mckihley course, dogs are a huge part of this process; bridging the gap between herself and a young prince who loves and understands dogs almost as much as she does. Ash is the best dog and I want one.

Deerskin (novel) – Wikipedia

But for all that, it really is a beautiful story. Heroine Lissar, who becomes Deerskin and Moonwoman, is the sole xeerskin at the heart of this book, and on whose shoulders the tale’s success or failure rests.

It really got in the way of the story. Deerskin is essentially a story of a neglected girl who’s raped by her father, and her lengthy, challenging, journey to get to a place where she can live her life outside the shadow of that trauma.

McKinley’s retelling is a study in the recovery from abuse and assault. Published May 1st by Ace Books first published June 1st There are lots of words for creatures that I’m not familiar with; are these unique or drawn from specific cultures?

It doesn’t really add anything to the mckinpey. Deerskin is very well-written; McKinley has such a way with words that the book does feel like a fairy tale, but at the same time honest and real.

Inher first novel, Beautywas accepted by the first publisher she sent it to, and she began her writing career, at age There is incest here, so if that’s a trigger then avoid this.

She succeeds in saving all six puppies she is assigned, with some help from Ossin who tends to his dogs himself. I hope this helps answer your questions. Robin McKinley’s writing is much less fluid and well-thought than in the other books I’ve read, but the story is a great adaptation of the super creepy fairytale and she handles the sexual abuse and recovery of the main character pretty well, although her SUPER AMNESIA is a little implausible but whatever.


Pages with related products. I couldn’t believe the main character at all. She finally returns to find that her prince’s sister is getting married to Deerskin’s own father and she stops the wedding.

He doesn’t really seem to react through this entire process. From a writing perspective, Robin McKinley tends towards the verbose and the ornate – sometimes this works for her books, and sometimes in my opinion it does not.

Ace; Reprint edition July 1, Language: Yes, the prince is a bit fat, but he is thought slovenly and oafish until Deerskin gets to know him better. The final weakness of this story was the writing. The turning point begins when her Mother dies and she receives a puppy as a gift of condolence from Prince Ossin whom she names Ash. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Deerskin is far more difficult and yet oddly more rewarding to read.

Funnily enough, at the same time, McKinley fumbles when it comes to understanding how a rape survivor might finally be able to face the world again. I knew it was about a woman who was raped by her father when I bought it.

Refresh and try again. Unable to tell him of her past, Lissar again flees into the mountains, returning the following year ready to denounce her father, regain her black-red hair, and marry Ossin. Recently, I’ve been less i “I am hurt Deerskin is not an easy book to read. What the original story failed to convey, in my mind, was the journey of healing the heroine of the story has to go through after her father loses his mind and forces himself on her.

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