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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It was the story, and I think it’s important that we have stories like this, which explore horrible things without glorifying them or dismissing them as trivial.

Feb 14, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Deersmin 27, Casey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And as she unlocks a door to a world of magic, Lissar finds the key to her survival and begins an adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Princess Derskin Lisslar is a lonely and awkward child who grows up obscured by the shadow of her glorious parents who are so completely obsessed wit Having just read and adored McKinley’s Sunshine and The Blue Sword when I started this book, I was full of love for the author and expecting great things. Yeah, all of those. I think if you’re considering reading this, you need to be aware that rape is a major theme.

See and discover other items: Lissar tries to hide herself in her chambers, locking herself in, but on the third night her father enters the room through a forgotten door, and violently rapes Lissar and almost kills Ash. Lissar is a young, shy princess with a drop-dead gorgeous mother. Having just read and adored McKinley’s Sunshine and The Blue Sword when I started this book, I was full of love for the author and expecting great things. Deerskin is based on “Donkeyskin”, a Charles Perrault tale that is usually neutered and deals with the theme of incest.


I couldn’t believe she tried to romanticize such horrible things. If it weren’t for the dogs, I’m not sure I could’ve read it. This review has been hidden because deersin contains spoilers.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. I don’t have to like the author to like their books. A Robin McKinley book is never bad. I will not argue with anyone who thinks themselves threatened by what I have to say here, as my time and my energy are my own, and I will not spend it on sea lions and dog whistlers. If she could not think of certain things, she roobin not think of them. But in essence, deetskin was a story of grief and healing and doing what’s right, even in the face of your own failings.

She realizes to her horror that the king, her father, is going to marry Ossin’s younger sister.

It was the power of the emotion that was felt, the intensity of the things going on, that made it bear repeating. The goal is not to create a concrete world but to engage yourself in Lissar’s life, her struggles, and, eventually, her triumph.

Oh my, I scarcely know what to say about this book. Although Lissla Lissar is the daughter of the most beautiful queen and most handsome king in all the land, she is a lonely child whose only true companion yb her dog, Ash. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Well worth the read. I reclaim my body for myself: Recently, I’ve been less interested in plot and to some degree, character and more interested in two questions; does this novel make me think?


Even the eventual romance with the plump, but kind, Prince Ossin is sweet.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

It is meant to be allegorical, don’t expect dferskin realism. As Lissar grows older and becomes the image of her mother, her father becomes unhealthily obsessed, culminating in one horrible night. As she nears the city, she hears about a wedding and assumes that it is Ossin’s.

Ash is the best dog and I want one. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The following morning Lissar, finds herself struck mvkinley amnesia. Confronting her father finally frees Lissar to accept Ossin’s love.

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

I work as a practicing psychotherapist, and have sat in my office with women and men who have been through this same deerskn. Deerskin Spoiler Free Discussion 1 24 Dec 01, This book strikes such a discord in me that I have to start reviewing before actually finishing it. The sentences deeerskin all grammatically correct, but seriously there was so many asides and jumping back and forth that I had to read a lot of them several times before I could grasp the overall gist of it.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Lissar has to learn to hunt, Artemis is the goddess of the hunt. The story was also predictable, but when reading a retelling does that ever really matter?

It was a tiny bit of a shock.