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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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When she mentions that she needs work and likes dogs, prince Ossin, who is in attendance, assigns her to raise a litter of puppies whose mother had died. To ask other readers questions about Deerskinplease sign up. There is one other thing I deerrskin to comment on. It’s handled with sensitivity and might be cathartic for some readers, but it’s definitely not light reading.

So, my problem with this tale is the ending.

It was on a list compiled by NPR of books about strong women. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Fantasy, magic, tragedy and a bit of romance rounds out this beautifully written book.

If I wasn’t such a dog-lover I wouldn’t have made it through. It was her own vanity – she lost a bit of her beauty in being sick and didn’t want to live anymore. Robkn long as that’s the case, the Average Person will find it easier to expect that the survivors simply not survive so that they may get on with their fearless and flawless lives.

That having been said, I have to say this.

DEERSKIN by Robin McKinley | Kirkus Reviews

At the queen’s funeral Lissar comes to her father’s attention and is also presented with a puppy, Ash, from prince Ossin of a neighbouring kingdom. Then she runs away again. I have been enraged before by the way families and society blame the victim in situations like this.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The obsessive king’s advisors are repulsed by his proposition to marry his own daughter, but rather than attempt to rescue the young girl orbin they assume that Lissar must have cast a spell on her father to cause this insanity.


Recently, I’ve been less i “I am hurt This wasn’t “rape porn”, as we’re so often seeing on tv today, and it wasn’t a random inconsequential event to “increase tension” I’m looking at you, tv’s Game of Thrones.

As readers, we are left with a heroine who has been through hell and back to come through scarred, but standing, on the other side. In an unnamed, standard fantasy kingdom, an unnamed queen dies after bequeathing to her unnamed king a portrait capturing her surpassing beauty. For I love you, and I do not believe there is anything so wrong with you.

I don’t have to like the author to like their books. When the queen falls ill and dies, a few people turn their attention to the princess, now of age to marry, and realize that she will become the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms, as her mother was before. Inshe was graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College. Deerskin is not an easy book to read. The novel breathes through McKinley’s exceptionally vivid images, especially the barefooted Deerskin sprinting through tall grassy meadows surrounded by a shadowy pack of lithe dogs.

Lissar escapes with her devoted dog to an isolated cabin in the mountains, but for many months she’s delirious and barely functional. Horrified and alone, Lissar tries to lock herself away from her father, but to no avail – he breaks down her doors, beats and rapes his daughter in the night.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley – The Idle Woman

With a dreamlike quality and a gritty theme, Deerskin demands the reader’s attention. The book contains numerous adult themes including incestrape, and miscarriage.

McKinley’s retelling is a study in the recovery from abuse and assault. Incredibly disturbing, painful, and triggering, this is NOT a book for everyone. It was the power of the emotion that was felt, the intensity of the things going on, that made it bear repeating. It is actually in a new land, with an entirely different set of priorities, that Lissar finds comfort and her own identity. Inher first novel, Beautywas accepted by the first publisher she sent it to, and she began her writing career, at age Later, as a confident dog keeper and friend to Prince Ossin, she’s bewildered by assumptions that she is the moon goddess and is confused by flashbacks to royal pageantry she can no longer recall.



But there are a lot of tales similar to this such as: Only for McKinley completists. And, it has a happy ending – one where Lissar is able to confront and defeat the monster of her past, and have a future of happiness and life.

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But for me, reading it on my own, it It is inevitably the setting where Lissar must finally heal her wounds, confront her father and regain memories of her past life as a princess.

It has random “a wizard did it”-style explanations that can often be jarring, confusing, or irritating. After the death of her mother the queen, Princess Lissla is completely ignored for years by her father, the king. While there Lissar recognizes a portrait that contains Ash and realizes that the princess in the portrait is herself.

This is further encouraged when Lissar manages to find a child that had been lost with absolutely no guidance. Even the final resolution, when Lissar finally faces her father again, seemed baffling to me because, again, she seems to be simply pulled into it by the mysterious magical force that has been guiding her steps ever since she left her home, and it is not something that she consiously chooses to do.