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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From a child enthralled with stories of her parents’ courtship, she progresses to a fearful teen who’s noticed a dark spark in her widowed father’s eyes. They have semi-colons, multiple commas, interjections, jumps back rlbin forth between subjects and I just Lissar is mmckinley princess of an unnamed country, but she grows up neglected, as her parents are utterly absorbed in their fairy-tale love for each other.

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.

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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. They’re entirely the creation of McKinley to add to the fantasy feel I believe, and they are mentioned in passing in a few of her other books. I don’t have nightmares about any such thing, and you’re welcome to yours. I still don’t entirely know how I feel about it, except that it won’t deter me from reading McKinley’s other novels.


If I wasn’t such a dog-lover I wouldn’t have made it through. And so she dies; the king plunges into grief; and their daughter Lissar continues to grow up, cocooned within a self-indulgent court that has no real place for her.

When she mentions that she needs work and likes dogs, prince Ossin, who deeeskin in attendance, assigns her to raise a litter of puppies whose mother had died. Heroine Lissar, who becomes Deerskin and Moonwoman, is the sole figure at the heart of this book, and on whose shoulders the tale’s success or failure rests.

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It is beautifully written in a gripping, fairy tale style, and the relationship between Lissra and her faithful companion, the dog Ash, is beautifully depicted. View all 5 comments. Then I decided to pick it up again. The event itself is blurry, obscured, but I still found myself deeply disturbed rbin it, horrified for Lissar, hating the father.

It might be a spoiler, but no one should stumble upon that by accident so I’m leaving deerskln out here for all to see. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

The only point at which McKinley misstepped was by using magic to physically heal Deerskin. Don’t have a Kindle?

Sure, there is physical attraction as well, but first and foremost the attraction comes from the way she and her love interest connect on the emotional level and thanks to their mutual love for dogs. And in this, McKinley has deeskin succeeded. It was tender and compassionate and optimistic. Lissra is poignantly written and her brutal rape is delicately handled. It’s wrenching, maddening, lyrical, unflinchingly honest in the way of fairy tales, and it’s terribly sad.



Deerskin by Robin McKinley. It is meant to be allegorical, don’t expect searing realism. Write a customer review. Her parents don’t seem to remember she exists, she has no friends. The original story also puts a lot of emphasis on how all the beautiful people get together, but Deerskin does not do that. This book strikes such a discord in me that I have to start reviewing before actually finishing it. Wonderful, I tell you!

It has all the ingredients of my 5 star books: For once, I have no real qualms with McKinley’s writing and have come to admire the deft manner she dealt with the more complex issues in this story. With grace, sensitivity and compassion, McKinley turns this little-known story into a powerful tale of self-healing.

Maybe Beauty or Rose Daughter will change my reerskin yet.