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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But a chance encounter on the road leads to a job in another king’s kennels, where the prince finds himself falling in love with the new kennel maid.

I’d put it aside right after the rape and his killing of her beloved dog. My goodness, Melita, you are a star! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I give this older Robin McKinley dark fantasy novel a very qualified recommendation. The original tale it was based on “Donkeyskin” was much less clear with regard to how it turned out for the girl.

Now Lissar enters a neighboring kingdom, where she meets the dog-fancying prince Ossin. Don’t have a Kindle? Now, don’t get me wrong – I do not shy away from gore in novels, but I expect it to make some sense or cause me to feel something other than disgust.

When Lissar turns seventeen, however, everything changes as her father’s feverish gaze seizes on Lissar’s blooming beauty and her resemblance to her mother.

After spending the winter recovering, Deerskin feels compelled to return to Ossin’s city, following an urgent call. I found that the line between trust and love, friendship and romance, was drawn too faintly and that jump made far too quickly. Before she dies, she commissions a great and terrible painting of her unparalleled beauty, and with her dying breath she makes her husband promise that he will only marry again if his bride is as beautiful as she.

The goal is not to create a concrete world but to engage yourself in Lissar’s life, her struggles, and, eventually, her triumph. I have hit page 92 and I am officially done reading this book. When her mother falls ill and dies, having lost the will to live because her illness sapped her beauty, the king is deeply distraught.


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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Notify me of new comments via email. I sti Weird and awful and heartbreaking but also hopeful. This book is traumatic. Deerskin follows the story of a princess who looks so much like her dead mother that she is brutally raped nearly killed by her own father and, in a delirium, escapes to a magical-ish cabin in the mountains to wait out the winter with her super awesome fleethound.

Buy the selected items together This item: This is a character driven fantasy dream story. But Deerskin takes us further into that story, showing us a royal couple obsessed with one another and a nation intoxicated by their glamour: I love stories based on fairytales, particularly less well known ones, and I like McKinley’s writing in general, and her writing is a joy to read normally. Of 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.

It’s difficult to say this is an accurate portrayal of healing after such a violent act, but it’s believable. Lissar escapes, barely alive, and is granted the time and space to heal by the moon goddess.

And the fingers walked cautiously on, over the curiously muscleless, faintly ridged flesh, cooler than the rest of the body, across the tender nipple, into the deep cleft between, and out onto the breast that lay limp and helpless and hardly recognizable as round, lying like a hunting trophy over her other arm.

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The best part is Lissla’s relationship with her beloved Ash, where the love for the dog shines through. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. There are a few moments within these two years that McKinley really strives to make the reader understand that Lissar’s character is molded because of her circumstances, rather than in spite of them.

It’s a very gradual healing process for Lissar, with some tremendously deerskih times.

Eventually Lissar returns to society and rovin Prince Ossin with his breeding dogs. Deerskin Spoiler Free Discussion 1 24 Dec 01, You are commenting using your Twitter account.


Up next I’ll be reading the Hero and Robkn so we’ll see how that fares. The first half of the book is really about the traumatic aftermath of a violent assault and rape by the heroine’s own father. 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.


Read like a fairy tale and was a slow fantasy, but I really did enjoy it. I couldn’t believe the main character at all. Inshe was graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College. Well, the aftermath is sometimes physically graphic too, actually. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The fact that Deerskin only told the truth once another young girl was in danger is also very common in adult survivors who maintained the secret throughout childhood, often up until the point that they have their own children and realise they have to protect them from the perpetrator in their family.

If a novel is factually incorrect or it treats major traumas like no big deal then by all means rip the author roobin shreds. It gets worse when the queen dies and the king begins to lust after Lissar.

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You are fair in my eyes and you lie fair on my heart. Furthermore, despite its darkness, I enjoyed this tale. Deerskin First edition cover. 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 trau It’s difficult to know what to say about this book, and I can’t decide whether I enjoyed it or not.

At the queen’s funeral Lissar comes to her father’s attention orbin is also presented with a puppy, Ash, from prince Ossin of a neighbouring mckonley.

McKinley’s retelling is a study in the recovery from abuse and assault.