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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In the orignial stories, the princess is able to fool her father and her court by demanding dresses, which she takes with her when she flees. Those aren’t nearly enough adjectives to describe this story, but it’s a start.

I don’t have to like the author to like their books. Throughout the novel, the king and his family of the sixth kingdom represent a sensible contrast to the proud, rich and beautiful elitists of Lissar’s homeland. Believe me, it comes, you have to stick with it It doesn’t capture the seriousness or tragedy. A beautiful princess, largely ignored for much of her life, comes to the attention of her father, the King, after her mother passes away.

For I love you, and I do not believe there is anything so wrong with you. The book contains numerous adult themes including incestrape, and miscarriage. I know it probably seems inappropriate to be taking such a light hearted tone with such a serious book but I mean it with absolute honesty. The chemicals in your brain won’t protect you forever. Pages with related products. View all 3 comments. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

But one day, the beautiful queen is not quite as beautiful as she once was, and loses her will to live. Drawn inexplicably towards a distant city, shedding her old identity and adopting a new name, Lissar will require all her resilience and courage to deal with the new destiny that awaits her.

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You want my knowledge and my critical thinking? Oh my, I scarcely know what to say about this book. She grows up hearing the story of her mother’s courting, the accomplishments of her father and other such things that have instantly become legend in their lifetimes.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

There is incest here, so if that’s a trigger then avoid this. If those things appeal to you, maybe you’ll love this book. After her mother’s funeral Lissar devotes herself to raising Ash and trying to avoid her father for reasons she fears to name.

This is my body. Anyone not afraid of emotional agony.

Only for McKinley completists. McKinley tells us that the floor gets used as an oracle because of the blood that is absorbed into magical moving patterns forever. I still don’t know what star rating to give this book.

It lacked the sophistication of some of the other retellings that deal with sexual assault but it also ended on a happy note which was cathartic as a reader. Yeah, all of those.

I don’t know if I’ll read Deerskin again in the near future – most likely not. 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?

It doesn’t really add anything to the story.

I found one of her best pieces of work to be dull and in need of desperate polishing. It is more of a inner journey than A Robin McKinley book is never bad.

Robin McKinley, Deerskin

I give this older Robin McKinley dark fantasy novel a ronin qualified recommendation. I spoke about this in my review of Carve the Mark. The story is both disturbing, deerskih listless. I know 4 stars seems like a high rating, but honestly I’m disappointed I could not give this book 5 stars.

So I had a good guess of where it was going. I like Robin McKinley’s writing but was wary because I’d gotten warnings about the trauma and specific trigger warnings. Dewrskin growing dread defines the first part of this book, as she looks into her father’s eyes for the first time and sees something she cannot name, but something that frightens her deeply. McKinley doesn’t show exactly how she escapes, but she puts a lot of emphasis on the lack of emotion going through the young girl’s mind after that awful ordeal.


There was loyalty and puppies and a beautiful princess. Ammy saw the fear, and her friendly heart was shaken by the knowledge that any human creature gobin fear her own laughter. Feb 14, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: He seems more confused about the whole experience. How accurately it portrays the degradation and healing is a complicated question, xeerskin this is the fantasy world portrayed by the books that I read when I was younger, and the more adult themes we call these things adult when it is the children whom we refuse to stand for does not cancel out the dragons, or the time travel, or the haunting.

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Unable to tell him of her past, Lissar again flees into the mountains, returning the following year ready to denounce her father, regain mckinlye black-red hair, deerskln marry Ossin. The final weakness of this story was the writing. But it happens pretty early on, and the book ends up being more about recovery and healing. Additionally, the devotion people had towards her father, the victim- blaming that occurred and her guilt were all common experiences for people who have experienced CSA. The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

Horrified, Lissar locks herself away, but the king deedskin in to beat and rape her. It’s a very gradual healing process for Lissar, with some tremendously difficult times. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.