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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The circumstances of Lissar’s escape were heartbreaking and brutal. This book gave me all the feelz. If it weren’t for the dogs, I’m not sure I could’ve read it. But for all that, it really is a beautiful story. If you enjoy fiction that delves into painful experiences in a fairytale framework, this is one of the best examples out there. Refresh and try again. The story is both disturbing, and listless. 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.

Notify me of new comments via email. McKinley’s view of trauma – rape, incest, miscarriage – is absolute crap and offensive to people who have actually been through those things. Product details Mass Market Paperback: But one day, the beautiful queen is not quite as beautiful as she once was, and loses her will to live.

Lists with This Book. The Queen, known to be the most beautiful woman in all the Seven Kingdoms, makes her husband promise not to marry a woman who is of lesser beauty than she, which shockingly causes the King to announce his intentions to marry his daughter, just two years later.

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. Suffice it to say, I loved all of these different threads and Robin McKinley’s deerdkin at weaving them together into a bt story.


How accurately it portrays the degradation and healing is a complicated question, as this is the fantasy world portrayed by the books rohin 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 mckinleyy haunting. Fat generally equals ugly or ugly-mannered and slim is beautiful now matter what – even when Deerskin is basically an emaciated albino running around she is still considered lovely.

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The turning point begins when her mother dies and she receives a puppy as a gift of condolence from Prince Ossin whom she names Ash. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The story was also predictable, but when reading a retelling does that ever really matter?

It might be a spoiler, but no one mdkinley stumble upon that by accident so I’m leaving it out here for all to see. I think McKinley tackles the subject of rape very well. There were a few other minor problems with the book, it was repetitive, and I think it would be rather too charitable to assume McKinley did this deliberately.

Her one companion is her dog, Ash, a condolence gift from Prince Ossia, and the two are inseparable. I might read it again, someday, when I’m more comfortable with the themes. McKinley’s version is darker, because of the detail of it. I spoke about this in my review of Carve the Mark. This magical black and deegskin vision assists the amnesia-stricken princess by granting her mckinlry new identity, the gift of time to heal, and an indestructible white deerskin dress.


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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Deerskin by Robin McKinley. Yeah, all of those. I still don’t know what star rating to give this book.


They were ways of rationalising the brutalities of life, of creating a happy ending beyond the horrific events that might be suffered. This story has what I guess I would call flowery language, whereas my creative writing teacher would call it “dead wood”.

For me, I struggled through it, but it’s largely what makes me ambivalent about the story. I really liked this book overall.

The final weakness of this story was the dereskin. Part Three was good, but not the rousing conclusion that Part Three merited. The rest of the book is about her healing, and her recovery, and the way she comes into her own power. There was loyalty and puppies and a beautiful princess.

That’s why I bought it.

Deerskin First edition cover. Aug 08, Isabel rated it did not like it Shelves: As a child I just accepted that oh, a magic beanstalk grew overnight, but as an adult it’s harder to swallow. Who’s the monster here.

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. Deerskin is manifested as the moon goddess sort of and confronts her father in front of all the wedding guests.

I tried skimming, but the descriptions and inner monologues went on for pages. 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.