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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All too soon her father, with all the rights of a king, declares his intention to marry her. Actually, once w This is one of my all-time favorite books. The original story also puts a lot of emphasis on how all the beautiful people get together, but Deerskin does not do that.

It was on a list compiled by NPR of books about strong women. McKinley will have to do much better than this to capture an adult audience. This book is a re-telling of the Donkeyskin fairytale, which I actually do remember from when I was little, though I have to say the incestuous subtext did go completely over my head when I was 5. The way McKinley deals with blaming the victim syndrome what has she done to this wonderful glorious man to make him behave like this?

Sep 21, Jackie “the Librarian” rated it liked it Shelves: A fairy tale for adults, one you’ll never forget. A lot of fireworks come apparently out of nowhere.

Ash is the best dog and I want one. View all 4 comments.

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I like a bit more concrete action, even if it’s magical. Return to Book Page. Holy cow does she stop it. 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.


Note that this has nothing to do with any other part of the story. There was loyalty and puppies and a beautiful princess.

The story was also predictable, but when reading a retelling does that ever really matter? After traveling far from her kingdom and surviving a solitary winter, Lissar encounters The Lady. I couldn’t believe the main character at all. Then I decided to pick it up again. Her one companion is her dog, Ash, a condolence gift from Prince Ossia, and the two are inseparable. Turgid, lurid, soporific fluff. Lissar, like all survivors, is forever changed by her trauma but she is also solely in control of her own destiny.

I spoke about this in my review of Carve the Mark. It is compelling and while I can luckily never truly understand what goes through someone’s mind after something like that, I somehow understood Lissla Lissar’s state of mind perfectly. Thus, I didn’t really intend to read Deerskin but the premises sounded too intriguing to pass up.

Only for McKinley completists. Her only comfort is the fleethound puppy Ash, presented to her as a gift by the son of a neighbouring king. 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.

She has a miscarriage, and the trauma of everything that has happened to her transforms her into Deerskin. Likewise, the princess growing into such beauty drove her father crazy and resulted in the act that would haunt her “new” life. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The restating of a bit of information in a different way made the scene more powerful, rather than taking away from it. It reminded me of Dickens somewhat. Published May 1st by Ace Books first published June 1st East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

So, if you’re up for an emotional read that is well worth the pain put a day aside to read this one, just make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy.


It features McKinley’s typical protagonist, the resourceful heroine overcoming psychological trauma, and her favored motif of the animal helper. His deerskln is frequently excluded from anthologies or is sanitized by modern writers because of its horrific subject matter — incestuous rape.


Mckijley 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. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Well worth the read. It is inevitably the setting where Lissar must finally heal her wounds, confront her father and regain memories of her past bj as a princess. These dark themes are handled appropriately, realistically, and with great compassion but they do make for some hard reading.

There are plenty of times my heart has broken, I have cried, or felt very depressed because of what I was reading, but I have never felt absolutely, gut-wrenchingly horrified. Apr 14, TheBookSmugglers rated it it was amazing Shelves: Robih Three was good, but not the rousing conclusion that Part Three merited. I sti Weird and awful and heartbreaking but also hopeful. As the reader, I knew what she was derskin at all times, but it never felt unbelievable: My goodness, Melita, you are a star!

Her Dad, crazy with grief over the loss of his Queen, turns into a nutcase and completely forgets he has daughter for several years.