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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I would have given this book 4 stars if the ending hadn’t been so The aspects of her character are all believable, but it’s the incomparable love between the woman and her dog that gives the story focus and its most suspenseful moments.

Read like a fairy mckniley and was a slow fantasy, but I really did enjoy it. Inher first novel, Beautywas accepted by the first publisher she sent it to, and she began her writing career, at age I work as a practicing psychotherapist, and have sat in my office with women and men who have been through this same thing. And having finished it, I think the same. Knowing only that she must flee, she manages to escape mmckinley she and Ash walk until they find a cabin in the mountains.

But then one day, the most beautiful woman in the seven kingdoms falls ill and, because she cannot bear the fading of even the tiniest fraction of her beauty, confines herself to her bed and covers herself up with a veil, so that no one mc,inley glimpse her, not even her devastated husband.

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This is further encouraged when Lissar manages to find a child that had been lost with absolutely no guidance. My spidey-sense was telling me all along that something was not right, but I clung to the naive hope that I was wrong about where it mckkinley going. Reading the antics of the dogs was fun, and certain turns of phrase perfectly captured their movements.

mckinkey The romance is sweet, too. The story ends with Lissar tentatively coming back to Ossin, offering to give their relationship a chance.

Horrified and alone, Lissar tries to lock herself away from her father, but to no avail – he breaks down her doors, beats and rapes his daughter in the night. Open Preview See a Problem? Mcminley handled with sensitivity and might be cathartic for some readers, but it’s definitely not light reading.

Buy Deerskin from Amazon. But there was something very, very remarkable about this book, something deerskih I can’t rightly explain, something you have to read for yourself. Also the imagery of the climax was pretty disturbing with Lissar seemingly re-living her rape in order to condemn her father.

This means I’ve never been raped by a family member view spoiler [or have had to deal with the resulting pregnancy and miscarriage hide spoiler ].

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. Preview — Deerskin by Robin McKinley.


Lissar and her fleethound, Ash, are instantly inseparable, and it is Ash who provides her with the will to live and to flee the horrors of her homeland. After being saved, Lissar feels a compulsion to be among people again.


If you are not yet coping with a sexual abuse trauma, don’t read this book. Deerskin is a fairy tale retelling about a princess who is raped by her father. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

It’s the tale of mckinleh usual most-beautiful-princess – with a twist. Like its fairy tale precursor, Deerskin has a significant moral.

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Tales of Elemental Spirits in and two lurchers crossbred sighthounds. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. And as she unlocks a door to a world of magic, Lissar finds the key to her survival and begins an adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

If you enjoy fiction that delves into painful experiences in a fairytale framework, this is one of the best examples out there.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

Deerskin is very well-written; McKinley has such a way with words that the book does feel like a fairy tale, but at the same mcoinley honest and real. This is a beautiful, haunting, sometimes painful book that ends with a message of hope.

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