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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Books by Robin McKinley. Deerskin by Mckiley McKinley. The goal is not to create a concrete world but to engage yourself in Lissar’s life, her struggles, and, eventually, her triumph.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

Deerskin [Jun 1, ]. To mckin,ey what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sure, there is physical attraction as well, but first and foremost the attraction comes from the way she and her love interest connect on the emotional level and thanks to their mutual love for dogs.

After being saved, Lissar feels a compulsion to be among people again. This book strikes such a discord in me that I have to start reviewing before actually finishing it. There is incest here, so if that’s a trigger then avoid this.

Based on Perrault’s “Donkeyskin” Deerskin is the story of princess Lissla Lissar, daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world. Luckily, I do not have triggers around either topic, but if I had, it would not have gone well for me. It made it feel like a cheap excuse to send Lissar off to fall in love with Ossin, without writing or figuring out how it would be possible living in the cabin for years, something that would stop readers from going ‘but she was only just traumatically raped, how could she fall in love now?


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She travels to another kingdom, and there finds work training the dogs for the castle. I’d put it aside right after the rape and his killing of her beloved dog. Deerskin is based on “Donkeyskin”, a Charles Perrault tale that is usually mckinoey and deals with the theme of incest.

They’re entirely the creation of McKinley to add to the fantasy feel I believe, and they are mentioned in passing in …more Creatures like ‘ootag’ and such?

As Princess Lissla Lissar reaches womanhood, it is clear to all the kingdom that in her beauty she is the image of her dead mother, the queen.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley – The Idle Woman

Suffice it to say, I loved all of these different threads and Robin McKinley’s skill at weaving them together into a complete story. Email required Address never made public.

What was particularly baffling for me with regard to this criticism is that McKinley speaks in metaphors about very, very common responses to mckinleh abuse- by blocking it from your mind and the very common result- complete social isolation and crippling, self- imposed loneliness. This is a sad pattern in otherwise lovely books that non-trad beauty is not just dismissed but equated with odiousness or sloth or ugliness.


Of mckinleyy, 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. Yet, because of the inner journey, it keeps true to the tale. Refresh and try again. He works nonstop, as if driven, for a fortnight until the painting is completed and shown to the queen. The following morning Lissar, finds herself struck with amnesia.

Robin McKinley, Deerskin

Lissar, McKinley’s princess, cannot do this. While there Lissar recognizes a portrait that contains Ash and realizes that the princess in the portrait is herself. It’s the tale of your usual most-beautiful-princess – with a twist.

Because as dark and horrific as the first part of the story is, as Lissar flees her old life and begins to heal and gradually robbin to confront her past, it’s an amazing and empowering arc.

The circumstances of Lissar’s escape were heartbreaking and brutal. I fear a re-read is in order May 16, Minni Mouse rated it did not like it Shelves: I don’t have to like the author to like their books.