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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So many characters and motivations to make sense of. Only for McKinley completists. McKinley’s Lissar is a constantly evolving character. Read like a fairy tale and was a slow fantasy, but I really did enjoy it. Her Dad, crazy with grief over the loss of his Queen, turns into a nutcase and completely forgets he has daughter for several years. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

That having been said, I have to say this. It reminded me of Dickens somewhat. Additionally, the romance that gives Lissra a new life was paced slightly abruptly.

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

Here, Lissar makes a new life for herself – but she will be forced to confront her past once and for all, with a future of hope and happiness waiting for her. From a writing perspective, Robin McKinley tends towards the verbose and the ornate – sometimes this works for dwerskin books, and sometimes in my opinion it does not.

But on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Lissar’s exquisite looks become a curse Her father decides to marry her after her mother’s death, the tale has a rather graphic assault scene to end Part One, and a weak ending to indicate happy ever after. Deerslin 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.

This is a book that I won’t be able to forget for a while.

DEERSKIN by Robin McKinley | Kirkus Reviews

McKinley will have to do much better than this to capture an adult audience. This causes her to lose her will to live, because she wants to be remembered as the most beautiful person, ceerskin nothing less. The mckinleey was also predictable, but when reading a retelling does that ever really matter? As Lissar grows older and becomes the image of her mother, her father becomes unhealthily obsessed, culminating in one horrible night.


I really appreciate it! Her mother’s dying request is that her husband only marry a woman as beautiful as her – and that becomes her daughter.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Jul 14, Chocolategoddess added it Shelves: 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?

The event itself is blurry, obscured, but I still found myself deeply disturbed by it, horrified for Lissar, hating the father. Ash is the best dog and I want one. When Deerskin, as she now calls herself, reenters society, the people identify her as the mythical Moonwoman for her white-haired appearance, her abilities to soothe animals and find lost youngsters, and her fleet-footed, four-legged companion.

Lissar escapes with her devoted dog to an isolated cabin in the mountains, but for many months she’s delirious and barely functional. I couldn’t believe she tried to romanticize such horrible things. Wonderful, I tell you!

Incredibly disturbing, painful, and triggering, this is NOT a book for everyone. She deerskln with Ash, and while she heals outwardly, inwardly she is destroyed. There is incest here, so if that’s a trigger then avoid this. And the fingers walked cautiously on, over the curiously muscleless, faintly ridged flesh, cooler than the rest of the body, across the tender nipple, into the deep cleft between, robib out onto the breast that lay limp and helpless and hardly recognizable as round, lying like a hunting trophy over her other arm.

I don’t really like dogs and haven’t spent much dserskin around them, but Lissar is a Dog Person, and it changes her life, and you can feel that. Lissar tries to hide herself in her mckimley, locking herself in, but on the third night her father enters the room through a forgotten door, and violently rapes Lissar and almost mciinley Ash. I reclaim my body for myself: I like a bit more concrete action, even if it’s magical. All too soon her father, with all the rights of a king, declares his intention to marry her.


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. Deerzkin actually not quite 5 stars, but I’d feel bad only giving it four. Over the years she has worked as an editor and transcriberresearch assistantbookstore clerkteacher and counseloreditorial assistantbarn managerfree-lance editorand full-time writer.

Having just read and adored McKinley’s Sunshine and The Blue Sword when I started this book, I was full of love for the author mclinley expecting great things.

It’s difficult to say this is an accurate portrayal of healing after such a violent act, but it’s believable. Yeah, all of those. View all 7 comments. Also ended rather abruptly. At the queen’s funeral Lissar comes to her father’s attention and is also presented with a puppy, Ash, from prince Ossin of a neighbouring kingdom.

Want to Read saving…. View all 3 comments. There are also a few messages of woman empowerment and the worship of beauty.

I found that the line between trust and love, friendship and romance, was drawn too faintly and that jump made far too quickly. DNF because this king beats deegskin rapes his own full-blood daughter before planning to marry her and no, thank you, we’re not tolerating any of that foul perversity today. Based on Perrault’s “Donkeyskin” Deerskin is the story of princess Lissla Lissar, daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world. Now, as McKinley herself has said to her readers “screw all y’all” okay not really.