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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Children and Young Adult Literature portal. I liked the ending with Ossin a lot. View all 7 comments.

I recently got rid of someone from my feed on this website for laughing at trigger warnings, so if you’re of the same opinion of that particular sot, take yourself out. She escapes with Ash, and while she heals outwardly, inwardly she is destroyed.

Deerskin [Jun 1, ] 47 42 Jun 19, That having been said, I have to say this. Like a Jane Yolen book is never bad. Yet, because of the inner journey, it keeps true mc,inley the tale. 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.

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Product details Mass Market Paperback: But beyond the setting, the telling, and the world, Deerskin is really a book that comes down to a horrific story, and a young woman’s stubborn will to live. Then she runs away again. Up next I’ll be reading the Hero and Crown so we’ll see how that fares. And I know that this is exactly how it would be, that it couldn’t really be anything else, but it was dull for me to read about a person who is simply pulled like a puppet on a string without any rhyme or reason throughout most of the book.

The sentences were all grammatically correct, but seriously there was so many asides and jumping back and forth that I had to read a lot of them several times before I could grasp the overall gist of it.


For me, this lacked the strength of Lissra’s own courage and will to stand up to her oppressor. I don’t have to like the author to like their books.

Aside from the subject matter, Lissar’s interior monologuing is too long-winded at times, and McKinley’s penchant for nightmarish, incomprehensible scenes gets full play here twice, in fact! After beating and raping her violently, leaving her for the dead, the King leaves Lissra to her fate. It is more of a inner journey than A Robin McKinley book is never bad.

As much as I like McKinley, and as much as I enjoyed Part Two of the novel, I have to rate it lower since the beginning and end weren’t as pleasing. I don’t own this, and I am not buying it. Battered, terrified, but with a stubborn will to live, Lissar stumbles away from the palace with only the company of her loyal dog Ash, and makes her way through the cold, cruel woods. Lissar asks Ossin to explain who the Moonwoman is, and Ossin tells her it was a legend of a beautiful princess who was raped and then abandoned the earth for the moon when her father was dismissive of her.

Lissar escapes, barely alive, and is granted the time and space to heal by the moon goddess. I wanted Lissar to take control of her life and choose to do something because that is what she wants to do, because she is ready for it and for me, that never really happened, though other readers may disagree with me on this.


Not for every reader out there as it is pretty slow, but it’s just the story for this particular reader here. She is a supremely gifted writer, and reading this book was a privilege.

There’s a lot of darkness in this book and, though beautifully written, absolutely not for the faint of heart or young readers. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. If those things bj to you, maybe you’ll love this book.

Ash is the best dog and I want one. The goal is not to create a concrete world but to engage yourself in Lissar’s life, her struggles, and, rogin, her triumph.


Additionally, the devotion people had towards her father, the victim- blaming that occurred and her guilt were all common experiences for people who have experienced CSA.

Return to Book Page. There are lots of words for creatures that I’m not familiar with; are these unique or drawn from specific cultures?

It was a powerful story but one that left me with a lot of questions, as well. Was there an evil mirror image of the Goddess, represented mcoinley Mom Queen? Many fantasy novels focus on evil as an external force, embodied in something else: He seems more confused about the whole experience.

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

She was mostly ignored during her childhood due deers,in the fact that her parents were the two most splendid people in all the seven kingdoms.

The king, as they do, goes mad with grief after the queen’s death and, on Lissar’s 17th birthday, announces his plan to marry his daughter, for she looks so much like her mother. What I can say for certain is mckinleg this book portrays rape culture to a tee, and when it comes to the more subtle aspects of the build up, I sure hope the misguided accusations and violent burying of heads in the sand struck some readers in the deerskiin, for there are too many ratings for there not to have been a pusher of the slogans of “she was asking for it” or “he couldn’t help himself” in its crowd.

Ammy saw the fear, and her friendly heart was shaken by the knowledge that any human creature could deerskib her own laughter. Even though parts of this book almost physically hurt to read I cried a LOT; have tissues at the ready!