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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Her passion for reading was one of the most constant things in her childhood, so she began to remember events, places, and time periods by what books she read where. As the only child of “the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms” and the brash young prince who wins her by retrieving an unfallen leaf from the tree of joy and an unfallen apple from the tree of sorrow, Lissar is all but ignored because of her parents’ obsessive affection for each other.

I also felt that the message of the book was important; You can survive sexual abuse, even thou it changes you irrevocably, it is possible to live despite it. It features all kinds of people and most important of all, in my mind, is the fact Lissla Lissar has time to heal and find her love through emotional connection.

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.

It doesn’t really add anything to the story. See and discover other items: Might have made an adequate fairy tale ronin a twentieth of the bulk. Dec 03, Bark rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to mckin,ey updates through seller support? And yet you get off on watching them being portrayed as monsters. Over the years she has worked as an editor and transcriberresearch assistantbookstore clerkteacher and counseloreditorial assistantbarn managerfree-lance editorand full-time writer.


Up mxkinley that point I really liked the book. But one day, the beautiful queen is not quite as beautiful as she once was, and mckinoey her will to live.

This book is not for everyone. But on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Lissar’s exquisite looks become a curse Of course, 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. But a chance encounter on the road leads to a job in another king’s kennels, where the prince finds himself falling in love with the new kennel maid.

Even when describing something as simple as cleaning a hut in the middle of winter, or the techniques to feed ailing puppies both events that occur in this text, mind youMcKinley makes the story effortlessly interesting and surprisingly ethereal.

It is meant to be allegorical, don’t expect searing realism.

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Her one companion is her dog, Ash, a condolence gift from Prince Ossia, and the two are inseparable. So far I’ve read 6 of her books and a collection of short stories and I’ve liked 4 of the books. The following morning Lissar, finds herself struck with amnesia. Knowing only that she must flee, she manages to escape and she and Ash walk until they find a cabin in the mountains.

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? Lissar, like all survivors, is forever changed by her trauma but she is also solely in control of her own destiny. They stay there an entire winter until Lissar, impregnated by her father the king, miscarries and nearly dies.

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It was a tiny bit of a shock. The original tale it was based on “Donkeyskin” was much less clear with regard to how it turned out for the girl. She lives with her husband, the English writer Robjn Dickinson. Betrayed and abused, Lissar is forced to flee her home to escape her father’s madness. May 28, Sandra rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Her prince finds her and they agree to get married and have babies.

You are commenting using your WordPress. If she had to fall in love with anyone, it should’ve been the handmaiden.

Books by Robin McKinley. She travels to a different kingdom where she is given the chance to present herself before the court. Preview — Deerskin by Robin McKinley. Pages with related products. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Deedskin grace, sensitivity and compassion, McKinley turns this little-known story into a powerful tale of self-healing.

Deerskin: Robin McKinley

What was particularly baffling for me with regard to this criticism is that McKinley speaks in metaphors about very, very common responses to sexual abuse- by blocking it from your mind and the very common result- complete social isolation and crippling, self- imposed loneliness. Want to Read saving…. McKinley’s Lissar is a constantly evolving character. Inshe was graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College. Deerskin First edition cover. She is like a bud that is stamped out before it really gets a chance to bloom, before she really finds herself as a person and after, it is all about coping and survival and pushing out the horrific memories and avoiding being herself.