BN.com Gift Guide

Deerskin

( 62 )

Overview

From the award-winning author of Sunshine comes a novel that "will involve readers from the first to the last page with its sheer beauty, its anguish, agony, horror, despair, and, ultimately, its joy" (Kliatt).

As Princess Lissar reaches womanhood, it is clear to all the kingdom that in her breathtaking beauty she is the mirror image of her mother, the queen. But this seeming blessing forces her to flee for safety from her father's lust and madness. With her loyal dog Ash at her...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$14.15
BN.com price
(Save 11%)$16.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (27) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $2.99   
  • Used (18) from $1.99   
Deerskin

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$7.49
BN.com price
(Save 6%)$7.99 List Price

Overview

From the award-winning author of Sunshine comes a novel that "will involve readers from the first to the last page with its sheer beauty, its anguish, agony, horror, despair, and, ultimately, its joy" (Kliatt).

As Princess Lissar reaches womanhood, it is clear to all the kingdom that in her breathtaking beauty she is the mirror image of her mother, the queen. But this seeming blessing forces her to flee for safety from her father's lust and madness. With her loyal dog Ash at her side, Lissar will unlock a door to a world of magic, where she will find the key to her survival-and an adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

As Princess Lissar reaches womanhood, it is clear to all the kingdom that in her breathtaking beauty she is the mirror image of her mother, the queen--but this seeming blessing forces her to flee from her father's wrath. With her loyal dog, Lissar discovers a world of magic where she finds the key to her own survival.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Heir to her late mother's legendary beauty, Princess Lissar becomes the victim of her grief-maddened father's desire. Fleeing her home, she seeks solace and solitude in a great forest--and discovers a magic that leads her toward healing and justice. Loosely based on ``Donkeyskin,'' an obscure fairy tale by Charles Perrault, this story of a young woman's survival and recovery is both a classic hero's journey-tale and a parable for modern times. Award-winning YA author McKinley turns her storytelling acumen and stylistic grace toward an adult audience, handling incest and rape with unflinching honesty while at the same time building a case for hope and renewal. A good choice for fantasy collections.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441012398
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 529,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 62 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(42)

4 Star

(12)

3 Star

(5)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 62 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Amazing and beautifully written

    I found this book amazing. I was mesmorized withitn the first few pages into another new world created by the one and only Robin McKinley. This is without a doubt my favorite of all her novels, which just happens to coincide with the this novel, in my opinoin has the most depth and personal conflict in it. Deerskin can be interperted in many different ways, as a book and as the character herself, I enjoyed that immensly about the book. It is about how the reader interperts many different things as the book goes about. No doubt this is McKinley's most adult book, but that is not to say it is dirty or obscure. The author kept the more mature material to a realistic viewpoint of what a person feels, no more or less. All in the same time McKinley entwines references to her Damar series as well. All in all, I enjoyed every word of this book. I find it an amazing book of self-discovery, healing, and to an extent, romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    lovely, unflinching fairy-tale, but not her best work

    I read the original fairy tale as 'donkeyskin,' which is only the barest foundation for this tale. This book could easily be called 'Moonwoman,' since they focus a great deal on the legend of a lunar woman who runs wild in the woods with her dogs. All the attendant lunar symbolism and elfish mystery was a treat. The heart of the story, however, is the emotional wounds of a princess who runs away from her fathers incestous fascination in her, and from unforgivable abuse. This integral aspect is why I call this book an 'unflinching'. 'Deerskin' follows this inner turmoil step by step, and the main character completely transforms during it's course. One of the more refreshing aspects of this novel is the altered role and aspect of 'prince charming,' who doesn't seem handsome or charming to his court! Nor is it his job to rescue the lady fair...exactly. I will say that Robin McKinley proves again that she knows how to write a touching romance, which kept me reading to the end. What kept my rating down on this one is that the writing doesn't quite live up to her content this time. It is enjoyable, but it isn't 'tight,' well-planned enough that you are fully involved throughout. Sometimes i found myself wading though the confused meanderings of the princess's damaged mind, hoping she get on to the next step of the narrative soon. Also, some elements of the original fairy tale seemed to be included as if to satisfy a quota. For example, the bit about her father making her three dresses the color of the sky, sun, and moon was dropped in at the last minute and didn't mesh well with the story. Overall though, I read this book quickly and was well-rewarded by the end. Her best books are the Blue Sword and the Hero and the Crown, but I recommend 'Deerskin' to anyone who is desperate for more Robin McKinley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    I found this book to be amazingly well written and a beautiful t

    I found this book to be amazingly well written and a beautiful tale. This was my first book by Mckinley and it will surely not be the last.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 20, 2013

    It was shocking but  beautifully written.

    It was shocking but  beautifully written.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    The first book I've ever read by Robin McKinly & I'm impress

    The first book I've ever read by Robin McKinly & I'm impressed! The beggining starts out kinda slow but picks up after the first few chapters. Kept me glued for more =] Definatly will re read and check out some of McKinley's other works!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Incredibly Powerful

    My heart broke as I read into Lissar's past. Her story is truly remarkable and she is a role model for all girls and women, whether or not they have been hurt. Inspirational for everyone who has ever been knocked down and been afraid to get up again.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 19, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    An Excellent Read!

    As a reader of McKinley's books I was well aware when I purchased Deerskin that there was a good chance there was going "fluff" in it, as was common in Dragonhaven and Spindle's End (also by Mckinley). However, I knew this would only increase my time spent with the novel, because Fluff tends to drag me down. I was thoroughly impressed with Deerskin though; not only was the Fluff minimal, but the story and Lissar's character herself were so gripping and intense on an emotional level that I couldn't wait to read it cover to cover. The story and what Lissar suffers is traumatic, and you immediately seek her happiness with her, as well as Ash of course. The only issue I had with Deerskin was the ending. It had a positive ending, but if felt rushed/abrupt. All in all an excellent read for a McKinley fan, and a great book to get you hooked on this author.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A great, adult fantasy

    The Setting - is an old style kingdom, where magic is rumored but never seen. It begins in the court of Lissla's father who rules the largest, most powerful and rich country and is defined by being married to the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms. But not all of the kingdoms are like his. There are the smaller, more personable kings who rub elbows with their people and endear them by their good hearts and honest concern. I loved the nod to her other books, namely The Blue Sword, which connects her other books and this into a sort of McKinley fairy tale world.

    The Characters - are not always alive on paper. Lissla as the featured character and narrator was alive. You felt her struggle. You knew her and you cheered her on. Ossin is the prince who falls in love with her because of their mutual love for their dogs, and while I will always treasure his character for that last, final chapter and his unfailing acceptance of what happened to her, I wish there was more chemistry on paper between them. Many of the characters though were merely defined by their office, such as doorkeeper, etc.

    The Plot - Deerskin for me is not an easy read. It's no secret I rarely read books that feature abuse of any kind as primary plot devices. But Deerskin is not just about the great evil that happened to Lissla, it's about how she conquered what happened to her through her love and devotion to the one creature that loved her unconditionally: her dog Ash. Lissla's relationship with the dogs teaches her to care again for others, and that is how she can begin the long process of learning to love another person.

    Deerskin is a wonderful, adult, fairy tale. I read this in high school and remember being very uncomfortable with it. I reread it now and loved it for the growth and struggles.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolutely charismatic

    This is one of the best of Robin McKinley's books. She takes the standard fairy tale and turns it on it's head, creating a one of a kind story. A princess loses all she has and takes a long journey back to a real life. Please read this, you won't regret it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Modern Fairy tale for Adults

    Deerskin is another of Robin McKinley's reframed fairy tales, a retelling of the Snow White story. This one, especially, is suitable only for adults; it is mostly dark and involves incest. Worth reading for McKinley's command of beautiful language and the ultimate triumph of the heroine over heartbreak and adversity.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 26, 2009

    Deerskin - An adult Fairy Tale

    Of all the books I have ever read, this one is my favorite. It speaks to me on the deepest level. I have read it four times and I will read it again.
    Although, not everyone will be able to read this book.
    The description on the inner cover flap is very accurate; this story IS about damage and love.
    The sighthound, Ash, is very much a heroine to the protagonist main charactor of the princess.

    And, yes, there is a fairy-like person in this book that helps bring healing!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    A book about healing yourself

    I love this author. Loosely based on Donkeyskin, a fairy tale, this is the story of a princess who is abandoned and betrayed. Her only loyal friend is her hound, Ash. It is Ash who saves the princess's life and her sanity. The princess escapes the brutality and horror of her past by journeying to a far-off country, and she becomes somewhat of a legend in her own time: the Moonwoman. I could not put this down. I loved the healing and hope and the not-too-contrived happy ending. I have also read Beauty and Spindle's End, both by this author, and enjoyed them just as much.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2007

    A reviewer

    Robin Mckinley sets a different scene in this book, one rarely heard of in other related books. She experiments with emotions and plays with people. As most of her books go, the ending leaves a little wanting, but at the same time leaves it open for the reader's imagination. It is a very interesting read, and a bit different in the way 'fairy tales' go, as well as being a little more mature than her other books and it is probably best to leave it out of 'little hands', as it deals with rape and incest. Altogether I found it enjoyable, and it was definately refreshing to read something with an ending other than 'cinderella's'.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Awesomest Fairy Tale Ever

    It had romance, peril, and was all good except for the 'inappropriate parts'

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Deerskin

    I love this book although at times it can be slow moving. I wish that McKinley had included more at the end, such as an Epilogue, telling us how exactly everything worked out between Lissar and Ossin. It seems a little doubtful at the end that Lissar would be capable of overcoming her traumatic rape to marry Ossin. As a result, it feels a little unsatisfactory at the end, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing. Otherwise this book is perfect and a great read. I hope that McKinley may write another book about DeerSkin in the future.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Deerskin

    I absolutely loved this book. It is more adult oriented than McKinley's other books Blue Sword or Hero's Crown. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading. It is now one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to others.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2004

    Greatest Book Yet!!!

    When I read this book I couldn't put it down. I have read a lot of books and never felt so close to a character as I have when I read Deerskin. I love reading about how Lissar passes into womanhood and it does show what most woman go through.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    AWESOME!!!!

    I have to say it is a really great book. My freind recommded this book to me, and I am glad she did, otherwise, I probably never would have picked it. I was also pleased with the fact that it had quite a bit of reality in it, and no, not just the moon blood. (lol)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    Inspiring

    I took my time with this book. I was very...erm...impressed with the - graphic representation of Lissla Lissar's transformation into womanhood. Definitely more than I expected; in fact, I was almost at the point of revulsion more than once, but after reading the story, translating its meaning and purpose, and even writing, and getting a response, from McKinley herself, I have decided that it's really one of the most incredible stories I've ever read. This will stick with you for the rest of your life, if you read it and come to any sense of appreciation of it's beauty. I already want to read it again, and I only finished it two weeks ago!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Great Book!!

    I was absolutely engrossed in this novel, though i must admit i was dissapointed. i had been wanting to read this book for a long time, but i was dissapointed with the way the book was written. Though i lovedddddd the end.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 62 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)