Deerskin

Deerskin

by Robin McKinley
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Deerskin by Robin McKinley

From the award-winning author of Sunshine and The Hero and the Crown 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441142262
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/1993
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.09(d)

About 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.

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Deerskin 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
-MetalHeart- More than 1 year ago
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.
Cid More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Still not certain how i feel about this book after i finished it...rather long and odd story, a bit of real and a bit of fantasy...so sticking with a three
Anonymous 10 months ago
Classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story about a princess who finds herself betrayed by the ones who should care for her and her journey to learn about herself, how to cope,and how to make a new life for herself. Strong themes for the YA reader, but not graphic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been a favorite for many years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was fifteen and soaking up everything I could about life and how I wanted to live it and I credit it into shaping me into who I am today. Just reread it at 30 and I love it even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written book
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Eloewien More than 1 year ago
This had been one of my favorite books for so many years, I'm so excited that it is available as an ebook!  I cannot count the number of times I have read my well-worn paperback.  This book draws you into a sad but beautiful story that you will never forget. The story of the innocent Deerskin and her dog is one I can never  give up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this story ever since I ran across it, I love Robin McKinley's book the Blue Sword and I was looking for other books by her and I ran across this book, It was love at first chapter for me
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Great takeon an old story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kataw0404 More than 1 year ago
It was shocking but  beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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