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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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. She moved around frequently as a child and read copiously; she credits this background with the inspiration for her stories. This is the kingdom of Ossin and his fleethounds, and it is the place where Lissar finds love and acceptance in the humble work of the royal kennels.

Beauty, as you find out, was the ruin of both queen and princess of the kingdom. What is wrong with you, Robin McKinley. The two grow friendly, though Lissar notices that though she goes by Deerskin, everyone else begins to call her by the honorific of Lady or to refer to her as Moonwoman.


To see what your friends thought robi this book, please sign up. Like its fairy tale precursor, Deerskin has a significant moral. It is the story of Princess Lissar, who at first glance appears to live a charmed life. She still uses books to keep track of her life.

If she could not think of certain things, she would not think of them. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I am happy to say that Deerskin is one of the successful endeavors, with its beautiful, languid prose, vivid images and descriptions. Mckinleu a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I understand it’s based on a creepy old fairy tale, but neither the main character nor her father were believable. This awareness of atrocities to follow makes the childhood of Princess Lissla Lissar even more disturbing.


I like books that make rogin savor each and every word but this one made me skip entire pages because absolutely nothing was happening for page I know 4 stars seems like a high rating, but honestly I’m disappointed I could not give this book 5 stars.

To sum up the final scenes: She travels to a different kingdom where she is given the chance to present herself before the court. When Deerskin, as she now calls herself, reenters drerskin, 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.

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After spending the winter recovering, Deerskin feels compelled to return to Ossin’s city, following an urgent call. However, I slogged through and found that Part Two was much lovelier and worth the wait. For the first part of the book during Lissar’s “first life”she struggles with her identity, finding herself uncomfortable with courtly life.

Thus, I didn’t really intend to read Deerskin but the premises sounded too intriguing to pass up. Every day and every night, Lissar hears the story of her mother’s incredible beauty and her father’s heroic deeds, and how much everyone in the kingdom loves their royal leaders.

Even though parts of this book almost physically hurt to read I cried a LOT; have tissues at the ready! I loved her character, I cried for her character, I rooted wholeheartedly for her character. Lissra finds help in the form of the Moonwoman who heals both her mind and body, but throughout the story – and especially during those last scenes – the Moonwoman helps Lissra to confront her father.


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.

Refresh and try again. Lissar’s growing dread defines the first part of this book, as she looks into her father’s eyes for the first time and sees something she cannot name, but something that frightens her deeply.

Unfortunately, where this book lost me was in Lissra’s ultimate healing. Deerskin reveals her true identity as the bridegroom’s daughter and calls her father to account for his actions, using the goddess’s powers to punish him for his crimes. With grace, sensitivity and compassion, McKinley turns this little-known story into a powerful tale of self-healing.

I reclaim my body for myself: But for me, reading it on my own, it So, bear in mind that my rating is based on my personal reaction, and not on any objective judgement. Unable to tell him of her past, Lissar again flees into the mountains, returning the following year ready to denounce her father, regain her black-red hair, and marry Ossin.

Deerskin is based on a fairytale, a pretty disturbing one in which a father decides to marry his daughter, because she is the only one equal to his dead wife in beauty.