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Deerskin by Robin McKinley

Deerskin (1993)

by Robin McKinley

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Series: Damar (Related)

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So back in the 1990's there was a trend in fantasy to rewrite fairy tales. Either it was retelling of a well know story, or something new in the style of a fairy tale. This is a retelling of a story (although how well known might be contested). Most of these books fell short of the mark. This is one of the better ones. This isn't to say its a great book - but it pulled me in. McKinley is an excellent author - she knows restraint. As a result, magic is kept to a minimum, but there are still Goddesses.

The Princess is written as down to earth, and her ability to survive a cold winter with only her dog and her wits, a bit far fetched, but within the bounds of who Lissar is. The book is darker than most of this type (there is a really horrible rape scene). It doesn't shy away from some of the more horrible aspects of surviving (such as gutting animals).

This isn't a perfect book. At times, there is too much "Mystical Woman" type sentences. The city she eventually ends up traveling to is way to nice - she doesn't have to work at finding a job, or place to live. The ending was strange, and really is why this isn't a 3.5 star book. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 7, 2018 |
I liked Deerskin and I disliked it. I enjoyed the story as a whole. I loved the style in which it was written, almost like a Grimm fairy tale. The story is very dark in places and a bit too realistic in others, but what can you expect considering the book's synopsis.

What I didn't like was the author gnawing on a topic worse than a dog with a bone. The heroine, Lassar, can't remember something and we have to read about that one particular incident for page, after page, after page. Their are several instances like that pertaining to several subjects. I almost gave up at one point. I think if those annoying entries were omitted from the book it would have been half the length and minus the headache. The end of the story was kind of confusing and gruesome. I don't know why the blood was necessary. I'm guessing it's supposed to be symbolic? ( )
  nevong | Mar 30, 2018 |
I don’t quite know what to say about the horrible tale at the heart of this book. It’s no spoiler to say that this is a book filled with recovery - filled with a young woman whose first sexual encounter was brutal and wrong, and her steps back to feeling human and reclaiming her body and life again. It’s also a book about dogs, puppies in need of nursing and dogs who are trained to hunt. And it’s a book that, because it’s high fantasy and an indictment of men in power all at once, makes kingdoms and courts almost interesting. The book is based on a fairy tale that Charles Perrault collected, and it’s no pleasant story. Did I say that enough? And yet I was interested in the main character’s recovery from her trauma, and how she found herself. I still don’t quite understand what happened with the queen. Might have to read the original tale ... not that I really want to. Whooooof, McKinley. ( )
1 vote SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
It's predictable. But, well written stories will make up for so much of that, and Robin McKinley is fantastic. ( )
  themjrawr | Dec 1, 2017 |
A hauntingly beautiful retelling based on Perrault's "Donkeyskin." ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
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Author's note: There is a story by Charles Perrault called Donkeyskin which, because of its subject matter, is often not included in Perrault's fairy tales. Or, if it does appear, it does so in a bowdlerized state. The original Donkeyskin is where Deerskin began.
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Many years later she remembered how her parents had looked to her when she was a small child: her father tall as a tree, and merry and bright and golden, with her beautiful black-haired mother at his side.
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Not set in the kingdom of Damar, but in the same world - references to Aerin, to the great dragons, to malak.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044100069X, Mass Market Paperback)

When her growing beauty begins to resemble her mother's too closely, Princess Lissar must flee her father's wrath, and, in doing so, she unlocks a door into a world of magic.

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When her growing beauty begins to resemble her mother's too closely, Princess Lissar must flee her father's wrath, and, in doing so, she unlocks a door into a world of magic. 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.… (more)

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