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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They were ways of rationalising the brutalities of life, of creating a happy ending beyond the horrific events that might be suffered. With grace, sensitivity and compassion, McKinley turns this little-known story into a powerful tale of self-healing.
Once upon a time, drerskin brave and handsome king won as his wife the most beautiful woman in seven kingdoms, and they lived happily ever after. So far, so standard.
Robin McKinley, Deerskin
But Deerskin takes us further into that story, showing us a royal couple obsessed with one another and a nation intoxicated by their glamour: When the queen falls ill, still in her prime, she extracts one final promise from her distraught husband: And so she dies; the king plunges into grief; and their daughter Lissar continues to grow up, cocooned within a self-indulgent court that has no real place for her.
Her only comfort is the fleethound puppy Ash, presented to her as a gift by the son of a neighbouring king. When she attends a splendid ball held for her seventeenth birthday, it becomes clear to all of those present that the princess is as beautiful as the long-dead queen. The king also notices. Ribin Lissar, to her horror, realises that her father has begun thinking of taking a new wife….
Deerskin: Robin McKinley – The Idle Woman
Many fantasy novels focus on evil as an external force, embodied in something else: Struggling to overcome her trauma, she flees into the mountains from her palace and her city, accompanied only by the loyal Ash. Drawn inexplicably towards a distant city, shedding her old identity and adopting a new name, Lissar will require all her resilience and courage to deal with the new destiny that awaits her.
Funnily enough, at the same time, McKinley fumbles when it comes to understanding mckinlwy a rape survivor might finally be able to face the world again. It is a fairy tale, after all, but this somehow feels like fudging in a story which is so honest, so ruthlessly and grimly frank. McKinley writes beautifully, bringing out the darkness that flows beneath the surface in these old tales, but also highlighting the goodness and strength that we all have within us, even at moments when it seems too hard to carry on.
Recommended to those interested in retellings of fairy tales and in thoughtful, character-centred fantasy. My goodness, Melita, you are a star! Must find Kissing the Witch then…. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave recommendations.
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