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Deerskin by Robin McKinley
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May 31, 08

bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, fiction

Yikes. Not for the fainthearted. This is a lovely, magical book. It's also pretty brutal.

The story starts out very fairy-tale like, with the handsome king and his beautiful queen being gloriously in love. The queen dies, of course, but before shuffling off the mortal coil she begs her husband to only marry a woman as beautiful as she is. (She says that she wants to protect his future wife from being compared negatively to her, but it sounds more like she wants to make sure he never remarries.) The king mourns for his wife for many years, until he suddenly realizes that his young daughter is very, very beautiful.

Yeah, I'm sure you can imagine where this is going. There is a LOT of suffering and tragedy in this book, but if you can get through that it's also a beautiful, epic fantasy. Magic. Romance. Puppies. It almost makes up for the suffering and tragedy.

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