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Deerskin by Robin McKinley
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Nov 13, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction-fantasy

** spoiler alert ** DISCUSSION OF TRIGGERS. This is That Book. The one that includes rape and incest in the text as important plot points and does not even imply them on the jacket copy as elements.

Luckily, I do not have triggers around either topic, but if I had, it would not have gone well for me. The plot is basically about recovery from incestuous rape with a crouton of survivalism on top and a drizzle of YAY PUPPIES.

It was certainly compelling reading, and Ossin was a completely awesome love interest, but I kind of wanted McKinley *not* to follow the pattern of giving Lissar a love interest (and such an obvious one, too, that really disappointed me). If she had to fall in love with anyone, it should've been the handmaiden. (*sulks and wants moar lesbian fantasy*) And I want to know why McKinley thought it was a better idea for her to become part of a life at the royal court as part of her recovery rather than returning to being an herbalist's apprentice, which is the only part of her life that she remembers.

I don't own this, and I am not buying it.
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Leah Meyer Fair point about triggers (I think this would be unbearably graphic to some and even healing for others) But be fair, it was written in 93- I don't remember trigger warnings until well into the 00s. Agreed that it would be cool if she just built her community with no romance but loved that it wasn't a love that healed everything but recognized that he had to go at her pace.

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