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Princess Lissar had only one friend; her dog, Ashe. Yet, when she turns 17, her father threatens to take Ashe away after declaring that he was going to marry her. Then, one night, Lissar is forced to flee the kingdom after her father rapes her and almost kills Ashe. She finds refuge in a small mountain cottage, where she meets the Moon Woman. After Ashe is transformed to look differently, Ashe with long hair and Lissar with white hair and black eyes, Lissar sets forth into the world as Deerskin to right the wrongs done to her.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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