Title: Book of a Thousand Days
Author: Shannon Hale
Review: Shannon Hale whipped out a winner once again. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Though, it is similar in plot as Hale’s ‘Goose Girl’ series, it wasn't so similar as to make me dislike the story. She weaves a great tale about a mucker maid servant named Dashti and her lady Saren who are going to be locked into a tower for seven years. The story is told through Dashti’s eyes, or words, rather as she writes what is going on day by day in her journal. Hence the title “book of a thousand days.” Not only is the book about survival from a life trapped in a tower, but it is about friendship and service and writing.
This is one of those books you read and you finish it thinking “that was awesome!” and then kick yourself for reading so fast; wishing it wasn't over. I felt like a better person having read it. If you like Shannon Hale you are sure to enjoy this quick, easy, marvelous read.
Thanks Heather for this review
Publisher Published September 18th 2007 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
Quick Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Where I got the book: the local library
Synopsis: When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
As food runs low and the days go from boiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable.
But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.
Author Information: Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel Calamity Jack with husband Dean Hale. They live near Salt Lake City, Utah with their four small children, and their pet, a small, plastic pig.