Thursday, December 6, 2007

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale


Oooh! This one is good. Hale based this book on the Grimm fairy tale "Maid Maleen", but really came up with a story that felt new and vibrant. Dashti is maid to Lady Saren and finds on her first day of employment that she and Saren are to be locked in a tower for seven years. Dashti is a true and loyal servant, spending much of her time trying to make life bearable. She discovers as time goes on that her lady is mentally fragile and has been terrified by something that happened in her past. Dashti must use her own wits and fortitude for their very survival.
I really like this book. The prose was lyrical, the characters were fully dimensional, and the romance was convincing. YAY!

4 Comments:

At December 8, 2007 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Kip said...

This was a really well written fantasy. It is written in an authentic voice and is quite impressive. YAY.

 
At December 30, 2007 at 9:21 PM , Blogger kathy said...

First one in a while that I've read in one sitting because it was gripping enough and I was invested in the characters and their situations. Beautifully written and the concept and songs of the muckers were enchanting. Curious to know how much of that came from her research of Mongolia and how much she created.

YAY

 
At January 17, 2008 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Ms. Zandra said...

I loved this book too! An enthusiastic YAY from me.

 
At February 5, 2008 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Iris said...

This was a fantastic read, I highly recommend it to the fairy tale crowd!

Shannon Hail fans will really cheer for Dashti.

Yay

 

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