Book of a Thousand Days
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 broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them... show more
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 broiling 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.
Publish date: September 15th 2009
Pages no: 308
Edition language: English
This was lovely and unexpected. Set in a sort of alternate medieval fantasy!Mongolia, it brings to mind classic fairytales with a princess locked in a tower for defying her father's mandate to marry the evil lord of a neighbouring land. Except the hero of the story is neither the resistant princes...
Shannon Hale is known for her creative fairy tale novelizations. This one is an adaptation of Grimm's Maid Maleen. It's quite obvious from the start how it's all going to go, but the journey was fairly enjoyable. I particularly liked the twist of setting the story in a sort of mythic medieval Mon...
Set in historical Mongolia (which I guessed - yay me!) based on Grimm's Maid Maleen (pg801 of [b:The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales|22917|The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales|Jacob Grimm|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369540060s/22917.jpg|1855987] or read for free here).
In "Book of a Thousand Days", author Shannon Hale presents us with an interesting story about Dashti the lady's maid through her diary. Based off of the obscure fairy tale, "Maid Maleen", the tale follows Dashti and her lady, Saren as they are imprisoned for three years in a tower and later how they...
4.5 out of 5 StarsThis is a book I’ve heard garner a lot of praise and I love female coming-of-age and female friendship stories. Add a unique premise and a fantasy setting based on Mongolia after the Khans, and I was sold (the fact it was on sale helped too!) This book was everything I hoped it wou...