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 fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors—...more
Let's see if I'll be able to give a concise review without confusing people. This story is loosely based on an obscure Grimm fairy tale (...more
As I got towards the end I was planning on giving it 4 stars, but then at the very end it surprised me and it was like the book was about something completely other than what I'd been thinking it was about the whole time. It surprised me, and I love well-executed surprises. Thus 5 stars. Not that there was a surprise ending (I don't like those), just that there was a reframing that totally delighted me. I'll say more about it down below if you want, but I'll put them beneath spo...more
Shannon Hale's BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is a riveting read that allows you to see into the soul of a young girl.
Angry at her for not marrying the ruler of a nearby kingdom, Lady Saren's father locks her and her maid in a tower. He plans to leave them there for seven years. It is Dashti, the maid's, responsibility to keep them fed and in good condition, no matter how hot or how cold it may be.
With evil lords, unresponsive guards, and dreamy suitors kn...more
In Book of a Thousand Days, Shannon Hale brings to life the...more
Seven years they were to stay, Lady Saren and her handmaid Dashti. You’d think the first a strong princess, a brave one… another one of those in your face, I’ll do as I please versions of princesses. She’s not. You’d think Dashti, meek and obedient. She is. Despite said fact, it’s still Dashti who shines in this one because the princess was often times too delicate, too soft, too shy… and just not quite all...more
This is the first book by Shannon Hale I have read. I loved the character Dashti that she created. I love to read fairy tales and I enjoyed this less well know story of two girl locked in a tower.
Anyway, I started the book, and was like, "Why is this written from the lady's maid's point of view and not from the lady's point of view. Yeah, that becomes very clear within just a few pages. I really loved Dashti—she was such a fascina...more
Well, maybe it was my anticipation that left this book feeling flat. It was readable enough, for sure; the storytelling style (a diary) le...more
Dashti is a mucker, which means that she has grown up in the steppes of Mongolia, in a gher, and also has the power of healing through song.
When she is no longer able to live in the steppes, she goes to town, and quickly is hired and tr...more
Hale has created a female character worthy to be loved and adored for a long time to come. She is filled with guts, heart, and soul.
This is a tale of imprisonment, courage, love, romance, fantasy, and one spectacular protagonist.
This is a tale of the silenced being given a voice, of the oppressed fighting their way out of darkness, so they can feel the burn of the sun of life on their skin once again.
It is a tale about the power and magic of wor...more
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Set in a fictionalized, medieval Mongolia, 16-year-old Lady Saren is locked away in a tower for seven years by her father for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen, Lord Khasar. The story is told, however, by Lady Saren’s mucker maid...more
1. Dashti. What a perfect heroine! Her voice is sweet and even soothing. I love her. I love her more than the story she tells. She is sweet, she is selfless (and she doesn’t know she’s selfless--no truly self-sacrificing individual is aware that they’re self-sacrificing).
I adore her cheerfulness and her loyalty. I like how real her emotions were. I can’t recall any time where Dashti was melodramatic or annoying.
All of the characters are very well-drawn, but Da...more
Shannon Hale based "Book of a Thousand Days" on the fairy tale "Maid Maleen" as recorded by the Grimm bothers. She changed the story from the original to...more
I've read three of Hale's books, and she seems to have a very different (and consistent) way of treating nobility vs. commoners. The three protagonists so far have been solid, intelligent commoners - and the vast majority of her commoners have been in the same vein. Meanwhile, mal...more
This isn’t your normal fairytale. Personally, I’d never heard of the original Maid Maleen. Though after reading it,...more
Hale uses great metaphors and does an excellent job of getting into Dashti's head. The characters are very realistic, and she turns a little-known fairy tale into a realistic novel that mig...more
[25 Sept] It got a little better, but it's still not my favorite. The heroine is virtuous and self-sacrificing and noble and wise, and the ending was predictable. I like my characters a little more flawed, a little more human.
And I didn't like that the was based on medieval Mongolia but wa...more
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