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Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
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Nov 04, 11

bookshelves: coming-of-age, fairy-tales, ya-novel
Read in November, 2011

While not my favorite book by Hale, it was certainly enjoyable. Being unfamiliar with the original Grimm tale, "Maid Maleen," I read it to compare the two--but there was not comparison. Hale has taken such a simple story and created a beautiful fabrication, centering her tale on the maid instead of the princess. The princess was a frustrating character, whom I wanted to punch in the nose on multiple occasions, but Dashti and the prince were so sweet and endearing. The evil prince gave some suspense and drama, and I applaud the addition. She weaves her tale on the central Asian steppes and I couldn't help but think of another of my favorite tales I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade. Her characters are strong and the story is vastly intriguing.
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