Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
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Title: Book of a Thousand Days
Author: Shannon Hale
Genre: YA Fantasy
Premise: Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids. (King County Library System)
Opinions: Having lost her family through various means, Dashti goes to the castle to get work. Immediately she is thrown into a scene of turmoil as Lady Saren rushes up to her and begs her to attend her as a maid. Lady Saren is destined to be locked away in a tower for seven long years for failing to agree to marry the man of her father, the sultan's, choosing. Her father hopes that by being locked away that Lady Saren will come to see things from his point of view and agree to may an older, rich, and incredibly terrible man.
As she is locked away with her mistress, Dashti finds herself having to tend a mistress who is use to being spoiled and has to now survive on little food through blistering summers and freezing winters. When provisions stop arriving, and a battle takes place unseen outside of their tower, Dashti soon realizes that no one is going to come and free them from the tower, leaving it to her to free her mistress and escape to a land of safety.
Oh my gosh...this has to be one of my all time favorite books ever. Shannon Hale does a fantastic job of retelling one of the lesser known Grimm's Fairytales. Set in Mongolia, Hale creates strong characters and imagery that draw the reader in immediately. I love Dashti's strength and courage and am fascinated at what lengths she will go to in order to help someone who seems ungrateful for all she does. I absolutely recommend this for you to read as one of Shannon Hale's ultimate works.