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Book of a thousand days by Shannon Hale

Book of a thousand days (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Shannon Hale (Author), James Noel Smith (Illustrator)

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Title:Book of a thousand days
Authors:Shannon Hale (Author)
Other authors:James Noel Smith (Illustrator)
Info:New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.
Collections:Your library, Reviewed
Tags:genre: fantasy, age: young adult, type: trade paperback, read 2013

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The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (2007)

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    Caramellunacy: Both stories are Asian-inspired fairy tales that focus on the main character's strength of will and strength of mind. A different, but equally effective kind of bravery and girl power.
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    Thorn by Intisar Khanani (HollyMS)
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    The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (HollyMS)
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    Snow by Tracy Lynn (Nikkles)
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Based on an lesser known Grimm's fairy tale, this delightful story explores themes of duty, loyalty, and love. ( )
  Katya0133 | Dec 11, 2016 |
At the very end of the book I thought Saren wouldn't back her up but she did. She was incredibly patient, as soon as they got out of the tower-if I were Her I would have dumped her. I also would have got mad when she took My Lord that cat had been her's she was the one who took care of it for forever. I'm glad that she got married to her love she deserved it. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
I really love Dashti. She manages to be unique in a somewhat cliche, or at least unsurprising, story. It's a delight to read. I love how strong Dashti is, her love for animals and spices, and how she grows throughout the story. Even Lady Saren has some likeable traits.

I don't like it quite as much as The Goose Girl and the other Bayern books, but this one is still worth a read and can definitely hold its own as a good fairy tale novel. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Aug 1, 2016 |
Rather simple, yet exciting. I grew to like the characters, and overlook the underdeveloped villain. ( )
  LaPhenix | Apr 1, 2016 |
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 work as kitchen maids.

My copy is coming in a couple of days and I just can't wait!! I loved The Princess Academy and The Goose Girl!! I am sure this will be just as good! ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
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To the girl and the geese nine others said, Nay! But you poured me some tea and asked me to stay And built me a cottage at Bloomsbury Place With pillows on chairs and sun on my face. Our fifth together is me hugging you; May dozens more follow before we are through.
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Day 1: My lady and I are being shut up in a tower for seven years.
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When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a towe for seven years because of 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. With the arrival outside the tower of two of Saren's suitors--one welcome, the other decidedly less so--the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desparate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows. The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Maid Maleen, is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes. [adapted from book jacket]
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0747597812, Paperback)

When a beautiful princess refuses to marry the prince her father has chosen, her father is furious and locks her in a tower. She has seven long years of solitude to think about her insolence. But the princess is not entirely alone - she has her maid, Dashti. Petulant and spoilt, the princess eats the food in their meagre store as if she were still at court, and Dashti soon realises they must either escape or slowly starve. But during their captivity, resourceful Dashti discovers that there is something far more sinister behind her princess's fears of marrying the prince, and when they do break free from the tower, they find a land laid to waste and the kingdom destroyed. They were safe in the tower, now they are at the mercy of the evil prince with a terrible secret. Thrilling, captivating, and a masterful example of storytelling at its best. The princess's maid is a feisty and thoroughly modern heroine, in this wonderfully timeless story.

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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.… (more)

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