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Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Book of a Thousand Days (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Shannon Hale

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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.
Title:Book of a Thousand Days
Authors:Shannon Hale
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Romance, Young Adult, E-Book, Asia

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

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I really enjoyed this one. The fantasy elements were pretty light and only came in at a few key points. The story was told as a journal so it was interesting to follow Dashti's personal growth along the way. Written beautifully, with great characters, adventure, suspense, and an inventive plot. I definitely plan to read more from Hale in the future.

Course evaluation: The diary format of this novel is ideal for revealing Dashti’s inner life. As a maid, she knows her place in the world and rarely speaks out against Saren; but the diary allows readers to peak into her true emotions. Hale successfully creates a vivid, realistic setting with believable fantasy elements that even non-fantasy readers will enjoy. Some characters seem a bit one-note, but the characterization overall is strong and Dashti’s maturity throughout seems natural; readers, particularly girls, will appreciate her strength, intelligence, and happy outcome. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
this book stressed me out a little bit!! but the language was truly lovely, and the full cast audiobook was great. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
When Lady Saren refuses to marry a man she fears, she and her maid, Dashti, are locked in a tower with just a tiny flap open to the outside world. As food runs low and the weather changes from broiling hot to unbearably cold, it is all Dashti can do to make them comfortable in their dark prison.

Not long after their confinement begins, Saren's suitors arrive--one welcome, the other less so-and she orders Dashti to speak to them. Impersonating Lady Saren is a crime punishable by death, but Dashti will have to play the role many times if she is to save them both from the tower and the dangers outside. As she takes control of their desperate situation, Dashti begins to understand her own astonishing talents and believe that even a low-born maid can find true love. ( )
  Gmomaj | Jul 22, 2020 |
a delight - I am reading young adult these days to deal with stress. This was just a delightful read
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  leebill | Apr 30, 2020 |
I love finding new fairy tales! ( )
  sishpa | Apr 25, 2020 |
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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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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.

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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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