Thursday, 7 February 2008

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

"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—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows."

"With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise."

I love reading re-tellings of fairy tales and this was no exception. Based on "Maid Malene" by the Brothers Grimm this version is set on the Asian steppes, where there is adventure and romance and everything in between. Shannon Hale has a beautiful way with words and creates believable and likable characters. I liked how the book was written in diary form and even included entries like "I'd write more if I had something to say." The story was fun to read and I look forward to more from Shannon Hale.


Autumn Ables said...

Fun book! I wanna read it! Thanks for sharing.

How's your life been these days? I think I'm going insane with how busy I am. I'm really looking forward to the LDStorymakers and seeing you again. :)

I chickened out of meeting with a Rep from Covenant! I had registered for it- and the told Annette...please take me off. I'm too scared plus I don't think I'm all that prepared for that step. Whhaaaaaaaaaa

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I chickened out, too. I need to learn more about doing a pitch session before I dive into one. Too bad they don't have a class on that.

Marsha Ward said...

Thanks for your reviews, Stephanie. I enjoy them a lot.

BTW, I've given you the "you make my day" award over on Writer in the Pines. Go pick it up!

Julie Wright said...

loved this book too. It was a fun and charming read. It was one of my 2007 favorites.

Josi said...

I just finished this book today, really liked it. It was very unique and well done--so I agree completely with your assessment.

Marcia Mickelson said...

I really loved this book too. It made want to ready way more YA stuff and definitely more Shannon Hale stuff.

whirligigdaisy said...

I also really liked this book. I thought it was beautifully written.

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