- Title: Book of a Thousand Days
- Author: Shannon Hale
- ISBN: null
- Page: 485
- Format: Kindle Edition
Based on a classic Grimm s fairy tale, this is the story told by Dashti, a maid from the steppes of a medieval land, who sacrifices her freedom to accompany her mistress into exile.Imprisoned in a remote tower after Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has chosen, the maid and the lady have almost nothing in common But the loyalty that grows between the two, theBased on a classic Grimm s fairy tale, this is the story told by Dashti, a maid from the steppes of a medieval land, who sacrifices her freedom to accompany her mistress into exile.Imprisoned in a remote tower after Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has chosen, the maid and the lady have almost nothing in common But the loyalty that grows between the two, the man they love in different ways for different reasons, and the lies they tell because of and in spite of each other, combine to evoke the deepest bonds, transcend the loneliest landscapes, and erupt in a conclusion so romantic, so clever, and so right that no reader will be left dry eyed.
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This was so heartwarming and delightful and powerful and just wow. I loved it so much! I can't wait to read more of Shannon Hale's stuff now, knowing how her writing style is. More thoughts to come in a video review (I've decided that as of next month, rather than filming a monthly wrap up at the end, I will do mini batch reviews instead, that way I can go more into depth!)
Do you guys know that feeling when you just have finished an astonishingly excellent book? You feel full of life and understanding. It's why as readers we come back and back again and hopethiswill be the book that gives us that exhilaration. I guess it's akin to a literary high. This book did that for me and more. It deserves more than the five star rating.Let's see if I'll be able to give a concise review without confusing people. This story is loosely based on an obscure Grimm fairy tale (Hale [...]
So, so, so good. As I got towards the end I was planning on giving it 4 stars, but then at the very end it surprised me and it was like the book was about something completely other than what I'd been thinking it was about the whole time. It surprised me, and I love well-executed surprises. Thus 5 stars. Not that there was a surprise ending (I don't like those), just that there was a reframing that totally delighted me. I'll say more about it down below if you want, but I'll put them beneath spo [...]
July 30-31, 2009Ummm So I started this book at 2:00 am. (Note to self: don't start books at 2:00 am! Are you crazy???) Yeah, I couldn't put it down! I finished at about 7:00. Then my husband woke me up at noon! How rude! Doesn't he realize that reading makes me nocturnal? ;)Anyway, I started the book, and was like, "Why is this written from the lady's maid's point of view and not from the lady's point of view. Yeah, that becomes very clear within just a few pages. I really loved Dashti—she was [...]
Hale has proved herself adept at finding obscure fairy tales and reworking them in mouth-watering new ways. Her latest offering is based on the little-known "Maid Maleen" by the Brothers Grimm. A lady and her loyal maid are locked in a tower for seven years as punishment for the lady's refusal to marry the man her father wants her to. The story details their imprisonment in the tower and the adventure that follows. Hale's version is told in diary format from the point of view of the maid--Dashti [...]
Dashti, a mucker maid, is going to be locked up in a tower with her Lady Saren for seven years. Lady Saren refused to marry a man she did not love, so Dashti must prepare for a rigorous and daunting imprisonment. Soon, Dashti finds rats in the flour and mold on the cheese. It becomes a struggle to survive, and Dashti also must deal with Lady Saren’s two completely different suitors. Dashti must make a choice, for herself, and for Saren.In Book of a Thousand Days, Shannon Hale brings to life th [...]
3.5 stars for a cute YA high fantasy. Fans of fairy tale retellings, this is one for you!
Quite possibly Shannon's best book! A joyous read, rich with detail and written in the author's inimitible, poetic style. I not only felt a deep connection for the narrator, but also for the male protagonist, and the Mongolia-like world she created was gorgeous to behold. Lovely, lovely, lovely!
I enjoyed this a lot - so much so that I DIDN'T finish it last night. I wanted to save it so that I would have something to look forward to reading this afternoon. I found myself thinking about the story several times throughout the day and wondering how it might end. I wasn't disappointed. Another great job by Shannon Hale!
I definitely liked the first half better than the last half (and I'm still convinced that I've read this before), but it was a good book. I love Shannon's writing style and how it's always so fairytale like and amazing. *needs to reread her Books of Bayern series immediately*
I loved this book so much! But the book is more than a thousand pages so you know. I like the characters and the character development. I loved the love relationship and how brave the protagonist is. She truly is looked upon by the gods! I cannot wait to read more of Shannon Hale books.❤️❤️❤️😍
This particular story has a fairy tale feel to it and it was incredibly entertaining. Seven years they were to stay, Lady Saren and her handmaid Dashti. You’d think the first a strong princess, a brave one… another one of those in your face, I’ll do as I please versions of princesses. She’s not. You’d think Dashti, meek and obedient. She is. Despite said fact, it’s still Dashti who shines in this one because the princess was often times too delicate, too soft, too shy… and just not [...]
Reviewed by Jessica Cave for TeensReadTooShannon Hale's BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is a riveting read that allows you to see into the soul of a young girl. Angry at her for not marrying the ruler of a nearby kingdom, Lady Saren's father locks her and her maid in a tower. He plans to leave them there for seven years. It is Dashti, the maid's, responsibility to keep them fed and in good condition, no matter how hot or how cold it may be. With evil lords, unresponsive guards, and dreamy suitors knocki [...]
Sigh. I really, really wanted to love this book because I love Shannon Hale and all my friends have given it 5 or 4 stars but I just didn't. I didn't like Dashti or Saren. Really, I HATED Saren. More often than not I wanted to beat her head against a rock. She's stupid, annoying, and a terrible person. Dashti, the narrator, wasn't much better. While people who like the book would probably say that she's just fiercely loyal, I found her to be kind of an idiot. I think I would've bought the whole [...]
Kisah yang sangat menakjubkan! Tanpa ragu saya memberikan bintang 5 untuk buku ini. Book of a Thousand Days bercerita tentang kehidupan yang dijalani Lady Saren dan pembantunya Dashti saat mereka dikunci oleh ayah Lady Saren di menara selama 7 tahun karena Lady Saren menolak perjodohan dirinya dengan salah satu penguasa daerah, Lord Khasar. Kisah ini diceritakan oleh Dashti yang memang pandai menulis dan membaca.Dashti datang untuk bekerja pada Lady Saren di hari kesatu tanpa mengetahui apa yang [...]
OMGTHIS BOOK. Shannon Hale you mastermind!!! I cannot believe I had this GEM untouched on my bookshelf for so long---why, why am I an idiot?? Awww, it was so cute, and lovely, and emotional, and fairytale-like! What am I saying? This isn't just fairytale-like, this IS in fact a fairytale retold, and the original is called "Maid Maleen" by the Brothers Grimm. It basically tells the story of two girls, one a princess (not really a princess, but the daughter of a very rich and powerful lord) the ot [...]
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Goose Girl and Princess Academy, I was excited to see this new young adult novel (another retelling of an obscure fairytale) from Shannon Hale. I was even more excited when I saw that it had been given great reviews so far. Could I possibly enjoy a book from this genre more than Princess Academy? I was anxious to find out.Well, maybe it was my anticipation that left this book feeling flat. It was readable enough, for sure; the storytelling style (a diary) le [...]
As luck would have it, the very day Dashti enters the service of a lady is the very day said lady is bricked into a tower for seven years to learn obedience. Dashti goes along with her to keep her company and take care of her. Between fighting off rats, Lady Saren's torpor, and the unsettling attentions of Saren's two very different suitors, Dashti has her hands full. And that's just the beginning.I love Dashti. She grows so much in this book! She starts off a simple girl from a simple way of li [...]
I loved this Young Adult book! Hooray for Shannon Hale! I probably wouldn't recommend this book to girls under 12, but I think Hale has produced a wonderful heroine for the older teen set. I liked this book better than Princess Academy. I felt the themes were more accessible--everyone can relate to having a crush on someone totally out of your league. And who can’t envision the horror of being betrothed to a grotesque villain or locked up with rats? I loved how the two girls-- Saren, a princes [...]
Book of a Thousand Days is quite different from the rest of Shannon Hale’s stories. This one has a completely different structure. It’s written in the form of diary entries from the point of view of Dashti.I enjoyed reading about their imprisonment in the tower as it was captivating but I was disappointed they didn’t stay in there longer, nor were their troubles all that life-threatening. The characters felt a bit flat this time around. I don’t understand why Saren didn’t want to marry [...]
A true heroine rises from the Grimm Brother ashes.Hale has created a female character worthy to be loved and adored for a long time to come. She is filled with guts, heart, and soul. This is a tale of imprisonment, courage, love, romance, fantasy, and one spectacular protagonist.This is a tale of the silenced being given a voice, of the oppressed fighting their way out of darkness, so they can feel the burn of the sun of life on their skin once again.It is a tale about the power and magic of wor [...]
This was wonderful and heartwarming! This is written in a diary format by Dashti, a Lady's maid. After Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father promises her to, they are both locked in a tower for seven years. It's a medieval style fantasy and it also has drawings by Dashti throughout her entries. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Shannon Hale!
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.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! Both covers are so good, but I guess mine is more suitable. This book is based on the Brother [...]
After her mother's death, Dashti the mucker leaves the desolate steppe in search of her fortune (or at least, survival). On her first day as a maid, she is assigned to Lady Saren--who is promptly locked in a tower for refusing to marry the formidable Lord Khasar. Although Saren is silly and clearly too traumatized to think straight, Dashti is so overwhelmed by their class differences that she lets Saren do whatever she wants, even eat all their food. To make matters worse, Khasar shows up outsid [...]
I still can't get over why Dashti can place her foot out the 'mini' window, hold hands with the Khan and be pulled out forcefully by the Khan but they can never peek out to see each other's faces. Yup, still boggles me. Oh, and the fact that it took 2 years and a few months before she figured out that of course the rats had a way in/out of the tower!I really tried to shut off my brain while reading this and kept reminding myself that it's a children's book but I just couldn't shut it off complet [...]
Read this for a book club challenge. I didn't realize it was a "Young Adult" genre until I started reading it and found myself wondering about the writing style and then there were pictures throughout the book (which I found myself looking forward to) Apparently, this book is based off of a Grimm Fairytale in which the author greatly embellished into a book of its own, which I found intriguing. A maid and her Lady Saren are looked into a tower, sentenced for seven years.I found myself wanting to [...]
Another retellings to add to my collection, this book was different and intriguing with some of my favourite plot devises ever! I loved the story telling format and the illustrations as well as the strength of the main character, Dashti!
I would never have picked this one out for myself without seeing it praised on the GoodReads group page "Steampunk, New, Weird, Bizzaro, Scifi, Fantasy Book Group" (/group/show/2).When it starts out, it sounded to me like a sword-and-sorcery, princesses-and-magical realms kind of story written for a teen-aged audience. It quickly changed course, and developed into a really very good book.The story is based on a Grimm's Fairy Tale I never heard of: "Maid Maleen." The story has been re-cast (I ass [...]
So here I was, so incredibly tired after a long day that I decided I was going to start a light book and go to sleep early next thing I know it's 3 AM and I'm at 70% of Book of a Thousand Days. I only stopped reading because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer!The only Shannon Hale books I'd read before were the Ever After High ones and I found those surprisingly good, so I was eager to read more of her work. I admit what first prompted me to pick this one was that it only had 5-star or 2-st [...]
Ever since I was able to read (when I was about four years old, I believe), I always found something admirable about authors. Perhaps it was just so magical the way they picked out words, stuck them here and there, sewed them together, and, voilà! had their stories collected in nicely-bound books. It was as if they were a sort of literary witches and wizards. But now, they also strike me as chefs; some give you a tasty but calorie-packed hamburger with deep-fried French fries that fill you up b [...]
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