Friday, July 17, 2015

The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale: Review

RATING: 4/5 stars!
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Bought
Release date: September 1st, 2007
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower 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 Saren's two suitors--one welcome, the other decidedly less so--the girls are confronted with 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 little-known 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.
Before reading THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, I did not read the summary. I went in totally blind, and I had no idea what to expect.
I wasn't quite sure what to think at first. I did not expect it to be told from the POV of the maid, Dashti, and the first part of the book was SO BORING. Dashti and the princess, Saren, were shut in a tower, and besides the few interludes with a cat and a prince, almost nothing happened. I was getting so fed up with them being in the tower that I almost put the book down. But I kept reading, and I am so glad that I did.
The story took a total turn, and it was absolutely wonderful. I don't want to give anything away, but I loved the way Shannon Hale took the story. It was so beautifully written, and I was pretty giddy by the time I finished the book. SO GOOD!
Overall, THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is not one to miss! 

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