Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (5)

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 was so excited to find this book the other day and couldn't wait to read it .... It took me all of 2 days ... Mainly because I had to stop reading to look after my family ... :) lol .....

This is a great wee book I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to dive in with the Princess Academy which I will be reading next ... I think I have discovered a new favourite author ...

Dashti is a wonderful character and the book is written in a journal form from Dashti's perspective .... Which is interesting .... You go through the different emotions with her whether it is saddest, joy or humorous ... She just writes down her want she is thinking which is refreshing to read .... I have to say that she has the patience of a saint when it comes to her Lady Saren I think I would have strangled her after day 10 never mind day 932 ....

This is a wonderful book for Young Girls to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning to end ... I love how Shannon has mingled drawings throughout and you really feel a close bond to Dashti ...

This is a gorgeous book of Adventure and Romance and it will have you swooning ... No matter how old you are !!! .... I will definitely be giving this book to my daughter to read .....

I rate this book 5*****

It is nice to think to that she is LDS and she says “I say a prayer before I begin my writing time each day. By no means do I think that my books are ‘inspired,’ but I believe the Lord does give us a lift and aids us in completing our righteous endeavors when we seek His help.”

6 comments:

Cindy B said...

I just loved this book! I need to visit your blog more often.

Vanessa Contessa said...

Hooray for Shannon Hale!

I loved this book so much. I think your review is right on the money the adventure and romance in this story is ageless.. truly like a fairy tale should be. Dashti is easily one of my favorite female herions from current literature. I'm very excited for you to read The Princess Academy which I loved almost as much as this one.

We also have this book in our line up for 2009 over at The Literachicks.

Have you read Hale's "Austenland?" It's a must read for anyone who appreciates Austen.

Irish said...

I haven't read Austenland but it is one on my buy list to get :)

I know that it wouldn't be long before my daughter would pinch the book all of 1 hour later she saw it sitting and asked had I finished it .... Then quickly grapped it and away into her bedroom to read it :)

I was a naughtly girl today and went and got a couple of more books which I have my eye on ... OH I am so lucky to have a patience hubby ....

chan said...

I absolutely LOVED this book! One of my all time favorites! Have you read The Goose Girl? That is a great one as well. One of my favorite authors!

SamD said...

I still can't find this book anywhere locally - so frustrating
:(

Christie Powell said...

I think this might be my favorite Shannon Hale (though it might tie with the last Princess Academy book--loved the ending!). I loved how the setting came alive, and it has its own unique and exciting world.

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