Book of A Thousand Days

Book of A Thousand Days

eBook - 2007 | 1st U.S. ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599904115
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (305 pages) : illustrations, map
Additional Contributors: Smith, James Noel

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Dec 06, 2018

Shannon Hale is a PHENOMANAL writer. If you like strong heroines, adventure, love, and of course, courage in the face of the impossible, this is a must read. The fantasy like factors of the novel are excellent, and as the more you read, the more you'll grow to love this book. It is very similar in style to Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," but with more fantasy, magic, and heartwarming relationships.

DBRL_KrisA Sep 29, 2018

A well-written story, a book-length adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Maid Maleen, but moved from Germany to Mongolia or northern China. It's written for the teen/young adult crowd, but I think it's appropriate for somewhat younger readers/listeners too (though I think it's a bit wordy for the really young listener). And obviously, it's a fun read for adults, too, reminding me somewhat of the Terri Windling-created Fairy Tale Series.
As I was reading, I was wondering how they would resolve some of the issues, and to be honest, some of it was a bit weak, but overall it was a well-written story.

Jul 25, 2018

It seems to be a debate whether Young Adult should be rated as Young Adult, or rated the same category as other novels. Because there are great Young Adult books, I rank the fiction the same as if I was ranking any other novel. This prize-winning author starts out very strong with engaging characters and interesting predicaments for them. However, I left off finishing for a while, not from a decision, but just from a sort of ennui. The book seemed to lose its edge and slow down, maybe its plot development stretched too thin. However, when I finally got back to it, I did enjoy it and think it is an effective coming-of-age book for young readers.

FindingJane Jun 05, 2017

Ms. Hale sets her imaginative world in an Asian landscape. It gives an unusual flavor to her novel and a brilliant setting, one filled with strange gods and goddesses, the daily toil of the lower classes and the workings of the gentry, a people supposedly descended from deities.

Even after hundreds of years, Grimm’s collection doesn’t lose its ability to capture the imagination. It’s always exciting when writers take their inspiration from old fairy tales, to see what the gifted author can make of an ancient fable. It’s even better when a writer boldly seizes an obscure tale, one not generally known by the populace. The original story centers around the Maid Maleen, a poor beleaguered princess shut up in a tower for seven years because she wouldn’t marry the man her father picked for her. But Ms. Hale’s fiction focuses mainly on the handmaiden shut up with the princess.

This alteration widens the story in scope. We get to learn about the mucker lifestyle, one that lives in the open air and may stand or fall on the back of a single animal. We learn how a simple mucker girl gets attached to the side of a spoiled and strangely lifeless princess. Dashti is everything you would expect a fairytale servant to be: hard-working, cunning, scheming, skilled and intelligent. She is also loyal, honorable, steadfast and patient. She’s also gifted with a special power, songs that can heal, lull, comfort, soothe and even command animals. I’ve read three of Ms. Hale’s novels and all the heroines within have abilities unlike those of most people; it’s yet another reason her books are so compelling.

Ms. Hale shows us all her corners as Dashti writes in a diary about the travail, trials and mundane workings of her time spent in and out of the tower. So it comes as a surprise to learn that her princess also has her secrets, including one so appalling her regression, timidity, terror and refusal to marry the man her father selected for her makes perfect sense.

Ms. Hale draws us into her worlds. Even if you believe you don’t like fairy tales, even if you prefer heroes to heroines, you can’t help but place your faith in her as she leads you down another flower-and-thorn-strewn path.

Apr 21, 2017

An amazing book. Keeps the reader very engaged. Couldn't keep the book down till I reached the end of the story. Has many unexpected twists and turns.

Sep 05, 2016

Taku's comment is spot on. Wonderful story. Geolatin's comment is truthful. It depends on how old you are and how much depth you are wanting from a Grimm's fairytale adaptation of "Maid Maleen."

Jul 10, 2016

I enjoyed reading this as a light read, but I probably won't read more by this author. This revolves around a love story with a predictable conclusion. Deeds of daring-do and fairy tale bravery and loyalty. The characters are mostly flat with little complexity. The most interesting character with a growth arc was secondary to the story. It wasn't a bad book-after all I read it through-but not very complex.

Dec 07, 2015

What a gem to find this book in the library. I borrowed it for my daughter and then finished reading it myself within a day. It has been a while since I last couldn't put a book down, but "Book of a thousand days" has been one of these rare occasions when you get completely emerged into the story.

I can only highly recommend this book. It is a quiet story, one that works beautifully without a big dramatic action plot. The focus is on the the main character and the story she tells.

The language is simple yet beautiful in its rich descriptions and the setting of medieval Mongolia is unique and interesting.
The romance in this story is subtle and would be suitable for teenagers.
The book also carries a strong message of (female) strength, no matter your circumstances and social upbringing.

READ IT!!! :)

Jul 08, 2015

As can be said for all of Shannon Hale's novels, Book of a Thousand Days is a work of art. It brings you into the moment, until you feel as if you are trapped in the stone tower with Dashti and Saren, or wandering the grassy steppes under the wide open sky, or singing to khan tegus. A wonderful tale.

Artpenr May 28, 2013

How do i even begin to explain the things this book is! For sure it will always be a one of my favorite books. Dashti literally is amazing! You feel an attachment for her and the animals Mucker and, My Lord. she is one likeable character she's just so funny and loyal and the amazing all in one! That's the kind of girl she is and what's also amazing is her story it's a thrilling journey into her world and you will not be able to come out. I was hooked as i started to get into it! And oh my Lord Tegus "silver deels" [no spoilers] "i will always love you" i whisper/sing to the book.

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Laura_X Jun 01, 2016

“Careful with the accusations of insanity, oh my lady whose home is a tower with windows of brick, all for the sake of some skinny-ankled, laugh-prone boy of a khan.”

Apr 15, 2011

You're better than windows. You're even better than the sky.


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May 11, 2010

From the back cover of the book:

[italics][pale blue] My lady and I are being shut up in a tower for seven years.[/italics][/pale blue]

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.


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