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 the tale of Maid Maleen Set in an area much like Mongolia, the Eight Realms, Hale creates up a social system very different than our own Some realms are ruled by women, which rarely happened at the time Hale strives to combine reality with magic, and focuses not on the princess, but on the dirty maid Hale questions arranged marr A nice, easy to read book It offers some interesting images about the Mongolian steeps The story is sweet and simple A few twists here and there make it interesting enough to keep reading and it has a satisfying ending, even if not surprising.
I think Shannon Hale manages to create a really charming world by mixing a well known fairy tale with an unexplored setting I really loved the voice of the main character as it comes through as much when she tells us about her everyday life as when she recounts the terrible and great events happening once they re prisoners inside the tower.
I do like young heroines who manage to save themselves and those they love without turning into kick assing caricatures but by preserving discovering who they really are and using that to move f 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 ImprisonmentAs 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 [ Pdf Book of a Thousand Days Ù traditional-regency PDF ] by Shannon Hale Ù 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 Than She KnowsWith 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 Oh gosh, I m going to be obsessed with Shannon Hale now, aren t I 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 I finished this one with mixed feelings The conclusion I came to is that I wanted There was so much potential yet I felt I wasn t allowed to scratch past the surface of things I liked Dashti, but she didn t have to struggle that hard to get what she got Or at least her struggle wasn t given the gravity it deserved Lady Saren, who had quite clearly 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 such a fascinating character I loved the world that Shannon Hale created for this book The acknowledgments at the back say that it s based on Mongolian history hence the usage of khan , which is just fascinating to me I ve always wanted to go to Mongolia I don t know why shrugs The belief system in the book was so interesting, and the bad guy was SERIOUSLY FRIGHTENING ☆ Book of a Thousand Days ☆ This was a pleasant, if somewhat simplistic book with a neat conceit, unique setting, but rather uncomplicated characters and a straightforward plot First off, the good I liked the setting of this story, which was heavily influenced by traditional Mongolian lifestyles from ancestor worship, to use of animals, to the cultural practices of the people It is a pretty fascinating and complex setting that should get attention from authors I also liked the two main characters arcs over the course of the story There was a clear change in both the peasant and the princess over the course of their struggles and I appreciated how much they had changed by the end Finally the story itself was pleasantly diverting enough and fit in nicely with the setting and culture the author devised There wasn t much in the way of unexpected
5 stars for a cute YA high fantasy Fans of fairy tale retellings, this is one for you 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 It deserves 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 mentions which one it is at the end of the book The premise is that Lady Saren will be locked up in a tower for seven years because she will not marry Lord Khashar Lady Saren takes Dashti who oddly doesn t mind this arrangement She comes from a harsh background and the guarantee of having food for seven straight years while serving someone of royal blood It seems like the gods have smiled upon he
Anyways This is a retelling of a Grimm fairly tale If you ve read any of the original Grimm stories, you know they re fairly brutish and cold Here, the author she doesn t reinvent the archetype, she stays very true to the genre, but she reshapes it and totally give it wings Can I say breathes new life into it without sounding totally cheesy Because th