Monday, September 03, 2007

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Book of a Thousand Days is a novel based on the fairy tale "Maid Maleen." A lady's maid and mucker (a nomadic peasant with the ability to heal through song), Dashti narrates her story of serving the doomed Lady Saren. Trapped in a tower for seven years unless she agrees to marry Lord Khasar, Saren begins her long imprisonment with Dashti by her side. Dashti writes of the lonliness and desperation she feels as Saren throws herself into silence of sobs or staring blankly at the surrounding brick walls. Visited by the terrible Lord Khasar and the gentle and kind Khan Tegus, Dashti determines that the girls must leave the tower. Book of a Thousand Days is the diary of a young teen who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

Shannon Hale writes a beautiful story about a determined young girl. Dashti has mottled features along her face and arms, she is deemed ugly and unlucky. Lady Saren is gorgeous but the spirit of Dashti overpowers Saren's. Based in ancient Mongolia and surrounded by fictional realms, the story of Dashti is a lyrical novel. An adventure that has its readers turing pages with excitement and fear, Book of a Thousand Days is a fantastic fairy tale for teen readers. Twisted with romance and dark fantasy, Shannon Hale writes a story that leaves readers with a slight tingle in their toes.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age: 15
Reviewer City, State and Country: Concord, Massachusetts United States

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