- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747597812
- ISBN-13: 978-0747597810
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Elegant and wistfully written' -- Telegraph
'My favourite recent read ... Dashti has made her way into my top ten favourite heroine's of all time' -- Stephenie Meyer
`A completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise'
-- Primary Times
`In a word: amazing! . . . As a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Maid Maleen, it has all the usual fairytale ingredients − heroes and villains, rags to riches, mistaken identities and plenty of magical romance. We love it'
`Something new and life-affirming' -- Financial Times
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Top Customer Reviews
Angry at her for not marrying the ruler of a nearby kingdom, Lady Saren's father locks her and her maid in a tower. He plans to leave them there for seven years. It is Dashti, the maid's, responsibility to keep them fed and in good condition, no matter how hot or how cold it may be.
With evil lords, unresponsive guards, and dreamy suitors knocking on their tiny window on a daily basis, they have enough views of outside life to keep living through to the next day. But when all signs of outside human life suddenly vanish, they find themselves in a race against time to save the eight realms and their own lives.
I started and ended this book in a single day (despite having household tasks, homework, and a to-do list longer than it's ever been before). I was caught up in the world of Dashti and her dear Lady Saren. Their tale brought me to tears and made me laugh.
This novel was definitely an enjoyable read that kept me turning pages as fast as I could.
Reviewed by: Jessica Cave
I'm a sucker for a good fairytale and the Brothers Grimm tales have to be the best. However, I wasn't familiar with 'Maid Maleen' - which 'Thousand Days' is based on - but that really doesn't matter. Hale's imagination runs wild in this fantastically fantastic story.
I love how Dashti's tale is structured into her diary entries. It really makes the story real for me; not so much like a novel than an insight into Dashti's life. Because the book itself plays such a big part in the story's events, I think that Hale has done a really cool thing. I really felt like part of Dashti's life, of her world. I felt what she felt, her humilation; her emotions - when she laughed, I grinned like a fool (for which I had to read in private) and when she despaired, I felt sorry for her. Hale is amazing for creating such vivid characters. I actually think that I fell a little bit in love with Khan Tegus!
A word of advice though, if you're anything like me, don't read this book at night by dim light. It made me feel like I was in the tower too. It made the story even more vivid which I guess is a good thing, but I couldn't sleep for ages afterwards - and I don't scare easily!
So read it, have fun and don't mock me too much please.
I loved the characters, the diary format, the illustrations and the unexpected twist towards the end. Looking back, I can see that there were a few hints to the twist, but none obvious enough to make me guess the ending.
Dashti was a brilliant narrator, and I enjoyed every minute of her recollections. She was brave, loyal, intelligent, and a true heroine in every sense of the word. Lady Saren, on the other hand, took me a while to warm to. I found her whiny and selfish, and couldn't understand Dashti's dedication to her. By the end of the book, I liked Saren, and sympathised with her situation. She redeems herself in the final few pages, and, thanks largely to Dashti, gains confidence and a place in the world. I also loved khan Tegus, the lead male character. He was well written and endearing, and his relationship with Dashti was sweet and honest.
Shannon Hale has a lovely writing style, and it's one that keeps you reading straight through to the end. The illustrations were also a nice touch, and added a fairy tale element to the book.
The Book of a Thousand Days was very different to anything I've read before, and was a nice change. I may read more of Shannon Hale's books in the future, and would like to thank her for getting me over my aversion to fairy tales. They're not as bad as I thought!
However, on reaching the middle of the book, things begin to happen and I really started to enjoy this story. The story moves on, offering twists and suprises as the characters change and the final chapters which keep you guessing. I loved the battle of Dashti 'The Mucker' vs Dashti 'The Maid' and the hard choices she has to make. You find yourself willing her on to the end.
A great book to escape to another time and place with. I look forward to reading another of Shannon Hale's books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written with interesting descriptions for young teens. A fantasy adventure that isn't as gruesome as many of it's contemporise. - mostly aimed at girls.Published 19 months ago by D Family
I enjoyed the content and story line of this book for it was gripping and exciting.also this book is really enjoyable and is impossible to put down. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by Lisa Ellis
I absolutely adored this, escapist fantasy at it's best with a complicated heroine I was rooting for throughout. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2011 by Josie
I enjoyed this book immensely. I am a lover of fairy tale's, and this one does not disappoint. I loved how the book is written as a journal by Dashti. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2011 by Mary-The Sweet Bookshelf
Book of a Thousand Days is all from the point of view of the maid, Dashti, and it's done in the style of diary entries. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by L.J.Hughes
Really great book; a real page-turner. I was immediately swept up in the characters and their situation, and absolutely couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on 23 May 2011 by Jessica
I only bought this on a whim when I was treating myself to some book bargains. I was very pleasantly surprised to find it a real delight. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2010 by C. Tracey
I purchased "The Book of a Thousand Days" as an impulse buy, and I have to say, I've not read anything so beautiful in a long time. Read morePublished on 30 April 2009 by Lucy