“Book of a Thousand Days,” by Shannon Hale

“Book of a Thousand Days,” by Newberry Honor winning fantasy writer Shannon Hale is a retelling of a little known fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.

Book Cover Art of Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon HaleThe main character is Dashti, maid to the Lady Saren. When Saren goes against her fathers wishes and refuses to marry a man whom she fears her father locks her and Dashti into a tower for seven years. “Book of a Thousand Days,” is the journal in which Dashti writes about the loneliness she faces in the tower, and later, the danger that she must face outside it.

Shannon Hale writes a marvelous fantasy story, but I didn’t find “Book of a Thousand Days” to be as satisfying as her “Princess Academy,” or “The Goose Girl” series. However, I think that Hale did a good job recreating the story that the Brothers Grimm originally wrote.

If you are desperate to read a fantasy novel or if you just want to keep up to date with Shannon Hale’s fantasy book series, then you should read “Book of a Thousand Days.” Otherwise I wouldn't recommend that you read it.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-12-11T09:55:00-06:00

4 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Sadie said...

That sounds like a lonely book. Does it feel that way when reading it, or is there more to it once you're involved?

NathanKP said...

The first half of the book could be described as "lonely" when the main character is locked in the tower.

However, the story picks up pace when Dashti and Saren escape from the tower and find that the world around them has completely changed.

Shelby said...

I can't really agree that this wasn't up to par with Hale's other books. It was different from her usual style, but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was interesting that she started off Dashti as this uneducated, blindly serving kind of a person instead of the independent, brave heroine Hale uses in her other books. I thought that watching her grow into that heroine made the book more interesting.

NathanKP said...

I did appreciate that aspect of "Book of a Thousand Days." Seeing the character develop also adds a slightly closer personal attachment for the reader.

Its obvious that you are well read in young adult fiction Shelby. Thanks for you valuable comments.

Nathan