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Book of A Thousand Days

Hale, Shannon (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Book of A Thousand Days
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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.
Authors: Hale, Shannon
Title: Book of a thousand days
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2009, c2007
Edition: Pbk. ed
Characteristics: 305 p. : ill, map ; 20 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes excerpt from Forest born, the next title in the Books of Bayern series
Includes Reading group guide
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Smith, James Noel
ISBN: 1599903784
9781599903781
Branch Call Number: YA HALE
Statement of Responsibility: Shannon Hale ; with illustrations by James Noel Smith
Subject Headings: Fantasy Fiction
Topical Term: Fantasy
LCCN: 2006036999
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May 28, 2013
  • Artpenr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 30, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A cute story, but mostly highly predictable. The strength of characters and depth was good.

Aug 09, 2012
  • shellynaj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book, quick read. The big events were slightly predictable, but there were some interesting details (you know who's going to end up together, but you dont' know how it can happen; you know the villain has to be stopped, but you don't know exactly how, etc).

Apr 16, 2012
  • eve373 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is written as a journal and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
I gave it 4 1/2 stars just because I had already figured out the ending by the first pages of the book --predictable, but still very readable.

I love fairytales! And, Hale's version on Rapunzel is a unique and exciting taking on this old tale.

Oct 12, 2011
  • Puddleglum rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of those ridiculously rare books that are INCREDIBLE. The kind of incredible where you can't put it down because it is so engaging; however, the thing that sets this book apart from the others is that if you have copious amounts of time you can sit down and read it until it's done, but if you don't, it's unique layout allows you to put it down if you absolutely must at several key points. As a very busy student with no time to speak of (except a very little during breakfast and just before sleeping) this kind of attribute highly endears the book to myself even if the story weren't so captivating and heartfelt.

Jul 25, 2011
  • JCL2011 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ah this book was sooo good! It took lots of twists and turns and it kept me really interested! I stayed up for 2 nights to finish it :) love love lovedd it!!!

May 27, 2011
  • Blackjack_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent read!

Apr 15, 2011
  • Iridollae rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A warm read-- a bright fairytale that enveloped me completely and took me back to being eight again.

Jun 08, 2010
  • Readforlife rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coming of age story wherein the Book is an important character. Wonderful retelling of classic story.

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Aug 09, 2012
  • shellynaj rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

shellynaj thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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[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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Apr 15, 2011
  • Iridollae rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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