Book of A Thousand Days

Hale, Shannon

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Book of A Thousand Days
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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2009, c2007
Edition: Pbk. ed
ISBN: 1599903784
Branch Call Number: YA HALE
Characteristics: 305 p. : ill, map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, James Noel


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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).

Mar 21, 2012

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.

Mar 28, 2010
  • Saphire80 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Apparently its a rewrite of the fairytail "Maid Maleen", but it is really different from the actual story. I loved it!

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

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May 11, 2010

From the back cover of the book:

[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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