Book of a Thousand Days
Book of a Thousand Days
Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
Based on a classic Grimm's fairy tale, this is the story told by Dashti, a maid from the steppes of a medieval land, who sacrifices her freedom to accompany her mistress into exile. Imprisoned in a remote tower after Lady Saren refuses to marry the man her father has chosen, the maid and the lady have almost nothing in common. But the loyalty that grows between the two, the man they love in different ways for different reasons, and the lies they tell because of and in spite of each other, combine to evoke the deepest bonds, transcend the loneliest landscapes, and erupt in a conclusion so romantic, so clever, and so right that no reader will be left dry-eyed.

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  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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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.

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