Book of a Thousand Days is written as Dashti’s diary entries, which I enjoyed at first. But as the book went on I grew tired of the excessive description. Even though the book spanned many years, some entries were just too detailed. They were very diary like, so I applaud Hale for that, but about half way through the book I was just anxious for it to move forward faster.
Dashti was an admirable character. She was very loyal, brave, and resourceful. I enjoyed the magical element of her mucker songs. Her ability to heal and manipulate animals was intriguing. But Lady Saren was just so annoying. She did nothing but whine and cry for the about 75% of the book. Her small change in character towards the end of the book was not enough to redeem her in my mind.
I liked the mythological gods portrayed in the book. I enjoyed reading about Dashti praying to the god of sleep and the god of animals, etc. It helped me place myself in the fantastic world Hale created. I did not realize until reading the Goodreads description that the book was based on a fairy tale, and I had to Google it to learn about the tale of Maid Maleen.
Overall I enjoyed the adventure of the story, but I struggled to get through the book.
Rating: 3 Stars
This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.