Review: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

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.

Book of a Thousand Days
Shannon Hale
Young Adult Fiction
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
September 1, 2007

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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