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review Book of a Thousand Days 103 Ê 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 exileImprisoned 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 commBased 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 exileImprisoned in a remote tower after Lad. So so so good As I got towards the end I was planning on giving it 4 stars but then at the very end it surprised me and it was like the book was about something completely other than what I'd been thinking it was about the whole time It surprised me and I love well executed surprises Thus 5 stars Not that there was a surprise ending I don't like those just that there was a reframing that totally delighted me I'll say about it down below if you want but I'll put them beneath spoiler alerts to come laterAnyways This is a retelling of a Grimm fairly tale If you've read any of the original Grimm stories you know they're fairly brutish and cold Here the author she doesn't reinvent the archetype she stays very true to the genre but she reshapes it and totally give it wings Can I say breathes new life into it without sounding totally cheesy Because that's pretty much what's happening here For me she made the Grimm style of fairy tale wondrous and fun again like they must have been when people first started hearing them hundreds of years before Disney came along and ruined fairy tales for everyone foreverI was worried on the first page that this book would suffer from the nondescriptslightly awkward person from foreign land voice that afflicts a lot of books in this genre but that was totally not the case By about page 5 I was totally on board with no worries or ualmsI don't know what else to say about it except that I flew through it and was totally stealing every moment I could to find out what happens next possible spoilers belowseriouslyOK It's not just about what happens when you get locked in a tower for 7 years and what happens after and the relationship between the servant and the maid It's about books And writing And the power of writing And even though it ends with a wedding to a princekhan or whatever which is so not my scene it was all enchanting and amazing

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Y 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 l. July 30 31 2009Ummm So I started this book at 200 am Note to self don't start books at 200 am Are you crazy Yeah I couldn't put it down I finished at about 700 Then my husband woke me up at noon How rude Doesn't he realize that reading makes me nocturnal ;Anyway I started the book and was like Why is this written from the lady's maid's point of view and not from the lady's point of view Yeah that becomes very clear within just a few pages I really loved Dashti—she was such a fascinating character I loved the world that Shannon Hale created for this book The acknowledgments at the back say that it's based on Mongolian history hence the usage of khan which is just fascinating to me I've always wanted to go to Mongolia I don't know why shrugs The belief system in the book was so interesting and the bad guy was SERIOUSLY FRIGHTENING EEK He was freaking me out But good conuers evil it IS based on a fairy tale after all as it always will eventually ; Loved it It was fabulous 45 stars at least which rounds up

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Book of a Thousand DaysIes 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 ey. Hale has proved herself adept at finding obscure fairy tales and reworking them in mouth watering new ways Her latest offering is based on the little known Maid Maleen by the Brothers Grimm A lady and her loyal maid are locked in a tower for seven years as punishment for the lady's refusal to marry the man her father wants her to The story details their imprisonment in the tower and the adventure that follows Hale's version is told in diary format from the point of view of the maid Dashti I finished this one with mixed feelings The conclusion I came to is that I wanted There was so much potential yet I felt I wasn't allowed to scratch past the surface of things I liked Dashti but she didn't have to struggle that hard to get what she got Or at least her struggle wasn't given the gravity it deserved Lady Saren who had uite clearly been driven mad by some atrocious event was so wonderfully vacant and creepy I wanted to get to the root of her madness When I finally found out it was appropriately weird but it wasn't given enough time or depth I wanted More psychological exploration emotion pages in general Her previous books are chock full of it and so this one came off a bitflat These comments aside I always recommend Shannon Hale highly and I eagerly await the fourth Bayern book