Book of a Thousand Days
by Shannon Hale
Review by Colleen Cahill
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781599900513
Date: 18 September 2007 List Price $17.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Being able to retell a fairy tale and make it your own work is quite an achievement. Robin McKinley's Beauty is one such success and now I can add Shannon Hall's Book of a Thousand Days to that list. Like her earlier work, The Goose Girl, this tale is based on a Brothers Grimm story, but told in a way the gentlemen would never have imaged. From official release/information:
Book Description: When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment. As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.
(Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)