I have seen on lots of blogs comments about Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I wish I was better at keeping track of where I read these great reviews so I can link to them, but I haven’t got myself that organized yet.
This retelling of a fairy tale is about Lady Seren who is locked in a tower for seven years because she refuses to marry the man her father chooses. The book is written like a journal by Lady Seren’s maid, Dashti. The entire story is told from Dashti’s perspective. I thought this was an interesting approach, having the journal being the method of telling the tale. It did give us a good look into Dashti’s feelings, confusion, and strength.
However, I was a little surprised about this book. After reading all the reviews, I looked for a real page-turner. I didn’t get it here. I liked the book overall, but it wasn’t what I imagined. The first half of the book was quite slow. I know not much goes on in a tower, but it seemed to drag on and on. I was a little annoyed by Lady Seren and frustrated by Dashti’s mixed feelings. I know she was a maid and was expected to behave and think a certain way, but, for some reason, I couln’t allow for that. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for this while I read.
After they break out of the tower, action does pick up. I started to enjoy the book more. Dashti is a strong woman who does take responsibilty for her actions, even when she was in an impossible situation. I like that message, especially now adays when no one wants to take responsiblity.
Overall, the story was good, but not the best I’ve read of Shannon Hale. I know many of you will disagree. Please link your reviews in the comments. I’ll add them to the post. I love to get different perspectives about a book I’ve read.