Book of a Thousand Days

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Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale, James Noel Smith

This beloved romantic fantasy from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale celebrates its 10th anniversary with a gorgeous new cover.

When Lady Saren refuses to marry a man she fears, she and her maid, Dashti, are locked in a tower with just a tiny flap open to the outside world. As food runs low and the weather changes from broiling hot to unbearably cold, it is all Dashti can do to make them comfortable in their dark prison.

Not long after their confinement begins, Saren's suitors arrive—one welcome, the other less so-and she orders Dashti to speak to them. Impersonating Lady Saren is a crime punishable by death, but Dashti will have to play the role many times if she is to save them both from the tower and the dangers outside. As she takes control of their desperate situation, Dashti begins to understand her own astonishing talents and believe that even a low-born maid can find true love.

Master storyteller Shannon Hale's beloved Book of a Thousand Days is equal parts fantastical and romantic, with an unforgettable protagonist to root for at its center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599903781
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and Real Friends. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


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The Book of a Thousand Days 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
GammaRae More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book but the Nook experience was terrible. This is the first book I have purchased from Nook. It would probably be my last but family members assure me that it is not an experience that they have had. The text would frequently (every few pages,at least) substitute a look alike word for the the original. Example: "oven" not "own", "belove" not "below", "111" instead of "I'll". That made for very frustrating reading. At times it was easy to tell what the word should be but "oven" was a common mistake and I didn't even know what it should be until at least 1/3 of the way through the book. Please proofread your books!!!!
Megan Clarke More than 1 year ago
I adore Shannon Hale and this book does not disappoint! However certain words were frequently typed wrong, most distractingly occasionally a w would be replaced by a ve so own became oven and low became love. I assume this is an ebook problem? Anyway it was a brilliant book despite.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
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 more. 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 quite 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. More psychological exploration, more emotion, more pages in general. Her previous books are chock full of it and so this one came off a bit...flat. These comments aside, I always recommend Shannon Hale highly and I eagerly await the fourth Bayern book.
wackyweirdo More than 1 year ago
Here's some questions I'm going to answer about the book: *What kind of reader would like this book? Really anyone. It has plenty of adventure, romance, and a little saddness mixed in. It's not a Judy Moody type book. *Did the story move me? Yes! At first I thought, ''This isn't going to be that emotional.'' How wrong I was! *Would I read other books by the author? Yes, actually I already had. Previously, I have read 'Princess Academy.' I recommend that as well. Read it soon: You'll be glad you did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of the best books I ever read! I am 10 and I love the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I could say after I read this book was wow! What an ending! Although I must say the beginning was a little slow, I didn't think anything was going to happen but mid way was amazing! I highly recommend this book! Its a very quick read considering all of the pictures! When I first saw picutres I was like is this book for young adults? And surely it was! So dont freak about the pictures its not a baby book. haha
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it very much it was amazing
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songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This story is a diary of sorts, delving into the soul of a young girl. It is a story of strength and perseverance as well as trials. Dashti is a different heroine for a fairytale. She is not a princess, knows how to work and learns to accept who she is and hold her head up high. She ends up in a pickle with no foreseeable chance to get out of it. I love Shannon Hale’s endings. They always seem to set things right in a humorous and satisfying way. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but do NOT miss prinss acadamy REID THIS BOOK you have to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not wha I expected
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read and a well developed story. Like many others I found the Nook formatting irritating, but that is my only complaint. Even given that, I still recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with you that i dont want to spend my parents money on books. Yeah ive got books i could lend you. Whats your account name?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone want to lend me a book? I have a bunch of YA books that I could lend too. I just don't want to be spending my parents money on books. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!! This is such a great book im still reading but iv seen soooooooo many typos its so annoying No Wonder It Was Only 1.99!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Very interesting and adventerous. Buy it!
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
The first thing that I loved about this book was the writing style. I was immediately immersed in this journal from a maid that felt so authentic. The maid also had me laughing with her honesty. The mythology was so beautiful and unique. I knew where I hoped the plot would go, but I honestly couldn’t tell if that was going to happen. I love it when books make the happily-ever-after impossible! I really connected with the maid who was narrating and felt everything she did. This isn’t really a fairy-tale re-telling. It’s more like the author was inspired by fairy tales and made them her own. Romance, danger, amazing characters, wonderful mythology, and a strong voice all kept me up well into the night. I feel a little speechless after finishing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It did drag a bit in the beginning, but doesn't every book? It was definitely worth reading, and quite honestly worth considerably more than the 99 cents i paid. Though the story is not comparable, i think Dashti's world was equally intriguing and exciting as Harry Potter's. And more culturally connected! As a person who has never enjoyed history class, and especially dreaded learning about the khans, i wholeheartedly enjoyed learning about the cultures and the mongolian influences illustrated in this book. I mean it when i say its a must-read. I was hardly able to put it down for dinner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and plot!! I love to read and this definitely is one of my favorites!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reasd it twice!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great book that i enjoyed so much! It really keeps you going with "ill just read one more chapter" excuse. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book and i absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it you will to