Saturday, September 22, 2007
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Set in a fantasy world that mirrors medieval Mongolia, B1000 is the diary of a girl named Dashti who is shut in a tower with her mistress after she refused to marry a certain suitor. Dashti learns how to live in a tower without seeing the sky, and about why her lady is always so frightened. And we learn with her, as she records everything in her diary.
I don't think there has ever been a more likable main character than Dashti. She's not "too perfect" or one-dimensional. We hear her voice and her story, and both are beautiful. Shannon Hale always has a way with words in her books--but I think this one is my favorite. It's just so brilliant. And it's spun with a bit of magic too....
It did take me a bit to get used to the diary-style writing and the illustrations. But I found by the end that I loved both. Don't pass up a chance to read this book!