The Book of a Thousand Days

Front Cover
Bloomsbury, 2008 - Children's stories - 305 pages
39 Reviews
When a beautiful princess refuses to marry the prince her father has chosen, her father is furious. So furious he locks her in a tower. She has seven long years of solitude to think about her insolence. But the princess is not entirely alone - she can take her maid, Dashti. Petulant and spoilt, the princess eats the food in their meagre store as if she were still at court, and Dashti soon realises they must either escape or slowly starve. But during their captivity, clever and resourceful Dashti discovers that there is something far more sinister behind her princesses fears of marrying of the prince, and when, finally, they do break free from the tower, they find a land laid to waste and the kingdom destroyed. They were safe in the tower, now they are at the mercy of the evil prince. But this maid is a force to be reckoned with. Thrilling, captivating, and a masterful example of storytelling at its best. The princess's maid is a feisty and thoroughly modern heroine, in this wonderfully timeless story.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

One of these best parts about this book was the ending. - Goodreads
Hale's writing style is amazing, as usual. - Goodreads
Another great element is Dashti's illustrations. - Goodreads
Happily, Hale worked out a believable fairytale ending. - Goodreads
The writing is of course top quality. - Goodreads
But it does have a happy ending which I always like. - Goodreads

Review: Book of a Thousand Days

User Review  - Caitlin L - Goodreads

I recently finished "Book of a Thousand Days", by Shannon Hale. It's about a shy, yet determined Princess Saren who's dad (the king) put her in a tower with only her newly appointed maid, Dashti ... Read full review

Review: Book of a Thousand Days

User Review  - Jennifer Wardrip - Goodreads

Reviewed by Jessica Cave for Shannon Hale's BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS is a riveting read that allows you to see into the soul of a young girl. Angry at her for not marrying the ruler of ... Read full review

All 18 reviews »


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

17 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

The Goose Girlwas Shannon Hale's stunning debut novel and she has since assured her place as an exciting voice in children's fiction. Shannon lives in America.

Bibliographic information