I received this book for Christmas from Ben’s sister. I’d heard for years that Shannon Hale and her books, starting with Goose Girl, were something to look out for, but, silly me, I hadn’t found what I’d decided was book 1 on the used/cutout market, so I hadn’t read any of them. I finished The Book of a Thousand Days in one sitting, and now have plans for acquiring the rest.

In the afterword, Shannon Hale states that the book is somewhat based on the Grimm fairy tale “Maid Maleen”. A princess refuses to marry the king her father has picked for her because she has already fallen in love with and betrothed herself to a prince. In retribution, her father locks her in a tower with her maid for seven years. Ms. Hale has reimagined the tale set in the India of a thousand years ago, changed the prince to a khan, and refocused the story on the maidservant. (more…)