The Book of a Thousand Days

The Book of a Thousand Days

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When a beautiful princess refuses to marry the prince her father has chosen, her father is furious and 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 has 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, resourceful Dashti discovers that there is something far more sinister behind her princess's fears of marrying the prince, and when 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 with a terrible secret. 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 more

Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0747597812
  • 9780747597810
  • 95,269

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'Something new and life-affirming' Financial Times 'A completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise' Primary Times 'In a word: amazing! ... As a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Maid Maleen, it has all the usual fairytale ingredients heroes and villains, rags to riches, mistaken identities and plenty of magical romance. We love it' Mykindaplace.comshow more

About Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the author of a number of books for children, including her stunning debut novel Goose Girl. Her novel Princess Acadmey won the Newbery Honor. Shannon lives in more

Rating details

42,358 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 31% (13,168)
4 40% (17,121)
3 22% (9,505)
2 5% (2,071)
1 1% (493)

Our customer reviews

What an incredible story, Hale has a way with words, her stories are truly wonderful :)show more
by Naomi Impellizzeri
This is not an ordinary fairytale, the hero isn't charming, the heroine is a brat and you certainly won't guess the ending. This is a spellbinding story of love, fear, courage and one true heroine. The main characters are Dashti (mucker/ ladies maid), Saren, Khan Tegus, Khasar and there are many other more
by Emily
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