Book of a Thousand Days- Shannon Hale
From Goodreads- When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
Based on a Brother's Grimm fairy tale "Maid Maleen", Book of a Thousand Days was both magical, and inspirational.
After refusing to marry Lord Kyasar, Lady Saran and her maid, Dashti, are imprisoned for seven years as punishment. They see light only through a small flap that they can push open, and have food that should last the seven years, but is quickly disappearing due to rats. Dashti quickly takes over trying to make everyday bearable for her, and her mistress, Lady saran. There is hope for both though, Khan Tegus.
I really enjoyed this book. Lyrically written, and wonderfully executed, this book is a joy to read. Adventure, perserverance, and love are all found in this pleasurable read. I love that Dashti is the main character, and that the story is told through her eyes. The girls are strong in this book, and that is always a plus in my book. Most important who doesn't like a good vs. evil fairy tale.
Final words, this is a great fantasy, that offers so much to it's readers. Looking forward to passing this on to my daughters.