The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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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, where she has seven long years of solitude to think about her insolence. But when she escapes from the tower, she finds her land has been laid to waste and the kingdom destroyed.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

The Book of a Thousand Days is a terrific, yet simple story! It is written from a first-person perspective in the format of a diary. This can make certain climactic scenes read differently than they normally would, but it is still good! I loved how this story was set in Northern China or Asia almost, yet not anywhere at the same time. The whole culture that was created was so familiar but it still had a touch of fantasy and unknown. It was interestingly done.

The characters in this book, other than the main girl, are not fully explored. This is due to the perspective, of course. However, the main girl is very relatable. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the characters in this book, though. They are all nicely constructed characters that I, for the most part, enjoyed.

This story, however, was by far the best part. It is hard to describe without giving any spoilers, but it transported you! It was wonderful. Again, I have yet to read a Shannon Hale book with a bad story-line. She is a fantastic story-weaver.

Triggers: peril, kissing, violence, and one part where someone takes off all their clothes. However, it is NOT explicitly described, nor does anything sexually gruesome happen.

Overall, this is a great read for young teens! It has some fantasy, romance, and reality…it is good!

Sorry about the shortish review. I honestly thought it would end up longer…but, whatever. 😉 Have y’all read any bad Shannon Hale books? Cause I haven’t found one thus far and would like to be warned. Haha!

Anyway, thanks for reading, guys! God bless!


We read to know we are not alone.

C.S. Lewis

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