I just finished a wonderful book by Shannon Hale called Book of a Thousand Days. Dashti is an orphaned peasant girl who finds employment as a lady’s maid for the younger daughter of the Lord of Titor’s Garden. Her very first day on the job, she discovers that her lady has been sentenced to spend seven years locked in a tower for refusing to marry the evil Lord Khasar. Dashti, unable to bear the thought of her lady being locked alone in a tower for seven years, agrees to accompany her. Then things really get interesting. I loved this book. Lady Saren tended to get on my nerves a lot, but eventually redeemed herself. Khan Tegus made a wonderful Prince Charming. Unlike the usual 2-dimensional characters you find in fairy tales, he came across as a real person with whom a girl could actually fall in love. He’s funny and sweet, and his ego doesn’t suffer one bit when the heroine comes to his rescue. He does rescue her in turn, but to describe that would give too much away.
Full Cast Audio did a wonderful job with this recording, but I’m definitely buying a hard copy to read to my daughter.