As food runs low and the days go from boiling 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.
With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.
- This was good, but it wasn't my favorite of Shannon's. I found it a little dry.
- I wanted to be more emotionally involved in the story. The book was a journal of Dashti and her experiences, and I felt like I was just being told a story. I like stories where I feel like I'm right there with the character.
- I loved Dashti's sketches in the book. They were fun.
- I liked Dashti from day 1. She was so kind and had a good heart, but I wasn't really attached to her. I didn't feel for her as much as I wanted to. I didn't feel for any of the characters really.
- Dashti put up with A LOT! I would not have been so kind to Saren for that long.
- I enjoyed the war with Khaser. It added intensity to the book.