Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
My copy is coming in a couple of days and I just can't wait!! I loved The Princess Academy and The Goose Girl!! I am sure this will be just as good! Both covers are so good, but I guess mine is more suitable.
This book is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Maid Maleen, and what a book it is! I really love Shannon Hale's writing style. You would think that staying locked in a tower would be dull and claustrophobic, but for Dashti and Lady Saren it's better than being outside in range of Lord Khaser.
I really feel sorry for Dashti, she is full of life and positive energy and to be locked with someone so broken, dramatic and boring is just unfair!
This is a story about loyalty and self-sacrifice and true love... it's honest, beautiful, brutal and it teaches how important is work, that the pen is mightier than the sword, that a small mucker girl could be a princess by the way she acts.