"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."
I absolutely adored this retelling. I had never even heard of this Grimm fairy tale before, but I doubt I would enjoy it as much as Hale's retelling. Dashti is a strong, independent, and amazing character, particularly when placed alongside Lady Saren. And, as with her other booksHale's writing is so rich that the setting on the central Asian steppes comes vividly to life. Her humor and wit is excellent as well.
Overall rating: *****