Dashti is a determined young woman. In becoming the maid of a distracted and frightened princess, she unwittingly becomes a prisoner with her in a darkened tower. Dashti remains positive and industrious during her confinement. Her mistress is unpredictable and unhealthy but Dashti remains devoted and trust-worthy. In addition to the confinement and darkenss of the tower, there are plenty of other difficulties and joys. Dashti’s service takes her from the tower to the kitchen of a great king and then on as a scribe and healer. Hale throws in enough excitement, romance and tension to keep you guessing. This book will appeal to your young adult readers of fantasy and fairy tale.
Rating ✓ #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: grades 6+ Reading Level: 6+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Themes/Topics: self discovery, dreams, becoming, identity, fantasy, fairy tale
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