I have enjoyed all of Shannon Hale's books and this one is one of her best. It is a quick, light read but I enjoyed it greatly. It is written in journal format (hence the title) and is the story of a lady's maid, Dashti, who swears to serve her lady even though it means being locked up in a tower for seven years. Dahsti is a strong female character who is resourseful and loyal. It is completely through her efforts that she and her lady survive and ultimatly the entire realm.