Title: The reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
Note: I was given a free copy by the author in return for an honest review. Thank you David Meredith!
The synopsis basically tells the gist so I’ll move on to my views.
The classic tale only tells us the basic things: she ran away from evil stepmom, dwarfs, prince, apple, kiss, happily ever after! What we never find out is their personalities, thoughts and feelings. This book takes you through all of that.
When the mirror reflects everything inside Snow, she is forced to relive all those good and bad memories that made a big impact on her life; which in turn takes us through those memories.
Mirror: Some people are frightened of their own reflection, I’ve found. They do not want to examine themselves too closely, of fear of what they will see – for what others might discover.
In my opinion, what the mirror was trying to do was encourage Snow and make her realise that she has good values and is capable of living on and making decisions. She is so stuck up on Charming’s death that her daughter Raven has gone to the wayside. I felt really bad for Raven who lost not only one, but two, parents that night. In an attempt to make her mother talk to her, she even put in a request formally to speak to the Queen, so that her mother won’t use the excuse of work.
Snow is naive, innocent, not at all wordly and many times foolish. I have seen three instances in the book where she needs a (very big) push to realise that she can do it. She also gets really drowned in her worries and once took an extreme decision. I enjoyed going through important scenes in detail but most of the time I was thinking, “present Snow White, enough. Go live your life instead of wallowing.”
We also get to read about Snow’s time before the huntsman was ordered to kill her, which made me really sad. Charming is such an amazing guy, I swear I want to just pick him out of the book and have him for myself. The age gap between Charming and Snow White is also portrayed, which isn’t mentioned at all in the classic tale. It makes sense, since during those times that was the norm. I was pleased to read a scene involving Snow’s dad too, finally something about him instead of just a mention.
I will give one detailed sneak peak into the story- which for some reason felt important to me. Charming’s name.
“My name is Charming Von Gerechtigkeit Von Freide Von Gnadenbrot, Crown Prince of Geschitia.” The prince flashed a small, self-depreciating smile. “i promise that I am not as pompous as that sounds…”
I couldn’t pronounce most of that either.
Overall, a good book that I prefer over the classic tale because we know more. A book that I would recommend to anyone who loves fairytales and don’t get enough from the original ones. This will get you the satisfaction.