Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
My Rating: 8.5/10
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.
On a day where she should be helping her only daughter prepare for her wedding, Snow White is overcome by grief over the recent loss of her husband. Desperation takes her up to the attic of the castle, where she finds the infamous symbol known by fairy tale lovers everywhere. The talking mirror.
In a suprising twist on what we know, the mirror shows the inner workings of Snow White's conscious, and she discovers things she never knew was there. Forced to deal with the demons of her past, we learn the complete story of Queen Snow White.
On of the best things about this book is the twist the author has put on modern day fantasy fiction writing. This story is told in a series of flashbacks. Although it seems like we go many places through the pages, the majority of the story takes place with Snow looking through a mirror in the attack. The author tells an extensive, well thought out story of the princess. And excuse me if I'm offending anyone, but it might even be told better than the Brother's Grimm themselves!
One thing I didn't care for in the story was Snow White's lack of love and confidence for herself. I am strongly against the whole "I am nothing without my man," mantra. Luckily, by the end of the story the Queen transformed herself into a strong heroine that any woman could admire.
This book is great for those who like fantasy or want to stray away from traditional fiction. I went through this book rather quickly simply because it was so intruiging. Seeing the troubles and trials of Snow White will make any modern day woman see her past with a new perspective.
Pick this one up!