The Reflections of Queen Snow White
by David Meredith
“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 fiance, is a fine man from a neighbouring 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 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 happens ‘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.”
The author contacted me and asked me to review The Reflections of Queen Snow White, I did not know anything about it except for the blurb. I thought it sounded interesting as it is set a long time after the story most people know about Snow White. I was quite excited about reading it, even if I never really liked the ‘Disney’ Snow White.
The Reflections of Queen Snow White is about Snow White 30 odd years after the story we all know thanks to Disney, although originally written down by the Brothers Grimm. The Brothers Grimm version is the version that the author uses as the ‘backstory’, but do not worry if you do not know it, as what you need to know is introduced during the story. Prince Charming died a year before and Snow White has been grieving ever since, not letting anyone get close or experiencing life to the extent she did before. However, her daughter, Raven, is about to get married and during the chaos Snow White escapes and finds The Mirror that her stepmother coveted. The Mirror shows you what is hidden inside of yourself, and may possibly be able to help Snow White overcome her grief.
I loved Snow White and Prince Charming. Snow White is a well developed character and it is fantastic finding out more about her story, and it is great finding out more about Prince Charming than the tiny little bit from the Disney version. All the characters are so real, it is fantastic to see, and I loved how each flashback had great dynamics between the characters.
I loved the parts where Snow White sees what has already happened, it was fascinating, as some were parts of the story we already know but from a different perspective or with a twist and others were parts of the story that we never knew before. It is an amazing twist of classic fairy tale with a modern spin. I love the way that The Reflections of Queen Snow White is written and the way the it just flows between the main timeline and the flashbacks, it seems like it should not work, but it just does.
The Reflections of Queen Snow White was a total page-turner! I did not want to put it down, I read it in one day! It kept me guessing all the way to the end of what was going to happen. The Reflections of Queen Snow White made me tense, happy and sad in all the right places, I admit I bawled my eyes out near the end, I may have laughed but I cannot remember, I was going through all the emotions.
The way I described the book while reading it was a fairy tale with a twist. I personally cannot find any fault with it and would recommend it to anyone. 5 out of 5.