Title & Author: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings
Release Date: October 2nd 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Ebook via Author
Description: 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.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
My knowledge on all things snow white can be summed up as this.
- She is as white as snow (I think?)
- She moves in with some adwares
- Her step mom is evil
- There is a talking mirror
- Some prince kisses her awake after she eats a poisoned apple and then poof they are in love
I have, to my knowledge, only seen the movie once in my life. I wasn’t very fond of the Disney princess. That being said I enjoy “after the happily ever after” type stories so when David Meredith contacted me I was interested.
This book is not a representation of adult “Disney” Snow White. This is more along the lines of a realistic depiction of a Queen who has lost the love on her life and is dealing with some very heavy subject matter. First of all the writing is phenomenal. David’s attention to detail was amazing and I love books like these. (I only wish I had gotten a chance to read it sooner given my poorly scheduled reading habits.) He packs a powerful, emotional punch in such a short amount of pages. Short of giving away what Snow White finds out about herself, her world, life choices and the people who have surrounded her, I will just say that there is much to be discovered. Each chapter peeled away a new layer. Much like peeling away damaged skin to allow it to heal, not everything is sunshine and rainbows in Snow White’s memories.
Overall this was a quick, pleasant read. I was really blown away with the quality of storytelling and writing. I see that the author has recently come out with a YA/NA book so I’ll be keeping a close eye on that as well. This is one author I can see rising in popularity.