On the eve of her daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an ageing 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 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 respite in its shimmering depth, 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 was sent a copy of The Reflections of Queen Snow White by the author, David Meredith, in exchange for an honest review. It is slightly outside the genre I would normally go for but I was willing to give it a go – I like to branch out every so often because you never know what you might find!
I was intrigued by the interesting concept of the story – what comes after the ‘Happily Ever After; at the end of the fairy tale everyone knows so well. Meredith certainly gave an interesting and creative insight into Snow White’s life before and after escaping the Evil Queen and meeting her Prince Charming. The story explored further into her background and built up a more complex kingdom and character than the one we are used to.
Snow White is now an old woman and Prince Charming is dead, leaving her feeling more alone than ever. Her daughter, Princess Raven, is due to be married, but this brings Snow White no happiness. She has withdrawn from family, friends and even life since the death of her husband. However, unexpectedly stumbling upon her stepmother’s favourite mirror changes everything.
The mirror takes Snow White back through her memories to remind her of the strength and courage she has shown when coping with adversity. She relives the abuse her stepmother inflicted upon her, and her idyllic times with Charming. At first, she is reluctant to admit to the internal strength she has. But the more the mirror shows her, the more she realises how lucky she is. By the end of her experience with the mirror she finally understands how she has neglected her own daughter in the past year and immediately seeks to change that. The mirror helps Snow White learn how to live again and appreciate the people she still has around her, while still cherishing the memories of Charming that she has.
I found the start of the story a bit slow, but towards the end I got quite into it and wanted to keep reading to see if Snow White would understand what the mirror was trying to show her. I enjoyed the way it was written, with flashbacks to explore the standard fairy tale further. I hated Snow White’s lack of insight into how much she was hurting her daughter, so I’m glad they managed to rekindle their relationship at the end. I would recommend The Reflections of Queen Snow White if you are a fan of fantasy and would like to see a classic fairytale retold.