Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Review: 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 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.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I haven't read that many fairy-tale retellings, so I don't have that much experience. I did find however, I want to read some more fairy-tale retellings in the future.
Now this isn't exactly a fairy-tale retelling as it is more of a fairy-tale continuation.
I felt like Snow White was portrayed very differently in this book than in the original Disney movie, but I guess that is to be expected.
I didn't find Snow White to be very likable in this book, though I guess I understand her depression/bad moods due to the death of her husband. I am glad that in the end of this book all my questions and accusations were answered.