Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
Book procurement: Given by author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy it on Amazon.
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 copy from the author for an honest review. Normally outside of my genre, I was pleasantly surprised by this book right from the beginning. A unique opening sequence that back in at the end very well. Perhaps watching the Huntsman played some part but I’ll leave that to your speculation.
I haven’t read many fairytale retellings (I’ve watched more than I can bear ugh) so I was more curious than anything when David Meredith asked me to review this book for him. I wasn’t sure what to expect and what direction the story would go. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised and ended up enjoying the book more than I thought I would.
The first thing that stood out was the writing style. Vivid, descriptive, purposeful. It was not difficult at all to play out the scenes in my head as I read the story and that is exactly what I’m looking for in an author. The English was fitting for the “time period”, a combination of formal and slang that gave character to each of the people.
I must admit at times I was genuinely frustrated with the Queen. She was acting like a stubborn child throughout the whole ordeal though one can understand, her husband, the king, has died. The depth of her distress was captured well, a well of depression that started when she was younger as all who have read the tale of Snow White will know.
The most difficult parts of the story to read were the abuses she faced. Such profound cruelty. Such maddening selfishness. I too would imagine stuffing the old queen’s feet in hot iron against her indignant behaviour to such a sweet young princess. I’m still boiling thinking about it now.
An emotional rollercoaster I enjoyed thoroughly.
Rating: A reflective 4 out of 5
David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.