My Rating: 2 out of 5
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 a gifted kindle copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to David Meredith for providing me with this copy.
When I was approached to review this book, I was intrigued by the premise. What does happen to fairytale heroines and heroes after their ‘happily ever after’?
The story follows on from the Grimm Brothers version of Snow White. This is not a cuddly child-friendly Disney story. There is something pleasing about the fact that this fairytale is gritty, dark, and uncomfortable.
To be honest, it took a good way into the book before I found something I liked.
The opening scene is long, descriptive, and lacking in action. I was hoping that it would have some meaning to be revealed later in the book, but found none other than a brief reference back to it right at the end of the book.
There is much retelling of the events of the original fairytale as Queen Snow White relives her childhood, escape from her stepmother, and rescue by Prince Charming. Where the story becomes interesting is after Prince Charming and Snow White are married, when, with Prince Charming away, Snow White is forced to assert her royal authority in the face of a noble who seeks to undermine her.
Much of the narration is, for my tastes, overburdened with adjectives. While some adjectives are delicious choices that one would not expect to find outside of poetry or a thesaurus, there are many adjectives which are repeated to the point of over use. I found much of the dialogue stiff, and didn’t enjoy the accents given to some of the characters. My continuing thought was that this book would benefit from an editor’s eye.
I enjoyed the device of using the magic mirror as a way to show Snow White what she has accomplished. It was a clever means to give her a different perspective on her life. The mirror itself has some profoundly wise things to say, and delivers the story’s message clearly.
In all, although I found the style of the narrative difficult to read, it is a book with an intriguing premise, and some interesting moments.