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.
The queen shook her head. “I was a fool. I was a fool to despair. I learned my lesson though. After… After that… my relationship with Charming was even better! After that it was perfect. I learned a hard lesson, but maybe I needed to.”
“What was the lesson?” asked the mirror softly.
Snow White was silent for a long moment. It felt like a sleepy sort of awareness was waking up in her brain, like a great juggernaut of understanding was slowly rousing itself into motion.
“That it is foolish to despair,” she whispered, “that there is always hope.”
“Are you sure that you’ve learnt it?” asked the mirror again. “Are you sure that is what you really believe?”
Snow White said nothing, but continued to stare down at her hands.
“Will you look, but once more Snow White,” the mirror asked softly. “Will you look one last time?”
*Copy provided by the author in exchange of an honest review*
This is an amazing take to one of the most famous fairy tales in the whole world. The manner of writing suits the theme of the story very well, although I’m afraid I’m not much familiar to it because I haven’t read a lot of historical novels or works that use this kind of writing, so some words really do appear alien to me.
I’m not really a big fan of Snow White and her story, unless we’re talking about Ginnifer Goodwin’s character in Once Upon A Time, then consider it sold. However, this story opened up a lot of angles on her character, even though it may not seem “canon” to the original story. As much as I did not like Snow White being fragile and too dependent on Charming, I’ve realized that this was how the author wants the story to go. At least, Snow learned her lesson. Besides, I knew where all that came from. The portrayal of the Evil Queen, Lady Arglist, was really strong. What she did to Snow White was cruel and brutal. Nothing I’ve ever seen before in any Snow White stories.
I really liked the character of the Mirror. It’s completely different compared to the other portrayals. I’ve never considered it as a major character of the story until I’ve read this one so I would like to give David Meredith a major round of applause for completely transforming a nonliving thing into an essential character.
Overall, I saw this book as a story of inspiration and finding oneself amidst all the difficulties in life. I really think that the title fits the whole story.
Thank you to David Meredith for sending me a copy of this book.