Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
Release date: October 2nd 2013
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.
“We were supposed to live happily ever after!”
Do you settle for ‘happily ever after’? Because I never have. What if ‘happily ever after’ had an end? Thankfully, The Reflections of Queen Snow White shed light on what is missing from the fairy tale.
The story starts on a beautiful day, everyone is milling around in the castle to prepare Princess Raven’s wedding. Everyone but the bride-to-be’s mother. Snow White lost her husband Charming a year ago, and with him the path to happiness. What should have been the perfect mother and daughter time is merely a flow of morose days passing slowly. Her only wish is to escape her obligations and to lose herself in the sorrow that has been surrounding her since the day the king died. Her search for solitude drives her to her stepmother’s chamber. Time has plagued everything but the gigantic mirror of Snow White’s memories.
“Some people are frightened of their own reflection, I’ve found. They do not want to examine themselves too closely, for fear of what they will see, for fear of what others might discover. Arglist was such a one, but what of Snow White?
Dare you look more deeply?”
Although leery of the mirror, Snow White dives into her reflection and embarks on a journey to self-discovery. From her childhood to her first meeting with Charming, her first steps as Queen and the hardships that come with it, Snow White remembers everything she has been through. Walking down memory lane brings out the girl, the woman, the wife in Snow White, stripping her of her fairy tale status. I was never fond of fairy tales but David Meredith’ writing helped me connect with her story and her emotions. I truly enjoyed how the memories filled the holes left from the original tale. Becoming a queen is not an overnight business and to see the usual codes of the genre perfectly tangled with real issues, such as providing an heir or ruling a court, turns the enchanting story to something deeper we can connect to.
I really warmed to the Queen as I watched her struggle to live without her loved one. The love story between Charmin and Snow White is shown through both good and difficult times that allow us to understand how deep is their bond. The shared moments of the King and Queen described throughout this story build a strong love that only ever appears created from thin air in most fairy tales. Did you ever wonder about the life led by a Queen and a King in their beautiful castle after you put the book down? The author offers us glimpses of this life, the danger of a court and the every day troubles that come with it, as much as what happens behind closed doors, when crowns are put down and gorgeous clothes hanged. This is a story of a man and a woman, who happen to be king and queen.
One simply did not go off marrying strangers they had just met after only a few days and one long conversation, prince or not.
The poetic and vivid prose perfectly fits with the genre, but also never fails to depict Snow White’s raw emotions. We travel through memories as well as feelings, from the sweetest moments with her father followed by a horrendous childhood, to the anger and despair of a queen face with the unfairness of life, only outweighed by the great happiness of her wedding or the birth of her child. The narration relates the story of a multi-dimensional character who faces her own history to find her way back to ‘happily ever after’.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.