Book 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. (Goodreads)
When the author contacted me offering a free e-book for a review I was excited as I read the description and it was right up my street! It looked exciting and interesting as I always like to know what happened to characters after the “happy ever after” endings- especially much loved characters!
The book started off beautifully where he described how two hawks flying above set the scene before them (gentle and unique way of introducing the character, the castle and the wedding preparations for her daughter) from there the story flowed and had me gripped. It had a nice pace and I could feel Queen Snow’s heartache- each chapter showed us her life from sad times (such as Prince Charming’s death) to bad times (childhood abuse) as well as some good times (meeting the Prince and her wedding) It gives us a twist from the classic Snow White story (or maybe bits we never knew about?). Its more of a dark book than a happy one- but it again makes it a unique read.
You start off thinking the mirror is evil but it actually helps Snow to understand and move on from her depression- how each chapter David writes is so descriptive that it makes you feel that you are falling through that mirror with Snow.
I do feel this book could have added more snippets of her life but only because the book was a great read and I wanted more! It did end abit abruptly, felt it was abit rushed- this too could have either been expanded or maybe left for a sequel???🙂
Well written dark re-twist of a classic and not many can do this I think- but David has done an awesome job of it! A quick read but loved every page- thankyou for the opportunity to review!