The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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.
“Who is there?” The mirror asked again. The voice seemed to warp and change into something sounding a bit more human. Snow White honestly thought that it seemed vaguely familiar. “Have you returned to me at last, Arglist? It has been so long…”
“Who addresses the Queen?” Snow White asked in reply, trying to put on her most regal sounding voice. She feared that it quavered more than a little bit, however.
This book introduces you to Queen Snow White – widowed and full of grief.
With The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith has created a wonderful fantasy novel that finally tells us what became of Snow White after the wedding and her married life. It is an intriguing read, offering you food for thought, and drawing you in as you learn more about Snow White’s long banned memories. David Meredith carefully leads you through the story – close to Snow White and her feelings. Snow White is complex, secondary characters are of sufficient depth. The story is nicely woven and has a good flow.
The naming of some characters and kingdoms is a very nice touch: They are German – presumably to honour the Brothers Grimm. Some of these names can be easily translated; German umlauts have not been used, making the names funny in a good way.
The acknowledgements deserve a special mention as well: “To anyone who has ever known loss, wrestled with grief, and struggled to find themselves again.”
This is a book for you if you like fairy tales, fantasy, and food for thought.
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