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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.
This book is David C. Meredith version of Snow White after she and Prince Charming got their happily ever after. But his Snow White is not like Disney version. It’s darker, sadder and more depressing, even when she was young, before she gets her end of the beginning. It is told in third person from Snow White point of view, back and forth between the retelling when she was young and after her marriage.
I just love the writing. It’s beautifully written. I think the author can also capture the emotion in it. In some part it was so clear I felt like it was so sad I want to stop reading it. Just read these examples:
”Lord and Lady of the sky they were, their majestic cries echoing through the clouds as they flew. Magnificent they had been separately, flying high and solitary against the azure sky, hunting for prey with sharp eyes unblinking and then with exultant cries, plummeting to Earth like deadly meteors. Together however, they were something more, so much more.”
”She no longer feared beatings and abuse, true, but the loneliness she felt now was very near those old isolated feelings in the kitchen pantry.”
Isn’t it Beautiful?
I also liked that Snow White also uses the mirror in this story, despite it is an evil device on her step-mother possession. It makes the mirror has different role. It depends on who use it.
”For someone so obsessive about her appearance, it had always puzzled Snow White that the other woman seemed so unsure of herself in private – always asking the mirror if she really was the most beautiful woman in all the land, if she really was the most desirable.”
“I do not offer advice. I simply show that which is right in front of me. You must decide how to act on what you see. You can run from it or you can embrace it. I think you can guess what your stepmother decided…”
One thing I’m not quite satisfied is that it’s too short. In some part, flashbacks of Snow White memories feel like happened and end in a rush, abruptly. I wish it was longer so that there is more connection in each flashback, not only her way to memorize it.
All in all, I really liked and enjoyed it. It has so much more and way different than Snow White I used to watch (I haven’t read the original story). If you like fairytale and willing to read different kind of fairytale, I think this book is what you are looking for.