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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.
Beginning with Snow in the throne room who is bereft and in mourning (not even interested in the upcoming wedding of her daughter) through to her discovery of the mirror and subsequent flashbacks, Meredith has written a tale that is dark and compelling.
True to the format of fairy tales, The Reflections of Queen Snow White contain a lesson to learn and a problem to solve which is common to universal experiences.
The mirror reflects the ‘inner’ Snow. She has to come to terms with her loneliness and remember her strengths. The flashbacks deal with abandonment and the depravations Snow experienced. They are all quite dark in nature. This is not a tale for young readers (Snow and Charming’s wedding night comes to mind) just in case my blog readers think fairy tale equates with those light and fluffy stories we have come to expect today. It is written in the style of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales (check out National Geographic original 1914 versions).
The writing flows and is beautiful. I loved the figurative language, for example:
“The world spread out beneath them in helpless submission …”
I was intrigued how Meredith would portray a well-known character from fairy tale after the sparkle had gone. He has remained true to the original tale (loved that one of the dwarves was still alive and a part of her life!). His exploration of how to deal with grief when the HEA is over (which was inspired by the passing of family members – see my interview from January) has been beautifully executed.
I recommend The Reflections of Queen Snow White for adult readers who are not afraid to look below the surface and confront fears.
I would like to thank the author for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.