Monday, December 9, 2013

Book "The Reflections of Queen Snow White" by David Meredith

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 fiancĂ©, 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.

My Review: Very interesting idea. The author develops the sequel story to Snow White fairy tale. Snow White is probably one of the most well known and beloved stories in the world. I doubt that there is a single child who was never exposed to this fairy tale. And the author presents us with a Snow White that has aged and is currently under a deep depression, mourning the death of Prince Charming, that happened one year ago. But the time is for joy, as their daughter, Princess Raven is about to get married. Trying to escape from her guests, Snow White end up in tower where she finds the magic mirror and the story goes on with the mirror reveling her most intimate thoughts to herself in a process that leads to reflection and ultimately some resolutions that will change her attitude. From feeling sorry for herself, after seeing through the mirror her true strength, she recovers and goes back to live a normal life, supporting her daughter in this very important moment of her life. Although this is the sequel of Snow White as seen by the author, it is not another fairy tale in the sense that the theme is more adult oriented. But nevertheless, it is a great fantasy book that I recommend to the permanent library of any reader that love to spend some hours quite entertained in a well written book. It took me approximately 6 hours to read the whole book.

The book was written by David Meredith and the author was kind enough to send me a copy for review. I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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