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.
*** I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
I’m not usually a fan of fairy tale continuations as they are stories that are nicely wrapped up with a pretty bow for the reader, but after reading the summary of this, I was intrigued.
Rather than carry on from where the original story left off, Meredith catapults his readers thirty plus years into the future. Charming is dead and Snow White is in a severe funk of depression. She doesn’t interact with anyone, ignores her daughter, and the upcoming wedding of said daughter. Its more than a little understandable, afterall, Snow White and Charming had a fairy tale life. Didn’t they?
We learn the history of Snow White and the events leading up to where we find her through THE mirror. Yep, the mirror on the wall. It’s been hidden away in her stepmother’s rooms, abandoned to mice and pigeons, but Snow White finds it and discovers the truth about it, and learns a lot about herself in the process.
The entire book is very well written, and the way Meredith has changed some elements of the story most of us will know is masterful. There’s a distinct Germanic theme to the story and the names which lends well to a far off kingdom somewhere in the middle of Europe.
I have to admit, my favourite character by far is Erefreut. I couldn’t picture him as one of the dwarves because of Disney, but his character was no nonsense and his love for “Snowy” shone through every word he spoke.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, and I will certainly read more by this author.