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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.
That, is a beautiful and precise description of this book. It successfully captures the interest and imagination, compelling one to dive into the post “happily ever after” world and find out what has happened to Snow White after all these years and what her life has been like.
Real stories don’t end at happily-ever-afters. There’s more to life than the eternal stretch of perfection that fairy tales would have you believe. David Meredith does a fine job of carrying forward the story and life of Snow White as a real person with believable and relatable troubles.
The story deals with Snow’s depression after Charming’s death. The intense pain and grief that a person gets lost in when they lose the most important person in their life without whom life seems meaningless. The weight that accumulates over the course of a life with its share of pain and suffering. The book tackles some serious issues and the darker emotions in life.
When it comes to the characters, I did not like Snow White very much. I wanted a little more flesh in terms of characterisation and relationships. And I did not like the heir situation part of the story. As it’s a short story, I can’t say much more without giving things away. The book could have done with a little polishing and editing as there are quite a few errors.
It is for adult, mature readers as it’s a dark re-imaging with some graphic scenes, true to the Grimm style. The language is beautiful with some truly wonderful prose and the plot is different. The author has respectfully, without disturbing the charm of the original fairy tale, transformed the story by giving it a new direction and making it relevant in terms of real life. Some sections were truly touching. Altogether, it’s a very well written first book.