This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, David Meredith. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Publisher: David Meredith
Purchase at: Amazon
Source: Author, David Meredith
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.
Have you ever considered the reality of a fairytale? Do you think that, say Snow White, might of had some trauma from her time with her step-mother before she decided to run free and live free with the forest animals? Well this story is amazing in that regard! Honestly, I am more of the “they lived happily ever after” and that is that girl but this story takes a different view on what could have really happened.
Queen Snow White has been a ruler for over thirty years. Her friend and lover King Charming has been deceased for a little over a year and Queen Snow is still grieving. Unable to accept his passing and move on, she has become a former shadow of herself. She feels so desperately alone that she seeks solitary solace but she cannot run from her memories, which feel almost oppressive. Almost out of her mind she heads to the long forgotten tower that was the former queen, Arglist’s, sanctuary. Hmm, really Snow? She tortured you and tried to kill you, but lets go there to be alone? Yeah, she was out of her head for sure.
Upon entering the tower, Queen Snow spots a large, full-length, gilded mirror. Hello mirror, mirror on the wall. She has faint memories of the former queen talking to the mirror, so Queen Snow decides to give it a whirl herself. Well, what do you know, the entity is still in residence in that mirror and he is all about showing her the ugliness she is holding inside. Apparently as it is a mirror it shows the viewer(s) a reflection of themselves, of the pain or ugliness they hold inside their heart without regard to if the person is aware or willing to see that part of them. Very interesting.
The rest of the book is about Queen Snow’s reflections of her past through the magic of the mirror. It does indeed reflect the unsaid ugliness and hurt in one’s heart and it does this by allowing her to re-live both good and bad events that are a part of the emotional scars she hides. Through the mirror Queen Snow is able to see how she was harmed and how she needs to heal. What we see is a journey from the past to the present of a woman who was brought out of trauma and needs to find herself again, to live again, and to find solace in the present and in herself.
Going in I was not sure what to expect really and I was blown away by the fabulously detailed writing. This story was good! I warn you that this is not a “unicorns and sparkles” type of fairytale re-telling. There is abuse, court life drama, good times and Sexy Times. It is truly about a woman reflecting on her life and her journey from past to present. If you ever considered a reality take on Snow White’s happily ever after then this is the story for you.