Published: 24th January 2014
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.
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book based on a fairytale. What happens when you lose sight of the reason for your happily ever after? Sometimes you need to take a look back to be able to move forward. The mirror only tells you what you already know – nothing can hide from it. It helps you see what has been there all along.
Queen Snow White is feeling very lost. Her heart is broken after the death of her husband and saviour Charming. Even after a year has passed she still finds herself living in shadow. Even being around her daughter, which you would think might help, hurts too much. The castle is a hive of activity due to the upcoming wedding of her daughter Princess Raven but all she wants to do is find some solitude. In a moment of weakness to hide away she finds herself in an unused part of the castle. Up some stairs and into an unloved and unlived in room she finds something that was once so precious to her evil stepmother – her mirror.
The moment she enters the room the mirror comes alive again after being dormant for so long, only the form it first shows it that of Snow Whites father. To being with she is shocked and a little scared with what, or rather who, it shows her. Soon the mirror starts to talk to her in different ways and the longer she looks the more she gets drawn in to the memories it shows. The moment she sees her father she fears he has somehow been trapped in the mirror all this time. But her fear soon fades, leaving way for her anger and hurt to come to the surface at what happened to her after he left. Unleashing it on her father doesn’t make her feel better though and the first memory the mirror takes her to only makes her feel worse.
You are slowly being taken on a journey back to key moments in Snow Whites life. The moments that made her the person she is today. She has carried the loss of Charming for so long she doesn’t know how to go on. He was her saviour in so many ways but when you learn more about Snow White you see that she saved herself aswell. No matter what happened to her she became the person she was meant to be and is stronger for it.
At moments you think the mirror is just trying to torment her with certain memories (some quite dark) but soon you learn that it is trying to teach her, or just remind her, of what has always been there. She may have lost Charming but he will always be with her through her memories of him and through the eyes of the daughter they created. She needs to come alive again and cherish what she had otherwise she will be just as lost as Charming. She knows that one day she will join him but that is not this day.
The author has a great way of expanding on a story people know well, exploring truths rather than fantasy – it’s not a kiss that wakes her up here. He’s showing what could have happened after the ‘happily ever after’ has come and gone. The story had a great flow to it, only introducing different memories when Snow White was ready to see them. The mirror can only show you what is there to see, so only look if you are truly ready. Some of the memories you are taken to are quite dark but that just shows what she has overcome. Snow White may have been lost when she entered that tower room but when she leaves you know she has found her way home.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.