Authors Showcase: David Meredith and The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
December 3, 2013
The Book: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
The Author: David Meredith
The Story: 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.
Review by Christie72: I was hooked on this book when I saw the beautiful cover for it. It is a character study of one of my favorite princesses, Snow White. The book opens with a grieving Snow White. She has been devastated by the death of her husband, Charming, a year earlier. She should be rejoicing because her beautiful daughter, Raven, is getting married. However, she can’t seem to rejoin the living, and she shuns all those that love her, especially her daughter.
One day she finds herself in the abandoned chambers of her evil stepmother, Queen Arglist, who has long been dead. While in the rooms, she finds the famed “magic mirror.” To her fascination, the spirit in the mirror addresses her and asks her if she would like to look in the mirror. At first, she refuses, but then relents. Instead of seeing all wonderful memories, she is bombarded with the horror of her childhood with Arglist. The mirror encourages her to face these memories so that she can heal. But, does she have the courage to confront the pain and horror and learn to live again, or will she allow them to destroy her forever?
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I liked that it was short, and it took place over a very short period of time. Much of it takes place in the dark, cold room with her facing different parts of her past, both painful and joyous. The images were so descriptive. I was in that room with Snow White as her stepmother beat her until she was close to death, and I was with her when Charming sat by her bedside patiently taking care of her after eating the poisonous apple and falling in love with her. Readers get to see and feel the horror that she endured and what determination it took to escape and survive.
I liked that the images illustrated the struggles she and Charming endured after their marriage. It wasn’t perfect, but they loved and supported each other throughout their union. It was a beautiful love story! You feel her pain as she mourns the love of her life. But, you also see the mirror encouraging her to dig deep in her soul to recapture her strength to get through this most difficult time. It is a book about love, loss, perseverance, and healing. That is why I love fairy tales…there is always a lesson to take from it. Pay special attention to the hawks at the beginning and ending of the story and how the author uses them as a beautiful example of forever love.
Review by April Wood: This story intrigued me and held my interest from page one. This isn’t the Snow White fairy tale your parents read to you as a child… Rather, this Snow White is moody, troubled, and depressed. She is completely unable to experience any joy in her life, trapped in a state of mourning ever since her husband Charming died. And then one day she takes a good long look at herself in the mirror and her perspective changes…
The Reflections of Queen Snow White is a fantasy book that has some adult content, and violence so it is not intended to be read by children. Young adults and adults would enjoy this modern spin off of Snow White and I give it (a very rare) 5 stars! Bravo David C. Meredith!