What an incredible twist on a classic fairy tale! The Reflections of Queen Snow White successfully breathes new life into an old story and transforms a cherished childhood favorite into a beautiful grown up fairy tale.
Queen Snow White is no longer the adorable and innocent little princess many of us all know and love; now after almost forty years she is aging, grieving the loss of Prince Charming and her most cherished friends, the seven dwarves. This book takes a hard look at what happens after the happy ending and covers the very real difficulties that come with losing the ones you love.
“Remember, I merely show what already exists within you.”
When Snow comes upon the long forgotten magic mirror, Snow reminisces about her past. We get to relive the classic fairy tale up to the triumphant rescue by Prince Charming and the years of court life and political turmoil that came after. The one twist is that there is very little magic, in fact the only magical thing is the mirror itself. Snow’s desperate fight for survival against the mad Queen is actually rather brutal, and I absolutely loved this more realistic version of the story.
Admittedly this book made me cry quite a few times. The descriptions of Queen Snow’s loneliness and despair over the loss of her savior struck a very personal chord with me that actually left me feeling pretty depressed. If you took away the fairy tale setting, the royalty, and the magic, Snow’s struggle is very real. I was honestly surprised with how sad I felt so often while reading, and the fact that it could draw that kind of raw emotion out of me is incredible.
A marvelous debut by a promising new author and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Any fan of fairy tales I think will appreciate this wonderful adult retelling of a classic fairy tale.
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.