Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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BW Synopsis

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 BC The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredithimpossible 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 along 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.

BW My Review

This is an incredible retelling of a classic fairy tale.

“And they lived happily ever after. The end”

That famous line was all we can see in the ending of any fairy tales that we had read before when we were still a kid. After that, we just continue our lives and never really wonder what their lives will be after those lines. I am just so glad that Mr. David Meredith gave me a chance to read a continuation of Snow White’s story.

“Instead, you made a choice to change your life. You decided that you would no longer be ruled by your fear.” – David Meredith, The Reflection of Queen Snow White

His book was all about Snow White now as an old and aging queen of castle Wolfejager. She was mourning the loss of her husband, and yes, the Prince Charming we once knew was already gone. Their daughter was also in the midst of her wedding preparations. Now that everything around Queen Snow White seems to lose its color, and joy was nowhere to be found since her husband’s death, she wasn’t in the good state to fulfill her duties as a mother and a queen. Wandering around her castle, she stumbled on her stepmother’s chamber where she found the mirror Lady Arglist once owned. She wasn’t aware that the mirror will show her own reflection, a reflection of whom she is and where she came from.

“Instead, you made a choice to change your life. You decided that you would no longer be ruled by your fear.” – David Meredith, The Reflection of Queen Snow White

The first half of the book was written at a slow pace, and it makes me uninterested at first, but as I went to the second half, everything seems to be engrossing. We all know the story of Snow White being hated by her stepmother and all, but we never got to see the deeper side of the story, how her stepmother’s abused her and how she and the prince got along when they met. In this book, we got to see the real story. The way Snow White’s emotions were written and how her journey was described was what makes this book beautiful and enjoyable to read.

I liked this book. It makes me see how the once weak Snow White became strong, but she lost it again when Prince Charming died. But through the mirror, she saw again who was waiting for her. And, why she needs to be strong again, and that’s her daughter and the people she is serving.

“That it is foolish to despair,” she whispered, “that there is always hope.” – David Meredith, The Reflection of Queen Snow White

I’ve learned a lot from this book, especially when it comes to hope. That we should not dwell on the past and we should move on from our painful past if ever we have one. There’s still a lot of reason to continue our life, and there’s always someone whom we can make us happy.

This sequel to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is not a children book, and it contains mature scenes, so I’m only recommending this to grown-up people who love to read. I also recommend this book to those who lost someone and to those who were losing hope.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

BW My Rating

Rating 5

BW Book Details

Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: October 2, 2013

Genre(s): Fantasy, Retelling

Language: English

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BW About the Author

David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He AP David Meredithreceived both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently, lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

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