Let me start by thanking Mr. Meredith in gifting me this wonderful story for an honest review.
Author: David Meredith
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.
The story starts with Princess Raven’s wedding preparations, a happy beginning. However, a darkness seems to loom quietly in shadow. Queen Snow White is still devastated after her husband’s death. Erfreut is reading from a list of things about the wedding preparations. Snow White can’t seem to concentrate as she thinks about her loneliness. The one she was closest to, her Charming, has left the world. Erfruet is the only dwarf and friend left as the others one by one left the world. Snow White invited him to work at the palace. Erfreut was as helpful as can be when he saw Snow White feeling tired and distant.
She wandered around her palace thinking constantly about Charming, the one who saved her and led her to a happy life. As she wandered about to find a lone, quiet place, she found a door and staircase she had not visited in many years. She was fearful at first to come up the staircase and open up the door that lay ahead. It revealed a dusty room that once belonged to her stepmother. Everything was covered in dust—except for one. A full-length gilded mirror that reached from the floor to the ceiling was clean of the many years that had passed.
Snow White looked into the mirror, the same mirror her stepmother often looked into and talked to. The idea of a talking mirror seemed ridiculous until she met with what the mirror can show. The mirror reflected several deep memories within Snow White. The story of Snow White unfolded as the mirror reflected various memories from Snow White whenever she was up to looking within herself. After the particular memory has finished, Snow White is left with the emotions that came along with it. Sometime it was joy and pleasure, it was new strength and hope, or it was despair and loneliness.
Through this magical mirror, Snow White discovers what she has hidden from herself. The mirror reflected the deepest secrets and emotions trapped under Snow White’s depression. It had shown that Snow White is in fact, not alone and helpless. It shows that there is hope as there once had been in her past. It showed the hard times she’s experienced and the mistakes she committed.
I have to admit: I’ve never felt like crying for any of the books I’ve ever read. However, this story really moved me. In one of Snow White’s situations in which she harmed herself to the point that it nearly cost her life, I felt my eyes tingle and feel warm. My vision became slightly blurry. I was actually producing tears! “The Reflections of Queen Snow White” really brings out the emotions of the reader from what I’ve experienced from reading this.
The ending truly was a happy one, even if the king is gone. It wasn’t easy for Snow White to reach the real “happily ever after” in this novel but she found what she’s been hiding from herself all along. She put things right after all that time of refusing to see the truth. That is a true ending to such a wonderful tale of love, hope, and despair.
To conclude this review, I rate this story 8/10 stars.
I recommend this novel for adults who would like to re-experience an all-time classic tale. It really is juicy with emotions (it moved me very much).
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