Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
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.
Author: David C. Meredith
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: 2 December, 2013
Genres: Fairytale Re-telling
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Admittedly I am addicted to fairy tales; the ones I read now just tend to be spicier or darker than the ones I knew as a child. Giving readers a chance to see what really could happen rather than just wrapping the story up with and they all lived happily ever after, David C. Meredith presents us with a thoughtful and creative look at Snow White’s later years.
Snow is grieving after Charming’s death: she is reveling in the grief, being selfish and even a bit callous toward her daughter who is soon to be married. Seeing her entire life as a fairytale with happy times always, she wanders in to the room that once housed her evil stepmother. A bit of looking about and she discovers the magic mirror, and is given the choice to re-live her earlier days.
What emerges is a series of scenes and flashbacks from her life, most of the memories are dark and hidden deep in her psyche. Because she had blocked all of the bad, her new loss was taking on an enormous importance, and bringing all of the fear, despair and depression that was just waiting for a moment to appear. Beautifully detailed, the memories delve into dark and scary moments, encouraging her to dig deep and face the things she most fears to both heal and honor the love that she held for Charming, and thought was lost forever.
The mirror is a character all to itself, being both the antagonist and the nexus of her pain, but it also serves to cheer, coax and goad her on to recapturing her identity and strength, while showing her that love, true love, will endure all manner of trials.
Beautifully written with evocative imagery that still holds the ‘feel’ of a fairy tale without slanting too far to darkness or squeaky-peppy cartoon, Meredith has a wonderful style that presents the moral lesson in this sequel to the fairy tale that was missing from the original.