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.
(Disclaimer: contains some violence and sexual content)
I have to say Snow White is one of my least favourite fairy tales, so this book was going to have to work hard to convince me otherwise.
It did. Aside from the stunning cover….this grown up version of what happens after you meet your Prince Charming is captivating and intense.
The author has a great ability to draw you in to the sights and smells of the old castle and empathise with the plight of a young and older Snow White.
It definitely contains mature themes and scenes of graphic violence but I felt this made the original tale of Snow White more real and less sickly.
The author has been clever to move away from the cartoon animals and silly named dwarves to make this book a credible and exciting alternative to happily ever after.
More historical fiction than fairy tale this story of courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds and true to life love is definitely a great read.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own