By 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 Reflections of Queen Snow White is about the fictional princess we all know and love. After becoming queen, her Prince Charming is gone and she has a child of her own, Raven. Snow White battles internally with facing the thing that her evil stepmother loved most, the magic mirror. Curiosity and defeat wins.
The Reflections of Queen Snow White is wonderful. I really enjoyed this short story. Honestly, it went by so quick that I was disappointed when the story ended. Fairy-tail retellings are a hit or miss with me. They are either too "unrealistic" or just plain weird. But, The Reflections of Queen Snow White, is perfect. Snow White is heart-broken and depressed. I loved her inner battles because it gave the story depth.
My favorite part about the book was the flash-backs. It gave Mr. Meredith's story character and personality, especially his version of the cruel queen. I will admit that it was intense at parts and gruesome. I think it made the story stronger though, and that it didn't have a Disney feel. It was real life. Overall, I think The Reflections of Queen Snow White is five stars!
David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received 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.