May 22, 2014

Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author: David Meredith
Publisher: Author
Pages: 155
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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 fianc√©, 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.


Erfeut to Queen Snow White

   "There be no shame in tears. God knows I shed enough for me boyos when they passed one right after the other until I was all who was left. I know what you feel lass - a big empty spot right here"
He left off stroking her porcelain hand to thump his chest.
   "It's where the little piece of your heart use to be that ye shared with them. You don't ever get that back, but the pain dulls in time and ye start thinking back to all the good things ye used to share together... That, My Dear One," he smiled at her kindly. "That is when you realize that they aren't all gone together - That they did leave little pieces of themselves with you. That's when you can really cherish it.

Mirror to Queen Snow White

  "It was very difficult for you to make that choice," the mirror commented middly. "You could have stayed and nothing would have ever been any different. Instead, you made a choice to change your life. You decided that you would no longer be ruled by your fear."
  "I fled for my life," Snow White scoffed shaking her head with a bitter chuckle. "You make it sound like some grand, brave thing. What nobility is there in running away? Even deer and rabbits manage it when pursued by the wolf or even the rat when chased by a tabby or stoat."
  "Snow White," countered the mirror with some exasperation finally showing faintly through. "Unlike the rabbit or doe you mention, you had a choice. You chose to flee. You could have remained. Perhaps you were right. Maybe you could have hidden in the storage rooms or an abandoned hall, or an empty tower or belfry. Maybe you could have gone down into the dungeons or wine cells until Arglist's fury had run its course. It is possible that you could have gone on for years and years more just as you always had - living like a beggar and a theif in you own home! But you did not choose that path. You chose the difficult road. You chose the path of greatest risk and uncertainty, but it was also the path that led you to happiness. Do you not see? Arglist thought herself you master. She thought you cowed and harmless but you proved her wrong. You escaped her."

First, I would like to thank the author, David Meredith for giving me this beautiful book for an honest review.

 So here it goes. This is not your typical fairytale story. No, it is not the Snow White you remember from your childhood days. This book tells a story that is dark, heart-wrenching, melancholy and inspirational that it will bring you to tears. This book was so well written the descriptions of scenes were so brilliantly depicted that at times I felt like I was at Castle Wolfejager along with the queen, the mirror and Charming. 

In this story we meet up with Snow White, after her happily ever after with her Prince Charming. Years have passed and now, she is Queen. It has been a year since Charming’s death. Snow White is grief stricken and finds herself, isolated and depressed within the walls of Castle Wolfejager with no way of escape from her forsaken thoughts. She ends up returning to her step mother’s old quarters and discovering the long lost Magical Mirror. Thus, starts the beginning of her journey to discover self-worth, strength and finding refuge in what is left after an awful tragedy, such as the death of your soulmate. 

This was a wonderful turn of the story of Snow White and I would most definitely recommend it to everyone whether you are a fairytale fan or not.

The Author:

David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He recieved both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well and a Tennessee State Teaching license. 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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