The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

March 17, 2016
The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith, Book Review, InToriLex
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 fiancĂ©, 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.


This was an immersive look into Snow White's life, beyond the fairy tale. Snow White has to come to terms with who she is, and remember why she has come so far in life. She is very depressed and unsure how to deal with her depression, after her Charming has died. You learn more about how Snow White survived a nightmare inducing childhood, but was able to carry on. Faced with the mirror she is forced to live through her best and worst memories again. Slowly she learns to recognize the good in herself and realizes she needs more than what mourning the King can give her.
"That it is foolish to despair,...that there is always hope."
Through Snow White's reflection you learn how the dwarves and Charming are able to care for and befriend her. You get swept up in the sweet, kind, and steamy romance between Charming and Snow White. You get angry for Snow White, and can feel her frustration through one of the most infuriating scenes I've ever read. The experiences are well described with an adult audience in mind. I enjoyed the language of the period being incorporated seamlessly and was happy to learn what heterodox and immaculacy were.
Book Review, The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith
I appreciated exploring the stress and danger of being King and Queen, that is often overlooked in stories of Royalty for children. The  relate-able emotions Snow White feels made me reflect on my own experiences, while learning about hers. Retelling's are becoming more popular, but this stands out as a well written and memorable book.  I hoped there would be a bit more exploration of the seven dwarves, because their role in Snow White fascinated me, but it was still a worthwhile read without that.  I would recommend this to mature readers who enjoy re-tellings and want to learn some of what was left out of the original fairy tale. 

I received this e-book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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