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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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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 ageing Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion.

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?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.


I have always loved fairytales, and largely thanks to Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a story I have known for a very long time. In The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith takes the classic story and imagines his own version of the events that take place later on in Snow White's life.

The concept of this novella is an interesting one - how often do you think 'what happens next?' when the prince and princess go off to live happily ever after? Despite their blissfulness, life always goes on and inevitably, things will change. The Reflections of Queen Snow White takes that idea and turns it into reality, imagining the life of an older Snow White without her Prince Charming.

Although it is just a short novella, a lot is packed into this book. Much of the story is told through flashbacks, as Snow White sees her true reflection in the magic mirror and remembers the defining events from her past that helped to shape her future. It's insightful and engaging, despite the predictable ending.

Featuring surprisingly dark scenes, at times, woven together with a problem that must be solved, this is a classic fairytale story with a message of truth and honesty.

You can check out my interview with the author, David Meredith, here

Rating: 3 stars

The Reflections of Queen Snow White is available to buy now. 

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

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