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The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Written by David MeredithGenre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Dave Macelroy 's Review
Of all the fairytale retellings I've read, this one began and ended with the most beautiful prose. The story begins with picturesque imagery of hawks flying in a mating dance while preparations are made for a wedding below. The impending royal wedding is for the daughter of Queen Snow White.
Snow White is older now. She is bereaved of Prince Charming, and goes on about her pain in missing him to the point of seeming emo. I did feel this part was belabored a little on the heavy side. She's not in the mood to see visiting nobles, so she ducks down a corridor and finds herself in the old part of the castle and the stair to her wicked stepmother's tower, where, of course, she will find the infamous magic mirror that caused so much trouble in her childhood.
Much of the early story was very true to original and well written so that it gave the feeling of being there. Snow White had very human emotions and reactions. I could feel genuine sympathy for her in her grief and in her memories of what was undeniably an abusive childhood.
The mirror had some interesting surprises for me. I soon learned that things are not always what they seem when you're dealing with dark magic. Through a series of flashbacks, the reader is shown much of the early life of Snow White, both before she met Prince Charming and after she married him and regained her kingdom. Much of it was strong on psychological analysis, which took me out of the story a little.
Sensitive readers should be warned that in places the story is a little overly graphic on abuse, violence and the side effects of choking on the apple. The Evil Queen in still strong in Snow White's memory and still provides a powerful nemesis for the story.
I also felt that the story goes on about God a bit much and could have done with less realistic biological processes in some instances. I have to admit that I found Snow White's wedding night more explicit than I might have expected. While I have no objection to erotic versions of fairytales, the bulk of the story was not erotica so I found it odd that the author would be so graphic in just a couple of scenes, making the story unsuitable for young readers and cutting the potential audience in half. I felt it was unnecessary to go into that much detail for the purposes of this story, which might have appealed to a much wider age demographic otherwise.
Through the mirror's flashbacks, we get a good look at the real problems of running a court and the intrigues that beset the rulers of fairytale kingdoms very much as they did in real historic kingdoms. Overall, I felt the story was very well done and the conclusions that were reached balanced out the intent of the story nicely.
I would give it an easy 4 out of 5 stars, with a proviso that it could do with a final copy edit and maybe cutting out the more graphic sexual descriptions so that under 18's could enjoy it too.
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