Author: David Meredith
First Published: 2017
Page Count: 123
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
A surprising retelling of Snow White that will probably upturn any ideas you had about Snow White’s life after she and her prince rode off into the sunset.
*Interesting Retelling/ Sequel Combo
“What was there to tie her to this miserable, disappointing world any longer?” It should be one of the happiest times in Queen Snow White’s life; it is the eve of her only child Raven’s wedding. However, the queen is still trapped in a hopeless, mournful state even though her beloved husband King Charming has been dead for over a year.With the unlikely help of her stepmother’s beloved magic mirror, Snow White might have stumbled upon the key to freeing herself from her suffocating grief so that she might be able to live her life again.
At first I was excited to read a Snow White fairytale retelling and then I was bummed to learn that her prince is dead in the book. But what is different about this book is it is part retelling and part sequel. Through some magic, Snow White revisits her abusive beginnings under her stepmother and also her life after she says “I do” to her prince. We get to see the original Snow White tale told a slightly different way and we also get to learn about her life after the original story finished. Therefore, you get to see plenty of the old characters you’d expect including the prince, the wicked stepmother, and the seven dwarves.
While I found the story really interesting and unexpected, I ultimately felt it conflicted too much with the original version I know and love. Some of the abuse Snow White endures both before and after her “happily ever after” are extremely harsh and in one instance nearly unbelievable. For all the tv shows and films I’ve watched or books I’ve read about royal court life, I could not imagine any subject treating their queen the way she is treated in one of the scenes or even having the courage to be so bold in their actions. While they make for interesting scenes, I just could not connect this retelling with the original tale. It felt too disconnected from how I imagined Snow White’s life to be and who she is as a person.
I love watching and reading retellings of fairy tales because it’s just interesting to see another person’s take on a subject. Even if this story doesn’t vibe with my view of Snow White’s happily ever after, I still enjoyed reading it and seeing this version of the story. At the end of the day it does capture the two most important aspects from the original story: that Snow White and her Prince Charming found true love and that she was able to overcome great adversity to find her happy ending.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.