This book review is a long time coming. I must first apologize to the author, David Meredith, for not getting this finished a couple of months or so ago. As many of you know, Dear Bloggites, my Father has been sick and finally breathed his last breath on August 19th after a long battle with multiple ailments. He is no longer in pain and is in a better place, so I shall continue to honor his life by celebrating it every day of mine. 🙂
I have received the honor of being asked to read this book (that the author so nicely gifted to me) and provide a review for it by the author himself. The book is called The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith and it has a very interesting take on what life might have been like after the “happily ever after” stage.
I did not know what to expect of this fantasy fiction when I was asked to review this book. I, like most all of you, grew up with the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But how many of you wondered what life was like in the aftermath of the love story we grew up with? Well, David Meredith, did and he decided to write a wonderful story about what might have been.
The storyline is about Snow White as Queen who was mourning the death of her Dear Prince Charming while on the cusp of their daughter, Raven’s, wedding. In her despair, Snow White happens to wander into the room that was previously occupied by her step-mother thus stumbling upon the magic mirror.
Throughout the storyline, the author did a wonderful job intertwining the two stories together. As Snow White is forced to face her fears with the magic mirror, we are continually pulled back into the original storyline of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The wonderful imagination of the author manages to balance each story together into one continual one, which is a tricky feat for a lot of authors. Kudos, David! 🙂
While I truly enjoyed the story, I did see many common errors that new authors make when writing their first novel. With this being David Meredith’s first novel, he did use a lot of unnecessary words to get a point across to the reader, whereas a simple sentence or two would have the same effect. The prose style writing was enjoyable, but not many people would enjoy such detail found in sections of the novel. Also, I wish the author would have referenced which dwarf went with the given name Snow White was talking to in the book. I would have liked to have read, “Erfreut who used to go by Doc in the forest” instead of just the name Erfreut, Snow White’s longtime companion.
Aside from these two items, the storyline kept me interested and I found it a fast read once I got into the storyline after the first few paragraphs. I loved the personalities and relationships the author created for each character as well as the many trials and tribulations Snow White and Charming faced trying to blend two different royal houses together.
All in all, I give The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith 3 out of 5 Bookmarks! Keep on tweaking those stories and I will keep on reading, David! Thank you once again for giving me the honor of reading your first novel. I look forward to many more to come in the future!