White as Snow

White as Snow

Book - 2001
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Once upon a time there was a mirror. . . .

So begins this dark, unusual retelling of the story of Snow White by the writer reviewers have called "the Angela Carter of the fantasy field"--a whole novel based on a beloved story, turning it into a dark and sensual drama full of myth and magic.

Arpazia is the aging queen who paces the halls of a warlord's palace. Cold as winter, she has only one passion--for the mysterious hunter who courts the outlawed old gods of the woodland. Coira is the princess raised in the shadow of her mother's hatred. Avoided by both her parents and half forgotten by her father's court, she grows into womanhood alone . . . until the mirror speaks, and blood is spilled, and the forest claims her.

The tragic myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, stolen by the king of the underworld, is woven together with the tale of Snow White to create a powerful story of mothers and daughters and the blood that binds them together, for good or ill. Black queen. White maid. Royal huntsman. Seven little folk who live in the forest. Come inside, sit by the fire, and listen to this fairy tale as you've never heard it told before.

Once upon a time there was a mirror, and a girl as white as snow. . . .

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty, 2001.
ISBN: 9780312875497
0312875495
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,21 cm.

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Jaidala
Dec 04, 2012

An interesting version of the fairy tale containing the familiar characters with a dark twist. I thought it illustrated well how a person becomes "trapped" inside one's own mind and allows years to pass them by while they think, think, think...

BethC Apr 23, 2010

Just thought I would add to squeegirl's list by putting the authors and a few additional titles that I am aware of

Other books in the Fairy Tale series: "The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars" by Stephen Brust (?), "Jack the Giant-Killer" by Charles de Lint, "The Nightingale" by Kara Dalkey, "Snow White and Rose Red" By Patricia C. Wrede, "Tam Lin" by Pamela Dean , "Briar Rose" by Jane Yolen. “White as Snow” by Tanith Lee, “The Fitcher’s Bride” by Gregory Frost.

SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

Other books in the Fairy Tale series: "The Sun, The Moon, and the Stars", "Jack the Giant-Killer", "The Nightingale", "Snow White and Rose Red", "Tam Lin", "Briar Rose".

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FavouriteFiction Oct 03, 2009

A dark re-telling of the classic fairy tale "Snow White".

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