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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Preview — White as Snow by Tanith Lee. White as Snow by Tanith Lee. Terri Windling Introduction. Once upon a time there was a mirror. Cold as winter, Once upon a time there was a mirror. Cold as winter, she has only one passion—for the mysterious hunter who courts the outlawed old gods of the woodland.
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. Once upon a time there was a mirror, and a girl as white as snow. Get A Copy. Paperbacks. Published December 7th by Tor Books first published September 5th More Details Original Title.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of White as Snow. Jul 27, Nicky rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasybased-on-myth-saga-etcgreek-romanfairytales. There are some beautiful aspects of this book, and then there's the fact that nearly every female character is raped, often multiple times. The beauty is mostly in some of the writing and descriptions, though some of the ideas are also pretty interesting in theory -- Lee blends the story of Snow White with the Greco-Roman myth of Hades and Persephone.
This isn't either story as you know it, though, and for me it ultimately didn't work. The two stories didn't blend very well, because I was spendin There are some beautiful aspects of this book, and then there's the fact that nearly every female character is raped, often multiple times. The two stories didn't blend very well, because I was spending so much time drawing parallels, and because some of the parallels seemed a little laboured.
Some of it is very sensual writing, while during a lot of it the heroines act like pieces of cardboard: I understand that is the reaction of some rape victims, some of whom may never "snap out of it", but it does unfortunately cut out a lot of the Snow white seeking chocolate midnight feeling of the story.
I did enjoy the introduction, which goes into the background of the story, and introduced me to a glorious poem by Delia Sherman, "Snow White to the Prince", which ends: Do you think I did not know her, Ragged and gnarled and stooped like a wind-bent tree, Her basket full of combs and pins and laces? Of course I took her poisoned gifts. I wanted To feel her hands combing out my hair. To let her lace me up, to take an apple From her hand, a smile from her lips, As when I was.
View 1 comment. Sep 15, Alice rated it did not like it Shelves: libraryfantasyfairy-tale I certainly didn't expect this book to be a chore when I first picked it up. It sounded intriguing. A retelling of Snow White? With the Queen's perspective?
Told with some of the Persephone myth thrown in? me up! And I think having my hopes way up is worse, somehow, than not being sure what to expect. Because I got two-thirds through this before I realized how much I disliked it, and then I was invested in finishing it. I didn't like that almost all the female characters are raped. I guess it I certainly didn't expect this book to be a chore when I first picked it up. I guess it was supposed to add a layer of gritty realism, but it only served to sap my enthusiasm to continue reading.
I didn't like the voice. Yes, fairy tales are often told in the same omniscient, detached voice. But fairy tales aren't over s long, with character development. This didn't have much character development, either, for that matter. Why did the characters act as they did? I don't know. Apparently because the story made them. There was no real insight into anyone's characters, no motivations, no actual change except in where they were and who they were with.
We get a few sentences of how hot the ladies found their suitors, and then they're boning, with lots of references to magic and rituals, and things that made me think maybe even these supposedly consensual encounters Snow white seeking chocolate midnight coerced. I heard a lot of good things about this book, and now I'm really annoyed at everyone who recommended it.
It could've been done so much better. Instead, I had to force myself through this mess. View all 6 comments. Jan 03, Meredith, the expert at evil scheming rated it it was amazing Shelves: archive-orgslow-burn-romanceslow-burnbeautiful-prose-intelligently-writauthor-tanith-leenotablesall-time-favesdarktearjerkeremotionally-intense. And the girl went on staring at the forest. Her name was Arpazia. Her hair was black as the woods, her pale skin better than the snow. Her eyes, though, were a light, water-gray. She was fourteen years of age. She longed for change, not knowing the change of all things was almost upon her, not what it could mean.
This story starts out about Arpazia, Tanith lee's reimagined 'evil queen' of the Snow White tale. Except the queen is not really evil, we learn early on of the tragedy Arpazia went t And the girl went on staring at the forest. Except the queen is not really evil, we learn early on of the tragedy Arpazia went through that ends up forming her personality.
This retelling also combined Snow White with the mythological tale of Persephone: Here, it was said, at time's start, the earth had opened, and a young goddess was snatched into it in one volcanic moment, from which drama the seasons had begun Belgra Demitu was named for it, and for the goddess-mother of the abducted maiden.
The myth of Persephone was woven with the pagan religion the people of Belgra Demitu followed. The forest imagery was gorgeous. The outings in the woods and descriptions of the pagan religion were some of my favorite aspects of this book.
This was a dark, eerie retelling of Snow White. Full of twists and turns, I never knew where the author was going with the story. I probably would only recommend this to fans of Tanith Lee or people who I know like dark retellings. At times the tone felt austere, chilly, cold as ice.
This was especially true in regard to Arpazia's point of view. Coira's story was heart wrenching. Very sad and bleak.Snow white seeking chocolate midnight
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