Review: Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

For anyone who’s seen Walt Disney’s Snow White, you’ll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it’s not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter’s heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. (And even if this sort of thing is a common urge, we don’t know many people who have acted upon it.)

Now, for the first time, we’ll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty. Here’s a hint: the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror is not just some random spooky visage-and he just might have something to do with the Queen’s wicked ways!

Fairest of All is a great look into a classic Disney fairy-tale from the villain’s point of view. After all, a villain is just a character who’s story hasn’t been told. No one is born a villain; something had to happen along the way to change them. This book shows us what brings The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the point where she wants Snow White dead.

In the beginning there is no trace of evil in the Queen and she actually has a great relationship with her new husband and step-daughter. Her lady-in-waiting is even her best friend, and she loves this new family of hers dearly. But things begin to take a turn after she’s given a mirror that seems to be magical and soon after loses her husband.

The Queen was a complex human in this book, something we don’t see in the movie, and at the end it made me sad for her fate. You see her slowly fall into the self-absorption and vanity that makes her the wicked villain she is, and when the reasoning for why comes out, it just makes you hurt for her.

This was the second book I’ve read that gives a story to The Evil Queen and how she became evil and this tale is my favorite of the two, though it also makes me more sad. Still, this is a good little book and the story just flows along so quickly that it’s over before you know it! A definite recommendation to anyone who enjoys Disney villains!

Rating 4/5 stars

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