🟢 Written By 🟢
🟢 Jacket Illustration🟢
Adrienne Brown and Caroline Egan
🟢 Publisher / Date 🟢
Disney Press / 2009
🟢 Book Synopsis 🟢
This story is about the Evil Queen and what caused her obsessive vanity and jealous rage. It is a tale about love and loss. A tragic tale really.
🟢 Non Spoiler Review 🟢
This is a MUST READ. Such a fantastic retelling of the Evil Queen. It really makes you feel for her. I found myself sad for the Evil Queen. Something I thought could not be possible with watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Valentino does such an amazing job telling the Villains side of the story and giving us a wonderful twist to this classic story. If you want to read a different, creepy, and dark side to the Snow White story, or if you are a villain fan, I HIGHLY recommend this book.
This is her first book of the series. I cannot wait to see how amazing the rest of the series is!
🟢 Villains Books Series Order 🟢
Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen – Book 1
The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince – Book 2
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch – Book 3
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy – Book 4
Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch – Book 5
The Odd Sisters: A Tale of the Three Witches – Book 6
Evil Thing: A Tale of That De Vil Woman – Book 7
Cold Hearted – Book 8 (Coming out in June 2021)
🔴 Spoiler Summery 🔴
When we meet the Queen she is the daughter of a mirror maker. One day the King is out for a ride and spots the Queen by a well. After this first meeting they continue to see each other, fall madly in love, and then they get married. The Queen’s dad never got to see her get married because he passed away beforehand.
The Queen, King, and Snow White have a wonderful life together. The Queen also becomes best friends with her lady in waiting named Verona. Snow White and the Queen have an amazing and loving relationship. It was great seeing the Queen have such a happy life because her dad was awful to her. He would tell her that she is worthless and ugly. So this is where her vain and jealousy we see will stem from.
The Queen’s happy ever after life starts to change when the King keeps being called to war. One day this happiness starts to come to an end when the King dies during war. After the King’s death, his cousins come to visit the Queen and Snow White. These cousins are wicked witches too and go by the name of the “Odd Sisters”. With the death of the King, the Queen stays inside her room all the time and starts to reject her friend Verona and Snow. She mainly stays in her room and lets the grief of her husband take over her life.
The Odd Sisters give the Queen a magic mirror. This is honestly when it really all does fall apart, and this is when Valentino gives us a twist to the story. We find out that the Odd Sisters trapped the Queen’s dad’s soul into the mirror. The Queen is first haunted by the mirror because she sees her dad’s face, but then the Queen starts to make him compliment her since he never did. Everyday the Queen would wake up and hear her dad compliment her saying she was the fairest of all. This would give the Queen the strength to leave her room and start to live again.
One day, her dad tells her that her hand maiden Verona was the fairest of the land. She was full of rage she made Verona leave and to go serve a Prince in a far away land. Then. . . As we all know. The mirror went back to saying she was the fairest. But that would not happen for long. The mirror started to say Snow White was the fairest of all. We all know what events start to happen after the Queen is no longer the fairest of all. After this happens it takes us through the story of Snow White that we all know and love.
The big difference is that everything that happens to the Queen was not really all her doing. The Odd Sisters are honestly to blame for everything because they gave the Queen the mirror, the spell book, and the idea for the poison apple.