In an alternate-history medieval Europe, the noble maiden Arpazia, raised in an isolated castle, finds herself the captive of the conquering general-king Draco. The only remnant of her former life is an exotic glass mirror possessed of witchy powers. She feels no connection to Coira, daughter of her forced marriage to the brutal Draco. She becomes the lover of a woodsman, Klytemno, who embodies the divine Hunter King in pagan rituals. Then Klytemno requires her to send her black-haired, snow-pale daughter Coira into the woods as a sacrifice.... --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This said, I do not recommend this book, unless you like depressing, macabre stories.
Far too often characters and developments within the story are there because the plot demands it or it appears to be Lee's own personal personal view.
It's not real compassion but more like some rational thinking of "of course she feels this way.") I didn't get really involved with the characters.
This novel was published before the time of eBooks. You would think that even so, there would have been a word document or other digital used for the original printing that they... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Geek Girl Atl
Someone suggested I read it, unfortunately I've gotten to chapter two and couldn't seem to finish it. My major issue is the fact that it jumps around way too much. Read morePublished 13 months ago by tabi
This book was so engrossing that often I forgot its "Snow White" premise, and was surprised often; I was delighted and haunted by its subtle touches on the original tale. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was my first book by Tanith Lee but definitely won't be the last. Her writing has intellectual depth as well as dark emotional vibes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lewis Woolston
Tanith Lee put a great set of new twists on an old classic--a wonderful blending of all the European versions of Snow White, the Demeter/Persepone myth, and a lot of wonderful... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kristen B.
Where do I begin? I don't know, but I will anyway.
This book is beautiful. It is literary magic. Read more
This is a dark spin off of Snow White. It's not a re-telling, because it is nothing like the traditional version of Snow White. There is much more interwoven workings and macabre. Read morePublished on October 27, 2010 by Katie
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? Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by Alice
Captured from her father's sacked castle, Arpazia is wed to the warlord Draco and bears his child, Coria. Read morePublished on June 2, 2009 by Juushika