Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

eBook - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A retelling of "Snow White" by the author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Wicked is set in Renaissance Italy and draws a link between the original fairy tale and the Borgia family's infamous practice of poisoning its enemies. 100,000 first printing.


“A brilliant achievement.”

Boston Herald


“Entertaining…profound….A novel for adults that unearths our buried fascination with the primal fears and truths fairy tales contain.”
Christian Science Monitor


Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Land of Oz in hisNew York Times bestselling series The Wicked Years, offers a brilliant reinvention of the timeless Snow White fairy tale:Mirror Mirror. Setting his story amid the cultural, political and artistic whirlwind of Renaissance Italy—and casting the notorious Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen—Maguire andMirror Mirror will enthrall a wide array of book lovers ranging from adult fans of Harry Potter to readers of the sophisticated stories of Angela Carter.

A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, Mirror Mirror is set in Renaissance Italy, where Gregory Maguire draws a connection between the poison apple in the original Snow White story and the Borgia family's well-known appetite for poisoning its foes.

In Mirror Mirror Snow White is called Bianca de Nevada. She is born on a farm in Tuscany in 1495, and when she is seven, her father is ordered by the duplicitous Cesare Borgia to go on a quest to reclaim the relic of the original Tree of Knowledge, a branch bearing three living apples that are thousands of years old. Bianca is left in the care of her father's farm staff and the beautiful—and madly vain—Lucrecia Borgia, Cesare's sister. But Lucrecia becomes jealous of her lecherous brother's interest in the growing child and plots a dire fate for Bianca in the woods below the farm. There Bianca finds herself in the home of seven dwarves—the creators of the magic mirror—who await the return of their brother, the eighth dwarf, long gone on a quest of his own.

In the evocative style of Maguire's earlier novels, Mirror Mirror is a fresh, compelling take on a beloved classic tale.

Blackwell North Amer
The year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. There she spends her days cosseted by Primavera Vecchia, the earthy cook and Fra Ludovico, a priest who tends to their souls between bites of ham and sips of wine.

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A retelling of "Snow White" by the author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Wicked is set in Renaissance Italy and draws a link between the original fairy tale and the Borgia family's infamous practice of poisoning its enemies. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
A retelling of "Snow White" set in Renaissance Italy draws a link between the original fairy tale and the Borgia family's infamous practice of poisoning its enemies.

Publisher: [New York?] : PerfectBound, 2003
ISBN: 9780060767556
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
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ArapahoeSteffen Jul 19, 2017

My favorite Maguire after the Wicked series.
Set in Italy, I LOVE the inclusion of Lucretia Borgia and his take on dwarves felt fresh.

ChristchurchLib Jun 27, 2016

Set in Renaissance Italy, this revisionist version of "Snow White" casts as its heroine young Bianca de Nevada. Her widowed father is a minor nobleman with loyalties to the Borgia family, particularly Cesare and his sister (and lover) Lucrezia. But when the lecherous Cesare begins to pay too much attention to Bianca, jealous Lucrezia orders a young hunter to lead the girl into the forest and kill her. The girl escapes and is taken in by seven dwarves, who are on a quest to retrieve their special mirror. If you enjoy this novel by Wicked author Gregory Maguire, you may also want to read his Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a retelling of "Cinderella" set in 17th-century Holland.

Oct 12, 2013

It was alright. It grew dull for me and was difficult to finish. I read this after Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister though so I could have been growing tired of the concept. It was my least favorite of his books of this style though.

Krull14 Aug 28, 2013

This book was interesting, and was not very comparable to those fables we have known about Snow White. This has more of a historical aspect to it. I belive it is more historical than any of the books I have read by Gregory Maguire, and this is what I liked about it. The inclusion of the Borgias family intrigued me, thought this was probably my least favorite of Maguire's books I've read so far.

Jul 25, 2012

This book is intriguing. It's a variation of Snow White set in Italy and with the historical figures of the Borgias playing the antagonists. It is the same story with different characters and plot devices, but it is entertaining nonetheless.

Dec 15, 2010

A very intriguing novel, and not one for the faint of heart - or at least, those who oppose or can't stomach incest. Lucrezia Borgia plays the role of the Evil Stepmother quite excellently, and is actually more intriguing and interesting than Bianca de Nevada, the book's Snow White.

Maguire's handling of the story is not so original as his take on the characters and the origin of the mirror, as well as its creators. Definitely a page turner.

Nov 27, 2010

"average" rating means, it's anything but average, I just can't decide if I liked it or if I'm mad that this guy's literary art used up so much of my time.


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Jul 25, 2012

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