Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen (Villains Series #1)

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen (Villains Series #1)


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423106296
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/18/2009
Series: Serena Valentino's Villains Series , #1
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 32,669
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Serena Valentino has been weaving tales that combine mythos and guile for the past decade. She has earned critical acclaim in both the comic and horror domains, where she is known for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty, and extraordinary protagonists. The books in her best-selling Villains series are best enjoyed when read in the following order: Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil.

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Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Richard_Szponder More than 1 year ago
Classic Disney films were magical for many reasons. Part of what made those films so memorable was the portrayal of the villains. Villains such as Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" and Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians" simply do not exist anymore, as political correctness and the dumbing down of children's entertainment now dominate culture. Fairest Of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino is a glimpse into the life of one of Disney's most sinister villains, the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Known for her vicious plot to kill Snow White and remove her heart after the Queen's Magic Mirror declares Snow White to be the fairest in the land, fans of this classic film have wondered for decades exactly why the Evil Queen is just so evil. Fairest Of All provides an explanation in the form of a prequel to the original tale. The daughter of a talented maker of mirrors, the woman who is to become the Evil Queen is a simple person of low self-esteem, suffering the ridicule of her father after he blames her for the death of his beloved wife during childbirth. When the King takes interest in the renowned crafter's mirrors and visits his shop, he meets the mirror maker's daughter and is enchanted with her, ultimately marrying her and welcoming her into his kingdom as the Queen. Initially, the relationship between the King's daughter, Snow White, and his new bride, The Queen, is exceptional. Although unrelated by blood, the two are as close as any biological mother and daughter would be. These are during times of war, and the King is not one who leads his troops from a distance. He prefers to be on the front line, battling along with his soldiers for protection of his kingdom. He often leaves the castle for months at a time, leaving his Queen and daughter behind to spend time with one another bonding and sharing each other's company. As is expected, events turn, and the relationship between the Queen and her stepdaughter slowly disintegrate. Valentino offers explanations and insight into the psychological state of the Queen as she descends into depression and madness. Long-held questions are finally answered. Why is it that the Queen practices witchcraft and magic, and how did she enter into those practices? Who is the man in the Magic Mirror and just how did he come to be there? Why does the Queen hate Snow White so very much? Although promoted as a book written for young adults, adult fans of Snow White and the Disney villain will take pleasure in this novel as well. The Disney villain is a critical component to most Disney films. Fairest of All is officially published by Disney, thereby making it the official account of the tale of the Evil Queen. Disney would do right to publish similar tales, such as the tales of Maleficent and Cruella De Vil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if your a disney freak like me, who still watches disney movies at the age of 15 then you will really like the book. its untold story of the wicked queen in snow white. while reading the book i made connects with the movie and it woked completely every detail from the cook followed up with the movie, and it was just so interesting to read because it was kinda like " oh yea that makes sence" so if even a bit interested in reading the book, put it at the top of your list its a fast read and just over all amazing.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I think that this book just isn't my style because I don't have anything negative to say about the book. I was just kind of bored reading it. The characters were good and it held pretty true to the classic story near the end. I recommend that anyone who is thinking about this one pick it up and read the first few chapters in the store just to make sure you are going to like it. It is very "Disney" I hope that explains it.
Sophie_Spinnett More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. It dives further into the story of Snow White and explores the reason that the Wicked Queen is really wicked. It sort of gives you a behind the scenes look as to what the Queen truly thinks and feels about Snow White and the real reason why she is jealous of her beauty. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy fractured fairy tales and a good adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Die hard evil queen fans will love this book. It is the answer to why the Queen is the way she is. It gives a great insight into her story without breaking the mold we all know and love.
BRITNxE More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on Monday, Oct. 26. I did not read it until the following day at school. And I immediately fell deeply into the story. I saw the characters as they appeared in the movie, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. But for some I had to imagine them on my own. And with the amazing detail Selena gave I could see the characters clearly in my mind. I was taken to a world that I wanted to know more about. I could not stop turning the pages. At school I would read the book, at home I would read, and sometimes even in public. This book in general is amazing. It fits so great with the movie that I think they should make a movie out of this book, well at least make a movie about the Wicked Queen. In a part in the book I actually cried. I understand now why the Queen became so evil and veil. It was her obsession with the mirror, her father's approval, and her longing to be known for her beauty...of which she did not believe she possessed unless the Magic Mirror, her father, said it was true. The art work for this book is amazing and the main reason why I was drawn to the book in the first place. But even reading the tiny detail on the opening flap, I was transfixed to this book and had to own it. This book is amazing and I HIGHLY recommend it to all who read. Selena did an amazing job in this book. It's going down as one of my favorites. <33
Aceprincessgal More than 1 year ago
I got this book about a week ago and I just finished it. It was awesome! I love to read fantasy books, so I thought that this was going to be a really good read. I was right!!! This book is kinda sad, but it lets you know why the Queen is reffered to as "evil" in the Disney Classic, "Snow White and The Seven Drawfs". After all the queen has endured, I don't blame her for being so wicked! Serena Valentino has created a new twist on an old classic! Keep writing!! Keep Reading Everybody!!!
me_chelle54 More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of the retelling of fairy tales I was completely drawn to this title. I of course was drawn by the cover art, but once I picked it up I could not put it down. Miss Valentino weaves us a fabric of love and madness, vanity and betrayal. We as readers can revisit a classic tale with a twist. Who but Miss valentino could have looked into the mind of this eternally thought of "Wicked Queen" and shown us that it was her love and loss that drove her to envy Snow White. I reccommend this title to teens and adults alike. We can learn how differently death can devestate someone and how the focus of surface beauty can be very very dangerous. This title can not only be enjoyed for the grand piece of literary work that it is but it can also be used to teach a very valuable lesson. To embrace your loved ones when loss occurs and not isolate yourself and become wrapped up in who or what you are. I look forward to seeing what is next from this very talented author!
The_Shadow412 More than 1 year ago
loved it! this book reminds me of the song "snow white queen" by evanescence. you find out why the queen is the way she is and why she tried to destroy snow white. loved the story! the cover is amazing; under the book cover is the old hag. loved the ending. this book is great!
Anonymous 11 months ago
A nice focus on how this "villain" came to be.
LarissaBookGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We all know the story of Snow White; a beautiful princess, a wicked stepmother, a hunter and a poisoned apple. But what is the real story? Is Snow White really as innocent as all that, and is the Queen really that evil? Well yes, and yes. But what it not known is why...Snow White's stepmother, the Wicked Queen, was not always wicked; she was once young, and beautiful, and loving. But something had changed, she had changed, she traded her grief for vanity and once she started there was no going back.The Queen had suffered a lot during her life, and when she was at her lowest there he was, the man in the mirror. After that she was never the same again, and not even the gentle and beautiful stepdaughter could save her from herself, or the man in the magic mirror.This story takes you beyond the fairytale to tell the real story of the Wicked Queen, and how she became capable of the unspeakable act of attempting to murder a stepdaughter that she had once loved as her own. It is a beautifully presented book with a dark yet fun story that is full of insights. If you like fairytales or dark fiction, then this book is for you.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fairest of All is the Wicked Queen¿s story... what drove her to become soooo wicked.Firstly I want to say that the moment I saw this cover - I absolutely had to buy it. It really is spectacular. Secondly, the fact that it is a prequel to Snow White - obviously ¿had me at Hello¿.Ms. Valentino did a wonderful job blending what we already know of Snow White and the Wicked Queen with this new tale. In it we learn of how the Wicked Queen became the bitter and well, evil witch we¿ve known for years. We are taken back to the days where she lived with her father, an artist in crafting mirrors. We also read of her marriage, her dreams, hopes and eventually her downfall. Although I did find her a wee bit whiny at times, I thought she was a very interesting character with lots of emotional turmoil. I really sympathized with her as her life was definitely not an easy one.This is definitely a YA title - but I would recommend it more for older teens vs. the younger tweens. The content is a bit dark at times. Reading this was like getting inside information on one of my favorite Disney villains. And I really enjoyed the fact that it had a couple of twists thrown in that I didn't see coming. I recommend this to anyone who'd like a new twist to this classic fairytale.
DisneyDork1995 More than 1 year ago
I am an absolute Disney fanatic; I am actually quite obsessed. Hands down, this book is an excellent read! Throughout the entire novel, I did not want to put the book down. It is extraordinary how Serena Valentino beautifully describes the back story of how the Queen became so evil! You will not regret the time and money put into this book, trust me. I am currently on The Beast Within and then I will continue on to Poor Unfortunate Souls. This trilogy so far is well put together; I love how they compliment each other. I cannot wait to see which villains come out next!
true-stories-fan25 More than 1 year ago
As a fan of things like Wicked and "Once upon a time", I was so excited to find this while browsing my nook. It's not a long story, but it is written on point which makes reading it a sort of mini-experience to enjoy. Take the a Saturday and read this book!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
This book was published by Disney to preceed the May 30th release of Disney's film of the same title.  Maleficent is the evil fairy who enchants the princess Aurora, making her into Sleeping Beauty.  The story of how and why she comes to that decision is detailed.  Although readers of Sleeping Beauty may think of Maleficent as a human, this book brings back the notion that she is, in fact, a fairy.  A quick, easy read for the intended audience who will enjoy a different look at a story they may remember from childhood.  This book follows Disney's book,  Fairest of All:  A Tale of the Wicked Queen (adapted by Serena Valentino, c2009), the story of the evil ruler from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  The mostly-black cover and 5 1/2 x 7-inch size will make the book unique in look; the arresting cover illustration means the book won't stay long on the shelf.  This light read will be a hit with preteen girls.
S-Mychael More than 1 year ago
The story of Snow White always intrigued me. But the Wicked Queen as always by far my most favorite Disney character. I had always wondered what made her so vain, evil, and reached. Well this book tells you EVERYTHING you want to know. It was honestly a tragic tale of a who who had a very bad childhood. It also made me think why she didn't just through the mirror when she had the chance. Many questions I still have, But this by far an amazing book. I highly recommend this book to all Disney Villians lovers. Valentino really should make one about the Queen of hearts, or even Jafar!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is alright, but it is not my favorite book in the world. I just thought it could use more depth, and more events could happen. In some parts, you don't really know what's happening. I thought it could use a little more dialogue as well. I liked the concept of it, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a total snow white nut, I cannot get enough of her so when I saw the book telling the story of the evil queen I just knew I had to pick it up. If you are a nut like me I believe you will like the book, it goes into great detail about who the evil queen becomes so evil and I do not regret purchasing the book one bit I am in love with it. If anything I am mad at myself because I sat down and read the book within a few hours tops with mini breaks in between for my eyes sake!
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