At the turn of the quattrocento, when the mysteries of the new
world threaten the belief systems of the old, a girl with hair as
black as a raven's wing, and skin as white as snow, comes of age.
The Papal States are ravaged by marauding forces of condottieri,
Savaronola is burned at the stake, and the famous Borgia family
recipe for poison has to be located in the Vatican files.
A Snow White story of affecting poetry and romance, Mirror
Mirror constitutes the world of the Renaissance as a troubled and
magical time in which Vatican corruption, Atlantic exploration and
conquest, and the secrets husbanded in Byzantine monasteries come
to bear on the life of Bianca Nevada. This abandoned girl of
Tuscany has had the misfortune to fall under the charge of one of
history's most mysterious villainesses, Donna Lucrezia of the
Borgias. It's all here: why the eighth dwarf left his brothers, why
the hunter spared Bianca's life, and what happened to the deer who
gave her heart to be brought as proof of the girl's murder...The
novel continues in the spellbinding tradition of Maguire's earlier
novels, as Bianca Nevada comes out of the shadows, to ask of the
reader: Well? Who is the fairest of us all?