Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Published by Feiwel & Friendson January 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
Rarely am I impressed with a companion novel to a series – but Meyer’s Fairest definitely changed that. Told from Levana’s POV, this short story confirmed just how evil she is. The reader is given a free pass into Levana’s head and its not the most comfortable place to be. She is insecure, broken, and completely alone which is usually a recipe for having some kind of general sympathy for a character but I found myself just wishing she would disappear most of the time.
I was thrilled about how Meyer approached telling a story about Levana. Levana is obsessive and lacks understanding in why pretending to be a man’s dead wife and force him in to loving, marrying, and sleeping with you is terrible and morally wrong. I definitely didn’t sympathize with Levana at all as the story progressed on. I did wish it was a bit longer, but it did a great job of creating more background for Winter.
I recommend reading Cress, book three before you read Fairest. I think it is enjoyed more once you know some of the characters from the first three books first.