Title: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillian)
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Acquired Via: Personal Collection
Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?
Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her "glamour" to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told...until now.
New York Times–bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Thank you so much, Marissa Meyer. You have left me with a dilemma. Before reading Fairest, I was content to have Cinder and the gang defeat Levana and go on about their business. Now, I want more for our evil Lunar queen when it comes to the final showdown in Winter.
Fairest begins when Levana is a young teenager, and her parents have just been assassinated. We are shown her insecurities and her psychotic sister, Channery. I was ready for Levana to kill Channery for being an evil, sick bitch (yes, I know that's brutal, but still...), but even she got some depth before her death. Why must every villain have shades of gray streaked through their black hearts?! Anywho, we also get to meet the love of Levana's life, Evret, and their relationship just breaks my heart.
Fairest is a very short novel, and I don't want to spoil anything, but it is a wonderful way to get to know the backstories of some of the characters and plot points in the Lunar Chronicles. Fairest is a good reminder to us that monsters are made, and not all evil goes straight to the bone.
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