Fairest by Marissa Meyer

fairestIn 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.

First published: 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer is part of the Lunar Chronicles, although it isn’t truly part of the series in the sense that you don’t have to read it to understand the other books. I guess you can say it’s a companion novel? Is that what those are called? I don’t know. Whatever this is, though, I am really glad I read Fairest before reading Winter, since it really does add something to the story of this universe. Plus, it’s just a really great book!

The novella tells the story of Levana, who we know from the rest of the books as the evil Lunar queen, as well as Winter’s stepmother. Her background is hinted at but never fully explained, and I can see why Meyer decided to devote an entire novella to it. Levana is fascinating. She’s a true villain and completely insane, but intriguing nevertheless, especially because you don’t get to see the story through the eyes of the bad guy/girl all that often.

I don’t have that many thoughts on the book, to be entirely honest. I’m mostly just surprised at how evil that family is. Levana is bad, but next to Channary she seemed like the sensible choice for a queen. She truly thinks that she’s doing the right thing, and because we see everything through her eyes, the things she did almost made sense, kind of? Except the murdering bits. Those were just plain awful.

The writing, as always with Marissa Meyer, is just lovely. Good dialogue, pageturner-y overall style (that’s the professional term) and just really great. I also really liked the exploration of love that goes on in the book. Levana claims to be in love with another character, but he tells her that what she feels isn’t love and that she has no idea of what love is, which seems to be mostly true.

All in all, Fairest is a really interesting addition to the Lunar Chronicles and I recommend reading it before you read Winter, if you’re planning on reading that (or the rest of the series) at all. Having just read Winter myself, I did find that knowing more about Levana added another layer to the story, which is always a good thing, I think.

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2 thoughts on “Fairest by Marissa Meyer

  1. I too don’t have many opinions on this book, but I enjoyed it. I agree that as we’re seeing everything through Levana’s eyes the things she does kind of make sense. And you also feel sorry for her because of her sister, and she does believe what she was doing was for the greater good. It’s a good little filler into her background! We get to know her more as a person rather than just the villain.

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    1. It’s such a rollercoaster of emotions! You feel sorry for her because Channary is even more evil and awful, but then again you know what she’s like later, and also see how she treats the people around her. It’s complex – and I like it! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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