Fairest by Marissa Meyer
January 27, 2015
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.
First off, I am terribly sad that I am not holding a copy of Winter.
With that said, though, I am still incredibly happy that I read Fairest. It's barely a novel at 220 pages, and it doesn't further the plot, but it does give incredible insight into the villain Queen Levanna. Readers find out who she is, and how she came to be that way.
Do I like Queen Levanna after reading Fariest? Certainly not. She makes terrible, selfish decisions. However, I understand her and I do sympathize with her younger self. Brought up believing she was "second best" to her sister, Levanna is incredibly self-aware. Is her glamour flawless? Does Sir Everet love her? Does her country love her? Her glamoured illusion is all she knows to be true, and's pretty soon you find her spiraling out of control. The woman is crazy and obsessed, but she wasn't always that way. And she's not entirely to blame.
I don't think you have to read Fairest to read Winter. It's a story that stands on it's own, while providing greater depth to the Lunar Chronicles. It amazing to see hints toward the first three books, which is probably why this should be read after Cress.
For those just starting the Lunar Chronicles, read Cinder first. While an intriguing character story, the world building and romance that make Meyer's books so much fun is missing in Fairest. It's a novel for fans, and now I am even more excited for Winter to release.