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.
I have never truly hated Levana, nor did I ever admire her. Let’s just say that, even after 3 books, I still think that she is cunning and manipulative and hell bent on controlling the whole freaking world, but evil? Fairest has made me sure about one thing: Levana is not evil, she’s just mad. Terribly, horribly, mad. Intelligent, yes, but mad all the way.
But at birth? Not really. From the glimpses we have of her childhood, it was more Channary who was the one missing something, but otherwise she looked like an innocent girl… until shit went down. it was definitely from this moment that Levana changed.
She was not really manipulative and cunning, you know? Well, she was, but she mostly didn’t show it. While Channary was mostly clothes-jewellery-gossiping-men, Levana was more interested into the politics of her country and how it all worked out. Sure, she is one hell of a good strategist and knows exactly what to do and when to do it to have it all. On the opposite of Channary, she thinks that she is doing everything for the well-being of her planet, even if it means killing everyone else. That’s brutal. But that’s Levana.
Mostly, this book made me pity her more than I already did. I mean, if you read this book, you know how she always made everything happen for the good of her planet. That’s the only thing she wants. Unfortunately, it also brought her downfall into utmost evilness and cruelty. Yes, we get it: you had a harsh and traumatic childhood and you never got what you wanted, in the sense that even though you were sincere once in your life, it brought you nothing but pain and misery. But inside of getting out of here, you drowned in it until you came out determined that everybody, in a way, should suffer with you. That is the most selfish thing a queen could do.
All in all, I think this novella is a great addition of you want to know about the person behind the white veil. It’s interesting, with great turn of events, and you feel like you understand Levana better. (but I still won’t forgive her for what she did and what she will do in Winter… whatever what that may be)
You enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles? Then read this book 🙂