FairestFairest: Levana’s StoryFairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer (#3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer

I’ve loved Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series, but wasn’t sure how I felt about the addition of this originally unplanned entry to the series.

After reading it, I’m still not sure. While I guess I can somewhat appreciate learning Levana’s backstory a bit, and having something eased the wait until the final book is published, is that enough?

It felt like an added-on book, without the depth that has made the others so unexpectedly enjoyable. How many examples did we need of how awful Levana is? And how much does having this weaker entry tarnish the overall excellence of the series?

What I did like is how you can see the incremental steps that took Levana down the path to becoming the despotic tyrant she is in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. There are moments of recognizing that maybe if she’d just NOT done this or that, how different things could have been for her, and for so many others.

While chronologically this book comes first, don’t read it that way. It would diminish the fun and discovery you’ll otherwise have with the others. Plus this is the weakest of them all, and if you start with it you might not be inclined to continue.

Despite my complaints about it, I wasn’t really all that disappointed in it – my expectations were pretty low, so it actually surpassed what I thought it might be. I enjoyed the character of Solstice, and seeing some of the characters we see in the other books. All in all though, this is an entirely skippable entry into the series, and not really worth the reading time.

Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: Fairest: Levana’s StoryFairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story by Marissa Meyer (#3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles series)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

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  1. Yeah, I think Meyer was kind of constrained by the fact that Levana can’t be redeemed. It’s a prequel. We know that she’s completely evil in Cinder et al, so there’s no suspense. There’s no possibility of a happy ending, and the book just wasn’t long or detailed enough to do more than give a sort of summary explanation of why she’s evil. Meyer tries to make these excuses and show steps in a spiral downward, but it just doesn’t quite work.

    I was pretty meh about it, too. :-/

    • Sheila says:

      I did like finding out some of Winter’s story, but felt like that could have been worked into a prologue of book #4. Wonder if that was her original plan, before adding in this extra book?

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