Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Book Description:

Published: 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.

The story takes place about twenty years before the start of Cinder, when Levana is fifteen years old. It starts on the day of her parents’ funeral. Her parents have been murdered by a shell who was not happy with their rule. As a result of their death, Levana’s older sisterChannary is about to be crowned the new queen of Luna. From there, the story goes through about ten years of Levana’s life. The book gives insight into what has made Levana into the person we see later, her relationships with Channary and her niece Selene, how she became the stepmother of Winter and what exactly lies beneath Levana’s glamour.

Review –

I rated this book five stars ***** because it captured my attention from the very beginning and never let go.

The author, Marissa Meyer, does a fantastic job in telling us the back story of the evil Queen Levana of Luna.  We find out about her sad childhood without parents or friends and just her evil older sister to have for company. It’s no wonder she would fixate on Evret Hale, a handsome court guard and after his wife dies in childbirth manipulates his mind into thinking he loves her.  She finally wears him down and he does marry her but never loves her and ten years later she has him killed so she can marry the Emperor of Earth to help her in her take over of the planet. 

She always wears a glamour because when she was six her evil older sister manipulated her into going into a fire and her left side was horribly disfigured, but about the same time she has Evret killed she decides to just wear a veil instead of worrying with the glamour.

The next installment in the Lunar Chronicles is Winter. Winter is the daughter of Evret and his first wife, Solstice and the step-daughter of Queen Levanna.   It will be out in the Fall of this year.  Can’t wait!

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