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(The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  126,024 ratings  ·  15,324 reviews
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 diffe
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
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Samantha I think you ought to read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress first. You'll be more familiar with the characters that seem to be only mentioned a few times in …moreI think you ought to read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress first. You'll be more familiar with the characters that seem to be only mentioned a few times in this book (haven't read it yet) and may get the wrong idea about Queen Levena. She's evil!!(less)

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Emily May
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”

4 1/2 stars. This is easily my favourite book of the series. Well... so far, but I find it hard to imagine that Winter will top this.

I enjoyed this book immensely and I had the feeling beforehand that it would be the villain's story that affected me most. There's just something really great about reading the stories behind the villains, finding out w
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
this book honestly didn't do much for me, other than confirming how terrible levana is. ...more
Miranda Reads

Seven of my favorite Bookish Villains in one BookTube Video!
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An absolutely essential read.

Rarely (and I do mean rarely ) does a companion novel enhance, improve and brings another dimension the original set. Fairest does all that and more.

Lunars (the advanced civilization living on the moon) can manipulate what you see and think through bioelectric energy.

Princess Levana (age 15) is neurotic about maintaining her glamour at all times due to a disfiguring "accident" cau
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book 24/100 of 2015

WOW SO GOOD! I really shouldn't like nor sympathize with Levana, kind of made me! Well...not exactly like, but definitely understand who she is and why she ended up that way. The pacing was great and I was never bored, which should be expected as it is only 222 pages. I also liked that we got a whole backstory for Cinder and Winter as well! I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL WINTER IS RELEASED
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
2.5 ish maybe?
Kind of wish I had skipped this one. I wasn't a fan of the back story, it just seemed unoriginal and on top of that there was a scene that made me very uncomfortable because it is essentially in every way rape unless I misunderstood? I don't know. Just not worth the read for me.
Liz* Fashionably Late
Buddy read with amazing Tanya (:



When I decided to read this book, I did it having in mind every other book in this series: funny, compelling and perfectly okay stories. That would explain why I was really not expecting the level of creepiness, weirdness and are-you-fucking-kidding-me-ness this book had to offer.

She hated mirrors. Hated their reflections, their truths.

Among Meyer's characters, Levana is definelty the most complex one. I could easily describe the
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
((gulp)) Well that explains a lot.

Fairest was brutal; even for me and I love brutal.

After reading this, I can't say I am surprised Levana turned out the way she did. However, the girl still deserves some credit, some of that cruelty was all her own.

Fairest: Levana's Story was published after Cress and just prior to Winter.

Even though that was the publication order, I actually chose to read it directly following my completion of Winter. Frankly, I think it could be read at any time, or not at al
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

It didn't occur to me that some readers might skip this installment of THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, counting it as a novella. Technically, while being a prequel, I think it's still a full-length novel. I don't know the word count, but I did the math (with a calculator, and everything), and even excluding the preview of WINTER that begins at 79%, Levana's story is still over 200 pages.


And regardless, any fan of the series will want to read this book, b/c:

1. What does Levana r
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, buddy-read
"Mirror, mirror on the wall.
Who is the most INSANE FUCKING PSYCHO BITCH of them all?"

(a direct quote)

So, this is basically what happened to me while reading this book:

me, before reading fairest: piss off levana god i hate this fucking noodle
me, 25 pages in: PROTECT HER!!!!!!!!
me, after reading fairest: yeah she can choke

i feel like the actual Evil Queen here is Marissa Meyer for putting me through this form of emotional abuse, i hope from the depths of my black sinner heart that she can't slee
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full Review on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RAd1c5jKxA8

Yikes. This queen is cray...

We all knew that Queen Levana was a bit psycho from reading Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress... I never realized how many issues this lady really has.
I LOVED this book, just like the other books in the Lunar Chronicles. If you haven't read this series yet, I would suggest that you don't start with this book, however. I know that it's a prequel, but so much information is shared in this book that you don't learn until book
Okay so I knew I didn't like this book, but I didn't know I hated it.

Life is just full of surprises.

I like Levana as a villain in the real Lunar Chronicles books (I am already actively removing this from my conception of the series) because a b*tch is RUTHLESS. She is kicking ass and taking names and committing acts of biological warfare that lead to long-term genocide.

Your fave fantasy villain could never.

She's also crafty and smart and mysterious and all of that is what makes her cool as hell.
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Yet another extremely outstanding story. I'm slowly turning into a fan, an adept and an evangelist of M.M., I think!

She tried to distract herself by planning who she would be that day.
A thousand possibilities floated before her. (c)
Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness. (с)
It calmed her, sinking into the glamour. (c)
She was a beautiful fool, though, which was the worst kind. (c)
A risqué effervescent spirit. (c)
The stronger Luna’s economy
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Mirror, Mirror on the wall ~ Who's the fairest of them all Well, it sure as hell isn't evil Levana!

Re-read through audio =)

Wow! I can see where Levana turned evil from all she went through from childhood etc. But she didn't have to turn evil, it just takes over if you let it. I see all the reasons she became sad, tired of it all, jealous, whatever you want to call any of it, it's just that I feel she could have become so much more. She seemed to be the happiest when she was the most evil thoug
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

If you thought Queen Levana was evil before, you will see just how corrupted she really is! I don't often read novellas, but this one is a bit longer than average and completely worth it to be able to see Levana's childhood and how she grew up to be who she is. It also gives us a glimpse at our beloved characters' childhood so we get a real 360 look at what happened in the past.

Despite her evil ways and sometimes shocking delusions, Levana's story is just plain sad. This

Talk about a book that makes you feel (a bit) sorry for the psychotic villain in all the other books!
Are you reading the Lunar Chronicles?
Then this is a Must-Read. No, you can't skip it because it's a novella ...and let me tell you why, ok?
First, this sets up EVERYTHING that happens in the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. It's the prequel that doesn't suck.
Second, you get to find out about the past that Cinder forgot. You know what I'm talking about, right?
Then you need to go read
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Tamara Obradović
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*makes devastating sobbing noises and cries myself to sleep*
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I don't know why, but she'll forever be my queen Levana
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Young Cinder and Winter. Dr. Erland. Love. Death. This story will kill me.


Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Holy crap.

My favorite character in the Luner Chronicles is getting a full length novel all to herself. Nothing but cruel Levanna for 256 pages. And full-coloured art. COLOURED ART, PEOPLE.

Kai Spellmeier
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness.”

I liked reading Fairest to pass the time waiting for Winter. But I just loved Winter.

Marissa Meyer demonstrates again how she can build fantastic worlds and interesting characters from nothing. It was intriguing reading about the Lunar world, especially from the bad guys POV. Even though it did not make Levana more sympathetic. Just more pathetic, naive, self-centered and cruel.

The thing is, I did not really
It's official, Levana is bat shit crazy! Off her damn rocker. Needs to be locked up. Insane. Think that about sums it up.

I'm actually really torn about how I feel about this book. I went into it thinking I was going to get a backstory and then in turn understand why Levana is the way she is. And while I did get the reasoning behind it I still don't feel she is justified in any way and I absolutely do not feel sorry for her. Instead my heart actually hurts for those who have been so unfortunate
Em Lost In Books
Now I can see why Levana is the way she is but still she can't be forgiven for what she did to Selene. ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
~ 3.5 stars ~

TW/CW: sexual abuse, rape, adult-minor relationship

I'm really conflicted in regards to this book. On one hand there is one particular thing that I hated with a burning passion and I didn't think it was absolutely phenomenal or extraordinary, but it was good.

I thought Levana's villian origin story made sense. Everything she went through and how that affected her and shaped her into the person she now is, but from the start it was obvious that she is manipulative and doesn't know whe
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I am so sad. This absolutely broke me. I definitely recommend reading this if you love the series because you get such an interesting insight into Levana's character. She is so so so so evil :( ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, Fairest blew me away.

After reading Cress two months ago and getting highly disappointed by it, my excitement for Winter decreased. I wasn't even planning on reading Fairest. However, Cait recommended it to me after I told her I was looking for something short and easy to read and told me it was fantastic. Naturally, after Cress, I was a tad hesitant but I still decided to give it a try. And would you look at that! Blown away!!

Prior to starting this, I was aware I'd get to see the exte
Robin (Bridge Four)
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Re-reading because I have just enough time to fit in this craziness before Winter

Okay....bumped up 1/2 star because it is brilliant even if it is difficult to be in Levana's head for that long. She is BAT-SHIT-CRAZY and I understand how every step and decision she made from the time she was 15 led her to that last cruel step she took and rationalized to herself. She is so broken there is no chance of redemption anywhere.

*sobs for Evret*

First Read Jan 2015

3.5 Self Loathing Stars

The best villains
Drcong O '
2 1/2 stars. I hate Levana and I don't care for her at all. However, that is not the cause of my low rating.

This novella is about what turned Levana into such a monstrous evil queen. Now I really liked her whole point of view, her thoughts and feelings, but some of the stuff she did was just plain fucking monstrous and no matter what she went through, does not excuse what she fucking did. (view spoiler)
This is good enough to be its own novel, and I would gladly buy it if that ever happens.

I love a good villainous backstory, but I wasn't prepared to sympathize with Levana as much as I did. As a child, she's constantly covering herself up with a glamour - because she's hiding something. Levana, having been mistreated her whole life, hasn't the faintest idea what love is. So when she falls head over heels for a married man, Evret Hayle, she does what she thinks is right - she tricks him. His wif
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I found this to be a fascinating look into Queen Levana.
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars


“Levana knew a great deal about beauty, just as she knew a great deal about ugliness.”

Ooh, this was good.


I debated reading this versus skipping straight on to Winter, before deciding to knock out the shorter of the two. And I’m so glad I did!

This book was profoundly darker than the rest of the series, and the tone works. As much as I enjoy TLC, I really hope Marissa Meyer writes something darker in the future, because I'd love to see how she handles it with a larger ser
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