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The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

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.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on January 27, 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN-10: 1250060559
ISBN-13: 9781250060556
18 Book Reviews
  • WhitestormSunday, July 5, 2020 at 11:15 am
    Don't get me wrong, I love this series. All the other books are amazing and I love Marissa Meyer's books. This one is the exception, though. If you like this, I don't blame you, but this is my opinion. The book has almost no action, Levana is still an entitled girl whose book does NOTHING to redeem her actions. In fact, it just made me dislike her MORE. The writing felt clunky and awkward, and the characters were all awful. Even if you are an avid fan of these books, like me, it is not a worthwhile read.
    • 13iamgroot
      13iamgrootMonday, December 30, 2019 at 1:13 pm33 starsFeatured
      I recently wrote a book review for the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, "Cress", and in that review I said that all the books in the Lunar Chronicles series were just as good, if not better, than the previous ones. I had spoke too soon, that statement does not apply to "Fairest." Just to clarify, "Fairest" is not part of the main Lunar Chronicles series, it is an add-on book/short story and it is read after "Cress" but before "Winter" so technically it is book 3.5. The main series is Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, but Fairest is a book on the main villain, Lunar Queen Levana, and should be read as book 3.5. Now back to me saying that "Fairest" wasn't as good as the previous books, I would even say it is my least favorite book from this series. Now I know that since this is a book on a villain, I should expect it to be kind of dark and evil and I did, but not as much as it was. (Dun dun dun!) This book was still a wonderful read, and I think maybe I wasn't used to reading books about the evil people in the world, or in this case, the moon. Some people say that they don't want to read this book before the finale of the series, "Winter", because they are worried that they will feel bad for Levana. Let me tell you, even after reading this book, I still think that Levana is super evil and cruel. I guess that after reading her backstory in this book, I could say that some of her "evilness" is due to her childhood, which was pretty horrible, but Levana made some pretty bad decisions and you can't blame all of them on her upbringing. I haven't read "Winter", the last book in the series yet, but I'm pretty sure it is necessary to read Levana's backstory before "Winter" because Levana has a big part to play in the last book. "Fairest" was alright, but it put a big spot light on beauty, and that is because all Lunars have a special power called glamour, which is the ability to manipulate brain waves and make people see you different than you are. Levana uses her glamour all the time to make herself prettier than she is, because of what her sister did to her when they were younger. I didn't think it was possible, but Levana's sister is even more evil than Levana grew up to be. Levana also uses her glamour to make her childhood crush fall in love with her, forcing their marriage and dooming herself to a lifetime of forced and fake love. Being the reader of this book was kind of hard, because I could see all sorts of things that Levana didn't, due to her being figuratively blinded by using her glamour to force power and love on other people and herself. Overall, I would say that this is a pretty dark book since it is based on a villain, but I would still recommend it to teens who like the lunar chronicles, because it is necessary to read if you want to understand the last book of the Lunar Chronicles series. I hope this review was helpful!
      • beachbreeze16
        beachbreeze16Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:05 am
        This review perfectly explains it! I thought i was the only one that didn't feel bad for Levana after this book, but i really was not a huge fan of it. Thank you for putting it in words!
        • 13iamgroot
          13iamgrootTuesday, January 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm33 stars
          Thanks, I totally agree with you!
      • kkgautamm
        kkgautammThursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:00 am44 stars
        really enjoyed this story about levana . it gives the background story of someone who was born without any evil in her, just like any other baby and how she became such a villian
        • kkgautamm
          kkgautammWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:50 am44 stars
          really enjoyed this story about levana and how she became such a villian.
          • septembergirl
            septembergirlTuesday, June 5, 2018 at 6:46 pm55 stars
            This is such a great series such a good idea. I got this book from the library I'm just have to wait until I finish "Cress".
            • victory
              victoryWednesday, March 28, 2018 at 6:08 pm55 stars
              this is the best book in the world because it shows you the different ways someone can be racist and that sometimes you need to see past the outside and look into the inside of a person.
              • bige71148
                bige71148Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:12 am55 stars
                An amazing addition and backstory to the collection!
                • mamabird
                  mamabirdWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                  What a great background on the royal Lunar family! Mariska Meyer did an excellent job expanding on an already amazing book series. I feel like I was there through it all happening!
                  • kell-bell
                    kell-bellWednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm11 star
                    I thought that this was an awful book. I had read 1-3 before reading Levana's story, and it was sick. I had to see into her twisted mind and watch her use and kill people. I did not like this at all, and thought that the back story could have been written better.
                    • scarletwitch
                      scarletwitchTuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm22 stars
                      I was very disappointed with this book. I was kind of hoping that explaining her back story would make me like the evil queen more, but I actually liked her less. It was still okay and one that you should definitely read along with the series, but my least favorite by far. Note: read this one BEFORE Winter.