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Think you know Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer? Think again! Fairest, a prequel of sorts, tells the story leading up to her glamourous rise to power. We get an in-depth look at her life growing up with Channery, her skill and determination when it comes to glamour and manipulation, and how she becomes the twisted villain we know.
I can't express how excited I was to finally pick this up from the library. This series offers such great retellings of classic fairy tales, and this prequel is no exception. I loved getting to see Levana's development. From her family relationships to forced romance, it's easy to follow her trajectory into the villain she becomes. The Levana we're introduced to is a lonely little girl who just wants to be loved, but we see her sociopathic tendencies really start to come out as she learns to get what she wants by creating glamours. I can appreciate her determination, but what she does by trying to force emotion is undeniably despicable. By the way, we also get to see Selene, Winter, and Jacin as children and a few other familiar figures, as well early development of key events.
Fairest by Marissa Meyer is is an excellent origin story and not to be missed by fans of The Lunar Chronicles. In my opinion, Winter cannot come soon enough!
I read this book on April 27, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.