I thought that when I read this book that I’d feel sympathetic towards Queen Levana, maybe have some pity, like her more, but I only managed to detest her, but also love her more as a villain. Talk about evil! I read this book a year after Cinder, so I didn’t remember much of what happened after everything Levana does here. However, I loved how Fairest was the type of story to, basically, lay out the main plot that starts with Cinder, setting the perfect stage for The Lunar Chronicles to begin.
I didn’t remember how evil Queen Chanary also was, but she was probably worse than Levana. In this story we are able to know more of how things work in Luna and how our dear evil character becomes the fearful tyrant we know and love. As bad as she was, I couldn’t really hold all the blame to her when many of the Lunars were indeed as vain as we believe, manipulators, deceivers, spoiled brats, and backstabbers. At least the royal, as we’re also able to know how one of the guards was and his wife, and they were simply lovely. There is also backstory on how Winter came to be, Princess Selene, and the slow but continuous blackening of Levana’s heart. I like to think of her as the type of person who, in their mind, they are the hero because they believe that what they do, no matter the ways they do it, is the right thing to do.
For those of you who have read Cinder, I loved how the first sentence of Fairest is exactly the same as the first sentence of Chapter 8 in Cinder, and the parallelism between Queen Levana and Cinder in many aspects *wink wink*. I don’t recommend people to read Fairest before Cinder. Even if there are no significant plot spoilers, there are a few things that are not mentioned in Cinder until further into the story, and many other things that might be obvious clues. Read at your own risk, but I guarantee you that you’ll love Levana even more, or hate her. Whichever.
PS. I think Regina and Queen Levana are super similar regardless of their different backstories, and Lana Parrilla would be a good actress for her ❤
Rating: 5 stars