Levana's Story

Book - 2015
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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. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from "Winter," the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
Publisher: New York :, Feiwel & Friends,, 2015
ISBN: 9781250060556
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Levana's story


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Mar 22, 2019

Haunting and enlightening, Fairest serves to create a spark of empathy with Levana. It's a good story.

Feb 09, 2019

A good read by more of a bonus in the Luner chronicles.... Definitely for an older audience but helps you see Levana in a different way.

Nov 24, 2018


You don't have to read this book.
But everything that Levana does in the Lunar Chronicles will make more sense.
It's a good book.
I recommend it.

Jul 09, 2018

Personally, I enjoyed this book, even though I don't think it was as interesting as the four main books in the Lunar Chronicles series. Marissa Meyer did a great job of telling Levana's story, but I was rarely able to sympathize with her. I appreciated reading about some of the important parts of the series' storyline that were hinted at during Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, but weren't brought to life until Fairest. If you enjoyed reading the other books in the Lunar Chronicles, this isn't a necessary book to read, but you'll still benefit from it.

sarahbru17 Jul 17, 2017

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
This book was so good and yet so bad. Obviously, Levana is a horrible person, so you don’t like her, but as the protagonist of this book, you have to sympathize with her. Talk about making a relatable, understandable villain! It was a real page-turner; I couldn’t put it down, but I was still horrified by everything she did. I really liked learning more about Evret and Channary. My one point of confusion was over Levana's glamour; it describes her as mimicking Solstace, but that's not how I'd pictured her during the rest of the series, so I'm not sure where the mix-up was. I really think it served its function very well within the Lunar Chronicles; it’s a great intermediary between Cress and Winter (I ended up reading it after Winter, and suddenly some things made a lot more sense). I might re-read it again in context with the rest of the series, but it’s almost more like bonus materials than it is a necessary re-read.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 29, 2017

Villain origin stories can be quite interesting, though this wasn't the best-executed example of it. Meyer strikes a good balance between making Levana a bit more sympathetic and showing the factors that led to her becoming the villain she is in the Lunar Chronicles, while also showing that she’s always been a bit unhinged. However, I really thought this was too long - it's practically the length of a full-length book, not a novella, and I think a lot of the information could have been conveyed in a short story. Fans of the previous books in the series will still likely want to read this, though, for completion's sake – and it’s also nice to read a bit more about the childhood of Princess Winter, before she takes her place at center stage for the series’ final installment

GCPL_Teen Jun 23, 2017

Though Levana is not an entirely believable character, this book is characterized by unexpected twists and little references to the other books in the Lunar Chronicles. Best read before Winter.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 10, 2016

Not usually a fan of the novella, I liked this background story on Levanna and history leading up to 'Cinder'. Meyer doesn't try to garner too much sympathy for our psychotic queen but succeeds in making the character less one dimensional.

Aug 10, 2016

This book was written beautifully, and the characters were realistic. In my opinion, Levana's actions were almost justified in a 'what else can you expect from the offspring of neglectful parents, self-esteem issues and a psycho older sister?' kind of way. I heard that other people call Levana a bad queen for the overproduction she starts (she increased productivity in factories), but I think that's ridiculous. You can find a ton of parallels between artemesian society and victorian britain. An upper class of lazy aristocrats. A lower class of factory workers. When the resources seem to be running out, try to invade other countries and set up colonies. Levana never struck me as particularly bad, since I was comparing her actions to other world leaders (Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, that kind of person). It's either that or I can't help feeling bad for a disfigured woman in a court where appearance is everything. It sounds horrible, but I never stopped to consider the suffering of other characters than Levana- compared to her's, their suffering was inconsequential. Levana is one of my favourite characters. I seem to favour the ones that normally are deemed "unlikable". They strike me as more believable. They're refreshing compared to the mary sues that plague most YA literature.
Did it come to anyone else after reading winter that Levana was actually very, very close to success? If Cinder had really died, and if Channary hadn't stolen her beauty and her confidence, she might've ended up ruling the world.

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May 03, 2018

We all know Queen Levana, the cruel Lunar who used her gift to manipulate others, make herself beautiful, and gain power she has always wanted. Now we dig deeper into her story

Oct 10, 2017

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.

Jul 27, 2015

This is a prequel that goes back to when levana was child. his book helps us understand why she is who she is. Don't worry, you will not end up feeling very sorry for her.

Apr 19, 2015

Very smart little bro ;)

Apr 19, 2015

"Queen Levana is 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...


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Jan 25, 2018

Sexual Content: There are definitely some consent issues going on. (Spoilers) Levana basically mind-controls a guy into sleeping with her and "falling in love" with her.

Dec 11, 2015

Sexual Content: Not a lot of description, but there is more here than in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.


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Feb 22, 2016

Love is a conquest...
Love is a war...

Jun 25, 2015

But she also knew that fire was dangerous, and illusions were dangerous, and being tricked into believing things that weren’t real was often the most dangerous thing of all.

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