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 different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Published: May 28 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian
I was cautiously optimistic regarding Levana’s story. For the first three books she’s painted as an evil ruler, with no redeeming qualities, and there wasn’t much in the way of discussion regarding how she’d come to rule Luna, beyond that her sister and niece had passed away.
When the story began to unfold, I was shocked to find that Levana was actually humanized by the fact that her sister was a very vicious woman, who’d convinced Levana to burn herself – ultimately scarring her and giving reason to why she’s always veiled on Luna (and used her glamour on Earth).
The growing sympathy you come to have for Levana is, of course, later shattered by her treatment of her niece and the people she has in her inner court. The levels of manipulation and deceit that she goes to in order to remain Queen are somewhat terrifying in their own regard. Nothing is deemed ‘too far’ in the grand scheme of remaining the ruler of Luna.
A solid 4/5 stars! I wish I could go back and re-read this for the first time again.