This book is a companion book to the Lunar Chronicles series (you can see my reviews of the previous books here and here). In it, the evil queen Levana’s backstory is explored, and we get to see how her past ties in with the current battle between Levana and Cinder and her friends.
The book reveals a lot of Levana’s past, and we get a good look into her twisted mind. What I enjoyed most about this book is that even though we get Levana’s backstory, she still isn’t too sympathetic. We see Levana’s love, and her true appearance, but we also see how, even though she’s had some hard times and truly wanted to be a good queen, she never related to others’ emotions or understand how her actions and manipulations truly affected those around her–even those she cared about.
Although I had heard some mixed reviews about this book prior to reading it, I think it definitely deserves a place with the rest of the Lunar Chronicles books. It gives the reader a deeper understanding of the events in Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, as well as a look into the mind of a villain.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good