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Introducing FAIREST: Levana’s Story

Posted on: 16th Jun 2014  /   Categorized: Fairest

The news has just been released, complements of USAToday.com. I’ll have a new full-length novel coming out in January titled FAIREST: Levana’s Story, and just like the title suggests, this book will be delving into the backstory of Queen Levana, the wicked tyrant of The Lunar Chronicles.

Read the announcement and notes from my interview on USAToday.com: “Meyer’s Fairest Delves into Evil”

Add FAIREST to your GoodReads lists here.


Fairest_cover Final


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.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

On sale January 27, 2015.

Yes, this means that WINTER has been pushed back to November of 2015, but it also means that I will have not one, but TWO books releasing next year! (With HEARTLESS to follow shortly after in 2016!)


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HAVE QUESTIONS ON FAIREST, WINTER, AND THE LUNAR CHRONICLES? I’ll be answering them during our Google Chat, this Wednesday, June 18, at 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST. Hope to see you there!

49 Comments

  1. Sylvia commented on:

    I have conflicted feelings! I am so happy about learning of Queen Levana but I am also so sad about winter being pushed. Happy and sad. Lol.

  2. Alazia commented on:

    I agree with Sylvia. I really am looking forward to hearing Levana’s side. 😀 But Winter…I was so pumped for that and Heartless. 🙁 I’m beyond positive that Fairest will wow me though (I wonder if she’s always been evil. We get answers you guys!) so it’s fair enough. 🙂

  3. LiamZee commented on:

    STOP IT, JUST STOP IT. DO YOU, LIKE, ENJOY KILLING PEOPLE WITH EXCITEMENT?? IT IS CRUEL AND FRUSTRATING, BUT OMFG MARISSA MEYER, YOU ARE PERSONIFIED PERFECTION, YOU ARE MY QUEEN LEVANA, MY QUEEN OF HEARTS AND I SWEAR TO GOD, I SWEAR TO GOD, I WOULD GIVE AWAY MY DOG TO HAVE WINTER, FAIREST AND HEARTLES… I WOULD GIVE AWAY MY HOUSE! THAT COVER THO, YOU CAN’T EVEN HANDLE THAT COVER, NOBODY CAN HADLE THAT COVER, IT IS TOO MUCH, I AM LITERALLY FANGIRLING, I JUST FOUND OUT AGHHRG THAT COVER!!! THAT FRIGGIN COVER, I NEED IT IN MY SHELF IN BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE SERIES ASAP, LIKE NOW.

  4. Mary commented on:

    Yay!! This is so awesome! I just finished reading Captain Thorne’s Guide to Being Lucky and I can’t wait to read the next story/book! 😀 Levana’s point of view sounds really interesting!!!

  5. Cate commented on:

    How is someone suppose to react to this because I’m happy about the new book but I’m devastated at how long I have to wait for winter now. By the time the book will be out I’ll be exhausted from waiting. Ok I can do this…. WHO AM I KIDDING I CANT DO THIS!! THIS IS TOO LONG A WAIT I WILL HAVE A HEART ATTACK!

  6. Alicia commented on:

    I CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG FOR WINTER!!! NOVEMBER… NEXT YEAR???!!!

  7. Victoria commented on:

    OMG Winter is getting pushed back all the way to November NEXT year I don’t think I can wait that long
    *screams in pilllow*y
    BUT on the bright yay Levana’s story can’wait to see what drove her to her wicked ways

  8. Your Name commented on:

    SQUEEEEEE!!!!! Thank you so much for doing this! TLC is my favorite book series and you are my favorite author, so this just makes me oh so happy! 🙂 *fangirling so hard right now* xD

  9. Emily commented on:

    Please come to Tampa FL on your next book tour!! 🙂

  10. Mirage commented on:

    am so excited about this queen levana is a very shady character so it’s great to know more about her although i have a feeling that she will turn out to be a real psychopath 😀

  11. Kay commented on:

    Personally, I’d rather read Winter first, but I guess it isn’t my decision, so Fairest will have to do until Winter is finally released.

  12. Alicia commented on:

    Can’t Winter be released in July or something? Just not after October!!!

  13. Gretchen Esquenazi commented on:

    Fairest sounds like it is going to be awesome. I am having one of those excite fan girl moments where I have to tell everybody an awesome book is coming out and I want to read it NOW!

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  15. Karina commented on:

    Uuuuggggggghhhhhhh WHY??? Cress ended with Scarlet STILL trapped on Luna, and now we have to wait until NEXT NOVEMBER to see them bust her out?! I can’t wait that long for a cliffhanger like that to be resolved!!! I mean it’s great that Fairest is being written, but SEVENTEEN MONTHS UNTIL WINTER COMES OUT?!?!?!?!

  16. adele commented on:

    NO. THAT WAS SO STUPID. What the heck are you thinking!! I would so have winter then that. why?? I’M GOING TO DIE

  17. adele commented on:

    Aw… no, no. And i thought it was gonna be a novella? :,(

  18. adele commented on:

    this sums up how i feel: 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 NOOOOOOO…..!!##%%&&**(()???!!!

  19. adele commented on:

    I guess this is the bIG news!! Wow… I can’t wait 2 read! 🙂 (I’m getting unstressed now)
    I was wondering, u know how you did coping strategies on cress why not do that with winter?? And maybe how you came up with fairest, and the writing process of that etc. I think those 2 things would be super cool!

  20. memyselfandbooks commented on:

    SO CONFLICTED… And now I have to wait longer to test my theory about Winter!!!!! And no Cinder/Kai interaction!!!!!!!!!! But this does mean that there’s more reading material… so the lunar chronicles will last longer! Also, judging by the Winter teasers you released, and by the chapter in Levana’s POV in Cress, Levana had an interesting past, which I would very much like to read. There’s a plus to everything.!

  21. Adele commented on:

    Uh, you mispelled compliments. You did complements.

  22. Ashli commented on:

    so conflicted, love the fact that we’re learning more about Levana but pushing Winter to Next November……I’ll be living on snippets for 10 extra months……oh boy

  23. Kate commented on:

    Just curious, will you have a short story for Winter in the forth book? Yes? 🙂

    Also I’ve notice almost every character has had a book or short story about them… I think it would be interesting to know Prince/Emperor Kai’s backstory too. Hehehe, just a thought 😛

  24. Nina commented on:

    IT COMES OUT A DAY AFTER MY BIRTHDAY! YAYYY!!!

  25. Lauren commented on:

    OMG I think that Heartless will be about Iko because she has no heart beat….

  26. Marissa commented on:

    Hi Lauren, I love that theory and I might have some idea for an Iko-themed story in the future… but Heartless is completely separate from the Lunar Chronicles. It’s a prequel to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” all about the Queen of Hearts. 🙂

  27. Elan commented on:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!NO FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Thank you LiamZee) I want that book in beautiful hardcover!!!!!!!!!!!!!You can just postpone Levana’s story instead right???????Anyway,what is Heartless, is it the fifth book or something because I really need that book too u know.WINTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Miranda commented on:

    Wait so is Fairest the third or fourth book? Dying over Winter… At least now Winter comes out in the winter.

  29. Marissa commented on:

    Fairest is the fourth book to be published (Cress was #3), but is a prequel that takes place before the series. Winter will then be the final (fifth) book.

    Heartless is completely unrelated to the Lunar Chronicles. 🙂

  30. Emma commented on:

    I’m so so surprised!!!! So amazing! I don’t know if I’m happy or sad. Fairest is coming! But Winter takes longer! Just keep the amazingness coming!

  31. Commie Morgan (a.k.a the Chameleon) commented on:

    Eeeeeeee!!!!! I’m super excited! At first I was sad that winter was coming out late but I’m glad that we get to see how Levana came to be. BUT IM REALLY, REALLY SAD THAT THE LUNAR CHRONICLES ARE ENDING. it’s like that with all the seiris I’ve read, Harry Potter, Gallager Girls, Ingo, and now the Lunar chronicles!

  32. Sam commented on:

    I’ll be interested to see if this can engender any compassion in me for Levana. I suspect she has a tragic backstory… the mysterious ring she thought would bring her happiness and so on… but she’s just so callous! I’m intrigued. Though of course I am most looking forward to Winter and the conclusion of the saga.

  33. jazz commented on:

    yay…

  34. Nadi commented on:

    I’ve just finished the three books. The books are excellent. I am just a little disappointed that I started this series too soon. I cannot put myself through this torture of getting Levana with no finality in sight until maybe November, if that is it with Winter. I will have to clear my mind of this book and have my daughter remind me in November to get these two in hopes that Heartland is not a continuation of bad times. Excellent excellent excellent books but I can’t hang on this cliff. I’ll climb the mountain again in November.

  35. elizabeth commented on:

    mixed emotions.

  36. Ambrozia commented on:

    I love this series. My school is getting it on the 27th and I’m going to be the first to get it. I’m so happy, be my friend and I friend are fighting over who is going to get it first. I’m so happy about this book, then winter in November!! I have to read Alice in Wonderland now because of heartless. I’m in love your writing so much. When I grow up I want to write too. I adore u.. keep writing because you are my role model. :{)~

  37. Christina commented on:

    Hey! Huge fan. 🙂 I preordered this in December but my order says it’s awaiting publication and it won’t be ready until March? Is this a Canadian thing or just from Book Depository? 🙁 I’m so bummed.

  38. Evelyn commented on:

    I am so happy to hear that but I am sad because I live in Greece and not even Cress has been published here.Please do something about that I can’t wait to read these books.♥

  39. Ambitiously Unique commented on:

    The first time I started reading the lunar series I just couldn’t keep my eyes off of it. It was like I was glued to the screen

  40. Evelyn Khew commented on:

    I really loved Fairest, especially Evert. Oh gosh! However, I wanted to see the full colour art but I didn’t get it. I think its because I got the international version. Its really sad though… Can I see it? Please? Thank you!

  41. Nerdiebirdie commented on:

    Oh my god!!!!!!! Thank you to Marrisa Meyers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absohootly loved your books!!!! My best friend Mateo and I just finished cress. Please please please answer me this!!! How did you get insperation for this series?!?! And can you give me some tips on how to write a story??? ( P.S next time your on a book tour, come to Austin Texas)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Val commented on:

    I have introduced these books to one of my classes, from a book report, now 15 people are reading them! When will the cover be announced for Winter?

  43. Your Name commented on:

    ALSO COME TO SAN DIEGO CA!!!!!

  44. BookLover commented on:

    I love the series so far, but I can’t really wait for Winter to come out!!!!! It’s so good!!!!!! Want to know what happen next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. ellie kim commented on:

    When is queen Levena’s birthday?

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  47. Rachel commented on:

    Fairest isn’t a novel, it’s a short story or an essay. Such a huge disappointment… I didn’t realize I was going to waste money on a book that offered no new information or insight…. Not cool.

    I absolutely loved the first three books in the series and I hope winter doesn’t disappoint, but making your readers pay for fairest doesn’t seem right.

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  49. Anna Gaid commented on:

    What age is Queen Levana when she married Evret?

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