Okay, so I don't want people thinking "Oh, it's just another fairy tale story." because it isn't. The characters are just based off them and actually have very interesting backgrounds. Especially Iko the android, because she's just freakin' hilarious. The story is really interesting and each book adds the perspective of another character. OhhhhHhhhHhhHH! And Fairest is coming out next January. It's set before the series starts when Queen Levana is 15 and goes through the next 10 years of her life showing her relationship between her and her sister and how she became Queen. There's also this small excerpt. "She felt no great loss at the death of her parents, who had been gone now for half the long day, eight artificial night. Their deaths had been terribly boring—assassinated by a shell, who had used an invincibility against the Lunar gift to sneak into the palace. The man had shot two royal guards in their heads before making his way to her parents' bedroom on the third floor, killing three more guards, and slitting her mother's throat so deeply the knife had severed part of her spine. He had then gone down the hallway to where her father was lying with one of his mistresses and stabbed him sixteen times in the chest. The mistress was still screaming, blood spurts across her face, when two royal guards found them. The shell murderer was still stabbing. Levana had not seen the bodies, but she had seen the bedroom the next morning, and her first thought had been that all that blood would make a very pretty rouge on her lips."