Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
This is the FINAL book in the series, to read my reviews of the other books see: Cinder (Book 1), Scarlet (Book 2), and Cress (Book 3)
The Good Bits.
As in the finale of any series, I had some expectations for this novel. And I will say that my rating is based on not being able to find much fault in the ending. If you’re used to emotion endings that leave you in tears, that’s not what Winter will give you. What it finishes with, is a happily ever after that you can feel satisfied with. Including all the romance you ever wanted to see in the other books but missed. As usual, there’s a lot of the group getting separated from each other, but their reunions are significantly more romantic than in the other novels.
There are a few new characters that pop up and I have to comment Marissa for even making minor characters that leave an impression. Even for characters that appeared briefly and then died, I found myself missing them and wishing they stuck around. And it was great how the Lunar people were orchestrating a lot of the rebellion themselves because the common people rising up is pretty damn cool.
— Liselle (@lunchtimelib) March 24, 2016
I also enjoyed seeing what Levana’s slow fall from grace. You could see her slipping up and making mistakes as Cinder reclaiming the throne becomes more of a threat. She sincerely believes that she’s a great ruler and further, that she deserves her rule. And you don’t have to read Fairest to get a glimpse into Levana’s past. I actually preferred that I hadn’t read Fairest because I got just enough info about Levana to make her a more rounded villain.
I don’t have many negative things to say about this novel, just a couple things that were a bit irksome. One being that the threat to Princess Winter’s life felt less like a threat and more like an excuse to sneak in Snow White references. That and the ending is less of a big bang finish and more like a slow burnout.
Finished #Winter. I think I was expecting a Hunger Games type epilogue with marriage and babies but none of that! Probably for the best
— Liselle (@lunchtimelib) March 27, 2016
The Last Bite.
Winter is an action-packed finish to the Lunar Chronicles series and will not disappoint fans. That being said, I can understand some of the complaints meant about the length. Could it have ended sooner? Yes. Did the quality of the novel suffer from the length? I don’t think so.
What type of series ending do you like? A big bang finish? Or a more restrained ending? Why?
Let me know in the comments!
Let’s do lunch again next week!