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?
Song For This Book: When You Wish Upon A Star
Please note that this review will likely contain some spoilers from previous books in the Lunar Chronicles.
Okay, before we start, can we take a minute to admire how gorgeous this book cover is? The cover of this book is the reason that I picked up this series. I wish I was joking, but honestly, I read the rest of the series because I knew I had to read this book, solely because I loved the cover.
Often when you get to the last book of the series, you end up with mixed feelings about the whole thing ending, whether you liked it or not. But that’s not the case with Winter. This book leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, and you are satisfied with the whole ending to the series. Well, satisfied and a little sad because it’s over. Thank goodness for novellas and short stories, right?
This was definitely my favourite book of the entire series. I absolutely adored Winter’s character and her relationship with Jacin, and everything about her story. Add in the rest of the fantastic characters from the rest of the books, lots of action, and some fantastic discussions, and it made for a very enjoyable read.
The Good Points of Winter:
As with the rest of the books, the characters were absolutely fantastic, and how they grew through this book was really nice. It felt natural, despite the unnaturalness of the rest of the story.
I really enjoyed how each of the fairytales worked out in this book. I loved how Snow White’s plot was worked into Winter’s story, and how it was adapted to fit Winter and the rest of the characters. I also loved how each of the other stories wrapped up in this book, which helped in making this a satisfying ending to the book.
One thing I loved about this book was that it didn’t necessarily end with the end of the book. The main plot of the book did finish, but the characters continued to talk about the future and what their plans were. It make it feel like this world was more than just a story in a book.
The pace of this book on amazing. It’s a really long book, and if the pacing was off, it wouldn’t have worked. But it was great, and it wraps you into the story and gets you hooked. All of a sudden, you’ve read three hundred pages in one sitting.
Iko’s character. Just her whole thing.
The Downsides of Winter:
As I mentioned, this book was incredibly long. 800 pages is a lot to get through. Not that I have any idea of what could have been cut to shorten it, though.
As much as I love all of the couples in this series, I would have really liked if one of the characters didn’t find true love in the story. What are the chances that four girls all find love over such a short period? It just would have been nice.
All in all, I absolutely adored this book. It had great friendships and love and adventure and magical powers and all kinds of other things that I adore. I enjoyed this series so much, and I’m really looking forward to checking out Fairest and Stars Above, as well as going back and rereading these books again.
Have you read Winter? What did you think?