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 was an excellent conclusion to a superbly crafted series. Boy was this book long! It’s the second long book I’ve read in a row (the other was the sublime Oblivion) and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I loved every minute of it.
One of the things I love the most about this series is Marissa’s ability to develop so many different characters and give them all a unique voice. This could have all gone terribly wrong, but it didn’t, and each chapter flowed smoothly even with the POV changes. I read a lot of books narrated from one or two characters perspectives and this was a very refreshing change. She also gave me 4, yes, FOUR, different romances to root for. Pure heaven. All the romances were so sweet and I was praying that all our couples got their HEA.
This book was about so much more than romance, though. It was a race against evil to reinstate Cinder as the rightful Lunar heir, and thwart Queen Levana’s despicable plans. The plot was full of twists and turns and though I knew it was all going to work out fine in the end, I honestly couldn’t have predicted the journey.
The ending was great, even if I did want more! I would love a novella set a few years in the future to show where each of our couples are. Pretty please, Marissa?
This series is such an imaginative take on the classic fairytales we all know and love, and I’m in awe of this author’s ability to develop such a fantastic world with amazingly different, complex characters and put her own unique spin on the classic stories.
I also adore her writing. In my opinion, each book in this series is better than the last. If you haven’t yet checked out this series – you should! I’ve bought the collection for my niece for Christmas and I just know she’s going to love them as much as I have.
Incredible ending to an incredible series. I’m so sad it’s over, but look forward to whatever Marissa produces next.