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?
Overall, I’m really pleased with this finale. All the questions were answered, all the story lines given satisfying resolutions, and all the plot points nicely resolved. There was also a ton of evidence for character growth for every one of the main characters, though I would say minimally with Winter and Jacin as we spent the least amount of time with them.
But let’s talk about Winter and Jacin since this book is hers! Kind of. They weren’t my favorite, they were probably tied with Cress and Thorne (who were pretty cute in this one) behind Cinder/Kai and Scarlet/Wolf. They were certainly the most romantically centered of all the groups we’ve seen though. Part of that may just be the Snow White story to begin with. And I saw all those traits in Winter; the uncompromised innocence, the instant admiration she gained, and her ‘huntaman’s’ inability to deny her charms. But I also liked her underlying cleverness and strength. She ended up being vital to Cinders cause, and utilized her weakness in doing so.
Ok, now to everyone else.
I loved how much Cress and Thorne grew up, they seemed the most immature to me and they showed so much more of themselves in this one. Cress pushes herself to be brave and starts to become a different young woman. While Thorne pushes himself to be less selfish and defend his ‘crew’ who he’s come to care about so much.
I didn’t really think there was much more growth that Wolf and Scarlet could achieve, but they still did. Scarlet’s perseverance and her new soft edges were great. She’s still the most bad ass of the group, but she’s not afraid to tell the people she cares about how much she cares about them. I really liked that we got to learn more about Wolf and his family, he’s also more confident and I loved that.
Watching Cinder and Kai take on this political power couple role was really fun, and they achieved so much while still caring about each other.
I did have a few moments when I was all “haven’t they been through enough! Stop making things worse for them all!” But I also enjoyed that it wasn’t easy for them to overthrow a government and all live happily ever after, they all had to fight for what they wanted and for the betterment of things bigger than themselves.
I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this series.