Author: Marissa Meyer
Provided Synopsis: 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?
Review: Don’t get me wrong –- I really liked this, and that last chapter filled me with some serious happiness, but if I am to be completely honest, then I have to say the biggest problem with Winter is … Winter.
Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress were each given their own books, in which the fairytales they correspond with can thrive with Marissa Meyer’s imagination while still playing a part in the overall plot of the series. Due to this, I feel as if I know them better, and can relate to them better since having their own book gave them the time to be the star and become fleshed out characters that I love.
Winter, unfortunately, is not given that treatment. She is introduced briefly in Cress, but it was nothing thorough. Her book is the final in the series; everything needed to come to a climax and be concluded within its pages. Yes, the fairy tale of Snow White is still there, but it never really felt as if it were needed in the overall plot, nor did it feel like it did anything to make Winter stand in the spotlight. I wanted to love Winter, but I still come away feeling as if I do not know her very well at all, aside from the obvious things such as the symptoms of her lunar sickness, her beauty, and her kindness.
That being said, this series conclusion was filled with plenty of action and romance that is sure to keep fans happy. The pacing can be a bit up and down, but I think that is due to the issues I mentioned above, and it can be forgiven once those action scenes do come around to move things along. The Lunar Chronicles has been sparking my imagination and happiness for a few years, and it is sad to think that I now have to let these characters go.