Summary (Via Goodreads): 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?
My Thoughts: This is how you finish a series. With a lot of series that I read and really like, the problem I have with most of them is that the final book is either disappointing, underwhelming or anti-climatic. This book has none of those. I really enjoyed this book and it was a really great conclusion to this epic series.
Now let’s talk about the characters. I love how each of the characters uses their skills, whether it is Cress, hacking computers, Cinder being a skilled mechanic or Throne with his wit and charm. I really love how the ensemble works together. Even though this is the book that Winter is finally introduced and fully fleshed out, but also the other characters managed to have good character development. If I were to nitpick I think the characters with the least is Wolf and Scarlet, but even then they had a lot of their development is Scarlet.
Queen Levana, is one of my favorite villains. My problem with Fairest, was that it gave us Levana’s backstory even though we already knew from the previous books. But I loved how evil she was, and in the end she just wants to be beautiful. The climatic fight between Cinder and Levana was so intense and really gave us both a glimpse into our hero and villian.
Now for our new character Winter. She is amazing. I love that she refuses to use her glamour in her people even though it is disfiguring her. Her relationship with Jacin was very well done and I really like how Jacin really cares about her.
In the end this book also did a good job at tying up loose ends that needed to be tied up. All the major characters had their stories end. I know some of the criticisms was that they all lived happily ever after, but I like that they lived happily ever after because the characters all went on a journey and had dealt with so much that they deserve their happy ending.
All in all, the series was very well done. I loved every book (besides Fairest), all the characters and would happily reread the series.