Review: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)

Review Winter

Winter is the fourth and final book in Marissa Meyer‘s Lunar Chronicles series. Princess Winter is modeled after Snow White. She was introduced to us very briefly at the end of Cress, but Winter is featured heavily in this book. She joins forces with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and the rest of the gang to take on the evil Queen Levana.

Caution: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.

From the publisher:

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? 

At more than 800 pages, Winter is by far the longest of the four books in The Lunar Chronicles series. It has a lot to accomplish: it needs to fully introduce us to Winter. It has to build a story around her character separate from that of Cinder, Scarlet and Cress. But it needs to weave that story into the existing three in a way that feels natural and believable. And it needs to wrap up the conflict built over the previous three novels.

Much like Meyer did in the first three books, she does a fantastic job in Winter of accomplishing everything she sets out to do. Despite the length of the book, the pace never drags, and the conclusion feels satisfying and realistic. I felt real uncertainty over what would happen to these beloved characters the further I read.

I greatly enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles series. It was a great story, very well-told, and beyond that, told in exactly as much time as it should have been. A fifth book would have felt drawn out and unnecessary. Wrapping up the series as a trilogy would have left me wanting a lot more. I highly recommend the entire Lunar Chronicles series.

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