We’re here. It is the final day of our Week of Winter celebrations. If you’re just tuning in now, you’ll want to go back and read our recaps books One, Two, Three, and Four of Winter.
Reader beware: Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers!
The mirror answered: “You, my queen, are fair; it’s true.
But the young queen is far more fair than you.”
Storm is crazy and I like him: “We will suck the marrow from their bones and drink their blood as if it were fine wine.”
“He would devour her heart if ever he had the chance.” —Wolf
(Don’t even care that it was said about Levana)
Noooo, Levana is crowned empress!
Cinder is officially on the offensive and crazy Levana is claiming she won’t “abandon” her people and kingdom.
Annnnnd now Levana has locked all of her wedding guests in a room. #great
I know Levana is not above using Wolf against Cinder. I know that Cinder doesn’t know if Wolf is still himself after the surgery. I know she has to do everything she can to win and that there are casualties of war. But I swear, if Cinder hurts him I will start my own revolution against her.
Yes, I’ve got a little bit of a thing for Wolf. Leave me alone.
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Levana’s real/unglamoured face is being shown on screen over Luna! SHE WOKE UP LIKE DIS:
But for real, fighting an army who can control other people’s minds and can turn your own troops against each other is awful.
Also, so interesting to see Cinder having to work with a “human” mind since her cyborg one is still broken.
Winter and Jacin brought reinforcements!
Oh, god, oh, god. Storm is dead. The walls are bleeding. I don’t know if Winter’s mind can take this.
OH MY GOD! WINTER USED HER POWERS! WINTER KILLED AIMERY!
Meanwhile in the palace, Cinder is confronting Levana, who has Thorne precariously balanced on the ledge of the deadly balcony. And Levana is continuing to prove she’s a psychopath: “Why, Selene? Why do you want to take everything from me?” Um, you seem a bit confused, Levana.
She’s controlling Thorne and making him attack Cinder!
Cress shot Thorne! I can’t–people are getting shot and stabbed. This is madness.
Cinder and Levana are in an old western showdown with these guns.
LEVANA STABBED CINDER IN THE HEART!!
Wait a minute.
She has a synthetic heart. She has a synthetic heart, she has to be okay.
Okay, deep breaths. Scarlet is alive, Wolf is alive. Cinder is alive! What about everyone else?
Oh, hai Kai! Long time no see.
Her cyborg brain is working again! The ol’ Cinder is back in action!
“Everyone’s alive”–best two words in the whole book.
Guys, Cinder is the Queen now. For real.
Winter and Jacin’s chapter is heartbreaking.
Cinder is delegating like a boss about cyborg rights and emigration.
Garan did hide information inside of Iko!!
Yaaas, Thorne is leasing the Rampion so he and Cress can explore the world together!
I want contacts that change colors based on my mood like Iko’s.
I love that they’re eating cake before Cinder’s coronation.
STOP. IS KAI PROPOSING TO HER?!
Oh Kai and his foot fetish ;] I can’t believe he brought that thing to Luna.
And then there’s Cinder dropping the foot into the water…
“And they all lived happily to the end of their days.”
Is there any better way to end a fairy tale retelling? Hope you all enjoyed reading Winter as much as I did! Leave your favorite parts of the book and your wildest reactions in the comments.