In the forest of Eldbjørn , trapped in a never ending winter, Mila lives with her brother and two sisters. Their mother is dead and their father has disappeared. When a group of strangers arrive and her brother, Oskar, vanishes, Mila is convinced that he has been taken ans so sets off on a perilous journey to save him. Accompanied by her younger sister and the mysterious mage, Rune, she must find the way past winter to uncover the truth.
Beautifully written in lyrical, flowing prose, ‘The Way Past Winter’ is a magical story of family love, friendship and adventure. Stunning imagery captures the scene on each page as they travel through the frozen landscape in pursuit of their brother. Rich in elements of folklore, at times it is reminiscent of the tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The sibling relationships are very convincing, with family tensions and rivalries portrayed and yet, ultimately family love and unity clearly driving the characters onwards. Seeing such strong female characters rescuing the male ones is extremely satisfying, reversing the more traditional ‘fairy tale’ roles.
A brilliantly immersive adventure story, ‘The Way Past Winter’ is my favourite book so far from this talented author. A fabulously rich, challenging read for all to enjoy!
The Way Past Winter Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Chicken House ISBN: 978-1911077930
You can read our review of ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ here.