The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they’ve gone – taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back – even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.

How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club

Genre: Fantasy

Previously reviewed:
The Deathless Girls
The Island at the End of Everything
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Review: The Way Past Winter is a wintery fantasy full of magic and marvel. I liked the way the writing pulled you deep into the cold and snow-covered land from the very beginning. The first few pages build a fairy-tale of adventure with Mila at the helm. Yet Kiran Millwood Hargrave cleverly establishes each of the sisters in her own right and as you read on it becomes clear they are all important.

I really enjoy Kiran’s writing because all her characters are people, there isn’t a paper-thin version squeezed in for the sake of words. Everyone has a purpose and even if they are only there for a short while you know enough to understand why they are doing what they are doing.

Bundled in blankets reading The Way Past Winter was ideal. It’s really fitting for this time of year and a lovely story with magic to enjoy.


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