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The Way Past Winter

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Chicken House Ltd
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Listened to the audiobook for this novel via Audible!

This Middle-Grade novel was just a delight, I really enjoyed the adventures of Mila and her siblings and the closeness of sibling friendship. Inspired by Slavic folklore, the world is basically trapped in winter and has been for many years. Mila's Papa walked out of the family home a few years back but never returned, leaving Mila's older brother Oskar in charge of affairs. Everything changes when a strange man arrives at their front door aski
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful snow-sprinkled tale filled with frosty winter-magic, heart and family.
Robin Stevens
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lyrical fairy tale that brings the winter cold to life even on the warmest day. Kiran's best yet, and that's saying something! (10+)

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately. Thank you!*
It has been winter for five years, and Sanna, Mila and Pípa are left alone in their little house in the forest – with nothing but cabbages to eat – when their brother Oskar is lured away by the same evil force that took their father years ago and has been keeping spring from coming. Mila, the brave middle daughter, sets out on a quest to rescue Oskar and the village’s other lost boys and to find the way past winter. Clearly inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia and especially Katherine Arden’s Wi ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This eagerly-awaited story by award-winning author Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the perfect winter adventure story, telling of an extraordinary adventure through the frozen north in a quest to reunite families and to break a cycle of endless winter

Mila lives with her siblings in their small cabin deep in the wintry forest. One night, mysterious strangers arrive near their village looking for shelter. The next morning, the men have gone but they have taken Mila's brother Oskar with them.

Mila sets
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A sweet solid middle grade adventure that focuses largely on the solidarity between sisters/siblings and the relationship between humans and nature. The writing is beautifully lyrical but could've done with more detailed descriptions concerning the sledge and other devices. The plot isn't bad; however, a bit too simple for my taste. Most problems are solved through handy magic tricks and don't stop the protagonists for long. Also, I wish the confrontation with the villain had been more in-depths ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very beautifully written magical fairytale.

Aimed at young people, but it could also be read by adults as it’s a lovely story. About three sisters who have lost their father, he walked out one night & didn’t come back. They live in perpetual Winter, the seasons have stopped. This book is an adventure tale about how they bring the seasons back.

It’s a great book.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful read - this is a great tale of adventure with fantastic female lead characters. This is a perfect read for this time of year with a perfect fantasy feel. I adored this novel!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I am so glad that I picked this book! The Way Past Winter is a wonderful book! I highly recommended to all of you who craves for a vivid, atmospheric story full of adventure & magic, accompanied by a beautiful family relationship and friendship ! Love this story a lot!!! ♥ ...more
Sophie Anderson
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was dazzling! A heart-sledging, goosebump-tingling adventure with enough warmth to melt an endless winter ❄ ...more
María Alcaide
3 - 3,5*s. It was very nice, the idea, the ambiance... but I thought it was going to "catch" me a bit more
Stephen Baird
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In an everlasting winter, sisters Mila and Pipa set out in search for their brother Oskar. Mila is certain that he didn’t accompany the stranger of his own accord, that he didn’t leave like their father did. Her other sister, Sanna feels that he has abandoned them as their father did.

I loved this book from the start where the beginning of winter is described, the relationships between the siblings clearly set out in chapter 2, the bleakness of the landscape, and the magical feel throughout.

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this, and what an evocative, absorbing adventure it is. There were some lines that just blew me away. Millwood Hargrave's prose is clearly only getting better as her landscapes move further north...

Full review to come closer to publication.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like the other books by this auther, this one involves a journey to save the protagonist's family and friends. This time it is through an endless winterland. Many years ago winter arrived and never left, Mila and her family had to change their way of life just to survive. After strangers appear one evening, Mila's brother disappears. Not only her brother, almost all the boys from the village have vanished, seemingly having gone with the strangers. But Mila is sure that her brother would not have ...more
H.D.A. Pratt
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was so endearing and light. With the simplistic storyline which reminds me off all the fairytales I was read as a child, I loved every minute of this read.
The main protagonist Mila is one who doesn’t want to leave her world but for family and what is right she is willing to do anything! A character like this and all the ones she meets or even her sisters who are the complete opposites to her, makes this story even better!
Seeing the scenery so clearly in my mind with every s
Christina Reid
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This reads like traditional tale and this impression is strengthened by the gorgeous hardback presentation and illustrations throughout which really add to the story.
I loved following Mila and her sisters on their journey through a frozen world to find their brother, taken by the Bear of the North. I wanted to know more about the mage, Rune and found Pipa's naming a brilliant touch! The issue of grief after losing their mother and their father's grief after losing his wife is handled sensitively
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Way Past Winter is the first of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's books that I've read and it absolutely blew me away!
It's a wonderful tale of family, loss, magic, and redemption set in a Scandinavian wood during a neverending winter.
When I first picked it up I meant to read just a chapter or two before bed, but it is just so captivatingly written that I devoured it in one sitting!
Also, the finished copy is beautiful so I think I'm going to have to upgrade my ARC!
Thank you so much to @chickenhousebo
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this because I bought it as a gift for an eleven year old and wanted to make sure it was suitable. And the cover is just beautiful😊. This is a wonderful fantasy/modern fairy tale suitable for younger readers and older readers alike. A snowy adventure, a battle against an enemy who condemns the land to eternal winter and the strength and pain of family. Exciting, uplifting and uncomplicated, this book contains lots of fairy tale and folkloric tropes which are fun to spot. Would highly reco ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A great fairy tale which is easy to read. Perhaps sometimes it's a bit too sweetish.
If you like this book, you might also like the novel "Uprooted", from Naomi Novik. These books contain quite some resemblances. Like for instance the people that are caught into heart trees, to make them stronger and protect the forest against humans.
Sarah Ann
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautifully written and very skilled storytelling but it felt so similar to other middle grade novels I’ve read and didn’t illicit any powerful emotions from me as this writer’s other works have done.

I like the character of Sanna and would much rather a story of her adventures.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fairy tale of old myths, snowflakes and ice; broken families and naturalistic night mares. I adored this book. I only wish I had read it during the darkness of winter; it has the perfect atmosphere for it.

Definitely one of the most enchanting middle grade novels I've read in a while.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Quite boring, then strangely gruesome at times. Don't know who this is aimed at but it certainly wasn't me.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
After seeing Kiran speak at Oxford Blackwell's, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. It's not everyday that you come across a middle-grade story that is so complex and honest in it's storytelling. There wasn't one moment that I felt patronised as a reader, which was so refreshing. I do think the story would maybe translate better to YA or Adult Fantasy but I did really enjoy the adventure for what it was worth.
Kathryn Miller
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
As every book featuring snowfall must be by law, this book has been compared to Nothern Lights by Philip Pullman but in truth it doesn't aim to be that kind of book - rather than the modern fantasy genre of Northern Lights, it aims for a more folkloric story; a grand, perhaps allergorical, grown-up fairy-tale.

But the plot, characters and places are too vaguely sketched for that to come off. Millwood Hargrave's styling of those is more suitable for a mainstream fantasy adventure, and might have s
Nicole Sweeney
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles.

This is the eagerly anticipated new book from Kiran Milwood Hargrave, author of the stunning The Girl of Ink and Stars. I started reading this as soon as I received a copy and I read it in a single train journey, it’s a magical absorbing tale and one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.

The story follows a family who live in an everlasting winter. The scene is set beautifully and the icy landscape is lushly described in the book. I cou
Thank you to Scholastic Australia for kindly providing me with a review copy. The Way Past Winter will be published in Australia by Scholastic on 19th February.

I enjoyed the concept of the novel; a world trapped in an eternal winter with themes of fairytale, folklore, a touch of magic and echoes of The Chronicles of Narnia and His Dark Materials.

The Way Past Winter had a strong, atmospheric opening, however as the novel went on I began to struggle with it; it became weaker, overly simplistic and
Catherine Doyle
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Utterly beautiful.

Firstly, this book is gorgeous and compels you to pick it up. It’s a green hardback with a beautiful Scandinavian-style front cover design, delicate peach endpapers and the pages throughout are delicately illustrated by the cover designer, Helen Crawford-White. The cover design, comprising an outline of a girl, white trees, wolves, snow, a bird and a bear, neatly summarise the content of the story but does not quite prepare you for the breathtaking prose within the covers.
The story takes place i
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award winning poet, playwright, and author.

Her books include the bestselling winner of the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 The Girl of Ink & Stars, and Costa Book Awards- and Blue Peter Awards-shortlisted The Island at the End of Everything, and The Way Past Winter is forthcoming in October 2018. He
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