The Way Past Winter speedy draws young readers into the magical world of a mysterious, frozen north, where Mila lives with her mother and father and her siblings, Sanna and Oskar. Their mother, who likes to spin tales of an historic forest spirit known as the Bear, dies giving start to a infant daughter, Pípa. Five years later, devastated by using grief, the children’s father walks into the snowy desert and isn’t visible again.
Then Oskar disappears after a set of strangers visits their hut, but Mila is convinced he has no longer gone willingly. Mila and her sisters set out of their dog-drawn birch sleigh to song him, best to discover that other boys in the close by town, together with Sanna’s buddy Geir, are missing, too. Bretta, the town’s jarl (a kind of ruler), believes the boys were lured away with the aid of adventure and the promise of money. Most of the townsfolk agree—besides for Rune, a mage, herbalist and storyteller. Rune tells Mila that Oskar and the others have been taken via the Bear, who turns into irritated when bushes are reduce down. With no time to waste, Rune, Mila and Pípa prompt on a dangerous rescue mission. To save her brother, Mila will have to muster all her braveness to confront the Bear—and come to a new expertise of what it means to call the woodland her home for you to defend and defend it for the future.
Author Kiran Millwood Hargrave paints her wintery world with poetic, lyrical prose. Her story’s complex magical elements never detract from the page-turning adventure and underlying themes of sibling relationships, duty and love of the natural international. The Way Past Winter is a triumphing and memorable mixture of classical fantasy and a call for environmental activism.