The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
(Chicken House, 2018)

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.


Kiran is such beautiful, sparkling writer. This gorgeous story of bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings is a must for everyone.”
- Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist and The Muse
This is an enchanting story, written by one of fiction’s most distinctive new voices.”
- The Telegraph
Gorgeous, heartfelt and incredibly exciting. Her best yet, and that’s saying something.”
- Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike series
A gorgeous snowy adventure that feels like a familiar fairy tale told in a new way. I loved it and can’t wait for everyone to discover The Way Past Winter.”
- Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
Millwood Hargrave writes with lyricism and bounce, and there are moments, the breaking out of the snow and the finale action scene, that grip furiously.”
- The Times
This mesmeric tale of three gutsy sisters on a vital quest contains some of the most exquisite descriptions of snow I've ever read!”
- Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse
…dazzling! A heart-sledging, goosebump-tingling adventure with enough warmth to melt an endless winter.”
- Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
This is another atmospheric folklore drama from award-winning Millwood Hargrave… The evocation of ice and snow is so chilling that you’ll need to turn up the heating.”
- Daily Mail
A white-knuckle ride of ice and snow that will melt even the coldest heart”
- Piers Torday, author of There May Be a Castle
A story of family and forests and fearlessness and love. With magic whispered all the way through. It is such a delicately crafted, timely fairytale. The words just sing, as if every sentence is poetry. Read it - and fall beneath its wintry spell.”
- Cerrie Burnell, author of Harper and the Sea of Secrets