Book Review: Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

This review contains minor spoilers.

‘Wolf winter,’ she said, her voice small. ‘I wanted to ask about it. You know, what it is.’
He was silent for a long time. ‘It’s the kind of winter that will remind us we are mortal,’ he said. ‘Mortal and alone.’

wolf winter

Set in Swedish Lapland in 1717, Wolf Winter is an intriguing, beautiful tale, full of mystery and magic.

Maija and her family arrive from Finland to a harsh, desolate place, to take over their uncle’s homestead. Looming above them is the mountain Blackåsen, which whispers dark secrets to the new arrivals.

After finding the mutilated body of local man Eriksson, Maija’s eldest daughter Frederika embarks on a fascinating journey, pulled towards the mountains and the powers it threatens to engulf her in. Maija is drawn into discovering what happened to Eriksson, and in doing so, uncovers many dark tragedies and mysteries surrounding the town.

The main characters are unique, full of feminine strength and intuition. Maija is determined, dedicated to bringing her family through the horrifying winter, and uncovering the truth. But her fear of fear itself only serves to hold her back from embracing the history of the mountains. Frederika, unburdened by the past that plagues her mother, is more perceptive, and soon accepts her fate. Both women must find a way to survive in the face of adversity.

The harsh landscape is described beautifully. The beautiful, unforgiving mountains, the horrifying snowstorms; this atmospheric story will captivate and stun you.

Wolf Winter will delight fans of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. A delightful murder mystery, full of captivating characters, seductive scenery, and mystical magic, you won’t want to put this book down.

Wolf Winter will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in February 2015, and will be available on Lovereading.co.uk.

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