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Swedish Lapland, 1717: Maija, her husband, Paavo, and her daughters Frederika and Dorotea arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of their past and put down new roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackåsen, a mountain whose foreboding presence looms over the valley and whose dark history seems to haunt the lives of those who live in its shadow. 

While herding the family’s goats on the mountain, Frederika happens upon the mutilated body of one of their neighbors, Eriksson. The death is dismissed as a wolf attack, but Maija feels certain that the wounds could only have been inflicted by another man. Compelled to investigate despite her neighbors’ strange disinterest in the death and the fate of Eriksson’s widow, Maija is drawn into the dark history of tragedies and betrayals that have taken place on Blackåsen. Young Frederika finds herself pulled towards the mountain as well, feeling something none of the adults around her seem to notice. 

As the seasons change, and the “wolf winter,” the harshest winter in memory, descends upon the settlers, Paavo travels to find work, and Maija finds herself struggling for her family’s survival in this land of winter-long darkness. As the snow gathers, the settlers’ secrets are increasingly laid bare. Scarce resources and the never-ending darkness force them to come together, but Maija, not knowing who to trust and who may betray her, is determined to find the answers for herself. Soon, Maija discovers the true cost of survival under the mountain, and what it will take to make it to spring.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Swedish-born debut author Ekbäck writes with deliberate pacing and immerses the reader in the endless snowfall of winter with her hypnotic prose. The novel will appeal to readers who like their historical fiction dark and atmospheric, or mystery fans who are open to mysticism and unconventional sleuths.”

    Library Journal

  • “The most brilliant, dark, eerie, intriguing, out-of-this-world tale I’ve ever read…think The Killing and then square it.”

    Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World

  • “It’s rare to come across such an original, compelling, and beautifully written novel…Wolf Winter has a mystery at its core, supported by richly drawn characters, magical language, and so many twists and turns that you’ll be reading and shivering into the wee hours.”

    Pam Lewis, author of Speak Softly, She Can Hear 

  • "Wolf Winter is a beautiful novel, full of wisdom and poetry. Cecilia Ekbäck writes dark, compelling prose steeped in a powerful sense of place.”

    Saskia Sarginson, author of Without You

  • “Rich in history and authentic detail, Wolf Winter is a deeply satisfying read. I highly recommend it.”

    Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted

  • “As dark as a winter night in the Arctic, as magical as the northern lights, Wolf Winter kept me turning pages long past my bedtime. A marvelous mixture of terror and delight.”

    Lauren B. Davis, author of The Empty Room

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About the Author

Cecilia Ekbäck was born in Sweden in a small northern town. Her parents come from Lapland. In 2010, she finished a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway in London. She now lives in Calgary with her husband and twin daughters, revisiting the landscape and the characters of her childhood in her writing. Wolf Winter is her first novel and she is at work on her second.