Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
Author: Ruth Emmie Lang
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Blurb (as on Goodreads)
Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.
That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.
There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.
In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder.Weylyn Grey. orphaned at a young age, is raised by a pack of wolves. And that’s how he learns their ways, He also learns how to be sympathetic to all animals. He is happy in his tiny world until his mamma wolf dies and he is put up for adoption by social services. Hence, starts a tedious journey of fitting into the human world. He meets some amazing people along the way, he finds his whole family in Lydia and falls in love with a woman named Mary, with whom he once lived in the wild. But Weylyn is a wolf and he fits bests in the wild.
Weylyn is also said to have some ‘magic’ in him and has been known to stop storms and hurricanes. However, he believes that the magic lies in his pet, a horned pig named Merlin. The book contains all the adventures Weylyn and Merlin have, knowingly or unknowingly, and the world they create for themselves, full of love and freedom.
The moment I read the blurb, I fell in love with the concept. I have read books on wolves and men co-existing, but this has definitely turned out to be different and better. There is wilderness and magic at every point and it only get’s better.
The characters are so well-written, I fell in love with them. Weylyn is the friend you always wished you had. He is smart, well mannered, untamed yet caring. The writing style is exquisite and exhilarating. It managed to make me believe that Weylyn Grey might actually exist and I would wanna follow him to woods, where life is mystical and full of possibilities. There’s love, loss, pain and turmoil that has been placed perfectly and the plot makes you more and more curious.
The book is 350 pages long, but it’s slow paced and the author has penned down every detail, which made it much more imaginative and believable. However, too much detail tends to get boring at times and that’s what slowed me down. I had to skim through a few pages but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story.
- Characters you fall in love with, including animals 🙂
- A mystical, almost enchanting world with unexplainable magic
- Multiple stories
- Surprises await throughout the plot
With magical and smart storytelling, Ruth Emmie Lang has captured my soul and left me happy and satiated, in her debut novel, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance.
A Book of The Month Club Pick, October 2017
Purchase Links: |Amazon Hardback|
Would you pick this up? For me, please? 😛 🙂