Rating: 5.0/5.0 stars
Main Takeaway: A heart-warming tale of outcasts and love. A quick, light read that makes you feel good!
I don’t usually read fantasy. Besides from my love for Harry Potter, fantasy never really clicked for me. I always found alternate worlds with magical scenes, people, and creatures hard to relate to. However, Ruth Emmie Lang found a way to write a fantasy novel for non-fantasy fans; its magical, and at times terrifying, but her subtle undertones of magic are complemented wonderfully with heart-warming, universal themes.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance follows the life of Weylyn Gray – an orphan who was raised by wolfs, has magical nature-controlling powers, and a horned pet pig named Merlin – from the perspective of the people he knew at various times in his life. A restless spirit and a natural outcast, Weylyn travels the country conjuring storms and saving towns, desperate to stay away from the ones he loves for fear of hurting them with his powers. Is Weylyn doomed to spend his life a lonely vagrant, cursed by his powers? Or can he learn to allow love into his life?
I didn’t expect to love this book like I did. I felt a connection with Weylyn from the very beginning, because, in my opinion, he’s a very universally likable and admirable character. He doesn’t quite fit in most places, doesn’t always get the joke, but he is exceedingly kind and positive. He continually tries to do the right thing, tell the truth, and help others. And he is authentically himself, uncaring to what others think of him. From the tornadoes and hurricanes to the rainbows and sun-shiny days, the reader gets to know Weylyn, gets attached to him, and roots for him no matter what.
At the surface, this is a novel about a boy with magical powers raised by wolves. But underneath, this is a novel about outcasts, friendship, and love. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance was so much more than I expected it to be, and I loved every second of reading it so much that I hated the thought of finishing it! This quick, light read is the perfect book for when you need a little inspiration, a little hope, and a little love in your life.