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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
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Olga Miret For me, the idea of magic realism is when something "magical" or out of the ordinary and beyond our understanding happens but it is set up in a world …moreFor me, the idea of magic realism is when something "magical" or out of the ordinary and beyond our understanding happens but it is set up in a world that is pretty much like ours (not a world where magic is the standard, where fairies, ogres, etc, are the norm). If people are surprised by what he does is because that is not what normally happens and nobody else can do it. I always think about the Central and South American novels (like A Hundred Years of Solitude) where although very strange things happened, the society the characters lived in was a good reflection of the society of the time, although the magic realism of those authors was more symbolic and critical than many of the books classed under that term nowadays, I think. (less)

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Kristin (KC)
*4.5 Stars!*

Beautifully written with tons of magic and heart!

This story was a warm hug and made me want to step out into nature and embrace all its magic and natural wonders.

From the second we meet Weylyn we can tell he’s different, but his distinct peculiarities are what make him special. He can somehow summon the power to alter weather conditions and has the unique ability to communicate with animals. Having lost his parents at a young age, Weylyn ended up being raised by wolves and has a pot
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
”Why do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“Take something beautiful and vandalize it with skepticism?”

first of all, a million gratitudes to st. martins for sending me a copy of this book. it was on my radar as “looks like my kind of thing,” but i’ve been trying not to buy hardcovers, especially hardcovers by authors new to me, until wealth finds me, so when they offered this unto me, i was all a-squeal.

i knew i would like it, but i didn’t expect to like it this much.

it is in fact SO MUCH “my kind of thing”
🌲 5 Extraordinary Magical Stars for Ruth Emmie Lang's Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance 🐺

I LOVED this book so much! I stayed up late, reading into the wee hours because I couldn't bear to put the book down. I was saddened to turn the final page and find that I was done. I will genuinely miss these characters and the whimsical, magical world contained within the pages of this extraordinary story.

This is not my typical kind of read and I'm so grateful that I opted to join in with a group r
Larry H
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars.

One of the factors that helps transform a very good novel into a great one is memorable characters. And while I've read a lot of books this year and over the last several years that featured characters I couldn't quite get out of my mind, it's rare to find a character as special, as incredible as Weylyn Grey, the main character in Ruth Emmie Lang's terrific Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance .

"Weylyn doesn't quite fit into the world we're familiar with," Daddy said, choosing his w
Always Pouting
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I started this book it didn't appeal to me right away. I kind of felt skeptical about buying into the premise at first. It grew on me though, I think mostly because of what felt like very realistic and understandable reactions from the other characters in the book. The beginning also felt somewhat disjointed and I remember feeling annoyed about it and how all of it fit together. Lang did a pretty good job bringing it all back together in the end though. I also felt like it was weird at poin ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meet Weylen Grey. Orphsned at the age of four, taken in by a wolf pack, loves nature in all it's permutations, needs to feel free, and has strange talents and beliefs. One day, he meets a young girl named Mary, and his life begins to change. Where this story will take him he doesn't know, but he is soon going to find out. This is Weylens story but also the story of all those he touches, and let's into his life

I loved this story, the strangeness, the uniqueness. Sounds trite to say it struck a c
4.5 Stars!

This was a Traveling Friends read that I almost missed participating in as I didn’t have myself a copy of this book but after popping into the first goal thread I knew that I had to rectify that immediately. The words magic, whimsical, and mysterious are definitely elements that I am attracted to so on my way to Amazon I went.

BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE by RUTH EMMIE LANG is an engaging, charming, heartwarming, and a mesmerizing tale that gave me such a warm and serene feeling
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc
This is - again - one of those books I was sure I would love but didn't. I enjoyed reading it but I just thought I would adore it. On paper it has everything I look for in books: whimsy, fairy-talesque writing, quirky characters with a human core, with a story spanning decades but something didn't quite click for me.

This is Weylyn's story - an orphan raised by wolves, able to control the weather and speak with animals, a gentle soul with a heart of gold. This is also the story of the people whos
Susanne  Strong
5 Glorious, Heartfelt, Happy and Truly Magical Stars.

Oh, how wonderful it is to read one final book in the year 2017 and have it be Ruth Emmie Lang’s “Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance.” I loved this magical and altogether whimsical book with every fiber of my being and every breath that escapes me. My cup runneth over!

Wevlyn Grey is a boy who is raised like no other. By wolves. He even calls one ma. His parents died in a snow storm, their car crashing and thereafter, he lived in the woods.
Hannah Greendale
Weylyn Grey is an orphan boy raised by wolves whose talents include howling at the moon and controlling the weather. As a boy, his unique abilities are unwieldy; the same is true once he reaches adulthood. Startled by the strength and unpredictability of his power to manipulate nature, Weylyn abandons the woman he loves – fearful she’ll suffer unintentional harm in his presence – and wanders from town to town, touching the lives of everyone who crosses his path.

The Beasts of Extraordinary Circu
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 magical stars to this story of Weylen Grey, who’s parents died when he was young, and he lived with wolves.
This is the story of the people he engaged with during his life, and the magic that occurred simply by his being... This story touched my heart!!!❤️❤️

Forgot to mention...,this is also a love story!!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 shining stars and a place on my 2017 favorites list!

Every once in a while you come across a character in a book that grabs your heart and just won’t let go. For me, Weylyn is that character. Weylyn has made a lasting impression not only on everyone he meets in the pages of this novel, he’s made a lasting impression on me.

What a perfect book to read at the end of a fantastic reading year. I read this as a buddy read with Susanne, which was a fantastic way to enjoy and discuss this wonderful b
I wanted something light, whimsical, and I wanted magical realism. I wanted to clear my mind from a WW2 book and as I read through my massive TBR pile, this one jumped out at me. I mean, the title alone can draw you in. So I grabbed the audio and started it immediately.

Weylyn Grey is a young child whose parents died and he is raised by and lives with wolves. But he's different. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the entire life story of Weylyn Grey and it's told through the eyes many peo
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
My name is Weylen Grey, and I'm near-sighted, allergic to ragweed, and my feet are flat. I can't cast spells, I don't grant wishes, and I'm not sure if I can turn a frog into a prince, but I have no intention of finding out. Some people like to think I can affect the weather, but I'd still recommend a a good, old-fashioned umbrella for keeping the rain off. It's also been said that I can talk to animals, but if you want me to teach your dog to speak English, I'm sorry. You're out of luck."

The m
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 magical stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance reads almost like a fairy tale. It is magical and whimsical story about boy named Weylyn who was orphaned at an early age and raised by a pack of wolves. He has magical powers which make it difficult for him to fit into the world. He is such a lovable character.

The book is narrated by multiple characters, each telling a story of Weylyn crossing paths in their lives; weaving together the life of Weylyn Grey.

It is a beautiful, charmi
“I have delivered over a thousand babies in my career, but one in particular stands out in my mind. Weylyn was by all outward appearances a healthy baby boy: eight pounds, two ounces, all the necessary parts accounts for, and a wail that could shatter good china. He fit perfectly in the crook of his mother’s arm and watched her with one eye, carefully, as she was still a stranger to him. I would have forgotten all about this seemingly ordinary child if it hadn’t been f
Nikki Joyce
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 simply darling stars!

I will get straight to the point-- I adored this book. As soon as I finished, I wanted to give it a big five-star hug.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is the story of Weylyn Grey and the people he encounters throughout his interesting life. Weylyn is a unique and special character, leaving quite a lasting impression on the lives of everyone around him.

This is a light, fun read full of adventure and *possibilities*. With likable characters that will make you smile, t
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

Weylyn Grey is an utterly delightful protagonist: it is very hard not to fall in love with him.

We meet Weylyn when he is ten year’s old and living among a pack of wolves. He is certainly different from everyone else in this regard, but he also can control the weather – like extreme weather – but doesn’t realize it. (Oh and animals also love him, kind of like Dr. Doolittle but not in an over the top silly way, but one that works within this book). As he grows older and becomes more aware of his e

First Impression(s)
At first, I thought this novel was going to be four stars—it’s well-written and unique; but it started slowing down towards the middle/end, and (strangely) I wanted it to end already, which is never a good sign for a book-lover.

There was a lot going on with the plot. From all the sub-plots to the main-plot, there was never a dull moment. So this was a good thing; I never felt bored. I also enjoyed how even though there were multiple sub-plots, the main storyline follo
I’ve really grown to appreciate more and more the books I read that make my heart happy. What Ruth Emmie Lang has written here is like a love letter to everything charming, innocent, lovely and wondrous about life. At its heart, it’s a love story, not only in the classical sense, but also a love story between man and nature, the bond between family members, both biological and chosen, and those between humans and animals. The centerpiece of this story, told in six parts, or “books”, over the cou ...more
Karen R
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an enchanting debut by author Ruth Emmie Lang. LOVED following the path of Weylyn, a unique boy raised by wolves, a mesmerizing character who touches the lives of numerous people. His character drew me in from the get-go. His rawness and honesty, the magical things that happen on the unexpected journey and the charge in atmosphere whenever he is around made me believe. I wanted to travel into the woods with him. Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
MissBecka Gee
I immediately fell in love with this book!!!
The story, the characters, the scenery were all just so wonderful!
Since I started reading this book during a work week instead of on a day off I reluctantly had to pause my progress several times to go be an adult. Sadface.
As a result I feel I was cheated out of how much more amazing this book would be if I had been able to get lost in it with no interruptions.
I loved it so much that as soon as I conquer my stack of unread ARC's I am going to revisit
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those books I had NO expectations and was totally surprised by it.

Best kind of books, if you ask me :D

Full review on blog
Tudor Vlad
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance follows the life of Weylyn Grey, from childhood through adulthood and beyond. It’s a powerful story filled with kindness, love and magic. A story about how one person can influence the lives of so many. I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved Weylyn, he is so selfless that it hurts. It’s tragic and beautiful at the same time, every time you see him helping people you can’t help but feel good, but at the same time you realize that the one person that n ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, arc
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There are hints of many classic novels in this, including The Wizard of Oz and The Chronicles of Prydain series, with its depiction of a plucky young hero and a trusted sidekick. But Weylyn is slightly different from these characters, as Weylyn can control the weather. And bring plants back to life. And talk to animals. From the moment he was born, sprinkling the doctor with snow, he's been special. After the accidental death of his
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher/author after I requested it as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I wasn't sure what I would think about this book because I don't always like fantastical elements but I found it charming and well-written, with several characters living unusual lives. A boy named Weylyn who lived with wolves, friends Mary and Lydia who influence his life in different moments, and a special pig who might have the ability to control the weather.

I liked the changing perspectives
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

I won a copy of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance in a Goodreads Giveaway.


A boy is born and when he takes his first breath, snow begins to fall. It’s not a delicate snowfall but more like a sudden, blinding blizzard. The infant open his eyes, looks around and when he closes his eyes to rest, the snow stops and melts immediately. What’s even more strange about this unexpected and brief snow storm? It’s the end of June.

This is our introduction to Weylyn Grey.

Weylyn is one of the most uniqu
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This wonderful, whimsical, warm-hearted novel is filled with subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the books I loved as a child. White Fang, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, Charlotte’s Web, and even Lord of the Rings—they’re all in there. Reading Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance made me I realize that there’s nothing better than a novel that feels both new and familiar at the same time.

Beasts follows the lovable Weylen Grey, a lone wolf (pun intended), whose l
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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This was such a magical story. I don't read a whole lot of magical realism but it seems that I love them when I do read them. I am not sure that this book would work for every reader since there are a whole lot of strange occurrences but it worked well for me and I am so happy that I decided to pick it up.

This book tells the story of Weylyn Grey. We don't learn his story from Weylyn. Instead, we learn about him in different points in
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot express the love I have for this book. The movie Big Fish was one of the first movies that made me feel something without knowing what. This reminds me of that movie. I have never read such an utterly whimsical and magical book. I expect this book to remain a favorite of mine not just now but for years to come.
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Ruth Emmie Lang was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has the red hair to prove it. When she was four years old, she immigrated to Ohio where she has lived for the last 31 years. She has since lost her Scottish accent, but still has the hair.

Her first novel, BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE, was a finalist for the 2017 Book of the Year Award from Book of the Month Club and was a Target Book Club

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