I'm so happy to be one of the people that have gotten to read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang before it comes out in November. It is such a lovely story, filled with magic, fun characters, and many emotions.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is the story of Weylyn Grey's life, it is told not only from his perspective, but also the people that have been close to him. Weylyn is a unique individual, he has a connection to nature that he doesn't even fully understand. This connection to nature manifest itself in a few different ways; he lives with wolves and his emotions may or may not affect the weather. Because of these powers he fears he could put the people he cares about, particularly Mary, the woman he loves, in danger.
This book was not only a fantasy story, but a love story. It is a beautiful book with a lot of imagination in it. I enjoyed the landscapes chosen for the story and how the love story aspect interwinds with the magical aspect. I think this is the kind of book you read as an adult and get transported to your childhood, when anything seemed possible. You see Weylyn's life unfold from childhood to adulthood, and even though he does get a bit cynical as he grows up, there is always some wonder in his life.
Furthermore, I really enjoyed the nature aspect of this story. Weylyn's connection to nature, his respect for it, I think is something that we should emulate more. I loved reading about Weylyn's life and the magnificent stories those who met him got to tell.
I think this book is a great gift for any book lover in your life. It's a book you can reread and still enjoy. Most importantly, it's a book with vivid imagery, that will put a smile in your face. If you love fantastic stories, if you love wolves, if you love magical realism, you need to read this.