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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang - Book Review & Interview

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Review by Suze

Weylyn is different. He's wise, he can influence the weather and he has a gift with animals. He was orphaned at a young age and was then raised by wolves for years until he was taken in by humans again. Weylyn has a pig named Merlin, a dear friend and loyal companion. Wherever Weylyn goes something happens. Weylyn has powers he doesn't always know how to control and this makes him well loved by some and feared by others at the same time. He gets into trouble because his abilities tend to appear when he doesn't expect it and he doesn't always know how to manage the consequences.

Weylyn is in love with Mary, someone's he's met at a young age. However, he feels his powers are a danger to the woman he loves. What should he do, he thinks that if he stays with her he'll put her at risk. Will Weylyn be able to live with that knowledge and be with her or will he leave the woman who has his heart? Can he risk losing the love of his life to protect her? Sometimes it takes a chance meeting to gather wisdom about matters of the heart, will Weylyn do something with the opportunities he's been given?

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a beautiful story. I immediately felt at ease with Weylyn. He's a special person with a wonderful gift. He can influence nature, but it also controls him. It was interesting to see where that would lead. Weylyn is a wise man, he knows who he is and doesn't pretend or play a role, which makes him an admirable main character. I loved his peaceful nature and his gentleness that knows no bounds. He's a gorgeous man inside and out and I kept hoping that after his many wanderings he'd find his place in life. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to see what would happen to him.

Ruth Emmie Lang has written an impressive book. I was captivated by her story from the start. She writes about Weylyn from many different points of view and because of this the reader gets an amazing complete image of him that makes him come to life incredibly well. I was fascinated by each encounter he has and enjoyed every single story about this remarkable man. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a gorgeous enchanting story filled with many surprises and adventures. I absolutely loved this terrific gem of a book.


If you like magical realism Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is an absolute must-read. 

About Ruth Emmie Lang

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 27 years. She has since lost her Scottish accent, but still has the hair.

Ruth currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dreams of someday owning a little house in the woods where she can write more books. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is her first novel.




1) Can you tell a bit about yourself?

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland (hence the red hair), but I’ve lived in the U.S. since I was four. I love the outdoors which is why many of the stories I write are set in nature. I particularly love trail running and hope to run a marathon someday.

I currently live in Columbus, Ohio, with my husband (who is also a redhead), and spend most of my free time reading and binge-watching episodes of Gilmore Girls.

2) Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a story about a very special man, where did you find the inspiration for Weylyn’s character?

It started with an image I had in my head of a beekeeper leaning over a glowing beehive. I thought it was a really cool visual, so I tried to draw it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a good enough artist to pull it off, so I decided to write a story, instead. I don’t remember any specific moment of inspiration for Weylyn as a character per se. I just started writing, and he organically took shape. I knew I wanted him to be deeply tied to nature, so I think his openness and innocence were born from that.

3) You love nature, what kind of influence does that love have on your writing?

Nature has had a strong influence on my writing. As a writer, you should write what you’re passionate about, and I’m very passionate about nature. I’m the kind of person who could spend all day outside. I need green things around me and fresh air, so I think it makes sense that my love of the outdoors ended up in my writing. I also think it lends itself well to magical realism, because there are so many places for magic to hide!

4) What do you like best about magical realism?

I love the idea that, even in our everyday lives, something magical could be waiting just around the corner. Being an adult can be tedious and difficult, and I think it’s refreshing to get in touch with your inner child once in a while. I have a tendency to worry and overthink things, so magical realism is an escape for me as I’m sure it is for almost everyone who reads any kind of fantasy.

5) Weylyn has a unique way of dealing with animals, could you tell a bit more about this?

Weylyn has the ability to communicate with just about every animal he meets. I wouldn’t so much call it talking to animals as I would understanding them. Much of the way he communicates with them is non-verbal, and vice-versa. I see him as a sort of link between the human and animal worlds.

6) What does magic mean to you?

To me, the concepts of magic and mystery are intrinsically linked. I think of magic as anything that can’t be explained. It doesn’t mean there isn’t explanation, just that no one has thought of one yet. I think you can also find magic in the everyday. We live on a planet filled with amazing things, and it’s hard not to see magic in the beauty of it all.

7) You write about true love in a beautiful way, what’s the most essential part of true love for you?

I think lasting love is rooted in friendship. My husband and I have been together for eleven years, and he’s my best friend. Even when life is difficult, we still make the effort to be silly and make each other laugh. Likewise with Weylyn and Mary. Their friendship is the bedrock of their eventual relationship.

8)There are a lot of similarities between animals and humans, have you explored them before writing your novel and what is the most striking one in your opinion?

This is the first time I’ve written at length about animals. I chose to write about wolves because I grew up with dogs, so I have an affinity for all things canine. I think the similarities between the wolves and humans came from the deep bond I’ve felt with my dogs over the years. At some point, you forget that your dog is an animal and they just become a member of your family. In fact, Merlin the pig’s personality is based on a family dog!

9) Did you always know you wanted to write and how did your journey to become an author start?

I knew I wanted to write ever since I was in the third grade. I would spend my spare time writing knock-off Goosebump books (my favorite series at the time). I had just learned the word “eerie” and used it way too much! I wrote off and on for the rest of my life. In my twenties, I wanted to be a screenwriter, so I mostly wrote screenplays. Eventually, I got tired of writing things that would never see the light of day, and started writing Beasts.

10) What are your plans for the future?

I just started working on something new, so I’m seeing where that goes. In the next year or two, I’d like to buy a little house in the woods where I can write more books, and I’d also like to go on an adventure of my own to the Pacific Northwest!


  1. Cool to meet a new-to-me author!


  2. Loved the authors answer about magical realism.

  3. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This sounds amazing. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  5. I have that animal communication thing. To a very small not magical degree of course!

  6. Great interview! The book sounds amazing, I love characters that can communicate with animals :)

  7. Weylyn's character sounds wonderful. Having the ability to communicate with animal is indeed magical. This magical realism book is one I never had the chance to read, maybe I'll give this a chance!

  8. It sounds like an intriguing read, I love the way the cover illustration doesn't give anything away, good luck on your future plans

  9. I'm a nature girl. I've adopted more heartbroken, homeless animals than I cant even remember count. I prefer to be outdoors. Loved the author interview and the magical appeal of this story. A definite must read!!

  10. I never heard about this one before, gonna check it out!

  11. I do believe animals warm to certain types of people, luckily I am one. I have many animal 'friends' and I try to mimic their greeting. It usually works 💕

  12. Intriguing read love books yhat provoke thought

  13. Being able to influence the weather sounds like a fascinating gift.

  14. Ruth definitely shares my point of view that being an adult can be tedious and difficult! Quite honestly I hope I never grow up!

  15. Love a magical story related to nature. Great book title.