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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel


Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance: A Novel

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Nov 14, 2017
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Stopping a 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.

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  • (5/5)
    "Weylyn is a mystery to me. A strange, intriguing, oddly charming mystery ..."I couldn't help but get pulled in to Weylyn's character. Somehow he just captures and touches people wherever he goes. He's innocent and unique but also interesting and charming. I also the love Merlin the pig lol! The story is magical, whimsical, adventurous, and captivating. I highly recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    This is very sweet and feel-good. Even though there are many characters of very different ages, it feels like a young adult coming of age story. It even kind of feels like books I read as a tween and teen, probably because the author is my age and parts of the story take place close to the years of my youth. I also appreciate the book's depiction of adults and their lives. People's lives don't all follow the same trajectory. And adults are just older versions of who they were when they were kids.
  • (4/5)
    Weylyn Grey was born in a freak snowstorm and orphaned in another. He spent most of his childhood living with wolves. The weather appears to respond to his emotions, plants grow unnaturally fast around him, and he has a rapport with animals of all kinds. He's a weird, funny, lonely guy.Stories about people with special, mystical powers aren't anything new, but there's something about this one, maybe the way it's written in the voices of the people whose lives he wanders in and out of, that makes it feel fairly fresh. Certainly Weylyn's an interesting character, and the way we see him in different moments in his life through others' eyes makes him feel a little more mysterious and intriguing. He's also quite likeable, and the novel is, too, with a sense of magical possibilities and a sweet low-key love story.It's not perfect; it's a debut novel and I think that does show. There's a slightly off turn of phrase here and there, a (non-magical) plot point or two that that's not quite convincing. There's also an annoying moment where it goes very briefly into "science is awful because it ruins wonder, and it's a virtue to believe in magic without proof!" territory, something I take strong exception to. Fortunately, that doesn't remotely dominate the story, though and mostly it's just a very pleasant read.
  • (4/5)
    This debut novel by Ruth Emmie Lang was such fun to read! I had no idea what to expect and every chapter had something new to add to Weylyn’s story.Readers first meet Weylyn Grey at his birth and have the pleasure of following Weylyn throughout his strange and adventurous life. I loved reading about Weylyn’s relationship with Mary, his half-sister Lydia and most especially his pet pig Merlin.The chapters are told from the perspective of different people who knew Weylyn and I did find the transition a bit confusing at first, but once I was deeper into the novel, it was not an issue.Readers who love great characters, nature, wildlife and a little bit of magic will enjoy this debut novel. I’ll be looking forward to the next novel by Ruth Emmie Lang.Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.
  • (3/5)
    You MUST go into this book knowing that it is full of magic! It is a wonderful story about the people that we meet and what we leave them with.

    While this book is not my usual cup of tea, I was entertained. I am very happy that I read this book and hope that you will be, too.

    My thanks to netgalley and St Martin's Press for this advanced readers copy.
  • (4/5)
    I received this audiobook via #LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.What an interesting concept for a book, and I felt it was executed very well! Sadly, I wish more story was devoted to Weylyn's life, his powers, how he got his powers, etc. This should have been a more drawn out series; there was enough intrigue to spread throughout multiple books!!!
  • (4/5)
    Told through the eyes of people he meets, this is the story of Weylyn Grey, a possessor of unsual powers who was raised by wolves. As well as being a novel of a mystical man, it is also a tale of love lost and found. For me it was an enjoyable read and it flowed nicely, even though it jumped back and and forth through time from the present to the past and was told from various viewpoints. Looking forward to more from this author.
  • (4/5)
    I received this audiobook through Library Thing Early readers. There were multiple readers on the audio which is always a plus. Very enjoyable, sweet story with characters you can't help but like. Good pacing and strong character development. Felt very visual with constantly moving geography and timeframes. Weylen is an interesting, multi faceted character who you really cheer for.
  • (4/5)
    The story of a magical boy from the viewpoint of the people around him. Weylyn grows up with wolves, but that's not the weirdest thing about him. This is a great book. The plot focuses on characters and growth. It is not typical fantasy and I feel really shines in how grounded it is. It is well written, with great prose, and an enjoyable read. It is most likely not a story that is going to stick with me forever, but I feel glad that I read it. The audiobook is narrated by multiple people, and they do a really good job of making the characters come to life.
  • (5/5)
    Such a good book that I've suggest to others already. The audiobook is well narrated and keeps you engaged. The story is one that will hook you from the beginning. Thoroughly engrossing. 5 out of 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstancewas one of my LibraryThing Early Reviewer Porgram wins. It's a novel about the life of Weylyn Grey from his birth to middle age. Oddly enough, only one chapter, near the end, is from Weylyn's viewpoint. The two most important characters from whom we see Weylyn are Mary, first his friend and then his love, and his foster sister, Lydia.One viewpoint is from a woman who is Weylyn's teacher. Two other viewpoints are from employers: the young mayor of a beach town and Duane the logger. We also get to know Weylyn from Mica, Lydia's older son, when he's 14 years old, and the interlude character, Royce, a boy who likes to accept dares.Weylyn is adopted by wolves after his parents die in a blizzard. Mary runs away from home to live with him and his pack for weeks. Weylyn's wolf foster mother is killed and he is eventually taken into the home of a minister with a wife who was reared as a Southern socialite. Lydia is the daughter least like her mother. She's also a talented artist. Although the first 'X-Men' comic was published in 1963 and there was a popular cartoon based on the comics that started in 1992, when Weylyn's nephews Mica and Clay would have been old enough to watch -- okay, it might have been considered too violent for Clay's tender years at that time -- no character in the novel seems to have heard of them. Perhaps if magic-and-fantasy-loving Mica had, he would have decided his uncle was a mutant instead of a wizard. Yes, Weylyn has power over the weather, like Storm, one of the most famous X-Men. He also has the power to talk to animals and to make plants grow. He attributes his weather powers to his horned pet pig, Merlin, when he's a boy. This isn't a spoiler because the first freak weather occurrence is when Weylyn is born, years before Merlin. We don't find out why he claims it's Merlin who can stop tornadoes until considerably later.Weylyn and Merlin stopping a tornado are caught on camera, which is why the beach town mayor hires him. It's a big hurricane headed for the little town. Will our mayor continue to be scorned for 'falling for a con man'?Weylyn takes the logging job because Mary is researching wolves. Strange things happen. Weylyn pulls the annoying old superhero schtick of breaking up with his girlfriend for her own safety.The time Weylyn spends tending bees for Lydia, her husband Bill, and Mica and Clay helps his older, misfit nephew tremendously. Indeed, the entire county benefits. (If corporate and government greed raise your blood pressure, that scene should make you grin evilly.) I'm not surprised by Mica's adult career choice. I liked the way in which he helped his uncle. Royce meets the middle-aged Weylyn when he's an Oregon hermit called Old Man Spider by the local kids. He does Weylyn a magnificent service, although he practically has to drag Weylyn kicking and screaming to do it.Despite the nasty storms, weather and emotional, this is a gentle book. If you're looking for high fantasy adventure, it's not the book for you. If you like well-drawn characters and their interactions with some fantasy and lovely descriptions thrown in, you should enjoy it.I won an audio edition, which makes it difficult for spelling names or checking them. I think the mayor's name was Bob, but I'm not sure. There are four narrators, make and female, so we are spared having to listen to a single narrator trying to do the voices of characters of the opposite sex (which some do better than others).
  • (4/5)
    Weylyn Grey is someone you might consider unusual. Upon his birth, strange weather phenomena occur. Orphaned early in life, he spends his growing-up years living with wolves. As he begins to acclimate himself into society, unusual things seem to happen around him: bizarre weather patterns, odd communications with animals, & unusually accelerated growth of trees, flowers, and grass. Few people really understand Weylyn, and he struggles to fit in.This story is unique and multi-layered. It's coming-of-age, fairy tale-esque, and magical realism all wrapped up into one. Told from various viewpoints, it examines Weylyn's life as a boy and then as an adult, as he struggles to find his place in the world. Along the way he meets several influential people: as a younger boy, he meets a girl his age who runs away from home to join him and his wolf pack; as a teen he shares a short-term residency with a foster sister; and as a middle-aged man he meets a troubled young boy who ultimately helps him understand his true calling. It took me a little while to get into this story, but about halfway through I got hooked and wanted to keep going. This book can appeal to many different readers as it is unique and somewhat hard to classify. Though I thought the ending was a little weak, I thought this was an impressive debut from this author and look forward to future books.
  • (4/5)
    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 time from others that are close to him. We see Weylyn as others see him and learn all of the incredible things that play a part in his life. Each section of the book shares a very vivid snapshot of this wonderful character.Weylyn lives a life unlike anyone else. He is different in a lot of ways. He has a certain innocence throughout the book and it is hard not to fall in love with him. I also really liked the characters in the story that shared Weylyn's story. These characters grew and changed over the course of the book and seemed to be positively changed through their association with Weylyn.There is a bit of magic on nearly every page of this charming story. This was a strange book in a lot of ways but it was strange in the best way possible. There are so many strange things associated with Weylyn and his life that I never knew what to expect. I quickly learned not to even try to guess what Weylyn would do next and just sat back and enjoyed the journey. I would highly recommend this book to fans of magical realism. I found this book to be a wonderful story filled with magic. I am very impressed by Ruth Emmie Lang's debut novel and can't wait to read more of her work in the future.I received an advance reader copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley.
  • (4/5)
    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 chord it me, but it did. The tenderness with which all the characters are treated, even those the most flawed. Non judgemental. Touching and honest. The difficulties those who are different have to fit into acceptable, supposedly normal categories. How they are seen by others, and the trouble they have trying to deny who they are, or what they can do. Of course, most people do not have Weylens particular talents but the struggle they go through are probably much the same. Weylen touches many lives, from a young boy, to a girl who is, well a kind of adopted sister, to a nephew who is in love with super powers and magic. He will change many, before he learns it is possible to find someone who will love him for just him, a journey that just might be worth taking. An unforgettable character."I asked my father if he believed in magic, and he said he believed in possibilities.," Well, who is it with enough hubris to say that they understand everything in the world? Not me, but I do believe in possibilities, and would love to have a little of the magic of Weylen in my life.ARC from Netgalley.
  • (5/5)
    This is another delightful magic-real story in the vein of "The Bear and The Nightingale" or "The Snow Child". I love them! This one is no exception. While I probably wouldn't choose this type of book everyday, I truly love the escape and magical touch that they provide after heavier reading.This book is superbly written, describing interesting settings and characters that I grew to care about and root for. Weylyn, the "beast" was hands down, my favorite. I see him as a mash-up of Forest Gump, Grizzly Adams, and Shrek. He lives with wolves after his parents are killed. This is significant to his personality, and somehow makes his special skills and talents believable although impossible to explain. The people and animals he meets in his lifetime as also special in their own ways, and he makes a mark in each of their lives. His most significant friend is also the one he falls in love with, and yet much like a wild animal, he can't be tamed and feels the need to wander away.I responded so well to this story and felt it tug on my heart strings. I'm betting it will still be on my mind for a long time to come. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages but particularly fans of stories about magic, nature, children, and animals. It is a lovely story, and I will certainly be looking for the next book by Ms. Lang.My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.
  • (4/5)
    A really magical story about a boy with special gifts who learns that relationships and family can come in many different forms.
  • (5/5)
    Grab a copy, and get acquainted with Weylyn Grey. The main character is rather unbelievable, which makes his quite fascinating. This is the story of an extraordinary life, and the effect the main character has on those lucky enough to cross paths with him!
  • (5/5)
    Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances, a debut novel by Ruth Emmie Lang, is indeed an extraordinary example of magical realism done right. It has subtle mystery, heart and depth, that draws you in. At its core however it is character driven. This is its strength and I feel makes it really fantastic. The story of Weylyn Grey is uniquely told through then lens of others that he touches in both small and meaningful ways in his lifetime. There are feelings of wonder, beauty, and melancholy interwoven throughout so intertwined they become indistinguishable. I was entranced, engaged, and enthralled by this tale of a young boy orphaned, raised by wolves, who communes with animals, seems to control weather, and is at home in the woods. His relationship with Mary, the daughter of the foster family that takes him in is incredibly meaningful and touching. This is a book I can not recommend highly enough, especially for those that enjoy magical realism and fantasy. It is one of the most unique novels I've read in several years and I'm looking forward to more from Ruth Emmie Lang. I received an advanced reader copy (eGalley) from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. This review reflects my honest and unbiased opinions.
  • (5/5)
    Loved every bit of this. Magic realism at its finest.
  • (5/5)
    What a great story! I couldn't stop listening. The characters are relatable and real, and Weylyn is such a compelling figure.
  • (5/5)
    I loved Weylyn’s pure heart, and the writing style that the author used!
  • (5/5)
    "Weylyn is a mystery to me. A strange, intriguing, oddly charming mystery ..."I couldn't help but get pulled in to Weylyn's character. Somehow he just captures and touches people wherever he goes. He's innocent and unique but also interesting and charming. I also the love Merlin the pig lol! The story is magical, whimsical, adventurous, and captivating. I highly recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    This novel tells the story of Weylyn Grey, a man who controls the weather and lives with wolves. He is a gentle soul and one that you get to know over the decades the book covers. It’s a strange and beautifully fantastic tale. At times it stretches a bit too far and gets lost. The story is told from the point of view of a dozen characters that somehow cross paths with Weylyn. I often found myself wishing I could hear the story from his point of view as well. We finally do get a tiny piece directly from him and I’m glad that was included. Because it covers so many years and so many different people’s lives, it sometimes feels a bit disjointed. It’s almost like a collection of short stories with Weylyn as the connecting thread. His life is a sad one at times and it’s often steeped in loneliness. As a boy he loses so much and yet he maintains a constant level of fascination with the world around him. Despite his magical powers, he is the character that feels the most real to me. BOTTOM LINE: Even though it meandered a bit too much at times, I still enjoyed this story. It was ambitious and in the end I loved the character of Weylyn.
  • (4/5)
    Weylyn Grey has powers he doesn’t understand and can’t control. He can make hurricanes start up instantly, but has some difficulty stopping them; he can communicate with animals; he can make flowers and trees sprout up instantly and convince bees to overproduce honey. But what he can’t do is understand how to control these powers, often a result of his emotional state, and can’t ensure that his spontaneous climate outbursts don’t hurt the ones he loves.

    Weylyn grew up as a lone boy in a wolf pack after his parents died in a freak blizzard. He’s blamed himself for their deaths, and this early trauma has guided his future relationships. Many people come in to Weylyn’s life not quite understanding the mysterious, inexplicable events that seem to occur when he’s around. The light-heartedness and charm of this book reminded me of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs, which my daughter and I read together for a school project, but Beasts offers a little more substance for an adult reader.

    Beasts is a story of innocence and love; it’s charming and full of magical imagery. I enjoyed reading it, but it never got my heart racing. It’s more of a gentle stroll of a story. One of the many positive aspects of this book is that it would be enjoyable for all ages of readers. It’s complicated and deep enough for an adult audience, but also full of enough wonder and magic for younger readers (middle school and above).

    Many thanks to Ruth Emmie Lang for the advance reader copy!
  • (4/5)
    Beasts Of Extraordinary CircumstancesByRuth Emmie LangWhat it's all about...Wouldn’t you be curious about a boy who could make it rain, run with wolves, stop a hurricane and make dead plants turn green? That boy would be Weylyn. And...when his parents died he used the money that he found under his parents bed to order meat for his wolves...and then he ran out of money and ran away with Mary...the butcher’s daughter. And that is simply just the beginning of this unusual book. Why I wanted to read it...Weylyn captured my interest from the start. Sweet, sad, innocent...so used to sitting on the ground with his wolves that sitting on a chair or sofa was truly just not his thing! What made me truly enjoy this book...The writing was lovely although I didn’t enjoy every part of this book...I have a hard time when animals die. I loved each individual encounter that Weylyn had with the people he met. Why you should read it, too...Readers who love to read books that are highly unlikely to occur and very unique should enjoy this one. This book came to me from NetGalley.
  • (4/5)
    "Our howls reached the moon just in time. A few moments later, the clouds returned, and our wolf song slipped behind them with the moon, the stars, and the rest of the night sky."This review has been a long time coming! I finished reading this back toward the end of November, and I initially struggled writing this because I was having difficulty putting my thoughts about this book into words. Then it was Thanksgiving, then the holidays, then I decided to write other reviews first while they were fresh on my mind, and here we are. However, even in the six weeks that it’s been since reading the last page, this book has stuck with me.Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is the debut novel of Ruth Emmie Lang about a boy’s journey to try to find his place in the world.Weylyn Grey was born in 1968. As noted by Dr. Daniel Foust:"The moment Weylyn took his first bewildered gulp of fresh air, it began to snow. Not just a few flurries, but buckets of the stuff, tumbling through the sky and bellyflopping on the ground outside the hospital room window. By the time the nurses had him cleaned and swaddled, there was a good six inches on the ground.It was June 29."I loved Weylyn Grey. He was just your ordinary orphan-raised-by-wolves who also happened to have mysterious powers. Weylyn was so sweet and well-meaning, but because of his powers, he inadvertently ran the risk of hurting the ones he loved – and so, he chose to isolate himself from the rest of humanity rather than potentially causing others harm. His story was told through the eyes of the people he met on his journey – those he loved, those he helped, and those whose lives he impacted in some way – and it isn’t until the end that we even get a glimpse into Weylyn’s head.Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance was a coming-of-age story sprinkled with magic and beasts: wolves that roamed the wild, bees that made luminescent honey, and a magical pig named Merlin. It was fun and hopeful, yet also inextricably sad."He had the pained look of a man who had wandered for so long that he had forgotten what he was looking for."Although I didn’t love this quite as much as I was hoping to – I was secretly hoping for more magic – Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance was still a very good book. The characters were well-developed, the writing was beautiful, and the story itself was intricately woven and well-told. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Ruth Emmie Lang’s work in the future!Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this eBook, as well as to LibraryThing for a copy of this audiobook, in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)

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    We are often told that our world needs to slow down, get outside, and enjoy nature more. Many of us seem to have lost our connection with the natural world and it shows in the increase in so many of our ills: obesity, depression, and stress, to name a few. Although the outdoors cannot cure these things, experts tell us that it would certainly mitigate them at the very least. And for anyone who has spent time outside communing with nature and wildlife, there is definitely something a little bit magical about the untamed world. There is more than a little of this magic in Ruth Emmie Lang's slightly magical, charming debut novel, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance.Weylyn Grey has always been special. Born in June, it snowed as soon as he breathed for the first time. He is orphaned young in a freak storm that he feels responsible for causing and ends up being raised by wolves. He can communicate with animals, he can make plants grow riotously out of control, and he can stop (and start) storms. He is sweetly innocent and as he moves through the world, he touches all he comes into contact with. He never stays with anyone very long, his closest long term companion being Merlin, a talking pig. His adventures are fantastical and wonderful and though his time in each place is brief, he leaves an indelible mark behind himself.Told in the first person by the people whose lives Weylyn moves through, this is a whimsical story with a clear fairy tale quality. Weylyn as a character is both revealed by the narrators and remains just out of reach, quietly elusive. He is a gentle soul with a strong but ungovernable connection to the natural world, as if he was not human born but truly a child of the forest. He is uncomfortable with most people but when he loves, he loves with his whole heart. The writing is slow and measured and the novel feels like quiet mysticism. There is a yearning for home and understanding as Weylyn moves around meeting others who sometimes embrace him and sometimes misunderstand his power. There are adventures within each encounter he has but the plot is less important that the ultimate journey. The second half of the novel slows down a bit and the ending is purposely ambiguous. At its core, this is a fairy tale of a story about difference, love, and acceptance and it will leave the reader feeling contented and at peace, just like a ramble through the woods might.

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    It took me a while to read it because I did not want the book to end. I love Weylyn Grey. Lang is such an exciting new voice in the literature world. Her sentences are so poetic. I can not wait to read more of her books. Super impressed, so glad I took a chance ordering this one from the Book of the Month Club. One of the best books I have ever read, perfect mix of mystery, romance, suspense, plot, character development, imagery, etc.

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  • (4/5)
    I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth in October. All opinions are my own. ????Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang is interesting and captivating. In order to understand what's going on now you have to read what happened before. Magic? Mind control? Emotional crisis? It's extraordinary to say the least. You must read to understand because I possible can't sum it all up here. I can only say it's extraordinary. Did I already say that? The title does anyway. It's definitely a different kind of read for me. Review also posted on Instagram @jasonnstacie, Goodreads/StacieBoren, and my blog at readsbystacie.com
  • (5/5)
    Weylyn is orphaned at a very young age. Through some strange circumstances he is raised by wolves. YES WOLVES! Right there… I would usually stop and put the book down. That would be it for me. But something about Weylyn kept me reading. He is smart, funny and especially quirky. I was riveted to his story and the many people affected by him.There are so many fabulous characters in this read. One of the best besides Weylyn is his foster sister, Lydia. I loved her attitude and her smart mouth. She and Weylyn are attached at the hip and she protects him through thick and thin. Then enters Merlin. The pig! Yes, a real pig. He is absolutely adorable. I now officially want a pig!This novel is narrated in many voices. It is told by people touched by Weylyn in some form or fashion. Here are just a few of the people with a tale about Weylyn. Mary is a friend and eventually runs away from home to live in the wolf pack. Lydia is his foster sister. Meg Lowery is his teacher and eventually his adopted mother. There are several more but these are my favorites. These people touch Weylyn’s life and help guide him to be…well to live in a shack in the woods. JUST READ THE NOVEL!This is an unusual and unique story! And to tell you the truth, I am shocked that I enjoyed it as well as I did. It is described as fantasy, which is one of my least favorite genres. However, it did not read like a fantasy novel at all. Now, it does have a little magic in it. But that just adds to the charm of Weylyn and, of course Merlin!Oh and for the record…there is not a Little Turtle, Mississippi. There is an Alligator, Mississippi. ?. You must read the book!!!!Thanks to St. Martins Press for an advanced reader’s copy of the amazing read.