After seeing a tsunami of reviews for this book I decided to give it a read, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. BoEC is a beautiful story, and I am delighted to see a magical realism book getting this kind of attention from readers.
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.
This is at heart a love story. The love between people who don’t quite fit in, the love between humans and nature, and the complicated love between families.
It spans Weylyn’s life, from his unconventional birth to his twilight years in the wild, and along the way we see how he touches the lives of those around him, not only with his magical gifts but also with his honesty and kindness.
It is told mostly from the perspective of other people interacting with Weylyn, and for me, this was one of the few pain points in the story. I felt like Lang created such a great character, but then we really only got a tiny glimpse inside his head. If I could change one thing, I would have preferred more of the Weylyn POV.
Regardless, this is a beautiful read, and I will be checking out future work from Lang!
My Rating: 4/5
Diversity Rating: 3/5
POC Characters: Yes (minor roles)
Bechdel Test: Yes