The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.
But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
I loved this book! The Night Circus was a beautifully written, magical read and I am so glad I decided to give it a try. I listen to it as an audio book and I was going to give up on it because it was a little slow in the beginning but for some reason I kept going with it and I am glad I did. I do plan on buying a physical copy of this book because I must own it.
This fantasy revolves around two magicians, a circus and the mysterious circus workers that are like family. It involves many different characters and is told from multiple perspectives. I only recently got into the circus theme and if you love the circus theme or even if you don’t will find your self hard press not to like this book. The whole circus is built on magic and is a part of a contest between two teachers who have students that will be dueling.
The written is excellent and the plot is damn near perfect. I love the characters that the story is centered on. While Poppet and Widget are my favorites, my heart can’t help but go out to Celia and Marcos. However those for aren’t the only characters I care about, just the ones I feel the strongest. I connected to this story and I hated that it had to end.
Overall 5 stars
The Night Circus is for anyone who likes magic and romance, mystery and a sense of adventure. For anyone who is dreamer and believes in magic, this book is a must. I have truly fallen for this book and I can’t wait to see what else Erin will create.