The Night Circus: A Review

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, 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. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

As many of you may know by now, there is a lot of hype surrounding Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus. All I can say is that the hype is much deserved! If you read this, I promise that Celia and Marco will become two of your favorite characters.  Their connection is undeniable and together their effect on their world is quite astounding. This novel is very descriptive and takes on a magical tone of it’s own. I’ve read some reviews on Goodreads stating how drawn out and descriptive it can be, but that is the beauty of it-Morgenstern creates a world to escape to where everything can exist.

I know I’m late to the game on this review but trust me, this one is a good one.

The Night Circus Eric Morgenstern out 09/13/2011


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