Release Date: September 13, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
The Night Circus is like nothing else I have read before. It’s been a long time since I was so fully enchanted by a novel. I was so caught up in the mystery, the magic, and the writing of this book that everything else in the world disappeared. It was almost like I stepped through the gates of Le Cirque des Rêves and the rest of the world ceased to exist.
The Night Circus is written in a very unique way. It’s told in third person, focusing on several different characters. The time line jumps to the future and to the past with ease. It was all so very well organized. The threads of the story twist and turn until you have no idea how things are possibly going to turn out. Eventually they are woven into this beautiful and complex tale that surprised me at ever turn.
I’m going to say and I’m going to mean it: Erin Morgenstern’s writing was very reminiscent of J.K. Rowling for me. That’s the only person that I can think to compare it to, and really it needs no comparison because her writing is magnificent all on its own. Every page is filled with unimaginable magic that I can in no way explain. There is no other story out there like this. I was consumed by it when I was reading.
Everything about this book is fabulous. The unique writing, of course, but also the subtle passion between Marco and Celia. The tangible mysteriousness of all the other characters. The surprises! And the Circus itself. There is so much detail in the Circus. It feels so real that you might think that Erin Morgenstern actually stumbled upon it one evening and has kept it a secret from the rest of the world until now. I was utterly enchanted by it.
Really, the bottom line is that you need to read The Night Circus. Soon. My review in no way does it justice. You just need to discover the awe inspiring magic of this story yourself.