About the Book:
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.
About the Author:
ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two very fluffy cats.
The book arrived without warning. No announcements preceded it. It was simply there when yesterday it was not – although it was brought by a Big Brown Truck rather than a black and white train. But this reader was so very happy that it arrived.
The Night Circus is a special book. A book of magic and love and time and place. It’s a story unlike anything I have ever read before and when I finished it I wanted to start it all over again knowing that I would find aspects that I missed on my first read.
It’s a book ostensibly about a circus but it’s also a tale of love. It’s also a tale of power and abuse of power. Ms. Morgenstern has created a world unlike any other and put it smack dab in the middle of 19th century Europe and America through a traveling circus. But a very special circus open only at night and where everything is black and white.
The imagination involved to create the circus and the writing ability that allowed me to experience it in my head is just extraordinary. I felt like I was walking through the circus and exploring the tents. I was there; the calliope music was playing but it was not a tinny sound it was the sound of an orchestra.
The writing is lyrical, the characters magical (no pun intended) and the plot enthralling. I wish I had the words to fully express my joy at this book. My only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough. It was a world I didn’t want to leave. I have found my new favorite book of the year. I am keeping and I will read it again and again.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of The Night Circus gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.