Review: “The Night Circus” by Erin Morganstern

The Night Circus by Erin MorgansternA review by Danielle.

Le Cirque des Reves is a traveling circus unlike any in all the world, a huge sprawling affair of what seems like a never-ending assortment of black and white tents, each tent absolutely unique and astounding. The food is delicious and there is always something new to try; the atmosphere is electric and you feel like you are in a magical world. A giant clock made to look like a replica of the circus, but with a dreamy quality to it, sits front row as you walk into the gates and a huge cauldron burns constantly, with white-hot fire welcoming every visitor. Only open from twilight to dawn, this circus is truly a splendor to see, but just a scratch beneath the surface is another world altogether.

Both great magicians, Celia and Marco are each schooled in a different thought and approach to magic by their cruel and demanding teachers. They are forced to duel without being told what the rules are or how the winner is to be decided. As the years pass by and no one tied to the circus seems to age, nothing seems to change except for the ever expanding options of tents. Celia and Marco begin to unravel the complicated set of rules to this never-ending game that was forced upon each of them as children. While the rules and object of the game become clearer, the world around them appears to be tearing at the seams. As Celia and Marco fall deeply in love, something that will definitely make the game more complicated for everyone, they must find a way to get out of the game unscathed, keep the circus and everyone in it in one piece and still be able to stay to together.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is hands down one of the most exciting and expertly written books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The story weaves an intricate web of characters, locations, and times spanning more than thirty years. Each moving piece works together to form one grand love story. Like the exquisite clock the circus itself seems to be centered around, every single piece, no matter how tiny and seemingly unrelated to the big picture, is vital in coming together to peel back the curtain of mystery this is the night circus. The book left me haunted and desperate for more, anything that was even slightly similar in style. Sadly this appears to the Erin Morgenstern’s only published book to date, but I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. This journey was mesmerizing, there just isn’t another word for it. This novel was truly amazing and one of a kind just like The Night Circus itself.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars.

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