Night Circus, The

Erin Morgenstern
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

Of all the good things I heard about this book, I can't say I entirely agree. Yes, the story was good....but it was also so confusing. I had a very hard time keeping up with it. I think the biggest thing was that the point of view kept changing so often and I wasn't quite sure whose point of view it was. Another thing was that the timeline seemed to change and didn't always match up. I know that was for the sake of the story, but I wasn't too fond of it. 

Overall, the story was good. It wasn't great, but it was good. It was also complicated and with all of the added elements and character POVs, that ruined it for me.

Reviewed: 2017-08-06
I love this book more every time I read it!

At first you think this is a story about the circus. Then you think it is about a contest between two skilled competitors. But it's about magic. And relationships. And so much more. And it's beautifully written. Don't go into this book expecting action--it's a slow start. Allow the gorgeous descriptions to fill your imagination. Delight in the details. In fact, read this book, then read it again. The seemingly loose plot threads tie together at the end and give you the beautiful present that is this book.

Highly recommend if you love fantasy and good writing.
Reviewed: 2015-10-19
A first novel whose tremendous promise is only outshone by its enchanting storytelling, The Night Circus is a gorgeous tale rife with some of the most fascinating characters and dazzling imagery I've read in years. I was transported reading this, and I look forward already to being transported by Morgenstern's next book.
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