The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Length: 519 pages
Publisher: Anchor Books
Purchased at Barnes & Noble
Release Date: July 3 2012
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.
I meant to end the month of January with reading and reviewing The Night Circus, but life called me to focus on family for most of the month. Although reading The Night Circus became an unexpectedly long task, I’m so glad that I stuck with it!
The Night Circus tells the story of Celia and Marco, destined to become players in a game filled with magic, skill, and illusion. Their playing field involved a circus woven with fantasy and dreams, all of the major figures and performers wrapped up in an intricate puzzle that no one can master.
This story is told in present tense, alternating between two different timelines. One features the origins of Celia and Marco’s abilities within the circus, and the other highlights a patron’s experience throughout his visit at the circus, struggling to figure out his calling in life. These two timelines are so descriptive in emotion, all the characters involved fighting to define their true calling in life.
I’m thankful that I finally made the time to read The Night Circus. It was such a wonderful book!
Rating: 5/5 Stars