Genre: Fantasy / Magical Realism
Page Count: 387 pages
Publication Date: September 2011
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters.
As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
I only need 3 words to describe this book:
Magical, romantic and intriguing.
The Nights Circus is now firmly placed in my top 5 favourite books of all time. The story is enchanting and the characters are brilliant!
The descriptions were so vivid that I feel like I really did visit the Night Circus, with all its wonderful sights and smells (because I want to keep this review spoiler-free, I won’t mention anything more on that). The romance is not overly sweet and it doesn’t take over the story (It’s more like a side dish rather than the main meal, if you know what I mean) so even if you’re “allergic to love” you’ll enjoy this one.
This book is sort of hard to review, because no matter what I write here I wouldn’t be making it any justice. The Night Circus is something you have to experience for yourself. And I urge everyone who likes fantasy, magic, intrigue, romance, or plot-twists to read this book.