The blurb: In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…
A fabulous, fin-de-siècle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.
My review: I really don’t want to say too much about this book as I will be recommending it to everyone I know to read immediately! The Night Circus is utterly fantastic, Morgenstern’s writing style is beautiful, full of mystery and suspense, longing, intrigue and the inexplicable.
If you like your books to create a dark and intense fairytale of wonder that will consume your imagination then this is the book for you! Plus it looks gorgeous too!
The only critiscism I have and it’s tiny, is that I did get a bit confused at the beginning with the dates. This book does jump around a lot, sometimes with tiny chapters and I did spend a bit of time going back to check where I was chronologically as well as geographically. But I wouldn’t change it one bit. I loved the short chapters, it was like being part of the circus, dipping into the different tents with different characters, this book really is an amazing experience to read, it’s consuming, the whole world is beautifully constructed and I hated to leave it. Definitely one I will read again and again. Exceptional!
10 out of 10 stars! **********
BUY ME! The Night Circus