Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Release Date: September 13, 2011
I received this book for review from Random House.
Summary: 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.
Thoughts: Set during the turn of the 19th century. Tells the story of Le Cirque de Reves & the competition that is going on between magicians Celia & Marco. They have been bound and groomed by their instructors to compete in "the game" against each other.
I loved every bit of this story. A wondrous tale. The Night Circus will enchant you with it's richly dark world of mystery and magic. The intricacy of this story was amazing. From page one I was sucked into Celia & Marco's world. While their instructors probably wished they were great enemies, Celia and Marco felt nothing but respect and love for one other. I was shocked and excited how much I enjoyed this story. It's definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year. Erin Morgenstern's debut novel is a must read.
Score: 5 Stars
Author Website: http://erinmorgenstern.com/