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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Erin Morgenstern’s lyrical tale of love and magic renewed our sense of wonder. At the dreamlike Le Cirque des Rêves, two young magicians, Celia and Marco, are trained to challenge one another in an ever-escalating game of enchanted supremacy. But when the illusionists fall in love, the competition takes a darker turn. We love Jim Dale’s narration of the Harry Potter series, so it comes as no surprise that he does an exquisite job with Morgenstern’s gorgeous language and fascinating characters. By the end of this audiobook, we were ready to run off and join the circus.
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I thought it was so beautiful tht I cried...
Lots of pre-release hype, big pay day for the author and an impressive first printing, fights for movie rights, comparisons to Rowling, conjuring up tastes of "Something Wicked This Way Comes"...big shoes to fill... and Morgenstern is up to the daunting task with this elegant and ethereal novel. From the first sentence I was hooked, swept away somewhere between a dream and reality. (And hasn't it been a pitifully long dry spell in the literary world?) This fantasy fable easily transcends genres and has real staying power because of Morgenstern's gifted ability to tell a wonderful story with the right mix of exceptional prose and allegory--inviting the reader to travel along dreamily, or to interpret each step of the evocative journey of "love, greed, and fate". Destined for the Favorites Lists of many a reader, and, probably and second or third read. Not a fast pace action yarn, but one that will nevertheless keep you glued to your ear buds, and stay with you long afterwards. And, what can you say about Jim Dale other than PERFECTION?! His magical voice makes this an unforgettable and rare treat. An absolutely perfect pairing!
This story is filled with such wonder, I absolutely love it. Sharing a narrater with the Harry Potter audiobooks, this book is simply magical, beautiful, and imaginative. I highly recommend it.