Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding New York Times best seller that has captured the world's imagination.
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Reading Erin Morgenstern’s sparkling debut is a lot like stepping into the tent of a wondrous three-ring circus. You’re treated to a spectacle that excites all your senses—and you can’t wait to tell everyone you know about it. The novel follows Le Cirque des Rêves, a 19th-century traveling carnival that arrives unannounced outside of world capitals and runs from dusk till dawn. The circus is the setting for the epic rivalry between two magicians—and the battleground for their star pupils, Celia and Marco, who inconveniently fall in love. Morgenstern’s gifts for dreamy scene-setting and shy romance make The Night Circus an intoxicating read.
Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love set in a turn of the 20th-century circus. Celia is a five-year-old with untrained psychokinetic powers when she is unceremoniously dumped on her unsuspecting father, Hector Bowen, better known as Le Cirque des Reves' Prospero the Entertainer. Hector immediately hatches a sinister scheme for Celia: pit her against a rival's young magician in an epic battle of magic that will, by design, result in the death of one of the players, though neither Celia nor her adversary, Marco, is informed of the inevitable outcome. What neither Hector nor his rival count on is that Celia and Marco will eventually fall in love. Their mentors Marco's mentor, Alexander, plucked him from the London streets due to his psychic abilities attempt to intervene with little success as Celia and Marco barrel toward an unexpected and oddly fitting conclusion. Supporting characters such as Bailey, a farm boy who befriends a set of twins born into the circus who will drastically influence his future; Isobel, a circus employee and onetime girlfriend of Marco's; and theatrical producer Chandresh Christophe Lef vre are perfectly realized and live easily in a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
Unusual but good
The writing style felt odd to me sometimes, but it’s undoubtedly well-written and unique. The characters were intriguing, and things pulled together in unexpected ways. Interesting and well-executed concept
Audio book is awesome!
This book is wonderful but the audio book is great! The narrator’s voice is soothing and intriguing at the same time.
Stays with you forever
This is one of my favorite books, it is so unique and pulls you completely into a new world. I’ve recommended this book to everyone and they’ve all loved it. She does have an interesting writing style but I think that’s part of the appeal, I read it years ago and still talk about it to this day. Read it!