Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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.
The simplest way I can describe the Night Circus, which is not a simple book at all, is that it is written beautifully and has one of the most well though out plots I have ever read. However, you need to be slow and really appreciate it, if you are expecting fireworks and nonstop action, this is not the book for you.
There is a deadly game afoot set in place by two men that are much older than they seem. A game, a contest, a dual; a competition between two magicians that will have consequences for not only them, but for everyone else that gets involved.
The concept of a magician’s dual, especially created in such a devious and mysterious way was fascinating and left just enough secrecy for the reader to wonder along with the main characters.
Celia and Marco were fantastic characters. Actually, the whole cast of characters was magnificent, each of them having their own motives and flaws and secrets. They, like the entire book, were each puzzles, and even by the end of the book there are still missing pieces, but that is the beauty of THE NIGHT CIRCUS.
For a story written in third person, and at times second person, it is so wonderfully written. You can taste, hear, smell, and see everything that is described in vivid detail, and it is so amazing. I had to give the writing five stars, it was absolutely perfect.
The romance is not the main component of this book, so do not go in expecting it from the start. It develops slowly, over time, and that makes all the difference to the story. It just adds more emotion in the end and lets you focus on other important parts in the book.
If you have not read this book now, I suggest you do so as soon as possible. But make sure you have the time to truly savor it.
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