Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Date: September 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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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.
When I first read Harry Potter, I wanted to go to Hogwarts. I wanted to see all the wonderful things described in those books. I wanted to visit Hogsmede and Diagon Alley and the Quiddich World Cup. Such was the way that the story was written. When reading The Night Circus I felt exactly the same. I wanted to go to the Night Circus. I wanted to experience everything there was to offer there. From the illusionist to the ice garden, to the bonfire, the statues, the animals, the wonderful desserts and many many more extraordinary things. This for me is what made this book truly magnificent. The detail, and the way in which this detail is brought to life through beautiful and imaginative descriptions.