The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Doubleday on September 13, 2011
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 Top Three Reasons You Should Read This Book
- The world building in this novel is phenomenal! There was not a single sentence that left me wondering where I was or why the scenery was mentioned. I absolutely adored each moment of this enchanting tale because I never knew what would be around the next corner. What would Marco create next? What would Celia bring?
- The love between Marco and Celia is strong and passionate. It is not, however, erotic or graphic. I was blown away by Morgenstern's ability to create such a pure love that shows the importance of self-sacrifice and true dedication. Too often, our society values sex and lust in relationships. I found it refreshing to see a romance that brought us back to the most important fundamentals of true love.
- This novel takes place in the 18th century and Morgenstern's writing style reflects that. Rather than choosing to write as a modern woman writing about that time period, she writes as many authors in the 18th century would have. For the reader, this adds to the enchanting experience as the reader is truly transported back in time. This could not have been completed with any other writing style.