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.
The Night Circus is basically a competition between two magicians who have pitted their students, Marco and Celia, against each other. Unaware of this competition, which they’ve been trained from childhood for, they fall in love. However, only one can come out of the competition alive and the Circus is their stage.
This was such a fantastic book that was so beautifully written, that you can’t help but be seduced by the glamour and the mystery of the Circus; so creatively written with such love and imagination. Whilst at times it was utterly confusing, the mystery was so compelling that you read on, and it was one of the reasons why I really loved this book. As much as I loved Celia and Marco, there was not as much depth as I would have liked, particularly when it came to their relationship – but fantastic nonetheless. It was for this reason that I really enjoyed Baileys character, whose devotion and love for the Circus went beyond his admiration for Poppet. I would really love to know how he handles the Circus after Celia and Marco find their happiness (?).
It was slow pacing and the narrative a bit scattered, so it may not be for everyone, but I read it slowly and digested it and it was well worth it. Such a magical novel. Words cannot do The Night Circus justice; a must read, especially for fantasy lovers.
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