The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Review)

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‘Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.’

Le Cirque des Reves is a strange and fascinating circus which brings people to it’s tents with it’s strangeness. It is only open at night and within it’s tents are wonderful and bewitching acts. Behind the scenes though there is a competition, a magical duel between Celia and Marco. They have been trained their whole lives for this, yet their lives and the competition are unpredictable, as is their relationship.

The Night Circus is a fantastic and enchanting read. It was a very heavy book, which left me a little bit exhausted at times, and it took me a little while to get fully engrossed. It was a slow book, yet I felt captivated my the circus, just like those who go. The characters were well written and brilliantly developed with so much depth, even the secondary characters. I don’t feel like I can rate this 5 stars though, I think it is because it is slow. However, it needs to be slow to get the feel of the story. It needs to development and the detail for the story to work.

The Night Circus is full of intrigue and fascinating characters in a fascinating setting and world. Any fan of magical realism should not hesitate to pick this one up.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆

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