The Night Circus
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits something utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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.
This book is just as you may suspect from the title, dark and mysterious. I utterly loved reading The Night Circus with every little detail creating such a beautiful and magical world you could see in front of you if you ever looked up from the page which is unlikely with how captivating the story is.
Celia is set to her father who decides to teach her illusions when he realises she has a natural gift after making the child angry. Marco is saved from the hell of an orphanage when his mentor chooses him to be taught in illusions. These two protagonists path will pass and in passing they will fall in love, but what is a fantasy without a fantastic love story? The two will later be forced to battle to show who the better illusionist is. While each falls for the other how will they react to the challenge when they find out the final outcome? Will it be a happy ending or a tragic love story to rival Romeo and Juliet?
Bailey is a young boy who becomes obsessed with the Circus after being dared to break into the Circus and taking something to prove his visit. When he is in he becomes lost but a young girl with fiery hair helps him find is way out and to prove he was there she gives him a single white glove of her own. As Bailey grows older he starts to frequent the Circus every chance he gets always in search of the red haired girl he met on that day long ago. Eventually he finds her, a girl who goes by the name of Poppet and her twin brother with equally fiery hair by the name of Widget. With every visit they become closer friends until one fateful night Poppet gives her close friend an ultimatum. Runaway with the Circus or never see it again.
Those are just a few of the amazing characters to be found within the tents of The Night Circus but so many more add to the wonder of the story. It is truly magical and every tent described makes you wish you could step through the gates and witness it all for yourself. To trail from tent to tent and see everything contained within, to have your fortune read from Tarot Cards and wander through the Ice Garden would be outstanding and a dream come true. Every page of this book holds magic, every illusion holds your attention, and every second makes you wish Cirque des Reves was real. If you haven’t read this book yet then you most definitely should because you have been missing out on an entire world of magic and love but then, love creates the greatest magic which is shown throughout the story. Go and burn the midnight oil with a copy of this stunning story of love, magic and tradition. I promise you won’t regret it.
Awarded: 5 Stars out of 5