Come one come all! The Circus is in town! This isn’t your average clown car parade though, oh no. This is magic, love, and a wicked bet between old nemeses all rolled into a brilliant novel by Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus is a dark teen novel that reaches out to readers of all ages and genres. The world she creates is dark, dreamy, and drenched in magic. Morgenstern’s writing is fluid, intense, and vivid, in a way that only true artists can be. She makes sure to take us on a ride that you wish never had an ending. Unlike many series out there, this is a singular novel that will be a treasured addition to any book collection.
In Victorian London a bet is made between two magicians; this bet spins the following story of two children, Celia and Marco, trained in magic to compete to the death, the catch here is that neither one knows who the other is and don’t realize that their respective Masters are men with too much time on their hands, and too much power at their fingertips. The challenge for Celia and Marco is both are orphans straining to appease their benefactors, and as they learn and grow into beaming examples of magic and power, they meet, and fall in love. The story plunges then into the creation of a circus, open only from sunset to sunrise, all predicated on the power of this couple, but connected only to Celia. Their power buds into amazing ice castles, rooms of clouds, and other wonders. Their love weaved into every tent and show. Each new magical feat drags even more people into the maze of love and deceit, all culminating into an astounding ending that you have to read to believe.
Celia and Marco, the competitors and lovers are amazingly written characters, with unique personalities and a sympathetic plight. Although their magician masters should be the antagonists of this story, I still found myself not overly angry at them, although I rooted for Celia and Marco’s desires to win out.
The amazing circus lured me in until I couldn’t put the book down, and I fell in love with all of the characters and their stories. This novel reads much like a full blown movie, making it easy to picture the world Morgenstern creates. The book is written in many small chapters of different characters views, giving a full idea of the complexity of the circus and the people that love it.
The Night Circus will leave you wishing that there was such a wondrous place to visit, and sad when you realize you are at the end of the journey. Morgenstern a new author on the scene delighted everyone with this first novel, winning her many awards and inspiring a cult like following. Easily found at any local book store, it was recently released in paperback, though with a book this special a hardback with the beautiful black and white cover is the best way to go, so you can read it again and again.