Pages - 388
Published by Vintage in paperback on 24th May.
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
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 amazement. 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.
I utterly refused to get caught up with the fascination of this book to begin with. I ignored the hype, thinking this book couldn't possibly be as good as everyone was saying. I entered this book wary! Yet that first darn page sent shivers down my spine. The atmosphere emanating from the circus that has appeared from no where really pulled me in.
I was then convinced that it couldn't possibly continue as such an entrancing and atmospheric read and searched for things to complain about it. I did struggle at first to connect to my characters, but that was it. Who was I kidding, I was hooked just like the rest of the world by this wondrous circus! I found it to be a magical, enchanting story that even made an appearance in my dreams!
At the heart of the story lies a simple love story surrounded by an invisible web weaving its way through the circus, entwining ever element and every performer to it. Celia and Marco take centre stage in a very intricate wheel of trickery and deceit.
At the beginning of the book, the circus is magnificent, completely flawless in nature. Yet magnificent isn't enough, as the circus begins to grow, the additional magical creations begins to cause a strain upon each illusionist involved and causes the circus to begin to crack. The circus begins to exhibit a little less sparkle and shine until the twins come to the rescue.
The writing is poetic in nature; the words gently wafting off the page. The plot is extremely detailed and intricate; I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it. It felt like I had entered a darker version of Walt Disney World! The characters appear non descript to begin with, but as the story develops they cast a spell over you, drawing you into their deepest thoughts and fears.
This truly is an amazing read. Everyone needs to take a ride through The Night Circus.
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