The dark and whimsical world of a mysterious, magical, turn-of-the-century circus comes to life in Erin Morgenstern‘s debut novel, The Night Circus. It’s a story that will suck you in from the very first page, and won’t let you go even after you’ve finished.
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 tells the story of two “magicians,” entwined in an on-going battle of wit and skill — all taking place behind the scenes of Le Cirque des Rêves. They’ve been destined to face off against each other within the confines of the Night Circus for years, in a wager set forth by each of their magical mentors. But what neither mentor expected was for their progeny to fall in love with each other. But there’s more at stake than just their duel; than just the possibility of their romance. The fate of the entire circus, and everyone in it, hangs precariously in the balance.
While the love story is a critical element to this book, the majority of the story really lives up to the title. Because more than anything else, The Night Circus is really about the circus itself. And while the story of Celia and Marco is a lovely one, it’s the circus itself that really draws you in. The circus, and the many intriguing characters who make it up. Celia and Marco are hardly the only interesting figures featured in The Night Circus, and you’ll find yourself drawn in by the many individuals who make-up the circus and its followers.
Much like some of the characters in the book, as the reader you become a fan of the Night Circus. It’s not hard to picture yourself wandering amongst the many whimsical tents and displays set forth, or sampling the many treats, or inhaling the fragrance of the popcorn and sweets.
The world of The Night Circus is one I want to revisit again and again. It’s a story that will sweep you up and refuse to let you go; it’s a literary kidnapping you’ll be happy to accept.
The Night Circus is in stores September 13th.