The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern tells a story about two magicians who have similar powers but disagree about the proper methods of manipulation, control, and utilization of their individual powers. They have a history of challenging the teaching methods of each other by pitting students against one another in competitions. The venue of the current challenge is a circus. The student magicians are charged with outshining each other and in the process create a circus which takes on a life of its own and holds secrets and spells at every turn.
The Night Circus is a tale of love, rivalry and wondrous illusions. The plot is cleverly played out, and tucked between chapters are small invitations for the reader to experience the circus firsthand. Highly original and artistic, The Night Circus is sensuous and ultimately satisfying.
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Thick: 387 pages
Release date: September 13th 2011
Prices: $14.18 (Hardcover), $12.99 (ebook), $29.37 (Audiobook)
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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.
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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
ebook 1st rating: 9/10