It’s strange isn’t it, here I am saying that I don’t really read books with romance in them and yet, here we are with the second book in a row which feature romance fairly heavily. Well I can assure you that next week it will be something totally different! But for now it’s time for me to tell you how much I loved reading The Night Circus.
To be honest with you, there is nothing wrong with romance books, I just find that there aren’t too many of them on my bookshelves and I am not exactly sure why. I adore Wintersong and I adore The Night Circus, so maybe I am a romance fan after all…
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Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Blurb: 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.
Categories: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5/5 stars
Review: Now we all know that you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but oh my word isn’t the cover just incredible?! I really love the bold black, white and red. And just as the cover claims it really is “breathtaking”, “dazzling” and “enchanting”. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Night Circus, though I have to admit I didn’t whizz through it in one night, mainly because I didn’t want to. I wanted to savour every beautiful scene. It was puzzling and intriguing and yet I found I wanted to surround myself in that mystery rather than solve it.
The pace of the book is a slow one, which I don’t think is a bad thing at all. Some books are fast and you race through them, others are slow and you really do savour everything. I find that I read a mix of both types of books and I love books from each. The pace really suited the subject matter of the book, and the idea of a circus and that anticipation. I really loved how Morgenstern wove the threads of the story together so beautifully. I loved the detail, the descriptions and the delicacy of the writing.
The Night Circus starts with a wager between two old magicians, with differing ideologies and yet it becomes so much more than that. Just like The Night Circus becomes so much more to all the people that live there and to all the people who visit it each night. And to the reveurs who follow the circus wherever it leads.
I love that we get to see ‘behind’ the scenes’ so to speak, as we are given the chance to read about Chandresh and his magical Midnight Dinners, from which the idea for The Night Circus blossoms. I love that as a reader we get to witness Herr Thiessen fall in love with Le Cirque des Reves and what is created by that love. And I love that we get to watch Bailey fall in love with the circus and that he allows himself to follow his dreams.
It is these characters, and many more, that Morgenstern weaves beautifully in to The Night Circus. I found myself marveling that the book, like the circus itself, is made of up so many different narratives/tents/parts and that they come together to create something so incredible, I want to say ‘almost transcendent’ but I fear Chandresh would be vexed with me.
The stories contained within The Night Circus are rich and elegant. I just wanted to know more of each story, just like I wanted to visit each tent in the circus, to explore and discover more. The circus itself is a mystery, it ‘arrives without warning’ and is open only at night. I love that that the mystery remains for the whole of the book and that I did not feel rushed to solve the puzzle. Instead I felt compelled to search every scene and to marvel at every tent.
One of my favourite parts of the book is the Reveurs, or the circus’ own fanclub. Those enchanted souls who don one piece of red clothing and spend as many of their nights exploring the Le Cirque des Reves as they can. I am pretty sure this would be me. I love the whole idea of trying to follow a circus, which just appears without warning and the thrill and mystery of it all.
The Night Circus is a book which really draws you in, just as the circus does. I found myself wishing for an invite to one of those famous Midnight Dinners, I found myself wondering which tents I would explore first and which I would revisit as often as I could. As you can tell the worldbuilding in The Night Circus is absolutely incredible and each of the characters is simply fantastic.
As ‘main characters’ Celia and Marco were engaging, and yet in a way they didn’t feel like main characters. For me, all of the characters felt like the book belonged to them, everyone was the main character in their own narrative. I found myself most drawn to the parts of the book which followed Bailey and the Twins, I felt like we were given a bit more of an insight in to everything through their child’s perspective.
I could go on and on about all of the characters and scenes I loved in this book, but to be honest the magic really is in discovering this book, and The Night Circus, for yourself. I have got *The Night Circus on my list of books to reread and I am pretty sure there are going to be loads of marvelous things I am yet to discover!
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