The Night Circus



Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Hardcover: 387 pages
ISBN: 9780385534635

Book summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.


They appear out of nowhere late at night. Le Cirque des Rêves and it is a circus of dreams.

The book is a game. What kind of game, you may ask. But in order to find the answer you will first have to go out and read the book. The Night Circus is a mystical book full of complex characters. The setting is a circus that appears and disappears at night and travels all across the world.

The characters are complex and you fall in love with them. Celia and Marco are the players competing against each other. They do whatever they can to win the game but they have no idea how to win. They do not understand the consequences of being the winner or the loser. And when they realize who the other player is, the game stops being a competition and becomes something more. They start to create things for each other. But can they fall in love and stay in love when they realize how to finish the game? Can they escape the world they have created? Will they both survive the game?

This book is full of twists and turns. When you go in reading this book, you have to go in with zero expectations. The description of the book is not the greatest. It makes you think that the two competing are warriors that are going to fight for the win. When in reality the two have no clue who they are competing against and the competition takes years. Their competition turns into love notes for each other. I did not like how the author jumped back in forth decades at a time. It was confusing and took me a feel pages to figure out where I am in the story. Then I became more comfortable with where I am in the timeline and BAM I am back to square one in deciding where I am in the story. But I did like how he brought some minor characters into the story. They do not begin as a big deal but the closer we are to the end of the story you start to understand why the author brought them in in the first place.

Overall I enjoyed reading it. It took me only three years to begin reading the book. But I am glad that I did. Not a book I will go back to reread but definitely happy with reading it once.


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