The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, circus, magic, historical fiction, I want to go to there
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: Les Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) appears without warning. Tied to this enchanted circus is illusionist Celia and her challenger Marco, both of whom have been bound to compete in a mysterious game since their youth. Unknowingly along for the ride are Tsukiko the contortionist, Herr Friedrick Thiessen the clock-maker, and Poppet and Widget, the powerful red-headed twins born opening night.
Beautiful, haunting, and bursting with imagination, The Night Circus is a literary journey you will be hard pressed to forget.
The first thing that drew me to this amazing novel was the gorgeous cover. Look at that, it’s beautiful. The UK cover is also equally stunning, but I’m really drawn to this US cover, particularly due to the fact that the entire thing looks like it’s made from construction paper.
The second thing that drew me in was the theme of both magicians AND the circus. There are a lot of wonderful novels out there about the circus: Dreamland, Geek Love, Freaks! Alive, on the Inside!, Water, or as I like to call it, H20 for Elephants, but not so many about magicians. Now, I have read The Prestige, but it was one of those rare cases where the movie was better than the novel. Shocking, I know. It might have helped that the movie has Hugh Jackman in it.