Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Metaphysical Fiction
Age Range: Adult
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
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The best words to describe this book are "magical" and "intriguing." The author created a sense of wonder and mystery with the circus. Descriptions were rich. I was entranced by the characters, especially Marco and Celia. I cared about this troupe of performers and was excited to see what was going to happen to them. Based on the fact that the book has over 6,000 reviews on Amazon and sales are still fairly strong seven years after publishing, many other readers were curious too. However, I was a little disappointed with the overall plot, and I felt that the climax fell a little flat. That being said, I own a copy and plan to read it again.