Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Random House; Vintage Books, 2011
The circus arrives without warning
No announcements precede it…
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not
This circus is amazing, surprising, magical, and a giant show developed as a competition between two magicians. Well, two magicians who aren’t aware they’re in competition. It’s brilliant. Erin Morgenstern has come up with an original idea that draws you into the atmosphere, trickery and amazement of Le Cirque Des Reves. I love the black and white with a touch of red theme of the circus, and the Reveurs who follow the circus around the globe. I felt it gave the circus a sense of the unexplained, the untouchable, the… inclusive to those only who come across it and join in.
I loved the magical element to this book, along with the mystery of the competition smouldering along in the background – IE it’s not mentioned or referred to often, but comes into play only when necessary. I felt included into the inner circle, and privy to the inner workings of this both exclusive and elusive adventure.
Now, I’ve never spent a lot of time reading fantasy, though I have been reading more of it of late. I love how seamlessly Morgenstern weaves the magical into the everyday. The Night Circus is well written, and I found myself lost within the circus. I didn’t want to stop reading! In fact, I think this is a book I’ll probably reread again soon. Loved it.
If you like to indulge in a sense of the magical, with a hint of drama? Totally!