The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

From Goodreads: “Opens at Nightfall; Closes at Dawn.” The Le Cirque des Rêves is a circus unlike any other, just as this magical debut novel is equally unique. At the center of The Night Circus spectacle are two specially gifted young magicians, Celia and Marco, pitted against each other in professional competition, drawn towards one another in love. Erin Morgenstern’s literary fantasy has already drawn raves for its captivating evocativeness: “A world of almost unbearable beauty…. A love story on a grand scale: it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends.” “A novel so magical that there is no escape.”

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a beautifully mastered world of magic. The story follows the idea of Chandresh Christophe Lefevre to start a gorgeous black and white Circus that tours the world. He auditions the best of the best to perform and take part in his circus. What he doesn’t realize is that his Circus is the battle ground for something bigger; A competition between two chosen magicians. What they do not know, in order to win this competition only one will remain standing. With the competition on its way, and the Circus appearing out of nowhere in cities around the world, no one expects feelings to surface between the magicians. This only makes the battle more difficult.

The story entwines with the story of young Bailey, who first came about the Circus when it randomly appears in his town. From that moment on, the circus remains the only thing on his mind, as well as a white glove he receives from the gorgeous redhead within the circus grounds. In the end, both stories come together in a shocking outcome.

This was an amazing read with an even more amazing tale. I was captivated from the very first page and found it difficult to put this book down. Erin Morgenstern writes beautifully, capturing the circus and magic like no other. It felt real, alive. I could see myself walking through The Night Circus, watching the Illusionist perform, dazzled by what I was seeing. The switching of narratives between main characters allowed me to get inside their heads and learn more about each and every one of them. It was fantastic! The magic transported me back to my Harry Potter days. Anyone looking for a similar but far from it book to Harry Potter should check this out! This is my favorite book of the year, perhaps even YEARS! I highly recommend it!

Rating – 5/5

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