Review by Joshua W.
Le Cirque de Reves (The Circus of Dream) arrives without warning and leaves just as suddenly. The black and white tents are only open at night, and only then can circus goers witness the dream-like experiences within. The circus is only the stage, though, for two magicians, Celia and Marco, who are locked in a magical duel that can only leave one of them alive. Taking place over years, Morgenstern slowly reveals the rules of this duel by providing snippets of narrative from different characters’ points of view. Jumping around in time, the reader is drawn into the circus, slowly as each marvel is revealed as though they are there wandering from tent to tent.
The Night Circus is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Morgenstern made me believe in magic again with the wonders created by Celia and Marco. This book is not for somebody who enjoys a fast-paced plot abundant with action. Instead, the story develops like a sip of wine. It begins with the aromas as you bring the glass to your lips. Drawing you in. This is followed by the sharp, intense flavor of it hitting your tongue. The wonder of the circus and beginning to understand its purpose. Finally, it finishes with a slow conclusion that leaves you wanting another sip.