The anticipation leading up to the release of Erin Morgenstern’s, “The Night Circus” has been outstanding. Not only is this one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen, it’s a fantastic read that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Imagine being bound to someone at a young age, being entered into a battle with someone you don’t know and you’re continuously having to prepare for each and every day. Now imagine that you have no idea who your bound to and you’ve got no idea what your prize will be…
We’re introduced to two magicians early on that clearly have some unfinished business, that’s why they’ve decided to dual it using younger protegees, Celia and Marco. As we watch the two youngsters grow up into adults, we can see that although they were both trained very differently, they both fully understand that they are going to be in a battle that will define everything they’ve learned over the years.
Marco, who trained with Mr. A. H_____ aka the man in the gray suit was trained using books, charts and graphs. Celia, on the other hand was trained by her father Hector Bowan (otherwise known as Prospero the Enchanter) and her training was much more hands on, literally. While training to become an illusionist, her Father cut the tips of her fingers and made her train by healing them with her mind. Neither know when they’ll be forced to battle until they hit the stage of LE CIRCUE DES REVES, which means, “The Circus of Dreams”.
Over the years as Celia and Marco grow, the circus grows with them and we’re introduced to many circus participants who you come to adore and find just as enchanting as both the main characters of this book. You entered rooms of the circus that you wish existed in real life, like the cloud room, which allows you to jump on their pillowy existence. Everything about this circus that opens in the nighttime is magical and I guarantee you that everything you heard about this book is true, it’s a delightful AND enchanting from start to finish!