The Night Circus

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it as I have loved circus books since reading and loving ‘Water for Elephants.’ Unlike ‘WFE’, Night Circus has a surreal and magical element to it. The magical ‘element’ is actually a major part of the book as it centers around a Magician’s daughter and a Sorcerer’s apprentice.

Love the cover too!

The aforementioned Magician and Sorcerer have been rivals for a very long time. When the Magician learns that he has a daughter who is unceremoniously dumped in his hands and who has inherited his magical powers, he seeks out the Sorcerer and challenges him to a magical duel featuring his daughter and a student of the Sorcere’s choosing. A circus is created as the arena where the battle will take place, unbeknownst to the two ‘duellers’ and all the folk employed in the circus. ‘The Night Circus arrives without warning. No announcements proceed it… It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.’

I love this book.  It is beautiful and the characters and story are intriguing and very likeable.  The circus seems so real, despite having tents that contain some weird and wonderful displays from Wishing Trees to bottles that open to reveal stories that you experience by smell alone.  A clock at the main gate has ‘…a silver dragon that curls around the visible clockwork, a tiny princess in a carved tower who paces in distress; Teapots that pour into teacups and miniscule curls of steam that rise from them as the seconds tick.’  Somewhat predictably, the daughter and apprentice fall in love with each other but only one is aware that they are pawns in a lifelong battle between their respective father and tutor.  Other select characters are also aware, and it is fun and also nerve-racking to watch as they interact with each other not knowing what each character is privy to.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Book Whisperer
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 20:04:19

    I am about to read this with my book group and can’t wait even more now; your review makes it sound wonderful 🙂


  2. BryOak
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 19:17:38

    I just know that you’re going to love it too! You have a treat ahead of you…


  3. Joanne
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 19:30:24

    I have requested this from the library, but there’s a queue so it might be a while before I get my hands on it. Can’t wait.


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