The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Length:  510 pages
Genre:  Fiction, Contemporary
My Rating:  4.5 stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern had me mesmerized from the very first line. The book opens up with the sentence: “The circus arrives without warning.” Something about that first line grabbed me. It feels very much like an iconic opening sentence, doesn’t it? I knew very little about the book going in; but as you read, you begin to understand just why the author chose to make that the opening sentence. The circus in this book is one that is only open at night and it is shrouded in not only mystery but impossibilities. Its audiences are entranced and in awe.

This circus is no ordinary circus; it is the playing field of a magical game. Two magicians each choose a best student and pit them against one another in a challenge of epic proportions. These challenges have gone on for a long time. And like in The Hunger Games, there is only one victor. The loser dies. When these two men choose their students for the next challenge, the playing field is this night circus. However, this time around, after choosing their best students, they end up gettting more than they bargained for.

The book is amazingly unique and very atmospheric. I loved it! The story is filled with mystery and wonder. As I read, it was easy to get immersed not only in the story, but also in the world of magic and circuses. I will leave you with just a couple of quotes.


The circus looks abandoned and empty. But you think perhaps you can smell caramel wafting through the evening breeze, beneath the crisp scent of the autumn leaves. A subtle sweetness at the edges of the cold.” (p. 4)

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound.” (p. 505)

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