Annike: Hey guys! Welcome back for another review today on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book is actually part of both Historical and Adult Fiction, but I think it still suits young adults incredibly well and I would probably consider it more fantastical. Anyways, it is such a beautiful and magical read that definitely lived up to the expectation I had for it so here’s the review.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
So, the book starts with the introduction of 2 not-so-central characters in the story itself but the ones who technically are the reason for the plot of this book. They are Prospero the Enchanter, who is Celia’s father and Alexander who is the instructor of Marco. They challange each other to a tournament where the two children they have raised with peculiar talents will come up against each other head to head and the best of either of them will survive.
One section of the story focuses on Celia and Marco, themselves before the circus is created and then after when they are properly involved in the circus. And on top of that there is another character who is a young boy by the name of Bailey living in a small country town who experiences the magic of the circus when it finds itself where he lives. Bailey’s role in the story is rather vague throughout the entire plot. He isn’t particularly central throughout the main section of the book but his story is integrated really well into the plot line and I loved his character from the very beginning.
I think my favourite thing about this book is definitely how magical it all seems. There are so many beautiful characters who pop up here and there seeming mildly insignificant only to be connected with much more later in the story like that of the clock maker, Herr Friedrick Thiessen. I just think Erin does the best job of making all the characters feel so 3 dimensional and every one of them interesting in their own right.
The set out of this story is really interesting too. Every couple of chapter or so there are snippets in the second person describing your experience in the circus which in itself engages the audience so well and really highlights the magic of the circus and all of its components. Right throughout reading The Night Circus, I was imaging the intricate details of the circus tents and all the amazingly described acts and talents. The book is also split in 5 different sections, with every one focusing on a number of different perspectives: Celia, The Murray Twins – Poppet and Widget, Chandresh (The Circus Creator), The clock maker, Prospero the Enchanter, Alexander, and even Reveurs who are just enormous fans of the circus. It is hard to believe but literally every perspective is so engaging and beautiful and just made me love the book more and more every time.
Lastly, I don’t know how much I really loved the relationship between Marco and Celia seeing that they went years without seeing each other and months between interaction. I guess because they didn’t get much together time it was hard to appreciate the feelings they had for one another and made it a tiny bit like instalove. This is really the only negative thing I have to say about the book though and it was already close to 500 pages so I now it’s a bit harsh of me to ask for something more.
I know I haven’t really outlined much of the plot for you guys, but I really don’t want to spoil it and I definitely recommend it 100%. It is written so well and I can’t give Erin Morgenstern more props for that and the way the story was obviously so well thought out from start to finish. Oh and I almost forgot to mention how much I loved the Murray twins! Together and apart they were just such beautiful characters, as was Bailey. So yeah, that is all I hope you guys enjoy this one if you try and give it a go and if you have read it please let me know what you thought because I adored it 🙂
Thanks for reading guys, we’ll be back in a couple days.