“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
I adored The Night Circus. Every word captivated me from beginning to end and I couldn’t put it down. The story was magical- both literally and figuratively and the descriptions are so vivid. I wish I could be there to witness the night circus first hand. As author Rick Riordan so eloquently states: “The prose sparkles, and the story itself is a feat of magical acrobatics”. I don’t know any other way to put it.
This story itself is extremely difficult to summarize and somehow any summary will not do the book any justice. The stage has been set for a magical competition between the pupils of two very powerful magicians. The stage: the night circus. The pupils, a man and a woman, are unsure of the rules, unsure how to win or when the competition will end. As the competition continues, the opponents fall in love- a situation that only complicates their predicament. This is magic in a way that I never imagined it before- no wands. This is a competition between natural talent and a lifetime of careful study of elements and ancient symbols.
The story has twists and surprises that left me wondering how I didn’t see what was right there all along. While reading this story I had the same feeling I had the first time I read Harry Potter and he entered Diagon Alley. The Night Circus seems so real, that I am a reveur (devoted follower of the Night Circus) and I will forever be waiting for the circus to show up one night unexpectedly.
What other books remind you of Harry Potter?The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on September 13th 2011
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Psychological, Historical
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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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.