The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My Rating: ★★★★
Favorite Line: “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
This story has mystery, beauty, and tragedy written all over it from the beginning…and you, the reader, has no choice but to read on, tragedy and all.
Celia was born with an incredible gift, Marco learned an incredible skill, and together they build a circus. The circus is none like anyone has seen before. It travels in secret, appears without warning, and is only open at night. Each tent is filled with spectacles beyond the guest’s wildest imaginations. Unknowing to the crowd that wanders through the circus, they are walking through a dueling ground, or battlefield, between a magician and an illusionist, both trying to prove they are the superior power by what they create in the circus.
This book had me in its clutches from the beginning. The characters are strong and captivating. Both main characters, Celia and Marco, draw you into their stories and have you ping ponging between favoring one or the other.
In Celia’s struggle she is faced with cloaking her powers, keeping the circus running properly, and struggling with the pressure her father’s ever-watchful eye all while trying to defeat an opponent whom is hidden from her.
“They are a bunch of fish covered in feathers trying to convince the public they can fly, and I am simply a bird in their midst.”
Marco has spent his whole life in isolation since being plucked from an orphanage by “the man in the grey suit” to be trained as an illusionist. He is torn between wanting the freedom of the world outside and being obligated to defeat his opponent whom he knows is better than he.
“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”
In this book there are no limits and Erin Morgenstern fully embraces that with the ever-growing circus and magical illusions and it’s truly a fun journey for the reader.
The difference between four stars and five stars for this book (and most books) is the ending. The ending was a little confusing and was not completely satisfying. The rest of the book was unpredictable and beautiful, but the ending just didn’t do it for me.
With that being said, I highly recommend this book for a magical getaway. It is beautiful, emotional, and mind opening. Long before the end, you will be longing to enter into the world of The Night Circus.
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”