The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  The Night Circus

Author:  Erin Morganstern

Collection:  Adult Fiction

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.

The debut of this imaginative and talented new author, Erin Morganstern, is a delight to read.  The sensory description contained in each page is fabulous and makes me imagine the scenes visually as if I am watching a film by Spielberg or Lucas.  This book is ready for the big screen for sure.  Critically acclaimed by reviewers and authors alike, The Night Circus is the the book of the season.

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