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First Line: The circus arrives without warning.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of those rare books that is almost impossible to describe. Because in the describing you just give away the plot and when that is brought down to mere inadequate words the magic seeps out of it. This is a book about a circus. Its a book about people and magic and mystery. Its a romance and its intrigue. Its all of those things and yet none of them at the same time. Its a book that more than anything I just want to crawl inside and spend the rest of my days living in its world.
While I may not be able to clearly define what The Night Circus is I can tell you what its not. Its not a series, what you find in these pages is all that you will get. This was a hard one for me to deal with in this day where almost every book that comes out seems to be a series. Which is funny as I am suffering from series fatigue but I did not want this story to end. Although I loved how the story played out. All the threads that it contained were woven so intricately and subtlety that when you hit the end and you sit back you discover this amazing tapestry of a tale has been created.
This isn’t a book with a lot of bells and whistles. There are no bangs or thumps in the night. There is no villain or orphaned hero who must rise up and save the day. There is just Celia and Marco. Widget and Poppet. Isobel, the twins, Bailey, Chandresh, Frederick and Prospero the Great. There are just ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Caught in this web of magic an mystery that is The Night Circus. Its a simple story with a slow burn and yet at the same time its not.
The Night Circus is a book that stands all on its own. Its unique and wonderful and its a story that I’ve never seen before nor do I expect to see it again. Its a bit like the circus that is described in the book, one day it appears where before it was not and it will linger on in your memory long after it is gone.