So far me & my girlfriends are loving our Book Club, the conversations we are having about the books & where those conversations take us are interesting & sometimes hysterical. We’ve had a book of friendship/ relationship’s then a murder detective so for our next instalment we picked The Night Circus. This was our first fantasy book, now I do read a lot of fantasy already but with this particular book I had no idea what to expect & honestly it exceeded all my expectations & so much more.
I honestly don’t know how to put this book into words because you know occasionally you encounter a book that stops you in your tracks, a book that affects your head & your heart in equal measure. A book that makes the hair on your arms stand on end & that has you telling everyone you know that they have to read this book & The Night Circus is one of those books. One of those rare, wonderful books that, upon finishing you immediately want to start again.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.
Set at the turn of the 19th century, The Night Circus follows the travelling circus & its cast of acrobats, contortionists & fortune-tellers. It is a tale full of magic, beauty, romance & curiosity. The story begins with two magicians, who have similar powers but disagree about the proper methods of using them. They have a history of challenging the teaching methods of each other by training students for competitions against each other. The venue of the current challenge is the circus, Le Cirque des Rêves. The student magicians are charged with creating something more fantastical than the other. In the process they create a circus which takes on a life of its own & holds secrets beyond imagination. It is really difficult to say too much about the book without giving away key information, it is truly something you have to discover for yourself.
The story is not told in a linear fashion & includes first person descriptions about the circus which I particularly enjoyed as this allows you as reader to experience the circus as if you were wandering through it. When I first started reading I thought the language would be too wordy & prevent you from actually getting into the story but actually it’s quite the opposite. The way in which the words are put together they read like poetry the imagery transports you inside the circus to experience it for yourself. You will be amazed at this unique venue which is full of breathtaking black & white striped canvas tents. Each tent is more enchanting, magical & mysterious than the others, each holding it’s own mysteries & you sometimes feel like you want to be there forever but you move on to the next.
The core of this book is magic, opening up your imagination to a world filled with magic, illusion, endless possibilities, a world we truly could only imagine. The power of magic in this book allows the author Erin Morganstern to really push the boundaries & conjure up a world you are drawn into & eventually don’t want to leave. You truly get sucked into the world that Morgenstern has created & find yourself longing for more when the book is done, not because there are cliffhangers (which I do not believe there is), but because you simply….want….more.
Apart from the Circus itself the characters are what make up the other half of this book. Celia & Marco may be considered as the main characters & they are. But you will find other characters to fall in love with. All of the characters have a part in the main story line, all are important in their own way. There is a very good chance that you will find yourself more excited to read about someone other than Celia & Marco, for me I was drawn to Bailey as his character seems out of place at the start I couldn’t help but think were is he going to slot into the story but it all comes together so perfectly well.
Erin Morgenstern has created a rare &original book. One like I have never before read & all 4 of us absolutely loved reading it & were genuinely disappointed when it came to an end. You can’t help but feel like you are there experiencing the illusions as they are happening. This book is intoxicating all the way through.
If you want to join along our fourth book in the Book Club is Maestra by Lisa Hilton, what is being hyped as the next new ‘Gone Girl’ meets ’50 Shades of Grey’ so let us read on & see for ourselves. AA x