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  • I enjoy the fact that The Night Circus is filled with different perspectives, thus the reader understands the magnificence of Le Cirque des Reves
  • I recommend this novel for young adults/adults


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      This book was recommended to me by a friend and I’m glad I took a chance on it. The book is a fantasy novel but not in the way most fantasy novels are these days. It takes place in our world but doesn’t present us with cliched quests and prophecies. The Night Circus is truly a unique book that weaves magic subtly throughout the novel and ends up becoming an elegant tapestry.

      The novel takes place in Victorian London in the late 1800s and very early 1900s. At times the novel does wander to other locations but never permanently strays from


      London. Each chapter begins with date, month and sometimes day to indicate when the events of each chapter are happening. The chapters are often out of order and deal with different characters thus paying attention to the dates would be a good idea.

      The Night Circus primarily follows two people: Marco Alisdair and Celia Bowen. Marco and Celia have been taught to create illusions, manipulations and other extremes using powers that they begin to develop. They are each raised by a different person: Marco is raised by a Mr. Alexander, who takes him from an orphanage and Celia is raised by her father, Hector Bowen, otherwise known as Prospero the Enchanter, a well renowned magician. Hector and Mr. Alexander enter a challenge of sorts with unclear rules and parameters. They each groom Marco and Celia to have them one day face each other, although they have no idea how the game works nor do they know who the other is until much later on. The stage for this game is a circus called Le Cirque des Reves, which is a circus unlike any other. The circus contains performers that have unsual talents, exhibitions that defy logic and a strange atmosphere as ...


      • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Novel, 2011)
      it only opens at night.

      I enjoy the fact that The Night Circus is filled with different perspectives, thus the reader understands the magnificence of Le Cirque des Reves. Some chapters are devoted to describing specific exhibitions (the Ice Garden and the room of scents being my favourites), or the people attending the circus and it draws you in making you feel as if you were in there already.

      There’s a lot of mystery strewn throughout the book. At first it’s subtle, the reader has to really pay attention to the dates listed on each chapter and the musings of each

      character. As the book moves forward, these mysteries come to the forefront and the reader is truly able to appreciate how at the core of this novel, it speaks of puppets and their puppeteers.

      The author has done a wonderful job in describing the budding romance between Marco and Celia. She explores their feelings and apprehensions without taking away from the suspense that the book manages to maintain throughout. If I were to fully classify this novel, I would say it’s a fantasy-romance-mystery and a blend of all three is what makes this novel so special. I recommend this novel for young adults/adults.




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Andrew Leither says :

Hector and Mr. Alexander enter a challenge of sorts with unclear rules and parameters. They each groom Marco and Celia to have them one day face each other, although they have no idea how the game works I added this in from your review to let readers know that I appreciate this novel, and I appreciate your time and effort to do a great wonderful review. I thought it’s great and going to purchase this book this weekend.

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Moe replies :

I’m glad to hear that you’ll be reading this book There are other characters in the book that can be as compelling as Marco and Celia, it really is a must read.

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