What it’s about: The circus comes to town suddenly and sets up its ghostly black-and-white striped tents. It opens only at night and holds an array of nearly unbelievable displays — ice gardens, too-delicious caramel corn, contortionists, tents of bottled wishes. The circus is a wonderful escape for those lucky enough to visit, but also masks a terrible battle between two magicians. Raised as portages to the two greatest magicians of the decade, Marco and Celia have been trained to outwit and out-magic each other since they were children. But they’re not children anymore, and the Circus proves to be the final show down of these two remarkable magicians.
Why I liked it: The Night Circus is delicious. The details are languid and gorgeous. I felt like I tasted every feast and could see every tine of the magical wrought-iron clock. The author created a sumptuous world that considered every smell and sensation of this seductive circus. I also enjoyed the brooding, inescapable sense of fate that lurked over the entire story — despite Celia and Marco’s best attempts to thwart their masters, they were doomed to fight each other. Like Harry Potter, if Voldemort and Harry were in love. While the plot had its weaknesses and the climax maybe wasn’t deserving of the excellent rising action, the world that Morgenstern has created is just too good to not be enjoyed.
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