I saw this book several times on Instagram and pinterest book lists and I finally got it from the library.
The front cover really intrigued me. The artwork is beautiful (I’ve been reading some beautiful books recently!). My copy was a hardback but it is also available in paperback.
This book was beautifully written, the storyline is intriguing and the characters intense.
The story follows Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair. These two are pawns in a battle of skill between their mentors. Celia’s father was once a student of Marco’s master. The two fell out with different thoughts on magic and manipulation. Every so often they start a competition choosing a student to fight their battle.
The battleground for Celia and Marco is a circus. The circus only opens at night and travel mysteriously. Celia is the illusionist at the circus, while Marco work for the proprietor.
Slowly over time new tents appear at the circus. Each is a challenge and response between Celia and Marco as they showcase their skill.
The competition goes over many years. The rules are never really explained to either side. They are simply left to continue showcasing their skill in the venue of the circus.
This is a slow moving novel. We are talking years not months. Nothing is explained, not the competition, the circus or the world that’s been built.
However, the story between Celia and Marco is intoxicating. You are drawn into their lives, feeling their losses, celebrating their victories. It becomes clear that the two magicians are totally disconnected from the world. They have no concept of the affect their competition has own the lives of their students and the others involved.
Celia and Marco are drawn together. Each desperate to be with the other. As the years pass by they begin to realise that the only victory is the death of the other. This is a tale that has been told countless times. It is often the death of one to save the other because of the love they share.
Celia, growing tired of the strain of the competition and her love for Marco deepening decides to end the competition. But working together may be they can find a way to survive it.
This novel is a slow burner. It teases you, draws you in, entices your curiosity. Concepts are explained just enough for you to think you understand them.
This isn’t an epic novel of rebellion, uprising, magical battles. It is a story of two people caught up in something bigger than themselves. It is how they make sacrifices to stay with each other. It is the affect someone’s game can have on the lives of others.
I really enjoyed this overall. There is very little action but the scenes and the interactions between the characters are exquisite.
I really recommend this book if you are looking for something a little bit different.
Have you read the Night Circus? Let me know your thoughts below!
Get your copy here: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern