The circus arrives in town. There are no advertisements, no advance notice. It simply appears in an empty field. But this is unlike any other circus- it is only open at night. It is not bright and colorful- everything from the costumes, to the tents, even the bonfire is black and white. It is Le Cirque des Reves.
There is more to this circus than what its enchanted patrons see. It is the venue for a competition between two young illusionists, Marco and Celia. They were bound to the game when they were just children, not old enough to understand the stakes. They finally discover they are competitors, that the game ends when only one of them is left standing. But by then, it is too late. They are deeply in love and must decide how far they are willing to go to be together.
This was a magical book- full of mystery, suspense, and even a little romance. I enjoyed the fantastical elements as well as the characters’ interactions with each other and the descriptions of the circus. I was intrigued by The Night Circus, hoping it had the drama and mystery of the HBO series, Carnivale. It did not disappoint.
5 out of 5 stars