The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Review)




The Circus arrives without warning.

“No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des RΓͺves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.” –
Synopsis from Goodreads



Okay, so where do I begin? Oh I know, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It has been a while since  I have read a story which has really captured my full attention, leaving me pondering after the last page has been read. It is still lingering in my mind as I write this. And it’s funny because my mum tried to give me this book about a year ago. At the time I wasn’t interested, gave it a quick glance, handed it back and said no thanks! But here we are, after hearing so much about this book (feeling slightly stupid for not taking it then and there) I stumbled across this beauty at my local Oxfam Bookshop. I am so glad I did.

Erin writes beautifully, she is almost an Illusionist with her writing. It felt I was actually there! Walking through the many magical tents. Something I, nor you, could begin to imagine possible. I can see the crowds wandering in and out of the mysterious black and white tents; eating their apples dipped in caramel. The gathering of people in awe of the spectacular bonfire or maybe admiring the exquisite clock designed and built by Friedrick Thiessen. 

With her words, Erin is most definitely able to capture our minds and draw them into her world. Which is what she did with me. I was hooked and hanging on every sentence. This was a book that I could not put down. It’s almost magical.

The characters. WOW. The Night Circus has so many wonderful and interesting characters. It’s hard to pick a singular character that is my favorite because I enjoyed them all dearly. Even the ones that weren’t meant to be so likable. Another reason I commend this glorious book! Erin was able to create so many different characters and fit them into this world without seeming pointless or unnecessary.

Let me bring you to our two main characters, Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdar *sighs* I do love a good love story. This one stood out for me and I’ll probably always remember it. They are in a game and their fates are sealed. But I never stopped rooting for them.

I liked that it took time to develop. I always find it frustrating reading a book where the “lovers” meet and instantly fall in love within seconds. Someone pass a bucket for me to puke into? But no this was perfect. It was slow but it felt real. That was important to me. Considering the circumstance that Celia and Marco find themselves in, it worked really well.

I’ve read some other reviews describing the start as slow paced. Well, yes. It is. BUT, Erin really sets the world in which we visit. She does it amazingly. I was taken to London in 1896, Massachusetts 1902, Constantinople 1900 and Munich 1895. I have traveled with The Night Circus to all these different places. Following their lives.

I’m glad that the story developed in this way and wasn’t rushed, as it would have lost its sparkle. Sometimes you have just got to sit back and enjoy the journey! Feel the world you have entered build up around you.

GO READ THIS PLEASE!! If you have read it and loved it, leave me a comment on your thoughts! More so if you didn’t love it! Happy Reading BookWorms.

R x






4 thoughts on “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Review)

  1. I completely agree with your lovely review! I loved the slow buildup of this book, I don’t feel like it detracted from the story at all–if anything, it made it better. I loved how the subtle choices made by Morgenstern made the magic so enrapturing.

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      1. Seriously, it gets better every time I read it. If you liked this, I also think you should check out The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. It’s not quite as good in my opinion, but it reminds me of Yhe Night Circus!

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