The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Night Circus is perhaps the best book I’ve read in a very long time; it is certainly the most imaginative. The plot is deceptively simple. Two aging magicians train young proteges to compete against one another at the circus. But this is no ordinary magic. These are no ordinary students. And this is definitely no ordinary circus. I was entranced from the first line and remained so throughout. I’ve never read a book quite like it. It had a dreamlike quality to it that caught me up in it’s tendrils and wove it’s tale around me. The circus itself was dark and bizarre while remaining beautiful and inviting. The characters were intricately made, much like the clocks in the story. I loved the author’s use of second person in various passages throughout the book. “You” are at the circus. “You” smell the aromas and visit the magical tents with their extraordinary performers. “You” are there. I highly recommend that you get your ticket and experience the circus that “arrives without warning.”
Mike Draper says
Two magicians competing and training their students and then, magic turns into suspense. It’s a different premise and based on your strong recommendation, I’ll be on the look out for it.
Thanks, Mike. I think you’ll find it quite extraordinary.