I must admit that I bought this book without knowing anything about it. I fell in love with its cover, and I couldn’t think of not buying a copy. As I looked at the book I knew instantly it is a fantasy story and I was hypnotized by it, so I will start this article by congratulating the design artist first.
I own a copy for more than half a year and for some reason I was never in the mood for it. Since the beginning of the year I’ve read only thrillers, so it came like a breath of fresh air.
Erin Morgenstern takes her chance in writing a story for teenagers (who are known to be very picky) about a world of magicians, and I might say that she does it very well. She manages to create a real fairy tale world without the help of any absolutely fascinating character.
Entering the Night Circus
As a small introduction to the plot, I can tell you that the story is all around a mysterious circus, Le Cirque des Rêves and a contest of magic strength between the daughter of an illusionist, Prospero the Enchanter and a boy chosen by his opponent, the enigmatic Mr A.H.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
I loved the way the author wrote her book. She makes very big year jumps between chapters, without any difficulty, making you feel even more the magic that surrounds her story. Even though the novel is about a competiton between two magicians (Celia and Marco), I didn’t relate to a character or two how I usually do when I read a book. With this one, I felt that I connected only with the story. It was like all the characters were part of something bigger than their persona. Erin actually made me believe that they are anatomic elements of the circus.
Another subtle touch of art were the chosen colours. Pointing out with every occasion, without repeating herself, the writer gave her fantasy another plus: a vintage aspect, which made perfect sense when talking about a circus.
Who should read “The Night Circus”
I think this book is perfect to be read in your teens, but it is more than that. It is a book for anyone who wants to be reminded of love and commitment and about that little bit of magic that lives in every one of us.