The Night Circus
A NovelBook - 2012
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Two young magicians who create illusions for the circus find that they are pawns in a decades-long duel between their mentors. Using elements from Shakespeare, Morgenstern draws the reader into Celia and Marco's story.
Since they were children, Marco and Celia have been trained to compete against each other with magic, manipulating the travelling circus they work for.
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Celia and Marco have been training since childhood, as magicians under the big top. They have also trained to be each other's biggest rivals. But when they meet, sparks fly. Fantastical and magical.
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
BostonPL_JordanD thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
Reading_Robot thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16
QuotesAdd a Quote
"I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do."
"The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sums of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.
Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.
SummaryAdd a Summary
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, 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. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.