Paperback - 2013
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2014 Bisexual Book Award Winner for Speculative Fiction
2014 Rainbow List Selection

R.H. Ragona's Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass - remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone - are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It's a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It's a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist's apprentice and soon becomes the circus's rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
Publisher: Nottingham, UK : Strange Chemistry, 2013
ISBN: 9781908844378


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PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 04, 2018

I'm late to this series but glad to make it. Here's my one con: I wish this story had been told in chronological order. I didn't see the benefit to the dual timeline.

The rest is positive. I loved the character of Micah and Drystan. I liked that there are questions unanswered but the story had a natural end, so it doesn't feel like a cliffhanger. And while there isn't a load of action, when it comes Lam doesn't pull any punches. Can't wait to grab the next in this series!

BostonPL_JordanD Nov 04, 2015

Title/Author: Pantomime by Laura Lam
Read by: Anna/Teen Librarian
Summary: A young girl runs away from home to save herself from a surgery her parents think will conform better to her gender. She ends up in a circus, training hard to learn the ropes of the trapeze, but her rich family hasn't stopped looking for her. They want her back at any cost.
Series/Standalone: book one in a series
Genre/sub-genre: fantasy with romantic undertones.
Diversity: yes
Relatable characters: yes
Would I recommend this to others?: yes
Personal thoughts: I really enjoyed this. The world building was interesting, and the way the story was told, alternating between her previous life as a rich girl and her current life as a newbie in the circus, was very engaging. I am looking forward to reading book two.


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