If you are looking for a book that will pull you under like a spell, look no further than the novel The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I am writing today’s blog post about this book for two reasons, one because I absolutely LOVE The Night Circus, and two because of a fun thing called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Which is November. If anyone is interested in sitting down and pounding out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, NaNoWriMo.org is a wonderful place to start. It gives you the support to actually finish that novel you have had in your head for all those years, without judgement.
The Night Circus is actually a product of NaNoWriMo, and proof that when you sit down and do something, you never know what will be created when you are done.
Erin Morgenstern used the month of November as a deadline to get those words out there, and when she started writing about the circus, she found the circus more interesting than the characters. You can read more about that on her blog here.
I personally have started a NaNoWriMo novel, but I am so far behind on it, that I am worried I will never catch up. Small victories though, besides this blog, I never considered myself a writer, and I am excited to at least work on an idea I have had for years.
Now, back to The Night Circus.
The circus, Le Cirque des Rêves, arrives with no fanfare. In a place where yesterday there was nothing, now stands the most intricate black and white striped tents you have ever seen. At the gates a sign that says open at sunset to sunrise. The Circus is an anomaly within itself. No one knows how it gets there, or what they will see once they enter its gates. A group of fans, dedicated to the Circus, call “rêveurs” or dreamers, begin to follow the circus around the world. Identifying themselves by wearing a splash of red against an otherwise monochrome outfit of black and white.
Behind the scenes we know that there is a naturally talented magician, Celia, performing nightly within the tents of the Circus. But what she doesn’t know is who her competition is. The Circus itself was developed to become the stage to showcase a secret competition between two magicians. One was born with talent Celia, the other was cultivated to be a magician Marco. Each is highly skilled, and as they create new and more exciting magic, ice gardens, and rooms full of clouds for patrons to explore, they fall deeper in love, unaware that they are each others competition. Marco is the secretary of the Circus’s patron.
Each tent at the circus is more magic than illusion, capes that turn to ravens, and a fortune teller who truly can read your uncertain future. There are even twins who were born the night of the Circus’ opening who have developed their own magical powers.
This books takes you on twists and turns, with new revelations in every chapter. So much is tied in to the circus, you must get to the last chapter to see how everything turns out.
This was one of my favorite summer reads. I simply couldn’t put it down.
if I gave star ratings, The Night Circus would get 5 stars!
Let me know if you get a chance to pick up this book!