The Night Circus

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Doubleday Canada, 2011 - Circus - 400 pages
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In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story.

The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway - a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

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Expertly-crafted, luxuriant prose. - LibraryThing
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Magical, beautiful imagery, interesting characters. - LibraryThing
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One of the most unique books I've read. I was intrigued from the very beginning with the writer's enchanting style of telling a story with mystery & magic that is NOT easily followed or understood ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lucille Farrell - Goodreads

The Night Circus is the perfect balance of fantasy, romance, and touches of humor. This is a book I had purchased and left on my shelf until I had the time. When I opened the pages and I fell into the ... Read full review

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ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as "fairy tales in one way or another." She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two very fluffy cats.

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