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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A magical tale, a love story and so much more. - LibraryThing
The ending was a bit unsatisfying. - LibraryThing
A mesmerizing puzzle in plot, setting, and characters. - LibraryThing
The writing was impeccable. - LibraryThing
It was open ended and I hate open ended endings. - LibraryThing
The premise seems fairly straighforward. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Grace - Goodreads

The Night Circus is like episodes of a really sweet drama in book form. All the chapters are connected and it all blends into a magnificent story. The writing flow was good and had excellent diction ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gina Wade mcdonald - Goodreads

I read this book against all inner instincts telling me not too, because it was different A's had a 4 star rating. I really wanted it to be great, concept was so promising, but it was oh so dull and ... 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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