The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

Posted March 8, 2024 by jrsbookr in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus  Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on September 13, 2011
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical, Fiction / General, Fiction / Literary, Fiction / Psychological, Fiction / Romance / Fantasy, Fiction / Romance / Historical / General, Fiction / Women
Pages: 387

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.


The Night Circus was magical, mysterious, and more emotional than I expected, a magical contest between two people bound to the competition by their teachers at the age of 6. Not knowing who their competitors are or even what the venue is for the competition, only that they have to play tell the other is no more. Erin Morgenstern is a master storyteller. With her descriptions, I could see every tent, connect to every character, and even smell the yummy circus food as I immersed myself in this story. I am glad this was all told in one book, but it would have been anguish to find out how it all played out if we had to wait for another book. I read this book as part of a buddy read on Goodreads, and I am so glad that I finally read it, as it has been on my want-to-read for a long time. It’s a fantastic backlist title.

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One response to “The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

  1. Erin Morgenstern is very visual with her descriptions. The Night Circus draws you right into the story.
    I need to do a re-read of this book.