THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

Posted: March 5, 2014 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION

THE NIGHT CIRCUS  by Erin MorgensternReviewed by Kathleen B.

Beautiful and magical, Morgenstern weaves the tale of a mysterious circus and the players involved in creating it. With a host of unique characters, the circus arises as a playing field where two illusionists must compete with life or death stakes while making real magic appear to be deception.  Morgenstern invites the reader to intimate dinners, behind the scenes of a fantastical and immortal show.  I never would have guessed that this was a debut novel, given the incredible use of stunning language that gives the reader a deep sense of connection with the circus itself.

 

The Night Circus is another of the books that make my favorites list.  It is not quite fantasy, and yet entirely magical. While the dialogue may not be Morgenstern’s strongest piece, the sheer imagery paints a most vivid and alluring picture. This book may not be for those who want overt action in their fiction. Rather, it provides a reading experience that builds subtly through multiple plots and understated characters. Reading this book feels like being invited to a secluded and intimate secret society, where membership is both a blessing and a curse. If you are the kind of reader who loves getting lost in the pages of a magical and dangerous story, this book earns my highest recommendation.  As a side note, if you love this book, you should definitely check out the artwork of Benjamin Frey (http://www.benjaminfrey.com/). His work is exquisite, and for me perfectly illustrates The Night Circus.

 

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