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The Night Circus Online eBook by Erin Morgenstern

Click Here to Download the Book 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.

Reviews The fictional circus within Erin Morgenstern's debut novel may mysteriously "arrive without warning", but the The Night Circus has built up an impressive amount of fanfare for a book that won't even hit the shelves for another few weeks. I've always been a bit wary of the "book of the moment"; it's likely due to expectations, but I rarely love these books as much as everyone else (i.e. The Millennium Trilogy). However, The Night Circus exceeded my expectations, sweeping me into a world that I already want to revisit again and again. While it is reminiscent of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes in its mysterious circus that moves from town to town, in Morgenstern's novel the circus doubles as an arena for a showdown between two real magicians. From the moment Celia and Marco are taken in by rival masters as children, they begin training for the days when this duel will take place. But true magic, as with life and love, is never without consequences. Soon Celia and Marco find themselves trapped within a game they no longer want to play, with the other members of the circus and its ardent fans caught in their crossfire. Morgenstern's style effortlessly puts you within the black, white and red landscape of the circus itself. When reading I often found myself believing I could taste the burnt caramel, smell the smoke and feel a red wool scarf fastened under my chin with every turn of the page. Dark, humorous and intensely poignant, The Night Circus is without a doubt the most wonderful book I've read all year.

Somewhere along the way, it seems contemporary writers (and readers) have lost patience and understanding of timing to appreciate the quietest stories—stories whose descriptive passages unhurriedly reveal themselves to be crucial to how a plot and its characters are contructed and held together. So, it was a great surprise and pleasure to accidentally, slowly wander into this mysterious book’s secret life. It’s a lovely, old-fashioned story, perfectly timed and perfectly paced over a long stretch of winter evenings. It’s


monochromatic (literally), like a favorite old movie. In an effort not to reveal the plot, it’s a book about choices and consequences, about running away to join the circus, about following sheep, about art and perception,about memory, about the experience of reading and imagining. It’s every fairy tale or myth that you know, but not exactly so. Shhhhh..

The story follows Le Cirque du Reves and the main characters are Marco and Celia, who involuntarily entered into a competition against each other many years before. There is also a sub plot about various founders of the circus and also a young American boy, Bailey. Even though this book was not action packed, it was full of wonderful descriptions without being over descriptive. I also enjoyed the fact that although each chapter told you what year it was, there were no major historical details and this gave the story a very timeless feeling. I also loved the book itself with its black edged pages and black and white cover, which was very inkeeping with the story. I would highly recommend this book. It is a story of wonderful illiusions and a love story, but also catches your imagination with all of the beautiful descriptions in the book.

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