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The Night Circus, Morgenstern’s debut novel about two magicians who pit their young apprentices against each other in competition evokes rich imagery, both mysterious and bold. The challenge takes place over several years within the confines of a surreal, black and white themed midnight circus created by an eccentric cast of characters.
Marco Alisdair is an orphan taken in by Mr. A. and assistant to Chandresh, the producer of le Cirque des Reves. Celia Bowen, daughter of Prospero the Enchanter is hired to perform as an illusionist. Both have been trained in their magical abilities since childhood, but are unaware of who their rival is and how the competition will ultimately end. Circus performers and staff alike are caught up in the magicians’ game, but what happens when the two challengers discover each other could not even have been predicted by the two sorcerers who threw them together in the first place.
Morgenstern creates a spell-binding, irresistible story full of excitement, mystery and at its heart, a compelling, genuine romance. If you enjoy fantasy or magical realism I would definitely recommend picking up The Night Circus, but anyone who loves a good story would appreciate this.
Review by Rachel