Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Published: 2011
By: Books on Tape
Series: N/A
Source: EPL
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9780307938930

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.


Beautiful story. I just couldn’t get over the serenity and beauty of the darkness of The Night Circus. This story starts with a conversation between two men. Men with great abilities unknown to the normal human and they are making an agreement. A wager. A game. We are not told the rules, we are not told the reasoning, we are not told how long it may last, or how the victor is chosen. But these two men choose their pawns and bind them eternally with a ring that is scarred in under the skin of their student. Let the games begin.

I don’t know how to describe this book, it was just so mesmerizing. As I believe that was the intention of the author, you become completely enthralled with the characters, the relationships, and eventually you start wishing they turn this book into a movie word-for-word just to see the movie industry convert some of the theatrics and magic into something substantial!

A wonderful début novel for author, Erin Morgenstern, and I cannot wait for her to release another.

I realize this review should be longer for a book I absolutely loved, but I just can’t come up with the right words to formulate such a convincing opinion to make you go out and borrow, buy, or download this book. I honestly believe it you loved Harry Potter or possibly even Neil Geiman, you will love the intricacies of the imagination of Erin Morgenstern in her début novel, The Night Circus.

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About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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9 Responses to Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. psst…*whispers* I bought this book on release day and still have not read sounds amazing, and I have no idea why I keep moving it around my tbr pile..LOL

    • *whispers back* I’d highly recommend it, cause it’s truly a great read from start to finish, and if your imagination is anything like mine, you’ll get so drawn into the scenery you’ll wish you could run away with the circus.

  2. Jess says:

    It’s a great read ! Glad you liked it.

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