This book took me a little while to get through. I think the reason for this was that I simply wasn’t in the right mind to be reading it at the time that I started – but I eventually finished and was so glad that I stuck with it as I absolutely loved this read!
We follow the story of a mysterious circus that shows up randomly around the world and only opens at night. There’s something about this circus that makes it different from the rest, the people who entertain and the circus itself have mystical qualities that draw people to it. This novel is very complex and there are many integrated layers of world building and character development that add to make this a spectacular read!
The main plot of this novel follows a young boy and a young girl who have been brought up being taught the art of illusions. As they get older they are told that they are in some sort of competition against one another and someday one will win. Aside from this main story line there are the lives of all the circus members and circus attendees that intertwine with that of the primary couple.
I really enjoyed the writing style of Erin Morgenstern, everything seemed to have been meticulously thought over, all the details and small aspects of the circus were described to a brilliant level of passion and wonderment. The whole time I was reading about the circus I wanted to be there myself, I had this same feeling when reading about Hogwarts for the first time!
There are many characters in this novel and as I kept putting it down I ended up having to go over parts that I had already read to remind myself of who was who. Aside from this I really enjoyed the main characters and found the way their stories all grow together worked really well.
I would highly recommend to anyone who loves fantasy and mystery. Five out of five stars!
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