By: Erin Morgenstern BUY BOOK HERE
The Cirque des Rêves is an entertainment that whirls through major cities, appearing suddenly, disappearing suddenly, filled with psychics and contortionists and elaborate rooms and magic. People are overwhelmingly drawn to the circus. Some, known as “rêveurs,” even go so far as to follow it from town to town. Caught in the power of Cirque des Rêves are two special children, Marco and Celia. Both are orphans; both have been trained by guardians in psychic powers; Celia grows to be an illusionist; Marco can create entire worlds simply by passing his hands over one’s eyes. The two are being raised to be each other’s “opponents” in a contest of magic. The Night Circus is a circus in the aspect that there are tents, and there are performers, and some of them are acrobats. Mostly it is a place where pretty fabulous magic is passed off as illusion so that us muggles won’t be scared by it. I’d really like to go to that circus. MAJOR BONUS: the audible version is read by Jim Dale, the reader of Harry Potter and he has the most captivating voice of all time.
“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”