Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus

It only comes at night. With zero warning. It leaves in just the same way. People are left spell-bound at what they see. It is true magic in every sense of the word; from the performers to the structure itself. This is The Night Circus.

Erin Morgenstern’s first novel is quite astounding. People may have issues with it as it is quite a descriptive novel; it’s wordy, but Morgenstern’s language is so beautiful and romantic, that I really didn’t mind that about the novel. It aided the story greatly, and in all honesty, Morgenstern can write about a paper bag and it would sound beautiful.

I think this novel resonated with me, because I am a circus girl. I love the circus, I love magic. Even if it’s in a movie, I love it. It reminds me of the mysteries in life and it never fails to make me smile. I’m the type of person that doesn’t want to know how a trick is done; I may know that it is a trick, but I love the mysteriousness of magic. I love theatricality and a circus has an abundance of that.


That being said, The Night Circus is a circus that one may never see, but dream of being real. It really is a Circus of Dreams, Le Cirque des Reves. Morgenstern has created a world on par with many fantasy and science fiction worlds/novels. The circus is quite imaginative and so multi-faceted that it feels like its own world. It’s hard to explain, and that in itself, makes it worthwhile to experience.

A solid review can’t just be about the setting (although this setting is quite amazing); a story is only great if the characters are great as well. Morgenstern has some keepers in this tale. Readers will meet individuals with different levels of villainy; people with secrets; individuals that yearn for a more adventurous life; families that wish for stability; and, who can forget, magicians. The characters are well-rounded as well as mysterious; and we all know how much I like the mysterious! Simply put, these are all wonderful and imaginative characters and I absolutely loved reading about their adventures and trials.

Along with all that is going on, because it is quite an extensive story line, covering different time lines, there is the sweetest love story. Most people at this point might go ‘blah, ruined’. But wait!! It really is a key part of the story. It doesn’t detract from the story, but sends it to even greater heights. It is undeniably sweet and heart wrenching. It is really what romance should be in novels.

The novel, overall, is awe-inspiring, hypnotic and amazing all around. It is a story that will leave you spell-bound and hit you right in the feels. It is one of the sweetest romances I have ever read and a truly magical tale.

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