Monday, April 7, 2014

The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcement precedes it, no paper notices on down town posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspaper. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

The towering tents are striped in white and black, no gold and crimsons to be seen. No colour at all, save for neighbouring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colourless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick.

But it is not open for business. Not just yet.

Hector  Bowen which is known as Prospero the enchanter as a magician had someone waiting for him in the office. There was a girl sitting in the chair who is about 5 years old. Apparently this is his love child and the mother has passed away and so the daughter's only family member left was the magician. Her name is Celia Bowen and like her father she had talent for magic which pique her father's interest on her. He contacted a man in the grey suit and they arranged a challenge to happen. The man gave Celia a ring to wear and it was burnt into her finger leaving a mark there. Details of the challenge was not discussed and it will happen when it happens. The man in the grey suit went to an orphanage interviewing many children and there was this boy who loved to read. He decided to pick him and they went to live in a house. Prospero also gave a ring to the man and so the ring was worn by the boy and it reacted just like Celia's. Challengers have been decided but everything else was still vague.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is such a beautiful book with a description of a circus that is so magical. This book is absolutely fabulous, enchanting and so so magical. The reading is just wonderful especially the descriptive parts. The time and setting of the book is so suitable for the story and it's one of those era that I absolutely love. It's a book about magic, illusionists and a beautiful idea coming to fruition. How the whole circus slowly came to be and expand even more is such wonderful thing to read about and I enjoyed every moment of it.

The different perspectives involved in the book was really good as having different insight adds so much more to the story. The characters of this book is full of mystery which slowly unfolds. I love how so many people are involved and intertwined with the circus and how things are connected. The plots of the book was just really good and the flow of the story was so seamless. I could not put down the book as I wanted to know more and I felt that the book was not thick enough for me. This book is such a good book to read again and I guarantee that you will be satisfied and also have the hunger for more of this author's works. I highly recommend to those who love magic, love 1800's timeline and love imagining a magical circus. 


  1. I love the book cover. Have been seeing this book around and was wondering what it's about. I think I'd enjoy something from the 1800s.

    It's nice to meet you. I'm Josette, a fellow Malaysian book blogger. :) I blog over at Books Love Me.

    1. Hi Josette, nice to meet you too. Definitely will check out your blog. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. It's nice to see that someone else enjoyed this book like me! It's got mixed reviews on Goodreads, but the book was just magical, yes?

    Btw, I like your blog! It's a good reference when I'm at a loss for what to read next :)

    Check out mine if you want at

    Happy reading and blogging!

    1. Yes it was quite magical and the I love the characters so much. I'll definitely check out your blog for recommendations :D. Thank you very much for your comment, my blog is kinda quiet, I'm so happy to find comments.

  3. Thanks! I also put a link to your blog on my site, I hope that's alright :)

    1. It's definitely alright, I've put yours at mine too =D


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