The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a fairy tale for adults. The circus opens on October 13, 1886. The black and white tents of Le Cirque des Reves appear without advertisement. There is only a simple sign that says "Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn." Reality is suspended. Illusion becomes real. One tent holds a garden made entirely of ice. In another tent, you can relive a happy childhood event. There are illusionists, white tigers, living statues, and performing cats. As quickly as it comes, the circus disappears leaving visitors with a longing for its return. The time and place of its next appearance is unknown.
The circus, however, is more than entertainment. As the circus evolves, it becomes more and more
astounding. Each new tent is even more miraculous. As the story unfolds it is revealed that at the heart of the circus is a challenge between bitter rivals. The pawns in this game are illusionists, Celia and Marco. They were bound together as children in a competition with no escape. The rules of the game are hidden from them. As the story evolves, the reader becomes absorbed into this magical world where time, truth, love and death are uncertain.
If you believe (or want to believe) that magic is real, The Night Circus is the book for you. If you ever wanted to run away with the circus, this is the book for you. Read it and you will be transported to a magical place.