The Night Circus

A Novel

Morgenstern, Erin

(eBook - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Night Circus
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011.
ISBN: 0385534647
Characteristics: 1 online resource (387 p.)
Alternate Title: Night circus (eBook)


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Comment by: cwaite Dec 17, 2011

What a delightful read from beginning to end. I can't wait for this author to come out with another novel, I know the mark of a good book when I'm so invested in the characters that although this story is over and wrapped up nicely, I want to know more, more about the main characters and the supp... Read More »

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Loved this one. Fantasy, imagina tion, love story. Fun for a change of pace.

Dec 24, 2014
  • kristikaye rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Starts out great, the author is gifted at describing the circus - beautiful, magical, mysterious. But, descriptions only go so far when you want to read a story. The characters, hmmm. The book describes what they look like, what they wear in minute detail, what they say, and what they do. I wanted to know them and care about them, but I didn't. The ending was a let down. This could have been better. It's not a book I'd recommend or read again.

Dec 08, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Pretty and imaginative, but I got bored

Dec 03, 2014
  • Gabi_D rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great read for lovers of fantasy

Nov 25, 2014
  • midnightreader27 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fun book. It had been on my reading list for a few years now. Glad I finally got around to it. Not what I had expected, but liked the story line. This would make for a really cool movie.

Oct 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this tale of love and magic set at the end of the 19th century. Great characters and visual imagery.

Oct 19, 2014
  • sweetiedarlng rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Whenever someone asks me for a recommendation for a book that they can escape into, I recommend this book every time. The descriptions of the circuses that the main characters create during their competition are so beautifully detailed that I get completely lost and never want to return.

Other reviewers have mentioned that they didn't feel the story went anywhere. I would argue that this is the beauty of this book: it doesn't pound away at you with a bunch of startling plot twists and strange character development, but instead tells a sweet, soft, whimsical story that whispers of magic and leaves a dusting of it on your heart.

Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Read by: Anna / Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 1/25/2012.

Are you looking for an enchanting read? Night Circus is the story of a young man and a young woman pitted against each other in a strange, twisted magical challenge that could very well last for years, maybe even until they die. There are no set parameters for the challenge that they know of. Both of their instructors are vague on the details, but what each of them does know, is that the strange circus, unlike any circus you’ve ever been to, is their playground, the place where they can experiment with real magic, and challenge each other. These are not parlor tricks they play. They do not pull rabbits out of hats or slot rings together. They do not ride on the backs of elephants or send large cats through hoops of fire. Instead, they make wishing trees, and caves of ice, places where the circus patrons can venture through and explore, things they can create for each other. Even as love blossoms between them, they rarely ever meet in person.

This is no ordinary circus. The gates don’t open until dark, and they don’t close until dawn. The circus arrives one day with nothing to announce it’s coming. And it leaves just the same. It is simply there one day, and gone the next. The cast of characters that inhabit the circus are just as interesting as the two main characters, for it is they, who make up the circus: The fortune teller, who’s in love with one of the challengers, the illusionist, the contortionist, the two twins with shocking red hair, one born just before the first ever opening of the circus, and the other born just after.

This is a riveting read you won’t be able to put down until the very end. Trust me on this. Pick up your copy today, and give it a read. You will be glad you did. And maybe someday, somewhere around the world you’ll see those famous black and white striped tents, and the magical clock striking midnight in your backyard…

Sep 30, 2014
  • Rox9300 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus takes readers into the late 1800’s, where two ancient magicians create a life-long bet, in which they each pick a child to train in the art of magic, and raise them to compete against each other. Prospero, one of the ancient magicians, chooses his beautiful young daughter, Celia Bowen. The other magician, Alexander H, picks up a young orphaned boy named Marco, and both are brought up in training during their years. Eventually, Celia and Marco end up working for an odd venue known as The Night Circus. The circus travels all about the world, but only opens at night. Its wonder and enchantment so spectacular, that it could only be real magic. Over the course of many years, the world becomes infatuated with the mysterious beauty of the Night Circus, while Celia and Marco become infatuated with each other. Despite being opponents, the two fall for each other, and hope to be together when the competitions ends. Unfortunately, the game is not as it seems, and they must soon strive to be together, even if it means losing everything.

The first thing to state about this novel, is that quite honestly, it’s a masterpiece. This is probably one of the most flawless stories I’ve ever read. I don’t even know where to begin. The characters, there were so many characters, and each and every one was so well-developed, with their own story and style. They were all introduced so elegantly too, I never felt overwhelmed with how many characters were being introduced, because they were all so impressionable. They ranged from wacky rich architects to mesmerizing contortionists to clothing designers. They were all just so colorful and different. The plot was also so well crafted. The story took place over many years, and Morgenstern delivered multiple character storylines at a time, yet managed to keep them entertaining, while still keeping the main focus on the leading characters. Towards the end, the separate stories all came together so flawlessly, leaving me in awe of Morgenstern’s capability to string together so many complex details. My favourite element to this story, though, was its breath-taking detail and imagery. The writing style was just so purely enticing. The way Morgenstern would string together her words was truly genius. The imagination and detail she conveyed through her writing was so admirable. I fell in absolute love with the fictional world that she created. I wanted nothing more than to actually visit the Night Circus, as her descriptions of it were so magical. Upon finishing this book, I was stuck on it for weeks after, because I couldn’t get over how simply amazing it was.

Overall, I’d absolutely recommend this book. It’s the closest book to flawless I’ve ever read.
Just beautiful.

Sep 22, 2014
  • OtteryStCatchpole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is beautiful and amazing. The language is gorgeous, the scenes mesmerizing and the story compelling. It is unlike anything I've ever read. A brilliant and new vision in fantasy and a very pretty one at that.

I hated the book ending, and while I'd love to have more, I hope not. Too many authors revisit their best fantasies and water them down with mediocrity. I hope this book stands alone. It said all it had to wonderfully in its pages.

A truly magnificent piece of fiction.

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Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

Apr 06, 2012
  • E_Kaufman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.


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Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Apr 18, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.


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Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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