The Night Circus

Written by Erin Morgenstern

Published by Doubleday

ISBN: 9780385534635

Genre: Historical Fiction


Alex Award from the American Library Association


Celia, Marco, and Bailey had always been connected; they just didn't know it. Celia and Marco's lives were intertwined the day Hector Bowen, Celia's father, challenged Alexander, Marco's caregiver, to an unusual duel. Marco and Celia both grew up learning how to do magic. Marco learned mental magic and Celia learned physical magic. When Marco turned eighteen, Alexander sent him to work for a man named Chandresh Christophe Lefevre. Chandresh set up plays. One day Chandresh called a meeting between an old friend, Tante Padva, a set of special twins, Tara and Lainie Burgess, an architect, Ethan Bariss, and Alexander. Together they started Le Cirque de Reves which translates to The Circus of Dreams, a circus that is run by magic and only opens at night. Celia was recruited as a illusionist.

In the near future Bailey becomes connected to them by visiting the circus during the day and becoming obsessed. Bailey spends five years of his life waiting for the circus to come back. When Bailey is at the circus he feels whole because that is where he is destined to be.

This was one of the best books that I have ever read even though it was difficult. It was written in such great detail that it seemed almost like a dream. Even the smallest details didn't go overlooked. It was told almost like a movie. The pages were filled from top to bottom with what felt like a dream. Erin Morgenstern succeed in making the Circus of Dreams. As long as you payed attention to the dates at the beginning of the chapters, the book isn't confusing. I didn't think that I would like think that I would like it, but I was happily surprised.

Additional Review

Further Explorations

  • Celia and her father, Prospero the Enchanter, both pretended to be doing illusions.
  • Although Cirque de Reves didn't exist, many circuses follow the same rules. Even if they don't use magic.
  • Celia and Marco were never found out for practicing witchcraft, unlike the people from the Salem Witch Trials time period.
  • Like Poppet, many people use astrology to tell the future. However, Poppet's is much more accurate.
  • Men, women, and children were always accused of being witches. There were many bizarre tests to find out if the accused person was guilty.

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