"This big and--no, not bulky--compelling first novel ushers in a menacing tone with its first sentence: 'The circus arrives without warning.'" (starred review)
"Prepare to be entranced by Erin Morgenstern's debut novel, THE NIGHT CIRCUS."
"The author writes beautifully and descriptively, and the wonders of the elaborate circus appear easily in the mind's eye."
From the Publisher
Erin Morgensen casts a spell readers will want to be under with her debut novel, which is an imaginative fantasia of a love story. THE NIGHT CIRCUS tells the tale of Celia and Marco, two members of the mysterious Cirque des Reves, which seems to exist only from dusk till dawn. The enchanting circus, which was designed by quasi-mythical individuals who never get older, has memory-triggering smells, ice-flowering plants, and humans who can bend their bodies in the most unbelievable positions. It is also where two young magicians have grown up under the tutelage of two fierce competitors. Celia's mother died, leaving her alone with her conniving father, Prospero the Enchanter, and Marco has been raised by the rival magician named Mr. A.H--. As Celia and Marco come of age--and begin to fall in love--Prospero and Mr. A.H-- pit them against each other in a battle of magic in which only one can survive.
Le Cirque des Rãeves arrives suddenly and without warning and it's only open at night. As young magicians Celia and Marco duel to see who is superior, neither realizes that only one will be left standing.