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The Night Circus

The Night Circus

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource (387 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Magicians Celia and Marco have trained for a magical competition since they were children, with no idea when it will start or how a winner will even be decided upon, they create more and more magnificent magical works for the Circus in turn always trying to outdo the other. This book is filled wi... Read More »

Set in a wondrous and mysterious circus that shows up without warning and it’s only open at night. But beneath the amazing sights and sounds, the two main characters, Marco and Celia, are competing and the circus is their stage. Full of rich prose, this is a story that you’ll want to return to ag... Read More »

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May 18, 2021

It’s been a few years and I still can’t get over how good this books was. I was so invested, it was crazy. Would recommend 20/10

CMLibrary_DJeffrey Apr 08, 2021

More visual than 75% of movies I've seen. Breathtaking.

Mar 25, 2021

Per Laura H.

Mar 16, 2021

This is one of my all time favourite books. I think Erin Morgenstern has created such an beautifully intricate world where so many stories are brought together to form something amazing. Her characters are complex and unique, and the concept is phenomenal. I loved this book from start to finish. It contains themes of love, growth, honesty, passion, tragedy and cunning wit. Such a good read!

Mar 13, 2021

I truly enjoyed the visual artistry and detail of this fantasy. It reminded me a little of JK Rowling's style.

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Stunning novel. Morgenstern outdoes herself.

Feb 28, 2021

Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, is all about the Cirque des Rêves, a mystical circus that comes and leaves without warning, and is only every open at night. In this circus, the story follows two magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been training since birth to face each other in fight, where only one will be left standing in the end. Though the main characters of this novel are Celia and Marco, the book is really about the atmosphere and community of the circus: the performers, the spectators, and everybody in between. I greatly enjoyed reading The Night Circus because of the astounding world and ethereal writing Morgenstern has accomplished. However, despite the entrancing literature and alluring magic, this book is not for everyone. To begin with, the plot is almost nonexistent, and it is confusing for the reader to follow what exactly is happening to the book. In addition, the author throws the reader right in the midst of these event, without a lot of background information or solid world-building. However, a reader who loves intricate detail and imagery will love this book!

Feb 26, 2021

Could not finish it. The story was relying on plot devices that I just could not believe.

Two young children are chosen to be pawns in a contest by adults who, in one case, is her father, in the other, his legal guardian. What must they do to win they contest? Neither the children, nor we the readers, are told. Any attempts by the children, who rather quickly in the novel become adults, to get information about the contest, or what they should do is dismissed out of hand. When they accomplish something, it is impossible for us to judge if they are gaining or falling behind in this contest. Furthermore, when they do accomplish something, were are not really told what sort of spectacular, magical accomplishment they succeeded at making - just that they made a move in the contest - but again, without knowing what, if anything that moves accomplishes.

At about the half way point of the novel, I just did not feel that it was worth the effort to continue reading this story that was going nowhere.

Feb 26, 2021


Feb 23, 2021

A very submersive reading experience. Reads quickly and is beautifully absorbing.

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Feb 21, 2021

I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.

Feb 21, 2021

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that.

Jan 01, 2020

When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.

Nov 27, 2019

The circus arrives without warning.

Jul 11, 2015

"I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do."

Jun 27, 2015

"The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sums of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."

Sep 21, 2012

“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

“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

JewelMcLatchy Apr 18, 2012

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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midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

E_Kaufman Apr 06, 2012

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


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Ashley Chen
Mar 30, 2012

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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