The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern may just be one of my favourite books of all time. From the moment you start reading you get sucked into the story, and also into the circus itself. Spread throughout the book between chapters, is your own walk through the circus. The atmosphere, the tents, the people, everything is described in such detail that you become almost sure you are there yourself. The further into the the book you go, the further into the circus you walk, and by the end of the book you do not want to leave.
Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair are the pupils of two different magicians, set to compete against each other in an unknown game with the circus as its venue. Neither of them fully understand the game that they have been training for most of the lives for, but they begin to make moves by creating new wondrous tents for the circus.
The circus is brought to life by the wonderful characters both within it and outside it The tarot reader Isobel, the owner Chandresh, the Murray twins Poppet and Widget, Bailey, Friedrick Thiessan who is the unofficial leader of the circus’ fan club, the Rêveurs and many others who become intrinsically linked with the circus.
I have rarely read a book so well thought out, it will take you until the very last page to put everything together but believe me it is worth it. This book is truly magical. I will happily pull out my black coat and red scarf and read this again and again. I definitely consider myself a rêveur.