This is a book to be savored; you don’t want to rush through it; you want to pour over the imagery and the language and immerse yourself in the story. This book took me longer to read than any other book that I have liked in a long time. I found my self hesitating to read more than a few chapters at a time. I wanted to think about the story and imagine the circus. I loved this book and thought it was magical and wonderful and inventive and everything the Night Circus was.
A circus appears outside of town, but not any circus. It is Le Cirque des Rêves, The Circus of Dreams. It is only open after sunset and until dawn. The tents are filled with your wildest imaginings. You do not know it but the circus is the venue for a duel, a magical duel that has been going on for many years unbeknownst to those around them. Two magicians are creating and maintaining the circus as part of their competition. They are working off of each other and feeding the creativity and imagination of the other. And in the process they are falling in love. Yet they do not realize the rules of their competition; they are in the dark because their mentors do not want them to know. You and all those around you who are connected with the circus have been drawn into this contest. Your lives are forever changed.
You will feel the magic of this book as you read it. Savor the imagination that went into it; the dueling timelines, the competing stories; everything works to make a richer more complete picture of the world. I loved it and I really didn’t want it to end.