Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

I find many, if not most, of the books that I read through book reviews others post on blogs.  When The Night Circus was released a short time ago, there was a flurry of reviews going up in a short period of time--and all of them were glowing.  Based on that, I opted to order this right away, instead of just letting it languish on my Kindle Wish List until I got to it.  I did have to finish re-reading The Thirteenth Tale before I could start it, and I do have limited reading time these days, so it took me longer than most to finish it.  Yet, I did finally finish it and let me say this:

That is one strange book.

Strange, but wonderful would be a better way of putting it.  The story begins with two men--magicians, maybe?--who set up challenge between each other.  One will pit his daughter, who seems to have inherited his skills, against an opponent of the other's choosing--that opponent is soon picked out of an orphanage.  Both young people grow up knowing that they are training for some sort of competition, but not knowing what it is.  As adults, they find themselves both part of the Night Circus, a mysterious troupe that travels the world and only performs at night. It becomes clear that the Night Circus is the challenge and only the victor will survive.

I have to admit that, for most of this book, I didn't really know what was going on.  However, neither did any of the characters so I'm sure that was the intent.  Once everything falls into place, the pace of the novel--which had been moving at a very comfortable tick up to that point--speeds up to the ultimate conclusion.

While I can't say that I have ever read a book quite like The Night Circus, some might compare it to the Harry Potter books.  I, on the other hand, find quite a few differences between the two.  With Harry Potter, it's good versus evil, with good put into a world outside of his own power.  In The Night Circus, good versus evil doesn't truly exist and the world of this book, the Circus itself, is a construct of the story.

The characters came to life on the page for me and none of them fit the good versus evil mold.  As the story steamed forward to its conclusion, I couldn't help but shield my eyes as you can't help but root for all the characters.

I loved this book and would like to thank each every review who suggested it!  I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a magical way to spend some quality time with a book.

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I was not solicited for this review, nor did I receive any compensation.

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