Oct 24, 2011 9:44 AM
There is magic, mystery and romance in Erin Morgenstern's debut novel The Night Circus. Celia and Marcos are two illusionists pitted against one another in a lifelong magical contest. She travels with the Le Cirque des Reves, a place clearly not bound by the well known laws of physics, and he peddles his enchantments and fantasies from a distance. The book is written in the present tense, and from different narrative perspectives - either one can be difficult to maintain in a novel without a superlative command of both, which Morgenstern has. You get the sense of a woven story; so many threads intricately tucked and spun into and around one another. The tale is intriguing and dark but conversely charming and delightful. We have to say, it's not a book for everyone, some people will find the writing style off putting and the gentle unfolding of the plot a bit on the slow side, but the people who will fall into the world Morgenstern has created will wish it were a real, and pine for an invitation to stay forever.