I may have a slight obsession with this book. Okay: I definitely do, and it’s well deserved. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to stop what you’re doing and read it right now. I’ll wait.
Gorgeous black and white tents, amazing illusions, mysterious nighttime arrivals, The Cirque de Reves is merely the setting for a battle between two magic users, who have been pitted against each other by their masters in a “game” to see whose magical style is better. Little do they know, in this game there can be only one survivor.
Reading this book is like entering a beautiful dream, the kind you don’t want to wake up from. Morgenstern is such a compelling writer that you’ll be able to hear the crackle of the bonfire, and taste the delicious sweets. You’ll see the black and white swirling paths taking you to new wonders, possibly the carousel that is more than it seems, or the Ice Garden.
The characters are just as well-written. My favorite is Chandresh, the eccentric mind who weaves the circus into a character all its own. I also love Herr Fredrik Thiessen, the gifted clockmaker.
The book builds to an amazing climax, with an unexpected but perfect ending. I’ve reread this book at least six times and I’m about to start it again. In fact, I dressed as a reveur for Halloween (that term will make perfect sense when you read the book). If I can only recommend one November read, this would be it.
Read it. Let me know what you think.
Welcome to The Circus of Dreams!
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lamposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.