I had eyed this off at the book store several times, but it was only while on holiday that I finally decided to get a copy (from here – this is a lovely book store).
Here is the blurb …
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
I enjoyed reading this novel – it was quirky, enchanting, mysterious, interesting and romantic. The descriptions were fabulous – I wanted to see the costumes and the various circus tents. It is wonderfully evocative – you feel that you have been dropped into this world with the characters.
If you liked Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,then you will enjoy this novel.
This might turn out to be my favourite book of 2014!
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