They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, I judged this one and I knew it would be fabulous. So confident was I that this was going to be a good book, that I bought it for my kids’ teachers BEFORE I’D EVEN READ IT. I always buy them books, but only ones I’ve tried and tested and know are brilliant.
The cover is stuning – black with just some white figures, a few silver stars and tiny splashes of red. It looks magical and it is.
The Night Circus is the story of two young magicians engaged in a competition. They don’t know the rules of the competition. They don’t know when it starts and when it finishes. They don’t know how they are going to win or lose.
Both magicians are involved in the circus itself. The descriptions of the circus are truly magical. It is so detailed, so imaginative and so beautiful. I found myself completely absorbed in the pictures of the circus in my head, almost to the point of losing sight of the story of the two magicians.
There is a little bit of a grown up Harry Potter about it, in that there is magic in the real world. These are not tricks, they are genuine magic, just like in Harry Potter.
The book gets a little bit dark, but it is never disturbing. It is simply a beautiful book, highly imaginative and highly original.
I would most definitely recommend it!