The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was originally published in September 2011. The book is a fantasy historical fiction which is set between 1870-1900. My edition is the exclusive Waterstones edition published November 5th 2019 & has 390 pages.

A part of me can’t believe I waited so long to read The Night Circus but another part of me is glad that I waited so long as I think if I had read it any sooner, I wouldn’t have been as interested in it nor enjoyed it as much. I bought myself the new Waterstones hardback edition of The Night Circus so that I could have it sit with The Starless Sea on the shelf.

Ever since it came out in hardback again I’ve been dying to read it, I ended up in a slump at the end of 2019 despite having the pull to read it I knew I should wait. I went into this not really knowing much about it despite it being so well loved, all I knew was that it involved a circus and that was it.

I ended up becoming fully immersed into the story, it honestly blew me away. The writing style was beautiful and the characters were so intriguing that I just couldn’t put this one down. It was just perfect for me, I love a bit of historical fiction mixed in with fantasy, I find it just gives it that extra touch sometimes and makes it work even better.

I thought because of the extreme hype around this one I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much but I loved Stephanie Garber’s Caraval trilogy that this one was recommended to me. I found this so easy to read as well, it didn’t have any chapter numbers and the chapters within it weren’t all big chapters so I was constantly saying to myself this next part is short just read that one and then continuing that on so I ended up reading massive chunks!

The main characters of the book were Celia and Marco, I loved their characters, I’d be dying for them to meet throughout the book so that when they did I just knew what would happen next. The way that Erin Morgenstern wrote about the circus just made me wish that I could reach in and join in with the crowd going around the tents and seeing the wonder and magic for myself.

If you’ve not yet read The Night Circus I do recommend it, wether or not you liked Caraval, it’s an entirely different story and nothing alike just includes the magic of a circus at night.

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? I’d love to know!

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