by Aleksandra Ambroziak
Author - Erin Morgenstern
Genre – Fantasy, Romance
Rating - 10/10
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
Magic. Romance. Victorian attire. The circus. Mystery. Death. And beautiful writing.
What more could a goth literature enthusiast ask for?
Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus begins with the most important characters: you and the circus.
"The circus arrives without warning..."
You see The Circus of Dreams pop up overnight. You're compelled to go. And therefore, you do so.
But this story isn't about you.
It's very hard to describe The Night Circus in so many words without utterly confusing you. I can say over and over again that the diction was flawless, that the characters were dimensional and complex, and every element served a coherent purpose. But that wouldn't tell you anything about it. That's part of the beauty of Morgenstern's writing: When you read the novel, everything is so fluid, so calm, and everything flows through you as if the novel was a suave song.
But the minute you try to put it into your own words, it is nearly impossible.
Morgenstern creates multiple complex plots. There are tiny interludes that speak in second person, of yourself, moving through the circus as a spectator, seeing what everyone else sees.
The main story revolves around Celia and Marco, beginning at their young ages and going through their upbringings. They are ultimately pieces of a game played by their mentors, and they must train in their elements of magic until only a victor is left standing. Inevitably, they fall in love. And then what happens?
Now, by only saying that, it seems like there are more plot holes than one can count. But Morgenstern not only fixes them, but she creates a world in which they never exist. All the other plot points, characters, events, and consistent fantasies make for a whole story. It can be unnerving sometimes in the world of fantasy, because a deus ex machina is almost always present. Morgenstern's expert plot creation never needs to invoke one, and all events tie together like the ribbon on a mysterious present.
There isn't much more to say since only the novel can speak for itself. As said before, that is the beauty of Morgenstern's writing. If you want to be sucked away into a world in which it you feel one with every character, where you want to become a rêveur, and where you never want to leave, then pick up a copy. Because I can guarentee you this book will change the way you read all others.