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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
It took me a while to get into the writing style and to get used to the time jumps. But even as I was struggling with those at first, I was falling in love with both the story and the way in which it is told. It is a magical book, and drew me in to feel like I was part of that world.
It is definitely a book that people either get or don’t, as there isn’t really a lot of character motivation or development, and it’s slow. But I felt it was slow in that gorgeous syrupy way that some books are – where simply the act of reading it brings you joy, and makes you feel immersed in it.
While the book is largely about Celia and Marco, and by extension their mentors, I ended up really liking the storyline for Poppet, Widget and Bailey. I was confused by it at first, as it doesn’t appear to have bearing on the main plot, but it’s so cleverly woven throughout that I ended up falling for them.
I’d honestly love to visit the circus!
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