Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Title: The Night Circus
Writer: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: #fantasy #youngadult
Length: 399
My rating: 3/5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Version: Hardcover
Publisher: Finnish version from Basam books
Reading language: From 🇬🇧 to 🇫🇮


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.


I loved the writing style, the atmosphere, the magic and some of the characters. What I did not like was the most important elements missing.

This can be considered as a spoiler but I have to tell you: prepare to wait!

In the back cover, the text promises romance and duel like we have never seen before. Both are quite absent from the book. Like, I could not understand where the romance was and why give it so minor role if you still add the love story as a theme for the book? Same went with the duel thing. I waited and waited for it. For the game to actually start and burst out.

Don’t get me wrong as I truly liked the book and the writing style was super. I was hooked in the atmosphere and imagination. There were no limits in Night Circus and the book had so many elements to love. Like ice gardens, magical clocks and rainy London. All those make a perfect theme for a fantasy book and add a little bit of steampunk in it.

But oh boy, the book has a long setup. I don’t know why Erin Morgenstern wanted to bring so many characters at play and why every one of them had to have a strong beginning. In the end, it ended up to mess with the main story. There were moments I was not sure if I read Celia’s and Marco’s journey or someone else.

And despite the promising world and writing, the Night Circus ended up to have only three stars out of five.


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