This is the story about a magical place where people come to escape and explore. The black and white circus pops up at random all over the world and offers sights and experiences more fit in dreams than anywhere else. The circus is loved by many, but few knows of its origins. That it was created, not for people to enjoy, but as a venue for a challenge with very obscure rules. For years, two people play a game inside the circus, without anyone really noticing. Dreams become reality and reality turn into dreams while the circus keeps traveling and the game goes on.
I could sit here and praise this wonderful novel all night long, but I think that time is better spent reading the novel. I will say this: The Night Circus is no ordinary book and you will not be the same after reading it. It is enchanting, it is magical and it is, first and foremost, a really, really good story. Morgenstern is a master at writing, a master at creating wonderful characters and a master at building the world which contains the circus. I had come about fifty pages into the story when I was already longing for next year when I will read it again.
What really got me when reading it this time around wasn’t merely the story, but the characters as well. I focused more on them then the circus and the game and was able to see things I've not noticed before. Seeing the characters evolve and grow, seeing the subtle details and clues Morgenstern leaves all over the pages, seeing the small things in the big picture was really interesting. I found myself understanding characters I’ve had a problem with before and questioning characters that I’ve liked earlier. Reading it once a year, year after year really makes me see how much I evolve as well, which was a head-spinning but cool experience. For every time I read it I feel like I understand it better, I see it clearer, I feel more connected to it. This is certainly not an ordinary novel.
The Night Circus is magnificent in every way and it remains one of my all-time favorite novels. Few things are better than The Night Circus and I can’t wait to pick it up again. If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?