The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des Reves The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.
This novel opens with the enticing statement that The Night Circus appears without warning and opens at midnight – after than the reader is drawn into a magical world where nothing is as it appears to be.
This is a Victorian love story that spans many years, beginning with a six-year-old girl who can put broken objects back together and a young boy with no family who is plucked from an orphanage to become a magician’s protégé. The characters are all fascinating in their own way, some gentle and captivating, others cold, even callous, while some like Bailey and the Murray twins Poppet and Widget, charm and fascinate.
All of them become part of the creation of the black and white circus where every element is a combination of mechanics, dreams, magic and illusion. However this is a story which cannot be adequately described – the reader must discover its secrets and mysteries for themselves but whatever your views about circuses, illusion and magic, you won’t be disappointed.
I’m not surprised to discover that David Heyman (producers of Harry Potter series) bought the rights to adapt the book into a movie – I cannot wait.
Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is released by Claymore Press under the name Anita Seymour