Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A few facts about Night Circus:

  • Title: The Night Circus
  • Author: Erin Morgenstern
  • Series:  Standalone
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Pages: 401

I read this on Kindle.


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 Rêves
. The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.


I actually read this a fair while ago but I am slowly but surely putting some more of my reviews onto my blog from my previous reads.


This book is really quite spectacular, Morgenstern’s writing is quite spectacular. When I think of ways to describe the writing style of The Night Circus the word ‘epic’ creeps to mind, though in a more grand nature. The Night Circus feels like a classic, and it is an elegant and wonderfully written.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

The circus, the costumes, the magic and even the midnight dinners are so magical and written in so much detail. 

Each time I sat down and read The Night Circus it was like finding the circus had arrived in my town, each visit a wonderful experience filled with amazing places, midnight dinners, beautifully creative clothing and obviously magic.

It took me longer than usual to read, but I did enjoy it, possibly more for that reason. It was the first circus book I read and I think that may have been another reason for the slower reading pace. That and the fact that this is really slow paced.

The challenge between the magicians reminded me of ‘The Prestige’ with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale but with its own twists. The challenge, the romance and the characters were all brilliant, all grew naturally and eloquently. 

I enjoyed the plot of the story, albeit a slow one, and i liked the characters of the book. there are many beyond the main characters and I liked the family feel to those who perform in the circus.

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