My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I admit I picked this book up in the shop because I thought it was gorgeous. I'm so glad I'm shallow because I really, really enjoyed it. I started reading it just before I got on my flight back to Cairo from London and was about a 1/4 of the way through by the time I landed.
The descriptions of the Night Circus (Circus de Reve) are wonderfully vivid and really set the tone for a feeling of otherworldliness (with a hint of steampunk). The characters are well drawn and detailed and although at times it feels like the circus is more animated, the importance of this becomes clear as the story progresses.
The book explores the concept of free will within a life that has been pre-determined. The two protagonists are bound to each other and their respective mentors wishes as children and spend the book attempting to make sense of their positions.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, historical fiction or romance; there's enough of each to please the fans of any of those genres.
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