My second top book of 2013 was one that I’d heard a lot about prior to reading it, but it was one of those books, that when I asked someone what it was about, they couldn’t quite describe it or explain it to me and it was usually followed up with a ‘Just read it!’ So I did.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
This book centres around two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who since a young age have been trained to take part in a duel with one another, which can mean only one will be left standing. But in an almost Shakespearean twist the young duo find they are falling in love with one another. The backdrop for this tale of star-crossed lovers is ‘Le Cirque Des Reves’ – a black and white tented circus that appears without notice and only opens at night.
What Erin Morgenstern has created here is a portal of escapism; she has created a world in which one can get truly lost. The Night Circus is a poetic page-turner that titillates the senses, with descriptions so dreamlike; when you stop reading you’ll feel as though you’ve been in a trance. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling in love with ‘Le Cirque Des Reves’ – I know I did. There’s a very simple quote in the book, made by one of the characters Mr A.H, he says “There’s magic in it.” And he’s right.
This is sincerely one of the best books I read in 2013, with the only disappointing moment being when I’d reached the end. I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy novels and would like a little magic in their lives. If you want something to get lost in, this is the book for you.