Author – Erin Morgenstern
Genre – Historical Fantasy
Publisher – double day
Pages – 397
In Victorian London two powerful magicians, Prospero the Enchanter and the enigmatic Mr. A.H-, groom their young proteges,
to proxy their rivalry.
They grow up preparing to face each other someday
And they finally meet, working in the wandering magical circus that is open only from sunset to sunrise. Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams)
But they don’t know how they will compete and how the winner will be determined and also they start to fall for each other and start to question the whole need of the competition.
Meanwhile when the producer of the circus has his memories erased, and one of the initial investors dies in dubious circumstances,the circus also starts to breakdown, they unveils that the circus serves a darker purpose beyond entertainment and profit.
Who will win ? And will the circus be saved ?
This book is truly magical, and kept me hooked, written from multiple view points made it enriched and left me wanting to know more and more
There is a short story at the very beginning of the book that you might want to keep in mind, I loved the book from that beginning only, its the kind of magical world I started believing during the book and I wish it was true,
The characters are flawed and become untrustworthy during the course of story, except the twins and Baily. I doubted each one at some point during the story.
I liked the romance in background of the whole magical duel,but TBH I saw it coming from far
The book surely does end in a bitter-sweet way,but I guess there could not be any better ending for this magical story, that submerged me in it for the time I was there
Note * I may be wrong but I felt the author took some inspiration from the French magician and watchmaker –
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin
Those who are into history and like to know what may have inspired the story,just google the name