In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story. The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway – a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will
I read this book awhile ago so this section will be short. This was a wonderfully magical book. The story was incredibly interwoven and had a wide cast of characters. It was occasionally confusing because the book chapters and within the chapters the perspective changes. Different characters narrate, some chapters go back in time, some chapters are just an overall summary of the circus itself. If you pay attention to the chapter dates unlike me then you shouldn’t be as confused as I was. I think this story would make a beautiful movie and it reminds me of many magician movies such as The Illusionist and The Prestige. I would definitely recommend this book. The reading level however is for adults and those in the late teens.