The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Book Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is an ambitious debut set at the turn of the 19th century that provides a feast for the senses. Immersive passages told in present tense describe the wonders and sights of The Night Circus, open only from dusk until dawn and completely themed in black and white. Erin Morgenstern’s circus is more than an ordinary circus, there are no sketchy carnies here, instead it is classy like Cirque Du Soleil. The venue serves as a chessboard for a magical competition between illusionist Celia and Marco, an assistant who is more than he seems.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Book Cover

The Night Circus

Perhaps my favorite part about The Night Circus is the setting as a character. With lush prose, Morgenstern breathes life into le Cirque de Reves, so it is more than a back drop for this magical tale. The experience is completely sensory. The descriptions are so detailed you can practically taste the food sold along the midway and picture the spectacles in each of the tents. Le Cirque de Reves absolutely drives the tale. In fact there are interludes throughout the book where the reader is able to experience the circus first hand, as the interludes are told from the point of view of the reader.

The Night Circus is not the sort of book one should tear through, but rather you should savor reading Morgenstern’s prose instead. In fact, I believe this book to be worthy of a re-read. The first time you read it, read it for the plot and Celia and Marco’s story. The second time, read The Night Circus for the scrumptious prose, Morgenstern is quite the wordsmith.

This is the perfect book for visual readers — those who must be able to visualize things perfectly and those who do not need constant action. If you are content to put your explosions aside and let your mind open to sensory delights, pick up The Night Circus this fall.

Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I saw this one yesterday and was kind of on the fence. Now I am thinking I should certainly read it. Great review!

  2. Not sure if this is quite the book for me, I can appreciate lovely language but I tend to prefer more action-driven books. Thanks for the review-I had never heard of this book.

  3. Just saw this title mentioned in a TBR list…and then bam, there was your review, lol. I’m taking it all as a sign and threw the title into my own TBR as well. I love a book that has wonderful language ūüėČ

  4. Really awesome review, I love what you said about the setting being a character (THE character, really).

    It really is awesome that the writing was good enough to make me feel like I’ve almost actually been there even though it was so magical and mysterious.

  5. John Walther says

    The book does seem interesting, and I am looking forward to reading it.
    To the reviewer, it should be noted that the derogatory remark “carnies” would not be used to describe circus people, but carnival workers, hence the name “carnies”

  6. I really like the cover, it’s really captivating. I like that the prose should be savoured, it reminds me of The Near Witch – Schwab’s writing style is beautiful. Thanks for the review!

  7. I definitely want to pick this one up after hearing you talk about how gorgeous the prose is. Great review!

  8. I have this book and now I definitely can’t wait to read it!!

  9. I was sold on this book when I saw the cover, but the more I read about it, the more I want to read it. I like that you liked it so much. Seriously, though, that cover is wicked awesome.

  10. Oh, I can’t wait to read this. I’ve been looking at it for a while now.
    That cover is absolutely beautiful!
    Great review ūüôā


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