This was a very early house warming present a long with another book (more to come) and some Welsh Slate coasters from my friend Ingrid 🙂
“In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, Le Cirque des Reves delights all who wander its circular paths. But behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians.”
I loved this book! I thought I read the first half quickly over a few nights, but then I read the second half in one night, staying up way past my bedtime! I love it when books make me do this 🙂
The word I would use to describe this book is intriguing. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, but neither did the main characters know. That usually annoys me, but the story telling and the imagery were amazing and kept my interested. It was magical and I felt like I could have been wandering around the circus myself.
The story started slow, but picked up speed as it reached the end. I think that is what also sucked me in as I wanted to know what happened after each chapter. It skips around in time a bit to show how different aspects of the story develop and then meet at the end. I liked seeing the circus from different perspectives.
The challenge that is the main focus of the book, isn’t really the main focus. It is there in the background, but the characters are more important and interesting. The challenge is intriguing and kept me wondering where the story was going and that made it important.
I think my favourite character were Poppet, Widget and Bailey. They were interesting and the story developed to understand how they fitted in to the wider storyline. They also had an innocence about them that saw the circus through curious eyes, rather than distrustful. I liked this as it really took the challenge out of the focus and made the story more human.
If you like fantasy you’ll like this book. If you like a love story you’ll like this book. If you like intriguing mysteries you’ll like this book. I am so happy Ingrid found this and made me read it!