“The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
This book is absolutely enchanting! I have heard that it has received quite mixed reviews but I absolutely loved it!
From the outset I was swept along with the magic of the circus, desperately wishing that I could be there, but feeling like I already was! The structure was essential in making the reader feel that they were visiting the circus as the novel was split into various sections from various perspectives. In one chapter you’d be walking through the circus into various tents, the sights and smells being described so wonderfully that you could taste the sweet cinnamon buns and smell the warm cocoa! Then you’d be whisked off to Chandresh’s mansion where you’d watch the events of the ‘Inclement Weather Parties’ or the fantastically mysterious dinner parties…then you’d visit Bailey, a true circus lover and take another different look at the Cirque du Reves. This book is truly wonderful!
Our two main characters, Celia and Marco, are bound together before they even meet in a twisted duel, organised by two bitter, expiring men – one of whom is Celia’s father, not that he acts like it! The circus brings them together with a host of other wonderfully unique characters and multiple threads of mysterious narrative, which make the book really hard to put down, almost as if it bewitched me as I read the words on the page. The book spans several years, during which time we really get a chance to watch the characters grow! Especially the twins, Poppet and Widget, who were born on the day that the circus opened for the first time! I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because I think it would ruin the magic a bit…but if you’re a dreamer, or a “reveur”…like me! You will cherish this book and recommend it to your family, friends and everyone who you wish to be a part of the magic!
The cover design is bold and striking! The book is a wonderful, magical read, which I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone!