Published: 2011 by Harvill Secker, an imprint of Random House
Read: July 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: This has been on the TBR pile for a long time - I've wanted to read it since it was first published but hadn't gotten around to it. When it was nominated as the Book Tarts' July read, there were, happily, no more excuses.
Trivia Tidbit: The film and television rights have been optioned by Summit Entertainment, with a film currently being produced by Heyday Films
Full Disclosure: Purchased
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Celia and Marco are bound as children to a challenge between old magical rivals. They do not know each other as children, and as they grow they are taught and tested by their magical mentors, though treated as only pawns in a game. When they are young adults, the stage for their challenge is set, and the Night Circus is created as their chessboard. But this game has implications beyond the two main players, for the circus is populated with other performers, other lives, which are held in precarious balance within the confines of the game.
"I do not wish to know," he says. "I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark."