Thursday, October 20, 2011
It was supposed to be a challenge, though when it began when they were only five and six years old they didn't know the depth or the magnitude. In fact, they knew nothing of the game except that the game existed and their weapons were their ways with magic. Real magic, not smoke and mirrors.
Two magicians set against each other, binded together by ancient charms and enchantments combined into two rings. Each received their ring from their opponent's teacher. Each living their lives preparing for a game that neither knew anything about.
The venue? A circus. Each action affecting each and every performer and show in the circus, sometimes in a deadly fashion. And then they meet, and true to Isobel's tarot cards, they have fallen for each other. The older they get the more they see how their magic affects the circus itself, how it affects them. And soon they learn how the game finally ends. One must die.
How can the circus uphold itself if one of the true magicians are gone when all along it has been a combination of the two that allowed the circus to operate in the first place? Who will be the one to fall? Who will be the victor? The beautiful Celia Bowen, Master Illusionist, or the slight and quaint accountant with a learned disciplined ability, Mr. Marco Alisdair? And who gets trampled along the way?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is an intriguing and mysterious read. Find it at your local bookstore and national bookstores around the States.
To our Authors around the world:
"When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift." ~ The Man in the Grey Suit, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern.
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