“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”
Who could resist such an opening line? I admit, I chose to read this book because it had a nice cover. The back of the paperback edition gives little away but the opening line mentioned above. So, I picked it up and read it. Needless to say, I could barely put it down.
The story is about two magicians who are pitted against each other in a duel but it is no ordinary duel. They have to outdo each other with creating exhibits for Le Cirque des Rêves until a winner is decided. But alongside this runs a romance that is threatened when the competition starts to reach its stunning end.
The imagery in this story is wonderful and atmospheric. You can almost hear and smell the circus, close your eyes and the exhibits are real. The characters are interesting and likeable, drawing you into a world that is impossible but you keep hoping otherwise. The author creates a world that reappears as soon as you open the book and pulls you through to the end.
When I finished the book, I turned to the front and started again.