Maybe it was the historical fiction aspect of the final book in this series, but I really loved Winds of Salem. The rest of the series sort of teased at a past where the Beauchamp family had been present during the Salem witch trials – Ingrid and Freya were executed – but this was the first time we really got to see what that would have been like for them. It was interesting.
Title: The Night Circus Author: Erin Morgenstern Publication Year: 2011 Pages: 528 Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy Source: Purchased from a bookstore in Geneva From the cover: 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. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance. This book was such a gorgeous read that I’m not sure where to start. So unsure where to start, in fact, that I’ve been putting off writing this review for over a year. The Night Circus is a book about magic, yes, but also…
Strangely enough, this was actually the first book in the series that I read. I somehow hadn’t realized that the books were actually chronological rather than just thematically-related, and so I didn’t notice that it mattered. It was only after I read this book that I went back to the beginning of the series and started from there.
Probably the highlights of this book were the intrigue between La Valliere and the King and the one involving Aramis and the Bastille. It’s really still just a setup for the final events to come, but it was still far better and more interesting than The Vicomte de Bragelonne was. At least things were happening, and not just threatening to happen!
This is probably the most boring installment of the series, and it took me forever to read it. There are several plot arcs that are set up in this volume that come up again in more detail later. I know they’re necessary, but they still weren’t very interesting to me.