There was a lot of buzz about this book, but I heard mixed reviews from other readers, so I went in with an open mind but without high expectations. I found myself tremendously taken with the characters – Celia and Marco, who use the circus as a competition ground as well as a showcase for their talents; Poppet and Widget, twins born on opening night; and Bailey, who becomes enchanted by the circus and leaves his home to follow it. The descriptions of the circus and the illusions within, which Celia and Marco create and sustain, are, in a word, magical. Erin Morgenstern’s imagination is equal to Lev Grossman’s (The Magicians), but The Night Circus is as tightly controlled as The Magicians is sprawling, and unlike The Magicians (and Harry Potter), there is no school of magic where Celia and Marco learn. By the time I finished the book, I was enchanted enough to want to read it again.