Celia and Marco are bound together in a decades-long, magical game. Unfortunately, they were chosen as children, had no choice in the matter, don’t know the rules, and aren’t sure how to win. Their shadowy benefactors give them only vague guidance. The venue for this game is Le Cirque De Reves, a circus that opens at dusk and closes at dawn, arriving in towns without warning. Within the night circus is a monochromatic maze of black and white tents, each containing a shifting set of attractions as mystical as the circus itself: a maze of clouds, an ice garden on fire, a living carousel, and exotic entertainers from around the globe. The novel is packed with a myriad of vividly drawn characters who, along with the circus itself, create Morgenstern’s enchanting and mesmerizing debut. Those willing to go with Celia and Marco on their magical journey won’t be disappointed.