Magical. Spellbinding. This story was both of those and more. A young man, rescued from a orphanage and a magician's daughter are put to a challenge that unfolds at a night circus. Set in the late 1800's, reading was like unfolding a multi-wrapped present. The detailed descriptions and images painted a picture for me of the settings and people. I was impressed and more so when I discovered the author was a young woman and this her first novel. Following are some quotes I enjoyed:
"...wishes on sheep appear to work no better than wishes on stars."
"...she has an innate distrust of anyone whose occupation involves telling people what they wish to hear."
"I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better appreciate the dark."
"Love is fickle and fleeting...It is rarely a solid foundation for decisions to be made upon, in any game".
"You cannot stop things...you can only be prepared for them to happen."
I would recommend this book. There's already a move option on it, it'll be interesting to see if they can pull it off.
Published: 2010 Read: Jan 2013 Genre: fiction