I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Sometimes there was occasionally this incredible talent with words, that i would read over and over for the way it flowed and the images it created in my mind. Other times the story was just... eh, overall it wouldn't hold my interest for long periods of time. Plus jumping back and forth year to year with every chapter or two, with only a small date to guide you was a complete pain in the butt, It felt like it was only there to add a more 'complex' feel to the story which it failed at and really didn't need. I would of been more satisfied had the story unfold in the usual time frame - moving forward as needed.
It's a conundrum really, when you have words like this
"Stories, tales, bardic chronicles," Widget says. "Whatever you care to call them. The things we were discussing earlier that are more complicated than they used to be. I take pieces of that past that i see and i combine them into narratives. It's not that important, and this isn't why I'm here-"
"It is important," the man in the grey suit interrupts. "Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bit of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that." He takes another sip of his wine. "There are many different kinds of magic, after all."
but its not constant, and i frequently got bored. So i think I'll go with 3 out of 5 stars, good but could use improvement.
Now beyond those few complaints the Night Circus for the most part was pretty incredible - mainly due to the imagination the words can create. Erin has a way of describing the details of an event, or object that makes it come to life in your mind as your reading, and for the most part this was extremely well achieved, though a few times i was a little unsure on some things.
Either way if strong detailed world building is your thing this book is a must! The incredible scenes described within the circus was frequently mind-blowing, I was constantly jealous of the patrons that got to attend the Night Circus. The characters on the other hand, well for me weren't as good. I liked them, but i didn't love them, you know? and I'm someone who's more character driven, my favorite books are almost solely based on the fact that i loved the characters, or at least the main character. Don't get me wrong, these characters weren't bad, but there also not for me, I'm sure other people will adore them a lot more than I.
.....and yea that's all i can think to write at the moment, it took me forever to read this book and I'm glad i did - possibly destined too (i can't remember who but someone was very keen that i read this).
Would I recommend? if your a fantasy world lover, than yes, highly. Otherwise I can't say.
Now I'm off to bed, its very late and I'm pooped. I'm hoping this complying of thoughts is coherent!