That, my friends, is just a basic summary of what this book is about. I cannot even begin to completely summarize. The story takes place over thirty years, and we're thrown around from one year to the next. We're met with a large group of interesting characters whose stories are all intertwined.
The two players are Celia and Marco, both trained since they were young children for the competition. I honestly loved them both and couldn't decide who I wanted to win. They were both intelligent, strong, selfless characters, and I was endeared to them both.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I started this. I had been avoiding the hype, but the premise intrigued me, so I just dove in. I got lost into the world very easily – the deeper I got, the more I started forgetting the real world. I love stories of magic and I love historical fiction, and this was a rich mix of the two.
The plot is so intricate and the descriptions of the circus are realistically spot-on. I could almost smell the caramel corn.
I can't even say who'd I recommend this to, because it may not be their cup of tea. However, I would at least try it. You never know, you may be surprised.
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