This book sucks you in from the first page and, with its surreal superiority; it will not let you put the book down until the last page is turned.
A circus called Le Cirque des Reves, comes to town. One day the countryside sits bare, the then it is filled with many tents in a variety of size. A sign hangs at the opening, below an incredible clock; "Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn." Once it opens you meander through pathways and tents all the way through the circus, finding performances and expositions that Barnum and Bailey wouldn’t dream of attempting. There are two magicians pitted one against the other to see who can outshine and outlast the other. The winner will well, win while the other will lose their life, and the lives of any inside the circus.
A brilliantly woven tale of supernatural practicality, The Night Circus has immediately become one of my preferred novels.