“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”
This is a story about magic, romance, and the power of stories, all set up in a vague competition requiring the two participants to hold everything in balance. Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair have been bound together as part of a game set on them by their enchanter mentors. They each are to maintain parts of the vast Night Circus while creating new exhibitions of magic and wonder, and they cannot know the rules of this game, or how the winner is decided. As the circus grows so do the pressures, Maro and Celia begin to seek each other out and fall in love, but time begins to work against them as they fight harder to finish the game and hold the circus in balance.